Russia bars ‘extremist’ British comedy The Death of Stalin

Russia bars ‘extremist’ British comedy The Death of Stalin

Image copyright Volga Films Image caption Armando Iannucci’s The Death of Stalin did not go down well with politicians and the cinema elite The Russian release of British comedy film The Death of Stalin has been shelved following a screening before senior figures on Monday night. The Russian attendees complained that the satire contained “ideological […]

Police raid French rugby headquarters and president’s home

Police raid French rugby headquarters and president’s home

France president Bernard Laporte oversaw the country’s successful bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup last year Police have raided the headquarters of the French Rugby Federation (FFR) amid ongoing investigations into alleged favouritism involving its president Bernard Laporte. Laporte denies allegations he pressured the FFR appeals committee to reduce a sanction against Montpellier. […]

Naples woman killed in ‘mafia ambush’

Naples woman killed in ‘mafia ambush’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Italian police are up against tight-knit crime families in many poor suburbs A woman was fatally shot three times in the face near central Naples in what police suspect was a mafia killing. Mafia suspect Annamaria Palmieri, 54, had previous convictions for handling stolen property, criminal association and drugs, Italian […]

Police raid French rugby headquarters and president’s home

Police raid French rugby headquarters and president’s home

France president Bernard Laporte oversaw the country’s successful bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup last year Police have raided the headquarters of the French Rugby Federation (FFR) amid ongoing investigations into alleged favouritism involving its president Bernard Laporte. Laporte denies allegations he pressured the FFR appeals committee to reduce a sanction against Montpellier. […]

EU creditors to start Greece debt-relief talks

EU creditors to start Greece debt-relief talks

Image copyright EPA Image caption Some European creditors have been reluctant to give Greece more debt relief EU creditors have agreed to start talks on possible debt relief for Greece as the country prepares to leave an eight-year bailout programme. Greece’s public debt totals 180% of its economy and the talks will focus on how […]

Naples woman killed in ‘mafia ambush’

Naples woman killed in ‘mafia ambush’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Italian police are up against tight-knit crime families in many poor suburbs A woman was fatally shot three times in the face near central Naples in what police suspect was a mafia killing. Mafia suspect Annamaria Palmieri, 54, had previous convictions for handling stolen property, criminal association and drugs, Italian […]

Germany: Plane and helicopter crash in mid-air, killing four

Germany: Plane and helicopter crash in mid-air, killing four

A small plane and a helicopter have collided in south-western Germany killing four people, police say. A rescue helicopter which had been on a training flight was involved in the crash above the town of Philippsburg, air rescue organisation DRF said. The cause of the crash is still unclear. The area where it happened has […]

Syria war: ‘Civilians flee’ Turkish assault on Afrin enclave

Syria war: ‘Civilians flee’ Turkish assault on Afrin enclave

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Turkish troops and allied Syrian rebels so far appear to have made limited gains Hundreds of civilians are reported to have been displaced by fierce clashes between Turkish-led forces and Kurdish fighters on Syria’s northern border. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said people were fleeing the Kurdish enclave […]

Catholic deacon accused of murder by air injection in Belgium

Catholic deacon accused of murder by air injection in Belgium

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ivo Poppe allegedly caused embolisms by deliberately injecting air into the bloodstream A Catholic deacon accused of killing at least 10 people – including his own mother – has gone on trial in Belgium. Former nurse Ivo Poppe is suspected of killing his victims by injecting air into their […]

Catalonia crisis: Puigdemont’s Denmark visit a ‘provocation’

Catalonia crisis: Puigdemont’s Denmark visit a ‘provocation’

Image copyright AFP Image caption The ex-leader appeared at the University of Copenhagen on Monday A Spanish Supreme Court judge has accused Catalonia’s former leader Carles Puigdemont of trying to provoke his own arrest by travelling abroad. Judge Pablo Llarena’s comment came as he rejected a prosecutor’s request to reissue a European arrest warrant. Mr […]

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