Pope Francis gives ride to boy with Down’s syndrome

A 12-year-old boy with Down’s syndrome joined Pope Francis for a ride on the popemobile. Peter Lombardi was with his family watching the Pope when a security guard lifted him over the railing so he could get a kiss from the Pope. The child is also a cancer survivor, media reports say. He was nine […]

Russian spy: Yulia Skripal conscious and talking

Image copyright EPA/ Yulia Skripal/Facebook Image caption Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33 were poisoned by a nerve agent called Novichok Yulia Skripal, the daughter of ex-spy Sergei Skripal, is improving rapidly and is conscious and talking, the BBC understands. Ms Skripal and her father were admitted nearly four weeks ago after being […]

Trèbes attack: French vegan activist convicted over dead butcher comment

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Butcher Christian Medvès was killed at the supermarket where he worked in Trèbes A vegan activist in France who posted a Facebook message saying the killing of a butcher by an Islamist militant was “justice” has received a suspended prison sentence, court sources say. She reportedly wrote that she had […]

Brexit: The top five clichés

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MPs to probe Russian money laundering through UK property

Image copyright Paul Biryukov/Getty Images MPs are to probe the scale of money laundering in the UK, including property bought with suspected Russian “dirty money”. It follows claims that £4.4bn of UK property may have been bought with suspicious wealth, with more than a fifth, or £880m, purchased by Russians. UK and Russia relations are […]

Spy poisoning: Highest amount of nerve agent was on door

Image copyright EPA/ Yulia Skripal/Facebook Image caption Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33 were poisoned by a nerve agent called Novichok A Russian ex-spy and his daughter first came into contact with the nerve agent that poisoned them at their home, police have said. The highest concentration of the agent used against Sergei […]

Silent march in Paris after ‘anti-Semitic’ murder

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption People marched from Paris’s Place de la Nation to Mireille Knoll’s apartment in the east of Paris Thousands of people have held a silent march in Paris after the murder of an 85-year-old woman in what officials believe was an anti-Semitic crime. Mireille Knoll was stabbed several times and […]

Poland signs $4.75bn deal to buy US Patriot missiles

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption The Patriot system is intended to defend against aircraft, cruise and ballistic missiles Poland has signed an agreement to buy the Patriot missile defence system from the US, in a move that is likely to anger Russia. President Andrzej Duda said the “historic” $4.75bn (£3.4bn) deal gave Poland “state-of-the-art” […]

Trèbes attack: Paris ceremony for hero policeman Arnaud Beltrame

Image copyright AFP Image caption Col Beltrame’s actions helped bring an end to the siege A national memorial service is due to take place in honour of the French police officer who died saving the lives of hostages in a supermarket siege by an Islamist gunman. Lt-Col Arnaud Beltrame, 44, was killed after he traded […]