Turkish journalist Ahmet Sik held ‘over tweet’

Turkish journalist Ahmet Sik held ‘over tweet’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Journalist Ahmet Sik (C) is a prominent campaigner for media freedom in Turkey Police in Istanbul have detained a prominent investigative journalist, Ahmet Sik, in connection with his social media postings. The arrest of Sik, who has been jailed previously, came shortly before writer Asli Erdogan and linguist Necmiye Alpay […]

Syria conflict: Turkey plans for ceasefire before new year

Syria conflict: Turkey plans for ceasefire before new year

Image copyright AFP Image caption Rubble is being cleared from the streets of Aleppo, much of which is in ruins A plan to implement a ceasefire across Syria could be in place before the new year, Turkey’s foreign minister says. Mevlut Cavusoglu said the plan, which also involves Russia, could be set in motion “at […]

Birds migrating earlier as temperatures rise

Birds migrating earlier as temperatures rise

Image copyright Markus Vareavuo/naturepl.com Image caption Species that migrate huge distances – such as the swallow were included in the research Migrating birds are arriving at their breeding grounds earlier as global temperatures rise, a study has found. Birds have reached their summer breeding grounds on average about one day earlier per degree of increasing […]

Child migrants contest exclusion from UK

Child migrants contest exclusion from UK

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Jungle camp was dismantled at the end of October Dozens of child asylum seekers formerly from the Jungle camp in Calais have launched a legal challenge to Home Secretary Amber Rudd. Lawyers say 28 of them want written reasons for the determination that it was not in their “best […]

French woman who killed husband freed after Hollande pardon

French woman who killed husband freed after Hollande pardon

Image copyright EPA Image caption Jacqueline Sauvage lost her appeal against conviction at the end of 2015 A French woman in her sixties who murdered her husband in 2012 has been released after a second intervention by President Francois Hollande. Jacqueline Sauvage suffered decades of abuse and became a cause celebre, prompting a campaign for […]

US election hacking: Senators call for sanctions on Russia

US election hacking: Senators call for sanctions on Russia

Image copyright EPA Image caption The three US senators have been touring the Baltic states together Three prominent US senators have warned that Russia and its president may face sanctions over the country’s alleged interference in last month’s presidential election. They said the move had cross-party support in the senate. President-elect Donald Trump has rejected […]

Berlin truck attack: Tunisian ‘linked to Anis Amri’ held

Berlin truck attack: Tunisian ‘linked to Anis Amri’ held

Image copyright AFP Image caption Twelve people died in the lorry attack A 40-year-old Tunisian man has been detained in Berlin in connection with last week’s attack on a Christmas market, German state prosecutors say. They say his number was found on the phone of Anis Amri, who killed 12 people by hijacking a lorry […]

Russia plane crash: Flight recorder ‘reveals faulty wing flaps to blame’

Media captionInvestigators examine one of the aircraft’s ‘black box’ flight recorders The main flight recorder from the Russian jet that crashed into the Black Sea on Sunday has revealed that faulty flaps were to blame, Russian media say. The flaps, panels on the wings that help lift an aircraft, were not moving together, a source […]

Germany migrants: Record number opt to leave – most to Balkans

Germany migrants: Record number opt to leave – most to Balkans

Image copyright AFP Image caption A flight from Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden takes Kosovo migrants home (file pic) A record 55,000 migrants left Germany voluntarily this year – more than twice the number deported. Germany’s Sueddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) daily got the January-November data from the Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF). Most of the migrants went back to […]

Russian doping: Officials admit to existence of doping programme

Russian doping: Officials admit to existence of doping programme

Vitaly Smirnov has been appointed by Russian President Vladimir Putin to reform the country’s anti-doping system Russian officials have for the first time admitted the existence of a doping operation which affected some of the world’s major competitions. A report on 9 December claimed more than 1,000 Russians benefited from a doping cover-up between 2011 […]