These coins stopped a bullet and saved a soldier’s life

Image copyright Vincent Buyssens Image caption These coins saved Belgian soldier Optatius Buyssens’s life These coins both endangered and saved the life of a soldier in World War One. Shot after the noise of them “clinging together in his breast pocket… gave his position away… the bullet that should have killed him ricocheted off of […]

UK food company plans Brexit stockpile

Image copyright Premier Foods Image caption Premier Foods wants to keep making its wide range of products whatever happens with Brexit Premier Foods has said it intends to stockpile raw materials in the run-up to Brexit as fears grow over gridlock at UK ports. The firm, which owns Bisto, Oxo and Mr Kipling, said it […]

Spain Catalonia: Separatists ordered to repay ballot costs

Media captionEstel Oleart is a Catalan independence activist. A Spanish court has ordered former Catalan leader Artur Mas to repay the costs of organising an illegal vote on independence four years ago. Mr Mas and nine other former officials have to repay €4.9m (£4.3m; $5.6m) of public funds. The independence consultation of 9 November 2014 […]

Armistice Day: Macron urges world leaders to reject nationalism

Media captionUS President Donald Trump is among the world leaders in Paris commemorating the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day French President Emmanuel Macron has urged world leaders marking the centenary of the World War One Armistice to reject nationalism. Addressing leaders in Paris – including US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin – […]

Armistice Day: Macron and Merkel mark end of World War One

Media captionAngela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron shared a tender moment in a ceremony at the site where the Armistice was signed French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have left their own mark of reconciliation at the start of events to mark the centenary of the end of World War One. They signed […]

Marseille collapse: The day France’s second city ripped apart

Image copyright AFP Image caption For much of the week, emergency services searched the rubble of the two houses in Rue d’Aubagne The deadly collapse of two houses in Marseille has traumatised France’s second city in a way that eerily echoes London’s Grenfell Tower disaster. The full horror emerged only gradually, as firefighters painstakingly searched […]

Jamal Khashoggi murder: Turkey ‘shared tapes’ with Saudi, US

Media captionJamal Khashoggi: What we know about the journalist’s disappearance and death Turkey says it has shared recordings related to the murder of the journalist and writer Jamal Khashoggi with the US, the UK, Saudi Arabia and others. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan repeated his assertion that Saudi Arabia knew who had killed Khashoggi. Khashoggi, […]

UK minister quits government over Brexit

Media captionThe Brexit deal “will see us cede control” – Jo Johnson Jo Johnson has quit as transport minister and called for the public to have a fresh say on Brexit. The MP, who is Boris Johnson’s brother, said the withdrawal deal being negotiated with the European Union “will be a terrible mistake”. Arguing Britain […]

Austrian colonel ‘spied for Russia since 1990s’

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (left) said: “Russian spying in Europe is unacceptable” An Austrian colonel is being investigated on suspicion of spying for Russia, Austrian officials have said. The 70-year-old suspect, recently retired, is said to have been spying since the 1990s up until this year. Austrian Foreign Minister […]

Norway warship Helge Ingstad ‘warned’ before collision

Image copyright Kystverket/NCA/Forsvaret Image caption The Norwegian frigate was pushed to shallower waters to prevent it sinking on Thursday A Norwegian warship was repeatedly warned of its collision course with a Maltese oil tanker before then hitting it in a fjord, the BBC has been told. The KNM Helge Ingstad has been listing dangerously since […]