Russia may charge extra to watch big-budget US films

Image copyright AFP Image caption Russians are worried about the dominance of big-budget US movies Russia’s culture minister has proposed charging Russians more to watch Hollywood films as a way to support the nation’s struggling film industry. Vladimir Medinsky told MPs that the state budget for Russian cinema was less than half the Hollywood budget […]

Syria conflict: Turkey opens ‘city’ for orphans of the war

Image copyright Orphans City Image caption Eighteen children will live in each two-storey villa at Orphans City Turkey has opened a vast centre dedicated to housing and educating orphans from war-torn Syria. The complex, in the south-eastern border town of Reyhanli, will house 990 children in what Turkish media say is a cosy, home environment. […]

Gothenburg v AIK: ‘Match-fixing attempt’ leads to Swedish fixture postponement

The fixture was due to be played at Gothenburg’s Gamla Ullevi stadium A Swedish top-flight fixture between Gothenburg and AIK has been postponed after an alleged match-fixing attempt. The Swedish Football Association claims an AIK player was “offered a considerable sum” if he contributed to losing Thursday’s Allsvenskan game. General secretary Hakan Sjostrand described it […]

First N Korea-Russia ferry service opens despite UN sanctions

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Mangyongbong docked in Vladivostok A North Korean passenger ferry has docked in Russia’s far-eastern port of Vladivostok for the first time. The vessel, called the Mangyongbong, will sail once a week to the port city and will also carry cargo. North Korea is under wide-ranging UN sanctions. The ferry […]

US and EU reject expanding laptop ban to flights from Europe

Image copyright AFP US and EU officials have decided against a ban on laptops and tablets in cabin baggage on flights from Europe. But after a four-hour meeting in Brussels to discuss the threats to aviation security, officials said other measures were still being considered. US officials had previously said they were looking into extending […]

Macron cabinet: Women are half of France’s new ministers

Image copyright AFP Image caption Macron’s new sports minister is Laura Flessel, an Olympic fencing champion French President Emmanuel Macron has unveiled a gender-balanced cabinet in accordance with an earlier pledge, with 11 of 22 posts taken by women. Sylvie Goulard is defence minister while Olympic fencing champion Laura Flessel is sports minister. Bruno Le […]

Macron cabinet: Women are half of France’s new minsters

Image copyright AFP Image caption Macron’s new sports minister is Laura Flessel, an Olympic fencing champion French President Emmanuel Macron has unveiled a gender-balanced cabinet in accordance with an earlier pledge, with 11 of 22 posts taken by women. Sylvie Goulard is defence minister while Olympic fencing champion Laura Flessel is sports minister. Bruno Le […]

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny to step down

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Kenny is to continue as taoiseach until a successor is appointed Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny is to step down as leader of Fine Gael from midnight, he has announced. He will continue as taoiseach (prime minister) until the Dail (parliament) chooses a successor. Mr Kenny, who was elected […]

Dutch King Willem-Alexander reveals secret flights as co-pilot

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption King Willem-Alexander came to the Dutch throne in 2013, when Queen Beatrix abdicated For 21 years, the king of the Netherlands has flown twice a month as co-pilot while his passengers were in the dark, he has told a Dutch newspaper. Willem-Alexander acceded to the throne in 2013 but […]

Macron cabinet due as right in disarray

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Leading Republican Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet has pledged to support Mr Macron’s project – and is tipped to have bagged a ministerial role A call to support the political project of French President Emmanuel Macron is causing disarray among conservatives as Mr Macron prepares to unveil his new cabinet. More than 170 […]

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