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Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan brandished what he said was a file of graft allegations against a senior opposition figure, raising the stakes in a political battle after a corruption investigation implicated his own government. Mustafa Sarigul, the main opposition's candidate for Istanbul mayor, dismissed the allegations as "dishonorable propaganda" on Twitter. He had earlier said all accusations against him had been investigated and dismissed. Erdogan appeared on live television, holding up enlarged copies of what he described as a report prepared by Sarigul's own party that he said listed "improprieties" during the candidate's time as mayor of the middle-class borough of Sisli. Police clashed with protesters in Kiev as thousands of Ukrainians swarmed the streets of the capital to mourn the death of a demonstrator killed during bloody scuffles with riot police last week. As a coffin carrying the body of Mikhail Zhizvensky, 25, was hauled through the streets, legions of mourners chanted "Hero!" and sang the national anthem. The fallen protester was one of three who died Wednesday as the political crisis that has engulfed the Eastern European for two months erupted into bloodshed. The head of Germany's Social Democrats in Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition on Sunday denounced eurosceptic parties on the far left and right as "stupid" and pledged a tough fight against them in the European parliamentary election campaign. Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel blasted the "uniting enemies of Europe on the left and right" over their anti-European campaigning for the May election. Gabriel said "Let's stand up against these stupid slogans about Germany being 'the paymaster of Europe'." Gabriel referred in particular to the campaign of the Alternative for Germany party that has attracted voters opposed to spending taxpayer money on bailing out struggling euro zone countries. Egypt will hold a presidential vote before parliamentary polls, President Adly Mansour said on Sunday, in a change to a political roadmap which could pave the way for the swift election of army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Parliamentary elections were supposed to be held first under the timetable drawn up after the army overthrew President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood in July following mass protests against his rule. The decision to revise the order of elections is likely to deepen tensions in Egypt, which is struggling to cope with waves of political violence. Forty nine people were killed in anti-government marches on Saturday, the third anniversary of the popular uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

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