Silvio Berlusconi set for political comeback after Sicily vote

Image copyright AFP Image caption The 81-year-old’s long political career has been plagued by scandals Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi looks set for another political comeback after a coalition he backed won Sicily’s regional elections. The result adds momentum to the newly formed centre-right alliance. The vote on the Italian island has been viewed […]

Catalonia ex-officials freed by Belgian judge

Image copyright AFP Image caption Catalan independence supporters protested outside the prosecutor’s office in Brussels Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and four former ministers have been freed with conditions by an investigating judge in Belgium. The judge said they could not leave the country without permission and had to give details of their accommodation. They […]

Russia zookeeper recovering from tiger attack

Image copyright Reuters Image caption An onlooker took this photo of the tiger’s attack A Russian zookeeper is recovering in hospital after a tiger mauled her in front of shocked visitors. The zoo, in Russia’s Kaliningrad enclave on the Baltic, told the BBC that safety rules had been broken. The zookeeper and the Amur tiger […]

Rafael Nadal not recognised by guard at Paris Masters

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The world’s number one later withdrew from the tournament with a knee injury Rafael Nadal, one of the world’s most famous tennis players, has had an awkward moment at the entrance to the Paris Masters courts. A guard initially failed to recognise him and refused to allow him in. “Hello […]

Paradise Papers: Queen’s private estate invested £10m in offshore funds

Image copyright Getty Images About £10m of the Queen’s private money was invested offshore, leaked documents show. The Duchy of Lancaster, which provides the Queen with an income, held funds in the Cayman Islands and Bermuda. A small amount ended up in the company behind BrightHouse, a chain accused of irresponsible lending, and Threshers, which […]

Paradise Papers: Who is in control of Everton?

Media captionParadise Papers: Who is in control of Everton? Questions have been raised in the leaked Paradise Papers about who controls Everton FC and whether Premier League rules have been broken. Farhad Moshiri sold his Arsenal stake in 2016 to buy nearly 50% of Everton. But the leaks suggest his original Arsenal stake was funded […]

France crime: Thousands mourn murdered jogger Alexia Daval

Image copyright AFP Image caption Jonathan Daval passed behind a poster of his murdered wife during the silent march Family and friends have joined a march of some 10,000 people through a French town in response to the murder of a local woman who vanished last weekend. The burnt body of Alexia Daval, 29, who […]

Catalonia crisis: Spain issues warrant for Puigdemont

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Puigdemont has called for his colleagues to be released A Spanish judge has issued European Arrest Warrants (EAW) for sacked Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and four of his allies who went to Belgium. The five failed to attend a high court hearing in Madrid on Thursday when nine other […]

Daphne Caruana Galizia: Malta leaders barred from funeral

Media captionEmotional farewell to slain journalist Several hundred people in Malta have taken part in the funeral of a journalist killed by a car bomb attack that shocked the country last month. The crowd applauded when the coffin with Daphne Caruana Galizia arrived at the church in Mosta. The 53-year-old was known for her blog […]

German police find ‘WW2 bomb’ was big courgette

Image copyright Karlsruhe police Image caption Police agreed with the elderly man that the vegetable looked like a bomb A German man feared a monster courgette he found in his garden was an unexploded World War Two bomb and called the police. The 5kg (11-pound) courgette had probably been thrown over a hedge into the […]

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