Poland Holocaust law: France criticises ‘ill advised’ text

Image copyright Reuters Image caption President Andrzej Duda signed the controversial bill into law on Tuesday France has joined the US and Israel in criticising Poland’s new Holocaust law, describing the text as “ill advised”. “You should not rewrite history, it’s never a very good idea,” Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said. Polish president Andrzej […]

Cheddar Man: DNA shows early Briton had dark skin

Media captionDNA shows early Brit had dark skin A cutting-edge scientific analysis shows that a Briton from 10,000 years ago had dark brown skin and blue eyes. Researchers from London’s Natural History Museum extracted DNA from Cheddar Man, Britain’s oldest complete skeleton, which was discovered in 1903. University College London researchers then used the subsequent […]

Poland President Duda ‘will sign’ controversial Holocaust bill

Image copyright Reuters Image caption President Andrzej Duda says Poland has the right “to defend historical truth” Poland’s president says he will sign a controversial Holocaust bill, despite angry protests from Israel and the US. Andrzej Duda defended the legislation, which will make it illegal to accuse Poland of complicity in such Nazi crimes committed […]

German industrial workers win right to flexible hours

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Workers staged warning strikes last week as part of their dispute Industrial workers in south-western Germany have won the right to reduced working hours as part of a deal that could benefit millions of employees across the country. Workers will be able to reduce their weekly hours from 35 to […]

German teen scalded by ‘witches’ cauldron’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Large parts of Germany come to a standstill for carnival Police in south-west Germany are investigating after an 18-year-old spectator suffered second-degree burns at an annual “witches’ parade”. Some witnesses said that the woman was carried to a cauldron in jest before being thrown knee-deep into hot water. Others […]

German teen scalded by ‘witches’ cauldron

German teen scalded by ‘witches’ cauldron

Police in south-west Germany are investigating after an 18-year-old spectator suffered second-degree burns at an annual “witches’ parade”. Some witnesses said that the woman was carried to a cauldron in jest before being thrown knee-deep into hot water. Others present reported the woman was held over the cauldron at the carnival in Eppingen on Saturday, […]

‘Cover-up’ letter contradicts Pope

Image copyright EPA Image caption Pope Francis’s trip to Chile and Peru was overshadowed by the row A victim of a paedophile priest in Chile has revealed he wrote to the Pope in 2015 about an alleged cover-up after Francis denied getting evidence. Juan Carlos Cruz, a victim of cleric Fernando Karadima in the 1980s, […]

Salah Abdeslam trial: Paris attacks suspect lambasts ‘anti-Muslim bias’

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Salah Abdeslam is refusing to co-operate with the court The sole surviving suspect from the 2015 Paris terror attacks is refusing to speak any further in a Belgian court, where he is on trial over the gunfight that led to his arrest. Salah Abdeslam has said he will not respond […]

Turkey-Netherlands row: Dutch ambassador withdrawn

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Security was heavy outside Dutch diplomatic buildings in Turkey in March 2017 The Netherlands has formally withdrawn its ambassador to Turkey and said no new Turkish ambassador will be accepted in The Hague. The decision marks the deepening of a row that began when the Dutch barred Turkish ministers […]

Salah Abdeslam: Paris attacks suspect goes on trial in Belgium

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Salah Abdeslam is refusing to co-operate with the court The sole surviving suspect from the 2015 Paris terror attacks has gone on trial at a Belgian court over the gun fight that led to his arrest. Salah Abdeslam was escorted by two masked police officers, and refused to stand when […]