Turkey agrees to back Nato plan for Baltic states and Poland

Nato chief says Ankara has dropped opposition to plan as fractious London summit draws to close Turkey has dropped its opposition to a plan to bolster the defences of Baltic states and Poland against Russia, the Nato secretary general has said, as the alliance attempted to paper over the cracks at the end of a summit in London. Jens Stoltenberg told a press conference that Nato leaders did not discuss the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, which Turkey views as a terrorist organisation. Before the summit marking the 70th anniversary of Nato, Ankara had refused to back a Nato defence plan for the Baltics and Poland until it received more support for its battle with the YPG, including other alliance members …

‘People are caught up in magical thinking’: was the oldest woman in the world a fraud?

Jeanne Calment was 122 when she died. But last year a Russian scientist claimed she was a con artist, sparking an international dispute over the woman who may still hold the secret to eternal life If time makes fools of us all, you couldnt blame Andr-Franois Raffray for taking it more personally than most. In 1965, Raffray, a lawyer in the southern French city of Arles, thought he had hit on the real-estate version of a sure thing. The 47-year-old had signed a contract to buy an apartment from one of his clients en viager: a form of property sale by which the buyer makes a monthly payment until the sellers death, when the property becomes theirs. His client, Jeanne …

Trump blasts Macron over brain dead Nato remarks

US president calls French leaders comments nasty and says Paris could leave alliance Donald Trump has lashed out at Emmanuel Macron on the first morning of a two-day Nato meeting, saying the French presidents description of Nato as brain dead was insulting and a very, very nasty statement. At a news conference alongside the Nato secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, the US president also accused Macron of trying to break away from Nato, as well as running a failing economy while discarding the fact he himself has described Nato as obsolete on previous occasions. Quick guide What is Nato and why are its members meeting in London? Show Hide What is Nato? TheNorth Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) is a collective defence …

Sondland points the finger at Trump and damns others for good measure

The EU envoy was emphatic that the shakedown scheme to hold back Ukrainian aid involved Trump and his top deputies When Gordon Sondland walked into the congressional impeachment hearing shortly after 9am, reports were circulating that the Trump administration and the Republican party was going to throw him under the bus for his part the Ukraine scandal, painting him as a hotelier turned diplomat who went rogue. The question was whether Sondland, the US ambassador to the European Union, would take the fall. In his eagerness to please the president, had he coordinated a parallel Ukraine policy to convince the Ukrainians to investigate Trumps political opponent, Joe Biden? But Trump and his allies were in for a shock. Any doubt …

Populist parties celebrate in Poland and lick their wounds in Hungary

(CNN)When Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban congratulated his “Polish friends” on their electoral victory on Sunday, it was at roughly the same time as his own party was suffering a major defeat at home. Meanwhile in Hungary, voters delivered a major blow to Orban’s ruling Fidesz party in the Budapest mayoral election. Opposition challenger Gergely Karacsony was on track to be named new Budapest mayor, winning 50.6% of the votes over Fidesz-backed incumbent Istvan Tarlos, with just over 80% counted Monday. Orban’s national grip on power remains unchanged, and his party did have wins in local elections outside the capital. But the result sharpens the divide between the capital and rural areas, where Fidesz support is huge, and offers a …

PhotoEspaa: where glamour meets grit in pictures

The work of nearly 300 photographers and visual artists is on display at venues across Madrid and six other cities for this years festival USSR in Construction magazine, from the exhibition Avant-garde and Propaganda, Russian Books and Magazines from the Archivo Lafuente 1913-1941 at Crculo de Bellas Artes. International Womens Day march, Madrid, 2019 by Donna Ferrato. From the exhibition Holy at Crculo de Bellas Artes Among the many highlights is a comprehensive overview of photography projects by Stephen Shore, Josef Koudelka, Lewis Baltz, Sophie Ristelhueber and Raymond Depardon, who were officially commissioned to chart the changing landscapes of From the series Like by Eduardo Nave, at Galera Juan Sili Esauira, 2012 by Leila Alaoui from The Moroccans at Casa …