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Government-backed candidates win in Turkish judicial vote ANKARA: Government-backed candidates won eight out of 10 seats in a top Turkish judicial body in an election on Sunday, election results showed, a victory for President Tayyip Erdogan in his battle against ally-turned-foe cleric Fethullah Gulen.Erdogan accuses Gulen, living in self-imposed exile in the United States, of using influence in the judiciary and police to try to seize the levers of state power. Gulen denies the accusations.The vote by some 14,000 judges and prosecutors for members of the High Board of Judges and Prosecutors council (HSYK) was seen as a critical to Erdogan's efforts to curb the power of Gulen's Hizmet, or service, movement.The HSYK council, which has 22 members in total, is responsible for the appointments, transfers, promotions and expulsions of the country's top judicial figures. The two other winning candidates were close to Gulen, according to Hurriyet newspaper.The president appoints four members of the council and combined ...

English health workers in first strike after 32 years LONDON: Workers in England's state-run National Health Service go on strike on Monday for the first time since 1982 following a government refusal to hike their pay.NHS staff including nurses, ambulance crews and midwives plan to stop working between 7:00 am and 11:00 am (0600 GMT and 1000 GMT).The move is intended to pile pressure on Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who rejected the recommendations of an independent panel for a one-percent wage increase for all ...
In Donetsk theatre, a refuge from Ukraine's tragedy DONETSK: After the bombs, the fur coats. After the air raids, the air kisses. After six months of war, even the fighters attending an opening night at the Donetsk theatre traded in weapons for a rare moment of refinement.The steps of the Donetsk National Academic Ukrainian Musical and Drama Theatre, empty for months, rang out over the weekend as 700 well-heeled theatregoers rushed up to enjoy a long-delayed debut to the season. But despite the ...
Bosnians vote for presidents, parliament SARAJEVO: Bosnia voted Sunday to choose new leaders and a parliament amid mounting social discontent in a country plagued with corruption and ethnic disputes which are hampering its approach to the European Union.Around 3.3 million citizens were eligible to cast ballots to elect three members -- a Croat, a Muslim and a Serb -- of the joint presidency as well as the new central parliament in the former Yugoslav republic that suffered a 1992-1995 war.That ...
Britain's UKIP on 25pc after by-election win: poll LONDON: Nationwide support for the United Kingdom Independence Party has surged to 25 percent after the anti-EU party won its first seat in parliament, according to one shock survey out Sunday.Populist UKIP, opposed to mass immigration as well as Britain's membership of the European Union, could win enough seats to hold the balance of power on such a level of support, an expert claimed.The Survation poll in The Mail on Sunday newspaper put Prime Minister ...
Britain holds Ebola outbreak test LONDON: Britain was on Saturday holding a nationwide exercise to test its preparedness for an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus. The eight-hour exercise was to feature actors pretending to have Ebola plus doctors, nurses and the ambulance service treating them at undisclosed locations around the country.It will be followed by a "simulated" meeting of the government's emergency committee Cobra, the Department of Health said in a statement."The public can be assured that we have ...
New Belgian government takes office with cost-cutting agenda BRUSSELS: Belgium's new centre-right government took office on Saturday, promising to raise the retirement age and slash costs by about 8 billion euros ($10 billion) to balance the national budget by 2018 and cut the country's debt.Charles Michel, 38, the youngest Belgian prime minister since 1841, and his team of 13 ministers and four state secretaries swore an oath in front of King Philippe before proceeding to parliament for their first cabinet meeting.Michel's four-party coalition ...


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