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Algeria’s president might resign this week: private TV channels

ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika might resign this week, the private Ennahar and El Bilad TV channels said on Sunday, after mass protests and pressure from the army demanding he end his 20-year rule. FILE PHOTO: Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika looks on during a meeting with army Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Gaid Salah in Algiers, Algeria, in this handout still image taken from a TV footage released on March 11, 2019. Algerian TV /Handout via Reuters/File PhotoThe reports come after the army chief of staff, Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaed Salah, renewed a call on Saturday for the Constitutional Council to declare the ailing 82-year-old…

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Turkish presidency says Erdogan remarks did not contradict Istanbul victory declaration

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and his wife Emine greet supporters in Ankara, Turkey April 1, 2019. REUTERS/Umit BektasANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s comments regarding electoral results in Istanbul did not contradict the victory declaration of his AK Party’s (AKP) candidate earlier, the president’s communications director said on Sunday. AKP candidate and former prime minister Binali Yildirim had declared victory in Istanbul earlier, in a move his opposition rival called “manipulation.” In a later speech, Erdogan said his party may have lost Istanbul in the polls. “Our president did not have any remarks on Istanbul that contradicted Mr Binali Yildirim’s statement,” Fahrettin Altun said on Twitter…

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Algeria’s Bouteflika preparing to announce his resignation: Ennahar TV

FILE PHOTO: Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika looks on during a meeting with army Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Gaid Salah in Algiers, Algeria, in this handout still image taken from a TV footage released on March 11, 2019. Algerian TV /Handout via Reuters/File PhotoCAIRO (Reuters) - Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is preparing to announce his resignation in accordance with article 102 of the constitution, Ennahar TV said on Sunday. Under the article, a constitutional council can declare Bouteflika unfit for office or he can resign himself. Bouteflika, who has faced more than a month of mass protests, might announce his resignation on Tuesday, the private station said,…

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Turkey’s Erdogan says his party may have lost Istanbul mayorship

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and his wife Emine greet supporters in Ankara, Turkey April 1, 2019. REUTERS/Umit BektasANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said that his AK Party appeared to have lost Sunday’s mayoral elections in Istanbul, but added that they remained “the number one party” in Turkey. “In Istanbul, the majority of the districts are either ours or head-to-head. What does this mean? Even if our people gave away the mayorship, they gave the districts to the AK Party,” he told supporters in Ankara. Erdogan also said his party would appeal results wherever needed, and added that he would take the necessary measures at ministries…

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The Kardashians Tell All About Jordyn Woods, Fyre Festival and Being Billionaires

Image“Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” Season 16 — with artistic direction by Kanye West.CreditMiller Mobley/E! EntertainmentBut maybe you’re in a rush, so here’s some great highlights:Kim Kardashian West said she will not be running for office anytime soon. (A previous time she was asked, she said “never say never.”)“No, I don’t think so,” she said. “It would be probably the most stressful job in the world, and I don’t think that’s for me.”Kanye West’s involvement in the Kardashian business empire, along with “momager” Kris Jenner, is pretty intense:If Kris is the founder and chief executive of Kardashian Inc., Kanye has become the creative director. He frequently texts…

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Pope criticizes building walls to keep migrants out

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (Reuters) - Pope Francis said on Sunday that political leaders who want walls and other barriers to keep migrants out “will end up becoming prisoners of the walls they build”. Pope Francis addresses reporters aboard the plane bringing him back following a two-day trip to Morocco March 31, 2019. Alberto Pizzoli/Pool via REUTERSThe pope made his comments to reporters aboard the plane returning from Morocco in response to a question about migration in general and about U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat to shut down the southern border with Mexico. “Builders of walls, be they made of razor wire or bricks, will end up…

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Turkey’s main opposition candidate says ‘very clear’ he won Istanbul

Ekrem Imamoglu, mayoral candidate of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), speaks during a news conference in Istanbul, Turkey March 31, 2019. REUTERS/Huseyin AldemirANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey’s main opposition candidate for mayoral elections in Istanbul said it was “very clear” that his party had won the vote in Istanbul, the country’s biggest city. “I know we won in Istanbul, it is very clear,” Republican People’s party (CHP) candidate Ekrem Imamoglu told reporters in Istanbul. Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu and Ece ToksabayOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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Algeria’s president appoints caretaker government amid turmoil

ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika named a caretaker cabinet on Sunday, as he grapples with a political crisis following weeks of protests demanding he end his 20-year rule. Protestors of the Algerian community of Paris attend a demonstration against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on the Place de la Republique in Paris, France, March 31, 2019. REUTERS/Charles PlatiauServing Prime Minister Noureddine Bedoui will head the administration, state news agency APS said, listing 27 ministers. Central bank governor Mohamed Loukal was named as finance minister, while the former head of the state power and gas utility, Mohamed Arkab, will be energy minister, APS said. Sabri Boukadoum, a former…

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Comedian takes lead in Ukraine presidential vote: exit polls

KIEV (Reuters) - A comedian with a popular anti-corruption message but no political experience took the lead in the first round of Ukraine’s presidential election on Sunday, exit polls showed. Volodymyr Zelenskiy, 41, who plays a fictional president in a TV show, had consistently led opinion polls in a three-horse race against incumbent Petro Poroshenko and former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. Zelenskiy secured 30.6 percent of votes, compared with Poroshenko’s 17.8 percent, according to an updated exit poll released at 2300 (2000 GMT), three hours after voting closed. No candidate is expected to receive more than half the votes, meaning the election would go to a runoff…

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Turkey’s AKP candidate declares victory in Istanbul, opposition says premature

Binali Yildirim, mayoral candidate of the ruling AK Party, delivers a speech after voting in the municipal elections, outside a polling station in Istanbul, Turkey, March 31, 2019. REUTERS/Kemal AslanANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey’s ruling AK Party (AKP) candidate for Istanbul mayor said he had won Sunday’s election but his opposition rival said the declaration was premature. Speaking after more than 98 percent of ballot boxes had been opened, AKP candidate and former prime minister Binali Yildirim said his party had won. Opposition candidate Ekrem Imamoglu dismissed Yildirim’s statement as a “manipulation” and said that votes were still being counted. Turkish broadcasters said the latest count, with 98.8…

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