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Erdogan vows revenge on plotters after victory in Turkish elections

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Modest outsider Anne Hidalgo Paris’ first female mayor

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SCMP artist Adolfo Arranz bags gold prizes at news design Pulitzer

<!– google_ad_section_start –> South China Morning Post senior artist Adolfo Arranz won six awards, including two gold prizes, at the 22nd Malofiej International Infographics Awards – considered the Pulitzer Prizes for information graphics – in Pamplona, Spain. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Dismal night for Socialists as far-right and conservatives sweep elections

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Front National takes control of 11 town halls in local polls while Hidalgo’s victory in Paris is only bright spot for HollandeParis elected its first female mayor on Sunday night, but the victory for socialist Anne Hidalgo was an isolated piece of good news for President François Hollande’s embattled party as the far-right Front National (FN) appeared on course to win a record number of town halls.”I am the first woman mayor of Paris. I am aware of the challenge,” Hidalgo said in a victory speech after defeating the candidate of the conservative right, former minister Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet.

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Afghanistan’s Karzai steps up accusations against Pakistan

President accuses Pakistan of being behind a recent series of attacks and of blocking his government from striking a peace deal with the Taliban

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Thais vote for Senate as showdown looms for PM

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Earth Hour around the world in pictures

Lights were switched off at famous landmarks in cities across the globe for an hour on Saturday night to mark Earth Hour

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French Front National eyes real power after startling gains in local elections

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The FN already has a new mayor and could end up in control of five towns or cities after a strong showing at the polls, with Marine Le Pen declaring 2014 ‘year zero’ for French politicsThe historic city of Avignon is up for grabs. So is Perpignan, as is Fréjus on the south coast.In local elections on Sunday, Marine Le Pen’s Front National (FN) is hoping to snatch up to 15 towns and cities from the ruling Socialist party or the opposition centre-right UMP, validating its claim to be the third force in French politics. Across Europe, where Eurosceptic, anti-immigration parties are on the rise, the results will be taken as a sign of things to come

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Jeremiah Denton, US POW held in Vietnam who became senator after TV interview fame

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Jeremiah Denton, a former US senator who was held as a prisoner of war by North Vietnam for more than seven years and revealed his treatment by blinking the word “torture” in Morse code during a televised interview, died on Friday aged 89. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Cuba approves law aimed at attracting foreign investment

New law offers steep tax cuts and promising a climate of investment security

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New York City council passes bill to protect unpaid interns’ rights

Bill would guard against sexual harassment and discrimination Mayor Bill de Blasio expected to sign into law this weekOn Wednesday, the New York City council unanimously approved a bill that seeks to protect unpaid interns against sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace. The bill, sponsored by councilman James Vacca, expands the citys Human Rights Law to afford unpaid interns the same protection accorded to paid employees. It is currently awaiting Mayor Bill de Blasios signature, which is expected in the coming days.

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NSA listed Merkel among leaders subject to surveillance report

Special databank said to hold 300 reports on chancellor Der Spiegel and Intercept cite document supplied by SnowdenThe National Security Agency appears to have included Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, on a list of world leaders subject to surveillance. The news, the latest extracted from documents supplied to media outlets including the Guardian by the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, was reported on Saturday by the German magazine Der Spiegel and The Intercept, a website set up by the former Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald with the support of the founder of eBay, Pierre Omidyar.

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Angry conservative Twitter mob and RNC lash out at ‘Ebony’ editor over ‘racist’ mistake

A scrum of conservative bloggers, media figures, and now Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus have targeted Ebony magazine Senior Editor Jamilah Lemieux over a supposedly racist error she made in an argument on the social medium Twitter. Lemieux accidentally called RNC staffer…

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Ebiri on Cesar Chavez: This Biopic of the Iconic Labor Leader Fails to Get Its Hands Dirty

Cesar Chavez makes for a fine history lesson, but as drama, it leaves something to be desired. Starring Michael Peña, this portrait of the iconic Mexican-American labor leader has noble intentions, and you could do worse than show this film to a group of kids curious about Chavez’s accomplishments. (An … More »

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The National’s Matt Berninger on His Brother’s New Rock Doc and Being Kind of a Dick

