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News of the day from across the globe, April 20
April 19, 2017
The British Parliament on Wednesday approved Prime Minister Theresa May’s call for an early general election, setting the stage for a contest that will help define the terms of the country’s withdrawal from the European Union. The overwhelming vote, 522 to 13, easily cleared the two-thirds threshold May needed to call a snap election, which is scheduled for June 8. The news comes shortly after the United States’ decision last month to pull out of the manhunt for Kony, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court, saying the active membership of his Lord’s Resistance Army is now less than 100. Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo and members of the country’s Jewish community have taken part in observances marking the 74th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. Dozens of members of Turkey’s political opposition were arrested in dawn raids on Wednesday, as a crackdown began on those questioning the legitimacy of a referendum on Sunday to expand the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Erdogan has claimed a narrow 51.4 percent to 48.6 percent victory in the vote, but protesters in pockets of the country have marched in the streets every night since then to demonstrate against what they assert was a rigged election. After warnings from Erdogan, at least 38 people accused of participating in the protests were rounded up or issued arrest warrants, according to lawyers of the detained.