Turkey court releases Amnesty head Taner Kilic

Turkey court releases Amnesty head Taner Kilic

Image copyright Amnesty International Image caption Taner Kilic was accused of using an encrypted messaging application A court in Istanbul has ordered the release of the head of human rights group Amnesty International in Turkey, who was detained last June. Taner Kilic had been charged with membership of a terrorist organisation, an accusation the London-based […]

Volkswagen takes responsibility for exhaust tests

Volkswagen takes responsibility for exhaust tests

Image copyright Getty Images Volkswagen has taken responsibility for diesel emissions tests on humans and monkeys amid mounting fury. VW chief executive Matthias Mueller said the German car maker had “taken first consequences” for the tests. He said the animal testing was “wrong … unethical and repulsive”, Spiegel Online reported. VW has suspended its chief […]

US issues ‘Putin list’ of 210 top Russians but avoids more sanctions

US issues ‘Putin list’ of 210 top Russians but avoids more sanctions

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Congress passed the law in August, although President Donald Trump had opposed it The US has published a list of 114 Russian politicians and 96 oligarchs, some close to the president, as part of a sanctions law aimed at punishing Russia for meddling in the US election. The US stressed […]

German shock at car exhaust tests on humans and monkeys

German shock at car exhaust tests on humans and monkeys

Image copyright EPA Image caption German carmakers have already been hit by a damaging scandal over cheating in emissions tests The German government has denounced experiments funded by German carmakers in which humans and monkeys reportedly inhaled diesel exhaust fumes. German media say the health impact research was done by EUGT, a body funded by […]

Russia Putin: Kremlin accuses US of meddling in election

Russia Putin: Kremlin accuses US of meddling in election

Image copyright EPA Image caption Vladimir Putin seems certain to win in March after an opposition leader was barred from standing An expected US report that could sanction Kremlin-linked oligarchs is an attempt to influence Russia’s March presidential election, Moscow has said. The US treasury report is expected to detail the closeness of senior Russian […]

French floods: Seine river reaches peak in flood-hit Paris

French floods: Seine river reaches peak in flood-hit Paris

Media captionWatch drone footage of the swollen river Seine in Paris The swollen River Seine in the French capital, Paris, has peaked at about four metres above its normal water level for the time of year. The flood level rose to 5.84m (19.2ft) early on Monday and is not expected to begin receding before Tuesday. […]

Two British skiers die in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc fall

Two British skiers die in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc fall

Image copyright AFP/Getty images Two British skiers have fallen to their deaths while on holiday in the French Alps. It is believed that the 25-year-olds slipped before falling several hundred metres while off-piste in the Chamonix-Mont-Blanc region. A third skier – also British – raised the alarm on Sunday morning. Mountain rescue services arrived at […]

Finland’s President Sauli Niinisto comfortably re-elected

Finland’s President Sauli Niinisto comfortably re-elected

Image copyright EPA Image caption Sauli Niinisto has become the first presidential candidate to win after the first round of voting Finland’s President Sauli Niinisto has been comfortably re-elected for a second six-year term. Mr Niinisto secured 62.7% of the vote in Sunday’s poll, easily beating his Green party rival (12.4%), according to official results. […]

Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad dies in Sweden at 91

Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad dies in Sweden at 91

Image copyright Ikea Image caption Ingvar Kamprad pictured with Ikea furniture in the 1960s The Swedish founder of the Ikea furniture chain, Ingvar Kamprad, has died at the age of 91, the company has announced. Mr Kamprad – who pioneered flat-pack furniture – died at his home in SmÃ¥land, Ikea confirmed in a statement. The […]

Russian presidential vote: Navalny detained on day of protests

Russian presidential vote: Navalny detained on day of protests

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Rallies are being held in a number of Russian cities Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been detained by police in Moscow after joining a rally in support of a presidential election boycott. “I have been detained,” Mr Navalny, 41, tweeted (in Russian). “This means nothing,” he added, urging his […]