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Multiple Deaths After Violence Breaks Out At Turkish Polls As Erdoğan Seeks For Supreme Powers

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Multiple deaths have been reported in Turkey after violence erupted at polls across the country as voters have their say on sweeping changes to the nation’s constitution.

Reports claim at least two people died on Sunday, April 16th after fracas broke out outside a polling station as the country votes on whether to give President Tayyip Erdoğan more power.

According to Turkey’s state-run news agency, Anadolu, two people lost their lives in a fight outside a polling station in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir.

Anadolu’s report said that a quarrel between two families boiled over and turned deadly in school’s garden where voters were having their say in Turkey’s referendum.

A “Yes” vote would see Turkey’s parliamentary system replaced by a more presidential one and hand Erdoğan greater power. It would also see the post of prime minister – currently held Binali Yıldırım – be abolished after 2019 and new rules gradually introduced.

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New Zealand Discharges Its Last Coronavirus Patient From The Hospital

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New Zealand has discharged the last case of coronavirus in the country and recorded no new cases of COVID-19 for five days consecutively, ministry of health officials announced on Wednesday.

The last coronavirus (COVID-19) patient to be discharged in New Zealand was being treated at Middlemore Hospital in Auckland.

During a press briefing on Wednesday, officials shared the hopeful statistics. The total number of recovered cases is now at 1,462, and there are just 21 remaining active cases of COVID-19.

The country has conducted a total of 267,435 coronavirus tests and contact tracers are working to monitor the remaining cases through the NZ COVID Tracer app.

New Zealand also launched another app on Wednesday, which will provide health care professionals with access to information on the updated case definition, on local clinical pathways, and on guidance around use of personal protective equipment.

New Zealand borders has slowly been opened, which has been “so important for us to keep the infection out of the country,” public health official Dr. Ashley Bloomfield said during the press conference. Bloomfield also credited proper hygiene such as hand washing.

In late April, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that New Zealand had “won” the battle against widespread community transmission of the virus.

Ardern said that to fully “succeed” in the fight against the coronavirus, the country must “hunt down” the remaining cases of the virus. “There is no widespread, undetected community transmission in New Zealand. We have won that battle,” said Ardern. “But we must remain vigilant if we are to keep it that way.”

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Trump Threatens To “Close Down Social Media” After Twitter Puts Warning On His Tweet

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United States president, Donald Trump has threatened to close down social media platforms, a day after Twitter posted a fact-checking notice on one of his tweets.

Trump’s threat comes a day after Twitter Inc. for the first time added a warning to some of his tweets that prompted readers to fact check the president’s tweet that claimed mail-in ballots could allow widespread voter fraud. It immediately led to a presidential eruption accusing the platform of “completely stifling FREE SPEECH”.

Donald Trump insinuated that social media firms suppressed conservative points of view, then said that his administration would “strongly regulate [the companies] or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen”.

On Wednesday, he tweeted:

“Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives voices. We will strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen. We saw what they attempted to do, and failed, in 2016. We can’t let a more sophisticated version of that happen again.

“Just like we can’t let large scale Mail-In Ballots take root in our Country. It would be a free for all on cheating, forgery and the theft of Ballots. Whoever cheated the most would win. Likewise, Social Media. Clean up your act, NOW!!!!”

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George Floyd: 4 White Police Officers Fired After Killing Black Man [VIDEO]

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4 Minneapolis police officers have been fired from their job for their involvement in the killing of a black man, George Floyd.

In a video that went viral on social media, the man was seen held down with a knee as he protested that he couldn’t breathe, officials said Tuesday.

The FBI is investigating the incident, which drew widespread condemnation of the officers after a video showing part of the encounter circulated on social media, CNN reports.

The death of George Floyd, 46, drew hundreds of people to the streets of Minneapolis on Tuesday.

Protesters — many wearing face masks — held “I can’t breathe” signs and chanted together near the site of Monday’s incident. Some motorists honked in support.

Later in the evening, police attempted to disperse the crowds outside the Minneapolis Police 3rd Precinct after a front glass window was smashed.

The four officers were “separated from employment,” Officer Garrett Parten, a police spokesman, said Tuesday.

“I support your decisions, one hundred percent,” said Mayor Jacob Frey, in a statement about police Chief Medaria Arradondo’s firing of the officers. “It is the right decision for our city. The right decision for our community, it is the right decision for the Minneapolis Police Department.”

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