Italy official defends killing rare bear after man mauled

Image copyright Alamy Image caption Brown bears now inhabit Italy’s Adamello Brenta national park in the Alps An Italian provincial governor has defended the killing of a rare female brown bear in the Alps, saying it was a threat to humans. The 14-year-old bear, called Kj2, was shot dead by foresters on Saturday, after it […]

Russians held over Italian’s death at Lloret de Mar nightclub

Image copyright Facebook Image caption Niccolò Ciatti lived outside Florence but had been working at a market in the city Three Russian men in their twenties have been detained on suspicion of beating to death a young Italian in the Spanish resort of Lloret de Mar. Niccolò Ciatti, 22, was knocked to the ground and […]

Cassini skims Saturn’s atmosphere

Image copyright NASA/JPL-Caltech Image caption Cassini will “dip its toes” into the atmosphere during the final passes The Cassini probe has begun the final phase of its mission to Saturn. The satellite has executed the first of five ultra-close passes of the giant world, dipping down far enough to brush through the top of the […]

German minister says too many people are speaking English in Berlin

A popular German politician says too many people are speaking English in everyday life in the country. Jens Spahn, who some people think could replace current Chancellor Angela Merkel, is the junior finance minister. “It drives me up the wall the way waiters in Berlin restaurants only speak English,” he told a German newspaper. He […]

UK ministers united on Brexit proposals

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Philip Hammond and Liam Fox have previously held opposing views on the Brexit process The UK will need a transition period to help businesses adjust after Brexit, the chancellor and the international trade secretary have said. In a joint Sunday Telegraph article, Philip Hammond and Liam Fox stressed any deal […]

Danish submarine owner arrested over missing journalist

Image copyright Ritzau Foto Image caption Peter Madsen was pictured next to the journalist, Kim Wall, just before they set off A Danish submarine owner has appeared in court over the disappearance of a Swedish female journalist who had been on board his vessel before it sank. Peter Madsen, 46, denies wrongdoing, saying he had […]

Eggs containing fipronil found in 15 EU countries and Hong Kong

Media captionHow safe are Dutch eggs to eat? Fifteen EU countries as well as Hong Kong and Switzerland have received eggs contaminated with the insecticide fipronil, the European Commission says. The commission will hold a meeting with ministers and regulators on 26 September. Its food safety chief has called countries to stop “blaming and shaming” […]

Syrian people traffickers jailed in Germany

Image copyright Reuters Image caption A dingy filled with migrants that arrived safely in the Greek islands in the same year A German court has jailed two Syrian people traffickers over the deaths of 13 migrants in the Mediterranean in 2015. Two children are still missing after the inflatable dinghy hit a freighter off the […]

Migrant crisis: Spain arrivals triple compared with 2016

Media captionA boat full of migrants lands at a popular tourist beach in southern Spain Three times as many migrants have arrived in Spain so far this year compared to the same period in 2016, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) says. It means the number of sea arrivals in Spain – at 8,385 – […]

Climate change has shifted the timing of European floods

Image copyright ASI/Land Tirol/BH Landeck Image caption A summertime flood in the Austrian Tyrol in 2005 Climate change has had a significant impact on the timing of river floods across Europe over the past 50 years, according to a new study. In some regions, such as southern England, floods are now occurring 15 days earlier […]