The explosion in front of the Parliament building in Ankara
on Sunday morning was a terror attack, the Turkish Interior Ministry has
announced. "Two terrorists came with a light commercial vehicle in front of the
entrance gate of the General Directorate of Security of our Ministry of
Internal Affairs and carried out a bomb attack" the Turkish Interior Minister
Ali Yerlikaya said adding that two policemen were wounded. The same sources
have announced that one of the terrorists blew himself up and the other was
neutralized. According to the Turkish media, the central district is home to several
ministerial buildings and the nearby Parliament. The country's president Recep
Erdogan was set to attend the opening of the new session of Parliament, which
is these days expected to validate Sweden's entry into NATO. During a series of
bloody incidents in 2015 and 2016, Kurdish militants, Islamic State and other
groups either claimed or were blamed for several attacks in major Turkish
ELECTION Former Prime Minister Robert Fico and his populist, leftist
party, SMER-SD have won the early Parliament election in Slovakia after 99.9%
of the votes cast on Saturday were counted. The result contradicts the exit
polls, which indicated the victory of the pro-European Progressive Slovakia.
SMER-SD, which promoted anti-NATO and EU messages during their campaign and
pledged to cut the military support given to Ukraine, has mustered 23.3% of the
votes, 6% more than the Progressive Slovakia. Radio Romania correspondent in Slovakia
says that a coalition is envisaged involving SMER, Hlas, which is a splinter
group from Fico's party and the Christian-Democrats, which together have most
of the Parliament seats. Robert Fico was forced to step down in 2018 amid
protests caused by the killing of an investigative journalist.
100 works of art by Romania's famous sculptor Constantin Brancusi are on
display as of Saturday in Timisoara, western Romania, in the most important
exhibition dedicated to this major artist in the past half a century. The
exhibition includes sculptures, photos, archive documents and film footages on
display at the local National Art Museum until late January. The exhibits'
total insured value stays around half a billion euros. Under the suggestive title,
"Brancusi, Romanian sources and universal prospects" the exhibition invites the
public to explore the way in which Brancusi managed to cross all geographic,
historical, formal and gender borders in order to ensure that special place
unattached to any artistic current. The exhibition has on view a series of
artefacts borrowed from the National Museum of Modern Art, Pompidou Center, in
Paris, the Tate Gallery in London, the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Art
Museum in Bucharest, the Art Museum in Craiova and some private collections.
Among the famous artefacts visitors can admire in Timisoara, there is the Bird
in Space, the Kiss, Mademoiselle Pogany or Sleeping Muse. The aforementioned
exhibition is part of the programme Timisoara - European Capital of Culture.
RUGBY Romania's national rugby side lost
their third game in group B of the World Cup in France. On Saturday in Lille,
our rugby side came a cropper in their match against Scotland 0-84, the most
dramatic defeat in its history. Our players have so far lost to world leader
Ireland and the en-titre champions South Africa and will be playing their last
game against Tonga on October 8.
Romanian-Ukrainian pair made up of Monica Niculescu and Nadiia Kichenok on
Sunday qualified for the round of 16 of the doubles contest of the WTA 1000
tournament in Beijing, a competition with more than 8 million dollars in prize
money after a 6-3, 6-3 win against Shuko Aoyama/Ena Shibahara of Japan. In the
eight finals Niculescu and Kichenok will be up against the winners of the match
pitching Ana Danilina of Kazahstan and Alexandra Panova of Russia to Beatriz
Haddad Maia of Brazil and Veronika Kudermetova of Russia. The main draw of the
doubles contest also includes another Romanian, Sorana Cirstea who joined
Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the USA for a match against Hao-ching Chan of Taiwan
and Giuliana Olmos of Mexico.