Europe snow: Siberian ice blankets southern seaside resorts

Image copyright PA Image caption In Doncaster, Britain, a Siberian tiger strolls through Siberian weather at his wildlife park The number of casualties from cold exposure continues to rise as most of Europe experiences freezing temperatures. Dozens of people have been reported dead across the continent – many of them rough sleepers. Among the casualties […]

France anger after MP shares letter with racist death threats

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Laetitia Avia is a lawmaker from President Macron’s En Marche movement A French lawmaker has filed a formal complaint after receiving a letter with racist insults and death threats. Laetitia Avia, whose parents are from Togo, posted the offensive text on Twitter and said she had never experienced such […]

Syria war: Turkey ‘indiscriminately shelling civilians in Afrin’

Image copyright AFP Image caption At least 24 children have reportedly been killed in Afrin since the Turkish offensive began Indiscriminate shellfire by Turkish troops – and to a lesser extent Kurdish forces – has killed scores of civilians in Syria, a human rights group alleges. Amnesty International said it had verified witness testimony from […]

Slovakia grapples with murdered journalist’s last story

Image caption Jan Kuciak and Martina Kusnirova were found dead in their home on Sunday The headline reads: “Italian Mafia In Slovakia; Its Tentacles Reach As Far As Politics”. It sits at the top of Jan Kuciak’s final, unfinished article, published at midnight not just on his own news site – – but, symbolically, […]

Europe freezes as ‘Beast from the East’ arrives

Image copyright EPA Image caption The ruins of Pompeii – near Naples in southern Italy – were covered with snow Much of Europe has been blanketed in snow as cold weather spreads as far south as the Mediterranean coast. The cold spell, nicknamed “the Beast from the East” in the UK, is carrying freezing winds […]

Diesel ban approved for German cities to cut pollution

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The ruling sets a precedent for all German cities German cities will be allowed to ban older diesel vehicles from some areas following a landmark court ruling. The Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig said the cities of Stuttgart and Duesseldorf could legally ban more older, more polluting diesel cars […]

Boris Johnson likens Irish border challenge to congestion charge

Media captionBoris Johnson compares Irish border with London boroughs Boris Johnson has likened the challenge of avoiding a hard border in Northern Ireland to the boundaries between different boroughs of London. The foreign secretary said it was a “very relevant comparison” because money was “invisibly” taken from people travelling between Camden and Westminster when he […]

Slovakia shocked by killing of journalist and partner

Image copyright AFP Image caption Family members alerted police after phone calls to the couple went unanswered A Slovak investigative journalist and his partner have been murdered in a suspected assassination linked to the journalist’s work. Jan Kuciak, 27, and Martina Kusnirova were shot dead at the weekend at home in Velka Maca, a village […]

Hungary opposition delivers blow to PM Orban in town vote

Image copyright AFP Image caption A local election produced a rare setback for Hungarian PM Viktor Orban Hungary’s ruling conservative Fidesz party has suffered a shock defeat in a mayoral election seen as a popularity test for Prime Minister Viktor Orban. The southern town of Hodmezovasarhely was considered a Fidesz stronghold. Peter Marki-Zay won with […]

Turkey’s Erdogan in row over ‘girl martyr’ comment on TV

Image copyright EPA Image caption The exchange happened during a congress of Mr Erdogan’s AK party Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been criticised after telling a girl in military uniform that she would be honoured if killed while fighting. “If she’s martyred, they’ll lay a flag on her,” he told the sobbing girl at […]

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