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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: Erdogan dismisses criticism by monitors

Turkey referendum: Erdogan dismisses criticism by monitors

Media captionTurkish referendum in three words 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” campaign. In the referendum, voters […]

St Petersburg attack: ‘Man who trained bomber’ arrested near Moscow

St Petersburg attack: ‘Man who trained bomber’ arrested near Moscow

Image copyright AFP Image caption The driver was praised for moving the train into the station after the blast A suspect accused of helping to prepare the St Petersburg metro bombing has been detained near Moscow, Russian security officials say. Abror Azimov, who was born in 1990 and is from Central Asia, was held in […]

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 campaign was “unequal”, with critics suffering restrictions and state resources being misused, international monitors say. The vote itself was marred by late procedural changes, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) added. In the referendum, voters gave sweeping new powers […]

St Petersburg bombing ‘plotter held’

St Petersburg bombing ‘plotter held’

Suspect accused of plotting St Petersburg metro bombing arrested near Moscow, Russian security officials say This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. If you want to receive Breaking News alerts via email, or on a smartphone or tablet via the […]

Turkey referendum: Vote expanding Erdogan powers ‘valid’

Turkey referendum: Vote expanding Erdogan powers ‘valid’

Media captionProtesters march through the Turkish capital, calling for a recount 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 (CHP) cited irregularities, including the use of unstamped ballot […]

Turkey referendum: Final campaigning ahead of landmark vote

Turkey referendum: Final campaigning ahead of landmark vote

Image copyright Reuters Image caption “Yes” supporters campaign in Istanbul The final day of campaigning is taking place in Turkey ahead of a referendum on whether to grant sweeping new powers to the president. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is seeking to replace the parliamentary system with an executive presidency. Approval could see him stay in […]

Stag parties kicked off Prague flight

Stag parties kicked off Prague flight

Image copyright Ailsa Illingworth Image caption Two stag party groups heading for Prague were being “loud” and “disruptive”, passengers said More than 20 people were removed from a flight at Manchester Airport amid reports of “disruptive” stag parties on board. The Jet2 service had been due to leave for Prague in the Czech Republic at […]

Borussia Dortmund bombs: Letters at scene ‘not from Islamists’

Borussia Dortmund bombs: Letters at scene ‘not from Islamists’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Police guarded the hotel the Borussia Dortmund team were staying in after the attack Investigators in Germany say there is “significant doubt” that Tuesday’s attack on the Borussia Dortmund team bus was the work of radical Islamists. They say letters found at the scene may be an attempt to […]

Chechnya anti-gay violence: Newspaper fears ‘retribution’ for reports

Chechnya anti-gay violence: Newspaper fears ‘retribution’ for reports

Image copyright AFP Image caption A spectacular new mosque dominates the centre of Grozny, the Chechen capital The Russian daily Novaya Gazeta says it is alarmed by a Chechen Muslim call for “retribution” after the paper reported violence against gay men in Chechnya. Chechen Muslim clerics met on 3 April, two days after the paper’s […]