France’s Macron responds to yellow vests with promise of reforms

France’s Macron responds to yellow vests with promise of reforms

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Emmanuel Macron made the live address at the Elysee Palace French President Emmanuel Macron has given a long-awaited response to the yellow vest protest movement with promises of tax cuts, higher pensions and a reform of the civil service. Despite insisting that order must return, he acknowledged a “lack […]

Tenerife cave: Son leads police to bodies of mother and brother

Tenerife cave: Son leads police to bodies of mother and brother

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mountains rise up behind Adeje, a coastal resort A little German boy’s testimony led Spanish police to the bodies of his mother and 10-year-old brother in a cave on the island of Tenerife. Police arrested the German father, suspected of killing the two victims. Locals alerted police after finding […]

Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank abandon merger talks

Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank abandon merger talks

Image copyright Getty Images Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank have abandoned merger talks, saying the deal would have been too risky. Both banks said the deal would not have generated “sufficient benefits” to offset the costs of the deal. The German banks only entered formal merger talks last month. The German government had been supporting the […]

Russia offers passports to people in eastern Ukraine territories

Russia offers passports to people in eastern Ukraine territories

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption People in the self-proclaimed “Donetsk Republic” await Denis Pushilin, the acting leader, in November 2018 President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Wednesday that makes it easier for those living in eastern Ukraine’s separatist territories to access a Russian passport. The move is seen as a challenge to Volodymyr […]

Stephanie Frappart first woman to referee Ligue 1 match

Stephanie Frappart first woman to referee Ligue 1 match

Stephanie Frappart shows England’s Jade Moore a yellow card during the Lionesses’ European Championship semi-final defeat by the Netherlands French official Stephanie Frappart will become the first woman to referee a Ligue 1 match when Amiens host Strasbourg on Sunday. She has been selected for the game by the French Football Federation to “prepare her […]

Europe wildfires: Norway police evacuate hundreds in Sokndal

Europe wildfires: Norway police evacuate hundreds in Sokndal

Image copyright Rogaland Red Cross Image caption The Red Cross helped local officials evacuate homes around the town of Sokndal where the fires were most dangerous Hundreds of people have had to leave their homes in Norway as emergency services try to extinguish forest fires raging in the south of the country. Some 148 homes […]

WW2 bomb blown up in Germany after evacuation

WW2 bomb blown up in Germany after evacuation

Image copyright DPA Image caption The bomb – seen in the lower left – was uncovered during construction work A 250kg (550lb) World War Two bomb caused damage in a German city when it exploded on Wednesday under controlled circumstances. It was discovered in the southern city of Regensburg during construction work. The bomb could […]

Ex-Barcelona president cleared of money laundering

Ex-Barcelona president cleared of money laundering

Sandro Rosell was arrested in May 2017 Former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has been acquitted of money laundering, after 20 months in prison. The 55-year-old was accused, alongside his wife and four others, of laundering fees for broadcast rights to the Brazil football team’s matches and a sponsorship contract with Nike. Rosell, arrested in May […]

France and New Zealand target online extremism

France and New Zealand target online extremism

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption “It’s critical that technology platforms like Facebook are not perverted as a tool for terrorism”, Ms Ardern said New Zealand and France will lead efforts to stop the use of social media to organise and promote terrorism in the wake of the Christchurch attacks. A gunman killed 50 people […]

Christian Schilcher: Deputy mayor resigns over poem

Christian Schilcher: Deputy mayor resigns over poem

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Schilcher said he did not mean to insult anyone A deputy mayor in Austria has resigned after facing criticism for a poem he wrote that compared humans to rodents. In the poem, Christian Schilcher, from the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) tells migrants to integrate or “get out of here […]

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