UK regional airline Flybmi ceases operations

Image copyright BMI Regional Image caption Flybmi has a fleet of Embraer jets British regional airline Flybmi has cancelled all its flights and filed for administration, the airline has announced. The company said it had been badly affected by rises in fuel and carbon costs and uncertainty over Brexit. The East Midlands-based airline, which has […]

Long-nosed lover Cyrano returns to woo Paris in hit play Edmond

Image copyright Alexis Michalik Image caption The drama follows Edmond Rostand as he writes about Cyrano de Bergerac A play-within-a-play in the style of Shakespeare in Love – penned by a half-British actor, no less – has become the toast of Paris theatre. The play, Edmond, is now one of the most successful French productions […]

Spain PM Sánchez sets snap election for April

Image copyright EPA Image caption The PM has been governing in a very fragmented political landscape Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has called a snap general election for 28 April, after Catalan nationalist MPs withdrew support for the Socialist government’s budget. It is just eight months since Mr Sánchez took office, heading a minority government […]

Skripal poisoning: Bellingcat names ‘third man’ in Salisbury case

Image copyright Reuters/BBC Image caption Sergei Skripal, 67, and his daughter Yulia survived the attack A third man has been named as a suspect in the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury last year. Investigative website Bellingcat claims that he is Denis Vyacheslavovich Sergeev, a Russian military intelligence officer. It says he came […]

Brexit ‘monster’ urges Dutch to prepare

Image copyright Stef blok Image caption Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok (L) poses with an invasive Brexit monster The Dutch government sees Brexit not as the elephant in the room but as a giant Muppet-style monster lying on a desk. That is the picture tweeted by Foreign Minister Stef Blok, with the warning: “make sure […]

Moldovan election prompts Facebook to remove accounts

Image copyright EPA Image caption East meets West: Moldova’s election sees pro-EU and pro-Russia politicians face off Facebook says it has removed more than 200 “inauthentic” accounts targeting people in Moldova, some of which were linked to government employees. Moldovans go to the polls on 24 February under a new electoral system. One of Europe’s […]

Airbus scraps A380 superjumbo jet as sales slump

Image copyright EPA European aircraft manufacturer Airbus has pulled the plug on its struggling A380 superjumbo, which entered service just 12 years ago. Airbus said last deliveries of the world’s largest passenger aircraft, which cost about $25bn (£19.4bn) to develop, would be made in 2021. The decision comes after Emirates, the largest A380 customer, cut […]

Brexit: Ministers under fire over ‘no deal’ position

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay insists “no-deal’s is still a possibility Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay has come under fire for refusing to rule out a no-deal Brexit. MPs will vote later on whether they still support the government’s approach that they backed in a vote last month. Brexiteers are unhappy […]

Airbus says A380 superjumbo production will end

Image copyright EPA European aircraft manufacturer Airbus has said it will stop making its A380 “superjumbo”, the world’s largest passenger aircraft. In a statement, the company said it would make its last deliveries of the aircraft in 2021. The decision comes after Emirates, the largest customer of the A380, reduced its order. The costly aircraft […]

Brexit ‘muppet’ urges Dutch to prepare

Image copyright Stef blok Image caption Dutch foreign Minister Stef Blok (L) poses with an invasive Brexit monster The Dutch government sees Brexit not as the elephant in the room but as a giant Muppet-style monster lying on a desk. That is the picture tweeted by Foreign Minister Stef Blok, with the warning: “make sure […]