Rigopiano hotel avalanche: Italian rescuers find no sign of life

Media captionFootage shows rescuers digging their way inside the hotel Rescuers have removed three bodies from a hotel engulfed by an avalanche in central Italy as a desperate search for up to 35 other people continues. Heavy snow and disruption caused by multiple earthquakes have hindered rescue efforts in the rubble of the Rigopiano hotel, […]

Italy avalanche: ‘Many missing’ in Rigopiano hotel in Abruzzo

Media captionFootage showed rescuers inside the hotel Rescuers say up to 30 people are missing after a hotel in central Italy was hit by an avalanche, apparently triggered by an earthquake. Rescuers battled overnight to reach the Rigopiano hotel, with the first of them arriving on skis. Snow dislodged by the avalanche had blocked the […]

Germany spends more on defence but misses Nato target

Germany spends more on defence but misses Nato target

Image copyright AFP Image caption Leopard tank: Germany is a major arms exporter Germany plans to boost defence spending by nearly €2bn (£1.7bn; $2.1bn) this year – but it will remain far short of the Nato target. Nato estimates for 2016 show that only five alliance members – the US, UK, Greece, Poland and Estonia […]

Turkish MPs hold final vote on boosting Erdogan powers

Turkish MPs hold final vote on boosting Erdogan powers

Image copyright EPA Image caption Mr Erdogan says the proposed changes will make government more stable Turkish MPs are holding a second and final round of voting on constitutional changes to give President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sweeping new powers. Under the plans, the president will be able to choose ministers and judges and the prime […]

Italy avalanche: ‘Many dead’ in hotel Rigopiano in Abruzzo

Italy avalanche: ‘Many dead’ in hotel Rigopiano in Abruzzo

Image copyright EPA Image caption The avalanche was apparently triggered by earthquakes that hit Central Italy on Wednesday An Italian rescue official has said that a number of people have been killed after a hotel was hit by an avalanche, apparently triggered by an earthquake on Wednesday. Rescuers battled overnight to reach the hotel close […]

Istanbul Reina attack suspect says nightclub was chosen at random

Istanbul Reina attack suspect says nightclub was chosen at random

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Abdulgadir Masharipov was captured by Turkish police in Istanbul’s Esenyurt district The man suspected of killing 39 people in an attack on the Reina nightclub in Istanbul on New Year’s Eve said the venue was chosen at random, local media report. Abdulgadir Masharipov said so-called Islamic State (IS) initially told […]

‘Catastrophe’ in central Italy on day of four big quakes

‘Catastrophe’ in central Italy on day of four big quakes

Image copyright AFP Image caption People in Montereale, Abruzzo, are spending the night in a large tent erected on a sports ground The president of Italy’s Marche region has talked of a “catastrophe” and appealed for aid as four quakes above magnitude 5 struck in one day. Luca Ceriscioli said quakes and snow had caused […]

Syria conflict: Russia and Turkey ‘in first joint air strikes on IS’

Syria conflict: Russia and Turkey ‘in first joint air strikes on IS’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Russia has jets stationed at Hmeimim air base inside Syria Russian and Turkish jets have carried out their first joint strikes on so-called Islamic State (IS) inside Syria, the Russian defence ministry says. IS was targeted in the suburbs of the town of al-Bab, Aleppo province, where Turkey suffered heavy […]

Italy earthquakes ‘a catastrophe’ for snowbound central region

Italy earthquakes ‘a catastrophe’ for snowbound central region

Image copyright EVN Image caption Much of central Italy has seen heavy snowfall this week The president of Italy’s Marche region has described three powerful new earthquakes on Wednesday as a “catastrophe” and appealed for help. Luca Ceriscioli said quakes and snow had caused landslides and thousands of families were suffering power cuts. A number […]

German fury at AfD Hoecke’s Holocaust memorial remark

German fury at AfD Hoecke’s Holocaust memorial remark

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Hoecke said Germany needed a “180-degree turn” when remembering its past A leader of Germany’s right-wing AfD has provoked outrage for condemning the Holocaust memorial in Berlin. Bjoern Hoecke, who heads Alternative for Germany in the eastern state of Thuringia, is notorious for incendiary remarks on refugees and […]

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