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A scene from Imamoglu's victory speech last night in Istanbul. Photo: Mehmet Eser/Anadolu Agency/Getty
An election some feared would be the last gasp for Turkish democracy has instead emboldened the opposition and stoked belief that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is vulnerable.
Catch up quick: The ruling AKP already lost the powerful Istanbul mayoralty on March 31, by 0.2%. But Erdogan refused to accept the result and forced a rerun.
Between the lines: It was widely believed that Erdogan would only force fresh elections in Istanbul, a city he views as central to his hold on Turkey, if victory was assured. Instead, Turkey's financial and cultural capital will change hands after 25 years of AKP control.
The big picture: Erdogan has dominated Turkish politics since becoming prime minister in 2003, overseeing an economic boom and racking up victory after victory on conservative Islamist platforms that emphasize his man-of-the-people credentials.
What’s next: The soft-spoken Imamoglu may have offered a new path for the opposition. He emphasized inclusiveness and refused to take Erdogan’s bait, while making inroads with his base.
The bottom line: Erdogan has lost Istanbul, but he still has extraordinary control over Turkey’s politics, judiciary and media. Sunday’s result shows he can be defeated, but not anytime soon.
Trump displays a presidential memorandum on the Iran deal withdrawal. Photo: Xinhua/Ting Shen via Getty Images
President Trump today announced a new set of sanctions targeting top officials in the Iranian government, including Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Context: This all comes four days after Trump ordered, and then called off, strikes on Iranian targets in response to the downing of a U.S. drone.
Go deeper: Full timeline
A noisy Sunday in Prague. Photo: Michal Cizek/AFP/Getty Images
1. Some 250,000 people gathered in Prague Sunday to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Andrej Babis, who faces criminal fraud charges and conflict of interest accusations.
2. “A foiled coup in the Ethiopian state of Amhara that left five senior officials dead, including the army’s chief of staff, has thrust ethnic militias in one of Africa’s fastest-growing economies into the spotlight,” Reuters reports.
3. The G20 summit opens Friday in Japan. A high-stakes meeting is expected between Trump and China’s Xi Jinping.
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Boris Johnson claimed a "no deal" Brexit could get through the U.K. Parliament and refused to answer questions about the domestic disturbance that saw police called to his home last week in an interview with the BBC's Laura Kuenssberg.
Why it matters: Long the favorite to replace Theresa May as prime minister next month, Johnson had until tonight been avoiding interviews, apparently believing he could only hurt his chances.
On Brexit: Johnson said the threat of "no deal" is necessary to get the EU to understand "how serious we are," but stressed that it's "not where I want us to end up."
Go deeper: Johnson featured heavily in my weekend reading. Simon Kuper has a delightful piece in the FT on what today's Tory heavy hitters were like at Oxford, while Sam Knight navigates Johnson's biography of privilege and chaos in the New Yorker. One good line:
"Johnson’s life and career have been a kind of monument to wishful thinking — of ridiculous expectations shockingly fulfilled."
The White House "peace team" led by Jared Kushner will unveil the economic portion of its Middle East peace plan at a conference that begins tomorrow in Bahrain.
What to watch: Barak has been out in front of nearly every twist and turn in this saga, and he will be reporting from Bahrain — which is allowing Israeli journalists to enter for the first time ever.
Man in the middle. Photo: Pier Marco Tacca/Getty Images
Lauren Collins portrays Emmanuel Macron in a newly published New Yorker profile as hard-charging, confrontational, brilliant and pretentious.
Why it matters: Macron says recent EU elections — in which Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Rally narrowly beat his liberal En Marche party — show his battle with political "extremists" is unfinished.
What to watch: Macron has portrayed himself as a revolutionary at home and a valiant defender of multilateralism and liberal values abroad. He clearly sees himself in epic terms. But nearly halfway through his term, less than one-third of the public approves of him.
Students in Xinjiang, China, take part in a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the PRC. Photo: Gao Xinsheng/VCG via Getty Images
"I think it's been heavily investigated. ... Iran's killed many, many people a day. Other countries in the Middle East ... this is a vicious, hostile place. If you're going to look at Saudi Arabia, look at Iran, look at other countries. ... And I only say they spend $400 to $450 billion over a period of time, all money, all jobs, buying equipment."— Trump to NBC's Chuck Todd on why he's not asking the FBI to investigate the murder of Jamal Khashoggi
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