‘Anti-Semitic’ gang robbed Paris Jewish family

‘Anti-Semitic’ gang robbed Paris Jewish family

Image copyright AFP Image caption Roger Pinto is president of Siona, a prominent Jewish community group (photo: July 2006) French police are trying to find a gang who took a Jewish family hostage in their suburban Paris home, in what is seen as an anti-Semitic attack. A Jewish community leader – 78-year-old Roger Pinto – […]

Former governor Mikheil Saakashvili ‘forces entry’ to Ukraine

Former governor Mikheil Saakashvili ‘forces entry’ to Ukraine

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mikheil Saakashvili (centre) was surrounded by a large crowd at the border Mikheil Saakashvili, Georgia’s ex-president and one-time regional governor in Ukraine, has crossed into the country, helped by hundreds of his supporters. Mr Saakashvili said he was unexpectedly swept over the border by a crowd, angry that the crossing […]

Rafael Nadal wins US Open with straight-set win over Kevin Anderson

Rafael Nadal wins US Open with straight-set win over Kevin Anderson

Rafael Nadal secured victory in two hours and 28 minutes on Arthur Ashe Stadium Rafael Nadal won his third US Open and 16th Grand Slam title with a one-sided victory over South Africa’s Kevin Anderson in New York. The world number one powered to a 6-3 6-3 6-4 victory in Sunday’s final at Flushing Meadows. […]

Tony Blair wants tougher UK immigration rules

Tony Blair wants tougher UK immigration rules

Image copyright PA Tony Blair has called on the government to introduce a new UK immigration policy which “reasserts control”. When he was prime minister, his government – unlike most EU countries – did not apply transitional controls on migrants from eastern Europe. But in a Sunday Times article, he said “times were different” now, […]

Pierre Bergé, partner of Yves Saint Laurent, dies at 86

Pierre Bergé, partner of Yves Saint Laurent, dies at 86

Image copyright AFP Image caption Pierre Bergé was a powerful businessman, patron of the arts and gay activist, but is best known as the partner of Yves Saint Laurent The French businessman Pierre Bergé, who helped his partner Yves Saint Laurent build his fashion house into a worldwide brand, has died at his home in […]

Ukraine fears Russia will use exercises next week to invade

Ukraine fears Russia will use exercises next week to invade

Image copyright AFP Image caption Russian drills in 2015. Some 13,000 Russian troops will take part in exercises in Belarus next week Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says he fears that Russia could use massive military manoeuvres next week as a cover for invasion. In a major speech, Mr Poroshenko said Russia’s Zapad-2017 exercises with Belarus […]

Spain Catalonia: PM Rajoy vows to fight independence vote

Spain Catalonia: PM Rajoy vows to fight independence vote

Image copyright EPA Image caption Spanish and Catalan flags were draped over seats in the Catalan parliament ahead of the vote Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy says he will ask the courts to revoke a law passed by the Catalan regional government to hold a referendum on independence. He described the vote, planned for 1 October, […]

French Villejuif terror suspects ‘wanted to blow up banks’

French Villejuif terror suspects ‘wanted to blow up banks’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Anti-terror police raided the Villejuif flat after a local tradesman raised the alarm A chance alert by a local tradesman has exposed a terror-linked bomb plot to target banks, French Interior Minister Gérard Collomb has revealed. Police were called on Wednesday to a flat in the southern Paris suburb of […]

Europe migrant crisis: EU court rejects quota challenge

Europe migrant crisis: EU court rejects quota challenge

The EU’s top court has rejected a challenge by eastern European countries to a migrant relocation deal at the peak of the 2015 crisis. The European Court of Justice overruled Hungary and Slovakia’s objections to the compulsory fixed-quota scheme. Hungary has not accepted a single asylum seeker since the compulsory quotas were introduced two years […]

Rare malaria death of girl in northern Italy puzzles doctors

Rare malaria death of girl in northern Italy puzzles doctors

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption The female Anopheles mosquito passes on the malaria parasite by feeding on human blood A four-year-old Italian girl has died of cerebral malaria in northern Italy, a region free of the disease, in what doctors see as a very mysterious case. Sofia Zago died in Brescia on Sunday […]