Vladimir Putin and Volodymyr Zelenskyy have joined world leaders in congratulating Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his election win. In a letter to president Erdogan celebrating his narrow run-off victory on Sunday, Mr Putin addressed the Turkish leader as “Dear Friend” and praised his efforts at strengthening Russian-Turkish relations. “From the bottom of my
Men in crisp white thobes sit on mats under a leafy thorn tree carefully cutting pieces of white material. They slowly stitch them together with tender, experienced precision. Another shroud for another life lost to senseless violence. More men arrive and they raise their hands in prayer to grieve the recently deceased. The latest victim
Turkey goes to the polls today for a presidential run-off that could see Recep Tayyip Erdogan extend his rule into a third decade. Neither Mr Erdogan, 69, nor his rival Kemal Kilicdaroglu reached the required 50% of the vote in the first round on 14 May. The race could have profound consequences for Turkey, and
The 41-degree heat rises like steam from every rock and roof but as sunset approaches the sky breaks into a thunderstorm. A woman, deep in a latrine, pauses her digging to run under a corrugated zinc roof held up by a square wooden frame for shelter from the rain. It is her new home in
F-16s are on the way to Ukraine. US President Joe Biden‘s approval of the move at the G7 conference will certainly provide Ukraine with some much-needed aerial firepower – but combat air power is heavily dependent on modern technology and some F-16s are vintage jets. When the F-16 Fighting Falcon first flew in the late
At least two people have been killed after a Russian missile strike hit a health clinic and a veterinary building in eastern Ukraine, officials have said. Video footage showed a severely damaged site with smoke pouring out of it, following the attack in the city of Dnipro on Friday. Most of the upper floor of
The latest search for Madeleine McCann has ended in Portugal as tents were taken down and heavy machinery was removed from the site. Officers have spent three days combing a reservoir and surrounding scrubland after receiving “certain tip-offs”. It’s not yet known if anything significant was found, but a number of bags were taken from
What are the big threats to our way of life? This question was a lurking preoccupation at the London Defence Conference this week, attended by the prime minister and the chief of defence staff along with academics and politicians from across the Western world. The immediate crisis is Ukraine, of course. There was general consensus
A group claiming to be behind a recent strike in the Russian border region of Belgorod have said they will launch more incursions in future. Denis Kapustin (also known as Denis Nikitin), the commander of the Russian Volunteer Corps, was speaking on the Ukrainian side of the border with Russia a day after his group
A paralysed man has been able to walk again after communication was re-established between his brain and spinal cord using a wireless “digital bridge”. The so-called brain computer interface is made up of two electronic implants, one each in the brain and spinal cord. Read more:Analysis: Paralysis breakthrough is quite astonishing – and AI is
When Nasreen was just a young child, she saw her 12 -year-old sister forced into marriage, and her mother warned her she would be next. At the age of around nine, with the help of a male cousin, she fled her small rural Nepalese village – she can’t say exactly how old she was because
There is still widespread confusion over reports of an armed raid across the Ukrainian border into Russia, with claims of pro-Ukrainian fighters capturing a town and the use of a tank. Russia says more than 70 attackers have been killed in the Belgorod region and the remnants of their units pushed back into Ukrainian territory
Real Madrid star Vinicius Jr has renewed his attack on La Liga and the Spanish authorities, revealing he received death threats this season. It comes as Real Madrid have lodged a hate crime complaint with Spanish prosecutors after the Brazilian player was targeted with racist abuse during their away game against Valencia over the weekend.
At least 19 students have been killed in a fire at a secondary school dormitory in Guyana in South America, authorities have said. The country’s government has said several other students were being treated for injuries after the fire in the southwestern border town of Mahdia. At least six others were flown 200 miles to
China poses “the biggest challenge” to global security, Rishi Sunak has said at the end of a G7 summit. The Prime Minister added: “China poses the biggest challenge of our age to global security and prosperity, they are increasingly authoritarian at home and assertive abroad.” “This is all about de-risking, not de-coupling.” Advertisement
Sudan’s warring factions have agreed to a new seven-day ceasefire. The Sudanese army and rival paramilitary Rapid Support Forces signed the deal in the Saudi city of Jeddah, as the fighting entered its sixth week. The ceasefire, brokered by the US and Saudi Arabia, will start on Monday at 9.45pm in Sudan (8.45pm UK time).
Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said “there is nothing left” in Bakhmut, as Russia claimed control of the city after months of fierce fighting which has left it in ruins. The country’s president said the invading forces had “destroyed everything”. Mr Zelenskyy was speaking alongside US President Joe Biden at the G7 summit in Hiroshima,
The US has approved sending F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine to enhance the country’s air defence in the wake of a barrage of Russian missiles. But how many will be delivered, and which countries will provide them? US President Joe Biden authorised Western allies to give advanced F-16 fighter jets – a move the UK,
As Western supplies of high-tech weapons flow into Ukraine in preparation for the anticipated spring offensive, Russia is also trying to bolster its arsenal. It has resorted to trading SU-35 fighter jets to Iran in return for continued supply of Iranian Shahid 136 attack drones, and also fielded state-of-the-art missile systems for the first time.
It is a long, nervy and treacherous walk to the frontline trenches around Bakhmut. As we make our way through woodland, the war crashes and booms around us. Although Ukraine has made small gains in the open ground around the flanks, its hold inside the city is looking increasingly desperate. Ukraine war latest live as
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