Greece-Turkey earthquake: Two killed on island of Kos

Media captionAt least two people were killed in the tourist destination of Kos A strong earthquake in the Aegean Sea has killed at least two people on the Greek island of Kos, officials say. The 6.7-magnitude quake hit 12km (seven miles) north-east of Kos, near the Turkish coast, with a depth of 10km, the US […]

Five Ukraine troops die in fierce clash with Donetsk rebels

Image copyright AFP Image caption The latest clash involved weapons like this Ukrainian grenade launcher The Ukrainian military says five of its soldiers died in heavy rebel shelling of Ukrainian army positions at Avdiivka just north of rebel-held Donetsk. Three Ukrainian troops died earlier when a mine blew up, the military said. The US Department […]

Siemens to exit Russian power joint venture

Image copyright Getty Images Siemens will withdraw from a Russian joint venture after discovering that four of its gas turbines were illegally shipped to Crimea. The German industrial giant will also halt deliveries of power generation equipment to Russian state-controlled customers for the “time being”. Siemens said it had received “credible information” that its turbines […]

Germany warns citizens of Turkey risks amid arrests

Image copyright AFP Image caption President Erdogan and Chancellor Angela Merkel met at the G20 in Hamburg this month The German government has warned its citizens and firms they face the risk of “arbitrary” arrest in Turkey. “People who are travelling to Turkey for private or business reasons are urged to exercise increased caution,” the […]

Rome corruption ring jailed after marathon trial

Rome corruption ring jailed after marathon trial

Image copyright Ros Carabinieri Image caption An image from an Italian police video of the arrest of Carminati in 2014 Dozens of members of a gang, whose tentacles stretched deep inside Rome’s City Hall, have been convicted of corruption after a 20-month trial in a high-security jail. At the heart of the case dubbed “Mafia […]

French singer Barbara Weldens dies on stage in concert

Image copyright YouTube Image caption Weldens released her first album in February and was in the middle of a concert tour An up-and-coming French singer, Barbara Weldens, has collapsed and died in the middle of a concert at a festival. The cause of her death is unclear but, according to one report, she was probably […]

French military head de Villiers quits over cuts

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Macron and Gen de Villiers attended the Bastille Day parade last Friday The head of the French armed forces has quit after a clash with President Emmanuel Macron over budget cuts. Gen Pierre de Villiers said in a statement he could no longer “guarantee the durability of the army […]

Ukraine conflict: Russia rejects new Donetsk rebel ‘state’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Alexander Zakharchenko’s “Malorossiya” declaration has been widely criticised Russia says the declaration of a state called “Malorossiya” (Little Russia) in rebel-held eastern Ukraine is just a rebel leader’s “personal initiative”. Alexander Zakharchenko announced the new “state” in Donetsk, saying it would replace Ukraine. The pro-Russian rebels broke away from Ukraine […]

Spain’s ‘secret credit card banker’ Blesa found shot dead

Image copyright EPA Image caption Miguel Blesa had arrived at the country estate in the early hours of Wednesday A leading banker has been found shot in the chest, six months after he was given a jail term for a corruption scandal that stunned Spain. Miguel Blesa, 69, is thought to have shot himself at […]

Slovak PM Fico threatens boycott of ‘rip-off food’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Is Slovakia getting less fish in its imported fish fingers? Laying out three products, Prime Minister Robert Fico has said it is time Slovaks get the right to the same quality of food as other Europeans. Why was it that the same brand of fish fingers had more fish […]

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