Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was looking to emerge from a corruption scandal with a boost from local elections Sunday. Erdogan is not on the ballots in the countrywide polls, but early results reported by Turkish newswires suggested that his party was outstripping its results in the last local elections of 2009. According to the early resultsIn, high-profile races for mayor of Istanbul and Ankara, incumbents from Erdogan's Justice or Development Party, better known by its Turkish acronym AKP, were in tight races. The Turkish elections board says more than 50 million people were eligible to vote.
According to a source, Chris Christie apologized to casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, for referring to the occupied territories during a speech to the Republican Jewish Coalition on Saturday. At the organization's spring meeting, Christie -- in a bid to connect with the audience by referencing a trip to Israel -- said: I took a helicopter ride from the occupied territories across, and just felt personally how extraordinary that was, to understand the military risk that Israel faces every day. Many supporters of Israel object to using the phrase occupied territories to refer to the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, met on Sunday in Paris in an attempt to ease tensions over Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region. Before they started their meeting, Lavrov addressed the press, saying, Good luck and good night. It seems that our Western colleagues have been creating the conditions for many years, to tear away Ukraine from Russia. Kerry and Lavrov spoke on the phone on Saturday, after which Kerry diverted his plane en route home from Saudi Arabia and headed to Europe to speak with the foreign minister.