Booming Istanbul hair transplant scene dubbed an ‘epidemic’ by healthcare specialists

In the years leading up to his fortieth birthday, John Sullivan found himself glancing himself increasingly often in the mirror to monitor the retreat of his hairline. 

The British salesman still had a relatively full head of dark hair but was unsettled by the ever deeper Vs pushing back from his brow.   

So he made the same decision as hundreds of thousands of other men suffering from hair loss around the world: he booked a flight to Istanbul. 

Acting on the local advice of a Turkish client he paid 5,000 lira (£661) for a hair transplant at a clinic in the city’s Etiler neighbourhood. 

After several painful hours in the chair – hair is first plucked from the back of the head and then replanted…

Poland accused of blocking holocaust remembrance plaques 

The old black and white wedding picture from 1920 shows a group of people outside Evelyn Fine’s grandparents’ home in the small town of Grajewo in north-east Poland.

Come the end of the war 25 years later the vast majority of those people were dead, consumed by the Holocaust.

Like many descendants of holocaust victims in Europe, Ms Fine now wants to commemorate her grandparents by laying a  brass plate among the cobbles in front of the old family home.

The plaques, or stolpersteine, have become common in much of Europe. But not so much in Poland. Despite the country once being home to some 3 million Jews, the largest Jewish population in pre-war Europe, there are just a handful. 

And now those…

EU leaders deadlocked in summit budget battle as exit polls predict Johnson victory

European Union leaders were deadlocked over the bloc’s first EU budget after Brexit in Brussels last night, as exit polls predicted a solid victory for Boris Johnson in the general election.

Britain is the third largest contributor to the current EU budget. It  is estimated that Brexit will leave a £88.9 billion shortfall in the next seven year budget, which is meant to begin in 2021. 

Heads of state and government are divided over whether the next budget, the first without Britain paying in, should increase. France and Germany, the bloc’s two most influential countries, were on opposing side of the battle in Brussels.

“Some people want to pay less, some people want to get more, others to do…

Chinese ambassador ‘threatens to withdraw trade deal with Faroe Islands’ in Huawei 5G row

China’s ambassador to Denmark threatened to scupper a trade deal with the Faroe Islands if Huawei was not given a 5G contract in the region, according to Danish newspaper Berlingske.

The alleged threat by ambassador Feng Tie, made to Faroe Islands politicians including leader Bárður Nielsen, heightened concerns about the Chinese communications firm’s links with the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) as it seeks European expansion.

The US, having sanctioned Huawei due to concerns about espionage and security, is attempting to convince allies to follow suit. The Faroe Islands, which have a population of around 50,000, is a self-governing autonomous region of Denmark.

On 11 November Mr Feng allegedly told Faroe Islands government figures that China would not enter a free trade deal with them unless Huawei was given a 5G contract by Føroya Tele, a Faroe Islands telecoms operator. The threat was reported after Faroe Islands politicians were recorded by the Kringvarp Føroya TV station on 15 November, discussing the ambassador’s warning.

Mr Nielsen reportedly said that his government would not interfere in the awarding of the contract. A Faroe Islands judge granted an injunction against Kringvarp Føroya reporting the ambassador’s alleged threat, saying it could compromise relations between the Danish Commonwealth and Beijing, before Berlingke revealed it.

Huawei, which plans to roll out 5G in 2020, said it had no knowledge of the alleged meetings. Faroe Islands government spokespeople did not respond to calls and messages requesting comment.

The Chinese communications giant is embroiled in controversy about its alleged closeness to the CCP, treatment of employees, data privacy and alleged sanction breaching. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has suggested that he is likely to ban Huawei from Britain’s 5G network.

Luke Patey, senior researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies, told The Telegraph: “China is now brandishing economic sticks of its own for when European countries do not take on Huawei for 5G networks. This was a peek into what is likely a broad effort on China’s part to pressure and persuade European officials to its side. It’s time for European leaders to call Beijing out on its interference.”

On Wednesday China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying called Berlingke’s report “false and ill-intentioned”.

She said of the alleged meeting: “Is there any difference and meaning on whether they mentioned Huawei or not? If US officials can slander China’s Huawei all over the world, can’t a Chinese ambassador mention the name of a Chinese company when talking about cooperation with local officials?”

Tom Jensen, Berlingske’s editor-in-chief, said: “We stand by the story and we have proper documentation for what we write.”

Australian firefighters say ‘we can’t perform miracles’ as Sydney suffers unprecedented pollution

Firefighters staged an unprecedented protest outside Australian Parliament today calling for more resources and action on climate change, as a senior firefighter said the brigade could not "perform miracles". 

Residents were being evacuated from their homes as bushfires ravaged the outskirts of Sydney as Australia’s bushfire crisis continues.

In New South Wales alone more than 7,000 fires have burnt through more than two million hectares since July, killing six people and destroying 673 homes.

On Thursday a group of firefighters held a protest and media conference in front of Parliament House demanding action on climate change and more resources for firefighting services. 

Mick Tisbury, Commander at the Metropolitan Fire Brigade and a veteran of more than 30 years as a firefighter, said the severe conditions caused by historically bad rainfall and high temperatures are “absolutely demoralising”.

“We are fearful of the fire season we are going to cop – we’ll do the best we can but we can’t perform miracles. People are going to lose their properties – unfortunately, people will probably lose their lives – it won’t be from lack of trying but that’s just the reality,” he told local media.

Smoke haze from bushfires in New South Wales engulfs Sydney Credit: STEVEN SAPHORE/EPA-EFE/REX

On the same day as the protest, NSW Rural Fire Service issued emergency warnings for fires in six regions and the Bureau of Meteorology issued a road safety alert for Sydney because of smoke affecting visibility. 

