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Erdogan's snap polls: bold gambit or checkmate?

Ankara - With his stunning call for elections in just over two months, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is seeking to wrong-foot an unprepared opposition and capitalise on surging nationalist sentiment after his operation in Syria, analysts say.

Economic crisis forces slowdown at Venezuela universities

Caracas - Teachers unable to pay the bus fare to get to class, students stuck in long supermarket lines in the quest for affordable food: Venezuela's academics say the deep economic crisis is paralyzing the country's universities.

Queen puts foward son as next head of Commonwealth

London - Queen Elizabeth II, the Head of the Commonwealth, opened the Commonwealth summit for what may be the last time on Thursday voicing hope that her son would be allowed to carry on her role.

Q&A: Japanese abducted by North Korea

Apo - The recent whirlwind of diplomacy over North Korea has sparked hopes in Japan of a breakthrough in the painful decades-long issue of citizens kidnapped by Pyongyang.

Muslim nomads see rape as new sign of hostility in India

Udhampur - The Muslim nomads who lead their goats, cows and horses up and down the Kashmir hills have never felt at ease in modern India and the gruesome rape and murder of a girl from the impoverished community has heightened their fears.

Windsor prepares to cash in on royal wedding extravaganza

Windsor - From biscuits to beer and traditional mugs, businesses and Windsor residents are making the most of royal wedding fever with one month to go to the nuptials of Britain's Prince Harry.

Entire island of Puerto Rico suffers power outage — again

San Juan - This year's Atlantic Hurricane season begins on June 1, and the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, devastated by Hurricane Maria on September 20, last year is still dealing with power outages. Only this time, the whole island was blacked-out.

Truce village or European capital? Possible Trump-Kim summit venues

Seoul - US President Donald Trump says that five locations are under consideration for his expected meeting with Kim Jong Un, the leader of nuclear-armed North Korea.

Fuzzy crab, shiny-eyed shrimp discovered on Java expedition

Fpo - A hermit crab, a shiny-eyed shrimp and a crab with fuzzy spines are among over a dozen new species discovered in a deep-sea expedition off the Indonesian island of Java, scientists said.

Bahrain sentences 24 Shiites to jail, revokes nationality

Dubai - A Bahrain court sentenced 24 Shiite citizens to prison and stripped them of their nationality after finding them guilty of forming a "terrorist group", a Bahraini judicial source said Thursday.

Armenia police detain dozens of anti-government protesters

Yerevan - Police in the Armenian capital Yerevan detained dozens of anti-government demonstrators on Thursday -- the seventh day of large-scale protests against ex-president Serzh Sarkisian's election as prime minister.

Daffodils to mark 75 years after Warsaw ghetto uprising

Warsaw - Sirens will sound and paper daffodils will fill the streets of the Polish capital on Thursday to mark 75 years since hundreds of young Jews took up arms against Nazi German forces in the Warsaw ghetto uprising.

Dutch state appeals expats Brexit case

Amsterdam - The Dutch state Thursday appealed a decision by an Amsterdam court to refer a landmark case over Brexit to Europe's top court, as British expats demand clarification of their rights as EU citizens.

S. Korea's Moon: a peace treaty 'must be pursued'

Seoul - A peace treaty to formally end the Korean War "must be pursued", South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Thursday, ahead of a summit next week with Kim Jong Un, leader of the nuclear-armed North.

A month after journalist disappeared in Haiti, fear and no answers

Port-au-prince - A month after photographer Vladjimir Legagneur disappeared in a violence-plagued area of Port-au-Prince, other journalists are fearful and Haitian authorities have provided little in the way of information.

End of era in Cuba as Castro hands torch to Diaz-Canel

Havana - Cuba is poised for the end of an era on Thursday as President Raul Castro steps down, formally handing power to his long-time deputy Miguel Diaz-Canel -- and thereby ending his family's six-decade grip on the island.

Helicopters hold live-fire drills in southeast China

Bejing - Chinese combat helicopters conducted live-fire drills with missiles off the country's southeast coast, state media said Thursday, without confirming whether the exercises took place in the sensitive Taiwan Strait.

Japan female mayor battles men-only sumo rule

Apo - A female mayor at the centre of a fierce debate over allowing women into the sumo ring vowed Thursday never to back down as she lodged a formal protest."I won't give up this time around...

New role for wife of North Korea's Kim: First Lady

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has given his young, stylish wife the title of First Lady in what analysts say is a major boost to her status ahead of back-to-back summits with South Korea and the United States.
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