Fariba Adelkhah: French-Iranian academic ‘arrested in Iran’

Image copyright Sciences Po Image caption Fariba Adelkhah’s research focuses on political and social anthropology France says a French-Iranian academic has been detained in Iran and denied consular assistance. The French foreign ministry called on the Iranian authorities to “shed full light” on Fariba Adelkhah’s situation and allow diplomats to visit her. Ms Adelkhah, an […]

Bastille Day: Police clash with yellow vests after parade

Media captionInventor Franky Zapata got the parade off to a flying start Police in Paris have fired tear gas at protesters near the Champs-Elysées shortly after France’s annual Bastille Day military parade. Earlier, yellow-vest protesters booed President Emmanuel Macron as he was driven down the boulevard. Police said they had detained more than 150 people, […]

Brexit: Philip Hammond warns UK will lose control in no-deal scenario

Media captionPhilip Hammond: “We can seek to persuade… but we can’t control” Philip Hammond has warned the UK will not be able to control key elements of a no-deal Brexit. The chancellor told BBC Panorama that if the UK leaves without a deal, then the EU will control many of the levers – including what […]

Spektr-RG: Powerful X-ray telescope launches to map cosmos

Spektr-RG: Powerful X-ray telescope launches to map cosmos

Image copyright Roscosmos/DLR Image caption Artwork: The Spektr-RG mission is really two telescopes in one One of the most significant Russian space missions in the post-Soviet era has launched from Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The Spektr-RG telescope is a joint venture with Germany that will map X-rays across the entire sky in unprecedented detail. Researchers say this […]

Turkey defies US as Russian S-400 missile defence arrives

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The S-400 is one of the most sophisticated surface-to-air missile systems Turkey has received the first parts of a Russian S-400 missile defence system despite opposition from the US. The shipment arrived in an airbase in the capital Ankara on Friday, the Turkish defence ministry says. The move will […]

Spain’s ‘stolen baby’ finds out she was adopted

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Inés Madrigal (centre) met other aggrieved families at the trial The first person recognised by a Spanish court as one of the country’s “stolen babies”, who were snatched from their mothers during the Franco dictatorship, has found her biological family following a DNA test. But Inés Madrigal also found that […]

IS wife and her children must be repatriated, rules German court

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Al-Hol camp in north-eastern Syria is home to thousands of IS family members A Berlin court has ruled that the government must repatriate the German wife of a suspected Islamic State (IS) group fighter and her three children. The court said the children would suffer if they remained in […]

‘Russian meeting with Italy populists’ investigated

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Salvini is said to favour closer ties with Russia Italian prosecutors have opened an investigation into allegations of collusion between Russia and the ruling League party following media reports of a secret meeting. The meeting allegedly took place between Russian officials and Gianluca Savoini, a close aide to […]

Russian nuclear submarine: Norway finds big radiation leak

Media captionThe sub was filmed by Norway’s Institute of Marine Research Norway has found a radiation level 800,000 times higher than normal at the wreck of a Russian navy submarine that sank in the Norwegian Sea in 1989. A sample showed radioactive caesium leaking from a ventilation pipe in the Komsomolets. But researcher Hilde Elise […]

Vincent Lambert: Frenchman at centre of end-of-life debate dies

Image copyright AFP Image caption Lambert’s family provided this photo from his hospital bed in 2015 requesting his face be blurred A quadriplegic man, who became a symbol of the right-to-die debate in France, has died after doctors removed his feeding tubes, his family says. Vincent Lambert, 42, had been in a persistent vegetative state […]