France wildfires force mass evacuation

Media caption“We’re still not out of the woods yet” – Lisa Minot, travel editor of The Sun newspaper Wildfires in south-eastern France have forced the evacuation of 10,000 people overnight, officials say. Hundreds of firefighters have been deployed to battle the fires near Bormes-les-Mimosas, in the country’s Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region. France earlier asked its EU […]

EU migrant crisis: Austria can deport asylum seekers, court says

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption In 2015, hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees crossed from Hungary into Austria The EU’s top court has ruled that a law requiring refugees to seek asylum in the first country they reach applies even in exceptional circumstances. The case, brought by Austria and Slovenia, could affect the […]

EU to rule on Austria pushing back asylum seekers

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption In 2015, hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees crossed from Hungary into Austria The future of several hundred people who entered Europe during the migrant crisis of 2015-16 could be decided by a key ruling on Wednesday. At the heart of the case is whether the EU’s laws […]

Rights group Memorial names ‘disappeared’ Chechens

Image copyright AFP Image caption Chechen forces backed by Russia have largely quelled a separatist insurgency (file pic) The Russian human rights group Memorial has named 13 detainees among 27 feared to have been secretly shot dead by police in Chechnya. The group said it pressed Chechen officials for information on the missing men, but […]

Spanish deal to tackle gender-based violence

Image copyright AFP Image caption Governments have tried to tackle gender-based violence since a notorious murder in 1997 Spain’s political parties are celebrating a “historic” €1bn (£895m; $1.2bn) five-year programme to tackle gender-based violence. The measures include providing victims of abuse with six months’ unconditional unemployment benefit to give them a new start, and outlawing […]

Switzerland chainsaw attack: Manhunt becomes international

Image copyright Swiss Police Image caption A new image of suspect Franz Wrousis was issued by police on Tuesday Swiss police have issued an international arrest warrant after a man went on the rampage with a chainsaw in the town of Schaffhausen. Suspect Franz Wrousis, 50, is still on the run more than 24 hours […]

France tackles fierce forest fires on Riviera and in Corsica

Media captionThis was one of several fires across Corsica and southern France on Monday night. Unusually hot, dry and windy weather in south-east France has contributed to the spread of forest fires across the region. The island of Corsica, the town of Carros, close to Nice, and Saint-Tropez were among the areas badly hit on […]

France migrants: Protesters build wall around shelter

Image copyright AFP PHOTO/COLLECTIF SEMEAC Image caption Protesters say the town will simply be unable to cope with the newcomers Protesters in a south-western French town have built a wall around the entrance to a former hotel to prevent it being used as a migrant shelter. Dozens of residents of Séméac erected a barrier 18m […]

Pope Francis shuts off Vatican fountains amid Italy drought

Image copyright EPA Image caption The Vatican has about 100 fountains and all will be switched off The Vatican has started shutting off its famous fountains amid a prolonged drought in many parts of Italy. Vatican Radio said the move was in line with Pope Francis’s teachings on the environment. The Pope laid out his […]

French philosopher Dufourmantelle drowns rescuing children

French philosopher Dufourmantelle drowns rescuing children

Image copyright Librairie Mollat Image caption French philosopher Anne Dufourmantelle, 53, said that “life begins with risk” A leading French philosopher who advocated risk-taking has drowned after attempting to save two children at a beach on the French Riviera. Anne Dufourmantelle entered the water after the children got into difficulty in strong winds at Pampelonne […]

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