Polls open in Turkey in biggest test for Erdogan

Turkish voters have begun casting their ballots in presidential and parliamentary elections in the biggest test for President Tayyip Erdogan since he came to power more than a decade and a half ago.

Voting stations opened at 8:00 a.m. local time (0500 GMT) on Sunday and will close at 5:00 p.m. local time (1400 GMT).

More than 56 million people are eligible to vote across the country. Over 3 million Turkish expatriates cast their ballots in the elections last month, Press TV reported.

Erdogan called the snap elections, bringing forward a vote that was expected to be held in November 2019.

Iraqi PM Abadi, Cleric Sadr Announce Alliance of Their Political Parties

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and cleric Moqtada al-Sadr have announced an alliance between the political parties.

"We announce a cross-sectarian, cross-ethnic alliance to speed up forming the next government and to agree on common points that guarantee the interests of the Iraqi people," said Sadr during a news conference in Najaf on Saturday, according to Press TV.

Sadr further called for a wider alliance including all components of the country's society to form an inclusive government.

Yemenis Protest against Saudi-Led attack on Hudaydah, Condemn UN Silence

Thousands of Yemenis have taken to the streets of the port city of Hudaydah to protest against the Saudi-led aggression and to condemn the United Nations’ silence.

Residents of Tihamah region, which encompasses Hudaydah, staged a rally in the city on Friday to protest against the Saudi aggression, stressing that the invaders seek to dominate Yemen.

In a statement issued on Friday, the protesters voiced their support to the Yemeni army and popular committees in their battle against the Saudi invaders and their agents, Press TV reported.

Israeli Forces Fire Tear Gas at Gazans, Wound over 200

More than 200 unarmed Palestinian protesters have been wounded by Israeli troops in the besieged Gaza Strip along the border separating the impoverished enclave and the occupied territories.

According to a report by the Gaza Ministry of Health, 206 demonstrators, including at least eight minors, sustained injuries as a result of inhaling tear gas fired by Israeli soldiers in the blockaded sliver on Friday, Press TV reported.

Iran Won't Hold Negotiations with US as 'Rogue' State: Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the US is turning into a “rogue state” by repeatedly violating international law, adding that Iran will not negotiate with a country that fails to keep its word and moves to sabotage one multilateral agreement after another.

In an article titled “US Foreign Policy in Crisis” published on the Foreign Ministry’s Website on Wednesday, Zarif responded  to a 12-point list of steep demands recently put forward by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for a “new” deal with Iran after Washington’s withdrawal from the existing multilateral nuclear agreement, according to Press TV.

“The US withdrawal from some international agreements and undermining others, coupled with efforts to weaken international organizations, are examples of destructive moves so far by the US government, which have unfortunately darkened the outlook for the international order,” Zarif wrote.