Austria far right: Freedom Party wins key posts in new government

Austria far right: Freedom Party wins key posts in new government

Image copyright AFP Image caption Sebastian Kurz (R) has agreed a coalition deal with far-right party leader Heinz-Christian Strache The far-right Freedom Party has secured the key posts of foreign, interior and defence in Austria’s new coalition government for its nominees. Governing with the conservative People’s Party, the move makes Austria the only country in […]

King Michael: Romania bids farewell to former monarch

King Michael: Romania bids farewell to former monarch

Media captionThousands of people came to pay their respects to the former monarch A state funeral is under way in Romania for its former monarch, King Michael, who died aged 96 on 5 December. More than 20,000 Romanians queued in the capital Bucharest to pay their respects to his body, lying in state. Royalty from […]

Woolly mammoth skeleton sold for 548,000 euros in France

Woolly mammoth skeleton sold for 548,000 euros in France

Image copyright AFP Image caption The skeleton is 3.4m high and its tusks are more than 3m in length An ancient skeleton of a woolly mammoth has sold for €548,000 (£483,000; $640,000) at auction in the French city of Lyon. The skeleton, which exceeded its estimated value, is thought to be the largest of its […]

Sergio Ramos scoffs at World Cup threat hanging over Spain

Sergio Ramos scoffs at World Cup threat hanging over Spain

World Cup 2010 winners Spain qualified for next summer’s World Cup in Russia Spain defender Sergio Ramos is adamant his country will compete at the World Cup after suggestions they might be excluded following a warning from Fifa. Football’s governing body sent a letter to the Spanish football association (RFEF) stating that the government must […]

EU leaders to move Brexit to next stage

EU leaders to move Brexit to next stage

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images EU leaders are expected to formally agree to start the next phase of Brexit negotiations later. It means talks can move on to the long-term relationship between the UK and EU, days after Theresa May suffered her first defeat in the House of Commons. Mrs May was applauded by other leaders […]

France Millas train crash: Children killed as bus cut in two

France Millas train crash: Children killed as bus cut in two

Media captionFootage of emergency vehicles at the scene of the crash A train and a school bus have collided near Perpignan in southern France, killing at least four children, the interior ministry says. Another 20 people were hurt, many of them seriously, in the accident on a railway crossing between Millas and Saint-Féliu-d’Amont. The students […]

EU ‘has east-west split’ on migrant quotas

EU ‘has east-west split’ on migrant quotas

Image copyright AFP Image caption Moria camp on Lesbos: Greek migrant camps are mostly squalid and overcrowded EU leaders are bitterly divided over a quota scheme for housing migrants, as they begin a summit in Brussels. Summit chairman Donald Tusk called mandatory EU-wide quotas “ineffective”. He spoke of a split “between east and west” over […]

EU leaders wrestle with migrant quotas at summit

EU leaders wrestle with migrant quotas at summit

Image copyright AFP Image caption Moria camp on Lesbos: Greek migrant camps are mostly squalid and overcrowded EU leaders are bitterly divided over a quota scheme for housing migrants, as they begin a summit in Brussels. Summit chairman Donald Tusk called mandatory EU-wide quotas “ineffective”. He spoke of a split “between east and west” over […]

Niki Austrian airline failure strands many passengers

Niki Austrian airline failure strands many passengers

Image copyright AFP Image caption A Niki jet on the tarmac in Vienna The Austrian airline Niki has grounded its planes, stranding thousands of passengers, after filing for insolvency protection. Niki has about 20 planes serving resorts in southern Europe and north Africa. Niki was founded by Niki Lauda, the Austrian ex-F1 racing champion, but […]

Bollywood star faces eviction from Paris apartment

Bollywood star faces eviction from Paris apartment

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Bollywood actress has starred in over 40 movies Bollywood star Mallika Sherawat and her French husband are facing eviction from their Paris apartment. The couple owe nearly 80,000 euros (£70,421; $94,551) in rent and a court in Paris is scheduled to rule on the dispute. The couple’s lawyer […]

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