The estimated value of the jewellery stolen from the Carlton Intercontinental Hotel in Cannes in a weekend heist has been raised to more than €102 million, French prosecutors said Monday. Police previously said €40 million in jewels had been stolen.
The heist at the Cannes Carlton grabs the headlines. A robber has been hard at work while the French are at the beach. One person vowing to keep an eye on things, meanwhile, is President François Hollande - he will not be taking the full two-week break he is entitled to. Ministers have been told to be on hand via phone and be able to return to France rapidly. Concerns about Egypt and Tunisia also dominate.
In western Mexico, criminal groups have terrorised entire regions for years. Armed drug traffickers used extortion, rape, murder to silence thousands of people. Whole villages were held hostage to their barbarism, but now they're fighting back. Tepalcatepec, home to 35,000 people, is one such town. After living in fear for twelve years, its residents are no longer afraid to speak out.
Ghulam Azam, wartime leader of Bangladesh’s largest Islamic party, Jamaat-e-Islami, was sentenced Monday by the International Crimes Tribunal to 90 years in jail for crimes against humanity during the country's 1971 war of independence.
The acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of black teenager Trayvon Martin triggered a tide of grief and outrage in the US over the weekend, with demonstrators taking to the streets in several cities to protest the verdict.
US President Barack Obama called for calm on Sunday after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the fatal shooting of teenager Trayvon Martin sparked protests across the country. Critics say Zimmerman’s motives were racially charged.
A Florida jury said in the early hours of Sunday that it had found George Zimmerman not guilty in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager whose death sparked a furious debate in the US about racial profiling and self-defence.
The three women held captive for a decade in Cleveland, Ohio, issued a video on Tuesday, thanking the public for their support. Ariel Castro, the former bus driver suspected of abducting the victims has pleaded not guilty to kidnapping charges.
Russia’s culture minister on Tuesday fired the head of the Bolshoi theatre after a series of scandals including a horrific acid attack on the ballet company’s artistic director, Sergei Filin, who remains almost completely blind despite 18 operations.