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Erdoğan and his hardline allies have won Turkey – women and LGBTQ+ people will pay the price

Erdogan victory will cost women and gaysOn Sunday, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was declared the winner of Turkey’s presidential runoff elections. According to numbers reported by the state-owned Anadolu news agency, more than 27 million voters cast their ballots in favour of Erdoğan, who has been at the country’s helm for more than two decades.

He entered the second round in the lead in the polls, and was expected by most to emerge victorious. Although Erdoğan captured slightly more than half of the vote, more than 25 million people also mobilised to vote against him.


Russia has launched its 'largest drone attack' of the war on Kyiv, killing one

Russia launches large dron attackUkraine's capital was subjected to the largest drone attack since the start of Russia's war, local officials said, as Kyiv prepared to mark the anniversary of its founding on Sunday. At least one person were killed.

Russia launched the "most massive attack" on the city overnight Saturday with Iranian-made Shahed drones, said Serhii Popko, a senior Kyiv military official. The attack lasted more than five hours, with air defense reportedly shooting down more than 40 drones.

A 41-year-old man was killed and a 35-year-old woman was hospitalized when debris fell on a seven-story nonresidential building and started a fire, Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said.

Ukraine's air force said that Saturday night was also record-breaking in terms of Shahed drone attacks across the country. Of the 54 drones launched, 52 were shot down by air defense systems.


Ukraine prepares 'for a new phase of the war' as counteroffensive appears imminent

Ukraine soldiersUkraine has entered “a new phase of the war,” a senior adviser to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told NBC News Saturday as speculation about its long-anticipated counteroffensive ratcheted up.

“Now we see the intensifying attacks on the Russian rear supplies,” said Mykhailo Podolyak, adding that preparations were taking place to strike back at the Kremlin's forces.

“We are preparing the battlefield for the new phase of the war. It’s going on now. It is a large number of measures in different sectors of the front line,” he said, conceding that preparation was well underway.

During the interview, Podolyak also praised a slickly produced video posted on Telegram Saturday by Valerii Zaluzhnyi, the commander in chief of Ukraine's armed forces.


What is the current state of play in Ukraine? Kyiv plans its counteroffensive and issues a last-chance offer for Russian forces

Ukraine Brigadier-General Sergii MelnykOne of Ukraine's top generals has warned Russian forces they will come to "envy the dead" when his troops try and punch through their fortifications in the much-anticipated counteroffensive.

In a rare interview, Brigadier-General Sergii Melnyk told the ABC, it will not be long before the full-scale operation to liberate Ukrainian territory begins.

"I can say one thing. It will take place in the near future, and it will be a very powerful special operation that will definitely lead to the defeat of the Russian Federation," he said.

It was widely believed the counteroffensive would begin in the European spring — next week marks the start of summer.

Ukraine says it is waiting for the right moment — when the weather is good, the ground is firm and its armed forces are ready to use equipment sent by Western allies.


Wagner Chief Details Putin's Failures In Ukraine War; Wants Russia To Live Like North Korea

Wagner chiefYevgeny Prigozhin, chief of Russia's infamous Wagner group and a close ally of President Vladimir Putin, this week detailed Moscow's failures in its full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

Speaking in an interview with pro-Russian blogger Konstantin Dolgov, Prigozhin noted that Moscow's invasion of Ukraine, which began in February 2022, only helped strengthen Kyiv's military.

"If they had a notional 500 tanks at the beginning of a special military operation, or 5,000 tanks now; if they had 20,000 able to fight, they now have 400,000 able to fight," he said, according to translations from a video shared on Twitter by Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to Ukraine's minister of internal affairs.

"So how did we demilitarize [Ukraine]? It turns out that, on the contrary, we have militarized Ukraine. I think the Ukrainians are one of the strongest armies today," the Wagner chief continued.


Guam Braces For Typhoon Mawar: ‘We Are In The Crosshairs’

Typhoon Mawar

Typhoon Mawar, a monster Category 4 storm, was set to barrel into Guam on Wednesday as weather officials warned the island should prepare for a “direct hit.”

Authorities were urging residents of the U.S. island territory to move to higher ground and seek space in emergency shelters if there was any concern about the stability of their homes. The island’s governor, Lou Leon Guerrero, ordered those in flood-prone areas along the coast to evacuate Tuesday night.

“Current forecasts are not favorable to our island,” she said in an address Tuesday night. “We are in the crosshairs of Typhoon Mawar.”

By Wednesday afternoon, Mawar had maximum sustained wind speeds of 140 mph and was expected to maintain that intensity through the night as it shuffled toward the island, according to the National Weather Service. The typhoon is expected to be the biggest storm to hit Guam in two decades, and officials warned power or water service could be cut off to some areas for days or weeks.



Ukraine war: Nato watches Russian 'Zombies' in Estonia

Ukraine war: Nato watches zombies

In a cramped crew room, in a building just next to the runway of the Amari airbase in Estonia, the television is showing old episodes of Friends.

Feet up on the table, coffee mugs in hand, a bit of casual banter crisscrosses the room. On the TV screen, Rachel is just back from the hairdressers, Ross is upset about something. Then an airman pops his head around the doorway and announces calmly: "Zombie heading north out of Kaliningrad."

Instantly people are on their feet and moving next door to the Operations Room, where screens and digital maps marked "Nato Secret" flicker with streams of incoming data.

This is the Quick Reaction Force for Operation Azotize, Nato's Baltic Air Policing mission that guards the alliance's north-east borders where Russian aircraft regularly probe the boundaries of Nato territory.

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