UK election 2017: Conservatives lose majority

UK election 2017: Conservatives lose majority

Britain’s Conservatives have lost their majority in a snap general election that has resulted in a hung parliament. With just a handful of seats left to declare, Thursday’s poll shows gains for the opposition Labour Party. This is seen as a humiliation for PM Minister Theresa May, who chose to call the election to try […]

Juncker: EU needs stronger defence arm

Juncker: EU needs stronger defence arm

Image copyright EPA Image caption Nato held major exercises in north-eastern Poland last month EU nations must step up their military co-operation as they cannot simply rely on the US to defend them, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says. “Our deference to Nato can no longer be used as a convenient alibi to argue against […]

UK election result: How the world reacted

UK election result: How the world reacted

Image copyright Reuters Image caption British PM Theresa May is now facing calls to resign The UK has woken up to a surprise election result, after Prime Minister Theresa May’s election gamble backfired. The PM had hoped to increase the Conservatives’ majority in Parliament so they had a stronger mandate to deliver Brexit. But now […]

Election 2017: Pound falls sharply but UK shares rise

Election 2017: Pound falls sharply but UK shares rise

Image copyright Reuters The pound has fallen sharply after the UK election resulted in a hung parliament. Sterling’s value had dropped overnight, and as trading got under way in London it slipped further, standing 2% lower at about $1.27, with markets worried about continued political uncertainty. Against the euro, the pound was down 1.7% at […]

Big losses for Scottish National Party

Big losses for Scottish National Party

Image caption Alex Salmond, the former SNP leader and Scottish first minister, was defeated in Gordon Alex Salmond and Angus Robertson were among the high-profile casualties as the SNP lost more than a third of its seats in the general election. The party won 35 of the 59 Scottish constituencies – a fall of 21 […]

UK election 2017: UK set for hung parliament

UK election 2017: UK set for hung parliament

The Conservatives have failed to win an overall majority, and the UK is now set for a hung parliament, says the latest BBC forecast. It shows gains for the Labour Party after Thursday’s general election. This would be a humiliation for Prime Minister Theresa May, who chose to call the election to try to strengthen […]

Election 2017: Tories to be largest party – exit poll

Election 2017: Tories to be largest party – exit poll

Britain’s Conservative Party will be the largest party but may not have a majority after the UK’s snap general election, an exit poll says. The survey taken at polling stations across the UK suggests the party could get 314 MPs when all the votes have been counted after Thursday’s poll. Labour would get 266, the […]

UK voters go to polls

UK voters go to polls

Image copyright EPA/PA Image caption Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May cast their votes on Thursday after a seven-week campaign Voting in the UK general election is under way at more than 40,000 polling stations across the country. Polls opened at 07:00 BST on Thursday, with counting starting once voting ends at 22:00 BST. A total […]

Greece hunts Colombians over hospital kit stolen in Athens

Greece hunts Colombians over hospital kit stolen in Athens

Image copyright AFP Image caption Endoscopes are mainly used to investigate patients’ digestive problems Greek police say a Colombian criminal gang has stolen expensive medical equipment from four Athens hospitals, with similar thefts seen across Europe. Three suspects, still at large, have been identified. Bogota police have recovered four endoscopes, which tend to be used […]

French rail drama as actor mistaken for terrorist on TGV

French rail drama as actor mistaken for terrorist on TGV

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The actor had apparently chosen to rehearse in the toilet so as not to upset his fellow passengers When a train conductor heard the English words “gun” and “weapon” from a toilet on board a high-speed train travelling through southern France, he feared the worst. A day after an […]