German coalition: SPD ‘open to talks’ to end political deadlock

German coalition: SPD ‘open to talks’ to end political deadlock

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mrs Merkel spent weeks talking to the FDP and Greens – but no coalition deal resulted Germany’s centre-left Social Democrats say they are open to talks with other parties to try to end the stalemate, after Chancellor Angela Merkel failed to form a coalition government. SPD leader Martin Schulz had […]






Five Ukraine troops die in heavy fighting with Luhansk rebels

Five Ukraine troops die in heavy fighting with Luhansk rebels

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Ukrainian army (pictured) faces heavily armed pro-Russian rebels Five Ukrainian troops have been killed by intense rebel shelling in the east of the country, the military says, in a new escalation of fighting. Four of them died during an eight-hour clash near Krymske, a village 50km (31 miles) north-west […]






Irish deputy PM no confidence motion could force election

Irish deputy PM no confidence motion could force election

Image copyright AFP/BBC Image caption Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin could fight a fresh election in the coming months The Republic of Ireland could face a general election after the country’s second largest party tabled a motion of no confidence against the deputy prime minister. The Fianna Fáil motion […]






Robinho given jail sentence for Italy rape

Robinho given jail sentence for Italy rape

Robinho scored 28 goals in 100 games for Brazil Brazilian footballer Robinho has been sentenced to nine years in prison for taking part in the gang rape of a woman in Milan in 2013. An Italian court ruled the 33-year-old and five other Brazilians assaulted the Albanian woman, who was 22, after plying her with […]






UK PM to warn EU of ‘hostile state’ threat

UK PM to warn EU of ‘hostile state’ threat

Image copyright Reuters PM Theresa May is to warn EU leaders to be wary of “hostile states like Russia” and pledge the UK will stay committed to European security after Brexit. In Brussels for a summit, she will say it is crucial that European countries work together to “protect our shared values and ideals”. She […]






German coalition talks: Pressure mounts on SPD to review position

German coalition talks: Pressure mounts on SPD to review position

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Martin Schulz is under pressure to review the SDP’s refusal to enter into a coalition Germany’s Social Democrats are under pressure to reconsider an alliance with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and form a coalition government. SPD leader Martin Schulz is due to meet President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who is holding talks […]






Leaked report: UK Brexit process ‘chaotic’

Leaked report: UK Brexit process ‘chaotic’

Image copyright EPA Image caption The leaked report details EU leaders’ frustration with David Davis The government has refused to comment on a leaked report branding its approach to Brexit as “chaotic”. The internal Irish government paper, obtained by RTÉ, documents EU figures’ scathing assessments of cabinet members such as Brexit Secretary David Davis. A […]






France skin graft: Twin’s skin saves man with 95% burns

France skin graft: Twin’s skin saves man with 95% burns

Image copyright iStock Image caption The patient underwent about 10 graft surgeries over four-and-a-half months A man who almost died after suffering burns on 95 per cent of his body is now in recovery thanks to a skin graft from his twin brother, French doctors say. The 33-year-old Frenchman, known only as Franck, had an […]






Paris and Amsterdam to host key EU agencies post-Brexit

Paris and Amsterdam to host key EU agencies post-Brexit

Image copyright Getty Images Paris has won a battle to host the European Banking Authority (EBA), which will relocate from London after the UK leaves the European Union. The French capital’s victory follows a win earlier for Amsterdam, which will host the London-based European Medicines Agency (EMA). Paris was picked after lots were drawn when […]






Poland fury over ‘attack’ by EU’s Tusk

Poland fury over ‘attack’ by EU’s Tusk

Image copyright EPA Image caption The EU’s Donald Tusk accuses the Polish government of drifting away from core EU values The Polish government has accused EU Council President Donald Tusk of “attacking Poland” after he voiced alarm at the government’s policies. “Today, by using his position to attack the Polish government, he is attacking Poland,” […]






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