Prince Charles bomb plot: Real IRA leader jailed

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Prince Charles visited County Sligo in the Republic of Ireland in May 2015 A dissident republican leader who plotted a bomb attack during Prince Charles’ visit to Ireland has been jailed for more than 11 years. Seamus McGrane 63, from Little Road, Dromiskin in County Louth was found guilty […]

Turkey’s Erdogan calls for border treaty review in Greece visit

Image copyright EPA Image caption President Pavlopoulos (right) holds talks with President Erdogan in Athens The first visit to Greece by a Turkish head of state in 65 years has got off to a tense start, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his host swapping pointed remarks. Mr Erdogan said the 1923 treaty that settled […]

Giulio Regeni murder: Italy to quiz Cambridge tutor over Egypt death

Image copyright Amnesty International Image caption Giulio Regeni’s research topic in Egypt was politically sensitive Italian investigators have received UK permission to question a Cambridge University academic over the high-profile murder of an Italian student in Egypt, Italy’s foreign minister says. Giulio Regeni’s mutilated body was found dumped in the outskirts of Cairo in February […]

Naples pizza-twirling gets Unesco world heritage status

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Italy said pizza-making was a unique cultural and gastronomic tradition Pizza has conquered the world, but the art of “pizzaiuolo” – twirling the dough and baking it in a wood-fired brick oven – is less well known outside the Italian city of Naples. That could now change after the UN’s […]

Russia election: Putin to run again for president

Image copyright EPA Image caption Vladimir Putin had hinted that he might stand during a youth event earlier in the day Russia’s Vladimir Putin has said he will seek another term as president in next year’s election. He made the announcement in a speech to workers at a car factory in the Volga city of […]

Brussels unveils plan to reform eurozone

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Juncker is trying to push the reforms, but critics say the timing is not quite right The European Commission has announced plans to reform the eurozone, including the creation of a monetary fund based on the existing bailout mechanism. Contentious ideas such as the creation of a European […]

Russia Olympics ban: Kremlin ‘will not bar athletes’ from Games

Image copyright AFP Image caption Russian bobsleigher Alexander Zubkov, pictured at the Sochi Winter Olympics opening ceremony in 2014, has been banned for life over alleged doping violations Russia will not prevent any of its athletes from competing independently in the Winter Olympics in February, President Vladimir Putin says. The International Olympic Committee has excluded […]

Johnny Hallyday: France’s ‘Elvis Presley’ dies at 74

Johnny Hallyday: France’s ‘Elvis Presley’ dies at 74

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Hallyday broke from France’s classic “chanson” tradition in the 1950s, starting singing rock and roll in French France’s biggest rock star Johnny Hallyday has died after a battle with lung cancer. He was 74. The singer sold about 100 million records and starred in a number of films in […]

Russian athletes appeal over Olympics ban

Aleksandr Zubkov, who is one of the 22, was the flag bearer for Russia in Sochi and won two golds Twenty-two Russian athletes have appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport after being banned for doping offences at the 2014 Winter Olympics. The group includes 10 athletes who won 11 medals between them in […]

‘Santa’s bone’ proved to be correct age

Image copyright T. Higham & G. Kazan Image caption The bone claimed to be from St Nicholas has been radio carbon tested for the first time A fragment of bone claimed to be from St Nicholas – the 4th-Century saintly inspiration for Father Christmas – has been radio carbon tested by the University of Oxford. […]

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