June 13, 2013 |
ISTANBUL, Turkey - Besieged Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed Friday to freeze construction in a popular Istanbul park after an emergency meeting with antigovernment protesters in Ankara, easing fear of further violence after two weeks of widespread chaos and bloodshed. The meeting, which lasted more than three hours, appeared to be a last-minute effort by the prime minister to avert a police crackdown to remove thousands of demonstrators from Gezi Park who opposed the development plan.
June 12, 2013 |
ISTANBUL, Turkey -- Turkey's leader might consider holding a referendum on plans for development in an Istanbul park that sparked nationwide protests against his government, according to media reports Wednesday. Such a move would mark Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's most significant gesture to defuse the crisis, which began as a peaceful sit-in at Gezi Park two weeks ago, but quickly escalated in response to a police crackdown. Erdogan has offered to scrap a proposed shopping center in the park but still plans to build a replica of an Ottoman-era barracks and possibly a mosque and opera house.
May 30, 2013 |
BEIRUT - Any agreement reached at prospective peace talks on Syria would have to be approved by the Syrian people in a nationwide referendum, President Bashar Assad said in a television interview aired Thursday. A confident Assad said his government would participate in the peace conference, sponsored by the United States and Russia, and would negotiate directly with the opposition absent any preconditions, but he insisted that any agreement would have to be put to the ballot. "Either side can propose anything, but nothing can be implemented without the approval of the Syrian people," Assad said, according to the official Syrian transcript of the interview with Lebanon's Al Manar TV. An agreement reached last year in Geneva, which forms the basis of the projected new talks, called for negotiations leading to the formation of a transitional government accepted by both sides in the conflict.
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April 11, 2013 |
Los Angeles teachers overwhelmingly expressed "no confidence" in L.A. schools Supt. John Deasy in the first vote of its kind in the nation's second-largest school system. In the weeklong referendum that ended Wednesday, 91% of the participating teachers expressed disapproval of Deasy, with about 17,700 of the union's more than 32,000 members casting ballots, the teachers union announced Thursday. The superintendent called the vote "nonsense" even before knowing its outcome, and a group of civic leaders rallied to Deasy's defense.
February 10, 2013 |
LONDON - For David Cameron, the worst-case scenario for Britain's future looks something like this: It's 2018, and he's in his second term as prime minister. Against his advice, his country has just ripped up its membership card in the European Union, alienating its biggest trading partner and closest neighbors. That prompts Washington to seek a new ally to advocate U.S. interests across the Atlantic; suddenly, the Anglo-American "special relationship" is a little less special. Great Britain is also a little less great.
January 23, 2013 |
LONDON - Laying out a vision that could lead his country out of the European Union, Prime Minister David Cameron vowed Wednesday to negotiate a new relationship with the 27-nation trading bloc and put Britain's continued membership to a national vote. In possibly the most important speech of his premiership so far, Cameron said many of his compatriots were fed up with growing centralization of power in Brussels and that a new deal was necessary. He pledged to try to win concessions for Britain and then let voters pass judgment, by the end of 2017, in a referendum on whether they wanted to remain in the EU. A withdrawal could jeopardize Britain's access to European markets and diminish its influence on the world stage, particularly its role as a bridge to Europe for the United States.