Hours after he was acquitted by a court and ordered free from more than two years in jail, a high-profile Turkish philanthropist was re-arrested

Hours after he was acquitted by a court and ordered free from more than two years in jail, a high-profile Turkish philanthropist was re-arrested on separate charges in a case that has raised questions about the rule of law in Turkey.  A surprise court decision Tuesday to order Osman Kavala, 63, and eight other defendants freed on charges of undermining Turkey’s national security by taking part in the 2013 Gezi park anti-government protests prompted applause in the courtroom. Violinist Amanda, 30, had a half-sleeve mandala-style design inked on her left arm – from the top of her shoulder down to … Continue reading Hours after he was acquitted by a court and ordered free from more than two years in jail, a high-profile Turkish philanthropist was re-arrested

One of Wuhan’s most senior doctors has died after contracting the coronavirus

One of Wuhan’s most senior doctors has died after contracting the coronavirus as authorities began a sweeping campaign inside the city to seek out patients infected with the virus. Liu Zhiming had taken part in the battle against the virus from the start and had made important contributions in fighting and controlling Covid-19, the Wuhan municipal health commission said. During that process, “unfortunately he became infected and passed away at 10:54 Tuesday morning at the age of 51 after all-out efforts to save him failed”, the commission said. The Federal Judges Association is meanwhile holding an emergency meeting on Tuesday … Continue reading One of Wuhan’s most senior doctors has died after contracting the coronavirus

Another 99 cases of coronavirus have today been confirmed on board the Diamond Princess

Another 99 cases of coronavirus have today been confirmed on board the Diamond Princess, with hundreds of passengers still in the dark over when they will leave. The dozens of new cases bring the total on board the ship to 454 just two days before the quarantine is due to end. In a statement, the ministry said three Israelis on the cruise ship had tested positive for coronavirus and would remain in Japan. However, the ministry added it was contacting insurance companies of the remaining 12 Israeli nationals onboard to have them flown back via a special direct flight. “Upon … Continue reading Another 99 cases of coronavirus have today been confirmed on board the Diamond Princess

They came in their hundreds to Rocketown, Nashville, on Wednesday night

They came in their hundreds to Rocketown, Nashville, on Wednesday night. Young, old, black, white, they wanted a free T-shirt, a complimentary barbecue dinner and a chance to check out the only Democratic candidate campaigning last week in Tennessee: Michael Bloomberg. It was unlike any other primary campaign event — countless staffers buzzing around, freebies for all. You could feel the heft of it, the scale, the impossibly deep pockets funding this increasingly probable run for president. Police say they found her body in a canyon at the bottom of Pyke Creek, an area of Mount Aspiring National Park close … Continue reading They came in their hundreds to Rocketown, Nashville, on Wednesday night

A 15-year-old schoolgirl has been electrocuted in the bath after her charging mobile phone fell into the water

A 15-year-old schoolgirl has been electrocuted in the bath after her charging mobile phone fell into the water. The teenager was taking a bath at her home in Marseille in France, when the tragedy happened on Sunday, it has been claimed. Under the new counting criteria, the nationwide tally jumped by 15,152 new cases yesterday and the nationwide daily death toll hit 254, the most so far. The previous day China had reported 1,638 new cases and 108 deaths, raising hopes — now dashed — that the outbreak was peaking. Across China the virus has claimed 1,368 lives and infected … Continue reading A 15-year-old schoolgirl has been electrocuted in the bath after her charging mobile phone fell into the water

Donald Trump is not ruling out pardoning longtime friend-turned-political adviser Roger Stone

Donald Trump is not ruling out pardoning longtime friend-turned-political adviser Roger Stone, setting up yet another cliffhanger in his made-for-television presidency. After firing off a tweet on Monday morning calling the Justice Department’s plans to seek a nine-year sentence for Mr Stone “a horrible and very unfair situation” and a “miscarriage of justice,” DOJ leaders announced they would seek a softer sentence. What followed was a tsunami of outrage by Democratic lawmakers and some legal experts, warning Mr Trump, after his Senate acquittal, is throwing around unprecedented amounts of presidential power. Pictures from the scene show derailed carriages. It is … Continue reading Donald Trump is not ruling out pardoning longtime friend-turned-political adviser Roger Stone

The coronavirus epidemic could spread to about two-thirds of the world’s population if it cannot be controlled

The coronavirus epidemic could spread to about two-thirds of the world’s population if it cannot be controlled, according to Hong Kong’s leading public health epidemiologist. His warning came after the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said recent cases of coronavirus patients who had never visited China could be the “tip of the iceberg”. Right on cue, a new poll from Reuters/Ipsos forecasts the president losing the 2020 battle to Bernie Sanders, Michael Bloomberg and Joe Biden and drawing with Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren. The president unveiled a a $4.8trn (£3.7trn) budget proposal on Monday that reneges on … Continue reading The coronavirus epidemic could spread to about two-thirds of the world’s population if it cannot be controlled

High sulphur dioxide levels at the centre of the coronavirus outbreak could be a sign of mass cremations

High sulphur dioxide levels at the centre of the coronavirus outbreak could be a sign of mass cremations, it has been claimed.  Satellite maps in recent days have shown alarming levels of SO2 around Wuhan, the Chinese city where the outbreak began. Members of a World Health Organization expert mission flew to China to help coordinate the response to the virus, which has infected more than 40,000 people and killed at least 908. The country reported 97 deaths on Sunday, its largest toll in a single day since the outbreak was detected in December. Meanwhile, a further 60 cases were … Continue reading High sulphur dioxide levels at the centre of the coronavirus outbreak could be a sign of mass cremations

When she was nine years old, Shohreh Bayat’s father took out a chess set and taught her how to play

When she was nine years old, Shohreh Bayat’s father took out a chess set and taught her how to play. He picked it because it was one of the few sports where he could watch his daughter compete: swimming, even football, would have been out of the question under the laws of the Islamic Republic. She excelled. Within a few years Bayat was ranked No 1 in Iran for her age. Soon afterwards she joined the national team — representing her country across the world. She loved the mental gymnastics of chess, the depth, the endless combinations of moves. Another … Continue reading When she was nine years old, Shohreh Bayat’s father took out a chess set and taught her how to play

Antarctica has had its highest recorded temperature of 18.3C

Antarctica has had its highest recorded temperature of 18.3C, beating 2015’s record of 17.5C. The Antarctic Peninsula, where this week’s reading was taken at the Argentine research base Esperanza, is among the world’s fastest warming regions, rising 3C over the past 50 years. Paul was found in late October curled up on the still-smoking ground after fire tore through a nature reserve at Lake Cathie, 250 miles north of Sydney. A firefighter rushed him to the nearby Port Macquarie koala hospital. After 13 weeks of intensive care, including a month in the home of a 24-hour carer, and dozens of … Continue reading Antarctica has had its highest recorded temperature of 18.3C