Turkey arrests top journalist
A Turkish court on Friday put a prominent journalist under arrest just a day after he was released over accusations related to the failed July coup, in a case that has sparked global concern. Journalist and writer Ahmet Altan was detained late on Thursday, after he had been freed earlier in the day after almost two weeks behind bars.
— AFP, Ankara

Bomb kills 3 cops in Thai south
Three police officers were killed Friday by a roadside bomb in Thailand’s far south, police said, as peace talks appear to falter in the insurgency-plagued region. The kingdom’s Muslim-majority ‘deep south’, an area bordering Malaysia, has seen near daily bombings and shootings since the most recent wave of rebellion erupted in 2004.
— AFP, Bangkok

8 firefighters killed in Moscow blaze
Eight Russian firefighters were killed as they battled a blaze at a warehouse in eastern Moscow, authorities said Friday, in the latest deadly fire to hit the capital. Their bodies were discovered after contact was lost as they fought to extinguish a huge blaze that started Thursday evening at a plastics depot, the emergency services ministry said in a statement.
— AFP, Moscow

S Korea rules out flood aid to N Korea
South Korea Friday ruled out giving aid to flood-hit North Korea, saying leader Kim Jong-Un would claim credit for any assistance following what Pyongyang calls the ‘worst disaster’ since World War II. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies appealed Wednesday for $15.5 million in emergency funding to help North Koreans.
— AFP, Seoul

Bosnian Serbs defy Sarajevo with referendum
Despite a constitutional court veto and criticism from the West, Serbs in Bosnia will vote Sunday on whether to celebrate their ‘national holiday’, ramping up tensions in the fragile country. For a long time, Bosnians wondered if this referendum was just another empty threat from Milorad Dodik, the defiant nationalist leader of the Bosnian Serb-run entity Republika Srpska.
— AFP, Sarajevo

UK sends jets to intercept Russian jets
Britain scrambled fighter jets from an airbase in Scotland to intercept two Russian bombers approaching UK airspace, the Ministry of Defence said Thursday. The Russian planes flew from the direction of Norway and passed to the west of Britain’s Shetland Islands, northeast of the mainland.
— AFP, London

UK govt suffers first resignation under May
British Prime Minister Theresa May’s government suffered its first resignation Friday when a former Goldman Sachs chief economist closely associated with the policies of her predecessor David Cameron quit. Lord Jim O’Neill, who had worked on boosting Chinese investment in Britain and a flagship project to bolster the economy in northwest England, stepped down as a junior Treasury minister.
— AFP, London

Strong 6.4 quake hits eastern Japan
A strong earthquake struck off the coast of eastern Japan on Friday, though there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The shallow 6.4 magnitude quake hit at 09:14 am (00:14 GMT), about 150 kilometres east-southeast of Katsuura city, the US Geological Survey said.
— AFP, Tokyo 

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