Turkey LGBT: Police stifle Istanbul Gay Pride rally

Image copyright EPA Image caption Authorities in Istanbul had banned the rally for a third successive year Police in the Turkish city of Istanbul have thwarted attempts by organisers to hold a banned Gay Pride march. The organisers of the annual event had vowed to press ahead despite the ban by the authorities, who had […]

Turkey LGBT: Istanbul’s Gay Pride organisers to defy ban

Image copyright EPA Image caption Activists have been painting city walls in rainbow colours ahead of the annual march Organisers of Istanbul’s annual Gay Pride march say it will go ahead despite a ban by authorities. Small groups are now gathering near the city’s Taksim Square but they are heavily outnumbered by police. Authorities in […]

Brexit secretary confident of trade deal

Media caption“Very French”: What David Davis thinks of his EU counterpart Brexit Secretary David Davis has told the BBC he is “pretty sure”, but not “certain”, that he will be able to get a free trade deal with the EU. He told BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show that other EU states “have a very strong […]

Prince Harry ‘wanted out’ of Royal Family

Image copyright Getty Images Prince Harry was once so disillusioned with being part of the Royal Family that he decided he “wanted out”. Having considered giving up his title, he finally decided he should remain and “work out a role for myself”. Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, the prince – who is fifth in […]

Fifa looking into anti-doping claims from McLaren report

Fifa says no Russia player from the 2014 World Cup returned a positive drugs test Fifa says “it is still investigating allegations” that footballers were involved in a state-sponsored doping programme in Russia. At least 30 sports, including football, covered up samples involving more than 1,000 athletes between 2011 and 2015, according to the McLaren […]

Roger Federer beats Alexander Zverev to win Gerry Weber Open in Halle

Roger Federer beats Alexander Zverev to win Gerry Weber Open in Halle

Federer won his first Halle Open title in 2003 Roger Federer warmed up for Wimbledon by winning a record ninth title at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany. The 35-year-old Swiss, who is aiming for a record eighth Wimbledon crown and 19th Grand Slam title, beat Alexander Zverev 6-1 6-3 in 53 minutes. German […]

Turkey LGBT: Istanbul’s Gay Pride organisers vow to defy ban

Image copyright EPA Image caption Activists have been painting city walls in rainbow colours ahead of the annual march Organisers of Istanbul’s annual Gay Pride march say it will go ahead despite a ban by the authorities of Turkey’s largest city. The event has been called for Sunday evening in the city’s Taksim Square. Authorities […]

Italy acid attack model Gessica Notaro returns to work

Image copyright Gessica Notaro Image caption Ms Notaro said on Facebook that sea lions had given her strength in the aftermath of her trauma A former Miss Italy finalist has returned to work as a sea lion trainer, five months after being severely disfigured by acid thrown in her face. Gessica Notaro, 28, said that […]

Alexei Navalny barred from Russia presidential poll

Alexei Navalny barred from Russia presidential poll

Media captionAlexei Navalny told the BBC’s Hardtalk programme in January that he would fight on Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been formally barred from standing in next year’s presidential election. The Central Electoral Commission has ruled he may not stand because he was found guilty of embezzlement and given a suspended sentence. Mr Navalny […]

Turkish water park: Children and adults electrocuted

Image copyright DHA Image caption Those affected were treated at the scene but could not be saved Three children and two adults who tried to rescue them have been electrocuted in a water park in north-western Turkey, local media say. The incident happened in the town of Akyazi, in Sakarya province, 100km (62 miles) east […]