Turkey?s president condemns request as a ?very ugly approach? and dismisses other demands made of Qatar by Gulf states
Turkey?s president has described as disrespectful a demand by Saudi Arabia and its allies that it withdraw its troops from Qatar as a step towards ending a deepening dispute with the besieged Gulf state.
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A flotilla of boats and the air force went to the aid of vessel that sank with about 150 people on board in Pe?ol-Guatapé reservoir
At least nine people have died and dozens are missing after a tourist boat carrying about150 people sank in a reservoir in north-west Colombia, near the city of Medellín, officials have said.
Margarita Moncada, a local rescue official, confirmed the death toll. Jorge Hernando Nieto, Colombia?s national police chief, told local radio that at least 30 people had been reported missing in the accident, which was on the on the Guatapé-El Peñol reservoir.Continue reading...
Police thwart LGBT activists? attempted parade planned in defiance of an official ban from local authorities
Turkish police have thwarted an attempt by gay pride activists to hold a parade in Istanbul in defiance of an official ban from the local authorities.
Police fired rubber bullets at a group of around 40 activists in the country?s largest city, an AFP journalist reported, a day after the city governor?s office banned the march citing safety and public order concerns.Continue reading...
Emergency services fight to contain major blaze in Huelva, Andalucía, which has been on high alert due to heat wave
A major forest fire in southern Spain has forced the evacuation of more than 1,500 people from homes, campsites and hotels, according to a government official.
Like much of Spain, the area in Huelva is on high alert for forest fires because of a heatwave. Last week, 64 people died in a forest fire in neighbouring Portugal.Continue reading...
Seyran Ate??s Ibn Rushd-Goethe mosque allows men and women to pray together and rejects burqa and niqab
The founder of a new liberal mosque in Berlin that allows men and women to pray side by side has vowed to press on with her project even though the institution has been issued with a fatwa from Egypt and attacked by religious authorities in Turkey within a week of its opening.
?The pushback I am getting makes me feel that I am doing the right thing,? said Seyran Ate?, a Turkish-born lawyer and women?s rights campaigner, who does not wear a hijab. ?God is loving and merciful ? otherwise he wouldn?t have turned me into the person I am.?Continue reading...
People described as rushing to highway to try to gather leaking fuel from crashed vehicle and being caught in blast
An overturned oil tanker exploded in a huge fireball in Pakistan on Sunday killing more than 150 people, including many women and children, who had rushed to the site to collect fuel spilling from the crashed vehicle.
Witnesses described terrifying scenes at the site in the city of Ahmad Pur Sharqia, Punjab province.Continue reading...
Shark was first spotted close to beaches at Cala Major and Can Pastilla, then discovered to have serious head wound
A blue shark whose presence in shallow waters off the coast of Mallorca caused panic over the weekend and led to the evacuation of beaches on the Balearic island, has been captured.
The animal was first spotted on Saturday as it swam close to the beaches at Cala Major and Can Pastilla, near the Mallorcan capital of Palma. Pictures showed the shark gliding through the water a few metres from bathers, who dashed to the safety of the shore.Continue reading...
Veneto Banca and Banca Popolare di Vicenza, blighted by bad loans and a mis-selling scandal, will open as usual on Monday, says finance minister
The Italian government is stepping in to wind up two failing lenders and prevent a bank run, at a total cost of up to ?17bn (£15bn).
After an emergency cabinet meeting on Sunday, ministers agreed to a decree splitting Veneto Banca and Banca Popolare di Vicenza into ?good? and ?bad? banks, keeping branches open.Continue reading...
Trollpikken, a popular tourist attraction, is broken, bearing cracks and holes that suggest it has been vandalised, say experts
Activists are collecting money to repair a penis-shaped rock formation in southern Norway after the popular tourist attraction was found badly damaged.
Joggers on Saturday discovered that the Trollpikken rock formation appeared to have been cut off, and noted drilling holes in the rock ? which experts said strongly suggested the rock had been vandalised.Continue reading...
Sportswear brands review spate of incidents in factories where employees on short-term contracts work 10-hour days in 30C temperatures
Women working in Cambodian factories supplying some of the world?s best-known sportswear brands are suffering from repeated mass faintings linked to conditions.
Over the past year more than 500 workers in four factories supplying to Nike, Puma, Asics and VF Corporation were hospitalised. The most serious episode, recorded over three days in November, saw 360 workers collapse. The brands confirmed the incidents, part of a pattern of faintings that has dogged the 600,000-strong mostly female garment workforce for years.Continue reading...
Congressman likens Trump complaint on White House inaction to ?knowingly receiving stolen property [and] blaming police for not stopping the theft?
The Obama adminstration ?should have done a lot more? to combat Russian interference in the 2016 US election before the result was known, a top congressional Democrat said on Sunday.
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The hard-left leader is prepared to fight in parliament, or on the streets. And tackling the new president on workers? rights is first on the agenda
Entering the French lower house of parliament as an MP for the first time last week, Jean-Luc Mélenchon pointed to the European flag planted next to the French tricolor, turned to the camera tracking him and said: ?Do we have to put up with that??
Earlier he stood on the steps of the Assemblée Nationale, alongside the other 16 newly elected MPs from his hard-left party La France Insoumise (France Unbowed), raised a clenched fist and shouted ?Resistance?.Continue reading...
Rescue operation launched in Sichuan province after more than 60 homes in Xinmo village were engulfed by avalanche of rock
More than 100 people were feared dead after a landslide buried more than 100 villagers in south-west China?s Sichuan province.
Chinese state media said more than 60 homes were covered in rock and mud in Xinmo, a remote village in north Sichuan.
Frank Kerrigan speaks to homeless son by phone 11 days after funeral, having been told of identification made through fingerprints
A southern California man who thought he had buried his son found out 11 days later that the son was still alive, after local coroners misidentified a body.
On 6 May, a man was found dead behind a Verizon store in Fountain Valley. Frank J Kerrigan, 82, of Wildomar, said he called the coroner?s office and was told the body was that of his son, Frank M Kerrigan, 57, who suffers from mental illness and had been living on the street.
Britons are warned they could be banned from all-inclusive package deals
For two decades, Miguel has run one of the biggest hotels in Mallorca for holidaymakers on all-inclusive packages. But never has he been so angry and disappointed with his British guests. During a typical year, Miguel welcomes 9,000 British visitors, and many more from Germany and the Netherlands.
Two years ago the hotel, popular in Thomson and First Choice brochures, had just a couple of complaints for gastroenteritis (aka Spanish tummy). But last year Miguel was hit by around 200 claims alleging food poisoning. Every single one was from a British holidaymaker, with not a single complaint coming from the Germans or the Dutch. None of the Brits complained to the hotel at the time; all the claims were lodged by UK claims management companies once the holiday-makers returned home.Continue reading...