German-Turkish journalist Yucel has been freed, Berlin says

BERLIN (Reuters) – German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel, who was detained in Turkey a year ago, has been released from jail, German newspaper Die Welt reported on Friday citing his lawyer. The German Foreign Ministry confirmed his release. Yucel, a reporter for Die Welt, was jailed on suspicion of spreading propaganda in support of a terrorist organization and inciting violence. He ...

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Winter Olympics: Italy’s Michela Moioli wins gold in women’s snowboard cross

Winter Olympics: Moioli wins women’s dramatic snowboard cross gold XXIII Olympic Winter Games Venue: Pyeongchang, South Korea Dates: 9-25 February Coverage: Watch live on BBC TV, Red Button, Connected TVs, BBC Sport website and mobile app. Full coverage times Italian Michela Moioli won a thrilling final to take gold in the women’s snowboard cross in Pyeongchang. All six finalists were ...

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Audi chairman rubbishes report of CEO Stadler ouster

BERLIN (Reuters) – Audi (NSUG.DE) Chairman Matthias Mueller appealed to workers to ignore a media report that Chief Executive Rupert Stadler was about to be ousted, hoping to quell another outbreak of unrest at the diesel scandal-hit Volkswagen group. German tabloid Bild reported on its front page on Friday that Stadler would leave in April for his mishandling of the ...

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Turkey proposed joint deployment with U.S. troops in Syria’s Manbij: Turkish official

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey has proposed to the United States that Kurdish YPG fighters withdraw to east of the Euphrates river in Syria and that Turkish and U.S. troops be stationed together in the country’s Manbij area, a Turkish official said on Friday. The proposal could mark a breakthrough in efforts to overcome the NATO allies’ stark differences over Syria ...

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‘100,000 orangutans’ killed in 16 years

Image copyright Serge Wich Image caption Bornean orangutans’ forest habitat is changing at an “unsustainable rate” More than 100,000 Critically Endangered orangutans have been killed in Borneo since 1999, research has revealed. Scientists who carried out a 16-year survey on the island described the figure as “mind-boggling”. Deforestation, driven by logging, oil palm, mining and paper mills, continues to be ...

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Lost in translation? GM plant shutdown shocks South Korea

SEOUL (Reuters) – Only weeks into a new job heading General Motors Co’s international operations, Barry Engle flew into a frigid South Korea in January and held a series of meetings with government officials to discuss the future of GM’s loss-making local unit. In what they thought were meet-and-greet introductions, senior officials agreed to work with the global automaker on ...

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EU will not lift visas unless Turkey eases terrorism laws

SOFIA (Reuters) – The European Union told Turkey on Friday it would not ease travel requirements for its citizens unless Ankara softens counter-terrorism laws that the bloc says are excessive. The EU has been taken aback by President Tayyip Erdogan’s security crackdown following a botched coup in 2016 that saw some 50,000 people, including journalists, arrested and 150,000 more, from ...

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A story of sexual abuse: ‘My grandfather was my father’

Image copyright Getty Images Seventy-year-old Michael* always suspected his family held a secret. Then he found out – his grandfather was in fact his father. Here, as the NSPCC calls for more to be done to tackle sexual abuse within families, he explains how learning he was born after his mother was raped affected his life. My main memory of ...

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