BBC news 2019-05-07

BBC news with Joe Macintosh.

The new mayor of Istanbul has criticized the decision of the election commission to annul the result of March’s vote in stage of re-run. The defeated AK Party of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan alleges fraud. But Ekrem Imamoglu called the move treacherous and in an attempt to take back the people’s victory.

The US Attorney General William Barr is one step close to facing contempt proceedings in the House of Representatives. The house judiciary committee will decide on Wednesday whether to censor him for failing to publish an un-redacted copy of the Muller report.

The US Acting Defense Secretary says he authorized the Pentagon’s deployment of an aircraft carrier battle group to the Middle East in response to a credible threat from Iran. But Patrick Shannon gave no details as to the nature of the threat.

The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he’s held a good conversation with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov at a meeting of the Arctic counsel. Mr. Pompeo said he told Mr. Lavrov that it was inappropriate for Russia to meddle in US elections.

Hungary has withdrawn its support for the candidate of the European parliament’s main center-right grouping to become president of the European Commission. The right-wing prime minister Viktor Orban accused Manfred Weber of insulting Hungary by saying he didn’t want to depend on votes from Mr. Orban’s party.

Ghana’s general legal counsel has set up a committee to investigate the circumstances that led to the mass failure of students at the Ghana school of law. More than 90% didn’t pass the recent bar exams.

And Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife, the Duchess of Sussex ,are celebrating the birth of their first child, a baby boy. Smiling broadly, Prince Harry told reporters that the birth had been an amazing experience. The child is the seventh in line to Queen Elisabeth and is her eighth great grandchild.

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