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 […]

Macron honours victims of Paris jihadist attacks

Image copyright AFP Image caption President Macron (2ndL) and Saint-Denis mayor Laurent Russier laid a wreath at the national stadium French President Emmanuel Macron is honouring victims of the Paris terror attacks of 2015 as a key jihadist’s silence frustrates investigators. A suicide bombing and mass shootings killed 130 people and wounded hundreds. The only […]

EU business leaders press Theresa May for Brexit deal

Image copyright Getty Images European and UK business leaders have told Prime Minister Theresa May of their Brexit concerns. At a meeting in Downing Street on Monday, representatives from groups including the CBI and BusinessEurope pressed for a transitional deal that preserves the status quo after Brexit. The CBI chief, Carolyn Fairbairn, said all those […]

May to meet worried EU business chiefs

Image copyright AFP European business leaders will meet Prime Minister Theresa May later on Monday to voice concerns about the future of UK-EU trade. Experts from groups including the CBI and BusinessEurope will stress the need for a transitional deal that preserves the status quo after Brexit. They will urge the government to clarify the […]

Turkey denies ‘ludicrous’ Gulen kidnap allegations

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Michael Flynn is accused of meeting Turkish officials to discuss the removal of a Muslim cleric Reports that former White House aide Michael Flynn was part of a plot to help forcibly remove a Muslim cleric to Turkey in exchange for millions of dollars are “ludicrous”, Turkey says. The […]

‘Butterfly child’ given life-saving skin

Media captionHassan has been given a new genetically modified skin that covers 80% of his body A child has been given a new genetically modified skin that covers 80% of his body, in a series of lifesaving operations. Hassan, who lives in Germany, has a genetic disease – junctional epidermolysis bullosa – that leaves his […]