France election: Macron party set for big parliamentary win

Image copyright EPA Image caption Emmanuel Macron needs a strong majority to push through his reforms The centrist party of French President Emmanuel Macron looks on course to win a landslide victory following the first round of parliamentary elections. As polls closed, projections showed La Republique en Marche (Republic on the Move) set to win […]

Catalonia: Pep Guardiola joins independence rally in Barcelona

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Guardiola addressed thousands of independence supporters at the rally Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has joined thousands of protesters in Barcelona to call for independence for the Spanish region of Catalonia. He made a strong plea for voters to take part in an independence referendum scheduled for 1 October. “We […]

Trump: I would speak under oath on Comey

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Trump says Mr Comey’s testimony showed there was “no collusion, no obstruction” US President Donald Trump says he is “100%” willing to speak under oath about his conversations with ex-FBI chief James Comey. Speaking at the White House, he denied having asked for Mr Comey’s loyalty or for […]

UK poll: Still ready for Brexit, EU says

Image copyright Reuters Image caption British PM Theresa May is now facing calls to resign The result of the UK election, with the ruling Conservatives unexpectedly losing their overall majority, has sent shockwaves across Europe and beyond. Politicians across the Continent have been questioning the impact on the Brexit talks. Jean-Claude Juncker, head of the […]

Comey to testify Trump told him: ‘I expect loyalty’

Image copyright Reuters Former FBI Director James Comey will testify to Congress on Thursday that President Donald Trump told him at a dinner: “I expect loyalty.” According to his opening statement, Mr Comey will also say the president asked him to drop an inquiry into fired National Security Adviser Mike Flynn. Mr Comey will back […]

‘First of our kind’ found in Morocco

Media captionThe shape of a Jebel Irhoud skull (L) is almost identical to ours (R) The idea that modern people evolved in a single “cradle of humanity” in East Africa some 200,000 years ago is no longer tenable, new research suggests.  Fossils of five early humans have been found in North Africa that show Homo […]

Trump-Russia probe ‘bigger than Watergate’ says Clapper

Media caption“Watergate pales really in my view compared to what we’re confronting now” – ex-US director of National Intelligence James Clapper The Watergate scandal of the 1970s is not as big as the Trump-Russia investigation, the former director of US national intelligence has said. “Watergate pales” with what the US is confronting now, said James […]

Toronto police caught mocking woman with Down’s syndrome

Image copyright Pamela Munoz Image caption Francie Munoz (centre) with her mother Pamela (right) and sister Yasmine. Toronto police are investigating after two officers were caught on camera calling a woman with Down’s syndrome “disfigured” and “different”. Police had pulled over Pamela Munoz for running a red light, but did not realise their microphones were […]

Qatari planes banned from Egyptian and Saudi air space

Image copyright AFP Image caption Qatar’s national carrier may be hit hard by the diplomatic spat Qatari planes are to be banned from Egyptian and Saudi air space, as a growing diplomatic row in the Gulf threatens large-scale air disruption. Several countries have cut ties with the tiny Gulf state over accusations of supporting extremism […]