Archive for June 26, 2016

May 23, 2016

ISTANBUL (AP) — An unprecedented summit to revamp humanitarian aid and global responses to modern-day crises has opened in Turkey. The first World Humanitarian Summit is being convened in Istanbul on Monday and Tuesday in a bid to better tackle what the United Nations describes as the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II.

The gathering was conceived four years ago by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. In preparation, 23,000 people were consulted in over 150 countries, U.N. officials say. The U.N. under-secretary general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, said the summit’s success would be defined not by funds raised but by the number of commitments to action made.

He said the summit is “a once in a generation opportunity to set in motion an ambitious and far-reaching agenda.”

May 22, 2016

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has formally asked his trusted ally, Transport and Communications Minister Binali Yildirim, to form Turkey’s next government. Erdogan tapped Yildirim on Sunday to replace Ahmet Davutoglu who stepped down amid growing differences with the Turkish leader, including Erdogan’s wish to overhaul of the constitution to give the largely ceremonial presidency executive powers. Davutoglu remains caretaker premier until Yildirim forms a new Cabinet.

Yildirim’s appointment came hours after the ruling party confirmed him as its new party chairman at an extraordinary convention during which the 60-year-old politician vowed to follow Erdogan’s path. He made clear he intends to work toward introducing a new constitution that would change Turkey’s political system into a presidential one.