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Syria war: Turkey denounces US ‘terror army’ plan for border

Syria war: Turkey denounces US ‘terror army’ plan for border

Image copyright AFP Image caption About half of the border force will be made up of Syrian Democratic Forces fighters Key powers involved in Syria’s civil war have criticised US plans to help an allied Kurdish-led militia set up a 30,000-strong “border security force”. Turkey’s president vowed to “suffocate” efforts to begin training members of […]

French salmonella baby milk scandal ‘affects 83 countries’

French salmonella baby milk scandal ‘affects 83 countries’

Image copyright AFP Image caption The recall was issued in December and French retailers have been threatened with legal action if they sell it More than 12 million boxes of powdered baby milk in 83 countries have now been recalled because of a salmonella scandal involving French dairy company Lactalis. The firm’s CEO confirmed the […]

Portugal fire kills eight at leisure centre

Portugal fire kills eight at leisure centre

At least eight people have been killed and dozens more injured after a blast triggered a fire at a community centre in northern Portugal. The fire in Vila Nova da Rainha started when a heating boiler in the building exploded, the mayor said. More than 60 people were at the centre for an amateur card […]

Austria: Protests in Vienna over far-right in coalition

Austria: Protests in Vienna over far-right in coalition

Image copyright EPA Image caption Protesters carried posters reading “don’t let Nazis govern” Protests have taken place in the Austrian capital of Vienna over the inclusion of the far-right Freedom Party in the new coalition government. Police said at least 20,000 people attended the rally, although organisers put the number at double that. Families with […]

Czech election: Zeman faces presidential run-off against Drahos

Czech election: Zeman faces presidential run-off against Drahos

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Milos Zeman remains popular in rural areas The Czech presidential election will go to a run-off after incumbent Milos Zeman led the first round but did not secure enough votes to win outright. With nearly all results in, Mr Zeman had 39% ahead of his nearest rival Jiri Drahos on […]

Russian doping: Whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov will testify but life under ‘serious threat’

Russian doping: Whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov will testify but life under ‘serious threat’

Grigory Rodchenkov fled to the United States after Moscow issued an arrest warrant The whistleblower whose evidence led to Russia’s ban from next month’s Winter Olympics is preparing to testify against those involved – even though his life is under “serious threat”, his lawyer says. Former Russian anti-doping official Grigory Rodchenkov fled to the United […]

Germany coalition talks: Merkel aides see breakthrough

Germany coalition talks: Merkel aides see breakthrough

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Angela Merkel and Martin Schulz: Another “grand coalition” demands tough compromises German politicians have achieved a breakthrough in talks aimed at forming a new coalition government. A 28-page blueprint for negotiations was agreed between Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) and their former coalition partners, the Social Democrats (SPD). Politicians […]

Ritz Paris robbery: Armed robbers dropped bag of jewels

Ritz Paris robbery: Armed robbers dropped bag of jewels

Image copyright AFP Image caption Police guard the hotel’s rear entrance on Cambon street French police have recovered all the jewellery stolen by armed robbers from a shop at the famous Ritz Hotel in Paris on Wednesday, sources say. They say the loot worth some €4.5m (£4m; $5.4m) was in a bag dropped by one […]

Italian police investigate organisers of fake Modigliani show

Italian police investigate organisers of fake Modigliani show

Image copyright Museum of Modern Art/Tate Image caption Modigliani’s works often fetch high prices at auction Italian police are investigating three organisers of a Modigliani exhibition after all but one of the paintings were shown to be fake. The exhibition opened to great fanfare in Genoa last March, but closed in July after experts raised […]

What’s the kindest way to kill a lobster?

What’s the kindest way to kill a lobster?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Lobsters may not exhibit recognisable symptoms of pain, but that doesn’t mean they don’t experience it, say some scientists “Lobster is one of those rare foods that you cook from a live state,” the recipe says. “Quickly plunge lobsters head-first into the boiling water… Boil for 15 minutes,” the […]