Germany’s far-right AfD party fails to win first mayor

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption CDU candidate Octavian Ursu won a run-off vote in Görlitz, a city that has attracted top Hollywood directors Germany’s far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has failed to win its first mayoral seat, after it lost a key election in the country’s east. Octavian Ursu of the centre-right Christian […]

Italian film director Franco Zeffirelli dies at 96

Image copyright EPA Image caption Mr Zeffirelli directed movie stars including Elizabeth Taylor and opera greats such as Maria Callas Italian film director Franco Zeffirelli has died aged 96, Italian media report. The Florence native directed stars including Elizabeth Taylor in the 1967 film Taming of the Shrew and Dame Judi Dench on stage in […]

Amanda Knox feared attacks and accusations on return to Italy

Image copyright EPA Image caption Amanda Knox said she still loved Italy, even after what it had done to her Amanda Knox has spoken of the pain of being tried by the media over the murder of her friend, British student Meredith Kercher, in Italy in 2007. The American told the Criminal Justice Festival in […]

Ornella Muti faces jail threat after attending Putin gala

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ornella Muti has been a star on screen and stage since the 1970s Italian actress Ornella Muti has been told she could go to jail if she fails to pay damages for cancelling tour dates to attend a dinner with Russia’s Vladimir Putin and actor Kevin Costner. Muti had […]

German doctors fined over abortion ads

Image copyright AFP Image caption Doctors Bettina Gaber (L) and Verena Weyer say they are defending women’s rights A German court has fined two gynaecologists €2,000 (£1,780) each for advertising how they carry out abortions in their Berlin clinic. Earlier this year the German government lifted a Nazi-era blanket ban on ads for abortion services. […]

Beyond Walls: Huge biodegradable artwork graces Paris park

Image copyright AFP A vast artwork showing a line of clasped hands at the foot of the Eiffel Tower in Paris will be formally unveiled on Saturday. The spray-painted fresco stretches for more than 600m (1,970ft) along the French capital’s Champ de Mars park and is best viewed from the top of the tower. Image […]

Stowaway lizard’s 2,000-mile trip from Kos to Bridgend

Image copyright RSPCA Cymru A lizard has packed up and left a sunny Greek island to make a new life for himself in Wales. The bright green Balkan Lizard stowed away in a holidaymaker’s suitcase, leaving behind the 26C (79F) temperatures of Kos in favour of less-sunny Bridgend. The lizard was found and safely confined […]

Swiss women strike for more money, time and respect

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Women demonstrate in Lausanne ahead of a nationwide strike in Switzerland Women across Switzerland are preparing for a nationwide strike in protest against what they say is the country’s unacceptably slow pace to equality. Friday’s protest comes 28 years after similar action saw half a million women take to […]

Russia Golunov case: Putin sacks top Moscow police officials

Media captionPolice in riot gear clashed with protesters in Moscow on Wednesday Days after anti-corruption journalist Ivan Golunov was freed amid an outcry over a fabricated drugs case, Russian President Vladimir Putin has fired two high-ranking Moscow police officials. The interior minister had called for the dismissal of western Moscow police chief Maj Gen Andrei […]

‘Silenced’ children of priests to share stories with French bishops

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Anne-Marie Jarzac, the daughter of a priest and a nun, described it as a “moving moment” Children of Roman Catholic priests who felt “silenced” by the Church for decades will share their stories with bishops in Paris for the first time. Bishops will meet members of the French association […]

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