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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

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, […]

Italy steps up security in major cities amid protests by rival activists

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Police clash with demonstrators at a march against the far-right party The League in Milan Thousands of police officers have been deployed across Italy as demonstrations by far-right and anti-fascist groups get under way in the country. Authorities said that protests in Rome, Milan and Palermo could draw crowds […]

Donald Tusk: UK Brexit plans ‘pure illusion’

Media captionEC President Donald Tusk rejected any idea of the UK being able to join a “single market a la carte” The UK’s approach to the next stage of Brexit negotiations seems to be based on “pure illusion”, Donald Tusk says. The European Council president told a news conference in Brussels that the UK was […]

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 […]

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 […]

Czech Ledecka wins historic second gold

Media playback is not supported on this device Ledecka claims double gold with snowboard slalom victory Ester Ledecka became the first woman to claim gold medals in two sports at a Winter Olympics with a win in the snowboarding parallel giant slalom. The 22-year-old Czech, who earned a shock victory in the skiing super G […]

Brexit: EU leaders debate financial impact of UK’s departure

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Macron and Mrs Merkel say any cuts to EU programmes could be damaging EU leaders have agreed to spend more on common defence and security policy in their next long-term budget, European Council President Donald Tusk says. Leaders of 27 states were meeting in Brussels to shape the […]

Donald Tusk: UK Brexit plans ‘pure illusion’

Media captionEC President Donald Tusk rejected any idea of the UK being able to join a “single market a la carte” The UK’s approach to the next stage of Brexit negotiations seems to be based on “pure illusion”, Donald Tusk says. The European Council president told a news conference in Brussels that the UK was […]

Donald Tusk: UK Brexit plans ‘pure illusion’

Media captionEC President Donald Tusk rejected any idea of the UK being able to join a “single market a la carte” The UK’s approach to the next stage of Brexit negotiations seems to be based on “pure illusion”, Donald Tusk says. The European Council president told a news conference in Brussels that the UK was […]

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