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Redoine Faid: A few ‘loyal friends’ behind helicopter jailbreak

Image copyright AFP Image caption The getaway vehicle was found abandoned north of Paris The dramatic jailbreak-by-helicopter of notorious French gangster Redoine Faid was carried out by four or five close and loyal friends, police say. New details have emerged of the raid, in which the assailants cut their way into the visiting room of […]

Nantes police shooting: Deadly incident triggers clashes

Image copyright AFP Image caption A number of cars were set alight during the overnight clashes Groups of youths have clashed with police in France’s western city of Nantes after a man was shot dead by police during a roadside check. On Tuesday night, protesters burned cars and threw petrol bombs at the police, who […]

Poland’s top judge Gersdorf defies retirement law

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Malgorzata Gersdorf has accused the government of carrying out a purge under the guise of retirement reform The head of Poland’s Supreme Court has arrived for work surrounded by hundreds of supporters, rejecting a controversial law forcing dozens of senior judges to retire early. Chief Justice Malgorzata Gersdorf, 65, had […]

Pro-Brexit campaign ‘broke electoral law’

Media captionFormer Vote Leave chief Matthew Elliott defended his group’s actions The official Brexit campaign is expected to be found guilty of four charges of breaking electoral law, the BBC has been told. The draft of an investigation into Vote Leave concludes it broke spending limits and failed to comply with some of the rules. […]

Amesbury: Two collapse near Russian spy poisoning site

Image copyright PA Image caption Police have cordoned off a number of areas including Muggleton Road in Amesbury A man and woman feared to have been exposed to an unknown substance are in a critical condition, prompting police to declare a major incident. The pair, in their 40s, were found unconscious in what was thought […]

Germany migrants: Merkel averts coalition government split

Image copyright AFP Image caption Chancellor Merkel had been duelling with erstwhile ally Horst Seehofer (R) German Chancellor Angela Merkel has reached a deal on immigration to end a row that threatened to break up her four-month-old coalition government. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has now dropped his threat to resign after hours of talks. Mrs […]

Germany migrants: Merkel allies leave Seehofer isolated

Image copyright AFP Image caption Chancellor Merkel is duelling with erstwhile ally Horst Seehofer (R) German Chancellor Angela Merkel has won pledges of support from key allies in Bavaria’s Christian Social Union (CSU), making its leader, her defiant interior minister, look increasingly isolated. She is reported to be holding talks now with the minister, Horst […]

Polish judges law: EU steps up row over retirement rule

Image copyright EPA Image caption Civil rights groups have protested against the Polish government’s judicial reforms On the eve of new Polish measures that could mean dozens of senior judges losing their jobs, the European Union has launched a legal case against the country’s right-wing government. The EU’s executive has already accused the Polish authorities […]

Germany migrants: Key Merkel ally Seehofer threatens to quit

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Angela Merkel (left) and Horst Seehofer (right) will hold crisis talks later on Monday Germany’s interior minister plans to hold last-ditch talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel after threatening to quit in protest at her migration policy. Horst Seehofer heads Bavaria’s Christian Social Union (CSU), a key party in Mrs Merkel’s […]

Germany’s migrants: Seehofer offers to resign over migrants

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Angela Merkel (left) and Horst Seehofer (right) will hold crisis talks later on Monday Germany’s interior minister has offered to resign over Angela Merkel’s EU deal to tackle immigration. Horst Seehofer heads the Christian Social Union (CSU), a key party in Mrs Merkel’s coalition. The two party leaders will hold […]