Airbus says A380 superjumbo production will end

Airbus says A380 superjumbo production will end

Image copyright EPA European aircraft manufacturer Airbus has said it will stop making its A380 “superjumbo”, the world’s largest passenger aircraft. In a statement, the firm said it would make its last deliveries of the aircraft in 2021. The decision comes after Emirates, the largest customer of the A380, reduced its order. The costly aircraft […]

Christophe Dettinger: French ‘yellow vest’ boxer convicted

Christophe Dettinger: French ‘yellow vest’ boxer convicted

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Dettinger, here portrayed in a mural alongside the word “freedom”, has become known throughout France A former French boxing champion has been convicted for assaulting two police officers at an anti-government “yellow vest” protest in Paris. Christophe Dettinger, 37, was filmed on 5 January throwing punches in footage that was […]

Spain budget failure puts snap election on the cards

Spain budget failure puts snap election on the cards

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Spain’s PM Pedro Sánchez failed to get his budget through – which could prompt early elections Spain’s Socialist government is widely expected to call a snap general election after failing to get its budget through parliament. Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez’s bill failed after parties from the Catalonia region refused to […]

Anti-Semitism: Germany sees ‘10% jump in offences’ in 2018

Anti-Semitism: Germany sees ‘10% jump in offences’ in 2018

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The government has said the total tallied amount may still increase The German government has revealed a sharp increase in the number of anti-Semitic offences recorded last year. Crime data, detailed in German media on Wednesday, says 1,646 crimes were linked to a hatred of Jews in 2018 – […]

Belgium flights cancelled on Wednesday amid strike

Belgium flights cancelled on Wednesday amid strike

Image copyright AFP Image caption Passengers leave Brussels airport on Wednesday morning – all flights have been cancelled All flights in and out of Belgium have been cancelled on Wednesday due to strike action, the country’s air traffic control has announced. The cancellation began at 22:00 (21:00 GMT) on Tuesday night and will run for […]

UK plays down alleged Brexit delay comments

UK plays down alleged Brexit delay comments

Media captionTheresa May says she would need “some time” to hold further talks with the EU The Brexit secretary has played down a report that Theresa May could force MPs to choose between backing her deal or accepting a delay to EU withdrawal. ITV News said chief UK negotiator Olly Robbins was overheard in a […]

German think tank calls for EU to make Brexit concessions

German think tank calls for EU to make Brexit concessions

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The UK is the German motor industry’s largest export market The EU should offer the UK concessions over Brexit, a leading German economic think tank has told the BBC. The boss the IFO Institute said steps should be taken to keep the “EU and the UK in a joint […]

Brexit: No-deal plan for Channel Tunnel operations

Brexit: No-deal plan for Channel Tunnel operations

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Channel Tunnel – or Eurotunnel – connects Calais in France with Folkestone in the UK Trains will be permitted to use the Channel Tunnel for three months if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, under a proposed European Commission law. The planned legislation, published on Tuesday, will […]

Catalonia independence leaders on trial in Madrid

Catalonia independence leaders on trial in Madrid

Media captionOutside the court, rival groups offered support – or scorn – for the accused A dozen leaders of Catalonia’s failed 2017 independence bid have gone on trial in Madrid, facing charges including rebellion and sedition. If convicted, some could face up to 25 years in prison. The semi-autonomous region of Catalonia held an independence […]

Ligue du LOL: Secret group of French journalists targeted women

Ligue du LOL: Secret group of French journalists targeted women

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The group targeted people with rape jokes and photoshopped pornography. Several senior French journalists have been suspended or fired for allegedly co-ordinating online harassment through a private Facebook group. The largely-male Ligue du LOL (League of LOL) mocked women, including other journalists, with rape jokes and photoshopped pornographic images. […]