Turkey earthquake: in pictures

A 7.2 magnitude earthquake in eastern Turkey has killed at least 200, with the toll expected to rise

A powerful earthquake on Sunday morning has caused destruction in eastern Turkey, particularly hitting the cities of Ercis and Van. The surrounding villages have also been affected, with the Turkish prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, saying that almost all mud-brick homes had collapsed.

The death toll is currently 217, but is expected to rise substantially. Rescue teams, assisted by soldiers, spent the night frantically digging through dozens of collapsed buildings in near-freezing temperatures. It is thought that about 40 buildings in Ercis still have people trapped beneath the rubble.

Samira Shackle is a freelance journalist, who tweets @samirashackle. She was formerly a staff writer for the New Statesman.

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Quiz: Can you identify fake news?

The furore around "fake" news shows no sign of abating. Can you spot what's real and what's not?

Hillary Clinton has spoken out today to warn about the fake news epidemic sweeping the world. Clinton went as far as to say that "lives are at risk" from fake news, the day after Pope Francis compared reading fake news to eating poop. (Side note: with real news like that, who needs the fake stuff?)

The sweeping distrust in fake news has caused some confusion, however, as many are unsure about how to actually tell the reals and the fakes apart. Short from seeing whether the logo will scratch off and asking the man from the market where he got it from, how can you really identify fake news? Take our test to see whether you have all the answers.



In all seriousness, many claim that identifying fake news is a simple matter of checking the source and disbelieving anything "too good to be true". Unfortunately, however, fake news outlets post real stories too, and real news outlets often slip up and publish the fakes. Use fact-checking websites like Snopes to really get to the bottom of a story, and always do a quick Google before you share anything. 

Amelia Tait is a technology and digital culture writer at the New Statesman.