St Petersburg attack: Suspect says he only ‘followed orders’

St Petersburg attack: Suspect says he only ‘followed orders’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Abror Azimov appeared in court on Tuesday A suspect arrested in Russia on Monday has denied he was behind the St Petersburg metro bombing that killed 14 people, Russian media say. Abror Azimov, who is reported to be from Kyrgyzstan, said he simply “followed” instructions, and “did not realise” what […]

Russia’s new Arctic Trefoil military base unveiled with virtual tour

Russia’s new Arctic Trefoil military base unveiled with virtual tour

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Arctic Trefoil base: Special design features were used to cope with the severe weather Visitors to the Russian defence ministry website can now take a “virtual tour” of a new military base in a remote region of the Arctic. Such media openness contrasts markedly with Russia’s traditional military secrecy. […]

Turkey referendum: EU urges Ankara to probe illegal vote claims

Turkey referendum: EU urges Ankara to probe illegal vote claims

Media captionTurkish referendum in three words The European Commission has called on Turkey to launch a “transparent investigation” into allegations of irregularities during the referendum giving the president sweeping powers. Turkey should “consider the next steps very carefully”, an EU spokesman said. European leaders have expressed concern that the result – 51.4% in favour of […]

Turkey referendum: Trump congratulates Erdogan

Turkey referendum: Trump congratulates Erdogan

Media captionTurkish referendum in three words Donald Trump has congratulated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his victory in Sunday’s referendum that gave him sweeping new powers. In a phone call, the US president also thanked Mr Erdogan for supporting America’s missile strike on a Syrian government airbase on 7 April. In the poll, 51.4% […]

French election: Le Pen and Macron hold rival rallies

French election: Le Pen and Macron hold rival rallies

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Marine Le Pen (centre) wants France to leave the EU The two front-runners in France’s presidential election have staged rival rallies to win over undecided voters, a week before the first round of voting. Marine Le Pen, the far-right leader of the National Front, said in Paris the choice was […]

Turkey referendum: Erdogan dismisses criticism by monitors

Turkey referendum: Erdogan dismisses criticism by monitors

Media captionProtesters march through the Turkish capital calling for a recount Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has rejected criticism by monitors who say the referendum campaign fell short of international standards. “Know your place,” he said, adding that he did not accept the comments. The observers said Mr Erdogan had been favoured by an “unequal” […]

Turkey referendum: Campaign on Erdogan powers ‘unequal’

Turkey referendum: Campaign on Erdogan powers ‘unequal’

Media captionProtesters march through the Turkish capital, calling for a recount Turkey’s referendum process was held on an “unlevel playing field”, with campaigning restrictions and late procedural changes, monitors say. Opposition events were obstructed and state resources misused, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) said. In the referendum, voters gave sweeping new […]

Portugal plane crash: Five dead in Tires near Lisbon

Portugal plane crash: Five dead in Tires near Lisbon

Image copyright EPA Image caption The crash site – the plane hit a car park in a residential area A small Swiss-registered plane has crashed near a Lidl supermarket in Tires, just west of the Portuguese capital Lisbon, killing five people. Portuguese media say the victims were the pilot, three passengers and a lorry driver, […]

Turkey referendum: Vote expanding Erdogan powers ‘valid’

Turkey referendum: Vote expanding Erdogan powers ‘valid’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Support for Mr Erdogan remains stable, even though big cities did not back the changes The result of the referendum that grants sweeping new powers to the president of Turkey is valid, the head of the electoral body says. Sadi Guven was speaking after the main opposition Republican People’s Party […]

Turkey referendum grants President Erdogan sweeping new powers

Turkey referendum grants President Erdogan sweeping new powers

Media captionPresident Recep Tayyip Erdogan: “Decision made by the Turkish public is a historic moment” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has narrowly won a referendum to expand presidential powers, which could keep him in office until 2029. With 99.45% of ballots counted, the “Yes” campaign had won 51.37% and “No” 48.63%, and the electoral board […]