Protesters clash with riot police in Hong Kong shopping centre

Protesters clash with riot police in Hong Kong shopping centre

Protesters demanding the resignation of Hong Kong’s chief executive have clashed with riot police in a mainland shopping centre in Sha Tin. Footage shows officers appearing to strike demonstrators with batons after more than 10,000 people marched for greater democracy in the territory. Protesters also called for an investigation into complaints of police violence. The […]

Putin says Elton John is ‘mistaken’ over Russian LGBT rights

Putin says Elton John is ‘mistaken’ over Russian LGBT rights

Vladimir Putin has responded to criticism from Sir Elton John on the Russian leader’s attitude to LGBT rights by saying the singer is mistaken. Sir Elton accused Mr Putin of duplicity after the president criticised the West for emphasising lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and trans culture over “traditional family values”. Mr Putin told a news conference: […]

Firefighters battle wildfires in France after temperatures hit 45.9C

Firefighters battle wildfires in France after temperatures hit 45.9C

By Tania Snuggs, news reporter Hundreds of firefighters and 10 aircraft have been battling to contain wildfires in southern France after a stifling heatwave brought record-breaking temperatures of 45.9C (114F). Dozens of fires have burned more than 600 hectares (about 1,500 acres) of land in the Gard region – destroying several houses and vehicles. Sections […]