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Polling stations close and vote counting begins in Ankara

Polling stations close and vote counting begins after Turks were voting in first round of dual parliamentary and presidential elections seen as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s toughest test, with the opposition revitalised and his popularity at risk from growing economic troubles. IMAGES

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CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu casts his votes

The leader of Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), Kemal Kilicdaroglu votes in Ankara. The CHP’s presidential candidate is Muharrem Ince, a senior lawmaker known for his fiery and impassioned rhetoric. IMAGES

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Voting underway in Ankara in presidential and parliamentary poll

Polls open in Ankara, Turkey for snap presidential and parliamentary elections seen as the biggest test at the ballot box for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during his 15 years in power. 1ST IMAGES

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Erdogan’s chief rival Muharrem Ince holds rally in Ankara

Muharrem Ince, the main opponent of outgoing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Sunday’s presidential election in Turkey, holds a campaign rally in the capital Ankara in front of thousands of people. IMAGES

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A Muslim from Vienna reacts after mosque closure in Austria

A Muslim from Vienna reacts after Austria said it could expel up to 60 Turkish-funded imams and their families and would shut down seven mosques as part of a crackdown on “political Islam”, triggering fury in Ankara.

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Austria to expel up to 60 imams and seven mosques

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announces plans to expel up to 60 Turkish-funded imams and their families and shut down seven mosques as part of a crackdown on “political Islam”, triggering fury in Ankara.

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Muharrem Ince addresses supporters in Ankara

Turkish MP Muharrem Ince addresses his supporters in Ankara. He was appointed by the Republican People’s Party, the main opposition party, to face President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the early presidential election on June 24. IMAGES

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Syria regime sends fighters to face Turkey in Afrin region

Damascus pitched pro-government forces into the fray Tuesday against Turkey in a Kurdish-held border region. The pro-regime fighters entered the northern Afrin region, escalating a month-long offensive by Ankara in another major twist for Syria’s complex near-seven-year war. IMAGES