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Erdogan pays homage to Islamic idol on eve of Turkey vote

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pays homage on Saturday to his executed Islamic predecessor in an attempt to rally his conservative base on the eve of a historic runoff vote.. Erdogan survived a putsch attempt against his own Islamic-rooted government in 2016.

Roger Waters dismisses 'Nazi' suit criticism as political

Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters on Saturday slammed the controversy that erupted after he donned a Nazi-style uniform at a Berlin concert as politically motivated.. In a statement released on Saturday Waters dismissed the criticism as politically motivated.

Pakistan establishment closes ranks in crackdown on Khan

With military courts, intimidation of the press and mass arrests, Pakistan's rulers are seeking to destroy former prime minister Imran Khan's support ahead of elections, analysts say.. - Fighting the courts -  Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has openly criticised the Supreme Court after they ruled Khan's arrest on graft charges illegal and ordered him freed, calling it a "funeral of justice". 

Key facts about Neuralink, Musk's cyborg gamble

Neuralink, Elon Musk's brain-implant company, has won US approval to test on humans.. - Animal testing - The FDA approval for human testing comes at a great relief for Neuralink which until now had been testing its implants in monkeys and other animals.

Turkey rides nationalist wave in historic election

Suffering a massive economic crisis and surrounded by countries at war, Turkey is witnessing a resurgence of nationalism that has impacted the fate of its biggest election of modern times.. Now, surrounded by wars stretching from Syria to Ukraine, and living through its worst cost-of-living crisis since the 1990s, Turks are embracing nationalism again.

Washington seen inching closer to debt deal

Democrats and Republicans inched towards a deal Friday, ahead of a long weekend, to extend the US debt ceiling and avoid a crippling default that could hit the world's biggest economy within days.. This year, the increasingly hard-right Republican Party has decided to turn the debt ceiling into leverage to force Biden to roll back favorite Democratic spending priorities.

Glue, soup and grit: the new climate activism

Police in Paris on Friday used teargas against activists who attempted to block the annual shareholders meeting of French oil giant TotalEnergies -- the latest standoff involving climate campaigners.. On Friday, shareholders arriving for TotalEnergies' annual general meeting in Paris were escorted past hundreds of protesters by riot police.

Pope Francis has fever, clears his schedule

Pope Francis has a fever that caused him to clear his schedule on Friday morning, the Vatican said, nearly two months after the 86-year-old pontiff was hospitalised with bronchitis.. "Due to a feverish state, Pope Francis did not receive an audience this morning," said Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni, without giving more details. 

Sleeping in a closet: Kyiv adapts to Russian night strikes

At the sound of the air raid siren, two little girls quickly unroll a mattress on the ground as their mother takes her other daughter, still asleep, to a closet.. Lyudmyla Denysenko, 44, the mother of the three girls, said that at first when the siren went off, the whole family would shelter in a corner of their flat and do online activities like music classes.

Celine Dion cancels 2023-2024 shows over health

Pop icon Celine Dion on Friday cancelled all her remaining shows scheduled for 2023-2024, saying she was not strong enough to tour as she battles a rare neurological disorder.. A statement released by her tour said: "With a sense of tremendous disappointment, Celine Dion's Courage World Tour today announced the cancellation of all remaining dates currently on sale for 2023 and 2024."