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Foiled Paris attack ‘was directed by IS’

Foiled Paris attack ‘was directed by IS’

Image copyright AP Image caption Security has been stepped up at Notre Dame after the discovery of the suspect vehicle Three women arrested over a foiled attack in Paris were directed by so-called Islamic State (IS) from Syria, a French prosecutor has said. The group “wanted to make the women into fighters”, Paris prosecutor Francois […]

Deadly train crash near O Porrino in north-west Spain

Deadly train crash near O Porrino in north-west Spain

Image copyright EPA Image caption The mangled front coach of the Portuguese train near O Porrino station At least four people have been killed and 47 hurt in a train derailment near O Porrino in north-western Spain. About 60 passengers were on the Portuguese train when it derailed at 09:30 (07:30 GMT) just outside the […]

Russia: Volunteer firefighters attacked, Greenpeace says

Russia: Volunteer firefighters attacked, Greenpeace says

Image copyright AP Image caption Greenpeace activist Mikhail Kreindlin suffered a broken nose in the attack At least two people have been seriously injured after armed masked men attacked volunteer firefighters, who had travelled to southern Russia to help put out forest fires, activists say. Environmental group Greenpeace said the men attacked the camp at […]

British school students ‘stole Auschwitz artefacts’

British school students ‘stole Auschwitz artefacts’

Image copyright AP Image caption The pupils from the independent Perse School in Cambridge were on a school trip to Auschwitz Two British teenagers stole items including buttons and a rusted hair clipper from the Auschwitz death camp, a court in Poland has heard. Guards at the site saw the pair pick up the items […]

French Alps cable cars tourists rescued

Media captionTourists rescued from Mont Blanc cable car At least 33 tourists who spent a cold Thursday night trapped in several cable cars high above the French Alps have been rescued, officials say. The tourists were suspended above the glaciers of Mont Blanc at an altitude of about 3,800m (12,468ft) after wires carrying the cars […]

Shipwrecks ‘kill up to 700 migrants’

Media captionCarlotta Sami from UNHCR: “The smugglers literally push them onto the boats” Up to 700 migrants are feared drowned in a series of shipwrecks off the coast of Libya in the last few days, the UN refugee agency says. The boats sank south of Italy on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday as the migrants tried […]

EU Libya anti-smuggler mission ‘failing’

Media captionThe BBC’s Christian Fraser speaks to a rescued Gambian migrant 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 says Operation Sophia does not “in any meaningful way” disrupt smugglers’ boats. […]

Spain toxic tyre blaze forces evacuation

Media captionHelicopters were used to tackle the huge blaze People living near a “toxic cloud” from a burning tyre dump in Spain have been told to leave their homes. Local officials ordered the evacuation of the Quinon de Sesena area, where 9,000 people live, saying human health may be at risk. However, many residents have […]

Russia doping claims ‘nonsense’

Russia doping claims ‘nonsense’

Russia won 13 gold medals at the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014 – including those won by Zubkov (left) and Legkov Two Russian athletes named in doping allegations by the nation’s former anti-doping chief have rejected the claims as “nonsense and slanderous”. In a New York Times report, Dr Grigory Rodchenkov alleges dozens of athletes, […]

IS attacks Iraq cafe used by Real fans

IS attacks Iraq cafe used by Real fans

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Posters celebrating Real Madrid’s exploits were on display inside the al-Furat Cafe Islamic State militants have attacked a cafe in Iraq frequented by supporters of the Spanish football club Real Madrid, killing at least 12 people. Three men opened fire with machine guns at the al-Furat Cafe in the mainly […]