GDPR: EU data protection regulation comes into force

Image copyright Press Association Image caption Companies will face hefty fines if they break the new data regulations New European Union rules on data protection formally come into effect on Friday. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) gives EU citizens more rights over how their personal information is used. Companies working in the EU must […]

MH17 missile owned by Russian brigade, investigators say

Media captionIn 2015, the Dutch Safety Board released an animated video showing the flight path of the plane The missile that downed a Malaysia Airlines flight over eastern Ukraine in 2014 belonged to a Russian brigade, international investigators say. For the first time, the Dutch-led team said the missile had come from a unit based […]

Italy student flies home from Pakistan after forced abortion

Image copyright Angelino Alfano Image caption Italy’s foreign minister tweeted a picture of Farah after her arrival at the ambassador’s residence in Islamabad A student has returned to Italy after accusing her family in Pakistan of luring her home to terminate her pregnancy. The 19-year-old, named Farah, had been studying in Verona when she became […]

Sweden approves new law recognizing sex without consent as rape

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sweden’s government says most sex offences go unreported Sweden has passed a new law saying that sex without consent is rape, even when there are no threats or force involved. The new law, due to come into effect on 1 July, says a person must give clear consent, verbal […]

Dresden unexploded bomb: Experts fail to defuse WW2 device

Image copyright AFP Image caption Police are diverting traffic away from the bomb zone Police are maintaining a cordon around the site of a World War Two bomb found on Tuesday in the German city of Dresden, after initial attempts to defuse it failed. There was a small explosion and fire on Wednesday as experts […]

Sophie Lionnet: Couple guilty of murdering French au pair

Image copyright Met Police Image caption Sophie Lionnet from Troyes, France, was killed by “monsters”, her mother said A couple obsessed with an ex-Boyzone singer have been found guilty of murdering their French au pair and burning her body in the garden. Sabrina Kouider and Ouissem Medouni were convinced Sophie Lionnet was plotting to abuse […]

Italy president names novice Giuseppe Conte as populist PM

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Giuseppe Conte has faced allegations of inflating his CV Italy’s President Sergio Mattarella has accepted a political novice as prime minister, paving the way for two populist parties to form a government. The anti-establishment Five Star Movement and right-wing League chose law professor Giuseppe Conte in a bid to […]

Trump lawyer ‘paid by Ukraine’ to arrange White House talks

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko (left) meets US President Donald Trump at the White House in June of 2017 Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, received a secret payment of at least $400,000 (£300,000) to fix talks between the Ukrainian president and President Trump, according to sources in Kiev close […]

Macron French reforms: SNCF workers vote down changes

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The state-owned rail company says participation in the strike has hit a record low France’s striking rail workers have overwhelmingly rejected government measures to reform the country’s state-owned SNCF company. In a ballot derided by the company as a petition, almost 95% of those who voted were against the […]

Olof Palme murder: Swedish police explore ‘new lead’ in unsolved case

Image copyright AFP Image caption Olof Palme led Sweden’s Social Democratic Party from 1969 until his death A man who said he witnessed the unsolved assassination of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme 30 years ago has himself been linked to the killing. A new investigative report by Filter Magazine has named the likely killer as […]