Poland’s Senate passes controversial Holocaust bill

Poland’s Senate passes controversial Holocaust bill

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Poland has long objected to phrases which suggest shared responsibility for Nazi Germany’s actions Poland’s Senate has approved a controversial bill making it illegal to accuse “the Polish nation or state” of complicity in the Nazi Holocaust. The legislation implicitly prohibits describing Nazi death camps in Poland as Polish. […]

Winter Olympics 2018: Court overturns life bans given to Russian athletes

Winter Olympics 2018: Court overturns life bans given to Russian athletes

Russia’s Alexander Tretiakov won gold in the men’s skeleton at Sochi – before being banned for life by the IOC A decision to overturn the Olympic life bans of 28 Russian athletes “may have a serious impact on the future fight against doping”, says the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The Court of Arbitration for Sport […]

Tariq Ramadan: French police question scholar over rape claims

Tariq Ramadan: French police question scholar over rape claims

Image copyright AFP Image caption Tariq Ramadan is facing several allegations of rape and sexual misconduct Prominent Muslim academic Tariq Ramadan is being questioned by French police investigating allegations of rape and sexual assault against him. He was taken into custody in Paris over claims made by two women last year. Mr Ramadan, 55, denies […]

Russia warns of locust threat to World Cup

Russia warns of locust threat to World Cup

England will play their opening match of the World Cup at the Volgograd Arena Swarms of locusts could attack football pitches and cause a “global scandal” at this summer’s World Cup, according to a Russian government official. Pyotr Chekmarev said around a million hectares of land in southern Russia was infested with locusts. Volgograd, where […]

German Marcel Hesse jailed for ‘sadistic’ double killing

German Marcel Hesse jailed for ‘sadistic’ double killing

Image copyright EPA Image caption Hesse lived with his parents and was described as socially withdrawn A German teenager who stabbed to death his neighbour’s nine-year-old son and then killed an ex-school friend while on the run has been jailed for life. Marcel Hesse, now 20, lured the boy to his basement in the town […]

Paris officials investigate suspected anti-Semitic attack on schoolboy

Paris officials investigate suspected anti-Semitic attack on schoolboy

Image copyright Alamy Image caption The boy was wearing a Jewish skullcap, or kippa (file photo) An eight-year-old boy wearing a Jewish skullcap, or kippa, has been attacked in a suburb of the French capital, Paris, in what officials suspect is the latest case of anti-Semitic violence. Two teenage suspects, who fled the scene, did […]

Catalonia’s Puigdemont denies giving up after ‘defeat’ texts

Catalonia’s Puigdemont denies giving up after ‘defeat’ texts

Image copyright AFP Image caption Carles Puigdemont faces arrest if he returns to Spain Fugitive Catalan politician Carles Puigdemont has denied he is giving up on leading an independent Catalonia after his private text messages were broadcast on Spanish TV. Mr Puigdemont admitted he had had a moment of doubt but insisted: “We continue!” In […]

Louvre attack: Egyptian man, 29, believed to be assailant

Louvre attack: Egyptian man, 29, believed to be assailant

Image copyright AP Image caption This image has been circulating on French media – said to show the suspect on the floor of the Louvre museum French authorities say they believe the man who tried to attack the Louvre museum in the capital Paris on Friday was a 29-year-old Egyptian man. Prosecutor Francois Molins said […]

Former Norwegian PM says he was held at US airport over Iran visit

Former Norwegian PM says he was held at US airport over Iran visit

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Bondevik had travelled to Iran to speak against extremism for a human rights group The former prime minister of Norway, Kjell Magne Bondevik, said he was detained at a US airport earlier this week because he had visited Iran in 2014. Mr Bondevik, who said he was travelling on […]

Is Sweden’s deputy PM trolling Donald Trump in Facebook photo?

Is Sweden’s deputy PM trolling Donald Trump in Facebook photo?

Image copyright Isabella Lovin: Facebook Image caption Isabella Lovin’s photo posted on Facebook is being compared to an image of President Trump Sweden’s deputy PM is causing a stir after posting an image appearing to parody Donald Trump’s signing of an anti-abortion executive order. Isabella Lovin, who is also the country’s climate minister, published a […]