Turkey’s Erdogan in row over ‘girl martyr’ comment on TV

Turkey’s Erdogan in row over ‘girl martyr’ comment on TV

Image copyright EPA Image caption The exchange happened during a congress of Mr Erdogan’s AK party Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been criticised after telling a girl in military uniform that she would be honoured if killed while fighting. “If she’s martyred, they’ll lay a flag on her,” he told the sobbing girl at […]

Catalonia Spain: Protests greet King Felipe at MWC

Catalonia Spain: Protests greet King Felipe at MWC

Image copyright AFP Image caption Riot police faced off with Catalan protesters King Felipe of Spain has been met with protests on his first visit to Catalonia since last October’s failed independence bid in the Spanish region. Police held back hundreds of people as the king arrived in Barcelona for the Mobile World Congress technology […]

China’s Geely buys into Mercedes owner Daimler

China’s Geely buys into Mercedes owner Daimler

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Made in Germany – but now with Chinese investment Chinese carmaker Geely has become the biggest investor in Mercedes-Benz owner Daimler, saying it hopes to cooperate with the German giant on electric cars. Geely shares jumped in Hong Kong after the deal to buy almost 10% of the firm was […]

Saleh Muslim: Syrian Kurdish leader arrested in Prague

Saleh Muslim: Syrian Kurdish leader arrested in Prague

Image caption Mr Muslim is a former co-chair of the Syrian-Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) A prominent Syrian-Kurdish leader has been arrested in the Czech capital Prague on a warrant issued by Turkey. Saleh Muslim, a former co-chair of the main Syrian-Kurdish movement, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), was arrested early on Sunday. The Turkish […]

UK’s Labour confirms shift on customs union

UK’s Labour confirms shift on customs union

Media captionSir Keir Starmer: “We’ve long championed being in a customs union with the EU” Jeremy Corbyn is to confirm a shift in the Labour Party’s position on remaining in the customs union after Brexit, Sir Keir Starmer has indicated. The shadow Brexit secretary said Labour’s front bench was “unanimous” in its backing for striking […]

Boy, 12, dies after falling from cliff in French ski resort of Avoriaz

Boy, 12, dies after falling from cliff in French ski resort of Avoriaz

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Avoriaz, in Haute Savoie, is one of France’s top ski destinations A 12-year-old boy has died after falling off a cliff near the ski resort of Avoriaz in the French Alps. The boy and his 10-year-old brother, who were on a skiing holiday, went down a mountain and strayed […]

Italy election: Rival protests spark tensions ahead of vote

Italy election: Rival protests spark tensions ahead of vote

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Police clash with demonstrators at a march against the far-right party The League in Milan Rival demonstrations by far-right and anti-fascist groups a week before Italy’s general election have led to scuffles with police. Police in Milan used batons as left-wing demonstrators tried to break through a cordon. Elsewhere, […]

Red Cross reveals 21 staff paid for sexual services

Red Cross reveals 21 staff paid for sexual services

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The ICRC launched an internal review after reports of misconduct at aid agencies The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says 21 members of staff have left their jobs for sexual misconduct in the last three years. The ICRC’s director-general, Yves Daccord, said the individuals had paid for […]

Russian ceremony hopes hit by second ban

Russian ceremony hopes hit by second ban

Nadezhda Sergeeva (right) had returned a clean result in a doping test on 13 February, the Russian Bobsleigh Federation said Russian bobsleigh pilot Nadezhda Sergeeva has been banned from the Winter Olympics for doping – just a day before Olympic chiefs meet to discuss lifting sanctions on her country. The International Olympic Committee banned Russia […]