Mallorca diver survives 60 hours in air bubble

Image copyright Twitter/@112IllesBalears Image caption Xisco Gracia, who spent more than two days in the cave, was pictured as he emerged A Spanish diver who survived 60 hours in an underground air pocket has described how he began to hallucinate as his compressed air tank ran out. Xisco Gracia became trapped in a cave in […]

St Petersburg attack: Tenth suspect detained

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Abror Azimov is suspected of planning the attack A 10th person suspected of involvement in an attack on the St Petersburg metro earlier this month has been detained, Russian security officials say. Akram Azimov is said to be the older brother of Abror Azimov, the suspected planner who was arrested […]

EU agencies to leave London after Brexit, says Commission

Image copyright EBA Image caption The banking authority employs 159 highly specialised staff in London Two EU agencies employing more than 1,000 in London will definitely move to the continent, despite UK attempts to keep them after Brexit, officials say. The British government said this week that their location would be decided during Brexit talks. […]

Rescue bid in Black Sea as ship splits in two

Rescue bid in Black Sea as ship splits in two

A cargo ship with 12 people on board has gone down in heavy seas in the Kerch Strait off the Russian Black Sea coast. Rescue crews reached the scene early on Wednesday and officials said one person was pulled to safety. The fate of the other crew was unclear. Russia’s marine agency said the 3,500-tonne […]

General election 2017: May says it strengthens Brexit hand

Media captionPrime Minister Theresa May tells Today opposition parties were “frustrating” Brexit process A snap general election will help the UK make a success of Brexit and provide long-term certainty, Theresa May says. Defending her decision to seek a poll on 8 June, the prime minister told the BBC she had “reluctantly” changed her mind […]

Belgian lands prize role of hermit in Austrian Alps

Image copyright Privat Image caption Stan Vanuytrecht: “I thought to myself: that’s the place for me” A divorced, Trabant-driving Belgian has beaten 50 competitors to land the coveted post of – hermit. Stan Vanuytrecht will have no heating, running water or pay at the Saalfelden hermitage in the Austrian Alps. It has had a hermit […]

BMW workers in UK strike over pensions

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Workers at the Cowley plant, where BMW makes Minis, are taking part in the strike. Workers at three BMW plants in the UK are staging a one-day strike in a row over pensions. The walkout, which is the first by BMW workers in Britain, is part of a wave […]

France arrests over ‘pre-election attack plot’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Police raided a flat in Marseille’s central third district on Tuesday Five days before the first round of France’s presidential election, two men have been arrested on suspicion of planning an imminent attack, The suspects, aged 23 and 29, were detained in Marseille by elite police and domestic intelligence agents […]

St Petersburg attack: Suspect says he only ‘followed orders’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Abror Azimov appeared in court on Tuesday A suspect arrested in Russia on Monday has denied he was behind the St Petersburg metro bombing that killed 14 people, Russian media say. Abror Azimov, who is reported to be from Kyrgyzstan, said he simply “followed” instructions, and “did not realise” what […]

Russia’s new Arctic Trefoil military base unveiled with virtual tour

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Arctic Trefoil base: Special design features were used to cope with the severe weather Visitors to the Russian defence ministry website can now take a “virtual tour” of a new military base in a remote region of the Arctic. Such media openness contrasts markedly with Russia’s traditional military secrecy. […]