A few days after announcing snap parliamentary elections for June 20, Pashinyan had declared last month that he would resign in April in an effort to defuse a political crisis sparked by last year's war with Azerbaijan.
About 5,000 runners competed in the 42-kilometre marathon which started on the Asian side of Istanbul’s July 15 Martyrs’ Bridge and finished in the historic Sultanahmet Square on the city’s European side.
An international friendly between Turkey and Tunisia was overshadowed by Turkish captain Cenk Tosun berserkly running towards a fan and gesturing that he would slit his throat.
The US-based company had a contract running to 2020, but decided to end the long-standing Olympic sponsorship three years early.
Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Israel welcomed the US attack on Syria. But regime allies Russia and Iran condemned the cruise missile strike and Indonesia criticised it as a violation of the norms of international dispute resolution.
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