Russia Saratov crash: Investigators comb crash site near Moscow

Russia Saratov crash: Investigators comb crash site near Moscow

Media captionWreckage was strewn across a wide area Russian investigators are searching snow-covered fields near Moscow for clues why a passenger plane crashed. All 71 passengers and crew were killed when the Saratov Airlines jet went down minutes after taking off from Domodedovo airport on Sunday afternoon. Officials say they are considering weather conditions, human […]

Germany: Merkel calls for younger ministers in new government

Germany: Merkel calls for younger ministers in new government

Image copyright EPA Image caption Mrs Merkel (R) sought to reassure her critics German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for younger members of her party to fill ministerial positions in the new government. “We need to ensure that not only the over-60s are considered but also younger people,” she told German TV. She also defended […]

Russia jet carrying 71 people crashes after Moscow take-off

Russia jet carrying 71 people crashes after Moscow take-off

Media captionWreckage was strewn across a wide area A Russian airliner has crashed after leaving Moscow’s Domodedovo airport, killing all 65 passengers and six crew on board. The Saratov Airlines jet vanished minutes after take-off and crashed near the village of Argunovo, about 80km (50 miles) south-east of Moscow. The cause of crash is unclear. […]

Russian jet ‘crashes’ after Moscow take-off

Russian jet ‘crashes’ after Moscow take-off

Image copyright EPA Image caption The missing plane was An-148 like the one in this archive picture A Russian airliner carrying 71 passengers and crew has crashed after vanishing from radar screens as it left a Moscow airport for the Urals, media say. The Saratov Airlines An-148 regional jet was en route to the city […]

Macerata: Anti-racism protest after migrant shooting in Italy

Macerata: Anti-racism protest after migrant shooting in Italy

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The anti-racist protest followed a far-right demonstration on Thursday Several thousand anti-racism protesters have rallied in the central Italian town of Macerata, one week after a far-right activist shot and wounded six people he thought were migrants. The drive-by attack followed the arrest of a Nigerian suspected of murdering and […]

Jóhann Jóhannsson: Award-winning Icelandic composer dies aged 48

Jóhann Jóhannsson: Award-winning Icelandic composer dies aged 48

Image copyright PA Image caption Mr Jóhannsson was described by film critic Mark Kermode as a “great innovator” Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, who won a Golden Globe for his score to the film The Theory of Everything, has died aged 48, his manager says. Mr Jóhannsson was found dead at his apartment in Berlin. The […]

Russian nuclear scientists arrested for ‘Bitcoin mining plot’

Russian nuclear scientists arrested for ‘Bitcoin mining plot’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The arrested scientists worked at the secret factory which made the USSR’s first nuclear bomb Russian security officers have arrested several scientists working at a top-secret Russian nuclear warhead facility for allegedly mining crypto-currencies. The suspects had tried to use one of Russia’s most powerful supercomputers to mine Bitcoins, […]

Germany coalition: SPD’s Schulz gives up cabinet role to save deal

Germany coalition: SPD’s Schulz gives up cabinet role to save deal

Image copyright AFP Image caption Martin Schulz says he wants the new coalition deal to succeed The leader of Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD), Martin Schulz, has abandoned a plan to serve as foreign minister in a new coalition government. A deal to govern with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives still has to be put to a […]

Eiffel Tower to remain shut due to snow

Eiffel Tower to remain shut due to snow

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Tourists might slip and hurt themselves on the icy tower, officials said Paris’s Eiffel Tower, which attracts six million tourists every year, will remain closed until Sunday as a result of heavy snowfall in the city. The tower, a symbol of Paris, has been closed since Tuesday. Officials say it […]

French Muslim singer quits TV show amid row over online posts

French Muslim singer quits TV show amid row over online posts

Image copyright Instagram/mennel_official Image caption Mennel Ibtissem became an internet sensation after she appeared on France’s The Voice A Muslim singer who became an internet sensation following her performance on France’s The Voice has quit the TV show after being criticised for comments she had made on social media. In one post, Mennel Ibtissem, 22, […]