Armenia leader intervenes in protest against predecessor

Media captionNew President Armen Sargsyan walks into the crowd in the hopes of defusing protests The new president of Armenia has intervened personally with opposition supporters protesting at his predecessor’s attempts to retain power. Armen Sargsyan walked up to the leader of the protests in the capital Yerevan to shake hands and chat briefly, apparently […]

Syria ‘chemical’ attack: Experts finally visit Douma site

Media captionA short guide to the Syrian civil war International chemical weapons experts have finally inspected the site of a suspected attack near Damascus which caused an international crisis. The team from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) travelled to the town of Douma and collected samples and other items. Last week […]

Avicii’s music ‘will live forever’: Tributes paid to the Swedish DJ

Image copyright Reuters Artists have been paying tribute to Avicii, who has died suddenly in Oman. It’s not yet known how the Swedish DJ died, but two years ago he announced his retirement after suffering from health problems. Rita Ora, who he recently collaborated with on the track Lonely Together, tweeted that she had “no […]

Syria ‘chemical’ attack: Experts head to site, says Russia

Image copyright AFP Image caption The inspectors have been in Damascus for a week International chemical weapons experts have finally gone to the site of the suspected attack in Syria, Russia’s foreign ministry says. The team from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) left Damascus for the nearby town of Douma on […]

UN Security Council seeks to heal Syria divisions in Sweden

Image copyright EPA Image caption The farmhouse where the diplomats are meeting is that of ex-UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld In a rare meeting outside New York, the UN Security Council is holding talks at a remote farmhouse in southern Sweden. The informal session, which is held annually, is expected to focus on the Syrian conflict […]

Rare brown bear dies in Italy capture operation

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Marsican bear is a critically endangered subspecies of the brown bear A national park in central Italy is investigating the death of a rare brown bear during an operation to capture it. Biologists at the park in the Apennine mountains had trapped the animal to fit him with a […]

Avicii, top electronic dance music artist, found dead at 28

Avicii, top electronic dance music artist, found dead at 28

Image copyright Reuters Image caption DJ Avicii – real name Tim Bergling – died on Friday, his representative announced Swedish DJ Avicii, one of the world’s biggest dance music stars, has died in Oman at the age of 28. Avicii’s club anthems include Wake Me Up, Levels, and recently, Lonely Together with Rita Ora. His […]

Berlin police defuse WW2 bomb after mass evacuation

Media captionThe bomb was found by workers on a construction site in Heidestrasse German police have defused a World War Two bomb in central Berlin, after about 10,000 people were evacuated. “A short bang – there was a controlled explosion of the detonator away from the bomb,” the police said. Berlin’s main railway station has […]

Basque group Eta apologises to victims ahead of dissolution

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Basque armed organisation Eta is expected to announce its dissolution next month The Basque armed organisation Eta has apologised to the victims of its decades-long conflict for independence, just days before an expected announcement of dissolution. The group asked for “forgiveness” for killing people without “a direct participation in […]

Brexit: No 10 still ‘confident’ of Irish border solution

Image copyright AFP No 10 says it is confident a deal can be done to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland after Brexit despite signs of an impasse over the issue. The BBC understands UK plans to resolve the matter faced sustained criticism from the EU at a meeting on Wednesday. The […]