UBS fined €3.7bn in tax fraud case

Image copyright Getty Images Swiss banking giant UBS has been fined €3.7bn (£3.2bn; $4.2bn) in a French tax fraud case. A court in Paris found that the bank had illegally helped French clients hide billions of euros from French tax authorities between 2004 and 2012. UBS said it had consistently contested any criminal wrongdoing and […]

Russia bans smartphones for soldiers over social media fears

Image copyright Tass/Getty Image caption Taking videos and pictures, like selfies, will be banned for active servicemen Russia’s parliament has voted to ban soldiers from using smartphones while on duty, after their social media use raised issues of national security. The bill forbids military personnel from using a phone with the ability to take pictures, […]

Crans-Montana: One dead after rare on-piste avalanche

Image copyright Handout via EPA Image caption Rescuers have been digging through the snow looking for survivors One person has died and three people are injured after an unexpected avalanche on a marked ski slope at a popular resort in the Swiss Alps. Hundreds of rescuers searched through the night, but called off the search […]

Catholic cardinals urge end of ‘homosexual agenda’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Pope Francis has convened an extraordinary summit to discuss the scandals Two prominent Roman Catholic Church cardinals have urged an end of what they call “the plague of the homosexual agenda”, telling bishops to break their complicity over cases of sexual abuse. In an open letter, Cardinals Burke and Brandmüller […]

Brexit prompts UK MPs to resign

Image copyright PA Image caption Heidi Allen, Sarah Wollaston and Anna Soubry Three Tory MPs have resigned from the party to join an independent group, set up by former Labour MPs. Anna Soubry, Sarah Wollaston and Heidi Allen wrote a joint letter to Theresa May to confirm their departure. The PM said she was “saddened”, […]

Thousands protest against anti-Semitism in France

Image copyright AFP Image caption Around 70 protests took part around France, including in Paris’ Place de la Republique Thousands of people have joined protests across France against a spate of anti-Semitic attacks. The demonstrators marched under the slogan “That’s Enough” at the Place de la Republique in the capital Paris and other cities. Figures […]

Crans-Montana: Rescuers hunt for skiers in Swiss avalanche

Image copyright Handout via EPA Image caption Rescuers have been digging through the snow looking for survivors At least four people have been injured, one seriously, in an avalanche in a popular ski resort in the Swiss Alps. The avalanche was reported at a marked slope in Crans-Montana at about 14:20 local time (13:20 GMT). […]

Karl Lagerfeld, iconic Chanel fashion designer, dies

Media captionHis pet cat, Choupette, has amassed hundreds of thousands of followers online Iconic fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has died in Paris following a short illness. The German designer, who was the creative director for Chanel and Fendi, was one of the industry’s most prolific figures and worked up until his death. His signature ponytail […]

EU blasts Hungary ‘fake news’ on migrants

Image copyright kormanyzat/facebook Image caption Hungarian government poster: “You too have a right to know what Brussels is preparing!” A Hungarian government campaign accusing the European Commission of supporting illegal immigration is “fake news”, a Commission spokesman has said. Margaritis Schinas said the campaign, launched on the government’s Facebook site, “beggars belief”. Campaign posters feature […]

Marseille knife attacker shot dead by French police

Image copyright AFP A man has been shot dead after wounding at least two pedestrians with a knife in the centre of Marseille. The attack occurred at about 16:45 local time (15:45 GMT) on Tuesday afternoon in the Canebière area of the city, which is France’s second largest. Police said they opened fire after the […]

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