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Syria: Turkish ground troops enter Afrin enclave

Syria: Turkish ground troops enter Afrin enclave

Image copyright AFP Image caption Turkish tanks rolled across the border into Syria on Sunday morning Turkish ground troops have crossed into northern Syria as part of Ankara’s campaign to rid the border area of Kurdish fighters, Turkey’s PM says. Binali Yildirim said the aim was to establish a 30km (19-mile) “safe zone” deep inside […]

Germany coalition talks: SPD backs talks with Merkel

Germany coalition talks: SPD backs talks with Merkel

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Mr Schulz (C) had initially ruled out a new “grand coalition” Germany’s Social Democrats (SDP) have voted for coalition negotiations with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives, their former coalition partners. Earlier this month the two groupings agreed a blueprint for formal talks. Mrs Merkel’s centre-right CDU and its Bavarian CSU ally […]

Dolores O’Riordan: Hundreds queue in rain to pay respects

Dolores O’Riordan: Hundreds queue in rain to pay respects

Image copyright PA Image caption The singer’s remains are lying in repose in her home city of Limerick Hundreds of people have gathered to pay their respects to the late Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan in her home city of Limerick. Large crowds gathered for the event ahead of her funeral on Tuesday. Hundreds queued outside […]

Europeans among Afghan hotel dead

Europeans among Afghan hotel dead

Media captionGuests tried to escape by using bed sheets to climb down from balconies An eyewitness has told the BBC of the terrifying moment gunmen burst into Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel restaurant on Saturday. The man, who is not being named for security reasons, said he was spared after saying he was an Afghan. “Where are […]

Macron: ‘Special’ deal possible for UK, but it can’t ‘cherry-pick’ rules

Macron: ‘Special’ deal possible for UK, but it can’t ‘cherry-pick’ rules

Media captionPresident Macron: “You can’t have full access to the single market if you don’t tick the box” French President Emmanuel Macron has suggested the UK could get a special trade deal with the EU after Brexit. But he warned that Britain would not have full access to the single market without accepting its rules. […]

Syria: Turkey war planes launch strikes on Afrin

Syria: Turkey war planes launch strikes on Afrin

Image copyright AFP Image caption Turkish war planes hit Kurdish positions on the Syrian side of the border on Saturday Turkish war planes have launched air strikes on Kurdish fighters in northern Syria in a move likely to raise tensions with the US. Turkey wants to oust the YPG militia, which it calls a terrorist […]

Paul Bocuse: Top French chef dies at 91

Paul Bocuse: Top French chef dies at 91

Image copyright AFP Image caption Paul Bocuse has been described as the “pope” of French gastronomy France’s most-celebrated chef Paul Bocuse has died at the age of 91, after suffering from Parkinson’s disease for several years. He died in his famous restaurant near Lyon, a local chef close to the family told AFP news agency. […]

Europe storm: Germany in huge clean-up as trains run again

Europe storm: Germany in huge clean-up as trains run again

Image copyright AFP Image caption Many fallen trees are still blocking railway lines across Germany Rail services are getting back to normal in Germany as trees and other debris are cleared from lines hit by a severe storm that claimed eight lives. Three people died earlier in the Netherlands in accidents caused by hurricane-strength winds. […]

Deadly storm Friederike causes Dutch and German transport chaos

Deadly storm Friederike causes Dutch and German transport chaos

Media captionHurricane-strength gusts of up to 140km/h (90mph) caused transport chaos. Five people have been killed in storm-related accidents as hurricane-strength winds tear across northern Europe. Three people died after being hit by falling trees and debris in the Netherlands and one in Germany. A second German was killed in a collision when his van […]

French ‘MeToo’ creator Sandra Muller ‘sued for defamation’

French ‘MeToo’ creator Sandra Muller ‘sued for defamation’

Image copyright AFP Image caption The French journalist started the “balancetonporc” or “rat on your pig” hashtag Sandra Muller, the creator of the French equivalent of the “MeToo” movement, says she is being sued for defamation by a man she accused of sexual harassment. Ms Muller accused former television boss Eric Brion of making a […]

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