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MH17: Russia ‘liable’ for downing airliner over Ukraine

Image copyright AFP Image caption The remains of the Boeing 777, photographed at its crash site in 2014 Australia and the Netherlands say they are holding Russia responsible for downing a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet in 2014. All 298 people on board MH17, which was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, died when it […]

Irish abortion referendum voting opens

Image copyright Reuters/PA Polls have opened in the referendum on Ireland’s abortion laws. The vote will decide whether to repeal a part of the constitution, known as the Eighth Amendment, which effectively bans terminations in the country. Currently, abortion is only allowed when a woman’s life is at risk, but not in cases of rape, […]

GDPR: US news sites blocked to EU users over data protection rules

Image copyright Press Association Image caption Companies will face hefty fines if they break the new data regulations A number of high-profile US news websites are temporarily unavailable in Europe after new European Union rules on data protection came into effect. The Chicago Times and LA Times were among those posting messages saying they were […]

Champions League: Liverpool fans’ Kiev flights cancelled

Image copyright World Choice Sports Image caption The update posted on the Worldchoice Sports website spoke of the firm’s “deep regret” Hundreds of Liverpool fans have been left stranded after flights to the Champions League final were cancelled. Operator Worldchoice Sports said it could not secure landing slots at Kiev’s Boryspil Airport for three planes […]

Brexit: UK official warns EU over talks ‘insult’

Image copyright EPA UK officials have warned the EU that its approach to Brexit negotiations risks damaging its security and economic relationship. It comes as a senior EU official said the UK was living in a “let’s just keep everything we have now… fantasy”. A UK official described those remarks as “laughable” and warned against […]

Macron French reforms: SNCF workers vote down changes

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The state-owned rail company says participation in the strike has hit a record low France’s striking rail workers have overwhelmingly rejected government measures to reform the country’s state-owned SNCF company. In a ballot derided by the company as a petition, almost 95% of those who voted were against the […]

Olof Palme murder: Swedish police explore ‘new lead’ in unsolved case

Image copyright AFP Image caption Olof Palme led Sweden’s Social Democratic Party from 1969 until his death A man who said he witnessed the unsolved assassination of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme 30 years ago has himself been linked to the killing. A new investigative report by Filter Magazine has named the likely killer as […]

German firm apologises for ‘racist’ post linked to Meghan Markle

Image copyright Facebook – Super Dickmman’s Image caption The controversial image, posted on the day of the royal wedding, has been deleted A German company has apologised after posting an image of a chocolate-covered marshmallow sweet in a bridal dress on the day of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Super Dickmann’s post […]

Turkish lira dives against the dollar

Image copyright AFP The Turkish lira has fallen more than 5% to hit a record low against the US dollar. The currency has lost more than a fifth of its value this year as fears grow that the government might undermine the powers of Turkey’s central bank. Many investors want to see a rise in […]

Paraguay tribe joins search for missing Austrian tourist

Image copyright Wilhelm Wabnegg Image caption Wilhelm Wabnegg’s plan was to spend 14 months travelling through South America An indigenous group has joined the search for a 62-year-old Austrian man who went missing in a national park in Paraguay three weeks ago. Wilhelm Wabnegg was last heard from on 2 May when he was setting […]