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 […]

Berlin set for mass evacuation as WW2 bomb is defused

Image copyright EPA Image caption The bomb was found by workers on a construction site in Heidestrasse A large-scale evacuation is to take place in Berlin on Friday morning to allow experts to defuse a World War Two bomb. Buildings will be cleared from 09:00 (07:00 GMT) in an 800m (2,625ft) radius from the construction […]

German swastika ticket row as Hitler play opens in Konstanz

Image copyright AFP Image caption The play is set to have 14 performances and opens on the anniversary of Hitler’s birth A satirical play based on Adolf Hitler’s youth premieres in Germany on Friday despite complaints about an offer of free tickets to spectators willing to wear a swastika. Citing freedom of artistic expression, prosecutors […]

Salisbury attack: Scientist Vladimir Uglev ‘helped create Novichok’

Media captionRetired Russian scientist Vladimir Uglev says he created a Novichok nerve agent. Moscow continues to deny the existence of a chemical weapons programme called Novichok. But this is a question of semantics. On Russia’s Black Sea coast I meet Vladimir Uglev, a scientist who helped develop nerve agents for the Soviet Union. “The aim […]

Lesbian mums can’t register baby in Italy

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Italy has strict laws making fertility treatment available only to stable heterosexual couples. Authorities in Turin, northern Italy, have refused to register the baby of a lesbian couple. Chiara Foglietta, a Turin councillor, underwent artificial insemination in Denmark and gave birth last Friday to baby boy Niccolo Pietro. […]

Mohammed Zammar: German jihadist ‘detained by Syrian Kurds’

Image copyright Twitter/@bjoernstritzel Image caption In 2014, Mohammed Zammar was filmed at a meeting between IS militants and Syrian tribesmen A Syrian-born German jihadist linked to the 11 September 2001 attackers has reportedly been detained by Kurdish fighters in northern Syria. A commander of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces alliance told the AFP news agency […]