Berlin backs five-year rent freeze amid housing pressure

Berlin backs five-year rent freeze amid housing pressure

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A fair rent march in Berlin: The top banner reads “My home is not your profit” Berlin’s left-wing government has approved a plan to freeze rents in the German capital for the next five years. Rents have risen sharply in the city and there have been rallies urging the […]

Roma flee Russian village after mass brawl

Roma flee Russian village after mass brawl

Image copyright Sledcomru/vk.com Image caption Russian police have arrested 28 suspects over the Chemodanovka unrest (screenshot from SK video) Dozens of ethnic Roma (Gypsies) have fled from a village in southern Russia after a mass brawl with local Russians, in which one man died of a head wound. The brawl erupted in Chemodanovka on 13 […]

Germany’s Angela Merkel ‘fine’ after seen shaking in heatwave

Germany’s Angela Merkel ‘fine’ after seen shaking in heatwave

Media captionAngela Merkel was seen trembling and later said she had been dehydrated German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she is fine, after she was seen trembling as she greeted Ukraine’s president on a boiling day in Berlin. Mrs Merkel, 64, was visibly struggling as she stood next to Volodymyr Zelensky while a military band […]

German road toll discriminates against foreigners – ECJ

German road toll discriminates against foreigners – ECJ

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Austrians would have been particularly hard-hit by the toll as many cut through Bavaria between the Tyrol and Salzburg A planned German motorway toll is against EU law because it relies entirely on drivers from other member states, the bloc’s top court has ruled. Germany had wanted to introduce […]

Michel Platini questioned over awarding of World Cup to Qatar

Michel Platini questioned over awarding of World Cup to Qatar

Michel Platini was head of Uefa from 2007 until he was banned in 2015 Former Uefa president Michel Platini is being questioned by French anti-corruption investigators over the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar. Platini, 63, was head of European football’s governing body until being banned in 2015 for ethics breaches. The former […]

French student misses bus, crashes car, dropped off to exam by police

French student misses bus, crashes car, dropped off to exam by police

Image copyright National Police of Tarn/Facebook Image caption Police said they wished the high school student “all the success he deserves” A French student who crashed his father’s car while rushing to sit an exam got to take the test after being dropped off by police, officials say. Loïc, 18, was desperate to take his […]

Ireland to ban new petrol and diesel vehicles from 2030

Ireland to ban new petrol and diesel vehicles from 2030

Image copyright PA Image caption The ban is part of a major new strategy to reduce emissions and improve the environment The Irish government plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030, as part of a major strategy to protect the environment. The aim is to ensure that all new […]

Avalanche traps four Italian climbers in Pakistan

Avalanche traps four Italian climbers in Pakistan

Seven mountaineers have been caught by an avalanche while climbing at an altitude of more than 5,000m (17,000ft) in northern Pakistan, officials say. The four Italian and three Pakistani climbers are believed to be trapped in the Ghizer district near the border with Afghanistan. The avalanche occurred in the early hours of Monday, local media […]

Finnish radio drops Latin news after 30 years

Finnish radio drops Latin news after 30 years

Image copyright yle.fi Image caption For thirty years Finland has spoken ‘urbi et orbi’ Finnish radio is ending its long-running weekly news bulletin in Latin. The Yle public broadcaster has told its ‘carissimi auditores’ (dear listeners) that “everything passes, and even the best programmes reach the end of the road. This is now the case […]

Atlantic Ocean ‘running out of breath’

Atlantic Ocean ‘running out of breath’

Image copyright Sid Frisby Image caption A remotely-operated underwater vehicle is used to gather footage of the coral mounds of the Mingulay reef off the west coast of Scotland A huge international research programme has been launched to assess the health of the Atlantic Ocean. The iAtlantic project is the biggest ever mounted in the […]

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