Monday 19 February 2018

Turkish PM picks his party's future

Prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will pick new officials to guide his Justice and Development Party to local, presidential and general elections and announce policy goals for 2023 when the country celebrates its centenary.
Prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will pick new officials to guide his Justice and Development Party to local, presidential and general elections and announce policy goals for 2023 when the country celebrates its centenary.

Thousands of delegates crowded a sports arena where Turkey's ruling party, marking nearly a decade in power, is holding a congress to designate new leaders.

Prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will pick new officials to guide his Justice and Development Party to local, presidential and general elections and announce policy goals for 2023 when the country celebrates its centenary.

Backstage ruckus at hip-hop awards

Police broke up an altercation between two groups at the seventh annual BET Hip-Hop Awards in Atlanta, Georgia, but no arrests were made.

Officers responded to the scuffle in the backstage area of the awards show. Police have not released the identities of those involved.

Poverty concert takes Manhattan

Neil Young, John Legend, Black Keys and others performed at a free concert in New York's Central Park to publicise world poverty.

The concert also featured Band of Horses and the Foo Fighters. The event was streamed worldwide as about 60,000 music fans crowded the park.

Lottery-winning benefit thief dies

A woman who collected welfare benefits despite winning a $735,000 (€571,000) lottery prize has died of a possible drug overdose, Michigan police said.

Amanda Clayton (25), of Lincoln Park, was found dead at a home in the community near Detroit. She had pleaded no contest to fraud in June and was sentenced to nine months' probation.

Walliams speaks out on depression

Little Britain star David Walliams has spoken of his battle with depression and revealed that he spent time in the Priory.

After a week in the clinic, Walliams (41) recounts in his autobiography 'Camp David' how he was picked up by fellow comedian Rob Brydon, "the best friend I could ever have hoped for", who took him to his home.

Moon rock for sale at meteor auction

A New York City auction is offering 125 meteorites for sale, including a large chunk of the Moon.

The auction also includes a large piece of the Peekskill meteorite, famous for puncturing a car in 1992. The Moon rock has the highest pre-sale estimate of $340,000 (€265,000) to $380,000 (€296,000).

Irish Independent

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