Gran Canaria: 9,000 flee ‘unprecedented’ wildfires on holiday island

Media captionWildfires rip through Gran Canaria About 9,000 people have been evacuated as wildfires rip through Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands. The fires, which started on Saturday, are advancing on two fronts in a mountainous area of the island. In a press conference on Monday, authorities called the incident “an unprecedented environmental tragedy”. Efforts […]

Gran Canaria: 8,000 flee wildfires on holiday island

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The wildfires have forced thousands from their homes About 8,000 people have been evacuated as wildfires rip through Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands. The fires, which started on Saturday, are advancing on two fronts in a mountainous area of the island. Ten planes and helicopters, as well as about […]

Sardinian sand theft: French tourists face jail term

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The authorities fear the regular theft of sand could have a disproportionate impact on the environment A French couple who were caught with 40kg (90lb) of Sardinian sand in their car could face up to six years in jail. They say they wanted to take the sand home as […]

Simon Gautier: French hiker’s body found in Italian ravine

Image copyright AFP Image caption Simon Gautier was on a coastal walk heading to Naples when he disappeared The body of a French hiker who disappeared in Italy after making an emergency call 10 days ago has been found in a ravine near Naples. Simon Gautier, 27, made a plea for help on 9 August, […]

Big rescue operation in Poland to find trapped cavers

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Rescuers fear it could take days – or even weeks – to reach the cavers Rescue workers are fighting to save two cavers in Poland after a narrow tunnel flooded with water, blocking their exit on Saturday. More than two dozen rescuers are attempting to reach the pair inside the […]

Gran Canaria: Wildfires displace 4,000 on holiday island

Image copyright EPA Image caption The fires are advancing on two fronts across the holiday island Around 4,000 people have been evacuated as wildfires rip through Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands. The fires, which started on Saturday, are advancing on two fronts in a mountainous area of the island. Ten planes and helicopters, as […]

Paris waiter ‘shot dead over slow sandwich service’

Image copyright AFP Image caption The waiter died at the scene despite attempts to save him A waiter near Paris has been shot dead by a customer who was reportedly angry because his sandwich was not prepared quickly enough. Police say a murder investigation has been launched after the incident on Friday evening in the […]

Italy’s Salvini lets 27 teenagers off Open Arms migrant ship

Image copyright AFP Image caption One of the 27 unaccompanied minors arrives on Lampedusa Italy’s Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has agreed to let 27 unaccompanied teenagers leave a migrant rescue ship amid a row between the far-right leader and his fellow ministers. The minors were allowed to disembark on the Italian island of Lampedusa after […]

Russia bird strike: How cool heads glided jet down to safety

Media captionFootage from inside the plane showed it striking birds after take-off The Russian pilots who crash-landed a fuel-laden Airbus jet in a corn field, without any serious harm to the 233 people on board, are being hailed as heroes. The A321 was moments into its flight, after taking off from Moscow’s Zhukovsky airport, when […]

Malta migrants: Sole survivor describes 11 days in dinghy

Image copyright Times of Malta Image caption Mohammed Adam Oga is being treated at Malta’s Mater Dei hospital for dehydration “There were 15 of us on the boat and I am the only one alive,” says Mohammed Adam Oga from his hospital bed in Malta. The migrants had each paid a smuggler $700 (£575; €630) […]

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