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"I would like to apologise for what you have all had to go through," Babchenko, who looked on the verge of tears at times, told reporters.
"I would like to apologise for what you have all had to go through," Babchenko, who looked on the verge of tears at times, told reporters.PHOTO: AFP

'Murdered' Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko turns up alive after faking own death

A dissident Russian journalist who was reported murdered in Kiev dramatically reappeared alive on Wednesday in the middle of a televised briefing about his own killing by the Ukrainian state security service.

Ukrainian authorities had said on Tuesday that Arkady Babchenko, a 41-year-old critic of President Vladimir Putin and of Russian policy in Ukraine and Syria, had been shot dead at his flat and that his wife had found him in a pool of blood.

His reported murder touched off a war of words between Ukraine and Russia, a flurry of condemnations from European capitals and Washington, and shivers through the journalistic communities in both countries.


A doctor removed her ovaries because they were 'in the way'; family says it led to her death

The removal of her ovaries never came up during her surgery consultations.

Lucinda Methuen-Campbell was considering treatment for a bowel disorder at the Spire Hospital in Bristol, England, in 2016. A surgeon there, Anthony Dixon, had gained international recognition for fixing patients' bowel problems with vaginal mesh implants. Methuen-Campbell went ahead with the surgery - and was shocked to learn afterward that Dixon had removed her ovaries.

She asked him why. "He said he thought he'd done me a favour. And he said, 'I thought you know, a woman of your age wouldn't really need her ovaries,'" Methuen-Campbell told the BBC."I said, 'Why did you remove them?' and he just said, 'They were in the way,' " she said. "My life is absolutely ruined." Things got worse. The implant had left her in severe pain, which, as time passed, grew more agonising.


White House sounds optimistic note that N. Korea summit to take place

The White House said on Wednesday that negotiations at the demilitarised zone along the border between North and South Korea for a potential summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are going well and it expects the historic meeting to take place on June 12.

"The US delegation led by Ambassador Sung Kim met with North Korean officials today as well and their talks will continue. So far the readouts from these meetings have been positive and we'll continue to move forward in them," White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said at a regularly scheduled briefing.

"We're going to continue to shoot for the June 12 and expect to do that," she said, referring to the original date scheduled for the summit.


Weinstein won't testify before NY grand jury: Lawyer

Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, fighting rape and sex crime charges in New York, will not testify before a Manhattan grand jury, his lawyer confirmed Wednesday, accusing prosecutors of acting under political pressure.

"Mr Weinstein intends to follow the advice of his attorneys and not testify before the grand jury," his defense team said in a statement.

Lead defense attorney Ben Brafman complained there had not been "sufficient time" to "properly prepare" his client given that the charges were laid out in detail last Friday, the eve of a bank holiday weekend.


Tennis: Djokovic reaches third round at Roland Garros, Halep wins difficult opener but Berdych bites the dust

Former champion Novak Djokovic reached the French Open third round for the 13th consecutive year by beating Spanish qualifier Jaume Munar 7-6 (7-1), 6-4, 6-4 on Wednesday, while women's top seed Simona Halep battled to victory in her opening match.

Djokovic, the 2016 Roland Garros champion and former world No. 1, is seeded 20th this year after struggling to rediscover his best form after returning from a right elbow injury.

He was not at his best on Court Suzanne Lenglen, but goes on to face Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut for a place in the last 16.