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The front-runners for the nominations in the US presi-
dential race are aiming to extend their leads.
Republicans are holding caucuses or primaries in four
states, with Democrats voting for their candidate in three.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leads the De-
mocrats' contest while billionaire Donald Trump is ahead in
the Republicans' race.
Efforts by Republicans to slow Trump's march have so
At a televised debate last Thursday, his main rivals for
the nomination, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, launched a se-
ries of attacks on him.
Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican nominee, earlier ac-
cused the businessman of bullying, greed and misogyny.
Trump dismissed Romney as a "failed candidate".
Two days earlier, on Super Tuesday, Trump won seven of
the 11 contests. (BBC)
Republican front-runner Donald Trump moved to
staunch scathing criticism of his national security views
last Friday, executing an abrupt about-face by declaring
that he would not order the US military to violate interna-
tional laws to fight terrorism.
After advocating the killing of terrorists' families and the
benefits of waterboarding, Trump reversed course after
condemnation from former cabinet members, lawmakers
and intelligence and military officials, some of whom de-
nounced him as "utterly unfitted to the office" of president.
Others suggested that the military would be within its
rights to refuse to obey those orders.
But in a statement last Friday, Trump said that he under-
stands "that the United States is bound by laws and
treaties" and that he would "not order our military or other
officials to violate those laws and will seek their advice on
He added, "I will not order a military officer to disobey
the law. It is clear that as president I will be bound by laws
just like all Americans and I will meet those responsibili-
Turkish police fired tear gas and rubber
bullets yesterday to disperse protesters
outside the country s biggest newspaper
after authorities seized control of it in a
crackdown on a religious group whose
leader the government accuses of trea-
A court on Friday appointed an admin-
istrator to run the flagship Zaman, Eng-
lish-language Today s Zaman and Cihan
agency, linked to US-based cleric Fethullah
Gulen, who President Tayyip Erdogan says
was plotting a coup.
Rights groups and European officials
condemned the takeover, seeing it as proof
that Turkey s government silences dissi-
dent views. Other media outlets affiliated
with Gulen s movement were taken over
in October, and companies including a
bank have been seized, wiping out billions
of dollars in valuations.
"Turkey has the right to question those
who take part in a clear coup attempt,
whether economic or journalistic, against
an elected government," Prime Minister
Ahmet Davutoglu said while on a trip to
"There is a legal process examining
charges of political operations, including
funneling illegal monies. We have never
intervened in the legal process," he said.
Erdogan has repeatedly pledged to crush
Gulen s conservative religious movement,
which he said has infiltrated the police,
judiciary and bureaucracy since his party
won power in 2002.
"Extremely worried about latest devel-
opments on Zaman newspaper which
jeopardises progress made by Turkey in
other areas," European Enlargement Com-
missioner Johannes Hahn said on Twit-
ter.European Parliament President Martin
Schulz tweeted the takeover was "yet
another blow to press freedom" and said
he and Davutoglu would discuss it tomor-
Critics have accused the European
Union of turning a blind eye to Turkey s
rights record because it needs Ankara s
help curbing huge flows of refugees and
Turkey, which borders Syria, Iraq and
Iran, will join EU leaders in Brussels at a
crisis summit tomorrow. Davutoglu said
the "positive agenda will now be occupied
and stained" with the issue of press free-
"Any country, and in particular those
negotiating EU accession, needs to guar-
antee fundamental rights, including free-
dom of expression, and due judicial
process, in line with the European Con-
vention on Human Rights," the European
Commission said in a statement.
A regional governor has called on the Greek
government to declare a state of emergency for
the area surrounding the Idomeni border cross-
ing where thousands of refugees are stranded
due to border restrictions along the route
towards Western Europe.
Between 13,000 and 14,000 people are trapped
in Idomeni, while another 6,000-7,000 are being
housed in refugee camps around the region,
according to Apostolos Tzitzikostas, governor of
Central Macedonia province.
"It s a huge humanitarian crisis. I have asked
the government to declare the area in a state of
emergency," Tzitzikostas said during a visit to
Idomeni yesterday to distribute aid to the Red
Cross and other non-governmental organisa-
"This cannot continue for much longer."
Aid agencies have expanded the Idomeni camp
as new arrivals cause more overcrowding. How-
ever, living conditions are deteriorating and it is
feared another 18,000 refugees elsewhere in
Greece will eventually arrive at the border.
Up to 1,000 more refugees arrived yesterday
in the Greek port of Piraeus from the Aegean
islands of Lesbos and Chios, the Greek coastguard
The neighbouring former Yugoslav republic
of Macedonia has stopped all but a trickle of
Iraqi and Syrian refugees from crossing, following
similar restrictions by countries further north
on the route to western Europe. (Al Jazeera)
The Philippines says it has seized a
North Korean ship in line with tightened
UN sanctions targeting the country's nu-
Deputy presidential spokesman Manolo
Quezon said the Philippines "has to do its
part to enforce the sanctions".
The Jin Teng is one of 31 ships operated
by North Korean firm Ocean Maritime
Management, which is subject to an asset
freeze and sanctions. It is currently docked
in Subic Bay and is unloading palm kernels.
New UN sanctions were imposed after
North Korea's recent nuclear and ballistic
missile tests. They include mandatory in-
spections of all cargo going to or from the
The Philippines government says it will
impound the Jin Teng and eventually de-
port the crew.
A second inspection took place yester-
day, coastguard spokesman Commander
Armand Balilo said. He said the crew of 21
had been "very co-operative". (BBC)
Philippines seize North Korea cargo ship
US electoral candidates
head for new battles
position on torture,
killing terrorists' families
State of emergency urged at Greece-Macedonia border
Children watch a cartoon movie in a field at the northern Greek border station of Idomeni,
yesterday. (AP PHOTO)
Clashes follow takeover of
Turkey's biggest newspaper
Riot police use tear gas against people gathered in support of Turkey's largest-
circulation newspaper, Zaman, at its headquarters in Istanbul, yesterday.
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