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Austria far right challenges poll result

Austria far right challenges poll result

Image copyright EPA Image caption Freedom Party leader Heinz Christian Strache said the scale of irregularities meant he was “obliged to challenge the result” Austria’s far-right Freedom Party has lodged a legal challenge to the result of last month’s presidential election, which it lost by a tiny margin. Its leader, Heinz Christian Strache, said the […]

People-smuggling ‘kingpin’ extradited

People-smuggling ‘kingpin’ extradited

Image copyright AFP Image caption A police photo showed Mered Medhanie arriving on Italian soil An Eritrean man believed to be at the heart of the operation to smuggle migrants from Africa to Europe has been extradited to Italy, prosecutors say. Mered Medhanie, known as The General, was held in Sudan in May and was […]

People-smuggling ‘kingpin’ extradited

People-smuggling ‘kingpin’ extradited

Image copyright PA Image caption Mr Medhanie is allegedly heard laughing at the overloading of migrant boats in telephone intercepts acquired by Italian investigators An Eritrean man believed to be at the heart of the operation to smuggle migrants from Africa to Europe has been extradited to Italy, prosecutors say. Mered Medhanie, known as The […]

French cardinal questioned by police

French cardinal questioned by police

Image copyright AFP Image caption Cardinal Barbarin arrived at a police station in Lyon early on Wednesday The Archbishop of Lyon, Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, is being questioned by police over allegations that he failed to act against a priest in his diocese accused of child sexual abuse. The French Catholic Church has been hit by […]

Baby born to brain-dead mum in Portugal

Baby born to brain-dead mum in Portugal

Image caption The boy was healthy at birth, doctors say (file picture) A baby was born in Portugal to a woman who had been brain-dead for almost four months, hospital officials say. The boy was delivered in a Lisbon hospital by Caesarean section after 32 weeks, and weighed 2.35kg (5lb, 3oz). His mother was declared […]

Euroscepticism on rise, poll suggests

Euroscepticism on rise, poll suggests

Image copyright PA Image caption The poll, showing growing Euroscepticism across 10 European states, comes two weeks before the UK votes on whether to remain within the EU Euroscepticism is on the rise across Europe, new research has suggested, with little more than two weeks to go before Britons decide whether to remain within the […]

Attack on Istanbul police bus kills 11

Media captionThe blast did severe damage to vehicles and nearby buildings A car bomb attack targeting a police bus has killed seven officers and four civilians in central Istanbul. It was the fourth major attack in Turkey’s largest city this year. No group has claimed it, but President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pointed to the involvement […]

Migrant crisis: EU to boost Africa aid

Migrant crisis: EU to boost Africa aid

Image copyright AFP Image caption Migrants in Tripoli: Many Africans are fleeing chaos and violence in Libya The EU will shortly present a new aid plan to curb the influx of African migrants via Libya, building on the deal it reached with Turkey in March. The European Commission will boost partnerships with nine countries in […]

Fire ravages German refugee hub

Fire ravages German refugee hub

Image copyright EPA Image caption Smoke drifted close to the flight path but there were no reports of cancellations at Duesseldorf airport A large fire has broken out at a convention centre in the western German city of Duesseldorf. The centre acts as an accommodation hub for refugees waiting to be sent elsewhere in North […]

Berlusconi in hospital for heart problem

Berlusconi in hospital for heart problem

Image copyright Reuters Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been taken to hospital with a heart problem, according to a spokeswoman for his party. The 79-year-old’s condition was “nothing to worry about”, she added. A statement by the San Raffaele hospital in Milan said the hospitalisation was necessary after what it called a “cardiac […]