Chemnitz unrest: German top spy Maassen forced out

Chemnitz unrest: German top spy Maassen forced out

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Maassen works in the shadows – but now he is in the spotlight Germany’s domestic intelligence chief, Hans-Georg Maassen, has been told to quit and move to a senior post at the interior ministry. The government decision came amid a row over Mr Maassen’s response to far-right unrest in […]

Madrid Ritz: One dead and 11 hurt in scaffolding collapse

Madrid Ritz: One dead and 11 hurt in scaffolding collapse

Image copyright EPA Image caption The Ritz Hotel in Madrid is currently undergoing a renovation One person has died and 11 are injured after scaffolding collapsed at the Ritz Hotel in Madrid, where building work has been under way. The city’s emergency services said part of the sixth floor had come down, with reports it […]

Walmart to stop selling clothing with Soviet symbols, Lithuania says

Walmart to stop selling clothing with Soviet symbols, Lithuania says

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption The hammer and sickle featured on the flag of the Soviet Union Walmart will no longer sell clothing with Soviet hammer and sickle symbols, Lithuanian officials have said. The country’s ambassador to the US complained that they insulted victims of Soviet-era persecution. The Lithuanian foreign ministry said it had received […]

Pussy Riot’s Pyotr Verzilov ‘likely poisoned’, doctors say

Pussy Riot’s Pyotr Verzilov ‘likely poisoned’, doctors say

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Pyotr Verzilov arrived in Berlin on a special medical transport plane An activist with Russian protest group Pussy Riot who was taken ill after a court hearing last week was probably the victim of a poisoning attempt, German doctors treating him have said. Pyotr Verzilov, 30, was flown to Berlin […]

Celia Barquín: European golf champion murdered in Iowa

Celia Barquín: European golf champion murdered in Iowa

Image copyright EGA Image caption Celia Barquín Arozamena won the European Amateur Championship in July A man has been charged with murder, hours after prominent Spanish golfer Celia Barquín Arozamena was found dead on an Iowa golf course. Barquín, 22, won the European Ladies’ Amateur championship in July and was a leading student athlete at […]

Brexit migration report: ‘No preference’ for EU workers

Brexit migration report: ‘No preference’ for EU workers

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A report says there should be no limit on the number of high-skilled workers, such as doctors, coming to the UK to work EU workers coming to the UK should be given “no preference” for visas after Brexit, says a new report. The Migration Advisory Committee also recommends that […]

Chemnitz unrest: German top spy Maassen under fire

Chemnitz unrest: German top spy Maassen under fire

Image copyright AFP Image caption Far-right activists have been demonstrating in Chemnitz for weeks Political pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel to sack Germany’s domestic intelligence chief, Hans-Georg Maassen, will reach a climax on Tuesday. Mrs Merkel is to meet her coalition partners to examine the spy boss’s controversial response to recent far-right unrest in Chemnitz. […]

Russia blames Israel after military plane shot down off Syria

Russia blames Israel after military plane shot down off Syria

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Il-20 aircraft was returning to a Russian base on the north-western coast of Syria (file photo) Russia has said Syria shot down one of its military planes – but laid the blame for the deaths of the 15 personnel on board with Israel. The defence ministry said Israeli […]

Russian military plane vanishes from radar off Syria

Russian military plane vanishes from radar off Syria

Image copyright Alamy Image caption The Il-20 aircraft was returning to a Russian base on the north-western coast of Syria (file photo) A Russian military aircraft with 14 people on board has disappeared from radar after flying over Syria, Russia’s defence ministry says. “Connection has been lost with the crew of a Russian Il-20 plane […]

Alexander Perepilichnyy possible MI6 links to stay secret

Alexander Perepilichnyy possible MI6 links to stay secret

Image caption The inquest is looking at whether Alexander Perepilichnyy died of natural causes or was unlawfully killed The government can keep secret the details of whether there were any links between British spies and a Russian businessman who died in mysterious circumstances, a coroner has ruled. Alexander Perepilichnyy, 44, collapsed in November 2012 when […]

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