Russian court rejects mother’s adoption bid after breast surgery

Image copyright Yulia Savinovskikh Image caption Last year Yulia Savinovskikh went on a temporary hunger strike in her legal battle A Russian court has ruled that a woman who chose to have her breasts removed cannot look after two adopted boys since she identifies herself as a man. The long-running case of Yulia Savinovskikh affects […]

Firms on Caribbean island chain own 23,000 UK properties

Image copyright Alamy Image caption The British Virgin Islands are home to 11,700 firms owning UK property A quarter of property in England and Wales owned by overseas firms is held by entities registered in the British Virgin Islands, BBC analysis has found. The Caribbean archipelago is the official home of companies that own 23,000 […]

French gangster Jacques Cassandri on trial for 1976 ‘heist of century’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Cassandri has admitted he took part in the robbery but denies money-laundering charges A French gangster who wrote a book saying he masterminded the country’s “heist of the century” has gone on trial 42 years later. It was carried out by a gang who spent months tunnelling from the […]

Russia Saratov crash: Investigators comb crash site near Moscow

Media captionWreckage was strewn across a wide area Russian investigators are searching snow-covered fields near Moscow for clues why a passenger plane crashed. All 71 passengers and crew were killed when the Saratov Airlines jet went down minutes after taking off from Domodedovo airport on Sunday afternoon. Officials say they are considering weather conditions, human […]

Germany: Merkel calls for younger ministers in new government

Image copyright EPA Image caption Mrs Merkel (R) sought to reassure her critics German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for younger members of her party to fill ministerial positions in the new government. “We need to ensure that not only the over-60s are considered but also younger people,” she told German TV. She also defended […]

Jóhann Jóhannsson: Award-winning Icelandic composer dies aged 48

Image copyright PA Image caption Mr Jóhannsson was described by film critic Mark Kermode as a “great innovator” Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, who won a Golden Globe for his score to the film The Theory of Everything, has died aged 48, his manager says. Mr Jóhannsson was found dead at his apartment in Berlin. The […]

Russia jet carrying 71 people crashes after Moscow take-off

Media captionWreckage was strewn across a wide area A Russian airliner has crashed after leaving Moscow’s Domodedovo airport, killing all 65 passengers and six crew on board. The Saratov Airlines jet vanished minutes after take-off and crashed near the village of Argunovo, about 80km (50 miles) south-east of Moscow. The cause of crash is unclear. […]

Russia jet crashes after Moscow take-off

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Wreckage was found in a snowy field south-east of Moscow A Russian passenger plane has crashed after leaving Moscow’s Domodedovo airport with 71 people on board. The Saratov Airlines jet vanished minutes after take-off and crashed near the village of Argunovo, about 80km (50 miles) south-east of Moscow. All those […]

Macerata: Anti-racism protest after migrant shooting in Italy

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The anti-racist protest followed a far-right demonstration on Thursday Several thousand anti-racism protesters have rallied in the central Italian town of Macerata, one week after a far-right activist shot and wounded six people he thought were migrants. The drive-by attack followed the arrest of a Nigerian suspected of murdering and […]

Eiffel Tower to remain shut due to snow

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Tourists might slip and hurt themselves on the icy tower, officials said Paris’s Eiffel Tower, which attracts six million tourists every year, will remain closed until Sunday as a result of heavy snowfall in the city. The tower, a symbol of Paris, has been closed since Tuesday. Officials say it […]