Ratko Mladic jailed for life over Bosnia war genocide

Ratko Mladic jailed for life over Bosnia war genocide

Media captionRatko Mladic began shouting at the judges before his sentence was read out Former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic has been jailed for life for genocide and other atrocities in the 1990s Bosnian war. Known as the “Butcher of Bosnia”, Mladic led forces during the massacre of Bosnian Muslims (Bosniaks) in Srebrenica and the […]

German coalition talks: Merkel seeks to break stalemate

German coalition talks: Merkel seeks to break stalemate

Image copyright EPA Image caption German Chancellor Angela Merkel is facing the biggest crisis of her political career The German president is pursuing efforts to broker a coalition deal which might include the centre-left Social Democrats. The move comes after talks between Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats party, the pro-business Free Democrats and the Greens […]

Le Pen decries ‘fatwa’ on National Front bank accounts

Le Pen decries ‘fatwa’ on National Front bank accounts

Image copyright AFP Image caption Ms Le Pen has been fighting for her political survival since losing France’s presidential election to Emmanuel Macron Marine Le Pen has claimed her National Front party is the victim of a “banking fatwa” after banks closed its accounts as well as her own personal account. The leader of the […]

Dmitri Hvorostovsky: Opera great dies at 55

Dmitri Hvorostovsky: Opera great dies at 55

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Dmitri Hvorostovsky continued to perform after his brain tumour diagnosis The opera world is mourning beloved Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, who has died at the age of 55. Regarded as one the finest baritones of his age, he was diagnosed with brain cancer two-and-a-half years ago. Born in Siberia, […]

UK chancellor pledges £3bn for Brexit

UK chancellor pledges £3bn for Brexit

Media captionThe chancellor abolishes stamp duty on homes under £300,000 to help first-time buyers. Chancellor Philip Hammond has abolished stamp duty for most first-time buyers in England and Wales in his Budget. The change, effective immediately, will apply to the first £300,000 of a home’s value, saving first-time buyers £5,000. Mr Hammond also promised £1.5bn […]

Russian boy’s WW2 speech to German MPs stirs web anger

Russian boy’s WW2 speech to German MPs stirs web anger

Image copyright German Bundestag Image caption Nikolai Desyatnichenko (r) told German MPs that the fate of a Wehrmacht soldier “touched him” A Russian schoolboy has received online abuse and death threats after suggesting that many German troops who invaded the USSR in World War Two were themselves victims of the conflict. Teenager Nikolai Desyatnichenko was […]

Stolen John Lennon items recovered in Berlin

Stolen John Lennon items recovered in Berlin

Image copyright AFP Image caption Pairs of John Lennon’s signature round glasses were also found German police have recovered more than 100 items stolen from John Lennon’s estate, including three diaries. The diaries were put on display at Berlin police headquarters with other items including a tape recording of a Beatles concert, two pairs of […]

Giant swastika unearthed under Germany sports field

Giant swastika unearthed under Germany sports field

Image copyright DPA/PA Image caption The structure was too heavy to be lifted by an excavator A large concrete swastika has been unearthed during excavations for new changing rooms in a sports club in the German city of Hamburg. The swastika, measuring four by four metres (13ft by 13ft), was buried 40cm underground in the […]

Russia denies nuclear accident after radioactive traces found

Russia denies nuclear accident after radioactive traces found

Russia says a nuclear accident has not occurred on its territory despite “extremely high” traces of a radioactive isotope being found. Russia’s weather service acknowledged it had measured pollution of ruthenium-106 at 1,000 times normal levels in the Ural mountains. It said there was no health risk. The announcement appeared to confirm a report by […]

Bialowieza forest: EU threatens Poland with fine over logging

Bialowieza forest: EU threatens Poland with fine over logging

Media captionBiałowieża is home to European bison, wolves, lynx and elks, among other rare species Europe’s top court has given Poland 15 days to prove it has complied with a court order to stop logging in Europe’s oldest forest or face fines of €100,000 ($118,000; £89,000) a day. The European Court of Justice said it […]