Armenia parliament swears in new PM despite protests

Media captionPolice use tear gas at Armenia opposition protest Armenia’s National Assembly has sworn in a new prime minister after days of protests against him. Demonstrators object to the former president, Serzh Sargsyan, becoming the new premier. Opposition MP Nikol Pashinyan said the protests constitute a “non-violent velvet revolution”. “We must paralyse the entire state […]

Jérôme Hamon: Frenchman gets ‘third face’ in new transplant

Media captionMr Hamon is still recovering in hospital in Paris after the January transplant The first person in the world to receive two facial transplants says he is feeling well, three months after his latest groundbreaking operation. Jérôme Hamon had his first transplanted face removed last year after signs of rejection following a treatment with […]

Russian spy: Skripal poison ‘was in liquid form’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Specialist officers in protective clothing, seen here in March, will remain in Salisbury for the clean-up The nerve agent used to poison former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia was delivered “in a liquid form”, the Department for Environment says. Only “a very small amount” was used on […]

France’s Macron: EU in ‘civil war’ over democracy

Image copyright EPA Image caption President Macron triumphed in France on a strongly pro-EU platform French President Emmanuel Macron has warned that “there seems to be a European civil war” between liberal democracy and rising authoritarianism. He urged the EU to renew its commitment to democracy, in a passionate speech to the European Parliament in […]

Bialowieza forest: Poland broke EU law by logging

Media captionBiałowieża is home to European bison, wolves, lynx and elks, among other rare species Poland violated EU law by ordering large-scale logging in one of Europe’s oldest woodlands, the Bialowieza forest, the European Court of Justice has ruled. Bialowieza forest has been designated a Unesco World Heritage site and is home to Europe’s largest […]

Frenchman gets ‘third face’ in new transplant

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Hamon is still recovering in a hospital in Paris after the January transplant The first person in the world to receive two facial transplants says he is feeling well, three months after his latest groundbreaking operation. Jérôme Hamon had his first transplanted face removed last year after signs of […]

Germans find ‘Harald Bluetooth’ medieval treasure

Image copyright AFP Image caption Harald Bluetooth might have buried the treasure while fleeing from enemies Treasure linked to the reign of 10th Century Danish King Harald Bluetooth has been dug up in northern Germany. An amateur archaeologist and a 13-year-old boy found a silver coin on the Baltic island of Rügen in January when […]

Performing bear at Russian match is ‘inhumane’ – animal welfare groups

Media playback is not supported on this device Peta says bear footage is ‘shocking and inhumane’ Footage of a bear performing in front of fans before a Russian league match has been condemned as “shocking and inhumane” by animal welfare groups. A YouTube video showed circus bear ‘Tim’ hand the ball to the referee before […]

Syria air strikes: Russia denies tampering with suspected chemical attack site

Media captionRussia’s foreign minister says the only evidence of a chemical attack came from the media Russia has denied interfering with evidence at the site of a suspected Syrian chemical weapons attack that drew Western military retaliation. In an interview for BBC’s Hardtalk, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said: “I can guarantee that Russia has […]

Russian reporter Borodin dead after mystery fall

Image copyright Maxim Borodin/Facebook Image caption Maxim Borodin had contacted a friend two days before he was found seriously injured beneath his fifth-floor flat A Russian investigative journalist who wrote about the deaths of mercenaries in Syria has died in hospital after falling from his fifth-floor flat. Maxim Borodin was found badly injured by neighbours […]