Iran hits back over Saudi’s prince’s ‘Hitler’ comment

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Prince Mohammed bin Salman, right, warned against trying to appease Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Iran has accused the Saudi crown prince of being “immature” after he described the Iranian Supreme Leader as the Hitler of the Middle East. In a war of words between the two regional rivals, Iran’s foreign ministry […]

Germany coalition: Merkel and SPD to meet in new bid for deal

Image copyright EPA Image caption Mrs Merkel spent weeks talking to the FDP and Greens – but no coalition deal resulted German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her ex-coalition partners Social Democrats are to hold discussions in efforts to end a political impasse. The centre-left SPD has softened its stance, saying it is open for talks. […]

Oxford Circus Tube station: Police reopen Tube stations after alert

Image copyright Reuters Armed police have been stood down and two London Underground stations have reopened following reports of gunshots being fired at Oxford Circus. Police say they received reports of shots being fired in a number of locations near Oxford Street, saying there was “significant” panic. Officers said they had not located “any trace” […]

Tiger shot after roaming Paris streets

Image caption It is not yet clear how the Paris tiger escaped from the circus (archive pic) A tiger broke out of a circus in central Paris and roamed streets just south of the Eiffel Tower before its circus handlers shot and killed it. Police tweeted that the tiger had gone on the loose in […]

Brexit: May says positive vibe but EU warns of ‘huge challenge’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Theresa May met German’s Angela Merkel and other EU leaders Issues still need to be resolved but progress is being made in Brexit negotiations, Theresa May has insisted. The prime minister said there had been a “very positive atmosphere” in talks with several EU leaders in Brussels. The UK, she […]

Bad Sex in Fiction: Sir Vince Cable ‘too good’ to be considered for award

Image copyright PA Image caption Sir Vince’s debut novel was published in September Sir Vince Cable won’t be considered for 2017’s Bad Sex in Fiction Award – because his writing isn’t bad enough. The Literary Review, which organises the prize, said his thriller Open Arms had received “many” nominations but wasn’t ultimately shortlisted. That means […]

Peer threatens to resign whip after disability post scrapped

Image copyright HoL A Tory peer has threatened to resign the whip over a decision to scrap the post of disability commissioner on the Equalities and Human Rights Commission. Lord Shinkwin said he applied for the position but found out in May he would be a general commissioner – rather than having a specific disability […]

Empty homes spike in London commuter belt

Image caption Sam and Rachael Kamau revamped a once-dilapidated four-bedroom terrace they bought for £1 under a scheme to bring empty homes into use London’s commuter belt has seen a spike in the number of homes left long-term empty despite a downward trend across the UK since 2010. Fourteen of 20 local authorities that saw […]

Egypt attack: More than 200 killed in Sinai mosque

Image copyright EPA Image caption The militants targeted a mosque near al-Arish Militants have launched a bomb and gun attack on a mosque in Egypt’s North Sinai province, killing 235 people, state media say. Witnesses say the al-Rawda mosque in the town of Bir al-Abed, near al-Arish, was targeted during Friday prayers. It is the […]