Corruption inquiry at Council of Europe over Azerbaijan

Image copyright AFP Image caption Azerbaijan has rounded up dozens of opposition activists (2015 photo) Europe’s top human rights watchdog, the Council of Europe, has launched an investigation into alleged corruption at the council involving Azerbaijan. The criticisms concern some members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), accused of doing favours […]

Belgium: Female students asked to wear low-cut tops to graduation

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The message was sent to future doctors A Belgian university has apologised after a message was sent to female students asking them to wear a low-cut outfit to a graduation ceremony. The email was sent to medical students at the Free University of Brussels (ULB). “From an aesthetic point […]

French Open bans Hamou over attempts to kiss reporter on live TV

Image copyright AFP Image caption The incident took place during an interview after Hamou lost to Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas at the French Open Tennis player Maxime Hamou’s accreditation has been revoked by the organisers of the French Open after he tried to kiss a female reporter repeatedly during a live TV interview. The French player, […]

‘Solution’ found for Paris black feminist Nyansapo festival

Image copyright Nyansapo Festival Image caption This cartoon is part of the billing for the “blackfeminist” festival on its own website The mayor of Paris says a solution has been found with the organisers of a black feminist festival after she threatened to ban it on the grounds that it excluded white people. The row […]

Syrian held in Germany over Berlin suicide attack plan

Syrian held in Germany over Berlin suicide attack plan

German police have arrested a 17-year-old Syrian suspected of planning a suicide attack in Berlin, officials say. The suspect was arrested in the Uckermark, a district in Brandenburg, the state’s interior minister Karl Heinz Schröter has announced. Further details remain unknown at this stage, including the specifics of the alleged plot. Germany suffered multiple attacks […]

US talks in Budapest university row

Image copyright Reuters Image caption There have been protests in Budapest calling for the CEU university to be saved The president of a university in Budapest, which says it is under threat of forced closure, says talks on its future have begun between the Hungarian government and the state of New York. The Central European […]

Moscow threat as Moldova expels five Russian diplomats

Image copyright AFP Image caption Moldovan President Igor Dodon sees close ties with Russia as a priority Russia has condemned Moldova’s decision to expel five of its diplomats, calling it a move against the country’s pro-Russian president. Russia’s response will be “quite harsh”, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said. Moldova’s pro-EU government announced the […]

Moscow storm: 16 killed in Russian capital and region

Moscow storm: 16 killed in Russian capital and region

Media captionMobile phone footage shows the moment the storm hit Moscow Sixteen people were killed when a severe thunderstorm hit Moscow and the region around the Russian capital on Monday, officials say. Hundreds of trees were toppled, and about 150 people needed medical help. It was the deadliest storm in the city for more than […]

UK party leaders grilled on live TV

Media captionThe two leaders faced audience questions on the NHS and the economy Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn attempted to convince a live studio audience they should be the next prime minister in a special general election programme. Mr Corbyn was quizzed about his foreign policy views, past campaigning in Northern Ireland and tax-raising plans. […]

France’s Macron holds ‘frank exchange’ with Putin

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Macron (right) believes it is essential to talk to Russia French President Emmanuel Macron says he held a “frank exchange” with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in their first face-to-face talks. The pair discussed “disagreements” in the meeting, held at the sumptuous Versailles palace near Paris. But Mr Macron said […]