France election: Ex-PM Valls backs Macron for president

France election: Ex-PM Valls backs Macron for president

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Manuel Valls (R) said it was a responsible position to back the centrist candidate France’s ex-Prime Minister Manuel Valls has thrown his weight behind the centrist candidate for the presidency, Emmanuel Macron, and not his own Socialist party’s candidate. “It’s a question of reason,” he said on French TV. […]

Bizarre Ronaldo statue overshadows airport naming event

Bizarre Ronaldo statue overshadows airport naming event

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Real Madrid star and Armani model put on a brave face at the event Football fans have been questioning the resemblance of a statue of Cristiano Ronaldo unveiled on the Portuguese island of Madeira. Many on social media say the work looks more like former Republic of Ireland captain […]

George Soros’ university in Hungary ‘is facing closure’

George Soros’ university in Hungary ‘is facing closure’

Image copyright Reuters/AFP Image caption George Soros (left) has a strained relationship with Viktor Orban (right) Students and staff at the Central European University (CEU) in Hungary are protesting against what they say are government plans to close it down. The university says new legislation proposed by the right-wing Fidesz government on Tuesday night makes […]

Francois Fillon’s wife Penelope under formal investigation

Francois Fillon’s wife Penelope under formal investigation

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Fillon has said his enemies are trying to “take me down, through Penelope” The wife of French presidential candidate François Fillon has been placed under formal investigation amid the continuing “fake jobs” inquiry. Penelope Fillon spent the day being questioned by magistrates. Her husband was placed under formal […]

UK PM signs letter that will trigger Brexit

UK PM signs letter that will trigger Brexit

Image copyright PA Image caption Theresa May signs the letter to the EU confirming the UK’s departure Theresa May has signed the letter that will formally begin the UK’s departure from the European Union. Giving official notice under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, it will be delivered to European Council president Donald Tusk on […]

Fillon’s wife Penelope under formal investigation

Fillon’s wife Penelope under formal investigation

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Fillon has said his enemies are trying to “take me down, through Penelope” The wife of French presidential candidate François Fillon has been placed under formal investigation amid the continuing “fake jobs” inquiry. Penelope Fillon’s husband was placed under formal investigation earlier this month. He is accused of […]

Turkey ‘spied’ on pro-Gulen opponents in Germany

Turkey ‘spied’ on pro-Gulen opponents in Germany

Image copyright EPA Image caption Turks in Germany have begun voting in a crucial referendum on boosting the powers of President Erdogan German Interior Minister Thomas De Maiziere has said Turkey will not be allowed to spy on Turks living in Germany. Reports say the head of Turkey’s intelligence service handed a list of people […]

Personal albums of the Red Baron’s Nazi cousin for sale

The collection is being auctioned by Dickins Auctioneers in Buckinghamshire and is expected to fetch up to £20,000. Von Richthofen commanded the Condor Legion, the flag of which is seen here. It infamously bombed Guernica during the Spanish civil war, killing hundreds. In 1941, von Richthofen commanded a Luftwaffe division during Operation Barbarossa – the […]

Russia jails protests leader Alexei Navalny for 15 days

Russia jails protests leader Alexei Navalny for 15 days

Image copyright AFP Image caption Alexei Navalny (left) called for nationwide protests over alleged government corruption Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been jailed for 15 days for resisting police orders during mass protests on Sunday. Mr Navalny was among several hundred people who were detained in connection with the rallies across the country. The […]

Russia protests: EU demands release of detainees

Media captionWhat the Russian press is saying about the protests The European Union has demanded the release “without delay” of hundreds of people detained in protests across Russia on Sunday. The US state department said protesters should be able to “exercise their rights without fear of retribution”. The protesters urged PM Dmitry Medvedev to quit […]

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