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Turkey accuses France of ‘bullying’ after Macron sent navy to Mediterranean

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Turkey today accused France of acting like a ‘bully’ in a row over disputed Mediterranean waters. 

The search for oil and gas off Cyprus has stirred up tensions between Turkey, Greece and the EU, which have risen since Turkey sent a seismic vessel and a small navy fleet into the region on Monday. 

Greece has since dispatched its own military assets to observe what was going on, while France said it was ‘temporarily reinforcing’ its naval presence in support of Greece. 

Turkey says Greece is claiming an unfair share of the Mediterranean on the basis of a few tiny islands, but the EU is expected to back Greece’s claims in urgent talks today.  

Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on a visit to Switzerland today that ‘France especially should avoid steps that will increase tensions… they will not get anywhere by acting like bullies, whether in Libya, the northeast of Syria, in Iraq or the Meditteranean.’ 

French and Greek military vessels sail in the eastern Mediterranean on Thursday after France boosted its naval presence in the region

French and Greek military vessels sail in the eastern Mediterranean on Thursday after France boosted its naval presence in the region  

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last night warned of a ‘heavy price’ to pay for those who threaten Turkey’s Oruc Reis research ship.

‘We can’t let even the smallest attack go without an answer,’ Erdogan reaffirmed on Friday, saying Turkey would respond strongly to any ‘harassment’ of its ships.  

Erdogan said ‘there was something like this’ that happened on Thursday but provided few details.

Another warship accompanying Oruc Reis ‘gave the necessary response. And then they withdrew to their ports,’ Erdogan said without saying which nation was involved. 

The Greek defence ministry denied being involved in any incident with the Oruc Reis.

Foreign minister Cavusoglu insisted that Turkey was looking for a peaceful solution to the crisis and was only expecting ‘common sense’ from Greece.

‘Of course we do not wish to escalate, but Greece should act with common sense,’ said Cavusoglu.

‘We are always on the side of peaceful dialogue.’ 

The Turkish seismic research vessel Oruc Reis sails in the Mediterranean Sea amid tensions over oil and gas reserves off Cyprus

The Turkish seismic research vessel Oruc Reis sails in the Mediterranean Sea amid tensions over oil and gas reserves off Cyprus

Turkey claims it has every right to drill in the area, as well as in neighbouring waters Cyprus considers its own, after the discovery of large offshore gas deposits in recent years off Israel, Egypt and Cyprus.  

EU foreign ministers are expected to reaffirm their support for Greece’s interpretation of maritime boundaries and to urge all sides to respect international law.

Greece placed its armed forces on high alert this week as relations between the historic rivals and nominal NATO allies hit a two-decade low.  

Erdogan’s ministers counter that Greece is using its control of a few tiny islands off the coast of Turkey to claim an outsized share of the Mediterranean Sea.

It also cites examples of past international agreements that gave the coastal power the right to waters despite another nation’s islands near its shores. 

French relations with Turkey, which is not an EU member, are already strained over Ankara’s involvement in Libya’s civil war. 

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan (pictured in Istanbul today) has warned that Turkey will respond if its ships are harassed

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan (pictured in Istanbul today) has warned that Turkey will respond if its ships are harassed 

Germany has taken a leading role in trying to mediate the dispute.

Erdogan had followed German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s urgings and suspended the Oruc Reis mission last month to give talks another chance.

Greece then signed a maritime agreement with Egypt that appeared aimed at countering a similarly controversial one Turkey had signed with the UN-recognised government in Libya last year.

The Egyptian deal was quickly followed by Erdogan’s decision to push ahead with the Oruc Reis mission this week.

‘These tensions are worrying,’ Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert said on Friday.

‘What’s important is de-escalation’ and for countries ‘to talk directly to each other’.

Erdogan said he agreed with Merkel by telephone on Thursday to ‘develop a process of protective understanding’ with Greece.

‘Merkel after speaking to me spoke to [Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis]. I hope she has expressed the line to him discussed with us.’ 

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Joe Biden makes ANOTHER gaffe by saying that 200 million Americans have died of COVID-19

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Joe Biden made another gaffe on Sunday when he declared an estimated 200 million Americans had died from COVID-19 – but the death toll is actually just under 200,000.

