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Turkey shuts dozens of media outlets 28 July 2016 ISTANBUL - The Turkish authorities have announced the closure of dozens of media organisations, as a crackdown continues following the failed coup on 15 July. Three news agencies, 16 TV channels, 45 papers and 15 magazines will be shut. Separately, nearly 1,700 members of the armed forces -...
Obama's half-brother to vote for Trump 27 July 2016 WASHINGTON - US president Barack Obama's half-brother, Malik Obama, says he will vote for Donald Trump because he "comes across as a straightforward guy". Malik Obama, a Muslim with Kenyan and US citizenship, also told the BBC that the Republican presidential nominee's proposal for a temporary...
Michelle Obama backs Clinton, blasts Trump 26 July 2016 PHILADELPHIA - US First Lady Michelle Obama on Monday told the Democratic convention in Philadelphia that Hillary Clinton was the one candidate ready to be president, as she poured scorn on Donald Trump's behaviour and temperament. "In this election, there is only one person who I trust with t...
Third attack hits Germany 25 July 2016 BERLIN - A Syrian migrant set off an explosion at a bar in southern Germany that killed himself and wounded a dozen others late Sunday, authorities said, the third attack in a week. The 27-year-old had intended to target a nearby music festival in the city of Ansbach, news agency DPA quoted re...
Another fatal mass shooting in US 25 July 2016 FLORIDA - At least two people are dead following a Florida nightclub shooting where a 'teen night' was being held, according to reports. The Fort Myers Police Department confirmed at least 17 people were shot, including two fatally, according to WBBH. Police responded to Club Blu Bar and Gril...
Munich police investigate Breivik link 23 July 2016 MUNICH - The gunman who killed nine people in Munich was obsessed with mass shootings and had an obvious link to Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, German police say. Police who searched the 18-year-old's room say they found written material on attacks. The gunman, who later ki...
Trump seals Republican nomination 20 July 2016 NEW YORK - Donald Trump has secured the Republican nomination for US president on day two of the Republican National Convention. The House Speaker, Paul Ryan, urged delegates to unite behind Mr Trump, a day after splits in the party were evident as the convention opened. The Trump campaign ...
Trump's wfe accused of plagiarising Michelle Obama's speech 19 July 2016 NEW YORK - Donald Trump's wife, Melania, has taken centre stage on the first day of the Republican National Convention but faced accusations a portion of her speech plagiarised Michelle Obama. Commentators noticed similarities with Mrs Obama's 2008 convention speech. Mrs Trump's speech also...
Turkey coup attempt: Thousands of police officers suspended 18 July 2016 ISTANBUL - Turkish officials say that nearly 8,000 police officers have been suspended, reportedly on suspicion of having links to the failed coup attempt at the weekend. Some 6,000 members of the judiciary and military, including generals, have been detained in connection with the coup. Pr...
Massive purge in Turkey after coup attempt 16 July 2016 ISTANBUL - Nearly 3,000 soldiers are arrested and 2,700 judges fired in Turkey, after a coup attempt by a faction of the armed forces which left 161 people dead.
Terror attack kills scores in Nice, France 15 July 2016 NICE - Scores of people were killed Thursday night when a large truck plowed through a Bastille Day crowd in Nice, France, in what President Francois Hollande called a terror attack. The death toll grew through the night, with Hollande saying 77 people died. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve...
Tropical storm hits China, kills 6 11 July 2016 BEIJING - A tropical storm in China left six people dead and at least eight more missing, reports said, after it lashed Taiwan with typhoon-grade winds and rain. Super Typhoon Nepartak brought chaos to Taiwan on Friday, forcing more than 15 000 people to flee their homes as part of the island ...
Arrests as US police protests spread 10 July 2016 NEW YORK - Protests continue to spread across US cities against the killing of black men by police, following recent deaths in Minnesota and Louisiana. Roads were blocked and missiles thrown in Minnesota, while armed New Black Panther Party members confronted police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. ...
Gunmen kill five US police at protest 8 July 2016 DALLAS - Five Dallas police officers have been killed and six wounded by gunmen during protests against the shooting of black men by police, authorities say. Three people are in custody and one man who was in a stand-off with police shot himself dead, US media have reported. Gunfire broke o...
Court overturns Austria presidential poll 1 July 2016 VIENNA - Austria's highest court has annulled the result of the presidential election narrowly lost by the candidate of the far-right Freedom Party. The party had challenged the result, saying that postal votes had been illegally and improperly handled. The Freedom Party candidate, Norbert ...
Istanbul airport attack: Death toll rises 29 June 2016 ISTANBUL - The death toll in a gun and suicide bomb attack on Istanbul's Ataturk airport has risen to 41, 13 of them foreign nationals, with 239 injured, the Turkish city's governor says. Three attackers arrived in a taxi and began firing at the terminal entrance late on Tuesday. They blew the...
Anger as EU parly debates Brexit 28 June 2016 BRUSSELS - There have been bitter exchanges in the European parliament during a debate on the UK's vote to leave the EU. A central figure in the Leave campaign, UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage, was booed, called a liar and accused of using "Nazi propaganda". But in his spee...
Cameron succession: Osborne rules himself out 28 June 2016 LONDON — UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne ruled himself out of the race to succeed David Cameron as prime minister. Osborne, a close political ally of Cameron and one-time favourite to follow him into the premiership, wrote in the Times newspaper that he had become too divisive af...
Messi quits international football 27 June 2016 Lionel Messi announced his retirement from international duty after missing in a penalty shootout as Argentina lost a fourth major final in nine years. "It's not meant for me. For me the national team is over. I've done all I can, it hurts not to be a champion," the 29-year-old said after defe...
'Scotland could veto Brexit' 26 June 2016 LONDON - Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has told the BBC that Holyrood could try to block the UK's exit from the EU. She was speaking following a referendum on Thursday which saw Britain vote by 52% to 48% to leave Europe. However, in Scotland the picture was different with 62% b...
EU ministers press UK for quick exit 25 June 2016 BRUSSELS - EU states have urged Britain to hold speedy talks on leaving the bloc after it voted to end its membership in a historic referendum. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said negotiations should begin as "soon as possible". He made the comments after an urgent meeting ...
Brexit: Scotland independence vote 'highly likely' 24 June 2016 ENGLAND - Scotland's first minister has said a second independence referendum is "highly likely" after the UK voted to leave the EU. Nicola Sturgeon said it was "democratically unacceptable" that Scotland faced the prospect of being taken out of the EU against its will. She said the Scottis...
David Cameron to quit after UK votes to leave EU 24 June 2016 LONDON - Prime Minister David Cameron is to step down by October after the UK voted to leave the European Union. Mr Cameron made the announcement in a statement outside Downing Street after the final result was announced. He said he would attempt to "steady the ship" over the coming weeks a...
Chaos in US Congress 23 June 2016 WASHINGTON - There have been chaotic scenes in the lower house of the US Congress as Democrats staged a sit-in to demand a vote on gun control legislation. The protest comes in the wake of the recent shootings in Orlando, the deadliest in modern US history. Republican Speaker Paul Ryan trie...
Clinton outpaces Trump in fund-raising 21 June 2016 WASHINGTON - Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has a huge advantage in campaign funds over Republican rival Donald Trump, figures show. Mrs Clinton's campaign began June with $42m (£28m) in the bank; for Mr Trump it was $1.3m. The businessman has claimed to have self-funded hi...