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Turkish rights defender Kavala re-arrested after acquittal

Turkish rights defender Kavala re-arrested after acquittal

Turkey's civil society swung from hope to despair Tuesday after counter-terror police detained leading rights defender Osman Kavala just hours after a court ordered his release from jail. Kavala and eight other defendants were acquitted by a court outside Ist

Trump commutes corrupt former politician's sentence

Trump commutes corrupt former politician's sentence

President Donald Trump on Tuesday commuted the sentence of a former Illinois governor jailed for corruption, as well as pardoning a New York City police chief imprisoned for tax fraud.Pardons were also handed out to Edward DeBartolo Jr, a former owner of the S

Thousands protest in Greece against pension overhaul

Thousands protest in Greece against pension overhaul

Thousands protested in Greece on Tuesday against a new pension reform as a 24-hour strike paralysed transport and services.Some 10,000 people demonstrated in the capital against the reform, which encourages a longer stay in the workforce, police said.The labou

Armed gang steals toilet rolls in panic-buying Hong Kong

Armed gang steals toilet rolls in panic-buying Hong Kong

A gang of knife-wielding men jumped a delivery driver in Hong Kong and stole hundreds of toilet rolls, police said Monday, in a city wracked by shortages caused by coronavirus panic-buying.Toilet rolls have become hot property in the densely packed business hu

Man dies as Storm Dennis slams UK, power cuts hit France

Man dies as Storm Dennis slams UK, power cuts hit France

A man died after falling into a river on Sunday as Storm Dennis swept across Britain with the army drafted in to help deal with heavy flooding and high winds.The man fell into the River Tawe, in south Wales, police said.The storm also battered much of France,