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 […]

Germany coalition: Merkel and SPD to hold talks

Image copyright AFP 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, the centre-left Social Democrats, are to hold talks in efforts to end a political impasse. Earlier, the SPD softened its stance and said it was open […]

Five Ukraine troops die in heavy fighting with Luhansk rebels

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Ukrainian army (pictured) faces heavily armed pro-Russian rebels Five Ukrainian troops have been killed by intense rebel shelling in the east of the country, the military says, in a new escalation of fighting. Four of them died during an eight-hour clash near Krymske, a village 50km (31 miles) north-west […]

Amazon workers on strike in Italy and Germany

Amazon workers on strike in Italy and Germany

Image copyright CGIL Hundreds of Amazon workers in Italy and Germany are on strike during one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Over 500 employees are carrying out their first ever strike at Amazon’s warehouse in Piacenza near Milan over pay. Strikers have also refused to work overtime until 31 December, covering the […]

Irish deputy PM no confidence motion could force election

Image copyright AFP/BBC Image caption Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin could fight a fresh election in the coming months The Republic of Ireland could face a general election after the country’s second largest party said it would table a motion of no confidence against the deputy prime minister. The […]

Robinho given jail sentence for Italy rape

Robinho scored 28 goals in 100 games for Brazil Brazilian footballer Robinho has been sentenced to nine years in prison for taking part in the gang rape of a woman in Milan in 2013. An Italian court ruled the 33-year-old and five other Brazilians assaulted the Albanian woman, who was 22, after plying her with […]

UK PM to warn EU of ‘hostile state’ threat

Image copyright Reuters PM Theresa May is to warn EU leaders to be wary of “hostile states like Russia” and pledge the UK will stay committed to European security after Brexit. In Brussels for a summit, she will say it is crucial that European countries work together to “protect our shared values and ideals”. She […]

German coalition talks: Pressure mounts on SPD to review position

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Martin Schulz is under pressure to review the SDP’s refusal to enter into a coalition Germany’s Social Democrats are under pressure to reconsider an alliance with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and form a coalition government. SPD leader Martin Schulz is due to meet President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who is holding talks […]

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