José Manuel Maza: Spain’s attorney general dies aged 66

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption José Manuel Maza said Catalan ministers should also be charged with misuse of funds Spain’s attorney general José Manuel Maza has died suddenly in Argentina, where he was attending a conference. He was 66. Earlier on Saturday he had been reportedly taken to an intensive care unit with a […]

Gerry Adams to stand down as Sinn Féin leader next year

Image copyright AIDAN CRAWLEY Image caption Gerry Adams said this year’s party conference would be his last as leader Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has revealed he plans to stand down as leader of the party next year. Mr Adams also said he will not stand for election to the Irish parliament (Dail) at the […]

Rare Tintin art fetches $500,000 at Paris auction

Image copyright EPA A rare India ink drawing of young reporter Tintin and his faithful dog Snowy has been sold for almost $500,000 (£380,000) at auction in Paris. The picture from the 1939 comic album King Ottokar’s Sceptre was among items by Hergé, the Belgian artist who created Tintin, to go under the hammer. An […]

Azzedine Alaïa: Popular Tunisian couturier dies aged 77

Azzedine Alaïa: Popular Tunisian couturier dies aged 77

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Alaïa was fascinated by the human form and his designs were often close-fitting The celebrated Tunisian fashion designer Azzedine Alaïa has died at the age of 77, French media report. Alaïa, whose close-fitting designs earned him the nickname “king of cling”, achieved fame in the 1980s. Clients included British […]

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 […]

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