EU con­cerned over politi­cians’ de­ten­tion in Tur­key

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

Top Euro­pean Union of­fi­cials have voiced con­cern over the de­ten­tion of two lead­ing po­lit­i­cal fig­ures in the largest city in Tur­key’s mainly Kur­dish south­east.

EU for­eign pol­icy chief Fed­er­ica Mogherini and Com­mis­sioner Jo­hannes Hahn said in a state­ment yes­ter­day that Tur­key must re­spect rule of law as it deals with the se­cu­rity threat posed by Kur­dish mil­i­tants. “A po­lit­i­cal so­lu­tion is the only vi­able op­tion,” the state­ment said.

Di­yarbakir mayor Gul­tan Kisanak and Fi­rat Anli, who serves as co-mayor, were de­tained Tues­day as part of a ter­ror­ism in­ves­ti­ga­tion. They are mem­bers of the pro-Kur­dish Peo­ples’ Demo­cratic Party or HDP.

The gov­ern­ment ac­cuses the HDP of being the po­lit­i­cal wing of the Kur­dish mil­i­tant group PKK. The party de­nies the ac­cu­sa­tion.

The HDP has called for protests to de­nounce the de­ten­tions but the Di­yarbakir gover­nor’s of­fice said the demon­stra­tion will not be al­lowed.

New Clin­ton ads lay out clos­ing ar­gu­ments for cam­paign

Hil­lary Clin­ton is out with two new ads in the fi­nal days of the pres­i­den­tial race.

A cam­paign of­fi­cial says the ads are part of a fi­nal se­ries lay­ing out a clos­ing ar­gu­ment for the Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee’s cam­paign.

One ad features Clin­ton dis­cussing her plans to help chil­dren and fam­i­lies if she’s elected pres­i­dent.

The se­cond ad is nar­rated by ac­tor Mor­gan Free­man and con­trasts Clin­ton and Repub­li­can Don­ald Trump. Free­man says: “Our chil­dren are look­ing to us. What ex­am­ple will we set?”

The cam­paign says the ads will air in Florida, Iowa, Ne­vada, New Hamp­shire, North Carolina, Ohio and Penn­syl­va­nia and on na­tional cable.

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