Cannes 2018: Japanese indie Shoplifters wins Palme d’Or

Image copyright EPA Image caption Hirozaku Kore-edu (r) received the festival’s highest honour The Japanese family drama Shoplifters has received the coveted award for best film, the Palme d’Or, at the Cannes Film Festival. The runner-up Grand Prix went to US director Spike Lee’s anti-racism satire BlacKkKlansman. Led by actor Cate Blanchett, the jury announced […]

Italy populist government pact: What you should know

Image copyright AFP Image caption Populists poised to govern: Five Star Movement’s Luigi Di Maio (L) and League’s Matteo Salvini The two populist parties preparing to govern Italy have published joint policies including tax cuts, a guaranteed basic income for the poor and deportations of 500,000 migrants. The anti-establishment Five Star Movement and far-right League […]

Iran nuclear deal: EU moves to avoid impact of US sanctions

Image copyright Reuters Image caption European companies have invested heavily in Iran’s energy sector The EU has begun reviving legislation that will allow European companies to continue doing business with Iran, despite US sanctions, officials say. The so-called “blocking statute” was introduced in 1996 to circumvent US sanctions on Cuba but was never used. An […]

Belgium migrants: Girl shot after police van chase

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption An autopsy carried out on the infant has revealed she died from a gunshot wound (file pic) A two-year-old girl found with fatal injuries in Belgium after a police chase on Thursday died from a gunshot wound to the face, prosecutors say. The girl was in a van carrying […]

Iran nuclear deal: EU looks to avoid impact of US sanctions

Image copyright Reuters Image caption President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, says the EU has a duty to protect its businesses The EU is to begin reviving legislation that will allow European companies to continue doing business with Iran, despite US sanctions. The so-called “blocking statute” was introduced in 1996 to circumvent US sanctions […]

Belgium migrants: Girl dies after police chase van

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Authorities will hold a post mortem examination to find out what led to the girl’s death (file pic) A two-year-old girl was found with fatal injuries after a van carrying 30 Kurdish migrants was chased by police for an hour in southern Belgium. Police say the girl died soon […]

Poland stops ‘Russian hybrid war groups’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Ukraine conflict has made Poland nervous about its eastern borders Poland has arrested a Russian woman suspected of working with accomplices to foment tension with neighbouring Ukraine, Polish security officials say. Poland’s internal security agency, the ABW, said “Yekaterina C” would be expelled soon. Four other people are […]

Bee crisis: EU court backs near-total neonicotinoids ban

Image copyright AFP Image caption Bees play a crucial role in food production and the ecosystem The EU’s top court has backed an almost complete EU-wide ban on the use of three insecticides, which studies have linked to declining bee populations. Chemicals giants Bayer and Syngenta had gone to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) […]

UK referred to Europe’s top court over air pollution

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Persistent high levels of air pollution have seen the UK referred to the European Court of Justice The UK is being taken to court by the European Commission over its long-standing failure to meet EU limits for nitrogen dioxide (NO₂). Germany, France, Italy, Romania, and Hungary have also been […]

French police fire tear gas on eco-activists in woods near Nantes.

Police have started another operation to clear environmental activists from a wooded site in western France where a new airport was to have been built. Police used tear gas at the Notre-Dames-des-Landes site against the activists, who built makeshift barricades. Some responded by throwing petrol bombs. More than 1,500 riot police were deployed for the […]