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Denmark’s Prince Henrik dies at 83

Denmark’s Prince Henrik dies at 83

Image copyright AFP Image caption Prince Henrik spoke with a thick French accent, and was known for his love of food, wine and poetry Prince Henrik of Denmark, the husband of Queen Margrethe, has died at the age of 83, the Royal House has announced. The prince died “peacefully in his sleep” at Fredensborg Castle, […]

Dutch foreign minister quits over lie about meeting Putin

Dutch foreign minister quits over lie about meeting Putin

Image copyright EPA Image caption Foreign Minister Halbe Zijlstra (r) told Dutch MPs and PM Mark Rutte (l) that his credibility had been damaged The Dutch foreign minister has stepped down on Tuesday after admitting he lied about being in a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Halbe Zijlstra announced his decision tearfully in parliament, […]

Russia Saratov crash: Ice on sensors ‘may be cause’

Russia Saratov crash: Ice on sensors ‘may be cause’

Media captionWreckage was strewn across a wide area Speed sensors that were iced over may have caused a passenger jet to crash near Moscow, killing all 71 people on board, investigators say. The faulty instruments could have given the pilots wrong speed data, Russia’s Interstate Aviation Committee said. The Saratov Airlines jet went down minutes […]

Uzbek man pleads guilty in Stockholm terror trial

Uzbek man pleads guilty in Stockholm terror trial

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Police took this photo of Rakhmat Akilov when he was arrested An Uzbek man on trial in Sweden has pleaded guilty to carrying out a lorry attack which killed five people in Stockholm last April. Rakhmat Akilov, 39, admitted driving at high speed down a pedestrian street, the country’s worst […]

Portugal police ‘find cocaine in traveller’s padded pants’

Portugal police ‘find cocaine in traveller’s padded pants’

Image copyright Polícia Judiciária Image caption Police said the man was carrying 1kg (2.2lb) of cocaine Police in Portugal have detained a man at Lisbon’s international airport accused of carrying 1kg (2.2lb) of cocaine in fake bottoms. Local media said the Brazilian citizen had arrived on a flight from the city of Belém do Pará, […]

Russian court rejects mother’s adoption bid after breast surgery

Russian court rejects mother’s adoption bid after breast surgery

Image copyright Yulia Savinovskikh Image caption Last year Yulia Savinovskikh went on a temporary hunger strike in her legal battle A Russian court has ruled that a woman who chose to have her breasts removed cannot look after two adopted boys since she identifies herself as a man. The long-running case of Yulia Savinovskikh affects […]

Firms on Caribbean island chain own 23,000 UK properties

Firms on Caribbean island chain own 23,000 UK properties

Image copyright Alamy Image caption The British Virgin Islands are home to 11,700 firms owning UK property A quarter of property in England and Wales owned by overseas firms is held by entities registered in the British Virgin Islands, BBC analysis has found. The Caribbean archipelago is the official home of companies that own 23,000 […]

French gangster Jacques Cassandri on trial for 1976 ‘heist of century’

French gangster Jacques Cassandri on trial for 1976 ‘heist of century’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Cassandri has admitted he took part in the robbery but denies money-laundering charges A French gangster who wrote a book saying he masterminded the country’s “heist of the century” has gone on trial 42 years later. It was carried out by a gang who spent months tunnelling from the […]

Russia jet carrying 71 people crashes after Moscow take-off

Russia jet carrying 71 people crashes after Moscow take-off

Media captionWreckage was strewn across a wide area A Russian airliner has crashed after leaving Moscow’s Domodedovo airport, killing all 65 passengers and six crew on board. The Saratov Airlines jet vanished minutes after take-off and crashed near the village of Argunovo, about 80km (50 miles) south-east of Moscow. The cause of crash is unclear. […]

Russian jet crashes after Moscow take-off

Russian jet crashes after Moscow take-off

Image copyright EPA Image caption The missing plane was An-148 like the one in this archive picture A Russian passenger plane has crashed after leaving Moscow’s Domodedovo airport with 71 people on board. The Saratov Airlines An-148 jet was en route to the city of Orsk in the Ural mountains, near Russia’s border with Kazakhstan, […]