The prices of domestic LP gas is to be reduced from midnight tomorrow (03).
Two officers injured in blast outside interior ministry in Turkey
An explosion outside Turkey’s interior ministry in the capital, Ankara, was a “terrorist attack”, the interior minister has said.
Two attackers arrived in a commercial vehicle around 09:30 (06:30 GMT) and carried out the attack injuring two officers, Ali Yerlikaya said. He added that an attacker blew himself up in front of a ministry building and another was “neutralised”.
The explosion happened just hours before parliament was due to reconvene. It is not clear who the attackers were. No-one has claimed the attack.
A senior Turkish official told Reuters news agency the attackers had hijacked the vehicle and killed its driver in Kayseri, a city 260km (161 miles) south-east of Ankara.
One of the injured officers suffered shrapnel injuries, he added.
The first media reports of an explosion also spoke of gunfire heard in the area. Emergency services rushed to the scene, with police blocking several surrounding roads.
Ankara police said it was carrying out “controlled explosions” of “suspicious packages” to prevent other explosions.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan mentioned the attack in his speech during Sunday’s opening of parliament: “The attack this morning where two villains were neutralised as a result of the timely intervention of our security units is the final flutters of terrorism. “The vile people who took aim at the peace and security of our citizens did not reach their goal and they never will.”
The Turkish parliament is expected to ratify Sweden’s entry into Nato during the autumn session.
Turkey dropped its opposition to Sweden’s application in July, having opposed it for months over arguments it hosted Kurdish militants. Militants, mainly from the banned Kurdish Workers Party, used to carry out frequent attacks across the country.
The group has come under intense pressure by the authorities, who have jailed its leaders and conducted military operations against Kurdish bases inside Turkey and across the border in Syria and Iraq.
US House passes stopgap measure to avert government shutdown
The US House of Representatives on Saturday approved a temporary funding bill, in a major step towards avoiding a government shutdown hours before current funding was slated to expire.
The House voted 335-91 to fund the government for another 45 days, with more Democrats (209) than Republicans (126) supporting it.
The measure would extend government funding by 45 days if it passes the Democratic-majority Senate and is signed into law by Democratic President Joe Biden before 12:01am (04:01 GMT) deadline on Sunday.
The move marked a profound shift from earlier in the week when a shutdown looked all but inevitable. Democrats overwhelmingly backed the 11th-hour Republican measure to keep federal funding going, albeit with a freeze on Washington’s massive aid to Ukraine.
The stopgap measure was pitched by Speaker Kevin McCarthy with just hours to go before a midnight shutdown deadline that would have seen millions of federal employees and military personnel sent home or required to work without pay.
Maldives opposition candidate Muizzu projected to win presidential run-off
Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has conceded defeat in a presidential run-off vote after an official count showed his rival Mohamed Muizzu in an impenetrable lead.
“Congratulations to president-elect Muizzu,” Solih wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter, after the Elections Commission of the Maldives showed his opponent winning 54 percent of ballots on Saturday. “Thank you for the beautiful democratic example shown by the people in the elections,” he added. Official results are expected later today.
Muizzu, 45, emerged as the surprise fore runner during the first round of voting on September 8, taking some 46 percent of the ballots cast. Solih – hurt by a low voter turnout and a split within his Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) – won 39 percent.
The run-off was seen as having significant implications for the Maldives’s foreign policy, especially in deciding China and India’s battle for influence in the strategically located archipelago.
“Today’s result is a reflection of the patriotism of our people. A call on all our neighbours and bilateral partners to fully respect our independence and sovereignty,” a top official of Muizzu’s Progressive Party of Maldives, Mohamed Shareef, said according to the Associated Press news agency.
He told the news agency that it was also a mandate for Muizzu to resurrect the economy and the release of People’s National Congress party leader and former President Abdulla Yameen from prison.
Yameen is serving a prison term for corruption and money laundering, but his supporters say he has been jailed for political reasons. Muizzu had served as the housing minister for seven years and is currently the mayor of the capital Male.
Watchdog group Transparency Maldives said there had been some incidents of “electoral violence,” without specifying further details.
There were more than 282,000 eligible voters and turnout was 78 percent an hour before the polling stations closed.
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