Istanbul election irregularities should lead to annulment: Erdogan

Erdogan’s ruling party has declared victory in the race for mayor of Istanbul, even though the result in Turkey’s most populous city and commercial hub is too close to call. (File/AP)
Updated 10 April 2019

Istanbul election irregularities should lead to annulment: Erdogan

  • Initial results show the main opposition Republican People’s Party narrowly won control of Turkey’s biggest city in the mayoral elections

ISTANBUL: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said irregularities in Istanbul’s local elections, such as the appointment of ballot box officials, should lead to the annulment of the vote, the pro-government Sabah newspaper reported on Wednesday.
Initial results show the main opposition Republican People’s Party narrowly won control of Turkey’s biggest city in the mayoral elections, seemingly bringing an end to the 25-year rule there by Erdogan’s AK Party and its Islamist predecessors.


Explosion hits arms depot for Iran-backed faction in Iraq

Updated 20 August 2019

Explosion hits arms depot for Iran-backed faction in Iraq

BAGHDAD: Iraqi security officials say an explosion has happened in an arms depot belonging to an Iranian-backed militia faction north of Baghdad.
The explosion is the latest in a series of mysterious blasts that have rocked military bases and weapons depots around the country recently.
The explosions have been in bases and warehouses belonging to militia groups under the umbrella of the mainly Iran-backed militias known as the Popular Mobilization Forces. Some have been blamed on drone attacks, others on faulty storage.
No one has claimed responsibility for Tuesday's explosion near the Balad air base in Salaheddin province or either of the other two explosions.
In response, Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi last week banned unauthorized flights throughout the country.