France election: Le Pen accused of plagiarising Fillon

France election: Le Pen accused of plagiarising Fillon

Media captionLe Pen and Fillon read the passage, in French, about France’s “three maritime borders” French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has been accused of plagiarising defeated rival Fran├žois Fillon in a speech she delivered on Monday. Several sections of her speech in Villepinte, north of Paris, appear to repeat almost word-for-word comments Mr Fillon […]

German male escort’s data hidden from paternity suit woman

German male escort’s data hidden from paternity suit woman

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The woman was vague about the man who had allegedly fathered her son A woman who got pregnant after having sex with a male escort in a German hotel has failed in a legal battle to find out his name. The hotel where they spent three nights in 2010, […]

Merkel to meet Putin to discuss crises in Syria and Ukraine

Merkel to meet Putin to discuss crises in Syria and Ukraine

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mrs Merkel last visited Russia two years ago German Chancellor Angela Merkel is due to meet Vladimir Putin in Russia for the first time since 2015. The meeting, at Mr Putin’s summer residence in Sochi, comes at a low point in bilateral relations over the war in Syria and Russia’s […]

France election: Le Pen and Macron spar ahead of run-off

France election: Le Pen and Macron spar ahead of run-off

Media captionWatch: Officers say they fired tear gas in response to petrol bombs The two rivals in France’s presidential race have traded accusations at the start of the last week of campaigning. Far-right candidate Marine Le Pen lambasted pro-EU centrist Emmanuel Macron as a “candidate of continuity”. Mr Macron said he would fight “until the […]

Malta PM Joseph Muscat calls snap general election

Malta PM Joseph Muscat calls snap general election

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Malta’s PM Joseph Muscat sai Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has called a snap general election for 3 June, a year before his term ends. The opposition has been calling for his resignation over allegations that his wife owned an offshore company in Panama. Mr Muscat and his wife, Michelle, […]

France election: Le Pen attacks Macron as ‘candidate of continuity’

France election: Le Pen attacks Macron as ‘candidate of continuity’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Marine Le Pen is presenting herself as the candidate of change Far-right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has accused her pro-EU centrist rival Emmanuel Macron of being the “candidate of continuity”. She linked Mr Macron to the unpopular current President, Fran├žois Hollande, in whose cabinet he once served. Ms […]

France election: Macron says EU must reform or face ‘Frexit’

France election: Macron says EU must reform or face ‘Frexit’

Media captionEmmanuel Macron pledges EU reform if elected The front-runner in the French presidential election has told the BBC that the EU must reform or face the prospect of “Frexit”. Pro-EU centrist Emmanuel Macron made the comments as he and his far-right rival Marine Le Pen entered the last week of campaigning. French voters go […]

Italy ex-PM Matteo Renzi wins Democratic Party election

Italy ex-PM Matteo Renzi wins Democratic Party election

Image copyright EPA Image caption Matteo Renzi said his was given “an extraordinary responsibility” by voters Former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has regained the leadership of the governing Democratic Party (PD). Mr Renzi, 42, won more than 70% of the vote in Sunday’s primary among party supporters, leaving two other contenders far behind. The […]

Footballer walks off after ‘racist abuse’

Footballer walks off after ‘racist abuse’

Sulley Muntari reacts to supporters during Pescara’s 1-0 defeat at Cagliari Pescara’s Sulley Muntari walked off the pitch in protest when a referee booked him after he claimed he was being racially abused during a league match. The 32-year-old former Ghana midfielder asked Daniele Minelli to stop Sunday’s Serie A game at Cagliari. But he […]

Gem TV: Iranian CEO Saeed Karimian shot dead in Istanbul

Gem TV: Iranian CEO Saeed Karimian shot dead in Istanbul

Image copyright Saeed Karimian Image caption Saeed Karimian was killed in Istanbul The founder and chairman of the Persian-language Gem TV company has been killed in Istanbul. Saeed Karimian, 45, was shot dead in the Maslak neighbourhood, along with his Kuwaiti business partner. The vehicle used in the apparent assassination was later found burnt out. […]