At least 20 people were people were killed and many injured in an explosion near a group of Turkish military personnel in the capital Ankara this evening. It is the fourth major explosion in Turkey in the past few months.
Meanwhile, Reuters reports:
Turkey does not intend to stop shelling Syrian Kurdish YPG militia in response to cross-border fire, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday, adding the United State should decide whether it wants to back Turkey or the Kurdish insurgents.
The rapid of advance of U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish fighters, who are taking advantage of Russian air strikes in the region to seize territory near the Turkish border, has infuriated Ankara, which sees the insurgents as a terrorist organization. Turkey has been shelling YPG positions for days.
In the US presidential race, South Carolina Gov Nikki Haley is set to endorse Florida Sen Marco Rubio this evening. The move, ahead of Saturday’s primary, would be seen as a high-profile snub to Jeb Bush. Donald Trump had been atop opinion polls in the state until Wednesday night, when an NBC/WSJ poll had him trailing Ted Cruz.
Another significant blow for the Northern Ireland economy today when Canadian aerospace company Bombardier announced that more than 1,000 jobs would go over the next two years. The decision is part of 7,000 job cuts the company is making worldwide.
Before Christmas, there was a string of job losses at other manufacturing employers based in the province.