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Turkish President Erdogan accepts Davutoglu's resignation ANKARA: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accepted the resignation of outgoing Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Sunday, hours after the ruling AK Party elected a longtime Erdogan ally as its new leader, and therefore premier. Erdogan thanked Davutoglu for his service, according to a statement from the presidential palace. Incoming Prime Minister Binali Yildirim is expected to be mandated to form the new government later on Sunday. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Cyprus parliamentary election gives conservatives slim lead ATHENS: Cyprus's ruling conservatives took the lead in Sunday's parliamentary elections, results showed, while a far-right party was close to winning a seat in the legislature for the first time. With about 75 percent of the vote counted, the right-wing Democratic Rally party was ahead with 31 percent of the vote followed by Communist AKEL with 25.6 percent, according to the elections service of the Interior Ministry. Although Cyprus has an executive system of government ...

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UK's Cameron warns Brexit would drive up food prices LONDON: British Prime Minister David Cameron warned voters on Sunday that they would face higher grocery bills if the country decides to leave the European Union at a June 23 referendum, citing a potential drop in the value of sterling.Cameron is leading the campaign to keep Britain inside the European Union ahead of the referendum, the outcome of which will have far-reaching consequences for the country's economy, its role in world trade and its global ...

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Turkey's incoming PM Yildirim says new constitution top priority ANKARA: Turkey's incoming prime minister said his new government's top priority would be a new constitution to create an executive presidency, a move that would give President Tayyip Erdogan the broad powers he has long sought.Binali Yildirim also told a special congress of the ruling AK Party on Sunday that he would continue the fight against Islamic State and Kurdish militants at home and in Syria, saying the change in leadership would not affect the ...

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Greece to adopt more cuts, tax hikes for bailout cash ATHENS: Greece on Sunday was set to adopt fresh cuts and tax hikes ahead of a Eurogroup meeting that is expected to unlock desperately-needed bailout funds for the debt-ridden nation.After waves of protests over a string of unpopular reforms, lawmakers from the ruling leftist party are to approve late Sunday night a bill of over 7,000 pages that raises the sales tax cap and introduces a mechanism to further slash spending in case of budget ...

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Merkel voices 'great concern' over Turkey ahead of visit BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel said some political developments in Turkey were a source of "great concern" and pledged to address them during a visit to the country on Monday.Merkel, in an interview published Sunday, said she was ready to discuss "all the important questions" with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan when they meet in Istanbul on the sidelines of a UN-backed summit on humanitarian relief work."Naturally some developments in Turkey are a source of ...

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Incoming Turkey PM vows to work for presidential system under Erdogan ANKARA: Turkey's incoming prime minister Binali Yildirim on Sunday vowed to make a priority out of implementing the controversial plan of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for a presidential system in the country."Turkey needs a new constitution. Are you ready to bring in presidential system?" Yildirim, who is due to be confirmed as new premier later in the day, told a ruling party congress to cheers from the crowds. "What has to be a priority now ...