Yellow-vest protests: Macron condemns anti-Semitic abuse

Yellow-vest protests: Macron condemns anti-Semitic abuse

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Tens of thousands took part in anti-government protests on Saturday French President Emmanuel Macron has condemned anti-Semitic abuse directed at a prominent intellectual by a group of “yellow vest” protesters in Paris. Police stepped in to protect the philosopher Alain Finkielkraut after he was bombarded with insults and anti-Jewish taunts […]

UK PM urges Tory MPs to unite on Brexit

UK PM urges Tory MPs to unite on Brexit

Image copyright PA Theresa May has urged Conservative MPs to put aside “personal preferences” and support a Brexit deal in the Commons. In a letter to all 317 Tory members of Parliament, the prime minister said “history will judge us all” over the handling of Brexit. It comes after the government suffered a defeat in […]

Catalan separatists stage mass protest in Barcelona

Catalan separatists stage mass protest in Barcelona

Image copyright Reuters Image caption It’s thought around 200,000 Catalan separatists were at the protest Demonstrators have marched en masse through Barcelona in protest at the trial of Catalan separatist leaders. Some 200,000 people took to the streets, waving Catalan flags and shouting pro-separatist slogans in support of the 12 leaders on trial. The trial, […]

Bruno Ganz, who played Hitler in Downfall, dies aged 77

Bruno Ganz, who played Hitler in Downfall, dies aged 77

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Ganz was well-known in German-language cinema and theatre Bruno Ganz, who played Hitler in the 2004 film Downfall, has died aged 77. The Swiss actor died at home in Zurich on Friday night, his management said. Ganz was well-known in German-language cinema and theatre and also had roles in English-language […]

UK regional airline Flybmi ceases operations

UK regional airline Flybmi ceases operations

Image copyright BMI Regional Image caption Flybmi has a fleet of Embraer jets British regional airline Flybmi has cancelled all its flights and filed for administration, the airline has announced. The company said it had been badly affected by rises in fuel and carbon costs and uncertainty over Brexit. The East Midlands-based airline, which has […]

Long-nosed lover Cyrano returns to woo Paris in hit play Edmond

Long-nosed lover Cyrano returns to woo Paris in hit play Edmond

Image copyright Alexis Michalik Image caption The drama follows Edmond Rostand as he writes about Cyrano de Bergerac A play-within-a-play in the style of Shakespeare in Love – penned by a half-British actor, no less – has become the toast of Paris theatre. The play, Edmond, is now one of the most successful French productions […]

Spain PM Sánchez sets snap election for April

Spain PM Sánchez sets snap election for April

Image copyright EPA Image caption The PM has been governing in a very fragmented political landscape Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has called a snap general election for 28 April, after Catalan nationalist MPs withdrew support for the Socialist government’s budget. It is just eight months since Mr Sánchez took office, heading a minority government […]

Brexit ‘monster’ urges Dutch to prepare

Brexit ‘monster’ urges Dutch to prepare

Image copyright Stef blok Image caption Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok (L) poses with an invasive Brexit monster The Dutch government sees Brexit not as the elephant in the room but as a giant Muppet-style monster lying on a desk. That is the picture tweeted by Foreign Minister Stef Blok, with the warning: “make sure […]

Moldovan election prompts Facebook to remove accounts

Moldovan election prompts Facebook to remove accounts

Image copyright EPA Image caption East meets West: Moldova’s election sees pro-EU and pro-Russia politicians face off Facebook says it has removed more than 200 “inauthentic” accounts targeting people in Moldova, some of which were linked to government employees. Moldovans go to the polls on 24 February under a new electoral system. One of Europe’s […]

Airbus scraps A380 superjumbo jet as sales slump

Airbus scraps A380 superjumbo jet as sales slump

Image copyright EPA European aircraft manufacturer Airbus has pulled the plug on its struggling A380 superjumbo, which entered service just 12 years ago. Airbus said last deliveries of the world’s largest passenger aircraft, which cost about $25bn (£19.4bn) to develop, would be made in 2021. The decision comes after Emirates, the largest A380 customer, cut […]

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