Austria gas plant burns after deadly explosion

Austria gas plant burns after deadly explosion

Image copyright AFP Image caption A huge fire ensued – police now say a technical fault was to blame A big explosion has rocked a natural gas hub in eastern Austria, killing one person and injuring at least 18, police say. A fire followed the blast which happened around 08:45 (07:45 GMT) at the Baumgarten […]

Climate change: Trump will bring US back into Paris deal – Macron

Climate change: Trump will bring US back into Paris deal – Macron

Media captionMacron: “Extremely aggressive” of the US to leave French President Emmanuel Macron has said he believes President Donald Trump will bring the US back into the Paris deal on combating climate change. But Mr Macron says he will not agree to the president’s demand that America’s terms should be negotiated. He made his comments […]

France wants stricter child phone ban in schools

France wants stricter child phone ban in schools

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There is concern that many young children are avid users of mobile phones France will enforce a ban on children’s mobile phone use at school from 3 September next year, the French education minister says. Jean-Michel Blanquer said: “We’re working on this – various methods may be used.” An […]

Westfield shopping centres bought in $25bn deal

Westfield shopping centres bought in $25bn deal

Image copyright Getty Images The owner of Westfield shopping centres is being bought for $24.7bn (£18.5bn) in a deal that will see the malls launched in new markets. Australia’s Westfield Corporation has agreed to be sold to French property group Unibail-Rodamco. There are 35 Westfield shopping centres in the UK and the US, while Unibail-Rodamco […]

EU governments complicit in migrant torture in Libya, says Amnesty

EU governments complicit in migrant torture in Libya, says Amnesty

Image copyright AFP Image caption Migrant boats are regularly intercepted by the Libyan coastguard European governments are knowingly complicit in the torture and abuse of refugees and migrants in Libya, Amnesty International has alleged. In an effort to stem migration, the EU is actively supporting a “system of abuse and exploitation” on Libyan shores, the […]

Putin announces Russian troop withdrawal from Syria during visit

Putin announces Russian troop withdrawal from Syria during visit

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Putin announced the move at the Russian Hmeimim airbase in Syria Russia has begun withdrawing some of its troops from Syria, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Monday. President Vladimir Putin ordered the partial withdrawal during an unannounced visit to Syria on Monday. Russian support has been crucial […]

Europe snow triggers transport chaos

Europe snow triggers transport chaos

Image copyright AFP Image caption A traffic jam near Mülheim – one of many in snow-bound Germany Heavy snow blanketing northern Europe has caused many flight cancellations and delays at Schiphol airport in the Netherlands and Brussels airport. About 400 flights were cancelled at Schiphol – one of Europe’s biggest airports – and about 200 […]

Catalonia independence: Spain removes art work from Lleida

Catalonia independence: Spain removes art work from Lleida

Image copyright EPA Image caption Demonstrators gathered outside the museum in Lleida Police in Spain’s Catalonia region have begun transferring medieval artefacts on Madrid’s orders in an ownership battle with neighbouring Aragon. The operation, which started before dawn on Monday, involves 44 items stored in the Catalan Museum of Lleida but originally from Sijena monastery. […]

Irish DNA map reveals history’s imprint

Irish DNA map reveals history’s imprint

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The genetic landscape of Ireland had been laid down by the Bronze Age, but it continued to be subtly influenced by later events Scientists have unveiled a detailed genetic map of Ireland, revealing subtle DNA differences that may reflect historic events. In their sample of the Irish population, the […]

Passenger ferry runs aground on sandbank in Calais in storm

Passenger ferry runs aground on sandbank in Calais in storm

Image copyright AFP Image caption Two tugs worked to free the ferry A P&O ferry carrying several hundred passengers has been set afloat again after running aground in the French port of Calais during a storm. Nobody was hurt in the incident but traffic across the English Channel was disrupted. Two tugs with cables were […]