Nigeria: Ogoni widow testifies against Shell in The Hague

Nigeria: Ogoni widow testifies against Shell in The Hague

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Esther Kiobel has waged a long campaign for justice The widow of a Nigerian activist suing oil giant Shell over the execution of her husband says his death left her “traumatised” and “poverty-stricken”. Esther Kiobel is testifying in court in The Hague, demanding compensation from the Netherlands-based firm. She […]

Hammond’s Brexit ‘deal dividend’ not credible, MPs say

Hammond’s Brexit ‘deal dividend’ not credible, MPs say

Image copyright AFP Image caption The committee said the aim of eliminating the budget deficit had “no credibility” MPs have dismissed the chancellor’s forecast of a Brexit “deal dividend” of lower taxes and higher spending. The Treasury Committee said it was “not credible” to describe any resultant economic boost from a Brexit deal as a […]

French media execs accused of cyber-bullying feminists

French media execs accused of cyber-bullying feminists

Image copyright PA Several French media executives have been suspended or fired for allegedly co-ordinating online harassment through a private Facebook group. The largely-male League du LOL (League of LOL) targeted women writers and feminist activists among others. Dozens of people have shared their experience of cyber-bullying by the group since it was uncovered by […]

Ukraine official charged over acid killing

Ukraine official charged over acid killing

Media captionKateryna Handzyuk died after recording a defiant anti-corruption video Ukrainian prosecutors have charged a high-ranking local official over a deadly acid attack on a prominent anti-corruption activist. The agony of Kateryna Handzyuk, 33, shocked Ukraine. She died from her burns in November, after more than 10 operations. She was attacked in July. Vladyslav Manger, […]

Food industry warns Gove on Brexit ‘crisis’

Food industry warns Gove on Brexit ‘crisis’

Image copyright Getty Images The UK food industry has threatened to stop co-operating with government policy consultations, saying it is busy trying to stave off the “catastrophic impact” of a no-deal Brexit. The warning came in a letter to Environment Secretary Michael Gove from more than 30 business leaders. They said it looked “ever more […]

Hungary tries for baby boom with tax breaks and loan forgiveness

Hungary tries for baby boom with tax breaks and loan forgiveness

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Hungary’s population is falling and the prime minister hopes these measures will reverse the trend Hungarian women with four children or more will be exempted for life from paying income tax, the prime minister has said, unveiling plans designed to boost the number of babies being born. It was […]

Russia to test cyber-war defences

Russia to test cyber-war defences

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The net independence plan is seen as a way for Russia’s government to get more control over online life Russia is planning to briefly disconnect from the internet as part of planning for a future cyber-war. The test will mean data passing between Russian citizens and organisations stays inside the […]

Italian farmers spill milk in protest at low prices

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Spain Catalonia: Madrid mass protest over talks policy

Spain Catalonia: Madrid mass protest over talks policy

Media captionProtesters angered by the government’s outreach to Catalan separatists call for new elections in Spain Tens of thousands gathered in Madrid for a protest by right-wing parties opposed to a Spanish government plan to ease tension in the Catalonia region. The centre-right Popular Party (PP) and Ciudadanos (Citizens) say Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez’s plan […]

‘Hitler paintings’ fail to sell at auction in Germany

‘Hitler paintings’ fail to sell at auction in Germany

Image copyright AFP Image caption The auction house had been hit with accusations they were selling fakes Five pictures said to have been painted by Nazi leader Adolf Hitler have failed to sell at auction in Germany. Weidler auction house hoped to raise €45,000 (£40,000; $51,000) from the most expensive work. The auction was held […]