Spain detains group ‘with links to suspects in Brussels attacks’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Spanish police raided 12 properties in and around Barcelona in the north-eastern Catalonia region Spanish police have detained nine men during raids against suspected Islamist militants believed to be linked to last year’s deadly bomb attacks in Belgium. Eight Moroccans and a Spanish national were arrested in and around Barcelona, […]

Hollande calls for unity at tribute to slain officer Jugelé

Image copyright AFP Image caption The two remaining presidential candidates appeared at Tuesday’s ceremony, but were careful to remain discreet French President François Hollande has used a ceremony to honour a police officer slain in Paris last week to call for unity in the “long and difficult fight against terrorism”. He awarded Xavier Jugelé, 37, […]

Sixteen migrants drown making Turkey-Greece crossing

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Children were among the dead At least 16 people have drowned in the narrow strait separating Turkey from the Greek island of Lesbos, say authorities and the UN. Two children were among those whose bodies were recovered. There were two survivors, including a pregnant woman. The survivors, from Cameroon and […]

France elections: Le Pen steps aside as National Front leader

Media captionMarine Le Pen says she will be “a president for all French people” Far-right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has announced that she is stepping aside as leader of her National Front (FN) party. The move comes just a day after she reached the second round of the French election, where she will […]

French elections: Wall Street joins European relief rally

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Campaign posters for Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron A European stock market rally sparked by the French presidential election spread to Wall Street on Monday. All three main US share markets jumped more than 1%, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq index closing at a record high. Europe’s main markets jumped […]

Investigation launched after Ukraine OSCE monitor death

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The monitors were travelling in this car when it hit a landmine The Ukrainian government has launched an investigation after the death of an American paramedic whose vehicle struck a landmine in the rebel-held east. The US citizen was working as a monitor for the Organization for Security and Co-operation […]

Germany’s ‘Love Parade’ organisers to face trial over stampede deaths

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Twenty-one people died after thousands tried to access the festival via this tunnel The organisers of the “Love Parade” festival will stand trial in connection with the deaths of 21 people in a crush in 2010, a German court has ruled. More than 500 others were injured in the […]

Serena Williams calls Ilie Nastase comments ‘racist’ and backs investigation

Nastase won two Grand Slam singles titles in the 1970s Serena Williams says Ilie Nastase’s recent comments about her unborn child are “racist” and has given her backing to a full investigation. Nastase, a former world number one, was heard speculating whether Williams’ child would be “chocolate with milk?” “It disappoints me to know we […]

French election: Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen to fight for presidency

Image copyright AFP Image caption Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen will go head-to-head in just under two weeks’ time Centrist Emmanuel Macron has gone through to the second round of the French election, where he will face far-right leader Marine Le Pen. Mr Macron, a former banker, is seen as a political newcomer – […]

France elections: Macron and Le Pen through to run-off

France elections: Macron and Le Pen through to run-off

Image copyright AFP/EPA Image caption The two face a run-off next month, but Mr Macron is seen as favourite The centrist Emmanuel Macron will face far-right leader Marine Le Pen in a run-off for the French presidency on 7 May, near-final results show. With 96% of votes counted from Sunday’s first round, Mr Macron has […]