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Turkey bans Facebook, Twitter after pictures of attack appear online

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ANKARA — Turkey has banned on utilization of social networking websites Facebook and Twitter after photos of the savage suicide car bomb assault began seeming online on Monday.

An Ankara court has issued a ban on the social networking sites. The orders came after a court decided for banning the sites in the wake of examinations being propelled into to nab the culprits of the bombarding.

Several local users reported trouble in accessing the sites. Turkey a year ago blocked access to Twitter over the sharing of photographs of a prosecutor being held at gunpoint by far-left militants.

A number of other websites were also blocked after images of victims injured in the blast were displayed and shared on the internet.

The deadly blast, which occurred near the ministries, killed 34 people and injured 125 others.

19 amongst the injured are in a critical condition. The attack is being suspected to have been perpetrated by Kurdish militants.

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Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih wins presidency

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MALE — Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has beaten incumbent Abdulla Yameen according to provisional results, the country’s Elections Commission says.

Results released by the Elections Commission showed Mr Solih securing 133,808 votes (58.3 percent) compared to the 95,526 for incumbent Abdulla Yameen. The voter turnout was over 88 per cent out of the 262,000-strong electorate.

The Maldives government has acknowledged the opposition’s victory after the vote on Sunday, a surprise defeat for President Abdulla Yameen who was widely expected to win.

There were no other candidates.

Mr Solih had the backing of a united opposition trying to oust Mr Yameen, but struggled for visibility with the electorate, with local media fearful of falling afoul of heavy-handed decrees and reporting restrictions.

“I call on Yameen to respect the will of the people and bring about a peaceful, smooth transfer of power,” Solih said on television, shortly after interim results from the country’s election commission.

“We have won this election with a comfortable majority,” Solih said.

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