Portugal fire survivor: ‘I should have died’

Media captionGareth Roberts: ‘You could hear the roar of the fire coming… we just sat and waited to die’ A wildfire in central Portugal, apparently started by a lightning strike in dry conditions, has claimed dozens of lives. One of those lucky to survive was Gareth Roberts, 36, who is originally from Colne in Lancashire […]

Airbus unveils ‘more efficient’ A380 jumbo

Image copyright PIGEYRE Pascal – MasterFilms Image caption Airbus says its new wing design will improve aerodynamics Airbus has unveiled an upgraded version of the world’s biggest passenger jet, promising greater fuel efficiency and room for more seats. The A380Plus, which was unveiled ahead of the Paris Airshow, boasts a new wing design intended to […]

Portugal forest fires kill 62 near Coimbra

Media captionResidents watch on as their homes blaze in Pedrogao Grande A catastrophic forest fire in Portugal has claimed at least 62 lives, including four children, officials say. Most died while trying to flee the Pedrógão Grande area, 50 km (30 miles) south-east of Coimbra, in their cars, according to the government. Hundreds of firefighters […]

French voter turnout falls sharply in second round

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte Trogneux, near their home on Saturday Voter turnout in the second round of France’s parliamentary election is sharply down on the last vote five years ago, official statistics show. By midday on Sunday only 17.75% had cast a ballot, down from 21.41% at the […]

Matador Ivan Fandino killed in France bullfight

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Fandino, pictured here in Seville in 2015, had been injured by a bull before A Spanish bullfighter has died after being gored during a festival in southwest France. Ivan Fandino, 36, caught his feet in his cloak and fell to the floor, where he was gored by the bull. He […]

Many hurt on Paris-China flight

Image copyright EPA Image caption The latest incident comes a week after a hole was found in the engine of this China Eastern Airlines plane At least 26 people were injured, four seriously, when turbulence hit a China Eastern Airlines flight from Paris on Sunday, state media reports. The turbulence struck as flight MU774 was […]

Portugal forest fires kill 43 near Coimbra

Media captionIt is not yet known what caused the fire A catastrophic forest fire in Portugal has claimed at least 43 lives, officials say. Many died while trying to flee the Pedrógão Grande area, 50 km (30 miles) south-east of Coimbra, in their cars, according to the government. Several firefighters are among the 59 people […]

France votes in second parliamentary round

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte Trogneux, riding bikes near their home on Saturday France votes in the second round of parliamentary elections on Sunday, in a run-off between the top candidates from last Sunday’s first round. President Emmanuel Macron is hoping to obtain a strong mandate in parliament to […]

Grenfell Tower fire: Government staff sent into Kensington and Chelsea council

Image copyright Getty/AFP Government staff have been drafted in to manage the response to the Grenfell Tower fire after criticism of Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council. A team of civil servants has been embedded in the council office after residents complained they had been left with little support or information from officials. At least 58 […]

Forest fires kill 24 in central Portugal

Media captionIt is not yet known what caused the fire The death toll in forest fires in central Portugal has risen to 24, says Prime Minister Antonio Costa. The majority died while trying to flee the Pedrogao Grande area, 50 km (30 miles) south-east of Coimbra, in their cars, according to the government. Several fire […]