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Consultant Patrick Palem checks statues removed from the spire of  Notre Dame ahead of the fire. Photograph: Regis Duvignau

Four-hundred-year-old paintings hung high inside Notre Dame were damaged by the immense fire that engulfed the Paris cathedral, but emergency workers (...)

Supporters of Ekrem Imamoglu, the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) candidate for Istanbul mayor, wave Turkish flags during a rally on Monday.  Photograph: Erdem Sahin/EPA

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday Turkey’s local elections were marred by “organised crime” at ballot boxes in Istanbul, raising the possibility(...)

Ekrem Imamoglu: Both sides agree preliminary results give him a lead of 25,000 votes. But Erdogan’s Justice and Development party has complained of irregularities. Photograph: Murad Sezer

On the campaign trail he became known for his mild-mannered demeanour. But as a bitter dispute rages over political control of Istanbul, Ekrem Imamogl(...)

 People pass in front of a banner with pictures of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Binali Yildirim, AKP’s local candidate, in Istanbul on Tuesday. Photograph: Erdem Sahin/EPA

Official results in local elections that appear to have delivered a blow to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s dominance over Turkey have been pushed ba(...)

A boy stands next to a poster of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul on Sunday. Photograph:  Sedat Suna/EPA

Recep Tayyip Erdogan sought to project confidence to the supporters massed beneath him as he spoke from the balcony of his ruling party headquarters i(...)

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan gestures as he prepares to deliver a speech  in Istanbul, on Sunday, following the local elections. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

Long before he became a populist strongman with pretensions to regional leadership, Recep Tayyip Erdogan was the classic local fixer-politician. The f(...)

Supporters of Republican People’s Party (CHP) celebrate on a main square in Ankara, Turkey.  Photograph: Umit Bektas/Reuters

Turkey’s opposition looked poised to win control of the country’s two biggest cities as it dealt President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s conservative party o(...)

Saudi women’s rights activist Aziza al-Youssef is pictured checking her phone during an interview in Riyadh in September 2016. She has been released from prison but remains on trial. Photograph: Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images

A Saudi court has temporarily freed three of the women’s rights activists standing trial in a case that has drawn international criticism of the kingd(...)

Saudi women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul, who is alleged to have suffered electric shocks, beatings, waterboarding and sexual harassment during detention. Photograph: Reuters

Human rights groups have condemned the trials in Saudi Arabia of 11 women activists who campaigned against male guardianship, which treats women as mi(...)

 Japan’s Olympic Committee President (JOC) Tsunekazu Takeda  says he will step down in June, as French authorities probe his involvement in payments made before Tokyo was awarded the 2020 Summer Games. Photograph: Charly Triballeau/AFP/Getty Images

The president of the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC), Tsunekazu Takeda, is resigning amid a bribery scandal that investigators suspect helped Tokyo l(...)

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