Hungary opposition blow to Orban

Hungary opposition blow to Orban

Image copyright AFP Image caption A local election produced a rare setback for Hungarian PM Viktor Orban Hungary’s ruling conservative Fidesz party has suffered a shock defeat in a mayoral election seen as a popularity test for Prime Minister Viktor Orban. The southern town of Hodmezovasarhely was considered a Fidesz stronghold. Peter Marki-Zay won with […]

Hungary opposition delivers blow to PM Orban in town vote

Hungary opposition delivers blow to PM Orban in town vote

Image copyright AFP Image caption A local election produced a rare setback for Hungarian PM Viktor Orban Hungary’s ruling conservative Fidesz party has suffered a shock defeat in a mayoral election seen as a popularity test for Prime Minister Viktor Orban. The southern town of Hodmezovasarhely was considered a Fidesz stronghold. Peter Marki-Zay won with […]

Turkey’s Erdogan in row over ‘girl martyr’ comment on TV

Turkey’s Erdogan in row over ‘girl martyr’ comment on TV

Image copyright EPA Image caption The exchange happened during a congress of Mr Erdogan’s AK party Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been criticised after telling a girl in military uniform that she would be honoured if killed while fighting. “If she’s martyred, they’ll lay a flag on her,” he told the sobbing girl at […]

Catalonia Spain: Protests greet King Felipe at MWC

Catalonia Spain: Protests greet King Felipe at MWC

Image copyright AFP Image caption Riot police faced off with Catalan protesters King Felipe of Spain has been met with protests on his first visit to Catalonia since last October’s failed independence bid in the Spanish region. Police held back hundreds of people as the king arrived in Barcelona for the Mobile World Congress technology […]

China’s Geely buys into Mercedes owner Daimler

China’s Geely buys into Mercedes owner Daimler

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Made in Germany – but now with Chinese investment Chinese carmaker Geely has become the biggest investor in Mercedes-Benz owner Daimler, saying it hopes to cooperate with the German giant on electric cars. Geely shares jumped in Hong Kong after the deal to buy almost 10% of the firm was […]

End in sight to Olympic ban on Russia

End in sight to Olympic ban on Russia

The Olympic athletes from Russia team paraded under the Olympic flag at the opening ceremony, and will do so at the closing ceremony at 11:00 GMT Russia’s Olympic ban will be lifted if there are no further doping violations from their athletes at Pyeongchang 2018, the International Olympic Committee has voted unanimously. However, the IOC […]

Italy election: Rival protests spark tensions ahead of vote

Italy election: Rival protests spark tensions ahead of vote

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Police clash with demonstrators at a march against the far-right party The League in Milan Rival demonstrations by far-right and anti-fascist groups a week before Italy’s general election have led to scuffles with police. Police in Milan used batons as left-wing demonstrators tried to break through a cordon. Elsewhere, […]

Red Cross reveals 21 staff paid for sexual services

Red Cross reveals 21 staff paid for sexual services

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The ICRC launched an internal review after reports of misconduct at aid agencies The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says 21 members of staff have left their jobs for sexual misconduct in the last three years. The ICRC’s director-general, Yves Daccord, said the individuals had paid for […]

Johnny Hallyday estate: Bardot wades into France family row

Johnny Hallyday estate: Bardot wades into France family row

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bardot is known for her forthright views on animal rights and other issues Brigitte Bardot has become the latest French celebrity to weigh in on a family dispute over the estate of the late singer Johnny Hallyday. In a radio interview, the movie legend urged Hallyday’s widow Laeticia – […]

Russian ceremony hopes hit by second ban

Russian ceremony hopes hit by second ban

Nadezhda Sergeeva (right) had returned a clean result in a doping test on 13 February, the Russian Bobsleigh Federation said Russian bobsleigh pilot Nadezhda Sergeeva has been banned from the Winter Olympics for doping – just a day before Olympic chiefs meet to discuss lifting sanctions on her country. The International Olympic Committee banned Russia […]