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Libyans ‘threatened’ Med migrant aid boat Golfo Azzurro

Libyans ‘threatened’ Med migrant aid boat Golfo Azzurro

Media captionLibyan official: ‘If you do not follow orders we will target you’ A Spanish migrant aid group is deciding whether to continue its Mediterranean rescue mission after it said its boat was targeted by Libya’s coastguard. Proactiva Open Arms, one of three groups still operating off Libya, said its boat was in international waters […]

Libyans ‘threatened’ Med migrant aid boat Golfo Azzurro

Libyans ‘threatened’ Med migrant aid boat Golfo Azzurro

Media captionLibyan official: ‘If you do not follow orders we will target you’ A Spanish migrant aid group is deciding whether to continue its Mediterranean rescue mission after it said its boat was targeted by Libya’s coastguard. Proactiva Open Arms, one of three groups still operating off Libya, said its boat was in international waters […]

Falling tree kills 13 on Portuguese island of Madeira

Falling tree kills 13 on Portuguese island of Madeira

Media captionThe moment parts of a tree fell on a crowd was caught on camera during a Facebook live A falling tree has killed at least 13 people and injured 49 at a religious ceremony on the Portuguese island of Madeira. A video shows the tree crashing down on a crowded square in a suburb […]

Brexit: UK suggests ‘untested’ customs system with EU

Brexit: UK suggests ‘untested’ customs system with EU

Image copyright Getty Images The government says it will propose an “innovative and untested approach” to customs checks as part of its Brexit negotiations. The model, one of two being put forward in a newly-published paper, would mean no customs checks at UK-EU borders. The UK’s alternative proposal – a more efficient system of border […]

Swiss hotel’s signs for Jews spark row and Israeli complaint

Swiss hotel’s signs for Jews spark row and Israeli complaint

Image copyright Apartmenthaus paradies Image caption The hotel’s signs specifically for Jews caused a diplomatic incident Israel has expressed anger to the Swiss government over a hotel’s sign that told Jewish guests to shower before using the swimming pool. The sign in English, at Apartmenthaus Paradies in the mountain resort of Arosa, triggered much criticism. […]

Dutch porn makers let off for church sex film in Tilburg

Dutch porn makers let off for church sex film in Tilburg

Image copyright Alamy Image caption A special Mass took place in January to cleanse Saint Joseph’s church Prosecutors have rejected a complaint from a church in the Dutch city of Tilburg after two actors were filmed having sex in the confessional box. The video was posted on a Dutch porn website earlier this year. Dutch […]

Air Berlin files for insolvency but flights continue

Air Berlin files for insolvency but flights continue

Image copyright Reuters Air Berlin, Germany’s second-largest carrier, has filed for insolvency, after its main shareholder Etihad declared it would not be providing further financial support. The airline, which has accumulated debt for almost a decade, reported a record loss of 782m euros (£713m) in 2016. Flights will continue to operate thanks to a transitional […]

Brexit: UK suggests ‘temporary customs union’ with EU

Brexit: UK suggests ‘temporary customs union’ with EU

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The EU’s customs union means members charge the same tariff on goods coming from other countries The UK has set out the “ambitious new customs arrangement” it wants to secure with the EU after Brexit. Ministers said the plans would mean the “freest and most frictionless possible trade” with […]

Brexit: UK suggests ‘temporary customs union’ with EU

Brexit: UK suggests ‘temporary customs union’ with EU

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The EU’s customs union means members charge the same tariff on goods coming from other countries The UK has set out the “ambitious new customs arrangement” it wants to secure with the EU after Brexit. Ministers said the plans would mean the “freest and most frictionless possible trade” with […]

Italy official defends killing rare bear after man mauled

Italy official defends killing rare bear after man mauled

Image copyright Alamy Image caption Brown bears now inhabit Italy’s Adamello Brenta national park in the Alps An Italian provincial governor has defended the killing of a rare female brown bear in the Alps, saying it was a threat to humans. The 14-year-old bear, called Kj2, was shot dead by foresters on Saturday, after it […]