A Bulgarian vulture’s odyssey into Yemeni war zone

Image copyright Hisham al-Hoot Image caption Nelson was captured by a militia loyal to the internationally recognised Yemeni government Nelson was in a tight corner, tied up and imprisoned by men who believed he was a spy. It didn’t look good. When he was captured, they found a satellite tracker attached to his leg, more […]

Robot news presenter causes a stir on Russian TV

Image copyright Rossiya 24 Russian state news channel Rossiya 24 has introduced a robot presenter for some of its bulletins. ‘Alex’ has already caused a stir, with some viewers complaining about his appearance and accusing him of peddling political propaganda. The robot was developed by Promobot in the city of Perm. His silicon head is […]

Michel Houellebecq: Controversial writer wins Légion d’honneur

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Michel Houellebecq has been called France’s greatest living writer but is accused of misogyny, Islamophobia and racism The controversial writer Michel Houellebecq is to be awarded France’s highest honour on Thursday. President Emmanuel Macron will present him with the Légion d’honneur at the Elysée Palace in Paris, with former president […]

Madeira crash: At least 29 killed on tourist bus near Caniço

Media captionThe bus plunged off a road and overturned near houses At least 29 people have died after a bus carrying German tourists plunged off a road and overturned on the Portuguese island of Madeira. Another 27 were injured in the accident near the town of Caniço. The accident happened at 18:30 (17:30 GMT) when […]

Madeira crash: At least 28 killed on tourist bus near Caniço

Media captionThe bus plunged off a road and overturned near houses At least 28 people have died after a bus carrying German tourists plunged off a road and overturned on the Portuguese island of Madeira. Another 28 were injured in the accident near the town of Caniço, according to national news agency Lusa. The accident […]

Notre-Dame fire: International call for architects to design new spire

Media captionThere were gasps from the crowd at the moment Notre-Dame’s spire fell France is to invite architects from around the world to submit their designs for a new spire to sit atop a renovated Notre-Dame cathedral. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe told reporters they hoped for “a new spire that is adapted to the techniques […]

Spanish far-right Vox party banned from TV debate

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The far-right Vox party has been called far-right, anti-immigration and anti-Islam Spain’s election board has banned the far-right Vox party from participating in the only confirmed debate for the April 28 election. The controversial, anti-immigration party achieved a surprise victory in recent regional elections. Spain’s Atresmedia network chose it […]

Notre-Dame fire: Cathedral saved within crucial half hour

Media captionA look inside fire-ravaged Notre-Dame cathedral Saving France’s 850-year-old Notre-Dame cathedral came down to a crucial time window of 15-30 minutes, France’s deputy interior minister has said. Laurent Nuñez praised the “courage and determination” of firefighters who “risked their own lives” to salvage the building’s stone structure and its two towers. The fire ravaged […]

EU gives ‘high-level’ protection to whistleblowers

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The legislation would mark the first time whistleblowers have been given EU-wide protection Whistleblowers across the European Union have won greater protection under landmark legislation aimed at encouraging reports of wrongdoing. The new law, approved by the European Parliament on Tuesday, shields whistleblowers from retaliation. It also creates “safe […]