German soldier posed as Syrian refugee and ‘planned attack’

German soldier posed as Syrian refugee and ‘planned attack’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The German soldier did not speak Arabic but received refugee aid, reports say A German soldier who pretended to be a Syrian refugee and was allegedly planning a gun attack has been arrested in southern Germany. Prosecutors in Frankfurt said the 28-year-old suspect was motivated by a “xenophobic background”. A […]

Le Pen’s National Front ‘took 5m euros from EU’

Le Pen’s National Front ‘took 5m euros from EU’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Marine Le Pen is a fierce critic of the EU and sits in the European Parliament The far-right National Front (FN) of French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen may have defrauded the European Parliament of about €5m (£4m; $5.4m), EU sources say. It is more than twice the sum initially […]

France election: Macron heckled by pro-Le Pen workers

France election: Macron heckled by pro-Le Pen workers

Media captionFactory workers boo Mr Macron in Amiens French presidential hopeful Emmanuel Macron has been heckled by factory workers in Amiens after a visit by his far-right rival, Marine Le Pen. Ms Le Pen upstaged her centrist rival earlier by turning up to speak to the workers as he met their union representatives a few […]

Turkey arrests 1,000 in raids targeting Gulen suspects

Turkey arrests 1,000 in raids targeting Gulen suspects

Image copyright Reuters Image caption More than 3,000 people, mainly police, were being targeted in Wednesday’s raids Police have arrested 1,000 people suspected of being part of a movement blamed for the failed 2016 coup. Another 2,200 were being sought as authorities targeted what they said was a secret structure within Turkey’s police force. Turkey […]

France arrests over Charlie Hebdo and kosher shop attacks

France arrests over Charlie Hebdo and kosher shop attacks

Image copyright AP Image caption Coulibaly demanded the Kouachi brothers who had just attacked the Charlie Hebdo offices be freed in exchange for the hostages he was holding at the kosher supermarket French police have made 10 arrests in connection to the attacks on the Charlie Hebdo offices and a kosher supermarket in Paris in […]

Arrests as Newcastle and West Ham raided in £5m tax probe

Arrests as Newcastle and West Ham raided in £5m tax probe

Image copyright Getty Images Newcastle United and West Ham United’s grounds have been raided in a fraud investigation, resulting in several arrests. HMRC said it deployed 180 officers across the UK and France, and several men working within professional football had been held. It searched premises in the north east and south east of England. […]

Alcohol binge can upset heart’s rhythm, say researchers

Alcohol binge can upset heart’s rhythm, say researchers

Image copyright Getty Images Drinking lots of alcohol in a short space of time will not only get you drunk but may also upset your heart rhythm, say researchers. They did a field experiment in Germany with 3,000 adults at Munich’s famous annual Oktoberfest. The odds of heart arrhythmia increased as beer consumption went up. […]

Pope Francis TED talk says powerful leaders must be humble

Pope Francis TED talk says powerful leaders must be humble

Image copyright EPA Image caption Pope Francis recorded the talk at Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he lives in the Vatican Pope Francis has recorded an address for the influential TED media group, delivering a warning to the world’s “powerful” leaders. In his TED talk, Francis says that people with power must act humbly. “If you […]

French mayor fined for ‘too many Muslim children’ comment

French mayor fined for ‘too many Muslim children’ comment

Image copyright AFP / PASCAL GUYOT Image caption Robert Menard insists he was stating a fact not encouraging discrimination A far-right French mayor has been fined 2,000 euros for inciting hatred, after declaring that there were too many Muslim children in his local schools. Robert Menard, mayor of the southern town of Beziers, is an […]

Israel’s Netanyahu scraps talks with German minister over rights groups

Israel’s Netanyahu scraps talks with German minister over rights groups

Image copyright EPA Image caption Germany and Israel have been close allies for decades Israel’s prime minister has cancelled talks with Germany’s foreign minister after he refused to call off a meeting with Israeli human rights activists. Sigmar Gabriel had been due to meet Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. Mr Netanyahu had warned he would not […]