Evacuation advice was issued for residents near the fire at Gospers Mountain, which has burnt through 230,000 hectares of land on the outskirts of Sydney.  The RFS warned anyone in the Colo Heights area that it is too late to leave and that residents should seek shelter as the fire approaches.

The smoke in Sydney is now three times worse than any bushfire season in the past five years. 

In the past five years there were only five instances of a daily maximum Air Quality Index above 100 in Greater Sydney. In November and December so far there have been more than 20 readings above 200, which indicates "hazardous" air quality.

On Tuesday the AQI hit 669 – the equivalent of smoking 30 cigarettes per day.

Sydney resident Donna Hogan, who has asthma, told The Telegraph she has only left her home because she must attend her university.

“I have upped my asthma medication to a super high level. Students at UNSW are still doing their exams in this nightmare,” she said.

“The smoke has interrupted my sleep, inhibited my ability to study… I use a surgical mask but it’s ineffective. I can’t walk to university, I have to get an Uber to go less than one kilometre.”

In April a group of 23 former chiefs and deputy chiefs of fire services across Australia warned the Government that the country was not prepared for the impact of climate change on the fire season, and needed stronger climate change policies and more resources for firefighting.

Radioactive food from Fukushima will be heading to UK under EU plans

Radioactive food grown near the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan will be sold to British shoppers next month under controversial EU plans.

Controls over radioactivity levels in produce from Japan following the 2011 disaster are to be lifted by Brussels as part of the world’s biggest ever trade deal.

It means that British shops will soon be selling goods from the disaster-hit area including baby food, breakfast cereals, fish, crustaceans, meat and green tea. Tests in recent years have shown faint traces of radioactive substances including caesium 134 and 137.

The Japanese government has enforced a strict regime on food from the Fukushima prefecture since the accident, and scientists have…

Albania earthquake: One dead and 50 feared injured as 6.4 magnitude quake hits near Tirana

One person has died and more than 50 people are believed to be injured after a powerful earthquake struck Albania this morning. 

A spokeswoman for the defence ministry confirmed to Reuters that one person was killed after they jumped from a building during the 6.4-magnitude earthquake that has brought down several buildings and forced residents to flee in terror, some holding babies in their arms.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) confirmed that the earthquake, the strongest in Albania for decades, struck north of Durres, less than 20 miles from the capital of Tirana on the country’s west coast, at just before 4am (3am GMT) at a depth of 6.2 miles. 

There were early reports of people seen fleeing their homes to find open areas while others were said to be trapped inside damaged buildings.

"Firefighters and army staff are helping residents under the rubble", in Durres and the nearby village of Thumane, a defence ministry spokesperson said.

#earthquake in #Durres
First reported damages! #Albania pic.twitter.com/6jS3Nb0Xiv

— Klaudja Karabolli (@KKarabolli) November 26, 2019

Two government spokesmen said that the worst damage was in Durres and a few people had been taken to hospital in Tirana. ​

Erion Veliaj, Tirana’s mayor, said on Twitter that the earthquake was felt all across the capital and local media outlets are reporting injuries and major damage to buildings.

Video footage posted on social media showed what appeared to be a collapsed building in Durres, 40km west of Tirana, on the Adriatic coast. Other footage showed buildings with large cracks and fallen masonry.

The USGS confirmed the quake off the coast of Albania

The USGS predicted that about 8,000 people would have felt "severe" shaking, and almost 12 million would have felt it in countries including Greece, Montenegro, Kosovo and North Macedonia. It was felt in the Italian regions of Puglia and Basilicata.

The earthquake could be the worst in the country for decades Credit: AP

Located along the Adriatic and Ionian Seas, between Greece and Macedonia, Albania experiences regular seismic activity.

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.6 shook the country on September 21, damaging about 500 houses and destroying some. The defence ministry had said it was the most powerful quake in Albania in the last 30 years.

The Balkan nation is the poorest country in Europe, with an average income of less than a third of the European Union average, according to Eurostat.

Bill Cosby insists he will show no ‘remorse’ before parole board and calls his conviction a ‘set-up’

Bill Cosby has insisted his sex assault conviction was a "set-up" in his first interview from prison and insisted he will not show any "remorse" when he is eligible for parole.

The disgraced comedian was last year jailed for between three and 10 years and branded a "sexually violent predator" for assaulting a woman at his mansion in Philadelphia 14 years ago.

Legal experts say sex offenders typically must show remorse to be considered for parole, but in a defiant interview the 82-year-old Cosby maintained his innocence.

“I have eight years and nine months left. When I come up for parole, they’re not going to hear me say that I have remorse," he told BlackPressUSA.com.

"I was there. I don’t care what group of people come along and talk about this when they weren’t there. They don’t know.”

Cosby, once beloved as "America’s Dad" for his role as Dr Cliff Huxtable in the 1980s sitcom "The Cosby Show," is currently appealing his conviction.

In a lengthy interview published on Sunday, the former star dismissed his lengthy trial as a "political thing" and claimed it included biased jurors.

“It’s all a set-up. That whole jury thing. They were impostors,” he said.

He went on to describe his daily life in the Pennsylvania state prison he is housed in, referring to his cell as his “penthouse” and revealing he gives motivational talks to fellow inmates on Saturdays through a prison reform programme.

“I’m looking at a state [Pennsylvania] that has a huge number of prisons, and the one I’m in, thankfully, has the largest population of African Americans,” Cosby said.

“These are guys who are also from Philadelphia, where I grew up. Many of them are from the neighborhood," he said, adding: “I’m reaching them because they want to be reached. They’re in prison.”