Prospects for the survival of Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) are bleak, and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan expects to be banned from politics, senior colleagues told Reuters Sunday. They said the party is thinking of fashioning itself as a new political movement. The nation's highest court is considering a case that seeks to shut down the AKP on grounds that it has violated the secular Constitution by supporting Islamist activities.
At least seven people were killed and more than 50 others required hospitalization in Johannesburg, South Africa, late Saturday night as rampaging residents of a poor suburb shot, stabbed, and beat immigrants. Many of the casualties were Zimbabweans who'd left their own country because of its economic ills. The trouble began when the immigrants were accused of monopolizing scarce jobs and housing.