Saakashvili: Ex-Georgia leader detained by police in Kiev

Saakashvili: Ex-Georgia leader detained by police in Kiev

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mikheil Saakashvili is suspected of receiving financing from a criminal group Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has been detained in Ukraine’s capital Kiev, days after his supporters freed him from a police van. His detention, first reported on his Facebook page, was confirmed by Ukraine’s Prosecutor General. Mr Saakashvili is […]

Polish judicial reforms approved by lower house

Polish judicial reforms approved by lower house

Image copyright EPA Image caption Critics of the reforms have protested outside parliament in Warsaw Poland’s lower house of parliament has approved controversial reforms which critics say would increase the ruling party’s control over the judiciary. One bill allows politicians to choose members of the National Judiciary Council, which appoints judges. The governing Law and […]

Instagram ‘bomb threat’: German police arrest Afghan asylum seeker

Instagram ‘bomb threat’: German police arrest Afghan asylum seeker

Image copyright EPA Image caption Last year a Tunisian asylum seeker killed 12 people at a Christmas market in Berlin A 19-year-old Afghan asylum seeker has been arrested in Germany after posting a picture of a Christmas market with three bombs superimposed on it on Instagram, police say. The picture of the market in Ravensburg, […]

Gold trader reports death threats in US

Gold trader reports death threats in US

Image copyright AFP Image caption Reza Zarrab is testifying in a high-profile US Iran sanctions trial A Turkish-Iranian gold trader testifying in a US trial of a Turkish banker says he has had death threats from another inmate for co-operating. Reza Zarrab is a witness in the trial of Mehmet Hakan Atilla, who is accused […]

Kevin Spacey ‘groped Norwegian king’s son-in-law’

Kevin Spacey ‘groped Norwegian king’s son-in-law’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ari Behn was married to Princess Martha Louise from 2002-16 The King of Norway’s former son-in-law has accused Kevin Spacey of groping him after a Nobel Peace Prize concert. Ari Behn told radio station P4 that it happened after the actor had hosted the event in 2007. “I am […]

Lord’s Prayer: Pope Francis calls for change

Lord’s Prayer: Pope Francis calls for change

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Pope is suggesting changes to Christianity’s best-known prayer Pope Francis has called for a translation of a phrase about temptation in the Lord’s Prayer to be changed. The current wording that says “lead us not into temptation” is not a good translation because God does not lead humans to […]

Germany’s Love Parade organisers on trial over stampede deaths

Germany’s Love Parade organisers on trial over stampede deaths

Image copyright AFP Image caption The victims – 13 women and eight men – were aged 18 to 38 Ten people have gone on trial in Germany on charges related to a stampede during a popular music festival that left 21 dead in 2010. The victims were crushed to death or suffocated when panic broke […]

Irish border: May set for crucial Brexit deal meeting

Irish border: May set for crucial Brexit deal meeting

Image copyright Getty Images Theresa May is on her way to Brussels following overnight talks on the issue of the Irish border. The PM and Brexit Secretary David Davis will meet European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and EU negotiator Michel Barnier, Downing Street said. The BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg was told last night that there were […]

Polish PM Beata Szydlo replaced by finance minister

Polish PM Beata Szydlo replaced by finance minister

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mateusz Morawiecki (l) has been named as Beata Szydlo’s replacement Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo has resigned, hours after surviving an opposition no-confidence motion. She will be replaced by Finance Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, the governing Law and Justice Party said. The BBC’s Adam Easton in Warsaw says there had been […]

EU to sue Poland, Hungary and Czechs for refusing refugee quotas

EU to sue Poland, Hungary and Czechs for refusing refugee quotas

Image copyright EPA Image caption Hungary erected border fences in 2015 to stop asylum seekers entering the country The European Commission is to sue Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic at the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for refusing to take in asylum seekers. The commission, the EU’s executive body, accused the three countries of […]