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Far-right German politician convicted for refugee shelter arson

Far-right German politician convicted for refugee shelter arson

Image copyright EPA Image caption The sports hall in Nauen was burnt to the ground in August 2015 A far-right German politician has been sentenced to eight years in prison for burning down a sports hall that was to be used to accommodate refugees. Maik Schneider, a local National Democratic Party (NPD) politician, was convicted […]

Syria war: Russian ‘friendly fire’ kills Turkish soldiers

Syria war: Russian ‘friendly fire’ kills Turkish soldiers

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Turkish forces have been working with Syrian rebels to take al-Bab from IS militants President Vladimir Putin has sent condolences after a Russian air strike accidentally killed three Turkish soldiers in northern Syria. The strike hit a building near the town of al-Bab, believing it to contain Islamic State (IS) […]

Syria war: Russian ‘friendly fire’ kills Turkish soldiers

Syria war: Russian ‘friendly fire’ kills Turkish soldiers

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Turkish forces have been working with Syrian rebels to take al-Bab from IS militants President Vladimir Putin has sent condolences after a Russian air strike accidentally killed three Turkish soldiers in northern Syria. The soldiers were supporting Syrian rebels in efforts to capture the city of al-Bab from so-called Islamic […]

Flamanville reactor blast: No nuclear risk, say officials

Flamanville reactor blast: No nuclear risk, say officials

Image copyright AFP Image caption The two reactors at Flamanville will eventually be joined by a third An explosion and fire have occurred at the Flamanville nuclear plant on France’s northern coast but there was no nuclear risk, officials say. “It is a significant technical event but it is not a nuclear accident,” senior local […]

Merkel seeks to ramp up failed asylum seeker deportations

Merkel seeks to ramp up failed asylum seeker deportations

Image copyright AFP Image caption The deportation of migrants back to Afghanistan has faced resistance German Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to unveil plans to significantly increase deportations of failed asylum seekers. The measures include allowing access to asylum seekers’ phones and Sim cards to verify their identities and increasing the amount paid to voluntary […]

Galeries Lafayette apologises for barring cancer patient

Galeries Lafayette apologises for barring cancer patient

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Galeries Lafayette is an upmarket department store with dozens of branches across France Prestigious French department store Galeries Lafayette has apologised to a woman being treated for cancer after an over-zealous security guard ejected her because her head was covered. The woman went to the shop in Toulouse on […]

UK MPs approve bill authorising Brexit

UK MPs approve bill authorising Brexit

Image caption Some Conservative MPs applauded after the result was announced MPs have overwhelmingly agreed to let the government begin the UK’s departure from the EU in their final vote on the Brexit bill. The draft legislation was approved by 494 votes to 122, and now moves to the Lords. Labour’s shadow business secretary Clive […]

Alexei Navalny: Russian opposition leader found guilty

Alexei Navalny: Russian opposition leader found guilty

Image copyright AP Image caption Mr Navalny says the accusations are politically motivated Russia’s main opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, has been found guilty of embezzlement and handed a five-year suspended sentence. It bars him from running for president next year against Vladimir Putin. But Mr Navalny, who denies the charges, has vowed to take part […]

Ukraine conflict: Rebel leader Givi dies in bomb attack

Ukraine conflict: Rebel leader Givi dies in bomb attack

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Givi was one of the best-known faces among the separatists A prominent separatist commander has been killed in eastern Ukraine, four days after another pro-Russian military leader was blown up by a car bomb. Mikhail Tolstykh, known as Givi, died in his office in an explosion described by rebel […]

Alexei Navalny: Verdict due for Russian opposition leader

Media captionAlexei Navalny: ‘Putin is the tsar of corruption’ A court in the Russian city of Kirov is due to deliver its verdict against the country’s most prominent opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, who is being retried on embezzlement charges. The case is being heard again after the European Court of Human Rights said he was […]