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Six Turkish journalists jailed for life for 'coup links'

Image copyrightAFPImage caption Many journalists have been targeted in Turkey’s post-coup crackdown A Turkish court has sentenced six journalists to life in jail for alleged links to the July 2016 coup plotters. The judgement came as another Turkish court decided to release German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel, who has been held for a year without charge. The six were found guilty of links to US-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen, blamed over

Nirav Modi: Who is India's scandal-linked billionaire?

Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption Nirav Modi (right) is a jeweller to the stars including Naomi Watts (left) He was already the second most famous Mr N Modi of India. But now Nirav Modi – the billionaire diamond trader and jeweller to Hollywood and Bollywood stars – is in the news for very different reasons. Last month, Punjab National Bank filed a criminal complaint that accused Mr Modi and others of

Florida school shooting: Nikolas Cruz confesses to police

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFred Guttenberg said he couldn’t remember if he had told his daughter Jaime that he loved her The teenager accused of killing 17 people at a Florida high school on Wednesday has confessed to the shooting, police say. Nikolas Cruz, 19, said he arrived on campus and began shooting students before abandoning his weapon and escaping, according to a court document. He

New York ex-teacher and twin arrested for bomb-making

Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (l) said there was no imminent threat to the city New York police have arrested a former teacher and his twin brother after stockpiles of explosive materials were found at their home. Christian Toro, 27, is accused of paying students from his former school to take fireworks apart to get gunpowder, officials said on Thursday. His twin brother Tyler is

Fans leap to US figure skater's defence

Image copyrightAFP/Getty Images US figure skater Nathan Chen was tipped to win figure skating gold at Pyeongchang. He’d just won the US national figure skating championship for the second year in a row in January 2018 and he’d dazzled both fans and judges with his complex quadruple jumps. He did everything he needed to to prepare for his first Winter Olympics and some journalists were claiming he was “on the

Uzbek nurses, firefighters told to get on their bikes

Image copyrightUzbekistan National News AgencyImage caption Bikes, still in their protective bubble wrap, ready to hit the streets Nurses and firefighters in Uzbekistan are being issued with bicycles to provide “more efficient” services, it’s reported. A health authority in the capital city Tashkent has established a service called Vellopatronaj, which it says will enable community nurses to provide “high-quality and fast” medical services in local villages. The Uzbek National News

Syria conflict: US and Turkey agree to avert Manbij clash

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWhy do the two biggest military powers in Nato risk fighting each other in Syria? The US and Turkey, whose forces are at loggerheads in northern Syria, have agreed to try to defuse the crisis. The Nato allies said joint teams would meet shortly to work through their diplomatic differences, including a dispute over the city of Manbij. Turkey has threatened to

Anger over 'racist blackface' in China show

Image copyrightYoutube/CCTVImage caption By some estimates, the show is the most watched entertainment programme on earth A skit on China’s biggest Lunar New Year TV show has sparked widespread criticism and accusations of racism. In a comedy routine celebrating Chinese-African ties an Asian actress appears in blackface and with exaggerated buttocks. Using make-up to lampoon black people – a practice known as blackface – is seen by many as deeply

Winter Olympics: Swiss athletes hit by norovirus outbreak

Image copyrightEPAImage caption Freestyle skier Fabian Boesch was named as one of the athletes who contracted the virus Two Swiss athletes at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea have become the first competitors to be hit by an outbreak of the norovirus. The freestyle skiers were taken away from the rest of the team after being diagnosed, the Swiss team said. The pair have been named in Swiss media

Viewpoint: Chemical weapons ‘threat to West’

Image copyrightAFP/Getty ImagesImage caption A Syrian boy holds an oxygen mask over a baby’s face at a makeshift hospital, after a reported gas attack on the eastern Ghouta region Reports of attacks using chemical weapons in Syria are occurring with alarming frequency, despite international warnings that such acts cross an intolerable red line. Here, chemical weapons expert Hamish de Bretton-Gordon argues that the world is becoming too passive on this