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At least 10 people hit by Swiss avalanche

At least 10 people hit by Swiss avalanche

At least ten hikers have been swept away by an avalanche in Switzerland, according to local police in the Valais canton. It happened at an altitude of 2,500 metres in an area called the Col de Fenestral, the spokesperson said. A search is currently under way but there are no further details, he added. The […]

Dagestan church shooting leaves five dead in Kizlyar

Dagestan church shooting leaves five dead in Kizlyar

Five people have been killed in a shooting at a Christian church in the Russian republic of Dagestan. Five others were also injured in the shooting, Russia’s interior ministry said. A local man fired at people leaving an evening service in the city of Kizlyar, Russia’s Tass news agency said. The attacker was shot and […]

Israel rebukes Poland PM for ‘Jewish perpetrators’ remark

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Polish prime minister has not responded publicly to Israeli criticism Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has sharply rebuked his Polish counterpart for saying that Jews were among the perpetrators of the Holocaust. He said the remarks by Mateusz Morawiecki at the Munich Security Conference were “outrageous”. Mr Netanyahu said […]

‘I fix umbrellas to save the world’

Thierry Millet is possibly Europe’s last remaining artisanal umbrella repair man, working out of a small shop in central Paris. When BBC News visited his workshop, he said that by rescuing broken brollies he was doing his bit for the environment. ‘I fix umbrellas to save the world’ Please follow and like us:

Pope renews Vatican’s anti-sexual abuse panel

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Cardinal Sean O’Malley was re-appointed to lead the child protection panel Pope Francis has announced the renewal of the Church’s panel tasked with combating sexual abuse of children, in the wake of a fresh controversy. The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors is made up of eight men […]

Six Turkish journalists jailed for life for ‘coup links’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Many journalists have been targeted in Turkey’s post-coup crackdown A Turkish court has sentenced six journalists to life in jail for alleged links to the July 2016 coup plotters. The judgement came as another Turkish court decided to release German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel, who has been held for a year […]

German Die Welt reporter Deniz Yucel to leave Turkey jail

Image copyright AFP/getty Image caption Deniz Yucel had been reporting on leaked emails Die Welt journalist Deniz Yucel is being freed from jail in Turkey after a year in detention accused of spreading propaganda, German officials say. His case was an irritant in German-Turkish relations, and on Thursday Chancellor Angela Merkel had pressed for his […]

Oxfam scandal: Ex-Haiti director denies paying for sex

Image copyright VRT Image caption Roland Van Hauwermeiren worked in Chad from 2006-09 before going to Haiti in 2010 The former Oxfam director accused of hiring prostitutes while working in Haiti and Chad has denied paying for sex, but admitted some “mistakes”. In an open letter, Roland Van Hauwermeiren, 68, denied that a reception he […]

Oxfam scandal: Ex-director hits out at ‘lies and exaggerations’

Image copyright VRT Image caption Roland Van Hauwermeiren worked in Chad from 2006-09 before taking up a job in Haiti The former Oxfam director at the centre of a sex scandal that has engulfed the UK charity says allegations that he hosted parties with prostitutes are “lies and exaggerations”. But 68-year-old Roland Van Hauwermeiren has […]

Maëlys de Araujo: Remains of missing French girl found

Image copyright AFP Image caption Maëlys de Araujo attended the wedding with her parents The remains of a nine-year-old girl who disappeared in the French Alps last August have been found, officials say. Nordahl Lelandais, a 34-year-old former soldier, has admitted killing Maëlys de Araujo “involuntarily”, without giving details. He agreed to co-operate with the […]

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