Pablo Casado: Spain’s conservative Popular Party elects new leader

Image copyright AFP Image caption Pablo Casado wants to lower income and corporation taxes for Spaniards Spain’s opposition Popular Party (PP) has chosen right-wing congressman Pablo Casado as its new leader. He replaces former Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy who was ousted in a no-confidence vote last month. Mr Casado, 37, has taken a hardline stance […]

Polish judges law: MPs back further changes amid row

Image copyright EPA Image caption Civil rights groups have protested against the Polish government’s judicial reforms Poland’s lower house of parliament has approved further laws to reform the judiciary – a move that critics say threatens democracy. The changes backed by the Sejm make it easier to replace the Supreme Court Chief Justice Malgorzata Gersdorf. […]

Ukraine crisis: US to give Kiev $200m in defence support

Image copyright EPA Image caption Ukraine accuses Russia of sending its troops and arming separatists in the east The US has announced it will give Ukraine $200m (£152m) to strengthen its defence capabilities. In a statement, the Pentagon said the funds would be for training, communications, medical, and other non-lethal operational needs. The US said […]

Russia World Cup: How Pussy Riot managed to burst into final

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Croatia defender Dejan Lovren (L) grabbed pitch invader Pyotr Verzilov A Pussy Riot activist who ran onto the pitch during the World Cup final says the stunt worked because of Russian deference for authority. Pyotr Verzilov said it was easy for him and three female activists to buy police uniforms, […]

German bus knife attack leaves several wounded

Image copyright AFP Image caption A bus sits at the side of the road in Lübeck after a knife attack A man armed with a knife has attacked passengers on a bus in the northern German city of Lübeck, wounding several people, one seriously, police say. A 34-year-old local man was arrested and taken into […]

Novichok victim Charlie Rowley leaves hospital

Image copyright AFP Image caption Charlie Rowley collapsed in his home in Amesbury after being exposed to the nerve agent Novichok Novichok victim Charlie Rowley has been discharged from hospital, three weeks after being exposed to the nerve agent. Salisbury District Hospital said he had been through an “appalling experience most of us could never […]

Russia suspects spying over new missiles

Hours after Russia released footage of its military might, it raided its own space research agency. An espionage investigation has been opened into a possible leak of secrets to Western spies about the country’s latest hypersonic – or ultra-fast – missiles. Source link

Hungary pursued by EU over ‘Stop Soros’ migrant law

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Asylum seekers are often detained at the border with Serbia The European Commission says a law in Hungary that criminalises support for asylum seekers is illegal amid a battle with the country over EU migration. Hungary has now been referred to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for “non-compliance” […]

BA emergency landing forces London Gatwick runway closure

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The aircraft involved was an Airbus A320 similar to the one pictured here The runway at Gatwick Airport had to be closed and flights were diverted after an inbound airliner requested an emergency landing. The British Airways Airbus from Naples landed shortly after midnight on Friday after reporting a […]

Maria Butina: Russian gun activist at heart of US Kremlin row

Image copyright Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation / Facebook Image caption Ms Butin’s gun advocacy has been a core part of her portrayal in the media since the story broke Maria Butina loves guns, has ties to a top Russian banker, and has now landed in an American jail accused of conspiring against the […]

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