In Turkey, a citizen sentenced to prison for insulting the president

In 2016, German newspaper Bild published an article, titled “Dictator Erdoğan: Where does it all end?” criticizing Erdoğan's increasing authoritarianism. The story was translated into Turkish and shared across several local media platforms at the time. Among those who shared the article was a man named Mehmet Şah Tekiner, 62. Five years later, on September 27, Tekiner, was sentenced to one year and three months in jail for allegedly “insulting the President,” under Article 299 of the Turkish Penal Code. In his defense, Tekiner said he was innocent and that he had never even created a social media account. He did say, however, that an account may have been opened under his name by his children or grandchildren.
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Death By Sadness, Or The Taliban: LGBTQ Afghans In Hiding

As the Taliban appeared on every corner of Kabul, Marwa and her friend -- both gay Afghans -- took the drastic decision to become husband and wife. The hurried marriage was conducted with no ceremony or family around them. "I was telling myself that the Taliban would come and kill...
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​Bayer Leverkusen determined to keep Arsenal, Man Utd target Wirtz

Bayer Leverkusen do not fear losing youngster Florian Wirtz. The 18-year-old has emerged as an impressive talent in the Bundesliga, while media reports linked him to the Bundesliga champions recently. Wirtz is an attacking midfielder who has managed four goals and four assists in five Bundesliga appearances so far this...
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Increased pressure on CDU-CSU after worst voting results

The calculation of the conservative alliance of Chancellor Angela Merkel has already begun the day after the election results were the worst in history since they were formed at the end of World War II. Christian Democratic Union-Increasing pressure within the Christian Social Union block Preliminary results The centre-right alliance,...

Support rising for journalist sacked for joining pro-Palestine protest in Germany

Twenty-eight-year-old El-Hassan attended the Al-Quds march in solidarity with Palestinians in 2014, when she was 20 years old. After a photo emerged of her attending the demonstration, published by right-wing German publication Bild, Germany’s WDR channel quickly axed her from a science show known as ‘Quarks’, a role she was supposed to take up later this year.

German surveys indicate low public support for Laschet as next leader

Most Germans do not want Christian Democrat (CDU) leader Armin Laschet to try to form a government after his conservative bloc suffered huge losses in parliamentary elections, recent surveys of the public indicated on Tuesday. Laschet's CDU/CSU conservative bloc fell to a record low of 24.1 per cent in the...

Daniel Craig: 'James Bond didn't cry - I cried.'

As cinemas around the world prepare to fill up with 007 fans headed to the long-awaited James Bond finale "No Time to Die", Daniel Craig has admitted to getting a little emotional on his final day on set. "It was raining outside. In the Pinewood studio, the whole crew applauded....

German elections usher in political change with a small 'c'

"Two wannabe chancellors" and "Let the poker game begin!" declared a couple of headlines on the widely read Bild newspaper website on Monday morning. Was this really in reference to a German election? German politics have a reputation for being staid, predictable and even boring. Not this time. This was...
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A model speaks out after being attacked by a leopard at a photoshoot: 'If the leopard had caught my carotid artery, it would have been over'

A model is sharing her account of the leopard attack that left her with facial injuries. The incident occurred in August, when Jessica Leidolph was modeling for a photoshoot at a rescue for former entertainment animals in the Wangen area of Germany. According to Leidolph’s interview with Bild, which has been translated from German to English by The Sun, the leopard, a 16-year-old female named Truja, attacked her without much warning.
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Germany Heads Into Unknown As Rivals Scramble To Lead Next Government

Germany headed into a period of unpredictability Monday after a tight election saw both main parties claim the right to lead Europe's biggest economy, leaving the question of who will succeed Angela Merkel wide open. Preliminary results showed that the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) had won the largest share of...