Anti-nuclear weapons group ICAN wins Nobel Peace Prize

Anti-nuclear weapons group ICAN wins Nobel Peace Prize

Media captionBerit Reiss-Andersen, the Nobel committee chair, announces the winner. The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (Ican). Berit Reiss-Andersen, the Nobel committee chair, said it was due to the group’s “groundbreaking efforts to achieve a treaty prohibition” on nuclear weapons. “We live in a world where […]

Model Arvida Byström gets rape threats after an advert featured her hairy legs

Model Arvida Byström gets rape threats after an advert featured her hairy legs

Swedish model, Arvida Byström, says she’s received rape threats after posing for an advert with hairy legs. The 26-year-old featured in an Adidas campaign promoting a new brand of trainers. She received dozens of abusive messages after the advert was released on YouTube. In an Instagram post, which is getting more and more attention, she […]

Bus crash at railway crossing kills 16 in Russia

Bus crash at railway crossing kills 16 in Russia

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Kazakhstan-registered bus was destroyed by an oncoming passenger train At least 16 people were killed when a train hit a bus on a crossing in the Russian region of Vladimir, 100km (62 miles) east of Moscow. Russian media report that the bus engine may have stalled after the driver […]

Bus crash at railway crossing kills 19 in Russia

Bus crash at railway crossing kills 19 in Russia

Image copyright EPA Image caption The Kazakhstan-registered bus was destroyed by an oncoming passenger train At least 19 people were killed when a train hit a bus on a crossing in the Russian region of Vladimir, 100km (62 miles) east of Moscow. Russian media report that the driver may have stalled the engine after ignoring […]

Afghan refugee, 106, ‘happy’ at Sweden asylum U-turn

Afghan refugee, 106, ‘happy’ at Sweden asylum U-turn

Image caption It would be “shocking” to make Ms Uzbeki return, the court said A 106-year-old Afghan woman has told the BBC she is “happy” a Swedish court has overturned a decision to deport her. Khalbibi Uzbeki, who is bedridden and nearly blind, is believed to be the oldest person to have sought asylum in […]

Catalan crisis: Spanish court bars MPs’ independence move

Catalan crisis: Spanish court bars MPs’ independence move

Image copyright EPA Image caption Pro-independence demonstrations have continued, following Sunday’s referendum Spain’s Constitutional Court has suspended next Monday’s session of the Catalan parliament, in a bid to pre-empt a possible push for independence. The court said such a move would be “a breach of the constitution”. Earlier Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy warned Catalonia’s regional […]

‘German James Bond’ Werner Mauss sentenced for tax evasion

‘German James Bond’ Werner Mauss sentenced for tax evasion

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mauss (left, with his lawyer) complained he was hampered in his defence due to confidentiality agreements One of Germany’s top former spies, known for his undercover work to expose criminality, has himself gained a criminal conviction. A German court handed Werner Mauss a two-year suspended jail sentence for tax […]

Catalan crisis: Spain condemns ‘blackmail’ of Puigdemont

Catalan crisis: Spain condemns ‘blackmail’ of Puigdemont

Image copyright AFP Image caption Protesters wave Spanish flags at a demonstration defending unity on Wednesday Spain’s government has said it will not accept “blackmail” after the Catalan leader indicated that independence could be declared next week. Carles Puigdemont must return to the path of law before any negotiation could take place, the Madrid government […]

Cesare Battisti: Brazil holds fugitive Italian ex-militant

Cesare Battisti: Brazil holds fugitive Italian ex-militant

Image copyright AFP Image caption Battisti pictured in 2009, while serving time in a Brazilian prison Brazilian police have arrested Cesare Battisti, a former communist militant convicted of four murders in Italy. Police say Battisti was in a taxi attempting to cross into Bolivia and was found to have a large quantity of undeclared foreign […]

Athenia: Is this the wreck of the first British ship torpedoed in WW2?

Athenia: Is this the wreck of the first British ship torpedoed in WW2?

Image copyright GSI Image caption The sonar contact matches the dimensions of the Athenia in all details The remains of the first British ship to be sunk in WW2 appear to have been identified on the Atlantic seabed. Shipwreck-hunter David Mearns says sonar data shows the transatlantic passenger liner Athenia to be lying 200m down […]