News Headlines - 18 February 2018

Aseman Airlines plane crash kills 66 in central Iran | Al Jazeera

An Iranian passenger plane with 66 people on board has crashed in central Iran during a flight from Tehran to the city of Yasuj, according to Iranian news media reports.

Angela Merkel's Germany is a 'free rider' and a 'threat to the West' storms Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki as military leaks reveal the country hasn't got enough tanks to send to NATO

POLAND’S PM last night issued a stinging jibe toward Angela Merkel as he hinted Germany was a “free rider” not pulling its weight in NATO... Mr Morawiecki told Germany’s Die Welt newspaper a country that benefits from the defence of the group but didn’t pay its way was “a free rider which threatens the unity of the West”.

Ethiopia's state of emergency to last six months | Al Jazeera

A state of emergency declared in Ethiopia after the resignation of the country's prime minister will last for six months, the minister of defence has said, as the government seeks to stem political unrest amid long-standing demands for greater freedoms.
The measure, which was first announced by state media after a cabinet meeting on Friday, includes a ban on protests and the dissemination of publications "that could incite and sow discord", Siraj Fegessa told reporters on Saturday.

Portugal police 'find cocaine in traveller's padded pants' - BBC News

Police in Portugal have detained a man at Lisbon's international airport accused of carrying 1kg (2.2lb) of cocaine in fake buttocks.

Yuzuru Hanyu makes history with 1,000th gold medal of Winter Olympics | NBC Olympics

Yuzuru Hanyu's latest victory has an extra-special place in Olympics history.
The Japanese figure skater won the 1,000th gold medal since the Winter Games began in 1924, defending his title in the men's individual competition on Saturday. Hanyu was also the first man to win consecutive golds in the event since American Dick Button did it in 1948 and 1952.









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