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Turkey army says it has seized power; PM says elected government still in charge | Reuters

Turkey's military said on Friday it had seized power, but the prime minister said the attempted coup would be put down.

If successful, the overthrow of President Tayyip Erdogan, who has ruled Turkey since 2003, would amount to one of the biggest shifts in power in the Middle East in years.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said the elected government remained in office. There was no immediate word from Erdogan. The Turkish sister channel of CNN said he was "safe".

The armed forces had taken power in the country to protect the democratic order and to maintain human rights, the military said in a statement sent by email and reported on Turkish TV channels. All of Turkey's existing foreign relations would be maintained and the rule of law would remain the priority, it said.

The state-run Anadolu news agency said the chief of Turkey's military staff was among people taken "hostage" in the capital Ankara. CNN Turk also reported that hostages were being held at the military headquarters.

Turkey, a NATO member with the second biggest military in the Western alliance, is one of the most important allies of the United States in the fight against Islamic State.

via www.reuters.com


Nice Death Toll Rises as France Mourns After Truck Attack - NBC News

NICE, France — The death toll continued to climb Friday as forensics teams combed the scene where a truck driver mowed down dozens of revelers after a fireworks display at the French seaside.

Police told to NBC News that 84 people were now confirmed dead following the attack in the coastal city of Nice.

Bastille Day celebrations were transformed into scenes of chaos and carnage after the white vehicle careered down the packed promenade.

People were knocked down and thrown about like bowling pins and blood stained the pavement. Sirens and screams filled the air.

Related: No 'Magic Way' to Prevent Nice-Style Attacks, Experts Say

Many children were among the dead and dozens more were among the wounded, according to French officials.

On Friday the truck was still parked where a hail of police bullets had stopped the driver's deadly spree. Investigators pored over the scene under a hot sun as authorities maintained a wide perimeter.

via www.nbcnews.com


Istanbul airport explosions: 28 dead, 60 injured, Turkish official says - CNN.com

-- At least 28 people have been killed and 60 wounded in a terror attack on Istanbul Ataturk Airport in Turkey, Istanbul Gov. Vasip Sahin said early Wednesday. Three bombers were also killed, the governor said. Another report, from semi-official news agency Anadolu, said six of the wounded are in critical condition. A total of 49 ambulances were sent to the site.
-- There has been no immediate claim of responsibility.
 
-- CNN journalist Joe Duran said from the airport that "Police are not letting anyone in ... Hundreds of people are flooding away from airport... People are trying to get away. They're not saying much -- just the look on their face is enough, shock, some of them bleeding..."
"People are walking away bleeding, with bandages on their head."

via www.cnn.com


Germany, France press Britain for quick EU divorce | Reuters

Germany and France led demands on Saturday for Britain to negotiate a quick divorce from the European Union, with Paris warning that populism will otherwise take hold after the vote to leave the bloc sent shockwaves around the world.

The European Central Bank added to the pressure by saying Britain's financial industry, which employs 2.2 million people, would lose the right to serve clients in the EU unless the country signed up to its single market - anathema to "leave" campaigners who are set to lead the next government in London.

Britain's decision to leave the EU, the world's largest trading bloc, is the biggest blow since World War Two to the European project of forging greater unity.

via in.reuters.com


Brexit: An often rocky marriage ends in sudden divorce - CNN.com

London (CNN)As marriages go, 43 years is not bad. But ever since Britain and Europe tied the knot in 1973, the relationship has been a tortured one -- with arguments about money, accusations of infidelity and seeping exasperation on both sides.

It was a Conservative Prime Minister, Edward Heath, who championed the cause of Europe and negotiated Britain's accession to what was then the European Economic Community in 1971. Then too, opinion in Britain was divided, with the center of British politics arguing "join" while left and right resisted. But the lengthy courtship had none of the sulfuric resentment of the divorce that would follow four decades later.

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UK Brexit vote triggers global financial, political havoc

London (CNN)The UK has voted to leave the European Union in a historic referendum that triggered the resignation of British Prime Minister David Cameron and wreaked havoc on global markets.

There was a mixture of jubilation and tearful disbelief in the UK as people awoke Friday to the final verdict in the extremely close vote that deeply divided the nation.
 
Europe was plunged into uncertainty following the result, with calls for further referendums from emboldened far-right groups who see it as a boost for their anti-EU, anti-immigration policies.

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Britain's financial sector reels after Brexit bombshell | Reuters

Britain's 2.2 million financial industry workers face years of uncertainty and the risk of thousands of job cuts after the country voted to quit the European Union, leaving question marks over London's status as Europe's premier financial center.

The 'Vote Leave' campaign fronted by a slew of Conservative lawmakers and financial industry veterans claimed victory over its 'Britain Stronger in Europe' rival, after 52 percent of Britons voted to support their plan to leave the 28-nation club.

via www.reuters.com


Postpone or move Olympics, doctors urge - CNN.com

(CNN)The summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro should be postponed or moved "in the name of public health" due to the widening Zika outbreak in Brazil, more than 100 prominent doctors and professors said Friday in an open letter to the World Health Organization.

"We make this call despite the widespread fatalism that the Rio 2016 Games are inevitable or 'too big to fail,' " the writers said in the letter addressed to WHO Director-General Margaret Chan. "Our greater concern is for global health. The Brazilian strain of Zika virus harms health in ways that science has not observed before."

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Obama announces full lifting of Vietnam arms embargo | Politics | Thanh Nien Daily

The United States has fully lifted its ban on weapons sales to Vietnam, President Barack Obama announced on Monday during a visit to Hanoi, unpicking a decades-old embargo on the one-time enemy.
 
"The United States is fully lifting the ban on the sale of military equipment to Vietnam that has been in place for some fifty years," he said at a joint press conference alongside his Vietnamese counterpart President Tran Dai Quang.
 
Both countries are warily eyeing China's military build-up in the South China Sea.
 
But Obama was keen to separate the decision to allow arms sales to the Southeast Asian nation from shared concerns over Beijing's claims to contested waters.
 
The decision to lift the ban was not based on China... but on our desire to complete what has been a lengthy process moving towards normalization with Vietnam," he said.

via www.thanhniennews.com