Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) will hold an extraordinary congress on May 22 where Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will not seek a new mandate as party chairman, local media reported on Thursday. A party executive committee meeting, which came after talks Wednesday between Davutoglu and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, decided to hold a party congress on May 22 to pick a new leader who according to party convention would also serve as premier, CNN-Turk and NTV television reported. Davutoglu's departure would further boost the power of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as the country's undisputed number one leader.
By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - The Michigan House of Representatives approved on Thursday a $500 million spending package for Detroit schools, which could run out of money to pay employees at the end of June. The legislation, which still needs approvals from the state Senate and Governor Rick Snyder, was passed early Thursday morning after hundreds of Detroit teachers called in sick over paycheck concerns, a move that closed nearly all of the district's 97 schools on Monday and Tuesday. Detroit school teachers returned to their classrooms on Wednesday following the "sick-out" after receiving assurances from officials that they will be paid for their work.