Portugal back to fiscal health, says EU

Portugal back to fiscal health, says EU

Portugal has become the latest bailed-out eurozone country to receive a clean bill of health from the European Commission after its budget deficit fell to 2% of GDP last year. This brings it well below the EU limit of 3% and allows it to exit the Commission’s excessive debt procedure. After its 2011 bailout, Portugal […]

EU accused of anti-City ‘protectionism’

EU accused of anti-City ‘protectionism’

Image copyright PA Former Conservative party treasurer Michael Spencer has denounced efforts by some EU countries to strip London of key financial services after Brexit. He said it was “a real nasty piece of economic nationalism and protectionism” to insist that euro-denominated deals should be settled in the EU. Mr Spencer, chief executive of NEX […]

NBA star Enes Kanter’s passport cancelled by native Turkey

NBA star Enes Kanter’s passport cancelled by native Turkey

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Kanter is a centre for the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team An NBA basketball player from Turkey, Enes Kanter, has been stopped at a Romanian airport, after Turkey cancelled his passport. Kanter, an Oklahoma City Thunder star, posted a video on Twitter saying this was due to his political […]

German woman killed and Afghan guard beheaded in Kabul

German woman killed and Afghan guard beheaded in Kabul

Gunmen in the Afghan capital Kabul have attacked a guesthouse, killing a German woman and beheading an Afghan guard. The attackers stormed a guesthouse run by a Swedish NGO, Operation Mercy, at about 23:30 (19:00 GMT) on Saturday, the Afghan interior ministry said. A second woman, from Finland, is missing and has possibly been kidnapped, […]

Paris police attack: Man charged over ‘DNA link to gun’

Paris police attack: Man charged over ‘DNA link to gun’

Image copyright EPA Image caption Flowers were heaped at the scene of the shooting on the Champs Elysees French police have charged a man with terrorism offences after his DNA was found on the gun used to shoot dead a police officer in Paris last month, judicial sources say. The 23-year-old, who was not named, […]

Italy makes 12 vaccinations compulsory for children

Italy makes 12 vaccinations compulsory for children

Image copyright AFP The government in Italy has ruled that children must be vaccinated against 12 common illnesses before they can enrol for state-run schools. Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni blamed a decrease in vaccinations in part on a “spread of anti-scientific theories”. Italy has recorded nearly three times as many measles cases so far this […]

Norway to boost protection of Arctic seed vault from climate change

Norway to boost protection of Arctic seed vault from climate change

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Svalbard Global Seed Vault took 12 months to build and opened in February 2008 Norway is to boost the flood defences of its Global Seed Vault on the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard after water entered the entrance tunnel last year. The storage facility, deep inside a mountain, is […]

Police probe UK links to Magnitsky money

Police probe UK links to Magnitsky money

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sergei Magnitsky died in prison while awaiting trial Police are investigating how £6.6m from a Russian organised crime group has been allegedly traced to a banking firm in the UK, the BBC has learned. US court papers have linked some of the so-called “Magnitsky money” – a £150m tax […]

Julian Assange defiant as Sweden drops rape investigation

Julian Assange defiant as Sweden drops rape investigation

Media captionJulian Assange spoke on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy: “Seven years of detention without charge” Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has said he will not forgive and forget attempts to arrest him over rape allegations which led him to seek asylum in Ecuador’s London embassy. Hailing an “important victory”, he said he was prepared […]

‘Major breakthrough’ in Norway’s 46-year-old Isdal woman mystery

‘Major breakthrough’ in Norway’s 46-year-old Isdal woman mystery

Image copyright Stephen Missal Scientists believe they may have made a major breakthrough in efforts to solve a decades-long mystery of a burned body found in Norway 1970. New forensic analysis on the teeth of the unidentified “Isdal woman” found chemical traces which may tell investigators where she grew up. The results narrow the search […]