Heaviest snowfall on record blankets Moscow

Image copyright EPA Moscow has seen its heaviest snowfall in a day since records began, with more than 2,000 trees brought down and air travel disrupted, officials say. More than half the monthly average snow fell on Saturday, beating the previous record set in 1957. A falling tree and collapsing power line killed one person […]

Twenty bodies found near Spanish enclave

Image copyright EPA Image caption A maritime rescue boat in the Mediterranean (file picture) The bodies of 16 people have been pulled from the sea off the coast of Melilla, a small Spanish territory bordering Morocco. Moroccan rescue services recovered the corpses after the crew of a Spanish ship spotted them in the water. A […]

Italy drive-by attack targets immigrants in Macerata

Image copyright AFP Image caption A handgun was found in the suspect’s car Italian police have arrested a gunman suspected of a carrying out a drive-by shooting spree that targeted African immigrants. At least six people were wounded in the central town of Macerata. The suspect, named locally as Luca Traini, 28, had an Italian […]

Russian fighter jet shot down in Syria’s Idlib province

Image copyright AFP Image caption Images said to show the wreckage of the Sukhoi-25 A Russian Sukhoi-25 fighter jet has been shot down in a rebel-held area in Syria’s north-western province of Idlib. The Russian defence ministry said the pilot had ejected into an area believed to be controlled by the al-Qaeda-linked Hayat Tahrir al-Sham […]

Spain cracks King Ferdinand’s 500-year-old secret code

Image copyright Radio Television Espanola Image caption The men used “over 200 symbols” to communicate with each other A 500-year-old secret code used in letters between one of Spain’s most famous monarchs and a military commander has been cracked. Ferdinand of Aragon’s letters have tantalised historians for centuries. Constructed using more than 200 special characters, […]

Italy Macerata drive-by attack: Foreigners targeted, say police

Image copyright EPA Image caption The shootings took place in various parts of the town At least six people have been wounded in a series of drive-by shootings in a town in central Italy, and one man has been arrested, police say. All of those hurt in the attacks in Macerata were foreigners, they said. […]

Lady Gaga halts Europe tour in ‘severe pain’

Image copyright Brian Samuelson Lady Gaga has cancelled the last 10 dates of the European leg of her world tour due to “severe pain”. In a statement posted on Twitter, the pop star apologised to fans and said she was “devastated”, but needed to put “myself and my well-being” first. The Grammy award-winning singer has […]

Calais migrants: Five shot in mass brawl

Image copyright EPA Image caption A man gets medical help from rescue workers after clashes in Calais, northern France At least five migrants have been shot during a mass brawl between Afghans and Eritreans in the French port city of Calais, local officials say. A 37-year-old Afghan man is suspected of firing shots at a […]

Five migrants shot in huge Calais brawl

Image copyright EPA Image caption A man gets medical help from rescue workers after clashes in Calais, northern France At least five migrants have been shot in the French port city of Calais, after a mass brawl between Afghans and Eritreans. French news agency AFP reports that four Eritrean youths aged 16-18 are in a […]