YouTube and Instagram face Russia bans

YouTube and Instagram face Russia bans

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Oleg Deripaska has warned the media not to repeat the allegations made against him YouTube and Instagram face being blocked by Russian internet service providers as a result of a standoff between one of the country’s richest businessmen and an opposition leader. Russia’s internet censor blacklisted material on both […]

Denmark’s Prince Henrik, who wanted to be king, dies at 83

Denmark’s Prince Henrik, who wanted to be king, dies at 83

Media captionQueen Margrethe married Prince Henrik in 1967 Prince Henrik of Denmark, the husband of Queen Margrethe who was famous for his public unhappiness at never being named king, has died at the age of 83. The controversial French-born prince had been diagnosed with dementia last year and was admitted to hospital in January with […]

European Union grows at fastest pace for 10 years

European Union grows at fastest pace for 10 years

Image copyright EPA The European Union economy grew at its fastest pace in a decade last year, figures from the EU statistics office Eurostat have confirmed. The 28-strong EU expanded by 2.5% in 2017, its strongest performance since 2007, when it grew by 2.7%. In the final three months both the EU and the 19-nation […]

Metallica to get ‘Nobel Prize of music’

Metallica to get ‘Nobel Prize of music’

Image copyright VIRGIN / EMI Image caption Metallica (L-R): Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich, Robert Trujillo and James Hetfield Heavy metal pioneers Metallica are being honoured with Sweden’s Polar Prize, one of the most prestigious awards in music. The band, best known for 1991’s Black Album, redefined the sound of metal with a tougher, faster and […]

France’s Macron threatens Syria strikes if chemical weapon use proven

France’s Macron threatens Syria strikes if chemical weapon use proven

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Macron reiterated his stance that chemical weapons use in Syria is a “red line” French President Emmanuel Macron has threatened to “strike” Syria if proof emerges that its government is using chemical weapons against civilians. “We will strike the place where these launches are made or where they are […]

Russia Saratov crash: Ice on sensors ‘may be cause’

Russia Saratov crash: Ice on sensors ‘may be cause’

Media captionWreckage was strewn across a wide area Speed sensors that were iced over may have caused a passenger jet to crash near Moscow, killing all 71 people on board, investigators say. The faulty instruments could have given the pilots wrong speed data, Russia’s Interstate Aviation Committee said. The Saratov Airlines jet went down minutes […]

Dutch foreign minister quits over lie about meeting Putin

Dutch foreign minister quits over lie about meeting Putin

Image copyright EPA Image caption Foreign Minister Halbe Zijlstra (r) told Dutch MPs and PM Mark Rutte (l) that his credibility had been damaged The Dutch foreign minister has stepped down on Tuesday after admitting he lied about being in a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Halbe Zijlstra announced his decision tearfully in parliament, […]

Uzbek man pleads guilty in Stockholm terror trial

Uzbek man pleads guilty in Stockholm terror trial

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Police took this photo of Rakhmat Akilov when he was arrested An Uzbek man on trial in Sweden has pleaded guilty to carrying out a lorry attack which killed five people in Stockholm last April. Rakhmat Akilov, 39, admitted driving at high speed down a pedestrian street, the country’s worst […]

Portugal police ‘find cocaine in traveller’s padded pants’

Portugal police ‘find cocaine in traveller’s padded pants’

Image copyright Polícia Judiciária Image caption Police said the man was carrying 1kg (2.2lb) of cocaine Police in Portugal have detained a man at Lisbon’s international airport accused of carrying 1kg (2.2lb) of cocaine in a fake bottom. Local media said the Brazilian citizen had arrived on a flight from the city of Belém, in […]

Russian court rejects mother’s adoption bid after breast surgery

Russian court rejects mother’s adoption bid after breast surgery

Image copyright Yulia Savinovskikh Image caption Last year Yulia Savinovskikh went on a temporary hunger strike in her legal battle A Russian court has ruled that a woman who chose to have her breasts removed cannot look after two adopted boys since she identifies herself as a man. The long-running case of Yulia Savinovskikh affects […]