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Erdogan faces biggest challenge in tight Turkey polls

Ankara - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday faces the biggest ballot box challenge of his 15-year grip on Turkey, seeking to overcome a revitalised opposition against the background of an increasingly troubled economy.

Canada lawmakers vote to legalize cannabis

Ottawa - Canada is set to become the first G7 country to legalize cannabis after lawmakers on Monday passed a bill that would allow free consumption of the mind-altering drug.

Russians, foreigners seek love at World Cup

Moscow - During an afternoon at a Moscow park, Argentina fan Augustin Otelo is counting not the number of goals his team has scored in the World Cup but the number of phone numbers he has collected from Russian girls."Four!

Merkel, Macron to talk EU reform in shadow of migrant crisis

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday hosts French President Emmanuel Macron for joint cabinet talks on EU reform, especially the flashpoint issue of immigration that divides the bloc and heaps domestic pressure on Merkel.

Venezuela's 'millionaires,' the new poor

Caracas - Elizabeth Torres is outraged, but as a Venezuelan she takes the affront in her stride. "We are a country of millionaires," she says ironically, eyeing a carton of eggs in the market. Price? Three million bolivars.

Italy's Salvini plans census of Roma community

Rome - Italy's far-right anti-immigrant interior minister Matteo Salvini on Monday announced plans to count the Roma community living in the country and deport those without Italian nationality.

Shanghai, Hong Kong stocks plunge on trade war fears

Shanghai - Shanghai and Hong Kong stocks plunge on Tuesday on investors' fears that the US and China could be heading for a full-blown trade war following tit-for-tat tariff threats.

Review: 98 Degrees heat up Jones Beach, play celebrity jeopardy with fans Special

Wantagh - On June 16, Grammy-nominated pop group 98 Degrees performed for KTUphoria at Jones Beach Theater, as part of iHeartMedia's 103.5 KTU.

Q&A: Robotic process automation can help the finance department Special

Robotic process automation can help with many of the tax department’s labor-intensive and repetitive tasks such as gathering data or running reports. John Viglione, of Vertex, explains how.

Nicaraguan dialogue to end crisis falls apart

Managua - Another attempt at church- mediated talks to end a deadly political crisis in Nicaragua fell apart on Monday, a clergy statement said.

Afghanistan's surprise ceasefire celebrations raise hopes for peace

Kabul - Extraordinary scenes of Afghan Taliban and security forces spontaneously celebrating a historic ceasefire showed many fighters on both sides are fed up with fighting, analysts say, raising hopes for peace in a country ravaged by war.

Op-Ed: Oak Felder is the 'One to Watch in the Music Business' in 2018

Acclaimed songwriter record producer Oak Felder is the "One to Watch in 2018" in the music business. Digital Journal has the scoop.

Syrian admits to Berlin assault on Israeli wearing kippa

Berlin - A young Syrian migrant admitted Tuesday to lashing out with his belt at an Israeli man wearing a Jewish kippa skullcap in an assault that stoked fears of resurgent anti-Semitism.

Goodbye Denmark? Faroese weigh pulling free of Danish grip

T - Enough is enough: for the Faroese sailor Birgir Enni, having spent more than half a millennium under Danish rule means it's about time for the North Atlantic autonomous archipelago to break away. "We've been occupied by Denmark for 600 years!

Artist Christo launches 7,500 floating barrels in London

London - The artist Christo on Monday unveiled 7,506 coloured barrels floating on a lake in central London, a puzzling installation designed to stimulate debate as much as the senses.

Three startups disrupting the insurance industry

The insurance industry may not be entirely prepared for digital transformation, but insurtech is coming. Here are a few of the startups disrupting the insurance industry.

Japan airlines change 'Taiwan' to 'China Taiwan' on websites

Apo - Japan's two largest airlines have changed "Taiwan" to "China Taiwan" on their Chinese-language websites, officials said Tuesday, sparking an immediate protest from the self-ruled island.

Paddling for peace? S. Korea seeks joint canoe team at Asiad

Seoul - South Korea's canoe federation said Tuesday it has proposed forming a joint dragon boat team with North Korea, after the two nations agreed to compete together in some Asian Games events in a fresh show of rapprochement.

Pope Francis 'a strong voice' for all Christians: inter-church group

Geneva - Pope Francis's visit to Geneva, a centre of Protestantism, expresses "Christian unity", the World Council of Churches chief told AFP, insisting the pontiff's message of love and inclusion speaks across denominations.

Merkel, Macron search for reforms to halt EU 'disintegration'

Meseberg - German Chancellor Angela Merkel hosted French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday to hammer out reforms that can stop the "disintegration" of the European Union, torn by populist forces and deep discord over immigration.
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