World Briefs: Turkey court orders UK reporters' release

Turkey court orders UK reporters' release

DIYARBAKIR (Turkey) • A court in south-eastern Turkey yesterday ordered the release of two British reporters working for US-based media outlet Vice News, who were being held on terror charges, a judicial source told AFP.

The two reporters, who were jailed in the city of Adana, were expected to be formally released in a few hours after the decision by the Diyarbakir court.


Dutch soldier may be on the run to join ISIS

HAGUE • A Dutch sergeant is believed to have run away to Syria to join the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the first such case involving a serving soldier in the Netherlands, defence officials said yesterday.

Prosecutors have now launched a criminal investigation into the air force sergeant, 26, who has not been identified.

He has been suspended from duty and his access to all defence information revoked. It was not immediately known where he was serving and what classified information he may have been privy to.


Man arrested over Paris fire that killed 8

PARIS • French police on Wednesday arrested a man after eight people, including two children, were killed in a fire in a Paris apartment building that investigators believe may have been started deliberately.

Terrified residents jumped out of windows as flames engulfed the block in an immigrant area.


Workers tried to hide Roman sarcophagus

BEIT SHEMESH (Israel) • The Israeli authorities have recovered a Roman-era sarcophagus that construction workers sought to hide after digging it up at a building site, officials said.

The limestone coffin, estimated at 1,800 years old and discovered last week during work in coastal city Ashkelon, was described as "unique" by Mr Gabi Mazor, a retired Israel Antiquities Authority archaeologist.

The contractors who encountered the find opted to extract it themselves with a tractor, damaging it before hiding it beneath a stack of metal sheets and boards, according to the authority.


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