Austria gas plant burns after deadly explosion

Image copyright AFP Image caption A huge fire ensued – police now say a technical fault was to blame A big explosion has rocked a natural gas hub in eastern Austria, killing one person and injuring at least 18, police say. A fire followed the blast which happened around 08:45 (07:45 GMT) at the Baumgarten […]

Climate change: Trump will bring US back into Paris deal – Macron

Media captionMacron: “Extremely aggressive” of the US to leave French President Emmanuel Macron has said he believes President Donald Trump will bring the US back into the Paris deal on combating climate change. But Mr Macron says he will not agree to the president’s demand that America’s terms should be negotiated. He made his comments […]

France wants stricter child phone ban in schools

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There is concern that many young children are avid users of mobile phones France will enforce a ban on children’s mobile phone use at school from 3 September next year, the French education minister says. Jean-Michel Blanquer said: “We’re working on this – various methods may be used.” An […]

Westfield shopping centres bought in $25bn deal

Image copyright Getty Images The owner of Westfield shopping centres is being bought for $24.7bn (£18.5bn) in a deal that will see the malls launched in new markets. Australia’s Westfield Corporation has agreed to be sold to French property group Unibail-Rodamco. There are 35 Westfield shopping centres in the UK and the US, while Unibail-Rodamco […]

EU governments complicit in migrant torture in Libya, says Amnesty

Image copyright AFP Image caption Migrant boats are regularly intercepted by the Libyan coastguard European governments are knowingly complicit in the torture and abuse of refugees and migrants in Libya, Amnesty International has alleged. In an effort to stem migration, the EU is actively supporting a “system of abuse and exploitation” on Libyan shores, the […]

Putin announces Russian troop withdrawal from Syria during visit

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Putin announced the move at the Russian Hmeimim airbase in Syria Russia has begun withdrawing some of its troops from Syria, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Monday. President Vladimir Putin ordered the partial withdrawal during an unannounced visit to Syria on Monday. Russian support has been crucial […]

EU’s Federica Mogherini rebuffs Netanyahu on Jerusalem

Media captionThe pair greeted each other warmly but had different things to say on Jerusalem The EU’s foreign policy chief says there is “full EU unity” in support of Jerusalem becoming the capital of both Israel and a future Palestinian state. Federica Mogherini said the bloc’s member states would not recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital […]

Jerusalem: Netanyahu expects EU to follow US recognition

Media captionThe pair greeted each other warmly but had different things to say on Jerusalem Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu says he expects European countries to follow the US in recognising Jerusalem as his country’s capital. He is in Brussels for talks – the first time an Israeli prime minister has visited the city in more […]

Europe snow triggers transport chaos

Image copyright AFP Image caption A snow plough in action in Brussels Heavy snow blanketing northern Europe has caused many flight cancellations and delays at Schiphol airport in the Netherlands and Brussels airport. Nearly 300 KLM flights were cancelled at Schiphol, while Brussels airport scrapped at least 50. Travellers have been advised to check flight […]

Spain orders removal of art work from Catalonia

Image copyright EPA Image caption Police set up barricades outside the Sijena monastery in Huesca Police in Spain’s Catalonia region are removing medieval artefacts on Madrid’s orders in an ownership battle with neighbouring Aragon. The operation, which started before dawn, involves 44 items stored in the Catalan Museum of Lleida but originally from Sijena monastery. […]

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