Former governor Mikheil Saakashvili stopped at Ukraine border

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Saakashvili pictured aboard his halted train in Poland A train carrying the former president of Georgia and one-time governor in Ukraine Mikheil Saakashvili has been stopped on its way to Ukraine. Mr Saakashvili is a stateless person, having had his Ukrainian citizenship stripped by his former ally, President Petro […]

Tony Blair wants tougher UK immigration rules

Image copyright PA Tony Blair has called on the government to introduce a new UK immigration policy which “reasserts control”. When he was prime minister, his government – unlike most EU countries – did not apply transitional controls on migrants from eastern Europe. But in a Sunday Times article, he said “times were different” now, […]

Pierre Bergé, partner of Yves Saint Laurent, dies at 86

Image copyright AFP Image caption Pierre Bergé was a powerful businessman, patron of the arts and gay activist, but is best known as the partner of Yves Saint Laurent The French businessman Pierre Bergé, who helped his partner Yves Saint Laurent build his fashion house into a worldwide brand, has died at his home in […]

French girl mutilated by rats in night attack at home

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Rats may have been attracted to rubbish piled up in a nearby car park A disabled French girl covered in rat bites is critically ill in hospital after a pack swarmed into her bedroom in northern France. The 14-year-old paraplegic was sleeping on the ground floor when the attack […]

Brexit hampered by Conservative division, says ex-minister

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Lord O’Neill left the government in September 2016 The Conservative party’s split on Brexit continues to affect the process, former Treasury minister Lord Jim O’Neill has told the BBC. Lord O’Neill, who left government a year ago, said much of the “rationale for Brexit” had been to deal with […]

Dele Alli: Fifa opens disciplinary proceedings after gesture at Wembley

Dele Alli apologised after the match “for any offence caused” Fifa has opened disciplinary proceedings against Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli after he gestured with his middle finger during England’s match against Slovakia on Monday. Television pictures showed Alli’s gesture during the 2-1 World Cup qualifying victory at Wembley. The 21-year-old said it was a “joke […]

Arkadiusz Jozwik death: Teen sentenced for manslaughter

Image copyright Essex Police Image caption Arek Jozwik died two days after an attack in Harlow, Essex A teenage boy who killed a man with a “superman punch” has been detained for three years. The 16-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was found guilty of the manslaughter of Arkadiusz Jozwik. Mr Jozwik, 40, […]

Spain Catalonia: Court blocks independence referendum

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Spanish prime minister called the referendum law an “act of disobedience” Spain’s constitutional court has suspended a referendum law passed by the Catalan parliament to hold a vote on independence next month. The court says it will consider whether the law breaches Spain’s constitution. Despite the decision, Catalan leaders […]

Ukraine fears Russia will use exercises next week to invade

Image copyright AFP Image caption Russian drills in 2015. Some 13,000 Russian troops will take part in exercises in Belarus next week Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says he fears that Russia could use massive military manoeuvres next week as a cover for invasion. In a major speech, Mr Poroshenko said Russia’s Zapad-2017 exercises with Belarus […]

French Villejuif terror suspects ‘wanted to blow up banks’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Anti-terror police raided the Villejuif flat after a local tradesman raised the alarm A chance alert by a local tradesman has exposed a terror-linked bomb plot to target banks, French Interior Minister Gérard Collomb has revealed. Police were called on Wednesday to a flat in the southern Paris suburb of […]