World Briefs: Turkey names Transport Minister as new PM

Turkey names Transport Minister as new PM 

ISTANBUL • Turkey's ruling party has picked a loyal ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as the new Prime Minister, as Mr Erdogan seeks to tighten his grip on power.

The Justice and Development Party appointed Transport Minister Binali Yildirim, 60, as its chairman yesterday, meaning he will automatically become Prime Minister.


Brussels attacks suspect 'wanted to die a martyr'

BRUSSELS • Belgian investigators said they have discovered a "last testament" attributed to Brussels attacks suspect Mohamed Abrini, suggesting that he wanted to die a martyr.

The document was found on a laptop found on March 22, the day the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria attacked Brussels airport and a metro station in the city, killing 32.


'In' campaign takes lead in Brexit poll

LONDON • The campaign to keep Britain in the European Union took an 18 percentage point lead over the "Out" campaign ahead of a June 23 referendum, a telephone poll by Ipsos MORI showed on Wednesday. The survey said 55 per cent supported staying in the EU while 37 per cent wanted to leave, though other polls have shown the Out camp leading.


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