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Donald Tusk asks UK for ‘better’ Northern Ireland idea

Media captionDonald Tusk joked that his journey was ‘not frictionless’ Donald Tusk has said Theresa May needs to come up with “a better idea” than the EU’s controversial plan to prevent a hard border in Northern Ireland. The PM has rejected keeping Northern Ireland in the EU’s customs area saying this would split the UK […]

Cyber-attack on German government IT network ‘ongoing’

Image copyright EPA Image caption The Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) is investigating the breach A cyber-attack on Germany’s government IT network is “ongoing”, officials say, a day after they said it had been “brought under control”. “It is a very serious cyber-attack,” said Armin Schuster, who chairs the parliamentary committee that oversees the […]

Catalonia crisis: Fugitive Puigdemont abandons presidency

Image copyright AFP Image caption Carles Puigdemont faces arrest if he returns to Spain Fugitive Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont has said he is ending his bid to be reappointed president of Spain’s north-eastern region. He said he was stepping aside in favour of detained activist Jordi Sanchez. Mr Puigdemont is in self-imposed exile in […]

Russia’s Putin unveils ‘invincible’ nuclear weapons

Media captionPresident Putin introduced video of a missile launch Russia has developed a new array of nuclear weapons that are invincible, according to President Vladimir Putin. Mr Putin made the claims as he laid out his key policies for a fourth presidential term, ahead of an election he is expected to win in 17 days’ […]

Donald Tusk asking UK for ‘better’ Northern Ireland idea

Media captionDonald Tusk joked that his journey was ‘not frictionless’ Donald Tusk is to ask Theresa May for “a better idea that would be as effective in preventing a hard border” on the “island of Ireland”. The prime minister rejected the EU’s proposals on Northern Ireland saying they would split the UK in two. But […]

Russia’s Putin reveals ‘invincible’ nuclear weapons

Image copyright AFP Image caption It was Mr Putin’s last speech before the election Russia has developed a new array of nuclear weapons that are invincible, according to President Vladimir Putin. Mr Putin made the revelation as he laid out his key policies for a fourth presidential term, ahead of an election he is expected […]

Snow in Europe: Icy blizzards stall transport networks

Image copyright Reuters Image caption A snow plough removes snow next to an EasyJet aircraft at Cointrin Airport in Geneva, Switzerland Fresh heavy snowfalls lashing Europe have caused transport delays, with the deep freeze expected to continue. The airport in the Swiss city of Geneva has been forced to shut down temporarily and snow ploughs […]

Theresa May to meet Donald Tusk ahead of Brexit ‘end state’ speech

Image copyright AFP Theresa May will meet top EU official Donald Tusk on Thursday, 24 hours before a major speech on British relations with the bloc after Brexit. Her talks with the European Council president come amid tensions over the EU’s draft withdrawal treaty. Mrs May has said the EU’s proposals on Northern Ireland threaten […]

Putin speech: We must halve poverty in Russia

Image copyright AFP Image caption It was Mr Putin’s last speech before the election Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he intends to halve poverty in the country within the next six years, in his annual state of the nation speech in Moscow. The speech is the last before an election he is expected to […]

Theresa May to meet Donald Tusk ahead of Brexit ‘end state’ speech

Image copyright AFP Theresa May will meet top EU official Donald Tusk on Thursday, 24 hours before a major speech on British relations with the bloc after Brexit. Her talks with the European Council president come amid tensions over the EU’s draft withdrawal treaty. Mrs May has said the EU’s proposals on Northern Ireland threaten […]