Turkish Cypriots protest Turkey's 'unwanted' meddling

A Turkish Cypriot protestor holds a banner reading in Turkish "Peace, Afrika, cannot be silenced" during a protest after an attack against the offices of a left-wing newspaper "Africa" by supporters of Erdogan.(AP)
Updated 26 January 2018
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Turkish Cypriots protest Turkey's 'unwanted' meddling

NICOSIA: Several thousand Turkish Cypriots marched against what they say is Turkey's unwanted influence that has emboldened hard-right groups to try and silence opposing views. Protesters representing about 20 left-wing groups braved pouring rain Friday evening to voice their opposition to Turkey's agitation of 'fascist' and 'extremist' segments of their society.
The march comes four days after an attack against the offices of left-wing newspaper Afrika by supporters of Turkey's president over its criticism of Ankara's military offensive against a Kurdish enclave in northern Syria.
Afrika Editor-in-Chief Sener Levent accused Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of inciting supporters to vandalize the paper for saying the offensive was Ankara's attempt to occupy Syrian territory.
Protesters denounced a "fascist" attack on free speech that's alien to Turkish Cypriots' way of life.


Kurdish party behind referendum wins regional polls in Iraq

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Kurdish party behind referendum wins regional polls in Iraq

  • The elections commission says the Kurdistan Democratic Party won 45 seats out of 111 seats
BAGHDAD: The Iraqi Kurdish party behind last year’s ill-fated independence referendum has won the most seats in parliamentary elections held in the autonomous Kurdish region, authorities said Sunday.
The elections commission says the Kurdistan Democratic Party won 45 seats, 12 short of an outright majority in the 111-seat body.
Kurdish voters endorsed independence in a referendum last year that was marked by low turnout. Iraq’s central government refused to accept the results, and responded by seizing control of the mixed, multi-ethnic oil-city of Kirkuk and other territories.
The elections commission announced the results of the September 30 vote on Sunday.
The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan came in second, with 21 seats.
The Gorran party came in third. It accused the PUK and KDP of vote-rigging and fraud.