Dutch populist Geert Wilders in security leak scare

Dutch populist Geert Wilders in security leak scare

Image copyright Reuters Image caption A security official meant to protect far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders (pictured) has been arrested A Dutch security official meant to protect a far-right politician has been arrested on suspicion of leaking his location to a Moroccan criminal gang. Dutch populist Geert Wilders – who called some Moroccans “scum” last […]

French artist Abraham Poincheval entombs himself in boulder

French artist Abraham Poincheval entombs himself in boulder

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Workmen pushed together the two halves of the rock as Poincheval began his week-long incarceration on Wednesday Geological time – that’s what French artist Abraham Poincheval is hoping to experience over the next week, as he is entombed inside a limestone rock. He will become the “beating heart” of the […]

Turkey reverses female army officers’ headscarf ban

Turkey reverses female army officers’ headscarf ban

Image copyright AFP Image caption Headscarves are now much more widely seen in Turkey A ban on female army officers in Turkey wearing the Muslim headscarf has been lifted by the government. The military is the last Turkish institution to see the ban removed. It has long been seen as the guardian of Turkey’s secular […]

Ildar Dadin: Russian activist jail term quashed

Ildar Dadin: Russian activist jail term quashed

Russia’s Supreme Court has ordered the release of opposition activist Ildar Dadin, who was the first person to be convicted under new laws on protests. The court said the criminal case against him should be dismissed and he had a “right to rehabilitation”, Russian media report. Mr Dadin was originally jailed in December 2015 for […]

Sweden probes riot in mainly immigrant Stockholm suburb

Sweden probes riot in mainly immigrant Stockholm suburb

Image copyright AP Image caption A number of vehicles were set on fire in Rinkeby Swedish police have launched an investigation after a riot erupted in a predominantly immigrant suburb of the capital, Stockholm. One officer fired at rioters who threw rocks at police. The unrest in the Rinkeby suburb on Monday night came after […]

Irish PM Enda Kenny to give timeframe for standing down

Irish PM Enda Kenny to give timeframe for standing down

Image copyright AFP Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny is expected to give his Fine Gael parliamentary party a timeframe for stepping aside when they meet later. It is believed Mr Kenny will stand down shortly after meeting President Trump in Washington for the annual St Patrick’s Day shamrock presentation. There had been speculation he would […]

Dutch MPs vote to approve cannabis cultivation for first time

Dutch MPs vote to approve cannabis cultivation for first time

Image copyright AP Image caption The Netherlands tolerates the sale of small amounts of cannabis The Dutch lower house of parliament has narrowly voted to approve the cultivation of cannabis. The bill would exempt professional growers working within certain conditions from punishment. But it is not yet law, as it must also get majority support […]

Atletico take control of Leverkusen tie

Atletico take control of Leverkusen tie

Saul Niguez scored his fifth goal of the season for Atletico Madrid Atletico Madrid scored four away goals to take charge of their Champions League last-16 tie against Bayer Leverkusen. Saul Niguez gave the visitors the lead with a stunning strike, picking the ball up on the right before cutting inside and curling a left-footed […]

France ‘attack plot’: Three arrested

France ‘attack plot’: Three arrested

Image copyright AFP Image caption French security forces are on high alert after a series of deadly terror attacks Three people have been arrested in France on suspicion of plotting a terrorism attack, police sources say. French media say a counter-terrorism operation is under way at the home of one of the suspects, in the […]

Dozens of migrants drown off Libya

Dozens of migrants drown off Libya

Image copyright IFRC MENA Image caption Over 100 migrants are feared to have drowned while trying to cross the sea between Libya and Italy The bodies of 87 African migrants have washed ashore in the Libyan city of Zawiya, in the latest drowning tragedy to hit the region. It is believed they were trying to […]