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French My Million lottery player scoops second €1m jackpot

Image copyright Getty Images A man from south-east France has won the country’s “My Million” lottery for the second time in less than two years – a feat that mathematicians say has odds of one in 16 trillion. The winner, who was not named, won his first €1m (£877,000) in November 2016 and continued to […]

Former bank boss guilty of multi-billion euro fraud

Image copyright RTÉ Image caption David Drumm moved to the US in 2009, the same year Anglo Irish Bank collapsed Former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm has been found guilty of fraud. The jury spent more than 10 hours deliberating before coming to a unanimous verdict at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on day […]

European fruit pickers shun Britain

Image caption Strawberry picking is traditionally done by seasonal migrant workers Recruitment agencies are warning that they cannot secure the number of workers needed by British farmers to pick their fruit and vegetables. Over half of recruitment companies could not find the labour even in the “quiet” first months of this year, the Association of […]

Zdravko Mamic, Croatian football’s Mr Big, given jail term

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mamic left Croatia on the night before the verdict, maintaining the trial had been unfair He is considered the most powerful figure in football in Croatia, but now Zdravko Mamic has been sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison for corruption. Mamic was found guilty of siphoning of millions of euros […]

Astronaut Pedro Duque named Spain’s science minister

Image copyright ESA-S. Corvaja 2003 Image caption Pedro Duque took part in a 2003 mission to the ISS Spain’s first astronaut, Pedro Duque, has been named minister of science by the country’s new Socialist government. Prime Minister and self-labelled feminist Pedro Sánchez is expected to appoint a women-majority cabinet, in contrast to the male-dominated executives […]

Irish apology to Magdalene survivors

Media captionHundreds gathered in Dublin to welcome home Magdalene laundry survivors Irish President Michael D Higgins has apologised to thousands of women forced to work in the country’s Magdalene Laundries. Hundreds turned out in Dublin to welcome home the Magdalene survivors. It was the first time they had gathered together at home, including those who […]

Border police power to hold suspected foreign agents

Image caption The bill is a response to the poisoning of Yulia and Sergei Skripal in Salisbury Border police would be given the powers to stop and detain suspected foreign intelligence agents if a new bill passes through parliament. The new powers targeting “hostile state activity” would be similar to those used against suspected terrorists. […]

Vladimir Putin: Western sanctions ‘harmful for everyone’

Image copyright EPA Image caption President Putin (left) met Chancellor Kurz, who spoke of the need for dialogue with Russia President Vladimir Putin has said Western sanctions against Russia are “harmful for everyone” and it is in everyone’s interests to lift them. Speaking in Austria, he said Russia had restored stable growth, despite the EU […]

Vladimir Putin: Western sanctions ‘harmful for everyone’

Image copyright EPA Image caption President Putin (left) met Chancellor Kurz, who spoke of the need for dialogue with Russia President Vladimir Putin has said Western sanctions against Russia are “harmful for everyone” and it is in everyone’s interests to lift them. Speaking in Austria, he said Russia had restored stable growth, despite the EU […]

Champions League and Europa League: Huge increase in prize money next season

Real Madrid beat Liverpool to win last season’s Champions League Revenues for competing in the Champions League, Europa League and Uefa Super Cup will see a huge increase of £787m next season, Uefa have announced. Last season, clubs were given a share of £2.06bn, but that figure has now jumped to £2.84bn. However, Uefa said […]