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Alexei Navalny barred from Russia presidential poll

Alexei Navalny barred from Russia presidential poll

Media captionAlexei Navalny told the BBC’s Hardtalk programme in January that he would fight on Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been formally barred from standing in next year’s presidential election. The Central Electoral Commission has ruled he may not stand because he was found guilty of embezzlement and given a suspended sentence. Mr Navalny […]

Brexit: EU leaders says UK offer could ‘worsen situation’

Brexit: EU leaders says UK offer could ‘worsen situation’

Media captionMay: I want to give EU residents certainty European leaders have criticised the UK’s offer to EU nationals after Brexit – with one senior figure claiming it could “worsen the situation” for them. European Council President Donald Tusk said the plan was “below expectations” while German Chancellor Angela Merkel said there had been “no […]

UAE princesses guilty of servant abuse in Belgium

UAE princesses guilty of servant abuse in Belgium

Image copyright AFP Image caption The case dates back to 2008 but only came to court this year, after the defence’s many procedural challenges Eight princesses from the UAE have been convicted of human trafficking and degrading treatment of their servants by a Brussels court. They were given 15-month suspended jail terms and ordered to […]

Germany quashes gay men’s convictions and offers compensation

Germany quashes gay men’s convictions and offers compensation

Image copyright dpa Image caption Surviving victims of the anti-gay bill will be compensated for their “unimaginable suffering” Germany’s parliament has voted to quash the convictions of tens of thousands of gay men criminalised under notorious historical anti-homosexual laws. The law, only fully repealed in West Germany in 1994, dates to 1871 but was rarely […]

Lionel Messi ‘could swap tax fraud jail sentence for fine’

Lionel Messi ‘could swap tax fraud jail sentence for fine’

Image copyright PA Image caption Lionel Messi was found guilty of tax fraud in 2016 Football star Lionel Messi could avoid a 21-month prison sentence for tax fraud by paying a fine, Spanish media are reporting. Spain’s state prosecutor would swap jail time for a fine of €255,000 ($285,000; £224,000), which equates to €400 for […]

Brexit: UK offer on EU citizens a good start, says Merkel

Brexit: UK offer on EU citizens a good start, says Merkel

Image copyright AFP Image caption Angela Merkel says Brexit is not the focus of the two-day EU summit on Brussels German Chancellor Angela Merkel has described UK plans to ensure the rights of EU citizens in Britain after Brexit as “a good start”. However, she said there were “many, many other questions” about Brexit and […]

Brexit: EU citizens offered ‘UK settled status’ by PM May

Brexit: EU citizens offered ‘UK settled status’ by PM May

Image copyright AFP Image caption European Council President Donald Tusk and Theresa May held bilateral talks at the Brussels summit EU citizens legally resident in the UK should have the same rights as British citizens after Brexit, the UK prime minister has told EU leaders. “No-one will face a cliff edge,” Theresa May said at […]

UK in Brexit pledge on citizens’ rights at EU summit

UK in Brexit pledge on citizens’ rights at EU summit

Media captionLeaders of the 28 member states have plenty to discuss during the two-day summit, Elaine Jung explains EU leaders are holding summit talks in Brussels, where they will hear the UK’s plans for protecting EU citizens’ rights after Brexit. UK Prime Minister Theresa May will brief them on Thursday night. Negotiations on the UK’s […]

Greek rubbish strike causes stink

Greek rubbish strike causes stink

Image copyright EPA Image caption As the rubbish piles up, authorities in Athens have asked residents not to take their refuse out Piles of rubbish have been mounting in cities across Greece since the start of the week in a dispute over thousands of refuse collectors’ jobs. Tourist areas of Athens were among those worst […]

Exploding cream dispenser kills French fitness blogger

Exploding cream dispenser kills French fitness blogger

Image copyright Rebecca Burger Image caption Ms Burger described herself as a fitness, travel, and fashion enthusiast A well-known lifestyle blogger in France has been killed by an exploding whipped cream dispenser. Rebecca Burger’s death was announced on Facebook in what her family called a “domestic accident”. A warning against the faulty dispensers was posted […]