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'My election is a slap in the faces of conservative Americans,' says US' first Turkish mayor

Tayfun Selen is the first Turkish-origin mayor elected in the U.S., set to run a township in the state of New Jersey after being sworn in on Jan. 4. "My election is a slap in the faces of conservative, white Americans," the Republican has told Hürriyet Daily News.

No more memorials to "conquerors, war criminals, terrorists"

From now on, the state, rather than individuals will be deciding on who to honor with monuments, the daily Vecernje Novosti writes.

Among the memorials that will most likely be removed is a plaque in Novi Pazar dedicated to Acif Efendija, and a memorial to the so-called Liberation Army of Presevo, Bujanovac and Medvedje installed in the town of Presevo.

The US Congress and the name deal

In 2008, in a video sent around the world by the Pan-Macedonian Association of America, then president Nina Gatzoulis thanked about-to-be-elected Barack Obama for his original co-sponsorship of Senate Resolution 300 (S.Res.300) in the 110th Congress. S.Res. 300, authored by Senator Robert Menendez, became the basis for Greek-American advocacy on the Macedonian issue since then.

Bus Plunges into Black Sea in Russia, Killing 14 People

At least 14 people were killed in southern Russia when a bus plunged into the Black Sea on Friday, Russian investigators said, quoted by Reuters. 

Eight more people were injured, five of whom were in a serious condition, Interfax news agency reported, citing the emergency ministry which carried out rescue works.

Trump picks new FBI Director

Donald Trump says he is nominating lawyer Christopher A Wray to become the new FBI director.
The post has been empty for the past month after the president fired James Comey from the role.
Mr Wray served under George W Bush as an assistant attorney general from 2003 to 2005.