05/29/2023, 09.08
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Erdogan wins, but does not triumph in Turkey's presidential runoff

Today's headlines: in 2023, solar investment will exceed oil spending for the first time, driven by China; PM Modi inaugurates new parliament, opposition boycotts: South Korean court issues arrest warrant for passenger who opened door in flight; Over 9,000 Russian teenagers will attend patriotic-military camps in summer, modern variant of Soviet 'Pioneers'.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan will remain in power for another five years. The outgoing president won in the runoff, taking 52.1% of the vote over opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu (47.9%). The sultan celebrated his triumph by announcing the start of the 'century of Turkey' and attacking on rights. Turnout stood at just over 85%, down from 90% in the first round. 

Global investment in solar energy is set to exceed oil spending for the first time in 2023, with China leading the way according to International Energy Agency forecasts. About .8 trillion will be invested globally, including more than .7 trillion in clean technologies. In the first four months of this year, Beijing tripled the 2022 figures. 

Yesterday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the new Parliament, a modern complex that is part of a wider government plan to restyle the capital's architecture, linked to the British colonial era. The opposition boycotted the ceremony. The renovation in the heart of New Delhi is based on local culture, traditions and symbols one year before the assembly elections. 

A court issued an arrest warrant yesterday for the Asiana Airlines passenger who opened the door of the plane more than 200 metres above the ground, minutes before it landed in Daegu, triggering panic on board. The man, in his thirties, was detained at the airport. The device will allow the extension of the terms of his pre-trial detention, for the judges there was a danger of flight. 

The provincial government of Bali intends to target foreign tourists who use cryptocurrencies as a means of payment in hotels, restaurants, shopping centres and other major attractions. Sanctions include fines, criminal prosecution, deportation and closure of businesses. Cryptocurrencies, as well, are permitted in Indonesia but remain banned as a means of payment

Over 9,000 teenagers between the ages of 14 and 17 will attend patriotic-military camps in the summer, a modern variant of the Soviet 'Pioneers'. They will be taught the "fundamentals of national security", combat preparation activities in "fire, tactics and genius", and basics of military medicine and drone operation. Meetings with veterans of World War II and the war in Ukraine.

The leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan met at the Eurasian Economic Council in Moscow. Mediator Putin stated that 'we are moving towards conflict settlement', but Armenian Pašinyan polemised Azerbaijan's Aliev for using the term 'Zangezur corridor' instead of Armenia's 'Lačin, which is Armenia's territory and should be accessible, but is always blocked by Baku'.

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