Spartak Moscow: Black players say there is ‘no racism’ at Russian club

Spartak Moscow: Black players say there is ‘no racism’ at Russian club

A tweet by Spartak Moscow on Saturday Spartak Moscow players described as “chocolates melting in the sun” by the Russian team’s Twitter account have said “there is no racism” at the club. The post accompanied a video, filmed by defender Georgi Dzhikiya, that showed three black players training in sunny conditions. It has since been […]

Turkey plane: Panic as jet skids off runway at Trabzon

Turkey plane: Panic as jet skids off runway at Trabzon

Media captionThe plane stopped with its nose nearly in the water, but no passengers or crew were hurt Panic broke out on a passenger jet when it skidded off the runway at a Turkish airport and plunged down the side of a cliff overlooking the sea. The Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737-800 with 168 passengers and […]

French salmonella baby milk scandal ‘affects 83 countries’

French salmonella baby milk scandal ‘affects 83 countries’

Image copyright AFP Image caption The recall was issued in December and French retailers have been threatened with legal action if they sell it More than 12 million boxes of powdered baby milk have now been recalled in 83 countries in a salmonella scandal involving French company Lactalis. The dairy firm’s CEO, Emmanuel Besnier, confirmed […]

Portugal fire kills eight at leisure centre

Portugal fire kills eight at leisure centre

At least eight people have been killed and dozens more injured after a blast triggered a fire at a community centre in northern Portugal. The fire in Vila Nova da Rainha started when a heating boiler in the building exploded, the mayor said. More than 60 people were at the centre for an amateur card […]

Austria: Protests in Vienna over far-right in coalition

Austria: Protests in Vienna over far-right in coalition

Image copyright EPA Image caption Protesters carried posters reading “don’t let Nazis govern” Protests have taken place in the Austrian capital of Vienna over the inclusion of the far-right Freedom Party in the new coalition government. Police said at least 20,000 people attended the rally, although organisers put the number at double that. Families with […]

Czech election: Zeman faces presidential run-off against Drahos

Czech election: Zeman faces presidential run-off against Drahos

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Milos Zeman remains popular in rural areas The Czech presidential election will go to a run-off after incumbent Milos Zeman led the first round but did not secure enough votes to win outright. With nearly all results in, Mr Zeman had 39% ahead of his nearest rival Jiri Drahos on […]

Russian doping: Whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov will testify but life under ‘serious threat’

Russian doping: Whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov will testify but life under ‘serious threat’

Grigory Rodchenkov fled to the United States after Moscow issued an arrest warrant The whistleblower whose evidence led to Russia’s ban from next month’s Winter Olympics is preparing to testify against those involved – even though his life is under “serious threat”, his lawyer says. Former Russian anti-doping official Grigory Rodchenkov fled to the United […]

Macron: French baguettes should be Unesco-listed treasures

Macron: French baguettes should be Unesco-listed treasures

Image copyright AFP / Getty Images Image caption Baguettes being judged during a Paris competition last April The French baguette should be listed as a Unesco cultural treasure, says France’s President Emmanuel Macron. “The baguette is the envy of the whole world,” he said, in support of a national bakers’ association that is promoting the […]

France’s first panda cub makes its public debut

France’s first panda cub makes its public debut

Media captionFive-month-old Yuan Meng explores his surroundings The first panda cub to be born in France has made its public debut five months after its birth. Yuan Meng, which means “making a dream come true” in Chinese, is the star attraction at Beauval zoo in central France. Visitors travelled from all over the country to […]

Germany coalition talks: Merkel welcomes breakthrough

Germany coalition talks: Merkel welcomes breakthrough

Image copyright AFP Image caption Angela Merkel and Martin Schulz stressed the need for social cohesion German politicians have achieved a breakthrough in talks aimed at forming a new coalition government. A blueprint for formal negotiations was agreed between Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) and their former coalition partners, the Social Democrats (SPD). Politicians […]