Germany coalition: Crucial week of talks in bid to end impasse

Germany coalition: Crucial week of talks in bid to end impasse

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mrs Merkel’s efforts to form a three-party coalition failed last week German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her former centre-left partners are preparing for crucial coalition talks in a bid to end a political stalemate. After initially refusing to hold discussions with Mrs Merkel’s CDU/CSU conservative bloc, the Social Democrats have […]

Children of German tycoon Schlecker jailed for fraud

Children of German tycoon Schlecker jailed for fraud

Image copyright AFP/EPA Image caption Lars and Meike Schlecker were found to have deceived auditors and shareholders The son and daughter of a German retail tycoon have been jailed for more than two years each in a bankruptcy case. Anton Schlecker was on trial with his wife and two children over the collapse of his […]

Don’t let Brexit end culture city hopes, MPs tell Juncker

Don’t let Brexit end culture city hopes, MPs tell Juncker

Image copyright Alan Richardson A group of MPs have written to the head of the EU Commission to complain about Brexit scuppering the UK’s entries for European Capital of Culture. The cross-party group each represents areas that have submitted bids for the 2023 title. They said it was “inexplicable” the EU waited for bids to […]

Prince Harry to marry girlfriend Meghan Markle next year

Prince Harry to marry girlfriend Meghan Markle next year

Media captionThe story of Prince Harry and his fiancee, US actor Meghan Markle Prince Harry is to marry his American actress girlfriend Meghan Markle. Harry, fifth in line to the throne, will marry Ms Markle next spring and they plan to live at Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace in London. The couple, who have been […]

Russia’s contestant wins Junior Eurovision

Russia’s Polina Bogusevich has won this year’s Junior Eurovision song contest, which was held in Georgia. The 14-year-old triumphed with the song Wings, scoring 188 points. Georgia’s representative Grigol Kipshidze came a close second (with 185 points), ahead of Australia’s Isabella Clarke (172). The competition for children aged nine to 14 has been held annually […]

Tenerife nightclub dancefloor collapses, injuring 40

Tenerife nightclub dancefloor collapses, injuring 40

Media captionFirefighters in Tenerife have released footage of the aftermath of the collapse The dancefloor of a nightclub in Tenerife has collapsed, injuring 40 people. Clubbers fell through the floor to the basement of the Butterfly Disco Pub at about 02:30 local time (02:30 GMT) on Sunday morning. Several people suffered broken bones, including leg […]

Tenerife nightclub dancefloor collapses, injuring 22

Tenerife nightclub dancefloor collapses, injuring 22

Image copyright EPA Image caption Pictures released by the fire department show the gaping hole in the dancefloor The dancefloor of a nightclub in Tenerife has collapsed, injuring 22 people. Clubbers fell through the floor to the basement of the Butterfly Disco Pub at about 02:30 local time (02:30 GMT) on Sunday morning. Several people […]

Russian doping: Russia athletes remain suspended by IAAF

Russian doping: Russia athletes remain suspended by IAAF

The McLaren report published in 2016 claimed more than a 1,000 Russians benefited from a state-sponsored doping programme between 2011 and 2015 Russian athletes will remain banned from international competition after the IAAF said the country had not yet done enough to clamp down on doping. Athletics’ governing body banned Russia in November 2015 over […]

Migrant crisis: Boat sinks off Libya, killing at least 31

Migrant crisis: Boat sinks off Libya, killing at least 31

Media captionSurvivors arriving back in Tripoli At least 31 migrants have died after their boat capsized off the coast of Libya on Saturday. They had been trying to cross the Mediterranean along with another boat. Children were among the dead. Some 60 people were rescued from the water and 140 picked up from the second […]

Russian President Putin signs ‘foreign agent’ media law

Russian President Putin signs ‘foreign agent’ media law

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption RT says it has registered as a foreign agent in the US Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law that allows the government to list any foreign media operating in the country as a foreign agent. The bill, in retaliation for Kremlin-backed broadcaster RT being told to register […]