Turkey lira: Ankara to boycott US electronic goods

Image copyright Reuters Image caption President Erdogan has accused the US of seeking to “stab [Turkey] in the back” Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said his country will boycott US electronic products, after Washington imposed punitive sanctions on Ankara. “If [the US] has the iPhone, there’s Samsung on the other side,” Mr Erdogan said, […]

Venezuela crisis: Maduro to curb fuel subsidies

Image copyright EPA Image caption President Maduro made the announcement in a televised speech Venezuela’s president has said its subsidised fuel prices should rise, to stop smugglers cheating the country out of billions of dollars. “Gasoline must be sold at an international price to stop smuggling to Colombia and the Caribbean,” Nicol├ís Maduro said in […]

IS conflict: Up to 30,000 fighters in Syria and Iraq – UN

Image copyright Amaq/Twitter Image caption IS has defeated militarily in Iraq and most of Syria Between 20,000 and 30,000 Islamic State (IS) militants remain in Syria and Iraq despite the group’s recent losses, according to a United Nations report. The report says that while many fighters, planners and commanders have been killed, some IS members […]

Turkey accuses US of ‘stab in back’ as currency woes persist

Image copyright Reuters Moves to ease Turkey’s economic woes have failed to stop market turmoil as the country’s row with the US deepens. Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said on Monday that the US was seeking to “stab it in the back”. The US last week imposed sanctions on Turkey over its refusal to extradite […]

China Uighurs: Beijing denies detaining one million

Image caption China says it is fighting separatism and Islamist militants in Xinjiang China has said reports it is holding a million Muslim Uighurs in detention in Xinjiang are “completely untrue”. Uighurs enjoyed full rights but “those deceived by religious extremism… shall be assisted by resettlement and re-education”, officials admitted. The rare admission from Beijing […]

Aretha Franklin said to be ‘seriously ill’

Image caption The star’s albums include Lady Soul and I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You Aretha Franklin is “seriously ill”, according to a person close to the veteran soul singer. The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed to the Associated Press that Franklin was gravely unwell. The 76-year-old cancelled […]

Arms depot in Syria’s Idlib province kills 39 – monitor

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Rescuers used bulldozers to remove the rubble and free trapped people At least 39 people – including 12 children – have been killed in a blast that brought down a building in Syria’s mainly rebel-held north-western province of Idlib, reports say. The building in the Sarmada town is said […]

Fancy Greek island life? Cat care into the bargain

Image copyright God’s Little People Cat Rescue Image caption Just a handful of the cats at the sanctuary in Greece Who hasn’t dreamed of giving the rat race up to live on a sunny island? Well, now you can do just that – as long as you like cats. A lot. A job at a […]

Taliban attack on Afghan city of Ghazni enters third day

Image copyright Reuters Image caption A soldier keeps watch on the Ghazni road A Taliban attack on the Afghan city of Ghazni has entered its third day – with intense fighting and conflicting claims over who controls the strategic city. Mohammad Sharif Yaftali, the Afghan army’s chief-of-staff, said Ghazni was not under threat of falling […]

Yemen war: Children killed in Saudi-led air strike on bus

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Red Cross said a hospital it supports in Saada had received dozens of casualties Dozens of people, many of them school children, have been killed or wounded in a Saudi-led coalition air strike in rebel-held northern Yemen, medics say. The bus was travelling through Dahyan market in Saada province […]