‘I fix umbrellas to save the world’

Thierry Millet is possibly Europe’s last remaining artisanal umbrella repair man, working out of a small shop in central Paris. When BBC News visited his workshop, he said that by rescuing broken brollies he was doing his bit for the environment. ‘I fix umbrellas to save the world’

Pope renews Vatican’s anti-sexual abuse panel

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Cardinal Sean O’Malley was re-appointed to lead the child protection panel Pope Francis has announced the renewal of the Church’s panel tasked with combating sexual abuse of children, in the wake of a fresh controversy. The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors is made up of eight men […]

Six Turkish journalists jailed for life for ‘coup links’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Many journalists have been targeted in Turkey’s post-coup crackdown A Turkish court has sentenced six journalists to life in jail for alleged links to the July 2016 coup plotters. The judgement came as another Turkish court decided to release German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel, who has been held for a year […]

Instagram agrees to Russia censor demands

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Navalny has criticised Instagram for meeting Russia’s internet censor’s demand Instagram has blocked posts in Russia relating to corruption claims made by the country’s most prominent opposition leader. It follows a demand by the country’s internet censor that the Facebook-owned service restrict access to posts on its platform […]

France avalanche: Three skiers killed in Pyrenees

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The three men were skiing in an off-piste area of the resort, officials said (file photo) Three skiers have been found dead in a resort in south-western France after being buried by an avalanche in an off-piste area, officials say. The three French men, one aged 29 and two […]

Oxfam scandal: Ex-Haiti director denies paying for sex

Image copyright VRT Image caption Roland Van Hauwermeiren worked in Chad from 2006-09 before going to Haiti in 2010 The former Oxfam director accused of hiring prostitutes while working in Haiti and Chad has denied paying for sex, but admitted some “mistakes”. In an open letter, Roland Van Hauwermeiren, 68, denied that a reception he […]

Oxfam scandal: Ex-director hits out at ‘lies and exaggerations’

Image copyright VRT Image caption Roland Van Hauwermeiren worked in Chad from 2006-09 before taking up a job in Haiti The former Oxfam director at the centre of a sex scandal that has engulfed the UK charity says some allegations of his use of prostitutes are “lies and exaggerations”. Roland Van Hauwermeiren, 68, said some […]

German lawyer cheesed off with endless pizza deliveries

Image copyright AFP Image caption Several pizza delivery firms received internet orders in the name of Mr Grolle A German lawyer is cheesed off after receiving more than 100 unwanted pizzas delivered to his office – and now police are investigating the mystery. After all those pizzas in just over a fortnight, Guido Grolle is […]

Spanish woman’s ‘sexist’ rejection letter sparks furore

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ms Forcada said she felt discriminated against after receiving a job rejection for not being a man A Spanish company has been criticised for allegedly rejecting a woman for a job on the grounds she was not a man. PR agency Impulsa Comunicación told Carla Forcada the account executive […]

Maëlys de Araujo: Remains of missing French girl found

Image copyright AFP Image caption Maëlys de Araujo attended the wedding with her parents The remains of a nine-year-old girl who disappeared in the French Alps last August have been found, officials say. Nordahl Lelandais, a 34-year old former soldier, has admitted killing Maëlys de Araujo “involuntarily”, without giving details. He agreed to co-operate with […]