Arrests at Turkey trial of hunger-striking teachers

Turkish police arrested several protesters outside the trial in Ankara of an academic and a teacher, who have been on hunger strike since losing their jobs in a crackdown after last year’s failed coup. Prof Nuriye Gulmen and primary school teacher Semih Ozakca were not in court. Doctors described their condition as dangerously weak. Arrests […]

Nobel laureate to Aung San Suu Kyi: Choose love, not hate

Bangladesh’s Muhammad Yunus has urged fellow Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to return to being a force for peace in Myanmar. Ms Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s de facto leader, has been criticised for her response to Rohingya crisis, which has seen almost 390,000 of the Muslim minority fleeing the country. Nobel laureate to Aung San […]

Rohingya Muslims respond to claims they set fire to their homes

The Myanmar government said that villagers set fire to their own homes – the BBC’s Reeta Chakrabarti tracked them down in Bangladesh and asked the refugees what happened. Antonio Guterres, the UN secretary general, said the alleged attacks by security forces on Rohingya Muslims were completely unacceptable. Rohingya Muslims respond to claims they set fire […]

Syria war: Raqqa civilians remain trapped in ‘absolute hell’

Raqqa, the capital of so-called Islamic State in Syria, has been devastated by months of violence and assaults by US-led coalition forces. As the fighting continues, the BBC’s Quentin Sommerville describes an “iron-clad death trap” of a city with civilians facing snipers and minefields with no option for escape. Up to 25,000 people, half of […]

South Africa student fights to keep thesis in robbery

Security camera footage from South Africa shows the moment a student fought off robbers to hold on to a bag containing a hard drive with the only copy of her thesis. “It wasn’t very smart but I guess it worked,” Noxolo Ntusi, 26, told the BBC. Footage courtesy of Intelligence Bureau SA South Africa student […]