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Russia’s Olympic membership restored by International Olympic Committee

There were 168 Russians competing as neutral athletes at February’s Winter Olympics Russia’s Olympic membership has been restored by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) following its suspension from Pyeongchang 2018. Russia was banned from February’s Games by the IOC over state-sponsored doping. Despite the ban, 168 Russians competed as neutrals in South Korea, and two […]

Theresa May rejects EU’s draft option for Northern Ireland

Media captionMay: I’ll make opposition to plans ‘crystal clear’ to EU An EU proposal for the Northern Ireland border threatens the “constitutional integrity” of the United Kingdom, Theresa May has said. The EU’s draft legal agreement proposes a “common regulatory area” after Brexit on the island of Ireland – in effect keeping Northern Ireland in […]

Russia’s Olympic membership restored by International Olympic Committee

There were 168 Russians competing as neutral athletes at February’s Winter Olympics Russia’s Olympic membership has been restored by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) following its suspension from Pyeongchang 2018. Russia was banned from February’s Games by the IOC over state-sponsored doping. Despite the ban, 168 Russians competed as neutrals in South Korea, and two […]

Europe snow: Siberian ice blankets southern seaside resorts

Image copyright PA Image caption In Doncaster, Britain, a Siberian tiger strolls through Siberian weather at his wildlife park The number of casualties from cold exposure continues to rise as most of Europe experiences freezing temperatures. Dozens of people have been reported dead across the continent – many of them rough sleepers. Among the casualties […]

Syria war: Turkey ‘indiscriminately shelling civilians in Afrin’

Image copyright AFP Image caption At least 24 children have reportedly been killed in Afrin since the Turkish offensive began Indiscriminate shellfire by Turkish troops – and to a lesser extent Kurdish forces – has killed scores of civilians in Syria, a human rights group alleges. Amnesty International said it had verified witness testimony from […]

France anger after MP shares letter with racist death threats

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Laetitia Avia is a lawmaker from President Macron’s En Marche movement A French lawmaker has filed a formal complaint after receiving a letter with racist insults and death threats. Laetitia Avia, whose parents are from Togo, posted the offensive text on Twitter and said she had never experienced such […]

Theresa May rejects EU’s draft option for Northern Ireland

Media captionMay: I’ll make opposition to plans ‘crystal clear’ to EU An EU proposal for the Northern Ireland border threatens the “constitutional integrity” of the United Kingdom, Theresa May has said. A draft legal agreement published by the EU proposes a “common regulatory area” on the island of Ireland after Brexit, if solutions cannot be […]

Jan Kuciak murder: Slovak PM offers €1m reward in appeal

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption The PM also hit out at opposition groups for the “political abuse of a tragedy” Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico has offered a one million euro ($1.2m) reward for anyone who comes forward with information about the murder of an investigative journalist. Jan Kuciak, 27, and his partner Martina Kusnirova […]

Europe freezes as ‘Beast from the East’ arrives

Media captionEuropean scenes of ice and snow filmed on Monday Much of Europe has been blanketed in snow as cold weather spreads as far south as the Mediterranean coast. The cold spell, nicknamed “the Beast from the East” in the UK, is carrying freezing winds across the continent, and temperatures as low as -30C (-22F). […]

Europe freezes as ‘Beast from the East’ arrives

Image copyright EPA Image caption The ruins of Pompeii – near Naples in southern Italy – were covered with snow Much of Europe has been blanketed in snow as cold weather spreads as far south as the Mediterranean coast. The cold spell, nicknamed “the Beast from the East” in the UK, is carrying freezing winds […]