Migrant crisis: Italy blocks German aid ship at Lampedusa

Image copyright EPA Image caption A large force of coast guards escorted the ship to Lampedusa’s port The Italian Coast Guard is questioning the crew of a German rescue ship on the isle of Lampedusa, amid a dispute over Italy’s code of conduct for handling migrants at sea. The Iuventa is operated by German NGO […]

French dig unearths ‘little Pompeii’ near Lyon

Image copyright AFP The ruins of an ancient Roman neighbourhood of luxury homes and vast public spaces have been found by archaeologists in south-eastern France. “This is undoubtedly the most exceptional excavation of a Roman site in 40 or 50 years,” team leader Benjamin Clément told AFP news agency. The site in Vienne, near Lyon, […]

German industry holds ‘diesel summit’ on car emissions

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Testing a BMW’s exhaust data: The emissions scandal rocked German industry Germany’s carmakers are expected to agree a plan to cut harmful diesel emissions, at a summit with top politicians in Berlin. The industry is under huge pressure to help curb air pollution, after the diesel emissions scandal, which […]

Neymar: Paris St-Germain must pay £198m ‘in full’ to sign Barcelona forward

Neymar arrived for training at Barcelona on Wednesday, and told his team-mates he wanted to leave Barcelona have told Paris St-Germain they must pay a world record 222m euro (£198m) fee “in full” before Neymar can join them. The Brazil international arrived at training on Wednesday with his father and representative, and told the Spanish […]

German bus inferno blamed on driver error

Media captionEmergency services rushed to the scene A horrific bus crash on a motorway in southern Germany last month that claimed 18 lives was caused by driver error, an investigation has concluded. Prosecutors believe the driver, who was killed, was not concentrating just before the coach ploughed into standing traffic and burst into flames. Another […]

Turkey coup trial: Almost 500 in court amid protests

Image copyright EPA Image caption The defendants were individually escorted into court by police and armed guards Almost 500 people arrested after last year’s failed coup in Turkey have appeared in court accused of taking part in the plot. Some of the handcuffed defendants were jeered as they were individually escorted into court by police […]

Casualties after Moscow court gun attack

At least one person injured and reports of four people killed in gun attack in Moscow courtroom This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. If you want to receive Breaking News alerts via email, or on a smartphone or tablet […]

German study shows fake news appetite with far-right blog

Image copyright Screenshot A fake news blog created by German university researchers found an eager audience among far-right sympathisers who shared racially charged stories. The experiment by Hohenheim University researchers set up four fake profiles on Facebook. One false story claimed that asylum seekers were having free sex with prostitutes funded by a local council. […]

Turkey coup trial: Almost 500 to appear in court

Image copyright EPA Image caption The coup was an attempt to oust Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (pictured on the first anniversary) Almost 500 people arrested after last year’s failed coup in Turkey are to go on trial accused of taking part in the plot. The trial centres around the Akinci air base which, the […]

Russia warns Poland not to touch Soviet WW2 memorials

Russia warns Poland not to touch Soviet WW2 memorials

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Soviet T-34 tank was vital in securing the Red Army’s victory in WW2 The Russian government has warned Poland that it will face sanctions if it removes monuments glorifying the Soviet victory in World War Two. Last month Poland updated its “de-communisation” legislation, banning “totalitarian” symbols, which would include […]