Giant spider-web cloaks land in Aitoliko, Greece

Image copyright Giannis Giannakopoulos Image caption The huge web covers a large area of greenery near a lagoon Warmer weather conditions in western Greece have led to the eerie spectacle of a 300m-long spider-web in Aitoliko. A vast area of greenery has been covered by the web, reports the Daily Hellas. Experts say it is […]

Danske Bank boss quits over €200bn money-laundering scandal

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Thomas Borgen has resigned as Danske Bank chief executive The chief executive of Danske Bank has resigned in the wake of a money-laundering scandal involving its Estonian operation. Thomas Borgen stepped down following an investigation into payments of about €200bn (£177bn) through its Estonian branch. The Danish bank said many […]

Danske Bank boss quits over money-laundering scandal

The chief executive of Danske Bank, Thomas Borgen, has resigned. He stepped down after the bank found “indications” that its Estonian branch was used for money-laundering purposes. Mr Borgen said it was clear that Danske Bank had failed to live up to its responsibility and he regretted this. “Even though the investigation conducted by the […]

Chemnitz unrest: German top spy Maassen forced out

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Maassen works in the shadows – but now he is in the spotlight Germany’s domestic intelligence chief, Hans-Georg Maassen, has been told to quit and move to a senior post at the interior ministry. The government decision came amid a row over Mr Maassen’s response to far-right unrest in […]

Celia Barquín: European golf champion murdered in Iowa

Image copyright EGA Image caption Celia Barquín Arozamena won the European Amateur Championship in July A man has been charged with murder, hours after prominent Spanish golfer Celia Barquín Arozamena was found dead on an Iowa golf course. Barquín, 22, won the European Ladies’ Amateur championship in July and was a leading student athlete at […]

Chemnitz unrest: German top spy Maassen under fire

Image copyright AFP Image caption Far-right activists have been demonstrating in Chemnitz for weeks Political pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel to sack Germany’s domestic intelligence chief, Hans-Georg Maassen, will reach a climax on Tuesday. Mrs Merkel is to meet her coalition partners to examine the spy boss’s controversial response to recent far-right unrest in Chemnitz. […]

Russia blames Israel after military plane shot down off Syria

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Il-20 aircraft was returning to a Russian base on the north-western coast of Syria (file photo) Russia has said Syria shot down one of its military planes – but laid the blame for the deaths of the 15 personnel on board with Israel. The defence ministry said Israeli […]

Russian military plane vanishes from radar off Syria

Image copyright Alamy Image caption The Il-20 aircraft was returning to a Russian base on the north-western coast of Syria (file photo) A Russian military aircraft with 14 people on board has disappeared from radar after flying over Syria, Russia’s defence ministry says. “Connection has been lost with the crew of a Russian Il-20 plane […]

Alexander Perepilichnyy possible MI6 links to stay secret

Image caption The inquest is looking at whether Alexander Perepilichnyy died of natural causes or was unlawfully killed The government can keep secret the details of whether there were any links between British spies and a Russian businessman who died in mysterious circumstances, a coroner has ruled. Alexander Perepilichnyy, 44, collapsed in November 2012 when […]

CCTV footage of 85-year-old tackling armed raiders goes viral

Media captionThe attempted robbery was over in about 30 seconds An 85-year-old great grandfather who tackled would-be robbers wielding a sawn-off shotgun and hammers has become an internet hit. Denis O’Connor was in the Bar One Racing office in Glanmire, County Cork, on Saturday when three raiders burst through the door. One jumped the counter […]