François de Rugy, French environment minister, quits over spending allegations

Image copyright Reuters Image caption François de Rugy denies any wrongdoing France’s Environment Minister François de Rugy has announced his resignation after being accused of extravagant spending, including on private dinners. He lashed out at what he described as a “media lynching”, saying the energy he had spent defending himself had hampered his work as […]

Fresh Island festival: Croatia music event evacuated as fire breaks out

Media captionFestival-goers were forced to evacuate A music festival in Croatia has been evacuated because of a forest fire. Hundreds of people were forced to leave the Fresh Island music festival on Zrce Beach on Monday night, at the beginning of the three-day hip-hop event. The fire forced the closure of the road to the […]

Scotland has highest drug death rate in EU

Image copyright Getty Images The number of drug-related deaths in Scotland soared to 1,187 last year, according to official statistics. The figure is 27% higher than the previous year, and the highest since records began in 1996. It means there were more drug-related deaths in Scotland last year than the 1,136 alcohol-specific deaths. And the […]

Wales farm subsidy replacement plan law to be delayed

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Farmers in Wales would be offered money to carry out work which protects and enhances the environment A major law to replace EU agriculture subsidies will now not be introduced until after the next assembly election, which takes place in 2021. Plaid Cymru called it a “U-turn” but the […]

Netanyahu: ‘Europe might ignore Iran threat until nuclear missiles hit’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Benjamin Netanyahu said Europeans were “burying their heads in the sand” Israel’s prime minister has said the European Union might not wake up to the threat of Iran “until Iranian nuclear missiles fall on European soil”. Mr Netanyahu likened Europe’s approach to Iran’s recent breaches of a 2015 deal limiting […]

Iran nuclear deal breaches not yet significant, EU says

Image copyright AFP Image caption Federica Mogherini insisted the nuclear deal was “still alive” Iran’s recent breaches of the 2015 nuclear deal are not significant and can be reversed, the European Union’s foreign policy chief says. “We invite Iran to reverse the steps and go back to full compliance,” Federica Mogherini said on Monday. Iran […]

Suzanne Eaton murder: Man arrested for murder of US scientist

Image copyright EPA Image caption The 59-year-old molecular biologist worked for the world-renowned Max Planck Institute A man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering an American scientist on the Greek island of Crete. The 27-year-old local man has already confessed to killing Suzanne Eaton, Greek media report. Ms Eaton was reported missing by friends […]

Italy seizes ‘combat-ready’ missile in raids on far right

Media captionThe missile was in a large cache of guns and ammunition Anti-terrorism police in northern Italy have seized an air-to-air missile and other sophisticated weapons during raids on far-right extremist groups. Three people were arrested – two of them near Forli airport. Neo-Nazi propaganda was also seized, in raids in several cities. Italian media […]

Pink defends Holocaust memorial photo after criticism

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Pink with daughter Willow at an award ceremony Pop singer Pink has defended herself after a picture she posted of her children ‘playing’ at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin divided fans online. The post shows her children Willow and Jameson running between the memorial’s pillars. She was accused of […]

Galileo sat-nav system still without service

Image copyright PA Europe’s satellite-navigation system, Galileo, remains offline. The network suffered an outage on Friday due to what has been described as a “technical incident related to its ground infrastructure”. Engineers worked around the clock over the weekend but there is no update yet on when the service will resume. The problem means all […]