Erdogan's Party Suffers Blow after Istanbul Re-run Poll Defeat

Turkey's ruling AK Party has lost control of Istanbul after a re-run of the city's mayoral election, delivering a stinging blow to President Erdogan.

With nearly all ballots counted, main opposition party candidate Ekrem Imamoglu had a lead of 775,000 votes, a huge increase on the margin of 13,000 he achieved in the earlier election, BBC reported.

That victory in March was annulled after the AKP alleged irregularities.

The result ends 25 years of AKP rule in Istanbul.

The AKP's candidate, former Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, conceded to his opponent.

Iraq Seeks Air Defense Cooperation with Iran after IRGC Downing of US Drone

Iraq has called for enhanced cooperation with neighboring Iran in the area of air defense; days after Tehran successfully thwarted an American spying mission by downing a sophisticated surveillance drone over Iranian territorial waters.

Visiting Deputy Commander of the Iraqi Army Tariq Abbas Ibrahim Abdulhussein made the call during a meeting with Commander of the Iranian Army’s Air Defense Force, Brigadier General Alireza Sabahi-Fard, and IRNA reported on Sunday, citing the Army’s Public Relations Office.

Official raps KSA, UAE, Bahrain for ‘toying with regional security’

TEHRAN– An Iranian parliamentary official, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, has censured Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain for giving their territories to US to carry out acts of espionage on other countries in the region.

Iranian Parliament Speaker Special Aide for International Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian in a tweet on Saturday censured Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain for “toy[ing] with regional security by giving territories to foreign power", and allowing the US to carry out “provocative & espionage moves” from their soils against other countries in the region.

Top Zionist Occupation Court Okays Demolition of 100 Palestinian Apartments

 The Supreme Court of Israel has reportedly approved plans for the demolition of 100 Palestinian apartments units on the southeastern outskirts of occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds on the grounds that they have been built close to the separation wall that snakes across occupied Palestinian territories and isolates large swathes of them.

The occupation court argued that the units constructed in the Wadi Abu al-Hummus neighborhood “pose a security threat” due to their proximity to the wall, ordering the residents to demolish them by July 18 or embrace for hefty fines and demolition costs in case the so-called Municipality of Jerusalem al-Quds moves to raze the apartments.

Yemeni Forces, Allies Shoot Down Saudi-Led Reconnaissance Drone in Hajjah

Yemeni army forces, supported by allied fighters from Popular Committees, have intercepted and targeted an unmanned aerial vehicle belonging to the Saudi-led military coalition as it was flying in the skies over the country’s northwestern province of Hajjah, according to Press T.V.

An unnamed Yemen military source told Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah television network that Yemeni air defense forces and their allies shot down the drone as it was on a reconnaissance mission over al-Mazraq area in the Harad district of the province, located approximately 130 kilometers northwest of the capital Sana’a, on Saturday.