Paris IMF letter bomb injures one employee

Media captionThe IMF building is near the Arc de Triomphe, in the heart of the French capital A letter bomb has exploded at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) office in Paris, injuring the employee who opened it, police say. The IMF employee received hand and face injuries, and staff were evacuated. IMF director Christine Lagarde […]

IOC board member apologises ‘unreservedly’ for Holocaust comparison

IOC board member apologises ‘unreservedly’ for Holocaust comparison

Gian-Franco Kasper is president of the International Ski Federation An International Olympic Committee (IOC) board member has apologised for comparing calls to ban Russia from the 2018 Winter Olympics to the Holocaust. Gian-Franco Kasper, a Swiss ski official, made the comparison during an IOC board meeting in Pyeongchang. The board is debating whether to suspend […]

No let-up in Cyprus bird poaching

No let-up in Cyprus bird poaching

Image copyright BirdLife Cyprus Image caption Acacia bushes provide an ideal roosting spot for migrating birds British authorities in Cyprus have been criticised for failing to effectively tackle the poaching of songbirds on a military base. Some 1.7 million birds were illegally killed across the Republic of Cyprus in 2016 according to a new report. […]

Dutch election: Rutte says populism was rejected

Media captionHow they celebrated: The BBC’s Anne Holligan checks out the parties’ headquarters on election night Dutch people rejected “the wrong kind of populism”, Prime Minister Mark Rutte has said, as he celebrated victory in Wednesday’s election. “The Netherlands said ‘Whoa!’” he declared after his centre-right VVD party’s lead positioned him for a third successive […]

Dutch election: PM Rutte sees off anti-EU Wilders challenge

Dutch election: PM Rutte sees off anti-EU Wilders challenge

Image copyright AP Image caption Analysts say a high turnout may have benefited pro-EU parties, including Mark Rutte’s party Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s party has won the most seats in parliamentary elections, exit polls say. Early results confirmed the exit polls, with his centre-right VVD Party on course for 31 out of 150 seats. […]

Dutch election: PM Rutte’s party leads exit polls

Dutch election: PM Rutte’s party leads exit polls

Image copyright AP Image caption Analysts say a high turnout may have benefited pro-EU parties, including Mark Rutte’s party Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s party has won the most seats in parliamentary elections, first exit polls say. His centre-right VVD Party won 31 out of 150 seats, polls suggest. His party came far ahead of […]

Austria avalanche: Four skiers dead in Tyrol

Austria avalanche: Four skiers dead in Tyrol

Image copyright EPA Image caption Rescue teams worked for hours on the mountain in search of the missing fourth victim Four people were killed when large avalanche swept away a ski group in the Austrian Alps, police say. The avalanche hit the remote Jochgrubenkopf peak in the Tyrol region at about 12:30 local time (11:30 […]

French National Front official sacked for ‘Holocaust denial’

French National Front official sacked for ‘Holocaust denial’

Image copyright AFP Image caption National Front leader, Marine Le Pen, is expected to do well in the presidential elections France’s far-right National Front (FN) party has suspended one of its officials after a film emerged of him denying the extent of the Holocaust. Benoit Loeuillet, a top FN official in the city of Nice, […]

Ukraine halts all goods traffic with rebel-held east

Ukraine halts all goods traffic with rebel-held east

Image copyright AFP Image caption Ukrainian war veterans and activists have for weeks been blocking rail lines and roads in the east Ukraine has halted the movement of all goods in and out of areas seized by pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country. The move was announced after an urgent meeting of Ukraine’s […]

Turks ‘detached from reality’ – EU’s Donald Tusk

Turks ‘detached from reality’ – EU’s Donald Tusk

Image copyright EPA Image caption A bitter row has developed over a ban on Turkish referendum rallies by several European countries – a ban which Turkey calls racist Turkey is “completely detached from reality” in calling the Dutch fascists, European Council President Donald Tusk has said. His remarks come amid a row between Turkey and […]