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Pierre Bergé, partner of Yves Saint Laurent, dies at 86

Pierre Bergé, partner of Yves Saint Laurent, dies at 86

Image copyright AFP Image caption Pierre Bergé was a powerful businessman, patron of the arts and gay activist, but is best known as the partner of Yves Saint Laurent The French businessman Pierre Bergé, who helped his partner Yves Saint Laurent build his fashion house into a worldwide brand, has died at his home in […]

French girl mutilated by rats in night attack at home

French girl mutilated by rats in night attack at home

Image caption Rats may have been attracted to rubbish piled up in a nearby car park A disabled French girl covered in rat bites is critically ill in hospital after a pack swarmed into her bedroom in north-eastern France. The 14-year-old paraplegic was sleeping on the ground floor when the attack happened, in a rented […]

Brexit hampered by Conservative division, says ex-minister

Brexit hampered by Conservative division, says ex-minister

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Lord O’Neill left the government in September 2016 The Conservative party’s split on Brexit continues to affect the process, former Treasury minister Lord Jim O’Neill has told the BBC. Lord O’Neill, who left government a year ago, said much of the “rationale for Brexit” had been to deal with […]

Dele Alli: Fifa opens disciplinary proceedings after gesture at Wembley

Dele Alli: Fifa opens disciplinary proceedings after gesture at Wembley

Dele Alli apologised after the match “for any offence caused” Fifa has opened disciplinary proceedings against Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli after he gestured with his middle finger during England’s match against Slovakia on Monday. Television pictures showed Alli’s gesture during the 2-1 World Cup qualifying victory at Wembley. The 21-year-old said it was a “joke […]

Spain Catalonia: Court blocks independence referendum

Spain Catalonia: Court blocks independence referendum

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Spanish prime minister called the referendum law an “act of disobedience” Spain’s constitutional court has suspended a referendum law passed by the Catalan parliament to hold a vote on independence next month. The court says it will consider whether the law breaches Spain’s constitution. Despite the decision, Catalan leaders […]

Ukraine fears Russia will use exercises next week to invade

Ukraine fears Russia will use exercises next week to invade

Image copyright AFP Image caption Russian drills in 2015. Some 13,000 Russian troops will take part in exercises in Belarus next week Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says he fears that Russia could use massive military manoeuvres next week as a cover for invasion. In a major speech, Mr Poroshenko said Russia’s Zapad-2017 exercises with Belarus […]

French Villejuif terror suspects ‘wanted to blow up banks’

French Villejuif terror suspects ‘wanted to blow up banks’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Anti-terror police raided the Villejuif flat after a local tradesman raised the alarm A chance alert by a local tradesman has exposed a terror-linked bomb plot to target banks, French Interior Minister Gérard Collomb has revealed. Police were called on Wednesday to a flat in the southern Paris suburb of […]

Aeroflot flight attendants win compensation over uniform size

Aeroflot flight attendants win compensation over uniform size

Image copyright AFP Image caption The employees – not pictured – won part of their case on appeal A Russian court has ruled the airliner Aeroflot cannot tell its staff what clothes size to wear. It sided with two female flight attendants who sued the airliner for alleged discrimination, saying they had been shifted to […]

Rare malaria death of girl in northern Italy puzzles doctors

Rare malaria death of girl in northern Italy puzzles doctors

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption The female Anopheles mosquito passes on the malaria parasite by feeding on human blood A four-year-old Italian girl has died of cerebral malaria in northern Italy, a region free of the disease, in what doctors see as a very mysterious case. Sofia Zago died in Brescia on Sunday […]

Returning UK MPs to get Brexit update

Returning UK MPs to get Brexit update

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Brexit repeal bill will be debated on Thursday Brexit Secretary David Davis is to update MPs on last week’s negotiations with the European Union later. Mr Davis will make a statement in the House of Commons about the progress of the third round of Brexit talks. It comes after […]