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Portugal’s parliament approves new legal gender change law

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption LGBT activists have welcomed the new law (file photo) Portugal’s parliament has approved a new law making it easier for people to change their legal gender. Citizens from the age of 16 will now be able to change their gender and name in documents without the need of a […]

Tibet group thanks Sweden in ‘Chinese spy’ case

Image copyright Tibetan community in sweden Image caption The Dalai Lama (L) met Tibetans living in Sweden last September A Tibetan leader says she hopes other countries will follow Sweden’s example by prosecuting alleged spies who give China information on exiled Tibetans. On Wednesday, Sweden charged a Tibetan man, Dorjee Gyantsan, with espionage. China allegedly […]

Russia says Syrian ‘chemical attack’ was staged

Image copyright AFP Image caption Russia is an ally of Syria and gives military backing to its government Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said a reported chemical attack in Syria was staged by foreign agents. The US and France say they have proof it took place and, alongside the UK, are considering military retaliation. […]

Russia warns of ‘dangerous’ escalation over Syria

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Russia is an ally of Syria and gives military backing to its government Russia has warned the US that launching air strikes in response to a suspected chemical attack in Syria could spark a war between the two countries. “The immediate priority is to avert the danger of war,” […]

Syria ‘chemical attack’: Trump decision on strike ‘fairly soon’

Media captionTrump: Decisions on Syria will be made “fairly soon” US President Donald Trump says a decision on action in Syria will be made “fairly soon”. He told reporters that he and his team were looking “very, very seriously” at the situation, following an alleged chemical attack on the town of Douma. Western powers are […]

Syria ‘chemical attack’: Trump decision on strike ‘fairly soon’

Media captionTrump: Decisions on Syria will be made “fairly soon” US President Donald Trump says a decision on action in Syria will be made “fairly soon”. He told reporters that he and his team were looking “very, very seriously” at the situation, following an alleged chemical attack on the town of Douma. The White House […]

Volkswagen puts Herbert Diess in the driving seat

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Herbert Diess has a reputation for being a cost-cutter Volkswagen has replaced its chief executive with Herbert Diess, who takes on responsibility for the entire company after overseeing the VW brand. He takes over from Matthias Mueller, who was appointed in 2015 at the height of the diesel emissions scandal. […]

Syria ‘chemical attack’: France’s President Macron ‘has proof’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Emmanuel Macron has said any use of chemical weapons would be a “red line” France’s President Emmanuel Macron says he has “proof” that the Syrian government attacked the town of Douma with chemical weapons last weekend. He said he would decide “in due course” whether to respond with air strikes. […]

Berlin streets to lose links with brutal colonial past

Image copyright AFP Berlin is set to rename streets linked to atrocities Germany committed during its 1884-1919 occupation of Namibia. Local councillors agreed on new street names for the so-called African Quarter in the north-west of the German capital on Wednesday evening. After more than a decade of debate, a final vote – seen as […]

New EU tests to tackle ‘rip-off’ food complaints

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The same brand can taste different elsewhere in the EU New EU food quality tests need to be strict enough to stop manufacturers selling some brands with inferior ingredients in ex-communist countries, a Euro MP shaping the new rules says. The EU Commission plans to collect data on a […]