Salisbury attack: Scientist Vladimir Uglev ‘helped create Novichok’

Salisbury attack: Scientist Vladimir Uglev ‘helped create Novichok’

Media captionRetired Russian scientist Vladimir Uglev says he created a Novichok nerve agent. Moscow continues to deny the existence of a chemical weapons programme called Novichok. But this is a question of semantics. On Russia’s Black Sea coast I meet Vladimir Uglev, a scientist who helped develop nerve agents for the Soviet Union. “The aim […]

‘Act of God’ threatens Irish church

‘Act of God’ threatens Irish church

Image copyright Diocese of Derry and Raphoe Image caption Built in 1828, Donegal Parish Church is one of the town’s oldest buildings More than €150,000 (£131,000) is needed to repair the spire of a County Donegal church that was badly damaged by a Christmas Day lightning strike two years ago. A fundraising appeal has been […]

Lesbian mums can’t register baby in Italy

Lesbian mums can’t register baby in Italy

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Italy has strict laws making fertility treatment available only to stable heterosexual couples. Authorities in Turin, northern Italy, have refused to register the baby of a lesbian couple. Chiara Foglietta, a Turin councillor, underwent artificial insemination in Denmark and gave birth last Friday to baby boy Niccolo Pietro. […]

Mohammed Zammar: German jihadist ‘detained by Syrian Kurds’

Mohammed Zammar: German jihadist ‘detained by Syrian Kurds’

Image copyright Twitter/@bjoernstritzel Image caption In 2014, Mohammed Zammar was filmed at a meeting between IS militants and Syrian tribesmen A Syrian-born German jihadist linked to the 11 September 2001 attackers has reportedly been detained by Kurdish fighters in northern Syria. A commander of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces alliance told the AFP news agency […]

The young Holocaust survivor interviewed by the BBC in 1945

Shortly after the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in April 1945, 15-year-old Hetty Verolme spoke to the BBC’s Patrick Gordon Walker. The Dutch teenager had been a prisoner with her two brothers for over a year. More than 70 years after the liberation, Hetty returns to the site of the former Nazi concentration camp. […]

Hans Asperger ‘collaborated with Nazis’ in WWII

Hans Asperger ‘collaborated with Nazis’ in WWII

Image copyright TOPFOTO Image caption Asperger’s syndrome was first identified by Prof Asperger in 1944 Newly uncovered documents suggest Hans Asperger, the paediatrician whose name describes a form of autism, was actively involved in the Nazi regime’s euthanasia programme in Austria. The evidence comes from previously unexamined Nazi-era documents and patient records. They suggest Dr […]

‘Act of God’ threatens N Ireland church

‘Act of God’ threatens N Ireland church

Image copyright Diocese of Derry and Raphoe Image caption Built in 1828, Donegal Parish Church is one of the town’s oldest buildings More than €150,000 (£131,000) is needed to repair the spire of a County Donegal church that was badly damaged by a Christmas Day lightning strike two years ago. A fundraising appeal has been […]

Hans Asperger ‘collaborated with Nazis’ in WWII

Hans Asperger ‘collaborated with Nazis’ in WWII

Image copyright TOPFOTO Image caption Asperger’s syndrome was first identified by Prof Asperger in 1944 Newly uncovered documents suggest Hans Asperger, the paediatrician whose name describes a form of autism, was actively involved in the Nazi regime’s euthanasia programme in Austria. The evidence comes from previously unexamined Nazi-era documents and patient records. They suggest Dr […]

German police investigate anti-Semitic attack in Berlin

German police investigate anti-Semitic attack in Berlin

Media captionFootage shows the attack in the Prenzlauer Berg area of Berlin German police are investigating an assault on two young men in Berlin, in which the attacker was filmed shouting anti-Semitic abuse. The men say they were harassed in the Prenzlauer Berg area on Monday while wearing Jewish skullcaps (kippahs). A video of the […]

Turkey’s President Erdogan calls snap election in June

Turkey’s President Erdogan calls snap election in June

Image copyright EPA Image caption Mr Erdogan spent 11 years as prime minister before becoming Turkey’s first directly elected president in 2014 Turkey will hold snap presidential and parliamentary elections on 24 June, brought forward by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan from November 2019. He has run Turkey since 2002 and will seek five more years […]

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