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French election: Paris attack puts security top among rivals

French election: Paris attack puts security top among rivals

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Police searched the gunman’s home in Chelles, a Paris suburb The far-right presidential candidate in France, Marine Le Pen, has condemned what she calls security lapses, as the nation prepares to vote in the shadow of a terror attack. A gunman was shot dead in Paris on Thursday after killing […]

Borussia Dortmund bombs: ‘Speculator’ charged with bus attack

Borussia Dortmund bombs: ‘Speculator’ charged with bus attack

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Police originally treated the attack as terrorism but then changed course Police in Germany have charged a man suspected of being behind an attack on the Borussia Dortmund team bus. Rather than having links to radical Islamism, he was a market trader hoping to make money if the price […]

Russia court outlaws ‘extremist’ Jehovah’s Witnesses

Russia court outlaws ‘extremist’ Jehovah’s Witnesses

Media captionThe Russian authorities are clamping down on extremism nationwide Russia’s Supreme Court has accepted the government’s request to designate Jehovah’s Witnesses as an outlawed religious group, deeming it to be an extremist organisation. The justice ministry argued that the group had distributed pamphlets which incited hatred against other groups. Lawyers representing the group reject […]

Paris shooting: Gunman was ‘focus of anti-terror’ probe

Paris shooting: Gunman was ‘focus of anti-terror’ probe

Media captionInterior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet: “A man jumped out and opened fire on the police vehicle” The gunman who shot dead a policeman in Paris on Thursday has been identified from papers left in his car, but French officials are yet to release his name. Local media say the 39-year-old lived in the city’s […]

Policeman and suspected gunman shot dead in Paris ‘terror attack’

Policeman and suspected gunman shot dead in Paris ‘terror attack’

Media captionInterior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet: “A man jumped out and opened fire on the police vehicle” One policeman has been shot dead and two others wounded in central Paris, French police say, with their suspected attacker killed by security forces. A lone gunman opened fire before being killed as he fled the scene, police […]

Italy acid attack model Gessica Notaro braves TV show

Italy acid attack model Gessica Notaro braves TV show

Image copyright Mediaset Image caption Ms Notaro appeared on the Canale 5 show with talk show host Maurizio Costanzo A former Miss Italy finalist has gone on national TV three months after acid was thrown in her face, allegedly by an ex-boyfriend. Gessica Notaro, 27, was badly scarred and is in danger of losing the […]

Russia’s Aeroflot airline accused of ‘sex discrimination’

Russia’s Aeroflot airline accused of ‘sex discrimination’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Aeroflot flight attendants: The company sees them as Russia’s “business card” Russia’s flagship carrier Aeroflot is fighting a legal battle with several of its female flight attendants who say it favours slim and attractive cabin crew. A Moscow court on Tuesday rejected a sex discrimination claim by stewardess Irina Ierusalimskaya. […]

New evidence in France of harm from epilepsy drug valproate

New evidence in France of harm from epilepsy drug valproate

Image copyright PA A drug given to pregnant women for epilepsy and bipolar disorder caused “serious malformations” in up to 4,100 children, a French study suggests. Mothers treated with valproate for epilepsy were up to four times likelier to give birth to a malformed child, the preliminary study found. Introduced in France in 1967, valproate […]

TV presenter cleared of Malta assault

TV presenter cleared of Malta assault

Image copyright PA Image caption The BBC wildlife presenter said he was charged after he and TV crew were set upon by two men TV presenter Chris Packham has been cleared of assault during filming for a documentary on illegal bird trapping on the island of Gozo. Packham, 55, appeared in a Maltese court following […]

Corbyn vows to ‘change UK election’s course’

Corbyn vows to ‘change UK election’s course’

Media captionJeremy Corbyn: “I don’t play by the establishment’s rules” Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to “overturn the rigged system” by putting power and wealth back in the hands of “the people”. In his first major general election speech, he said 8 June’s poll was not a “foregone conclusion” and Labour could defy the […]