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Madrid cracks down on ‘manspreading’ on public transport

Madrid cracks down on ‘manspreading’ on public transport

Image copyright Getty Images Transport chiefs in the Spanish capital, Madrid, have launched a campaign discouraging “manspreading” – men encroaching on other seats by sitting with their legs wide apart. Bus operator EMT is putting up new signs showing a seated male figure, legs akimbo, next to a big red cross. A similar campaign is […]

Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill quit No 10 after election criticism

Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill quit No 10 after election criticism

Media captionTheresa May’s former director of communications, Katie Perrior, explains how the inner circle operates Theresa May’s two closest advisers have quit after the Conservatives’ failure to win the general election. The BBC understands the PM had been warned she faced a leadership challenge on Monday unless she sacked Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill. Mr […]

Merkel says EU is ‘ready to start Brexit negotiations’

Merkel says EU is ‘ready to start Brexit negotiations’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption German chancellor Angela Merkel said the EU was ready to negotiate Angela Merkel has said she sees no obstacles in the way of beginning Brexit talks as scheduled after Theresa May failed to win a majority in Thursday’s UK election. The German chancellor said she believed Britain would stick to […]

UK vote: Still ready for Brexit, EU says

UK vote: Still ready for Brexit, EU says

Image copyright Reuters Image caption British PM Theresa May is now facing calls to resign The result of the UK election, with the ruling Conservatives unexpectedly losing their overall majority, has sent shockwaves across Europe and beyond. Politicians across the Continent have been questioning the impact on the Brexit talks. Jean-Claude Juncker, head of the […]

UK election 2017: Conservatives lose majority

UK election 2017: Conservatives lose majority

Britain’s Conservatives have lost their majority in a snap general that has resulted in a hung parliament. With just a handful of seats left to declare, Thursday’s poll shows gains for the opposition Labour Party. This is seen as a humiliation for PM Minister Theresa May, who chose to call the election to try to […]

Election 2017: Tories to be largest party – exit poll

Election 2017: Tories to be largest party – exit poll

Britain’s Conservative Party will be the largest party but may not have a majority after the UK’s snap general election, an exit poll says. The survey taken at polling stations across the UK suggests the party could get 314 MPs when all the votes have been counted after Thursday’s poll. Labour would get 266, the […]

UK voters go to polls

UK voters go to polls

Image copyright EPA/PA Image caption Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May cast their votes on Thursday after a seven-week campaign Voting in the UK general election is under way at more than 40,000 polling stations across the country. Polls opened at 07:00 BST on Thursday, with counting starting once voting ends at 22:00 BST. A total […]

Greece hunts Colombians over hospital kit stolen in Athens

Greece hunts Colombians over hospital kit stolen in Athens

Image copyright AFP Image caption Endoscopes are mainly used to investigate patients’ digestive problems Greek police say a Colombian criminal gang has stolen expensive medical equipment from four Athens hospitals, with similar thefts seen across Europe. Three suspects, still at large, have been identified. Bogota police have recovered four endoscopes, which tend to be used […]

French rail drama as actor mistaken for terrorist on TGV

French rail drama as actor mistaken for terrorist on TGV

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The actor had apparently chosen to rehearse in the toilet so as not to upset his fellow passengers When a train conductor heard the English words “gun” and “weapon” from a toilet on board a high-speed train travelling through southern France, he feared the worst. A day after an […]

East German border claimed 327 lives, says Berlin study

East German border claimed 327 lives, says Berlin study

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Berlin Wall and no man’s land in 1984 – the Cold War at its most intense A new German study has put at 327 the number of people killed at the East German border during the Cold War. Most were civilians trying to flee to the West from communist […]