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UK troops in Estonia to deter ‘Russian aggression’

Media captionTroops and tanks set off for Estonia in Nato deployment The first of 800 UK troops being sent to bolster Nato defences in the Baltic have arrived in Estonia. The 120 soldiers from the 5th Battalion The Rifles will set up a UK headquarters in the country before the remaining troops arrive in April. […]

Orly airport: Man killed after seizing soldier’s gun

Orly airport: Man killed after seizing soldier’s gun

Image copyright AFP Image caption Police with bomb disposal equipment are now combing the airport A man has been shot dead after trying to seize a soldier’s weapon at Orly airport in Paris, French officials say. He was killed by the security forces in a shop after the attack in the airport’s southern terminal. The […]

Merkel and Trump begin key talks at White House

Merkel and Trump begin key talks at White House

Image copyright EPA Image caption All eyes are on how the contrasting leaders interact German Chancellor Angela Merkel is visiting the White House for a key summit with President Donald Trump. Nato, trade and Ukraine are high on the agenda, but the focus is also on how two leaders with hugely contrasting ideas and leadership […]

Spain: Eta militant group ‘to disarm fully by 8 April’

Spain: Eta militant group ‘to disarm fully by 8 April’

Image copyright AP Image caption Eta has been weakened by weapons seizures in recent years and may not have many left The militant group Eta has resolved to disarm fully by 8 April, sources close to talks between the Basque separatists and Spanish government have said. A pro-Basque independence and environmental group called Bizi has […]

Germany to use voice recognition to identify migrant origins

Germany to use voice recognition to identify migrant origins

Image copyright AFP Image caption The software enables German immigration officers to determine a migrant’s country of origin Germany is to begin testing new voice recognition software that can tell which country migrants without documentation come from, officials say. The Federal Office for Migrants and Refugees said the automated new system would begin within two […]

Russia court to consider Jehovah’s Witnesses ban

Russia court to consider Jehovah’s Witnesses ban

Image copyright AFP Image caption A Jehovah’s Witnesses baptism in Prague (2003 pic) Russia’s justice ministry has called for a ban on the Jehovah’s Witnesses, a Christian movement that zealously seeks converts and rejects military service. The ministry has asked Russia’s supreme court to close the group’s headquarters and stop its 175,000 Russian members sharing […]

Dutch election: European relief as mainstream triumphs

Dutch election: European relief as mainstream triumphs

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption After party: Dutch politicians now have to work out who will form the new government European leaders have welcomed the result of the Netherlands election, which saw the anti-immigration party of Geert Wilders fail to become the largest in parliament. Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s centre-right VVD won by some […]

Dutch election: Wilders defeat celebrated by PM Rutte

Media captionHow they celebrated: The BBC’s Anne Holligan checks out the parties’ headquarters on election night Dutch people rejected “the wrong kind of populism”, Prime Minister Mark Rutte has said, as he celebrated victory in Wednesday’s election. “The Netherlands said ‘Whoa!’” he declared after his centre-right VVD party’s lead positioned him for a third successive […]

Dutch election: PM Rutte sees off anti-EU Wilders challenge

Dutch election: PM Rutte sees off anti-EU Wilders challenge

Image copyright AP Image caption Analysts say a high turnout may have benefited pro-EU parties, including Mark Rutte’s party Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s party has won the most seats in parliamentary elections, exit polls say. His centre-right VVD Party won 31 out of 150 seats, polls suggest. His party came far ahead of the […]

Turks ‘detached from reality’ – EU’s Donald Tusk

Turks ‘detached from reality’ – EU’s Donald Tusk

Image copyright EPA Image caption A bitter row has developed over a ban on Turkish referendum rallies by several European countries – a ban which Turkey calls racist Turkey is “completely detached from reality” in calling the Dutch fascists, European Council President Donald Tusk has said. His remarks come amid a row between Turkey and […]