In the new documentary Mistaken for Strangers, the National’s lead singer Matt Berninger invites Tom, his slacker younger brother, to travel with the band on their 2010 High Violet tour. In response, Tom gets drunk, neglects his duties, and eventually gets himself fired, while simultaneously filming the whole thing. The … More »

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Bride who pushed groom off cliff gets more than 30 years for murder

Prosecutors said the bride lured the groom to the top of a 300-foot cliff in Glacier park on July 7 and pushed him over, then lied repeatedly to investigators in an attempt to cover up the crime

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From single malt to sauvignon blanc: Scotland warms up to wine

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Ach, Scotland! Land of elves playing folksy instruments, statues of Mel Gibson in face paint, and a refreshing glass of riesling to go with your haggis! Wait, what? That old specter of climate change strikes again, but this time it’s helping the Scots diversify their options for getting hammered. Climbing temperatures are slowly turning Scotland from the land of sheep and plaid to wine country. Bloomberg News reports that famed Scottish foodie Christopher Trotter has started up his own vineyard outside the city of Edinburgh, and he’s preparing to bottle up an inaugural harvest this year. In recent years, Scottish summers have been unseasonably warm enough to inspire Trotter to go into the winemaking biz. According to Scottish government data, the average temperature of the 2000s so far has been nearly 1 degree Celsius higher than the average measured between 1961 and 1990, and regional annual average temperatures are expected to increase by another 2.6 to 3 degrees Celsius by 2080. Lest the reader be misled, Scotland isn’t quite warm enough for most grapes at this point — sauvignon blanc, specifically, is still out of the question for now. Trotter’s fields are 75 percent solaris, which is a hybrid breed of white grape. The prospect of a warmer planet is cause for significant anxiety in the wine industry, as the quality of harvests can differ wildly from even small increases in temperature. As wine powerhouses France, Italy, and Spain start to heat up, their most alluring exports will be endangered. A 2005 study lead by Gregory Jones, a research climatologist at Southern Oregon University, showed an increase in average temperature of 1.3 degrees Celsius in the wine-soaked regions of the world over the prior 50 years, with those in the northern hemisphere warming more rapidly than their southern counterparts. A 2013 study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences projected that the areas we know for viticulture today will shrink by 19 to 73 percent. A sweltering 2003 harvest season infamously desiccated French bordeaux grapes. But climate researcher Benjamin Bois tells Bloomberg that by the time we close out the 21st century, that’s expected to be considered the norm for the region. Farmers in southern Europe are already starting to plant their vines more strategically – on hilltops facing away from the sun, for example, or farther above sea level – to beat the heat. Warmer grapes, however, make for a quicker buzz: “In the Bordeaux region of southwestern France, where viticulture dates to Roman times, alcohol levels have risen to between 13 percent and 14 percent from 11 percent 15 years ago … While more alcohol partly results from wine-makers’ choice to let grapes ripen longer for bolder flavors, the growers are only able to do so because of a warming climate,” said [Gregory] Jones, who’s published dozens of studies on wine and climate. This is all distracting us from the most important question at hand: Can Scots handle the transition from whiskey to wine? Maybe since the Japanese have started beating them at their own game, they could stand to branch out a bit. You want some ice for that burn, William Wallace? Oh sorry, you’re dead. Forward-thinking real-estate investors might start to consider a nice little vineyard property in Semersooq. You heard it here first!Filed under: Climate & Energy, Food, Living

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Hong Kong students join Taiwan sit-in

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Washington rescue workers continue search for mudslide survivors

Sixteen bodies pulled from the mud so far, with 176 people still officially unaccounted for after hillside gave way on SaturdayRescue workers were continuing to search for scores of people still listed missing after a catastrophic landslide in Washington state, as river water backed up behind the debris field.Sixteen bodies had been pulled from the mud by Wednesday, and another eight bodies have been identified but remain stuck. That brought the probable death toll to 24, although the tally remains at 16 until officials are able to recover the other bodies.

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Could 2016 Be The Electoral College’s Last Hurrah?

The progress of the National Popular Vote Compact, approved in New York Tuesday, could drastically change American presidential elections.

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