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Russia protests: EU demands release of detainees

Media captionWhat the Russian press is saying about the protests The European Union has demanded the release “without delay” of hundreds of people detained in protests across Russia on Sunday. The US state department said protesters should be able to “exercise their rights without fear of retribution”. The protesters urged PM Dmitry Medvedev to quit […]

Merkel’s party wins in Saarland bellwether vote for Germany

Merkel’s party wins in Saarland bellwether vote for Germany

Image copyright AFP Image caption Chancellor Angela Merkel – hoping for a fourth term German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party easily won a state election in Saarland, which was closely watched ahead of September’s national vote. Her centre-right Christian Democrats (CDU) took 40.7%, comfortably seeing off a challenge by the Social Democrats (SPD), who secured 29.6%. […]

Russia protests: Opposition leader Navalny and hundreds others arrested

Media captionSteve Rosenberg: “The police have been telling the crowd this is an illegal meeting” Russia’s main opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, has been arrested at an anti-corruption protest he organised in the capital, Moscow. Thousands of people joined rallies nationwide, calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev over corruption allegations. At least 500 […]

Merkel set for success in Saarland bellwether vote for Germany

Merkel set for success in Saarland bellwether vote for Germany

Image copyright AFP Image caption Chancellor Angela Merkel – hoping for a fourth term Exit polls suggest German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right party has won state elections in Saarland, ahead of September’s national vote. Her Christian Democrats (CDU) are on course to take 41%, comfortably seeing off a challenge by the Social Democrats (SPD), projected […]

EU summit: Leaders stress unity on Rome anniversary

EU summit: Leaders stress unity on Rome anniversary

Image copyright EPA Image caption Angela Merkel was among the 27 EU leaders to sign the declaration European Union leaders have stressed the need for unity at a celebration in the Italian capital marking 60 years since the Treaty of Rome was signed. Twenty-seven European Union countries, not including the UK, signed a new declaration […]

Trump’s ex-national security adviser ‘discussed Gulen removal’

Trump’s ex-national security adviser ‘discussed Gulen removal’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Flynn denies discussing anything illegal President Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, discussed removing from the US a Muslim cleric wanted by Turkey, according to ex-CIA director James Woolsey. Turkey accuses the cleric, Fethullah Gulen, of orchestrating last July’s failed coup. In a video interview, Mr Woolsey told […]

Belarus protesters defy ban to march against ‘parasite tax’

Belarus protesters defy ban to march against ‘parasite tax’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The protest took place on the 99th anniversary of the proclamation of the short-lived Belarussian People’s Republic Thousands of people have defied a ban to protest in Belarus against a so-called “social parasites” tax on the under-employed. Protesters shouted “fascists!” at riot police. Dozens of activists and journalists have been […]

Italy sex case dropped because woman ‘did not scream’

Italy sex case dropped because woman ‘did not scream’

Image copyright kieferpix/getty Image caption The alleged victim said she had “blocked out” what was happening (file photo) Italy’s justice minister has said he will investigate after a court acquitted a man of sexually assaulting a woman because she did not scream. The court in Turin ruled last month that the woman saying “enough” to […]

France’s Marine Le Pen urges end to Russia sanctions

France’s Marine Le Pen urges end to Russia sanctions

Image copyright AFP Image caption The meeting is a coup for Ms Le Pen Russian president Vladimir Putin has met France’s far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen in Moscow, saying she represents a “fast-growing element” of European politics. Mr Putin defended the meeting – a coup for Ms Le Pen – saying that he was […]

France’s Marine Le Pen urges end to Russia sanctions

France’s Marine Le Pen urges end to Russia sanctions

Image copyright AFP Image caption The meeting is a coup for Ms Le Pen Russian president Vladimir Putin has met France’s far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen in Moscow, saying she represents a “fast-growing element” of European politics. Mr Putin defended the meeting – a coup for Ms Le Pen – saying that he was […]

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