Opinion: Turkey's democracy died today

Opinion: Turkey's democracy died today

It comes as no surprise that at the last minute, when the counting showed the “no” vote was threatening the thin lead of the pro-Erdogan “Yes” vote, electoral authorities stepped in to announce they would allow unsealed ballots to be counted, in contravention to the rules. Already the lead-up to the vote gave enormous advantages to the yes camp, particularly in the form of media coverage. Meanwhile, opponents faced intimidation and the risk of job loss if they publicly voiced their opinions. Now, with the results showing a narrow 51%-to-49%…

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Holman's brilliant double inspires Roar win over Phoenix

Holman's brilliant double inspires Roar win over Phoenix

Updated April 16, 2017 19:32:07 Photo: Brett Holman scored two cracking goals as the Roar edged Phoenix in a classic. (AAP: Dan Peled) Two superb goals from Brett Holman have helped Brisbane overcome a two-goal deficit to beat Wellington Phoenix 4-3 and seal a home A-League final for the Roar. Goals from Roy Krishna, Gui Finkler and Michael McGlinchey had Phoenix in control 3-1 at half-time but second-half strikes from Brandon Borello, Jamie Maclaren and Holman — adding to his first-half strike — gave the Roar victory in front of…

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Turkey's Erdogan celebrates referendum victory as opponents vow to challenge

Turkey's Erdogan celebrates referendum victory as opponents vow to challenge

Updated April 17, 2017 07:18:07 Photo:Supporters of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan celebrate in Istanbul. (Reuters: Huseyin Aldemir) Related Story: Turkey at a crossroads as Erdogan pushes for more power in referendum Related Story: Turkish Australians cast their vote in Turkey’s referendum Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has celebrated what he said is a clear win in a referendum to grant him sweeping new powers, but opponents said they would challenge the vote count which gave a narrow 51.3 per cent lead to Mr Erdogan’s supporters. Key points: A “yes” vote…

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Internet, computer pioneer Robert W Taylor dies

Internet, computer pioneer Robert W Taylor dies

Posted April 16, 2017 15:13:01 Robert W Taylor, who was instrumental in creating the internet and the modern personal computer, has died at the age of 85. Mr Taylor, who had Parkinson’s disease, died on Thursday at his home in the San Francisco Peninsula community of Woodside, his son Kurt Taylor told US media. While working for the Pentagon’s Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) in 1966, Mr Taylor shepherded the creation of single computer network APRANET — which evolved into the internet — after becoming frustrated he had to use…

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