Italy election: Rival protests spark tensions ahead of vote

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Police clash with demonstrators at a march against the far-right party The League in Milan Rival demonstrations by far-right and anti-fascist groups a week before Italy’s general election have led to scuffles with police. Police in Milan used batons as left-wing demonstrators tried to break through a cordon. Elsewhere, […]

Red Cross reveals 21 staff paid for sexual services

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The ICRC launched an internal review after reports of misconduct at aid agencies The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says 21 members of staff have left their jobs for sexual misconduct in the last three years. The ICRC’s director-general, Yves Daccord, said the individuals had paid for […]

One French woman in eight has been raped, study says

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Weinstein case in the US has inspired many French women to speak out on sexual abuse About four million French women – 12% of the total – have been raped at least once in their lives, a survey suggests. The study for the Fondation Jean Jaur├Ęs, a Paris-based think […]

Two people shot dead near Zurich bank

Two people have been shot dead outside a branch of the UBS bank in the Swiss city of Zurich, police say. Images in the Swiss media showed two bodies lying motionless, close together on a pavement. There is a large police presence at the scene in the Europaallee area. Zurich police said the situation was […]

Brexit: EU leaders clash over financial impact of UK’s departure

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Macron and Mrs Merkel said cuts to EU programmes could be damaging Germany and France have warned that funding cuts to EU programmes after Brexit could damage efforts to tackle illegal immigration and terrorism. The leaders of both nations said on Friday that spending on these areas should […]

Neanderthals were capable of making art

Image caption In Maltravieso Cave, western Spain, Neanderthals stencilled their hands by blowing red paint over them Contrary to the traditional view of them as brutes, it turns out that Neanderthals were artists. A study in Science journal suggests they made cave drawings in Spain that pre-date the arrival of modern humans in Europe by […]

Officer dies in Spain football clashes

It has been reported at least five people have been arrested A police officer has died in Spain after violent clashes erupted between rival fans before Athletic Bilbao’s home Europa League match against Spartak Moscow at San Mames. The officer from the Ertzaintza – the Basque Country’s police force – suffered a heart attack. More […]

Argentina foils diplomatic luggage cocaine plot

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Nearly 400kg of cocaine was found at the Russian embassy in 2016 Argentina’s security ministry says it has foiled a plot to use the Russian embassy’s diplomatic courier service to smuggle cocaine to Europe. Police seized nearly 400kg of the drug from diplomatic luggage in an embassy annex after being […]

Zagitova, 15, wins figure skating gold

Media playback is not supported on this device Winter Olympics: Alina Zagitova holds off Evgenia Medvedeva to win figure skating gold Fifteen-year-old Alina Zagitova won the first gold for the Olympic athletes from Russia at the 2018 Winter Olympics in the women’s single figure skating. She followed her short programme world record 82.92 with 156.65 […]

Dutch MPs vote to recognise disputed Armenian ‘genocide’

Media captionArmenia’s mass killings – explained in 60 seconds The Dutch parliament has passed a motion recognising that the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks during World War One was a “genocide”. Armenians say up to 1.5 million of their people died in the atrocities of 1915. Turkey says the toll was much lower […]

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