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US Democrats are converging on Philadelphia this coming week to elevate Hillary Clinton as the party's nominee to battle Republican Donald Trump in 2016's presidential election. The Democratic National Convention kicks off on Monday in the northeastern city, with the party more unified than the Republicans, whose fissures were laid bare this week as they confirmed brash billionaire Trump as their flag-bearer. "Next week in Philadelphia we will offer a very different vision for our country," she pledged.
Turkey readied Sunday for its first cross-party rally to condemn the bloody coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as his government pressed on with a purge of suspected state enemies. The mass pro-democracy event, to be held under tight security on Istanbul's iconic Taksim square from 1500 GMT, was called for by the biggest opposition group, the secular and centre-left Republican People's Party. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim tweeted that "this country's Turks, Kurds, Alevis" and supporters of the major opposition parties "united together and gave the lesson needed to the putschists".