Greece: Deadly floods hit Mandra, Nea Peramos and Megara

Greece: Deadly floods hit Mandra, Nea Peramos and Megara

Media captionTorrential rain overnight created fast-flowing torrents of red mud Flash floods caused by heavy overnight rain have killed at least 14 people and caused destruction in central Greece. The industrial towns of Mandra, Nea Peramos and Megara, west of the capital Athens, were the most affected. Many of the dead were elderly people whose […]

Russia moves to target foreign media

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption RT has been ordered to register as a foreign agent in the US Russia has moved closer to introducing a law that will allow the government to list any foreign media operating in the country as a foreign agent. The proposal, in retaliation for Kremlin-backed broadcaster RT being told […]

Macron warns Europe not to rebuff Trump and Putin

Media captionMr Macron: ‘It’s very important to me to support those defending an open Islam’ French President Emmanuel Macron says Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin are threatening Western values of openness and tolerance, but isolating them from Europe would be counterproductive. “If you decide just to push them back from Europe and our values, saying […]

Diamond fetches $33.7m at Christie’s auction in Geneva

Diamond fetches $33.7m at Christie’s auction in Geneva

Media captionThe 163 carat diamond was the largest of its kind to go under the hammer A diamond necklace featuring a flawless 163-carat diamond – the largest of its kind to be auctioned – has fetched $33.7m (£25.6m) at a Christie’s event in Geneva. The colourless diamond was taken from a 404-carat stone found in […]

Diamond fetches $33.5m at Christie’s auction in Geneva

Media captionThe 163 carat diamond was the largest of its kind to go under the hammer A diamond necklace featuring a flawless 163-carat diamond – the largest of its kind to be auctioned – has fetched $33.5m (£25.5m) at a Christie’s event in Geneva. The colourless diamond was taken from a 404-carat stone found in […]

Russia posts video game screenshot as ‘proof’ of US helping IS

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The game simulates the attack capabilities of an AC-130 gunship Russia’s Ministry of Defence has posted what it called “irrefutable proof” of the US aiding so-called Islamic State – but one of the images was actually taken from a video game. The ministry claimed the image showed an IS […]

No defeats as UK MPs debate key Brexit bill

Media captionWhat’s going on with the EU Withdrawal Bill? Ministers have seen off challenges to their authority on the first of eight days of scrutiny of a key Brexit bill. MPs backed plans to repeal the 1972 European Communities Act, which will end the supremacy of EU law in the UK, by 318 votes to […]

Russian mother fights to get boys back after breast surgery

Image copyright Yulia Savinovskikh Image caption Yulia Savinovskikh says officials are trying to avoid her A Russian mother is campaigning to get back two adopted children who were taken from her after she chose to have her breasts removed. The case of Yulia Savinovskikh has reverberated far beyond Yekaterinburg, the city in the Urals where […]

EU gives impetus to joint defence plan

EU gives impetus to joint defence plan

Image copyright AFP Image caption Latvian troops: The Baltic states near Russia are committed to the EU plan Most of the European Union’s member states have signed up to a plan for closer defence co-operation. The UK and Republic of Ireland are among five states not participating. The other 23 are now committed to the […]

France to reassess child sex laws after controversial cases

France to reassess child sex laws after controversial cases

Image copyright Getty Images France is to consider a change to its laws around sexual consent, according to the minister for gender equality. Marlene Schiappa said the government was considering setting a fixed age below which sex was automatically a serious offence. It comes after two cases where men were acquitted of raping two 11 […]

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