HONG KONG (AP) — Canada's outspoken Miss World contestant said she was barred Thursday from entering China to take part in this year's pageant and accused Beijing of overreach in extending its campaign of censorship even to beauty contests.
ANKARA (Reuters) - Russia should apologize for violating Turkey's airspace, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying on Thursday, days after a Russian jet was shot down near the Syria border. "Those who violated our airspace are the ones who need to apologize," Erdogan was quoted as saying on the CNN website. "Our pilots and our armed forces, they simply fulfilled their duties, which consisted of responding to ... violations of the rules of engagement. I think this is the essence." (Reporting by Ece Toksabay, writing by Jonny Hogg; Editing by David Dolan)
Boko Haram militants attacked a village in Niger's southern border area of Diffa on Thursday, killing 15 people, two security sources said. The guerrillas arrived in the village of Gogone on foot and opened fire indiscriminately on residents, the sources said, adding that Niger troops had pursued them. Niger's Diffa region has suffered dozens of cross-border strikes this year by the Islamist militant group whose stronghold in northeast Nigeria lies just a few kilometres away.