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Erdogan’s gamble on snap elections in Turkey could backfire

He paces back and forth on stage, listing his achievements for Turkey: New roads, better hospitals, more public transportation, more airports. At every rally, he hammers home the same message — he has transformed Turkey into a new modern nation. In almost every speech, 64-year-old Erdogan disparages what he calls "old Turkey," a place where garbage piled up on the streets,
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Everything you need to know about Turkey’s snap elections

Recep Tayyip Erdogan is used to winning elections — he served as Turkey's prime minister for three terms from 2003 and then as president since 2014. He narrowly won a referendum last year that will scrap the role of prime minister and create a powerful executive presidency. But a new election is needed to trigger those powers, and if Erdogan wins, Turkey will see an
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The woman trying to drive Turkey’s Erdogan from office

So presidential candidate Meral Aksener is going from town to town collecting these colorful pieces of cloth, known as "yemeni," from her supporters.The 61-year-old is leading what she calls the yemeni revolution to bring an end to the aggression of Turkish politics. If she becomes the one to finally end President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's long reign, she will put the
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Stephen Hawking’s voice will be beamed 3,500 light years into space

As Hawking's ashes are interred between the graves of Charles Darwin and Sir Isaac Newton at a memorial service on Friday at Westminster Abbey, an antenna in Spain will beam his voice out into space, toward a black hole. Hawking,a committed atheist who spent much of his life researching black holes, died in March at age 76 after battling a motor neurone disease for 55
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Stephen Hawking’s theory on everything, in his words

He died at the age of 76, and left behind provocative as well as comical quotes. On the universe "It would not be much of a universe if it wasn't home to the people you love." On scientific discoveries "I wouldn't compare it to sex, but it lasts longer." — at a science festival in 2011. On persistence "However difficult life may seem, there is always something
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Grenfell Tower victims remembered with silent walk one year after fire

Other events planned to mark the tragedy include a 24-hour vigil, a memorial church service and the unveiling of an Islamic-style mosaic made by the Al-Manaar/MCHC local Muslim community center that will be laid at the bottom of the charred remains of the apartment block. Grenfell Tower has been wrapped in white and will be illuminated in green for the 24 hours of the