A Turkish court ordered an Austrian student and journalist to be kept in jail ahead of a trial on terror charges following his detention last week, his lawyer said on Friday. Max Zirngast, who writes for the far-left German-language magazine Re:volt, was detained in Ankara on September 11 and formally arrested by the Ankara court late Thursday, his lawyer Tamer Dogan told AFP. Zirngast, 29, was charged with being a member of an extreme leftist terror organisation, Dogan added. He had previously published articles on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has waged an insurgency inside Turkey since 1984. The PKK is blacklisted as a terror group by Ankara and its Western allies. The Austrian has been in Turkey for three years and was a masters student at Middle East Technical University (ODTU) in the political sciences department. He is accused of being a member of the Turkish Communist Party (TKP)/Kivilcim group, which is banned by Turkey as a terror organisation. Two other … [Read more...] about Turkey court keeps Austrian student in jail on terror charges
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World Turkey's main opposition leader was fined on Wednesday for defaming President Tayyip Erdogan and his family over claims about international money transfers, the state-run Anadolu news agency said. 18 Jul 2018 08:35PM Bookmark ANKARA: Turkey's main opposition leader was fined on Wednesday for defaming President Tayyip Erdogan and his family over claims about international money transfers, the state-run Anadolu news agency said.Erdogan has dismissed the allegations by Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu, saying in November last year that his family "haven't sent a dime abroad".Officials at the presidency could not immediately be reached for comment.The president, who was re-elected three weeks ago and assumed sweeping new executive powers, had vowed to take Kilicdaroglu to court, saying he would "pay the price".Kilicdaroglu has since been ordered to pay Erdogan moral damages in several court cases, but Wednesday's ruling ordering a 359,000 lira … [Read more...] about Turkish opposition leader fined record sum for defamation of Erdogan, family
ANKARA: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be sworn in for a second term with expanded powers Monday, marking a new era as Turkey shifts to a presidential system denounced by opponents as autocratic. Fresh from his outright victory in June's presidential elections, and following the scrapping of the office of Prime Minister, Erdogan will take on greater powers than any Turkish politician since World War II, including the capacity to appoint and dismiss ministers. But Erdogan — who has transformed the NATO member during his one-and-a half-decades of rule — will face significant and immediate challenges posed by a rickety economy and foreign policy tensions with the West. And while his Islamic-rooted ruling party came out of the simultaneously-held parliamentary elections as the largest faction, it will be reliant for an overall majority on nationalists who may prove awkward bedfellows. In a tightly-choreographed sequence of events, Erdogan will be sworn in at the parliament … [Read more...] about Expanded powers for Erdogan as Turkey enters new era
Ever since the 2016 US presidential election, with its revelations about Russian meddling, European officials have been on the lookout for similar attacks. But Europeans aren’t the only ones paying attention. So, too, are China’s leaders, who are considering what they might learn from the Kremlin’s successes. For Chinese President Xi Jinping, maintaining domestic stability is a top priority, a point underscored by the country’s annual budget for internal security. At well over US$100 billion, the official number is low. Like defence outlays, the real number is much higher, owing to hidden spending, including on research and development.For example, China is exploring how artificial intelligence (AI) and big data can be used to monitor everything from social media to credit-card spending, and it plans to assign all citizens a social-reliability rating to weed out potential troublemakers. The regime’s Orwellian strategy is focused squarely on social media … [Read more...] about Will China weaponise social media?
The full moon on Wednesday will be the second in a month, making it a blue moon. It’ll be at the part of the moon’s orbit that defines a supermoon. And there will be a total lunar eclipse. The total lunar eclipse is the most exciting for astronomers – it can give the moon a reddish tint, which is why it’s sometimes called a blood moon. To catch the eclipse, you’ll need to look up at a certain time: early in the morning in the US, or later that night in other parts of the world. Early Wednesday, those in certain parts of the world will be able to look up at the sky and see what you could call a “super blue blood moon.” A full moon at the part of the moon’s orbit closest to Earth is known as a supermoon. The full moon on Wednesday will also be the second in a calendar month, commonly referred to as a blue moon by NASA and others. Most excitingly, in certain parts of … [Read more...] about How and when to watch Wednesday’s ‘super blue blood moon’