Winter Olympics: Russian athlete suspected of failing doping test

A Russian athlete is suspected of failing a doping test at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, according to Russian news agency Tass. More than 160 competitors are taking part as neutral Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) as their country was banned from the Games over “systemic” doping at Sochi 2014, which they hosted. Several […]

Warning after Swiss avalanche hits skiers

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Valais, including the Zermatt resort, was hit by heavy avalanches in January Two people have been hurt in an avalanche in Switzerland, according to local police in the Valais canton. A spokesperson said it was initially thought eight others had been in the path of the snowfall too, but […]

Israel rebukes Poland PM for ‘Jewish perpetrators’ remark

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Polish prime minister has not responded publicly to Israeli criticism Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has sharply rebuked his Polish counterpart for saying that Jews were among the perpetrators of the Holocaust. He said the remarks by Mateusz Morawiecki at the Munich Security Conference were “outrageous”. Mr Netanyahu said […]

‘I fix umbrellas to save the world’

Thierry Millet is possibly Europe’s last remaining artisanal umbrella repair man, working out of a small shop in central Paris. When BBC News visited his workshop, he said that by rescuing broken brollies he was doing his bit for the environment. ‘I fix umbrellas to save the world’

Pope renews Vatican’s anti-sexual abuse panel

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Cardinal Sean O’Malley was re-appointed to lead the child protection panel Pope Francis has announced the renewal of the Church’s panel tasked with combating sexual abuse of children, in the wake of a fresh controversy. The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors is made up of eight men […]

Six Turkish journalists jailed for life for ‘coup links’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Many journalists have been targeted in Turkey’s post-coup crackdown A Turkish court has sentenced six journalists to life in jail for alleged links to the July 2016 coup plotters. The judgement came as another Turkish court decided to release German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel, who has been held for a year […]

Russia-Trump inquiry: Russians charged over US 2016 election tampering

Media captionRussians used ‘information warfare’ against the US election process Thirteen Russians have been charged with interfering in the US 2016 election, in a major development in the FBI investigation. Three of those named have been accused of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and five have been accused of aggravated identity theft. The announcement was […]

Maëlys de Araujo murder: Colleagues donate leave to mother

Image copyright AFP Image caption Maëlys’ body was discovered on Wednesday Colleagues of the mother of murdered French girl Maëlys de Araujo have donated part of their leave to her – totalling almost three years. Jennifer de Araujo is a night nurse at a hospital in the town of Pontarlier. She stopped working when Maëlys […]

European spy chiefs in joint plea for post-Brexit co-operation

Image copyright Bnd Image caption The spy chiefs, L-R: Bernard Emie (DGSE), Bruno Kahl (BND), Alex Younger (MI6) The heads of the British, French and German intelligence agencies have called for continued security co-operation after the UK leaves the EU, in an unprecedented joint statement. Meeting in Munich, they said their countries must jointly fight […]

Facebook told to stop tracking in Belgium

Image copyright Getty Images Facebook has been ordered to stop tracking people without consent, by a court in Belgium. The company has been told to delete all the data it had gathered on people who did not use Facebook. The court ruled the data was gathered illegally. Belgium’s privacy watchdog said the website had broken […]