Polish President Andrzej Duda has announced he is vetoing a controversial law to replace Supreme Court judges with government nominees.

Three key judicial reforms have been passed by Poland's parliament, prompting days of demonstrations across the country.

Before they became law, they required approval by the president.

The changes have also set Poland's right-wing government on a collision course with the European Union.

The European Commission had threatened to impose sanctions this week if the reforms were not scrapped. European Council President Donald Tusk, a former Polish prime minister, had warned of a "black scenario that could ultimately lead to the marginalisation of Poland in Europe".

"As president I don't feel this law would strengthen a sense of justice," Mr Duda said in a statement broadcast on national television.

President Duda had already intervened in the constitutional crisis last week
President Duda had already intervened in the constitutional crisis last week

He had already intervened last week in an attempt to find a compromise and the laws went through parliament at the weekend. But his latest step is seen as marking a potential constitutional showdown with the government.

The Law and Justice (PiS) government rejected claims that the reforms were a move towards authoritarian rule.

A Turkish opposition newspaper itself is the story as 17 of its employees are about to go on trial on charges of aiding a terrorist organisation.

If found guilty, their sentence could be up to 43 years in jail.

A dozen of Cumhuriyet's journalists and managers are behind bars in pre-trial detention. Ten of them have been imprisoned for almost nine months.

"I cannot touch him. I cannot hug him," says Elif Gunay, daughter of journalist Turhan Gunay.

"We talk over the phone behind a glass. When the time is up, they cut the line.

"It is so frustrating to be taken away from him every week."

Elif Gunay is allowed to visit her 71-year-old father once a week, for an hour. She says he has been through various health problems, including atherosclerosis (a hardening of the arteries) followed by an operation.

"But even that was not enough for him to be released on bail," she complains.

Mr Gunay is the editor-in-chief of the newspaper's book supplement. Ms Gunay says she still struggles to understand why he has been jailed.

"All I can say is that this is a political case. They are held for being journalists, for doing their jobs," she argues.

Just over a week ago, Turkey marked the first anniversary of a failed coup. There were massive commemorations held by thousands of jubilant people, hailing the day as the triumph of democracy.

But critics argue that day - and the introduction of the state of emergency soon after - were actually the beginning of a massive crackdown, with more than 50,000 people arrested in the last year.

The world's first full-scale floating wind farm has started to take shape off the north-east coast of Scotland.

A strong earthquake in the Aegean Sea has killed at least two people on the Greek island of Kos, officials say.

The 6.7-magnitude quake hit 12km (seven miles) north-east of Kos, near the Turkish coast, with a depth of 10km, the US Geological Survey said.

On Kos, around 115 people were injured, including tourists - 12 of them seriously. Some buildings were damaged.

Turkey's health minister said 358 were hurt in the Turkish city of Bodrum, but none seriously.

The earthquake struck at 01:31 on Friday (22:31 GMT Thursday).

The two deceased have not been named but police said that both victims were tourists - a 22-year-old from Sweden and a 39-year-old from Turkey.

They died when the roof of a popular bar collapsed, police said.

Dozens were wounded when buildings collapsed, some of them suffering broken bones, Kos regional government official Giorgos Halkidios said.

The army is supporting the emergency services with the rescue operation, he added.

Greek authorities said the 12 people seriously injured included tourists from Turkey, Sweden and Norway. Four were taken to Crete for treatment, and three to Athens.

The director of the hospital in Crete told Greek Skai TV that one person was in a critical condition, while a Swedish tourist had lost a leg.

The Turkish foreign ministry said a ferry had been sent to evacuate 200 Turkish nationals from Kos back to Bodrum.

Data from Turkey's disaster and emergency management authority, AFAD, showed that more than 40 aftershocks were felt in Turkey and Greece in the aftermath of the quake, some up to magnitude 4.6.

'Everything was shaking'

British student Naomi Ruddock felt the earthquake in Kos, where she is on holiday with her mother.

"We were asleep and we just felt the room shaking. The room moved. Literally everything was moving. And it kind of felt like you were on a boat and it was swaying really fast from side to side, you felt seasick."

Ms Ruddock said that a staff member told her it was the worst earthquake the area had seen.

"All of a sudden it felt like a train was going right through the room," German tourist Vernon Hausman told Reuters.

"I told my son: 'Looks like an earthquake, so let's get the hell out of here.'"

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