Germanwings crash families angered by pilot’s father

Germanwings crash families angered by pilot’s father

Image copyright AFP Image caption Guenter Lubitz said he believed his son was innocent Families of victims of the Germanwings airline crash have criticised the father of the co-pilot for claiming on the second anniversary of the crash that his son was not responsible. German prosecutors concluded in January that Andreas Lubitz, 27, was suicidal […]

Belgium driver on terrorism charge over Antwerp ‘attack’

Belgium driver on terrorism charge over Antwerp ‘attack’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption A bomb disposal team was called in after an unknown substance was discovered in the car A man who drove at a crowd in Antwerp has been charged with attempted terrorism, Belgian prosecutors say. No-one was injured but shoppers in a pedestrian zone were forced to dive out of the […]

Chechnya: Russian soldiers killed in clash with insurgents

Chechnya: Russian soldiers killed in clash with insurgents

Image copyright AFP Image caption Russian troops in Chechnya have faced a low level insurgency for years Six Russian soldiers have been killed and several wounded in a clash with armed militants in Russia’s region of Chechnya, security forces say. The Russian National Guard says militants took advantage of heavy fog to try to storm […]

More than 200 migrants feared drowned in Mediterranean

More than 200 migrants feared drowned in Mediterranean

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Only five bodies have been recovered More than 200 migrants are feared dead in a boat sinking off the coast of Libya, a Spanish aid organisation says. Proactiva Open Arms said it had recovered five bodies floating near two capsized boats, which can each hold more than 100 people. The […]

French election: Defence Minister Le Drian defects to Macron

French election: Defence Minister Le Drian defects to Macron

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Mr Le Drian (R) and Mr Macron served together under President Francois Hollande Socialist French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has announced his support for centrist Emmanuel Macron instead of his own party’s presidential candidate. Mr Le Drian said the move was necessary because victory for far-right leader Marine Le […]

Franz Beckenbauer questioned by prosecutors in 2006 World Cup fraud inquiry

Franz Beckenbauer questioned by prosecutors in 2006 World Cup fraud inquiry

Image copyright AP Image caption Franz Beckenbauer has denied corruption German football legend Franz Beckenbauer has been questioned by Swiss prosecutors over suspected corruption linked to the 2006 World Cup. Mr Beckenbauer is being investigated along with three other members of the competition’s organising committee. The four are suspected of fraud, criminal mismanagement, money laundering […]

Ukraine depot blasts prompt evacuations

Ukraine depot blasts prompt evacuations

Explosions at massive arms depot in eastern Ukraine described as “sabotage” as up to 20,000 evacuated – media say 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 […]

London attack: French students injured on bridge

London attack: French students injured on bridge

Image copyright EPA Image caption Police and ambulances descended on the bridge Three French schoolchildren were among those injured when a vehicle hit people on London’s Westminster Bridge in a suspected terror attack, the French government has confirmed. The foreign ministry said they had been on a school trip to London. A newspaper in France’s […]

Fury at eurozone chief Dijsselbloem’s ‘racist’ remarks

Fury at eurozone chief Dijsselbloem’s ‘racist’ remarks

Image copyright EPA Image caption Mr Dijsselbloem insisted his comments were not meant to refer to any country in particular The head of eurozone finance ministers, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, is facing calls to resign over comments that were seen as an attack on southern European states. The Eurogroup chief refused to apologise for remarks that appeared […]

Eurovision 2017: Ukraine bars Russian singer Samoilova from contest

Eurovision 2017: Ukraine bars Russian singer Samoilova from contest

Image copyright Channel One Russia/ EVN Image caption Samoilova is a former Russian X Factor contestant Ukraine has barred Russia’s Eurovision contestant because of a visit she made to Crimea, annexed by Moscow in 2014. Julia Samoilova was banned from Ukraine for three years because she had entered Crimea “illegally” – entering directly from Russia, […]