Turkish President tells CNN reforms are for Turkey, not himself

Turkish President tells CNN reforms are for Turkey, not himself

In an exclusive interview with CNN, Erdogan said that a constitutional reform package — backed by a narrow majority of Turkey’s voters in a referendum on Sunday — was not about him. “I am a mortal really, I could die at any time,” he told Becky Anderson inside Ankara’s presidential palace Tuesday, in his first interview since the vote. Turkish voters on Sunday passed an 18-article constitutional reform package that will transform the country’s parliamentary system into a powerful executive presidency. The plan, put forward by the ruling Justice and…

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The 11 worst money mistakes you’re making

The 11 worst money mistakes you’re making

WE’VE all been through it. Buyer’s remorse. We’ve lashed out and bought a product or service and then reality sets in and we wonder whether it was worth the money. It is always a very personal decision on whether something is worth the money or not. We’re all different. HEALTH: Aussies rush to join insurance switch campaign FIRST HOME: How to nail your loan application But there are some things that are simply never worth the money, no matter the spin you put on it. Here are some of our…

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International monitors deliver scathing verdict on Turkish referendum

International monitors deliver scathing verdict on Turkish referendum

Representatives from a coalition of international bodies said the vote took place on an “unlevel playing field” with the “yes” campaign dominating media coverage. Voters were not provided with adequate information, opposition voices were muzzled and the rules were changed at the last minute, they said. The conclusions drew a stiff rebuke from Turkey’s Foreign Ministry, which said the monitors’ findings are a “reflection” of a “biased and prejudiced approach.” “The comment that the referendum was below international standards is unacceptable,” the ministry statement said. Erdogan’s margin of victory in…

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Trump congratulates Erdogan on win

Trump congratulates Erdogan on win

Trump called the Turkish leader on Monday shortly after international monitors delivered a harsh verdict on the referendum on constitutional changes. They found that the opposition campaign had been restricted and the media coverage was imbalanced, and that the electoral authority had unfairly changed the rules after polls had opened. Trump joins a short list of leaders who have openly congratulated Erdogan, including Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Saudi King Salman. His congratulations stands in stark contrast to the more cautious tone adopted by European leaders and a statement issued…

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Live, long and black giant shipworm found in Philippines

Live, long and black giant shipworm found in Philippines

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLiving giant shipworm found for the first time in PhilippinesScientists have found live specimens of the rare giant shipworm for the first time, in the Philippines. Details of the creature, which can reach up to 1.55m (5ft) in length and 6cm (2.3in) in diameter, were published in a US science journal. The giant shipworm spends its life encased in a hard shell, submerged head-down in mud, which it feeds on. Though its existence has been known for years, no living specimen had…

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