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Putin warns West on Balkans as Serbia prepares lavish welcome

Image copyright EPA Image caption President Putin will be joined by several government ministers and the heads of Russia’s nuclear and space organisations Russian President Vladimir Putin heads a powerful delegation to Serbia on Thursday, aiming to cement co-operation with a country seeking to join the EU. Ahead of his Belgrade visit, Mr Putin accused […]

Brexit vote: Donald Tusk hints UK should stay in EU

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Donald Tusk hinted that cancelling Brexit is “the only positive solution” European Council President Donald Tusk has hinted that the UK should stay in the EU, after the prime minister’s Brexit deal was rejected in parliament. “If a deal is impossible, and no-one wants no deal, then who will […]

Germany accuses army linguist of spying for Iran over Afghan missions

Image copyright AFP Image caption Germany has more than 1,000 troops in northern Afghanistan German police have arrested a 50-year-old Afghan-German man suspected of passing military secrets to Iran. Federal prosecutors named the army linguist, arrested in Rhineland state, only as Abdul Hamid S. He is understood to have known details of German military operations […]

Avalanche hits hotel as parts of Europe are snowed under

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The force of the snow shattered windows and filled the hotel’s rooms In Austria, 60 hotel guests escaped injury when their building was hit by an avalanche overnight. The avalanche in Ramsau am Dachstein was strong enough to throw vehicles out of its path and burst through windows. Much of […]

Spanish city protests against ‘too friendly’ devil sculpture

Image copyright City of Segovia Image caption A mock-up of the sculpture, which has yet to be installed A planned sculpture of Satan in the Spanish city of Segovia has been criticised for being too jolly. The bronze statue was created as a tribute to a local legend, which says that the devil was tricked […]

German economic growth slowest for five years

Image copyright Getty Images Germany’s economy grew by 1.5% last year, its slowest rate since 2013, the latest official figures show. Figures from the Federal Statistics Office showed Europe’s largest economy slowed sharply as the year wore on. A weaker global economy and problems in the car industry, caused by new pollution standards, have been […]

Spain rescuers struggle to find two-year-old boy in deep borehole

Image copyright EPA Image caption Firefighters are probing the narrow borehole with a camera Spanish rescuers are struggling to find a two-year-old boy who fell down a borehole more than 100m (328ft) deep near the southern city of M├ílaga. The operation has gone on day and night since the boy disappeared on Sunday afternoon during […]

May says opponents of Brexit deal risk ‘letting British people down’

Media captionTheresa May: “Over the next 24 hours, give this deal a second look” Theresa May has warned opponents of her Brexit deal that they risk “letting the British people down” as Labour said the prime minister faced a “humiliating defeat” in Tuesday’s crunch vote. She urged critics to give the deal “a second look”, […]

Chechnya LGBT: Dozens ‘detained in new gay purge’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has previously claimed the reports were “made up” Activists in Russia say there has been a new crackdown against LGBT people in Chechnya. The Russian LGBT Network believes about 40 people have been imprisoned since December – two of whom they say have died under […]

Pawel Adamowicz, Gdansk mayor, dies after stabbing at charity event

Media caption‘Mum, this man has a knife!’ – witness describes the moment before Gdansk Mayor Pawel Adamowicz is fatally stabbed The mayor of the Polish city of Gdansk has died in hospital a day after being stabbed at a charity event. Pawel Adamowicz, 53, was attacked on stage in front of hundreds of people on […]

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