Cyprus talks to take international turn amid hope for deal

Cyprus talks to take international turn amid hope for deal

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The aim is to create a federal Cyprus International diplomats are set to join the rival leaders of ethnically split Cyprus for talks that the UN says are the best chance to reunify the island after four decades of division. UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and his Greek and Turkish […]

Driving to Greece’s snowed-in camps

As a cold snap continues to affect Greece, thousands of homeless refugees and migrants remain at risk of exposure to the bad weather. Despite treacherous conditions our reporter Howard Johnson attempted to drive to Thessaloniki in northern Greece where some refugee camps have been inundated with snow. Here’s a video diary of his journey. Driving […]

EU to debate legal status of robots

EU to debate legal status of robots

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption The robot revolution is set to touch every aspect of society, says the EU report MEPs are to vote on the first comprehensive set of rules for how humans will interact with artificial intelligence and robots. The report makes it clear that it believes the world is on the cusp […]

Austria to ask EU for right to hire locals ahead of other EU workers

Austria to ask EU for right to hire locals ahead of other EU workers

Image copyright AFP Image caption Chancellor Christian Kern says Eastern Europe is “exporting joblessness” to Austria Austria’s centre-left chancellor has said he will ask the EU to let local employers hire Austrians before other EU citizens, unless there are no suitable candidates. Christian Kern made the pledge at the launch of a 10-year economic plan […]

Migrant crisis: Germany sees massive drop in asylum seekers

Migrant crisis: Germany sees massive drop in asylum seekers

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Although the number of arrivals was down in 2016, the number of applications actually rose Germany says 280,000 asylum seekers arrived there in 2016, a drop of more than 600,000 on the previous year. The German interior minister said that the decrease was due to the closure in 2016 […]

Soaring childlessness among southern European women – report

Soaring childlessness among southern European women – report

Image copyright AFP Image caption The report says that most of the economic and cultural trends of the last half-century appear to have steered women and men away from having children Women in Europe are having fewer children, particularly in southern Europe, a French report has found. Up to a quarter of women born in […]

Ukraine power cut ‘was cyber-attack’

Ukraine power cut ‘was cyber-attack’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Ukraine’s energy grid has been attacked twice by hackers A power cut that hit part of the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, in December has been judged a cyber-attack by researchers investigating the incident. The blackout lasted just over an hour and started just before midnight on 17 December. The cyber-security company […]

Nazi war criminal Alois Brunner ‘died in Syria squalor’

Nazi war criminal Alois Brunner ‘died in Syria squalor’

Image copyright AP Image caption Brunner (pictured) was right-hand man to the Gestapo’s ‘technician of death’ Adolf Eichmann One of the world’s most wanted Nazi war criminals died in 2001 aged 89 after spending more than a decade incarcerated in a dilapidated Damascus basement, a French magazine has said. The Revue XXI magazine reported that […]

Kardashian West chauffeur freed in €9m Paris robbery inquiry

Kardashian West chauffeur freed in €9m Paris robbery inquiry

Image copyright Startraks Photo/REX/Shutterstock Image caption Kim Kardashian West flew home to be with her husband Kanye West immediately after the robbery Three people have been released without charge by French police investigating a Paris jewellery robbery that targeted TV reality star Kim Kardashian West. They include her chauffeur in Paris, Michael Madar. The three […]

Swiss Muslim girls must learn to swim with boys, court rules

Swiss Muslim girls must learn to swim with boys, court rules

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The court ruled Switzerland was justified in enforcing the “full school curriculum” Switzerland has won a case at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) obliging Muslim parents to send their children to mixed swimming lessons. It said authorities were justified in giving precedence to enforcing “the full school […]