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Mr President? Turkish anchor remembers Erdogan coup call

Istanbul - "Hello?""Please Mr President, we are listening to you...""Good evening!" "Good evening, sir, please...

Pope likens scandal-seeking media to excrement lovers

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Wednesday compared scandal-obsessed media outlets who smear politicians and spread gossip to people sexually excited by excrement -- and described their readers as faeces eaters.

Donald Trump is Time magazine's 2016 'Person of the Year'

New York - Time magazine on Wednesday named Donald Trump its "Person of the Year" for 2016 for his stunning upset election victory that rewrote the rules of politics, delivering him to the helm of a divided America.

OSCE calls for release of journalist arrested in Turkmenistan

Bichkek - The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe on Tuesday criticised authorities in repressive Turkmenistan following reports that an independent journalist was arrested for possessing chewing tobacco.

OSCE calls for release of journalist arrested in Turkmenistan

Bichkek - The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe on Tuesday criticised authorities in repressive Turkmenistan following reports that an independent journalist was arrested for possessing chewing tobacco.

German public TV under fire for silence on rape-murder case

Berlin - Germany's public broadcaster ARD came under fire Tuesday, accused of ignoring a rape-murder case in which an Afghan refugee is the top suspect for fear of fueling anti-migrant sentiment.

Man fires rifle inside Washington 'pizzagate' eatery

Washington - A man has been arrested after firing an assault rifle inside a popular pizzeria in Washington that was the target of a fake news story during the presidential election campaign, police said.

Lone gunman kills three women in Finnish town

Helsinki - A lone gunman shot dead three women, a local official and two journalists, in an attack in a small town in Finland, a country with one of the highest rates of gun ownership in the world.

Panama must free Dutch journalist: Transparency International

Panama - A Dutch journalist jailed in Panama on charges of defamation for reporting on alleged corruption should be freed immediately, the anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International said Friday.

Britain to brief foreign press on Brexit to counter 'misreporting'

London - British Prime Minister Theresa May's office will hold regular briefings with foreign journalists from early next year to counter "misreporting" about its plans for Brexit, a spokeswoman said Thursday.

'Ich bin Charlie': French satire mag hits Germany

Berlin - Some put Chancellor Angela Merkel on a pedestal, but French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo placed her on a toilet seat in seeking to conquer Germany with its provocative brand of humour.

Accused of gagging media, Finnish PM admits to angry emails

Helsinki - Finland's prime minister admitted Wednesday sending angry emails to a reporter as media claimed he tried to block coverage of an alleged conflict of interest.

Hillary, pizza and a phony sex scandal: the power of 'fake news'

Washington - The internet rumor had the makings of a bizarrely sordid scandal involving a top political aide to Hillary Clinton, allegations of pedophilia and a restaurant in an upscale part of Washington.

Charlie Hebdo in bid to find German funny bone

Paris - There are no prizes for guessing whose face features on the poster for the first German edition of Charlie Hebdo which will appear on newsstands in Berlin and Vienna on Thursday.

Morocco TV 'sorry' over makeup for battered women

Rabat - A public television station in Morocco apologised again after uproar on social media followed its broadcast of an item on makeup to hide the bruises of battered women.

BBC Turkish says reporter freed in southeast Turkey

Istanbul - The Turkish authorities on Sunday freed a reporter for the BBC's Turkish language service in the southeast of the country after holding her for a day without explanation, the broadcaster said.

Jailed Gambians pay price for perceived disloyalty

Banjul - In the run-up to The Gambia's presidential vote, the political opposition is experiencing both a surge in support and a wave of arrests that attest to the high cost of dissent in the west African state.

President dances salsa while Venezuela churns

Caracas - Venezuelans are running short of food, medicine and patience, but fear not: President Nicolas Maduro is here to cheer them up -- by dancing salsa.

EU Parliament urges fight against Russia 'propaganda'

Strasbourg - The European Parliament on Wednesday urged the EU to fight back against "hostile propaganda" by the Kremlin, prompting a swift rebuke from Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Turkey dashes hopes of top novelist's release

Istanbul - An Istanbul court on Wednesday ordered prominent Turkish novelist Asli Erdogan and linguist Necmiye Alpay to remain in jail on controversial terror charges, disappointing supporters after earlier reports they were to be released.

Merkel warns against fake news driving populist gains

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Wednesday against the power of fake news on social media to spur the rise of populists, after launching her campaign for a fourth term.

Trump scraps, reschedules New York Times interview in media quarrel

Washington - US President-elect Donald Trump abruptly cancelled and then rescheduled an interview with The New York Times on Tuesday, after complaining about the "nasty tone" of its coverage.

Facebook in crosshairs as fake news battle heats up

Washington - Hillary Clinton was about to be indicted, Pope Francis endorsed Donald Trump: the battle over fake news is heating up after a White House campaign in which the misinformation industry may have swung the outcome of the vote.

Vietnam media fined for 'false' fish sauce reports

Hanoi - Vietnam on Monday fined scores of news outlets for publishing now-discredited reports about toxic fish sauce, accusing them of sparking public panic over the staple condiment in a country plagued by food scares.

A brief history of Breitbart News

While mainstream news outlets search inwardly for answers after the shocking victory of President-elect Donald Trump, Breitbart News appears to be riding his wave to the presidency.

Fake US election news outshone real on Facebook

San Francisco - Fake election news got more attention than did real stories on Facebook during the final months of the US presidential campaign, according to an analysis by BuzzFeed News.

Oxford Dictionaries names 'post-truth' word of the year

London - Oxford Dictionaries chose "post-truth" as their word of the year on Wednesday, saying its use had spiked because of the Brexit vote in Britain and the rise of Donald Trump in the United States.

Erdogan accuses Western media of sympathising with coup

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday accused Western media of sympathising with the failed coup aimed at ousting him from power, as he officially opened a new Ankara-backed English language news channel.

Breitbart's focus on France welcomed by far-right

Moscow - A leader of France's far-right National Front said Tuesday that she welcomed reported plans by ultra-conservative US website Breitbart News to expand in France and support the party's presidential campaign.

German press publish editorial by embattled Turkey daily

Berlin - Dozens of German newspapers on Tuesday published a guest editorial by Turkey's embattled Cumhuriyet daily, whose journalists vowed to fight for press freedom despite the arrest of their colleagues.
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