Firms on Caribbean island chain own 23,000 UK properties

Firms on Caribbean island chain own 23,000 UK properties

Image copyright Alamy Image caption The British Virgin Islands are home to 11,700 firms owning UK property A quarter of property in England and Wales owned by overseas firms is held by entities registered in the British Virgin Islands, BBC analysis has found. The Caribbean archipelago is the official home of companies that own 23,000 […]

French gangster Jacques Cassandri on trial for 1976 ‘heist of century’

French gangster Jacques Cassandri on trial for 1976 ‘heist of century’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Cassandri has admitted he took part in the robbery but denies money-laundering charges A French gangster who wrote a book saying he masterminded the country’s “heist of the century” has gone on trial 42 years later. It was carried out by a gang who spent months tunnelling from the […]

Russia Saratov crash: Investigators comb crash site near Moscow

Russia Saratov crash: Investigators comb crash site near Moscow

Media captionWreckage was strewn across a wide area Hundreds of Russian investigators are searching snow-covered fields near Moscow, where a passenger jet crashed killing all 71 people on board. The 65 passengers and six crew died when the Saratov Airlines jet went down minutes after take-off from Moscow’s Domodedovo airport on Sunday. Bad weather, human […]

London City Airport shut as WW2 bomb found in Thames

London City Airport shut as WW2 bomb found in Thames

Image caption Planes are grounded at the airport following the discovery of the device London City Airport has been closed after a 500kg World War Two bomb was found nearby in the River Thames. The airport will be shut all day and all flights cancelled, affecting up to 16,000 passengers, a spokeswoman said. The bomb […]

Johnny Hallyday’s children contest exclusion from his will

Johnny Hallyday’s children contest exclusion from his will

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Laura Smet (left) is contesting the award to Hallyday’s fourth wife, Laeticia (right) The children of French rock star Johnny Hallyday are contesting his will after he left everything to his fourth wife Laeticia and their adopted daughters. In a statement, actress Laura Smet said she was “stupefied and […]

Russia jet carrying 71 people crashes after Moscow take-off

Russia jet carrying 71 people crashes after Moscow take-off

Media captionWreckage was strewn across a wide area A Russian airliner has crashed after leaving Moscow’s Domodedovo airport, killing all 65 passengers and six crew on board. The Saratov Airlines jet vanished minutes after take-off and crashed near the village of Argunovo, about 80km (50 miles) south-east of Moscow. The cause of crash is unclear. […]

Macerata: Anti-racism protest after migrant shooting in Italy

Macerata: Anti-racism protest after migrant shooting in Italy

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The anti-racist protest followed a far-right demonstration on Thursday Several thousand anti-racism protesters have rallied in the central Italian town of Macerata, one week after a far-right activist shot and wounded six people he thought were migrants. The drive-by attack followed the arrest of a Nigerian suspected of murdering and […]

Russian nuclear scientists arrested for ‘Bitcoin mining plot’

Russian nuclear scientists arrested for ‘Bitcoin mining plot’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The arrested scientists worked at the secret factory which made the USSR’s first nuclear bomb Russian security officers have arrested several scientists working at a top-secret Russian nuclear warhead facility for allegedly mining crypto-currencies. The suspects had tried to use one of Russia’s most powerful supercomputers to mine Bitcoins, […]

Germany coalition: SPD’s Schulz gives up cabinet role to save deal

Germany coalition: SPD’s Schulz gives up cabinet role to save deal

Image copyright AFP Image caption Martin Schulz says he wants the new coalition deal to succeed The leader of Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD), Martin Schulz, has abandoned a plan to serve as foreign minister in a new coalition government. A deal to govern with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives still has to be put to a […]

Eiffel Tower to remain shut due to snow

Eiffel Tower to remain shut due to snow

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Tourists might slip and hurt themselves on the icy tower, officials said Paris’s Eiffel Tower, which attracts six million tourists every year, will remain closed until Sunday as a result of heavy snowfall in the city. The tower, a symbol of Paris, has been closed since Tuesday. Officials say it […]