US-Russian spat over bombers landing in Venezuela

US-Russian spat over bombers landing in Venezuela

Image copyright AFP Image caption Venezuelan Defence Minister Vladimir Padrino (first row, second from left) welcomed the Russians Russian and US officials have been involved in a spat over the landing in Venezuela of two Russian bombers capable of carrying nuclear weapons. The two Tu-160 bombers landed in Venezuela on Monday in a Russian show […]

Anti-Semitism pervades European life, says EU report

Anti-Semitism pervades European life, says EU report

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A startling 95% of French Jews see anti-Semitism as either a fairly or very big problem Anti-Semitism is getting worse and Jews are increasingly worried about the risk of harassment, according to a major survey of 12 EU countries. Hundreds of Jews questioned by the EU’s Fundamental Rights Agency […]

Mikhail Popkov: Russian ex-cop jailed for 56 more murders

Mikhail Popkov: Russian ex-cop jailed for 56 more murders

Image copyright AFP Image caption Popkov has been described as Russia’s worst serial killer in recent decades (file photo) A Siberian policeman described as Russia’s most prolific mass murderer in modern times has been given a second life sentence. Mikhail Popkov, 53, murdered 55 women and a policeman near Irkutsk between 1992 and 2007. He […]

Yellow vest protests ‘economic catastrophe’ for France

Yellow vest protests ‘economic catastrophe’ for France

Image copyright Reuters Image caption About 10,000 took to the streets of Paris The “yellow vest” protests have been “a catastrophe” for the French economy, the finance minister says. France has seen four consecutive weekends of demonstrations against fuel tax rises, high living costs, and other issues. About 125,000 protesters took to the streets on […]

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey criticised for ‘tone deaf’ Myanmar tweets

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey criticised for ‘tone deaf’ Myanmar tweets

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Jack Dorsey said he had travelled to Myanmar for a meditation retreat last month Twitter’s chief executive has been criticised for promoting Myanmar as a tourist destination despite widespread allegations of human rights abuses in the country. In a series of tweets, Jack Dorsey said he had travelled to northern […]

Japan’s Princess Masako opens up on insecurities and health

Japan’s Princess Masako opens up on insecurities and health

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Princess Masako, pictured with Prince Naruhito and their pet dog, said: “I will strive to do my very best” Japan’s Crown Princess Masako says she feels “insecure” about becoming empress in April, but will do her best to serve the people of Japan. Masako Owada will become empress when her […]

Top Afghan football official suspended

Top Afghan football official suspended

Afghan Football Federation president Keramuddin Keram has been suspended while allegations of sexual abuse of members of the women’s national team are being investigated. Allegations have been made by several former players and Kelly Lindsey, the American former head coach of the team. The decision was taken by Afghanistan’s attorney general’s office, which is carrying […]

Huawei arrest: China demands release of Meng Wanzhou

Huawei arrest: China demands release of Meng Wanzhou

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Meng Wanzhou was detained while transferring between flights in Vancouver China is demanding the release of telecoms giant Huawei’s chief financial officer, who has been detained in Canada. Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of the company’s founder, could face extradition to the US. She was arrested in Vancouver on 1 December, […]

France protests: Government fears ‘major violence’ in coming days

France protests: Government fears ‘major violence’ in coming days

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The scene on Thursday in Nantes, as school students protested against education reforms The French government says it fears “major violence” in Paris on Saturday as the national “yellow vests” protest movement shows little sign of easing. The government said it was scrapping the fuel tax increases in the budget […]

Ohio dad makes girl walk miles to school for bullying on bus

Ohio dad makes girl walk miles to school for bullying on bus

Image copyright Matt Cox/Facebook Image caption This was the second time his daughter had been reprimanded for bullying on the bus, the father said An Ohio father who made his daughter walk five miles (8km) to school as punishment for bullying has provoked a debate on parenting. After 10-year-old Kirsten was suspended for three days […]