MPs back May’s call for snap UK election

MPs back May’s call for snap UK election

Media captionThe moment when the vote is announced for an early general election. Campaigning is under way after the House of Commons backed Theresa May’s call for a general election on 8 June. MPs voted by 522 votes to 13 – with Labour and Lib Dem helping secure the two-thirds majority needed to bring forward […]

Donald Tusk slams Poland intelligence probe as ‘witch-hunt’

Donald Tusk slams Poland intelligence probe as ‘witch-hunt’

Image copyright EPA Image caption European Union flags were much in evidence amid the crowds of supporters who met Mr Tusk as he arrived in Poland The feud between the European Council president and the ruling party in his native Poland has intensified as he arrived in the country denouncing a “witch-hunt” against him. Donald […]

Mallorca diver survives 60 hours in air bubble

Mallorca diver survives 60 hours in air bubble

Image copyright Twitter/@112IllesBalears Image caption Xisco Gracia, who spent more than two days in the cave, was pictured as he emerged A Spanish diver who survived 60 hours in an underground air pocket has described how he began to hallucinate as the oxygen ran out. Xisco Gracia became trapped in a cave in Mallorca on […]

St Petersburg attack: Tenth suspect detained

St Petersburg attack: Tenth suspect detained

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Abror Azimov is suspected of planning the attack A 10th person suspected of involvement in an attack on the St Petersburg metro earlier this month has been detained, Russian security officials say. Akram Azimov is said to be the older brother of Abror Azimov, the suspected planner who was arrested […]

EU agencies to leave London after Brexit, says Commission

EU agencies to leave London after Brexit, says Commission

Image copyright EBA Image caption The banking authority employs 159 highly specialised staff in London Two EU agencies employing more than 1,000 in London will definitely move to the continent, despite UK attempts to keep them after Brexit, officials say. The British government said this week that their location would be decided during Brexit talks. […]

Rescue bid in Black Sea as ship splits in two

Rescue bid in Black Sea as ship splits in two

A cargo ship with 12 people on board has gone down in heavy seas in the Kerch Strait off the Russian Black Sea coast. Rescue crews reached the scene early on Wednesday and officials said one person was pulled to safety. The fate of the other crew was unclear. Russia’s marine agency said the 3,500-tonne […]

General election 2017: Corbyn and May clash over ‘trust’

General election 2017: Corbyn and May clash over ‘trust’

Media captionPrime Minister Theresa May tells Today opposition parties were “frustrating” Brexit process Jeremy Corbyn has said the public “cannot trust” Theresa May as the two clashed over plans for a snap election. The Labour leader told MPs the Tories had “broken promises” on the NHS and the deficit and “starved” schools of money while […]

Belgian lands prize role of hermit in Austrian Alps

Belgian lands prize role of hermit in Austrian Alps

Image copyright Privat Image caption Stan Vanuytrecht: “I thought to myself: that’s the place for me” A divorced, Trabant-driving Belgian has beaten 50 competitors to land the coveted post of – hermit. Stan Vanuytrecht will have no heating, running water or pay at the Saalfelden hermitage in the Austrian Alps. It has had a hermit […]

BMW strike halts Mini car production

BMW strike halts Mini car production

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Workers at the Cowley plant, where BMW makes Minis, are taking part in the strike. Workers at three BMW plants in the UK are staging a one-day strike in a row over pensions. The walkout, the first by BMW staff in Britain, is part of a wave of stoppages […]

India French envoy Pascal Mazurier acquitted of raping daughter

India French envoy Pascal Mazurier acquitted of raping daughter

Image copyright AFP Image caption Pascal Mazurier (centre) was arrested in 2012 and released on bail A former French diplomat charged with raping his three-year-old daughter in India has been cleared of all charges. Pascal Mazurier, who was a consular official in the southern city of Bangalore, was arrested in 2012 after complaints from his […]