‘Our powerful voices are no longer silenced’

The 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were dominated by support for the fight against sexual misconduct in Hollywood, with several speeches about female empowerment. This time men got more involved, with Morgan Freeman – winner of the lifetime achievement award – saying the statue isn’t “gender neutral”. ‘Our powerful voices are no longer silenced’

Syria offensive: Turkish troops ‘capture villages’ in Afrin

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Turkish tanks have entered northern Syria in an offensive targeting Kurdish fighters Turkish forces have captured a number of villages in north-western Syria, on the third day of an offensive to oust Kurdish fighters, Turkish media report. Turkish troops, accompanied by allied Syrian rebels, reportedly seized control of several […]

Yemen war: Saudi-led coalition pledges $1.5bn in new aid

Image copyright AFP Image caption Some 1.8 million children under the age of five are acutely malnourished in Yemen A Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen has pledged $1.5bn (£2bn) in new humanitarian aid for the country. It will also increase the capacities of Yemeni ports to receive aid and cargo shipments, and set up 17 […]

Mysterious Dead Sea Scroll deciphered in Israel

Image copyright University of Haifa Image caption The fragments of Dead Sea Scroll took a year to piece together One of the last remaining obscure parts of the Dead Sea Scrolls has been deciphered by researchers in Israel. Sixty tiny fragments were pieced together over a period of a year, identifying the name of a […]

Iraq sentences German woman to death over IS involvement

Image copyright AFP Image caption The woman was captured during the battle for Mosul last year A court in Iraq has sentenced a German woman to death after finding her guilty of belonging to the Islamic State (IS) group. She was sentenced for providing logistical support and taking part in attacks on Iraqi security forces. […]

Spain renews arrest bid as Catalonia’s Puigdemont travels to Denmark

Image copyright Press Eye Image caption Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont arrives at Copenhagen airport Catalonia’s former leader Carles Puigdemont has arrived in Denmark, triggering a new attempt by Spain’s prosecutor to have him arrested. An hour later the speaker of the Catalan parliament nominated him to head the regional government. Mr Puigdemont fled to […]

French prison guards in nationwide strike after attacks

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Guards take part in a protest at Fresnes prison near Paris after an assault on officers A series of attacks against prison guards by inmates at institutions across France has led to a nationwide strike in the country. Unions have vowed a “total blockade” of prisons on Monday as […]

Venice restaurant bill outrages Japanese tourists

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption From mouth-watering steak to eye-watering bill in Venice The mayor of Venice has voiced outrage over the €1,100 (£970; $1,347) bill that four Japanese tourists say they had to pay for four steaks, a plate of fried fish, water and service. The four students complained to police after getting […]

Snow cuts off Swiss ski resort Zermatt for second time in 2018

Image copyright EPA Image caption Helicopter services in Zermatt are oversubscribed as some tourists try to get airlifted out Thousands of people have become stranded in the Swiss ski resort of Zermatt, cut off by snow for the second time in two weeks. Avalanche warnings have forced the closure of roads and rail links in […]

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