Vincent Bolloré: French tycoon held over ‘Africa corruption’

Vincent Bolloré: French tycoon held over ‘Africa corruption’

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Mr Bolloré’s holding company has denied any irregularities French billionaire Vincent Bolloré has been detained for questioning by anti-corruption police near Paris. Officers in Nanterre are asking him about suspected corruption in Africa, reports say. It comes days after he stepped down as chairman of the media group Vivendi. His […]

Serzh Sargsyan: Armenian PM resigns after days of protests

Serzh Sargsyan: Armenian PM resigns after days of protests

Media captionThere were scuffles as Nikol Pashinyan was detained Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan has resigned after days of large-scale street protests against him. Opposition supporters accused Mr Sargsyan of clinging to power when he was appointed prime minister last Tuesday, soon after finishing two five-year terms as president. “The street movement is against my […]

Paris attack suspect Salah Abdeslam jailed in Belgium

Paris attack suspect Salah Abdeslam jailed in Belgium

Image copyright Belgian/French police Salah Abdeslam, the sole surviving suspect from the 2015 Paris attacks, has been jailed for 20 years in Belgium over a gunfight that led to his arrest. Abdeslam, 28, and co-defendant Sofien Ayari were both convicted of terror-related charges of attempted murder. Ayari, 24, was also given a 20-year sentence. Both […]

France approves controversial immigration bill

France approves controversial immigration bill

Image copyright EPA Image caption The vote opened fractures in President Emmanuel Macron’s governing centrist party The French National Assembly has passed a tough new immigration law that tightens the rules around asylum. The bill shortens asylum application deadlines, doubles the time for which illegal migrants can be detained, and introduces a one-year prison sentence […]

Radovan Karadzic: Bosnian Serb ex-leader begins war crimes appeal

Radovan Karadzic: Bosnian Serb ex-leader begins war crimes appeal

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Radovan Karadzic hid for years before his arrest in 2008 and conviction in 2016 Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic has started his appeal against a 40-year prison sentence for genocide and war crimes. A UN tribunal in The Hague is hearing the two-day appeal. The International Criminal Tribunal for […]

UK will leave customs union, insists PM’s office

UK will leave customs union, insists PM’s office

Image copyright PA Image caption Goods can move tariff-free within countries in a customs union The government has restated its commitment to leaving the EU’s custom union – ahead of a symbolic vote on the issue this week. Last Wednesday, the government suffered defeat on the EU Withdrawal Bill in the House of Lords – […]

Crossing Divides: Europe ‘more split’ than decade ago

Crossing Divides: Europe ‘more split’ than decade ago

Image copyright Getty Images Most Europeans believe their countries are more polarised than 10 years ago, and 47% see their societies as less tolerant, a poll for the BBC suggests. In the online Ipsos Mori poll spanning 27 countries, 66% of people in Europe felt their nations were “more divided”, the highest proportion worldwide. Politics […]

Armenia unrest: Protesters rally after leader detained

Armenia unrest: Protesters rally after leader detained

Media captionThere were scuffles as Nikol Pashinyan was detained Thousands of anti-government protesters have rallied defiantly in the Armenian capital Yerevan after riot police seized their leader. Nikol Pashinyan was arrested after televised talks with Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan collapsed. In a tense exchange, the opposition MP insisted the PM should quit and Mr Sargsyan […]

Iran nuclear deal: Macron urges Trump to stick with 2015 accord

Iran nuclear deal: Macron urges Trump to stick with 2015 accord

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The two leaders have “a very special relationship”, Mr Macron says French President Emmanuel Macron has urged his US counterpart, Donald Trump, to stick with the Iran nuclear deal, saying there is no better option. He was speaking to Fox News ahead of a three-day state visit to the US […]

Talks between Armenian leaders break down amid protests

Talks between Armenian leaders break down amid protests

Image copyright AFP Image caption Opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan has called for a “velvet revolution” Talks between Armenia’s PM and an opposition leader aimed at ending anti-government protests have broken down. Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan walked out of a televised meeting with Nikol Pashinyan in the capital, denouncing the opposition’s “blackmail”. Mr Pashinyan wants Mr […]