Russian balloonist lands safely in Australia after 11 days
Official says Russian balloonist lands safely in Australia after flying round the worldCANBERRA, Australia (AP) ? Official says Russian balloonist lands safely in Australia after flying round the world.
German-Iranian gunman kills nine in Munich, then himself: police
By Karin Strohecker, Jens Hack and Joern Poltz MUNICH (Reuters) - An 18-year-old German-Iranian gunman who apparently acted alone opened fire near a busy shopping mall in Munich on Friday evening, killing at least nine people in the third attack on civilians in Western Europe in eight days. As authorities sought to piece together the circumstances of an attack behind which they had found no immediate evidence of an Islamist motive, Munich police said they would hold a 0930 GMT (5.30 am ET) news conference. Chancellor Angela Merkel is due to meet her chief of staff Peter Altmaier, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere and intelligence officials on Saturday to review the incident.
Turkey's Erdogan orders closure of more schools, extends detention period
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has ordered the closure of more than 1,000 private schools and extended the period in which some suspects can be detained without charge, in his first decree since declaring a three-month state of emergency. Erdogan declared the state of emergency late on Wednesday saying it would enable authorities to swiftly and effectively root out supporters of last weekend's failed military coup in which at least 246 people were killed. The state of emergency allows the president and government to pass laws without first having to win parliamentary support and also allows them to curb or suspend rights and freedoms as they deem necessary.
G20 countries face calls for action to boost growth
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the US urged G20 countries gathering on Saturday to do more to boost the slowing global economy, with Britain's vote to leave the European Union (EU) threatening to further derail growth. Central bank chiefs and finance ministers from the world's top 20 economies met in the southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu, and US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew told journalists it was "a time of continuing uncertainty in the global economic outlook". Britain's new finance minister Philip Hammond was to deliver a message that his country was still "open for business", according to a statement from the Treasury in London.
Iraq records hottest day so far this year in Basra cityBAGHDAD (AP) ? Iraq's state-run Meteorological Department says it has registered the record hottest day so far this year, with maximum temperatures hitting 53.9 degrees Celsius (129.02 Fahrenheit) in the southern city of Basra.
Heavy rain in China kills at least 87, thousands evacuated
Heavy rain in China has killed at least 87 people and forced thousands from their homes, state media reported on Saturday. Seventy-two people have been killed and 78 are missing in the northern province of Hebei after rain triggered floods and landslides, the Xinhua news agency reported, citing the civil affairs department. In the central province of Henan, 15 people were killed and eight were missing after thunderstorms and strong winds forced 72,000 people from their homes and damaged 18,000 houses, Altogether about 8.6 million people have been affected by the flooding, according state media and local government reports.
Turkey can hold suspects without charge for up to 30 days
Turkey can hold suspects in detention without charge for up to 30 days under its state of emergency imposed in the wake of the failed coup aimed at ousting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, an official statement said on Saturday. The suspects can be held for up to 30 days before being taken to a judge to decide whether to remand them in custody, said an announcement in the official gazette, where all laws and decrees appear when they come into force. Activists including Amnesty International had warned Turkey against expanding the detention period, which in normal times stands at a maximum of four days.
'Lone' Munich shooter kills nine in mall rampage
The gunman who went on a deadly rampage at a busy Munich shopping centre before committing suicide was a German-Iranian teenager who probably acted alone, police said Saturday. Nine people were killed and 16 wounded as the gunman brought terror to Germany's third largest city on Friday evening, the third attack on civilians in Europe in eight days. "Bloodbath in Munich," was the headline on the best-selling Bild newspaper as shockwaves reverberated across the continent.
Kenyan court jails ivory smuggler for 20 years
By Joseph Akwiri MOMBASA, Kenya (Reuters) - A Kenyan court on Friday sentenced a man to 20 years in jail and fined him 20 million shillings ($200,000) for ivory smuggling. Police accused Feisal Mohamed Ali, from the coastal city of Mombasa, of being behind an international ivory poaching syndicate linked to a 3-tonne haul of elephant tusks seized in Mombasa in June 2014. Kenya has imposed longer jail terms and bigger fines for wildlife poaching or trafficking, saying it is harming tourism, a major earner of foreign exchange.