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Turkey's Erdogan says new constitution priority after 2015 election

Oct 01, 2014

Turkey's Erdogan says new constitution priority after 2015 election

ISTANBUL (Reuters) President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday forging a new constitution after a parliamentary election next year would be a priority for Turkey, signalling no letup in his drive to create an executive presidency. Erdogan, who became Turkey's first popularlyelected head of state in August after 12 years as prime minister, has made no secret of his ambition to change the constitution and bolster the powers of the presidency, a move opponents fear will herald an increasingly authoritarian rule. "Immediately subsequent to the 2015 elections, all parties in the parliament should free themselves from prejudice and come together to write a new constitution based on reconciliation," Erdogan said in a speech at the opening of parliament #facebook #United States #Brazil #Technology #France #markets #Italy #United Kingdom #Turkey #opinion
Car bomb kills 11 in Shi'ite Baghdad neighbourhood  police, medics

Oct 01, 2014

Car bomb kills 11 in Shi'ite Baghdad neighbourhood police, medics

BAGHDAD (Reuters) A car bomb exploded in a mostly Shi'ite Muslim neighbourhood of southeastern Baghdad on Wednesday, killing 11 people, police and hospital sources said. The violence came a day after Baghdad witnessed one of its bloodiest days since U.S.led air strikes against Islamic State insurgents in Iraq began in August #India #China #Japan #Brazil #France #Arabic #Middle East #markets #Argentina #Latin America #opinion
U.S. Ebola patient travelled to Texas via BrusselsCanada official

Oct 01, 2014

U.S. Ebola patient travelled to Texas via BrusselsCanada official

REUTERS The first patient diagnosed in the United States with an Ebola infection travelled from Liberia to Texas via Brussels, Canadian chief public health officer Greg Taylor said on Wednesday. U.S. #Politics #China #Japan #France #Arabic #Middle East #markets #Argentina #United Kingdom #Latin America #opinion
Eyeing 2015 vote, British PM Cameron pledges 7 billion pounds in tax cuts

Oct 01, 2014

Eyeing 2015 vote, British PM Cameron pledges 7 billion pounds in tax cuts

BIRMINGHAM England (Reuters) Prime Minister David Cameron promised to hand almost half the British population a tax cut if reelected next year, a pledge he hopes will win over millions of voters and refocus debate away from a schism inside his party over Europe. The promise, which will cost over 7 billion pounds (11.35 billion US dollar) to fund, was a calculated gambit to try to shift the narrative from one which has focused on the damage the antiEU UK Independence Party (UKIP) is doing to Cameron's reelection hopes by siphoning off voters and lawmakers. #facebook #Politics #United States #Business #United Kingdom #opinion #conservative #article
Hong Kong's embattled leader believes protests could last weekssource

Oct 01, 2014

Hong Kong's embattled leader believes protests could last weekssource

HONG KONG (Reuters) Hong Kong authorities will not immediately move to clear tens of thousands of prodemocracy protesters occupying large areas of the city, and will let them stay for weeks if need be, a source with ties to leader Leung Chunying said on Wednesday. In contrast, students spearheading the protest movement ratcheted up pressure on Leung, saying they would occupy more government buildings unless the Beijingbacked chief executive stepped down by Thursday night. Hong Kong protesters are angry about China's decision to limit voters' choices in a 2017 leadership election, and, in a major challenge to Beijing's authority in Hong Kong and beyond, have brought much of the financial hub to a standstill. #United States #Brazil #France #Arabic #Government #markets #Argentina #Latin America #chinese #opinion #city
Modi should commemorate 1971 war triumph in Dhaka, revive IndiaBangladesh ties

Oct 01, 2014

Modi should commemorate 1971 war triumph in Dhaka, revive IndiaBangladesh ties

Bangladesh feels badly let down by India. After coming to power in December 2008, Bangladesh Prime Minister Shaikh Hasina did everything and more to address India's concerns. #India #Mamata Banerjee #Congress #BJP #Narendra Modi #Bangladesh #diplomacy #InMyOpinion #Sheikh Hasina #Pakistani army #Bangladesh Nationalist Party #Awami League #Teesta River water-sharing agreement
My Orkut love story Why I'm sad to see this social network go

Oct 01, 2014

My Orkut love story Why I'm sad to see this social network go

Orkut is shutting down. Few will miss it in this age of far snazzier social media. But despite its lame interface there was something real about Orkut and it changed lives. #facebook #Google #InMyOpinion #Orkut #Real #Orkut shutting dow #lame
Chronology  Worst Ebola outbreak on record tests global response

Oct 01, 2014

Chronology Worst Ebola outbreak on record tests global response

REUTERS International agencies and governments are fighting to contain the world's worst Ebola epidemic since the disease was identified in 1976. The virus, which causes fever and bleeding, has killed at least 3,000 people. #facebook #United States #Obama #Business #France #Middle East #Africa #Italy #Argentina #United Kingdom #Mexico #opinion
Myanmar confirms controversial Rohingya plan at United Nations

Oct 01, 2014

Myanmar confirms controversial Rohingya plan at United Nations

YANGON (Reuters) Myanmar has confirmed to the United Nations it is finalising a plan that will offer minority Rohingya Muslims citizenship if they change their ethnicity to suggest Bangladeshi origin, a move rights groups say could force thousands into detention camps. Most of Myanmar's 1.1 million Rohingya are stateless and live in apartheidlike conditions in Rakhine state on the western coast of the predominantly Buddhist country. Almost 140,000 Rohingya remain displaced after deadly clashes with ethnic Rakhine Buddhists in 2012 #India #Japan #Brazil #Arabic #Middle East #Russia #Government #Argentina #opinion