Syria war: Row over Turkey using German-made tanks

Image copyright AFP/getty Image caption Turkey launched an offensive to drive a Kurdish militia out of the Afrin region on Saturday The German government is facing calls to halt arms exports to Turkey after reports emerged that German-made Leopard tanks were being used in an offensive against the Kurdish YPG. Some German politicians have requested […]

Russia bars ‘extremist’ British comedy The Death of Stalin

Russia bars ‘extremist’ British comedy The Death of Stalin

Image copyright Volga Films Image caption Armando Iannucci’s The Death of Stalin did not go down well with politicians and the cinema elite The Russian release of British comedy film The Death of Stalin has been shelved following a screening before senior figures on Monday night. The Russian attendees complained that the satire contained “ideological […]

Police raid French rugby headquarters and president’s home

France president Bernard Laporte oversaw the country’s successful bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup last year Police have raided the headquarters of the French Rugby Federation (FFR) amid ongoing investigations into alleged favouritism involving its president Bernard Laporte. Laporte denies allegations he pressured the FFR appeals committee to reduce a sanction against Montpellier. […]

Naples woman killed in ‘mafia ambush’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Italian police are up against tight-knit crime families in many poor suburbs A woman was fatally shot three times in the face near central Naples in what police suspect was a mafia killing. Mafia suspect Annamaria Palmieri, 54, had previous convictions for handling stolen property, criminal association and drugs, Italian […]

EU creditors to start Greece debt-relief talks

Image copyright EPA Image caption Some European creditors have been reluctant to give Greece more debt relief EU creditors have agreed to start talks on possible debt relief for Greece as the country prepares to leave an eight-year bailout programme. Greece’s public debt totals 180% of its economy and the talks will focus on how […]

Catalonia crisis: Puigdemont’s Denmark visit a ‘provocation’

Image copyright AFP Image caption The ex-leader appeared at the University of Copenhagen on Monday A Spanish Supreme Court judge has accused Catalonia’s former leader Carles Puigdemont of trying to provoke his own arrest by travelling abroad. Judge Pablo Llarena’s comment came as he rejected a prosecutor’s request to reissue a European arrest warrant. Mr […]

Spain targets pop star Shakira in tax inquiry

Image copyright AFP Image caption Shakira has sold tens of millions of albums worldwide Spanish tax authorities say Colombian pop superstar Shakira owes income tax for 2011-2014, arguing that she was resident in Spain then. They have asked Spanish prosecutors to open a tax evasion case against the singer, whose fortune is reckoned to be […]

Spain renews arrest bid as Catalonia’s Puigdemont travels to Denmark

Image copyright Press Eye Image caption Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont arrives at Copenhagen airport Catalonia’s former leader Carles Puigdemont has arrived in Denmark, triggering a new attempt by Spain’s prosecutor to have him arrested. An hour later the speaker of the Catalan parliament nominated him to head the regional government. Mr Puigdemont fled to […]

French prison guards in nationwide strike after attacks

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Guards take part in a protest at Fresnes prison near Paris after an assault on officers A series of attacks against prison guards by inmates at institutions across France has led to a nationwide strike in the country. Unions have vowed a “total blockade” of prisons on Monday as […]

Venice restaurant bill outrages Japanese tourists

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption From mouth-watering steak to eye-watering bill in Venice The mayor of Venice has voiced outrage over the €1,100 (£970; $1,347) bill that four Japanese tourists say they had to pay for four steaks, a plate of fried fish, water and service. The four students complained to police after getting […]

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