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EU Libya anti-smuggler mission ‘failing’

Media captionThe BBC’s Christian Fraser reports: “This particular boat had drifted 24 miles in 10 hours – Malta was still 150 miles away” The EU naval mission to tackle people smuggling in the central Mediterranean is failing to achieve its aims, a British parliamentary committee says. In a report, the House of Lords EU Committee […]

Eurozone growth estimate revised down

Eurozone growth estimate revised down

Image copyright Reuters The official second estimate of eurozone growth has been revised down slightly from 0.6% to 0.5% in the first quarter of the year. The data, from the Eurostat agency, also revised the annual GDP estimate down a touch to 1.5% from 1.6%. However, the agency said that the vast majority of the […]

IOC wants Russian doping investigation

IOC wants Russian doping investigation

Russia won 13 gold medals at the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014 Allegations of Russian state-sponsored doping at the Sochi Winter Olympics are “very worrying” and must be investigated immediately, the International Olympic Committee says. A New York Times report claims performance-enhancing drug use was rife and covered up at the 2014 competition. The Russian […]

EU Med anti-smuggling mission ‘failing’

EU Med anti-smuggling mission ‘failing’

Image copyright AP Image caption The EU mission is authorised to board, search, seize and divert vessels suspected of being used for people smuggling The EU naval mission to tackle people smuggling in the central Mediterranean is failing to achieve its aims, a British parliamentary committee says. In a report, the House of Lords EU […]

‘Kurdish rebels’ killed in Turkey blast

‘Kurdish rebels’ killed in Turkey blast

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The car bomb blast in Istanbul targeted a Turkish military facility, officials say Four suspected Kurdish rebels have been killed while loading explosives in south-eastern Turkey, the interior ministry says. It says at least 10 people were injured in the blast in the Sarikamis district in Diyarbakir province. The rebels […]

Westlife star out of Eurovision final

Westlife star out of Eurovision final

Image copyright AFP / Getty Image caption Former Westlife star Nicky Byrne said he was “obviously disappointed” not to qualify Ireland has been knocked out of the Eurovision Song Contest after former Westlife singer Nicky Byrne failed to qualify for Saturday’s final. The pop star, 37, was unsuccessful in the semi-final in Stockholm, Sweden, on […]

US activates missile shield in Romania

US activates missile shield in Romania

Image copyright EPA Image caption Nato insists the interceptor station will help defend against the threat of short and medium-range ballistic missiles, particularly from the Middle East The US has activated a land-based missile defence station in Romania, which will form part of a larger and controversial European shield. Senior US and Nato officials attended […]

French PM survives no-confidence vote

French PM survives no-confidence vote

Image copyright AFP Image caption The French government is expected to win Thursday’s vote France’s government has survived vote of no confidence put forward by the opposition in protest over controversial labour reforms. The motion, brought by the centre-right party Les Republicans, garnered 246 votes, shy of the 288 needed to defeat the reforms and […]

Pope Francis considering women deacons

Pope Francis considering women deacons

Image copyright AP Image caption Pope Francis made the remarks during a meeting with members of women’s orders Pope Francis says he is prepared to commission a study into whether women can enter the Catholic clergy at the rank of deacon – one below a priest. He was making the remarks in a closed-door meeting […]

US turns on missile shield in Romania

US turns on missile shield in Romania

Image copyright EPA Image caption The USS Donald Cook – seen here in Poland last month – has the Aegis missile capability The US has activated a land-based missile defence station in Romania, which will form part of a larger and controversial European shield. Senior US and Nato officials are attending the ceremony in Deveselu, […]