Ghislaine Maxwell, the former girlfriend and longtime associate of the late disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, was arrested on Thursday on U.S. charges of luring underage girls so that Epstein could sexually abuse them. Maxwell, 58, was arrested in Bradford, New Hampshire, where she had been laying low since December, the FBI said. She faces up to 35 years in prison.
China has said it will take countermeasures against the UK should it grant residency to Hongkongers fleeing a harsh new national security law, promising that the UK would “bear all consequences”. On Thursday, senior Chinese officials said the UK had no right to give residency to Hongkongers in response to Beijing forcing a sweeping anti-sedition law on the territory.
The trial of 20 Saudi nationals charged with the murder of Jamal Khashoggi opened in an Istanbul courtroom on Friday, and his fiancée hopes the case will offer new clues to the whereabouts of the dissident journalist’s remains. Ankara has repeatedly called for the suspects to be extradited and tried in Turkey where the crime took place. Riyadh has not complied with the request.
France’s new prime minister has been named as Jean Castex following the resignation of Edouard Philippe, triggering a government reshuffle. Speculation had been growing that a shake-up at the Elysee Palace was imminent. Mr Philippe had actually seen his popularity increase significantly in recent weeks – despite French authorities facing criticism over their handling of the coronavirus crisis.
A series of explosions at a fireworks factory in north-west Turkey trapped more than 150 workers inside the building and left 41 people wounded, officials say. A dark plume of smoke billowed above the factory and the government’s disaster agency described the blasts as an industrial accident. Mr Kaldirim, the governor of Sakarya province, said 150-200 people had been working at the site at the time of the explosions.