Two Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar after they were convicted of breaking the Official Secrets Act walked free from a prison on the outskirts of Yangon on Tuesday after spending more than 500 days behind bars. The two reporters, Wa Lone, 33, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 29, had been convicted in September and sentenced to seven years in jail, in a case that raised questions about Myanmar’s progress toward democracy and sparked an outcry from diplomats and human rights advocates. They were released under a presidential amnesty for 6,520 prisoners on Tuesday.
The Russian plane that burst into flames during a dramatic emergency landing in Moscow, killing 41 people, was struck by lightning moments before the crash, the pilot and surviving passengers said. Fliers said the lightning strike happened at the start of the flight, the BBC reported. The plane’s pilot, Denis Yevdokimov, told Russian media the aircraft lost communication and needed to switch to emergency control mode “because of lightning,” but stopped short of saying the plane was struck directly. Investigators have not commented on the claims that the plane was struck by lightning.
Turkey ordered a re-run of mayoral elections in Istanbul, overturning a rare defeat for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and sending the lira plummeting as concerns grew over what critics say is the latest assault on the rule of law. Erdogan’s party had lost the initial election in Turkey’s largest city and commercial center by a narrow margin to Turkey’s main opposition group, in perhaps his worst ballot-box setback during 16 years in power. European Union foreign-policy chief Federica Mogherini urged Turkey’s government to invite international observers to monitor the revote.
One million of the planet’s eight million species are threatened with extinction by humans, scientists warned Monday in what is described as the most comprehensive assessment of global nature loss ever. Their landmark report paints a bleak picture of a planet ravaged by an ever-growing human population, whose insatiable consumption is destroying the natural world. The report comes six months after the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned that the world has less than 12 years to avoid catastrophic levels of global warming.
The Duchess of Sussex has given birth to a boy, the Duke of Sussex has announced. He said Meghan and the baby were doing “incredibly well”, adding that they were still thinking about names for the infant, who was delivered at 05:26 BST. The baby boy is seventh in line to the throne, behind the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and his children – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis – and Prince Harry. The baby is a dual citizen, having automatically acquired US citizenship, via Meghan, at birth. He is the Queen’s eighth great-grandchild.