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Italian film director Franco Zeffirelli dies at 96

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Franco Zeffirelli, photographed in 1967 Italian film director Franco Zeffirelli has died aged 96, Italian media report. The Florence native directed stars including Elizabeth Taylor in the 1967 film Taming of the Shrew and Dame Judi Dench on stage in Romeo and Juliet. Italian media said Zeffirelli died after […]

Russia Golunov case: Putin sacks top Moscow police officials

Media captionPolice in riot gear clashed with protesters in Moscow on Wednesday Days after anti-corruption journalist Ivan Golunov was freed amid an outcry over a fabricated drugs case, Russian President Vladimir Putin has fired two high-ranking Moscow police officials. The interior minister had called for the dismissal of western Moscow police chief Maj Gen Andrei […]

‘Silenced’ children of priests to share stories with French bishops

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Anne-Marie Jarzac, the daughter of a priest and a nun, described it as a “moving moment” Children of Roman Catholic priests who felt “silenced” by the Church for decades will share their stories with bishops in Paris for the first time. Bishops will meet members of the French association […]

Vodafone suffers faults across Europe

Image copyright Getty Images Vodafone says it is working to tackle “disruption” to its mobile and fixed-line broadband services. It has experienced a fault with an international link used to transmit data between countries but is rerouting traffic to address the issue. Reports on the DownDetector website indicate that subscribers in the UK, Ireland, Greece, […]

‘Silenced’ children of priests to share stories with French bishops

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Anne-Marie Jarzac, the daughter of a priest and a nun, described it as a “moving moment” Children of Roman Catholic priests who felt “silenced” by the Church for decades will share their stories with bishops in Paris for the first time. Bishops will meet members of the French association […]

Ivan Golunov case: Moscow protest sees hundreds held

Media captionPolice in riot gear clashed with protesters Hundreds of people have been detained at a Moscow rally demanding punishment for police who detained an anti-corruption journalist. Officers in riot gear clashed with protesters during the unauthorised march in support of Ivan Golunov. Among those detained at the rally were journalists and Russian opposition leader […]

Catalan separatists defiant on final trial day in Madrid

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The 12 defendants pictured in the court in Madrid on the final day of their trial Twelve separatist leaders on trial over their role in Catalonia’s failed 2017 independence bid have given defiant final statements in Madrid. On the last day of proceedings after four months of hearings, the […]

Italy shuts Mineo migrant camp and tightens sea rules

Image copyright KARPOV/SOS MEDITERRANEE Image caption When Italy’s populist government took office last June they closed ports to rescued migrants Italy’s cabinet has passed an emergency decree targeting migrant rescue boats. The decision came hours before right-wing interior minister Matteo Salvini announced the closure of a reception centre for asylum seekers in Sicily. The decree […]

Macron to send Trump replacement friendship tree

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The tree was designed to celebrate the special relationship between the US and France French President Emmanuel Macron says he will send US leader Donald Trump a new “friendship tree” after the original died. The two men planted the oak sapling in the White House grounds last year. It was […]

Chernobyl selfies lead to warning from show’s writer

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption File photo: a visitor to the Chernobyl exclusion zone in the abandoned city of Pripyat this month poses for a selfie Tourists visiting Chernobyl must be respectful, the creator of the HBO show about the nuclear disaster there says. Some people visiting the site in Ukraine, where the world’s […]