The Democratic presidential nominee made the remark during a campaign event at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

With just 44 days until the embattled election, both Biden and President Trump have revved up their campaigning to secure votes before Americans go to the polls.

While discussing the devastation the COVID-19 pandemic has leveled against the United States and Trump, Biden accidentally claimed that nearly two-thirds of the country had died.

‘If Donald Trump has his way, the complications from COVID-19, which are well beyond what they should be – it’s estimated that 200 million people have died — probably by the time I finish this talk,’ said Biden.

Although the number of COVID-19 deaths are staggering in the United States -even more so when compared to some other countries – 200 miillion Americans have not died of the virus.

Joe Biden (pictured): 'If Donald Trump has his way, the complications from COVID-19, which are well beyond what they should be - it's estimated that 200 million people have died -- probably by the time I finish this talk'

Joe Biden (pictured): ‘If Donald Trump has his way, the complications from COVID-19, which are well beyond what they should be – it’s estimated that 200 million people have died — probably by the time I finish this talk’

Biden likely meant to say 200,000 deaths, which the country has slowly edged towards for the last week. As of Sunday, deaths have amassed to 199,474 and there are 6.7 million confirmed cases.   

The former vice president made a similar gaffe at a campaign stop in June, when he said that 120 million Americans had died because of COVID-19.

Biden’s comments were made while he criticized Trump for his health care policies, which he suggested failed Americans during the pandemic.  

‘Millions of Americans are voting because they know their health care hangs in the balance,’ Biden said.

‘In the middle of the worst global health crisis in living memory, Donald Trump went before the Supreme Court trying to strip health care coverage away from tens of millions of families.

‘Strip away the peace of mind from more than one hundred million Americans with preexisting conditions. If he succeeds, he could discriminate against or drop coverage completely from people living with pre-existing conditions like Asthma, diabetes, cancer…’

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National Institutes of Health-funded Moderna COVID-19 vaccine study participantWilliam Webb (right) gets a COVID-19 nose swab test by University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

National Institutes of Health-funded Moderna COVID-19 vaccine study participantWilliam Webb (right) gets a COVID-19 nose swab test by University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Biden referred to the Trump administration previously asking the Supreme Court in June to invalidate the Affordable Care Act put forward by former President Barack Obama.

In doing so, certain provisions protecting those with pre-existing conditions or who are sick could be dropped. Millions of Americans relied on Obamacare. 

Trump has vowed to maintain those protections while facing criticism for his administration’s public health response to the pandemic. 

He previously slammed Biden over mistaking the COVID-19 death toll, saying: ‘If I ever said something so mortifyingly stupid’ and ‘this is beyond a normal mistake.’

But Trump has been criticized for a number of gaffe’s himself over the last four years in the Oval Office.   

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Pictured: former Vice President Joe Biden

Both President Trump (left) and Joe Biden (right) have been criticized for making gaffes during their campaigns

According to The Independent, Trump mistakenly referred to the 9/11 terror attacks as ‘7/11’ during a 2016 campaign rally.

‘I was down there and I watched our police and our firemen down there on 7/11,’ he said to the crowd in Buffalo, New York. 

‘Down at the World Trade Center, right after it came down, I saw the greatest people I’ve ever seen in action.’

One of his most famous mix ups was when he used the ‘covfefe’ in a tweet that was meant to read ‘coverage,’ in 2017.

‘Despite the constant negative press covfefe,’ the tweet read. The word was soon turned into an ongoing into joke that spawned a plethora of memes.   

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Trump manages to close the gap to just two points in a new poll between him and Joe Biden in Florida

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trump manages to close the gap to just two points in a new poll between him and joe biden in florida

A new poll suggests the race for the White House between Democratic nominee Joe Biden and President Donald Trump is getting closer in the battleground state of Florida with just a 2 point gap between the two candidates.

Biden has the edge of Trump, 48 percent to 46 percent according to a new poll by CBS News that was published on Sunday. 

But the Democrat’s lead has been slashed, after a similar poll in July showed him to be 6 points in front. 

The latest survey, conducted between September 15th and 18th, asked 1,200 voters who they would be voting for. 

