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Austria far right: Freedom Party wins key posts in new government

Austria far right: Freedom Party wins key posts in new government

Image copyright AFP Image caption Sebastian Kurz (R) has agreed a coalition deal with far-right party leader Heinz-Christian Strache The far-right Freedom Party has secured the key posts of foreign, interior and defence in Austria’s new coalition government for its nominees. Governing with the conservative People’s Party, the move makes Austria the only country in […]

Austrian far-right joins coalition led by PM Sebastian Kurz

Austrian far-right joins coalition led by PM Sebastian Kurz

Image copyright AFP Image caption Sebastian Kurz has promised a pro-EU government with the Eurosceptic Heinz-Christian Strache Austria’s president has approved a coalition government between the conservative People’s Party and the far-right Freedom Party. The deal will make Austria the only Western European state with a governing far-right party, which is opposed to migration and […]

Austrian far-right to return to coalition under conservative Sebastian Kurz

Austrian far-right to return to coalition under conservative Sebastian Kurz

Image copyright EPA Image caption Mr Kurz said his goal was to form a government with a solid majority Austria’s conservative People’s Party has agreed a coalition with the far-right Freedom Party. The deal comes two months after a parliamentary election which the People’s Party won but without an overall majority. At just 31, the […]

Brexit: EU leaders agree to move talks to next stage

Brexit: EU leaders agree to move talks to next stage

Image copyright Reuters EU leaders have agreed to move Brexit talks on to the second phase but called for “further clarity” from the UK about its future intentions. Talks will now move on to the long-term relationship between the UK and EU. The first issue to be discussed, at talks next month, will be the […]

Russian ex-minister Ulyukayev gets eight years for bribery

Russian ex-minister Ulyukayev gets eight years for bribery

Image copyright AFP Image caption Ulyukayev denied the charges and alleged he had been framed A Moscow court has sentenced Russia’s former Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev to eight years in a harsh-regime prison for bribery. He was also fined 130m roubles ($2.2m; £1.6m). He is the first minister to stand trial in Russia’s recent history. […]

EU leaders to move Brexit to next stage

EU leaders to move Brexit to next stage

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images EU leaders are expected to formally agree to start the next phase of Brexit negotiations later. It means talks can move on to the long-term relationship between the UK and EU, days after Theresa May suffered her first defeat in the House of Commons. Mrs May was applauded by other leaders […]

Russia a ‘risk’ to undersea cables, defence chief warns

Russia a ‘risk’ to undersea cables, defence chief warns

Image copyright Science Photo Library The UK’s most senior military officer has warned of a new threat posed by Russia to communications and internet cables that run under the sea. Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, the chief of the defence staff, said Britain and Nato needed to prioritise protecting the lines of communication. He […]

France Millas train crash: Children killed as bus cut in two

France Millas train crash: Children killed as bus cut in two

Media captionFootage of emergency vehicles at the scene of the crash A train and a school bus have collided near Perpignan in southern France, leaving at least four children dead and many other people injured. Twenty people were injured and 10 of them were in a critical condition, after the crash on a level crossing […]

Putin: Trump opponents harm US with ‘invented’ Russia scandal

Putin: Trump opponents harm US with ‘invented’ Russia scandal

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Putin has been giving his marathon annual news conference in Moscow Russia’s president has accused opponents of his US counterpart Donald Trump of harming the US by “inventing stories” about contacts with Russia. At his annual news conference, Vladimir Putin said contacts between the Trump team and Russian officials […]

EU ‘has east-west split’ on migrant quotas

EU ‘has east-west split’ on migrant quotas

Image copyright AFP Image caption Moria camp on Lesbos: Greek migrant camps are mostly squalid and overcrowded EU leaders are bitterly divided over a quota scheme for housing migrants, as they begin a summit in Brussels. Summit chairman Donald Tusk called mandatory EU-wide quotas “ineffective”. He spoke of a split “between east and west” over […]

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