Polish journalists protest at state control of public broadcasting

Demonstration follows presidential signing of controversial media law Demonstrators outside Kraków’s radio station. Photograph: Orchard News The enactment of Poland’s media law, which allows its government control over state broadcasters, has met with considerable journalistic opposition within the country. Following last week’s signing of the bill into law by the Polish president, there have been protests at various centres. On ... Read More »

Catalonia’s separatist government will struggle to break stalemate with Spain

The new Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, may want independence but he has major obstacles to overcome Carles Puigdemont is applauded by his predecessor Artur Mas in the regional parliament. Photograph: Matthias Oesterle/Zuma Press/Corbis Catalonia has a separatist government. It took months of negotiating and a deal that was sealed only hours before the deadline for fresh elections, but the new ... Read More »

Swedish police accused of covering up sex attacks by refugees at music festival

PM says police report’s failure to mention incidents at 2014 event amounts to ‘double betrayal’, while reports emerge on New Year’s Eve attacks in Malmö Stefan Löfven, Sweden’s prime minister. Photograph: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images Sweden’s prime minister has condemned a “double betrayal” of women after allegations that police covered up sexual harassment by recent immigrants at a music festival in ... Read More »

Trucks from aid convoy enter besieged Syrian town of Madaya

Médecins Sans Frontières says boy and four men died of starvation in Madaya on Sunday The Red Cross convoy at a government checkpoint outside the besieged Syrian town of Madaya. Photograph: EPA Trucks from an aid convoy carrying food, medicine and hygiene kits have begun to enter the besieged, starving Syrian town of Madaya in an agreement that has also ... Read More »

Saudi-led strike hits Yemen hospital

Saudi-led strike hits Yemen hospital A hospital in central Yemen has been hit by a Saudi-led coalition air strike, the state news agency says, a day after aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) reported that a “projectile” had killed four people in one of its clinics. Saba, the Yemeni news agency run by the dominant Houthi movement since it seized ... Read More »

North Korea holding US citizen for spying

North Korea holding US citizen for spying A Canadian pastor serving a life sentence in North Korea for subversion said he spends eight hours a day digging holes at a labour camp, while a naturalised American citizen said he is being held by the state for spying, CNN reported from Pyongyang. If confirmed, Kim Dong Chul, who CNN said was ... Read More »

Bowie ‘got his leg over a lot’

Bowie ‘got his leg over a lot’ In a social media post on the day of his death David Bowie’s wife said “the struggle is real, but so is God”. Iman Abdulmajid, who was married to the star for 24 years, has not spoken directly about his death, but posted a series of cryptic tweets at the weekend. One, which ... Read More »

Mexico begins extradition proceedings against drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman

MEXICO has begun the process of extraditing drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to the United States after the famed fugitive was recaptured. The extradition process will probably take “one year or longer”, the head of Mexico’s extradition office, Manuel Merino, told Radio Formula. He said the process had lasted as long as six years, in one case because of ... Read More »

Four teenage suspects arrested over New York gang rape

FOUR of the five teenagers suspected in the horrific rape of an 18-year-old girl in a New York park were in police custody overnight, sources said. Two boys, 14 and 15, were brought in to the 73rd Precinct station house in Brooklyn by their parents, and a third and fourth suspects were arrested shortly after, according to police sources. The ... Read More »

‘Look up here, I’m in heaven’: David Bowie’s haunting last video released days before his death

DAVID Bowie’s final album appears to show the pop icon may have known the release might have been his last. Haunting lyrics on one of his last songs, Lazarus, include the words: “Look up here, I’m in heaven”. The track’s video, which shows Bowie bandaged on a hospital bed, also features the lines: “I’ve got scars that can’t be seen” ... Read More »