Hungary jails gang for deaths of 71 migrants in lorry

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The shocking case drew attention to the suffering of migrants smuggled to Europe Four men have received 25-year jail terms in Hungary over the deaths of 71 migrants who suffocated in a sealed lorry in August 2015. Police found the victims’ decomposing bodies in the lorry, registered in Hungary […]

‘Martyr of the A10’: DNA leads to France arrests over 1987 murder

Image copyright AFP Image caption Police re-opened the case in 2012 with a call for witnesses French police have arrested a couple 31 years after their daughter was found dead, in a cold case revived through DNA evidence. The mutilated body of the unidentified child was found by the side of a motorway in central […]

Russian MP: Avoid sex with foreign men

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The advice is specifically targeting Russian women A prominent Russian MP has been heavily criticised after urging women not to have sex with foreign men during the World Cup. Communist Party MP Tamara Pletnyova told a Moscow Radio station that she was “not a nationalist” but believed Russian women […]

Macrons’ new dinner plates spark French cash row

Image copyright EPA Image caption The new design Bleu Élysée was selected by Brigitte Macron France’s presidential couple are the centre of allegations that the Élysée Palace is shelling out a fortune on a new dinner service while complaining about the scale of the welfare budget. The 1,200-piece set, chosen by First Lady Brigitte Macron, […]

ECB to end crisis-era stimulus programme in December

Image copyright Reuters The European Central Bank (ECB) has confirmed it will end a huge programme to stimulate the eurozone economy in December. The ECB will stop its bond-buying scheme, worth €30bn a month, despite a recent slowdown in the bloc’s recovery. The move is a major step towards dismantling the policies brought in to […]

Macedonia and Greece: Backlash over name deal

Image copyright EPA Image caption The Macedonian president has the power to veto the name deal Macedonia’s president is refusing to sign an historic deal agreed with Greece to change his country’s name, saying it violates the constitution. “My position is final and I will not yield to any pressure, blackmail or threats,” Gjorge Ivanov […]

World Cup 2018: Football showpiece set to begin in Russia

Media playback is not supported on this device Watch the BBC World Cup titles The 2018 Fifa World Cup gets under way on Thursday when hosts Russia face Saudi Arabia following an opening ceremony at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium. Football’s showpiece event features 32 teams, including holders Germany, competing in 64 games over 32 days. The […]

French MPs back Macron’s controversial rail reforms

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The board in the National Assembly shows the overwhelming vote in favour of the reform France’s National Assembly has overwhelmingly backed President Emmanuel Macron’s controversial rail reforms. In a blow to the country’s unions, French MPs voted 452 to 80 in favour of the bill overhauling the country’s state rail […]

Migrant ship row: Italy-France ministers’ meeting postponed

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Italy called off the meeting between its Economy Minister Giovanni Tria (L), and his French equivalent Italy’s Economy Minister Giovanni Tria has postponed talks scheduled for Wednesday with his French counterpart amid a row over a migrant ship. A French official said the ministers had agreed by phone to meet […]

Spanish king’s brother-in-law given five days to report to jail

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Urdangarin and Princess Cristina were stripped of their titles as Duke and Duchess of Palma in 2014 In a corruption case that has shaken Spain’s royal family, Iñaki Urdangarin, the husband of Princess Cristina, has been told he has five days to report to a prison to start his […]