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Erdogan: Poll win a blow to immoral politics

Erdogan said his rivals would 'pay the price' [AP]Turkey's prime minister has has declared victory in local elections that had become a referendum on his rule, calling the results a blow to the "immoral, aimless politics" of his rivals.

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Slovakia elects political novice as president

A millionaire philanthropist and political newcomer has trounced Slovakia's veteran prime minister in the race to become the next president, according to nearly complete results.

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Turkish elections turn deadly in local feuds

Erdogan and his party seek validation in polls.Violence has hit Turkish municipal elections, with eight people being killed in fights between groups supporting rival candidates.

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Syria leak prompts espionage probe in Turkey

Turkey has started an espionage investigation after a recorded discussion between top officials on potential military action in Syria was leaked on YouTube, heralding a possible government crackdown on its political opponents after elections on Sunday.

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Hungary PM supporters rally ahead of vote

Tens of thousands of supporters of Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban marched through Budapest in a show of strength before a parliamentary election early next month.

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Russia rules out intention to invade Ukraine

Russia's foreign minister says Moscow has "absolutely no intention" of ordering its armed forces to cross over the Ukrainian border, in a statement that appears to rule out an invasion of mainland Ukraine following Russia's seizure of Crimea.

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UK holds first gay marriage ceremonies

The UK held its first gay marriage ceremonies on Saturday, as a law authorising same-sex marriage came into effect at midnight, the final stage in a long campaign for equality.

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UK nurse charged with murdering patients

A male nurse has been charged with the murder of three patients who were poisoned with contaminated medical products at a British hospital, police have said.

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Kerry seeks Ukraine talks with Lavrov

Lavrov claimed 'Western nations are trying to make up proof for global isolation of Russia' [AP]US Secretary of State John Kerry has made a last-minute change of plans to fly to Paris with the aim of setting up talks with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on the Ukraine crisis.

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US tells Russia to leave Crimea border area

Ukrainian soldiers withdrawing from Simferopol in Crimea [AP]Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, has discussed with his US counterpart Barack Obama a dipomatic proposal to defuse the crisis in Crimea, hours after Obama called for a withdrawal of Russian troops near the Ukraine border.

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