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Syria ‘chemical attack’: Russia warns US against military action

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Syrian Army soldiers gather near the town of Douma, where the suspected chemical attack happened Russia has urged the US to avoid taking military action in response to an alleged chemical attack in Syria. “I would once again beseech you to refrain from the plans that you’re currently developing,” […]

21st Century Fox raided in competition probe

Image copyright Al Bello/Getty Image caption Rupert Murdoch is executive chairman of 21st Century Fox Rupert Murdoch’s film and media giant 21st Century Fox says it is cooperating with the European Commission after officials raided its Fox Network offices in London. EC competition authorities are reported to have seized documents relating to sport media rights […]

Tengelmann chief Karl-Erivan Haub missing in Swiss Alps

Image copyright AFP Image caption Karl-Erivan Haub has been head of the Tengelmann retail empire since 2000 Rescue teams are searching for one of Germany’s richest men, who has gone missing while skiing in the Swiss Alps. Karl-Erivan Haub, heir to the Tengelmann supermarket chain, did not return from an off-piste skiing expedition near the […]

Russian spy: Yulia Skripal discharged from hospital

Image copyright Yulia Skripal/Facebook Image caption Yulia Skripal was treated in Salisbury District Hospital for more than a month after being exposed to a nerve agent Yulia Skripal, the poisoned daughter of Russian ex-spy Sergei, has been discharged from hospital. The 33-year-old left Salisbury District Hospital on Monday and has been taken to a secure […]

Lufthansa and Air France flights grounded by strikes

Image copyright AFP Image caption Frankfurt is among the airports affected by the strike Two of Europe’s biggest airlines have been hit by strike action, grounding hundreds of flights and affecting tens of thousands of passengers. Lufthansa has been forced to cancel 800 of its 1,600 scheduled flights because of a walkout by public sector […]

The seismic signal of Lionel Messi

Media captionJordi Díaz: “We get information every time Barcelona scores a goal” When Lionel Messi scores another wonder strike, the city of Barcelona literally shakes. Scientists have a seismometer installed close to the Camp Nou stadium and it picks up the telltale vibrations every time the crowd celebrates a goal. There is a clear spike […]

Embalming fluid error kills patient in Russian hospital

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Doctors spotted the error but could not save the patient’s life Russian authorities are prosecuting doctors who accidentally gave a woman a fatal dose of formaldehyde instead of saline after an operation. A senior doctor at the Ulyanovsk hospital, Vladimir Demin, has been sacked, Russian media say. Formaldehyde […]

Clinton attends Irish peace deal events

Media captionGeorge Mitchell: Northern Ireland is a better place now The 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement marks how far the Northern Ireland peace process has come and how far it still must travel, former US Senator George Mitchell has said. Mr Mitchell, who chaired the talks that led to the 1998 peace deal, […]

French police clash with eco-activists in woods near Nantes

Image copyright AFP Image caption Reports say more activists joined the squatters at the weekend French police are trying to evict environmental activists from a wooded site in western France where a new airport was to have been built. Police used tear gas at the Notre-Dames-des-Landes site against hundreds of activists, who built makeshift barricades […]

Viktor Orban: Hungary PM re-elected for third term

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Viktor Orban (c) will be prime minister for a third time Hungary’s right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban has claimed a landslide victory in Sunday’s general election. The 54-year-old will serve a third consecutive term in office, with his party Fidesz projected to keep its key two-thirds majority in parliament. […]