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Dalai Lama to meet alleged Dutch abuse victims

Dalai Lama to meet alleged Dutch abuse victims

Image copyright AFP Image caption A petition from victims to the Dalai Lama gained over 1,000 signatures The Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama is to meet victims of alleged sexual abuse in the Netherlands. The group requested the meeting to discuss abuse reportedly carried out by former or current Buddhist teachers in several countries. […]

Chanel picks UK for global head office

Chanel picks UK for global head office

Image copyright Reuters The luxury goods maker Chanel has told the BBC it’s elected to set up its global office in the UK. For the first time in its 110-year history, the brand is gathering the majority of its global business functions under one roof. Chanel, renowned for its tweed suits, handbags and perfume, had […]

Bank chief warns of Brexit property risk

Bank chief warns of Brexit property risk

The Bank of England’s governor has warned the cabinet that a chaotic no-deal Brexit could crash house prices and send another financial shock through the economy. Mark Carney met senior ministers on Thursday to discuss the risks of a disorderly exit from the EU. His worst-case scenario was that house prices could fall as much […]

Dublin Magadalene Laundry site sale blocked

Dublin Magadalene Laundry site sale blocked

Image copyright Google Maps Image caption Dublin city council considered selling the old Magdalene Laundry for €14m The planned sale of a former Magdalene Laundry site has been blocked by Dublin city councillors. The two-acre site on Sean McDermott street was to be sold to an international hotel chain and used for a 350-bed hotel. […]

Skripal suspects: ‘We were just tourists in Salisbury’

Skripal suspects: ‘We were just tourists in Salisbury’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov said they were tourists visiting Salisbury Two men named as suspects in the poisoning of a Russian ex-spy in the UK claim they were merely tourists. The men, named as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, told the RT channel that they went sightseeing in Salisbury […]

Mamoudou Gassama: Mali ‘Spiderman’ becomes French citizen

Mamoudou Gassama: Mali ‘Spiderman’ becomes French citizen

Media captionMalian “Spiderman” rescues Paris child – then meets French president The Malian migrant who dramatically rescued a small boy dangling from a balcony in Paris, France, has been made a French citizen. Mamoudou Gassama scaled four floors with his bare hands to save the four year old, who was left unsupervised. Mr Gassama, who […]

Pussy Riot activist Pyotr Verzilov ‘in hospital’

Pussy Riot activist Pyotr Verzilov ‘in hospital’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Pyotr Verzilov was one of those jailed for invading the World Cup final pitch Pyotr Verzilov, an activist with Russian protest group Pussy Riot, is reported to have been taken to hospital in a serious condition. Relatives speaking to the Meduza website said they believed he may have suffered poisoning […]

German Catholic priests ‘abused thousands of children’

German Catholic priests ‘abused thousands of children’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A study commissioned by the Catholic Church in Germany says clerics abused thousands of children over a 70-year period More than 3,600 children in Germany were assaulted by Roman Catholic priests between 1946 and 2014, a leaked report has revealed. The study was commissioned by the Church itself, and […]

EU parliament votes to punish Hungary over ‘breaches’ of core values

EU parliament votes to punish Hungary over ‘breaches’ of core values

Image copyright EPA Image caption Viktor Orban launched an impassioned defence on Tuesday – but it was not enough The European Parliament has voted to pursue unprecedented disciplinary action against Hungary over alleged breaches of the EU’s core values. Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government has been accused of attacks on the media, minorities, and the […]

Juncker: EU will send additional 10,000 guards to borders

Juncker: EU will send additional 10,000 guards to borders

Image copyright Reuters The EU plans to send 10,000 more border guards to tackle unlawful immigration by 2020, the European Commission’s president Jean-Claude Juncker said in his annual state of the union address. He called for more solidarity, rather than “ad-hoc solutions” for people on migrant ships. His speech also tackled the region’s other burning […]