Ukraine’s Zelensky plans to clean up parliament and military

Image copyright AFP Image caption Ukrainian troops (pictured) face heavily-armed rebels backed by Russia in the east Aides to Ukraine’s President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky have announced anti-corruption plans, including scrapping MPs’ immunity from prosecution and making military purchases transparent. Halyna Yanchenko, a top official at the anti-corruption watchdog Nabu, said “MPs’ immunity must be consigned to […]

French ex-PM Fillon and British wife face ‘fake jobs’ trial

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Fillon’s presidential election campaign was devastated by the allegations surrounding Penelope Fillon’s work Two years after French presidential favourite François Fillon became caught up in a public funding scandal, investigating judges have recommended that he and his wife Penelope Fillon should go on trial. His campaign collapsed when […]

Notre-Dame fire: Rain threatens France’s damaged cathedral

Image copyright AFP Image caption Protective material has been wrapped around parts of Notre Dame Architects working on preserving Notre-Dame are rushing to cover the cathedral before rain can cause further damage. Showers and even possible thunderstorms are forecast for the French capital on Tuesday evening. The cathedral’s vault, which partly collapsed in the fire, […]

Viktoria Marinova: TV presenter’s killer sentenced to 30 years

Image copyright Gety Image caption Ms Marinova’s death initially led to speculation she had been targeted because of her work A 21-year-old has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for the rape and murder of a Bulgarian TV presenter. Viktoria Marinova, 30, was killed by Severin Krasimirov while jogging in the city of Ruse […]

Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg dies aged 98

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Grand Duke Jean abdicated in favour of his son Henri in 2000 Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg has died at the age of 98, his son Henri has said in a statement. He had recently been admitted to hospital suffering from a pulmonary infection, and passed away surrounded by his […]

Ukraine election: Comedian Zelensky wins presidency by landslide

Media captionVolodymyr Zelensky and his supporters celebrate winning Ukraine’s presidential election Ukrainian comedian Volodymyr Zelensky has won a landslide victory in the country’s presidential election, exit polls suggest. The polls give the political newcomer, who dominated the first round of voting three weeks ago, more than 70% support. Mr Zelensky, 41, challenged incumbent president Petro […]

Ukraine election: Comedian Zelensky ‘wins presidency by landslide’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Volodymyr Zelensky starred in a satirical drama in which his character accidentally becomes president Ukrainian comedian Volodymyr Zelensky has won a run-off election to become the country’s next president by a landslide, exit polls suggest. The polls give him more than 70% support. He dominated the first round of […]

Turkish opposition leader attacked at soldier’s funeral

Image copyright EPA Image caption Kemal Kilicdaroglu was pushed and shoved by crowds at the funeral in Ankara The leader of Turkey’s main opposition party has been attacked by protesters at a military funeral in Ankara. Republican People’s Party (CHP) chief Kemal Kilicdaroglu was set upon by an angry crowd while attending a memorial on […]

Ukraine election: Voters to choose between comic and tycoon

Media captionPetro Poroshenko and Volodymyr Zelensky held a long-awaited head-to-head televised debate at Kiev’s Olympic stadium Ukrainians will head to the polls shortly in a run-off election to pick the country’s next president. Voters face a stark choice between tycoon Petro Poroshenko, the incumbent president, and television comedian Volodymyr Zelensky, new to politics. The TV […]

Syria war: Kosovo brings back 110 citizens including jihadists

Image copyright AFP Image caption The group mostly included young children and their mothers Kosovo has brought back 110 of its citizens from Syria, mostly mothers and their children but also several jihadist fighters. The group contained 74 children, 32 women and four men suspected of fighting for the Islamic State group (IS) who were […]

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