Florida remains a close battleground state in the presidential election with the current margin between Trump and Biden just 2 percentage points

Florida remains a close battleground state in the presidential election with the current margin between Trump and Biden just 2 percentage points

There is currently just 2 percentage points between Trump and Biden in a new CBS News poll

There is currently just 2 percentage points between Trump and Biden in a new CBS News poll

Trump narrowly won Florida by just over 100,000 votes in 2016 against Hillary Clinton and will almost certainly need it this time around too

Trump narrowly won Florida by just over 100,000 votes in 2016 against Hillary Clinton and will almost certainly need it this time around too 

The poll has a 3.7 percent margin of error, while around five per cent of voters say they are still ‘not sure’ who they wish to vote for. 

In terms of demographics, Trump is leading among white people likely to vote in Florida, with 59 percent saying they will vote for the president. 

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Democratic nominee Joe Biden leads Trump up by 2 points in the Sunshine State

However, Biden appears to have a lead among Hispanic voters, by a similar margin –  56 percent compared to Trump’s 36 percent.

Trump narrowly carried the state in 2016 with 49% of the vote to Hillary Clinton’s 47%. 

The state is likely to be just as crucial this time around if the Democrats are to be successful at voting Trump out of office.  

The economy appears to be one of the most important issues for voters with many of those surveyed saying Trump’s policies are aiding a recovery.

Potential voters said they feel the president’s economic policies would better help their family’s financial situation than Biden’s proposals. 

Also, despite coronavirus cases still rising, Florida voters appear to feel more positive about efforts to combat the virus than efforts earlier in the summer, although largely along party lines.  

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Controversial ‘self-identity’ gender plan set to be axed after government U-turn on policy  

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Plans to allow people to ‘self-identify’ as a different gender will be formally dropped this week after they sparked controversy.

Ministers have decided to scrap proposals to permit gender on birth certificates being changed without a medical diagnosis.

Instead, it is believed the cost of changing gender as it currently stands will be made cheaper. 

Equalities Minister Liz Truss, pictured, will this week publish the Government’s new stance on the 2004 Gender Recognition Act. Proposals to alter the legislation were sent out for consultation in 2018. But plans to allow people to change the gender on their birth certificate without a medical diagnosis have been dropped. The Government says it believes the current legislation is 'sufficient' to support people's right to change their sex.

Equalities Minister Liz Truss, pictured, will this week publish the Government’s new stance on the 2004 Gender Recognition Act. Proposals to alter the legislation were sent out for consultation in 2018. But plans to allow people to change the gender on their birth certificate without a medical diagnosis have been dropped. The Government says it believes the current legislation is ‘sufficient’ to support people’s right to change their sex.

The proposals to alter the 2004 Gender Recognition Act were sent out for consultation in 2018. 

Liz Truss, the equalities minister, will this week publish the Government’s new stance on the policy.

But a Government source told the Sunday Times: ‘We think that the current legislation, which supports people’s rights to change their sex, is sufficient.’

At the moment, those wishing to change sex have to pay £140 and apply to a panel for a gender recognition certificate.

Harry Potter author JK Rowling is in the spotlight again because her new book, Troubled Blood, features a 'transvestite serial killer'. Rowling has come under fire in the past for making transphobic remarks on Twitter. Transgender activists have described Rowling as a 'TERF', a derisive acronym for 'trans-exclusionary radical feminist'.

Harry Potter author JK Rowling is in the spotlight again because her new book, Troubled Blood, features a ‘transvestite serial killer’. Rowling has come under fire in the past for making transphobic remarks on Twitter. Transgender activists have described Rowling as a ‘TERF’, a derisive acronym for ‘trans-exclusionary radical feminist’.

They have to supply two reports stating they have suffered from gender dysphoria, which normally come from their GP and another doctor or psychologist. 

Tory MPs claimed Boris Johnson developed cold feet about scrapping the reforms after being influenced by his fiancée Carrie Symonds.

Trans rights activists have said failing to liberalise the law would be a ‘Section 28 moment’, referring to a 1988 ban on councils and schools ‘promoting homosexuality’. 

It comes after author JK Rowling was accused of transphobia after tweeting her opinions about the importance of biological sex. 

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