Syria conflict: Russia sends missile system to Tartus base

Syria conflict: Russia sends missile system to Tartus base

Image copyright AP Image caption Russian officials said the system was purely defensive Russia has confirmed it has sent an S-300 air defence system to its naval base in the Syrian port of Tartus. Defence Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said the purpose of the system was to guarantee the security of the base from the […]

Germany drops Turkey President Erdogan insult case

Germany drops Turkey President Erdogan insult case

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Satirist Jan Boehmermann poked fun at Turkey’s president in an obscene poem on TV German prosecutors have dropped an investigation into a TV comedian accused of insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The prosecutors in the western city of Mainz said they had not found sufficient evidence to continue the […]

Oromia: Three days of mourning after 52 die in Ethiopia

Media captionFootage shows a huge protest and a panicked stampede Ethiopia has begun three days of mourning after at least 52 people were killed during a protest at a religious festival in the Oromia region. Some died in a stampede on Sunday after police fired tear gas and rubber bullets, witnesses said. Prime Minister Hailemariam […]

Dutch journalist Oerlemans shot dead by ‘IS sniper’ in Libya

Dutch journalist Oerlemans shot dead by ‘IS sniper’ in Libya

Image caption Oerlemans (left) was abducted and wounded in Syria in 2012 along with British photographer John Cantlie (right) A Netherlands photojournalist has been shot dead by a sniper apparently belonging to the group known as Islamic State (IS) while reporting on the fighting in the Libyan city of Sirte. Jeroen Oerlemans, 45, was killed […]

Oromia: Stampede at Ethiopia protest leaves 52 dead

Media captionFootage shows a huge protest and a panicked stampede Fifty-two people were killed and many more injured in Ethiopia’s Oromia region during a protest at a religious festival, the government says. Some died in a stampede after police employed tear gas, rubber bullets and baton charges, witnesses said. Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said rioters […]

Call to close ivory markets agreed at Cites conference

Call to close ivory markets agreed at Cites conference

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The new resolution is seen as an important step towards closing all domestic ivory markets Delegates at a UN wildlife conference have endorsed calls for the closure of all domestic ivory markets. The non-binding proposal was approved at a meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species […]

Dutch journalist Oerlemans shot dead by ‘IS sniper’ in Libya

Dutch journalist Oerlemans shot dead by ‘IS sniper’ in Libya

Image caption Oerlemans (left) was abducted and wounded in Syria in 2012 along with British photographer John Cantlie (right) A Netherlands photojournalist has been shot dead by a sniper apparently belonging to the group known as Islamic State (IS) while reporting on the fighting in the Libyan city of Sirte. Jeroen Oerlemans, 45, was killed […]

Oromia: Deadly stampede at Ethiopia protest

Oromia: Deadly stampede at Ethiopia protest

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Many fled as security forces used tear gas Dozens have been killed and injured in Ethiopia’s Oromia region after security forces confronted protesters at a festival, witnesses say. Some people died in a panicked stampede after police employed tear gas and baton charges, they said. Thousands had gathered for a […]

Syria conflict: Aleppo hospital ‘hit by barrel bombs’

Media captionDr Abu Rajan shows cameras around the bombed hospital An air raid on the rebel-held eastern half of the Syrian city of Aleppo has hit the area’s largest hospital for the second time in a matter of days, a medical charity says. The Syrian American Medical Society, which supports the hospital, said it had […]

India tax evasion amnesty uncovers hidden billions

India tax evasion amnesty uncovers hidden billions

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Undeclared income or “black money” is a huge issue in India A tax evasion amnesty in India has prompted tens of thousands of people to declare more than $9.5bn (£7.3bn) in undeclared income and assets. Finance minister Arun Jaitley said the four-month window that ended on Friday brought in 64,275 […]