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Skripal poisoning: Bellingcat names ‘third man’ in Salisbury case

Image copyright Reuters/BBC Image caption Sergei Skripal, 67, and his daughter Yulia survived the attack A third man has been named as a suspect in the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury last year. Investigative website Bellingcat claims that he is Denis Vyacheslavovich Sergeev, a Russian military intelligence officer. It says he came […]

Brexit ‘monster’ urges Dutch to prepare

Image copyright Stef blok Image caption Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok (L) poses with an invasive Brexit monster The Dutch government sees Brexit not as the elephant in the room but as a giant Muppet-style monster lying on a desk. That is the picture tweeted by Foreign Minister Stef Blok, with the warning: “make sure […]

Moldovan election prompts Facebook to remove accounts

Image copyright EPA Image caption East meets West: Moldova’s election sees pro-EU and pro-Russia politicians face off Facebook says it has removed more than 200 “inauthentic” accounts targeting people in Moldova, some of which were linked to government employees. Moldovans go to the polls on 24 February under a new electoral system. One of Europe’s […]

Sweden recalls China envoy over ‘deal’ on detained bookseller

Image copyright AFP Image caption Police walk past missing person notices for Gui Minhai, posted on the Chinese Liaison Office in Hong Kong Sweden has recalled its ambassador to China over her involvement in a bizarre meeting involving the daughter of a detained Swedish-Chinese bookseller. The ambassador, Anna Lindstedt, left Beijing on Wednesday, a spokesperson […]

Christophe Dettinger: French ‘yellow vest’ boxer convicted

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Dettinger, here portrayed in a mural alongside the word “freedom”, has become known throughout France A former French boxing champion has been convicted for assaulting two police officers at an anti-government “yellow vest” protest in Paris. Christophe Dettinger, 37, was filmed on 5 January throwing punches in footage that was […]

Spain budget failure puts snap election on the cards

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Spain’s PM Pedro Sánchez failed to get his budget through – which could prompt early elections Spain’s Socialist government is widely expected to call a snap general election after failing to get its budget through parliament. Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez’s bill failed after parties from the Catalonia region refused to […]

Anti-Semitism: Germany sees 10% jump in offences in 2018

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The data revealed a 10% jump in anti-Semitic offences, and a 60% rise in physical attacks. German officials say there was a 10% increase in the number of anti-Semitic offences recorded last year. Crime data, revealed on Wednesday, says 1,646 crimes were linked to a hatred of Jews in […]

Belgium flights cancelled on Wednesday amid strike

Image copyright AFP Image caption Passengers leave Brussels airport on Wednesday morning – all flights have been cancelled All flights in and out of Belgium have been cancelled on Wednesday due to strike action, the country’s air traffic control has announced. The cancellation began at 22:00 (21:00 GMT) on Tuesday night and will run for […]

UK plays down alleged Brexit delay comments

Theresa May has played down reports that she could force MPs to choose between backing her deal or accepting a delay to EU withdrawal. ITV News said chief UK negotiator Olly Robbins was overheard in a Brussels bar saying the EU was likely to allow an extension to the Brexit process. The PM suggested MPs […]

Brexit: Call for Irish border poll during deadlock ‘irresponsible’

Image caption Mr Ahern was one of the architects of the Good Friday Agreement A former taoiseach (Irish prime minister) has described calls for a border poll in the middle of the Brexit deadlock as “irresponsible”. Bertie Ahern said the UK’s decision to leave the EU had brought the issue of Irish unity back into […]