Al-Qaeda frees Swede after six years

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Johan Gustafsson is said to be “happy” and “overwhelmed” following his release Hostage Johan Gustafsson, held by al-Qaeda in Mali since 2011, has been freed, the Swedish government says. Mr Gustafsson, 42, is being flown back to Sweden from Africa, Sweden’s Foreign Minister Margot Wallström said in a statement […]

Theresa May sets out post-Brexit offer on EU citizens

Media captionTheresa May sets out ‘offer’ on EU citizens’ rights Theresa May has said she wants EU citizens living in the UK to stay after Brexit as she announced plans designed to put their “anxiety to rest”. All EU nationals living in the UK lawfully for at least five years will be granted “settled status” […]

Russia targets Telegram app after St Petersburg bombing

Image copyright EPA Image caption The bomber killed 15 people and wounded dozens more in the 3 April attack Russia’s FSB security agency has said the Telegram mobile messaging app was used by a suicide bomber who killed 15 people in St Petersburg in April. Authorities have already threatened to block the app, founded by […]

Painter Salvador Dali’s body to be exhumed for paternity suit

Image copyright AFP Image caption Dalí died in Spain in 1989 and had no children with his wife A judge in Madrid has ordered the exhumation of the body of Spanish artist Salvador Dalí to get samples for a paternity suit. A Spanish woman, born in 1956, said her mother, a maid, had a clandestine […]

Berlusconi hails Italy poll revival as Renzi loses ground

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Berlusconi has promised a “moderate, liberal coalition” Italy’s centre-right ex-prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is celebrating local election success in an alliance with two right-wing parties. Mr Berlusconi’s Forza Italia won 16 of 22 cities with the anti-immigration Northern League and another party. The results were a setback for Matteo […]

Italy forced to bail out two more banks for 5.2bn euros

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Intesa Sanpaolo will take on the two failing banks’ good assets Italy’s government is bailing out two banks in the Venice region at a cost of 5.2bn euros (£4.6bn; $5.8bn). The move comes two days after the European Central Bank warned that Banca Popolare di Vicenza and Veneto Banca […]

Turkey LGBT: Police stifle Istanbul Gay Pride rally

Image copyright EPA Image caption Authorities in Istanbul had banned the rally for a third successive year Police in the Turkish city of Istanbul have thwarted attempts by organisers to hold a banned Gay Pride march. The organisers of the annual event had vowed to press ahead despite the ban by the authorities, who had […]

Turkey LGBT: Istanbul’s Gay Pride organisers to defy ban

Image copyright EPA Image caption Activists have been painting city walls in rainbow colours ahead of the annual march Organisers of Istanbul’s annual Gay Pride march say it will go ahead despite a ban by authorities. Small groups are now gathering near the city’s Taksim Square but they are heavily outnumbered by police. Authorities in […]

Brexit secretary confident of trade deal

Media caption“Very French”: What David Davis thinks of his EU counterpart Brexit Secretary David Davis has told the BBC he is “pretty sure”, but not “certain”, that he will be able to get a free trade deal with the EU. He told BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show that other EU states “have a very strong […]

Prince Harry ‘wanted out’ of Royal Family

Image copyright Getty Images Prince Harry was once so disillusioned with being part of the Royal Family that he decided he “wanted out”. Having considered giving up his title, he finally decided he should remain and “work out a role for myself”. Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, the prince – who is fifth in […]