Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has suffered his worst electoral setback, with his AKP Party losing control of the capital, Ankara, and apparently set to lose Istanbul in Sunday’s local elections. The losses have damaged Erdogan’s reputation of electoral invincibility, Dorian Jones reports from Istanbul.
Foreign ministers from NATO countries meet in Washington this week for 70th anniversary of alliance, determined to show a united front in the midst of a long military stalemate in Afghanistan and tensions with Russia returned to Cold War-era levels
Ukraine is preparing for three weeks of impassioned political campaigning, as a television comedian goes head-to-head with the incumbent for the presidency. As widely predicted, satirist Volodymyr Zelenskiy easily won the first round of voting Sunday with around 30% of the ballots. President Petro Poroshenko came in second with around 16%. As Henry Ridgwell reports, the newcomer's policy positions are likely to come under greater scrutiny ahead of the April 21 runoff.
Turkey's ruling party faced tough competition in Sunday's municipal elections. Voters elected mayors, assembly members, administrators and councilors for cities, neighborhoods and districts. The poll is widely seen as a referendum on Turkey's populist president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. VOA Kurdish and Turkish language service reporters spoke to voters at the polls Sunday. Zlatica Hoke has this story.