Iran plane crash: All 11 people on Turkish jet killed

Iran plane crash: All 11 people on Turkish jet killed

All 11 people on board a Turkish plane that crashed in western Iran have been killed, Iranian media report. The private jet crashed near the city of Shahr-e Kord in in the western province of Chahrmahal-Bakhtiyari, according to state broadcaster IRINN. An emergency services spokesman told the channel that the plane came down in a […]

Slovakia journalist murder: Thousands march against corruption

Media captionThe protests are thought to be the largest since the fall of communism Tens of thousands of Slovaks joined an anti-government protest in the capital Bratislava on Friday. Estimates put the crowd’s size at more than 40,000 people, in what is thought to be the largest demonstration in the country since the fall of […]

Russia ‘test-fires hypersonic Kinzhal missile’

Media captionRussia’s defence ministry released footage of the Kinzhal missile test-launch Russia says it has successfully test-launched a hypersonic missile, one of a range of nuclear-capable weapons announced by President Vladimir Putin earlier this month. The country’s defence ministry released video footage showing the missile detaching from a fighter jet and leaving a fiery trail […]

Italy elections: Populists Salvini and Di Maio vow tax cuts

Italy elections: Populists Salvini and Di Maio vow tax cuts

Image copyright AFP Image caption League chief Matteo Salvini (left) and Five Star leader Luigi Di Maio both want to lead Italy The leaders of the two largest parties to emerge from Sunday’s general election in Italy have talked up their economic plans in a bid to win support. Matteo Salvini of the anti-illegal migrant […]

Catalonia Spain: Judge refuses to release Jordi Sanchez for investiture

Image copyright AFP Image caption Jordi Sanchez was jailed on sedition charges after October’s independence referendum Spain’s Supreme Court says the man nominated to lead Catalonia’s regional government cannot be freed from jail to attend an investiture ceremony. Pro-independence activist Jordi Sanchez, 53, had asked to be released to attend Monday’s debate and vote in […]

Damso: Belgium drops rapper’s World Cup song after sexism row

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Belgium’s talented national football team is currently fifth in the Fifa world rankings Belgium’s football association has scrapped its official World Cup song with rapper Damso after he was accused of sexism in his lyrics. The choice of Damso, whose songs detail sexual violence against women and include misogynistic […]

Russian spy: Foreign minister says Russia willing to help in inquiry

Image copyright Rex Features Image caption Former Russian military security colonel Sergei Skripal, right, and his daughter Yulia were found unconscious in Salisbury on Sunday Russia was not involved in the attempted murder of an ex-spy and is willing to help with a UK inquiry, the country’s foreign minister has said. Sergei Lavrov said Russia […]

Turkey sentences 25 journalists to jail for ‘coup links’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Activists say the media has been particularly hard hit by Turkey’s post-coup crackdown A Turkish court has sentenced 25 journalists to jail for alleged links to a group the government blames for a failed coup attempt in July 2016. Twenty-three of them were convicted of membership of an armed […]

Norwegian airline responds to poem complaint in verse

Image copyright Norwegian Image caption A passenger on Norwegian was miffed at having to pay for a simple name change Low-cost airline Norwegian has responded in verse to a passenger who sent a scathing poem of his own to complain about the fee charged to change the name on a plane ticket. Facebook user Gus […]

Brexit: Ireland first, says Tusk

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Leo Varadkar and Donald Tusk met in Dublin on Thursday The President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, has told the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, that Ireland’s interests come first in the Brexit negotiations. Speaking in Dublin, Mr Tusk said nothing must be done to risk the peace process or the […]