UK PM May to dine with EU chiefs

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The PM will meet with Jean-Claude Juncker, pictured, as well as Michel Barnier Theresa May is to travel to Brussels later for a dinner with EU leaders in a bid to end a stalemate over Brexit. The meeting, with chief negotiator Michel Barnier and Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker, comes days […]

Hurricane Ophelia: Thousands lose power as storm hits Ireland

Media captionWinds of up to 80mph are expected to hit the UK Thousands are without power in southern Ireland as the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia reach the British Isles. The Met Office has warned of “potential danger to life”, with winds off the south coast of Ireland reaching 109mph (176km/h) at Fastnet Rock. In the […]

Sebastian Kurz: Austrian conservative set to become world’s youngest leader

Media captionConservative Sebastian Kurz: the frontrunner Austria’s conservative People’s Party, led by 31-year-old Sebastian Kurz, is set to win the country’s general election, projections suggest. The victory would make Mr Kurz the world’s youngest national leader. The People’s Party was set to win more than 31%. It is so far unclear whether the Social Democrats […]

Austria election: 31-year-old Sebastian Kurz tipped as next leader

Image copyright AFP Image caption Sebastian Kurz has reinvented Austria’s conservative party, making it more right-wing and tougher on immigration. Austrians are voting in a general election in which the frontrunner, conservative party leader and current foreign minister Sebastian Kurz, is just 31 years old. According to opinion polls, the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) and […]

Original Asterix illustration sells for 1.4m euros in Paris auction

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The French-Belgian comic book series Asterix has been translated in to more than 100 languages A signed original illustration for an early Asterix comic book cover has sold for more than 1.4m euros (£1.25m; $1.7m), auctioneers in Paris say. The record sum was more than seven times the expected […]

Italy school students ‘strike’ over work experience

Media captionThe protests were organised by student unions on social media Thousands of Italian school students are protesting nationwide over work placements which they say contribute little to their future job prospects. The students are calling it a “strike” in 70 cities. Student unions organised the protest via social media. Italy’s Student Network says “no […]

EU Spain: Juncker does not want Catalonian independence

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Juncker says he does not want an EU of some 90 states European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has said he does not back Catalan independence, fearing others may follow the same path. Mr Juncker, speaking at a students forum in Luxembourg, warned it could result in a region too […]

UK-Dutch-built Sentinel launches to track air quality

Image copyright ESA Image caption The Rockot lifted away from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome right on cue A UK-assembled satellite has launched from Russia on a mission to monitor air quality around the globe. Its Dutch-designed instrument will make 20 million observations daily, building maps of polluting gases and particles known to be harmful to health. […]

Rescue ship brings 606 migrants to Italy

Image copyright Anthony Jean/SOS Méditerranée Image caption Migrants are often crowded on to unseaworthy boats, such as rubber dinghies A rescue ship has docked in Sicily with 606 migrants picked up in less than two days off the Libyan coast. They are from about 20 countries in Africa and the Middle East. Aid group SOS […]

Brexit: EU ‘to prepare’ for future trade talks with UK

Media captionMichel Barnier said there was “deadlock” over the UK’s Brexit bill The EU is to begin preparing for its post-Brexit trade negotiations with the UK, while refusing to discuss the matter with the British government. An internal draft document seen by the BBC suggests the 27 European Union countries should discuss trade among themselves […]