Hellboy film in Russia replaces Stalin with Hitler

Image copyright Lionsgate Films Image caption The film cost a reported $50m (£38m) to make The latest remake of Hellboy hit Russian cinemas on 11 April. Directed by Neil Marshall, the film features a demon who switches satanic allegiance to protect humanity from evil. However, audiences in Russia discovered that in their version of the […]

Juventus shares slump after Champions League defeat

Image copyright Getty Images Shares in Italian football giant Juventus fell by 22% on the Milan stock market on Wednesday morning, after the club was knocked out of the Champions League by Ajax Amsterdam. They recovered slightly but were down 17.6% at €1.39 (£1.20) at close. The Dutch club triumphed 2-1 in Turin, in the […]

EU struggles over law to tackle spread of terror online

Image copyright Getty Images EU officials are struggling to agree on a law aimed at preventing the spread of “terrorist content” online. The European Parliament approved a draft version of the law on Wednesday evening, which would impose a one-hour deadline to remove offending content. But a European Commission official told the BBC changes made […]

Sadaf Khadem: Iranian female boxer halts return over arrest fears

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Sadaf Khadem (R) beat the French boxer Anne Chauvin (L) on Saturday An Iranian who became the first woman from her country to contest an official boxing match says she has cancelled her return home from France after hearing a warrant had been issued for her arrest. Sadaf Khadem beat […]

Notre-Dame fire: International call for architects to design new spire

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThere were gasps from the crowd at the moment Notre-Dame’s spire fell France is to invite architects from around the world to submit their designs for a new spire to sit atop a renovated Notre-Dame cathedral. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe told reporters they hoped for “a new […]

Spanish far-right Vox party banned from TV debate

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The far-right Vox party has been called far-right, anti-immigration and anti-Islam Spain’s election board has banned the far-right Vox party from participating in the only confirmed TV debate for the 23 April election. The controversial, anti-immigration party achieved a surprise victory in recent regional elections. Spain’s Atresmedia network chose […]

Notre-Dame fire: Macron says new cathedral will be ‘more beautiful’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionA look inside fire-ravaged Notre-Dame cathedral French President Emmanuel Macron says Notre-Dame cathedral will be rebuilt “even more beautifully” – and that he wants the work done within five years. A massive fire on Monday ravaged the 850-year-old Gothic building, destroying much of its roof and causing […]

Ukraine election rivals trade taunts and media tricks

Image copyright AFP/EPA Image caption Rivals Volodymyr Zelensky (L) and Petro Poroshenko have contrasting styles Slick online ads and attention-grabbing antics have spiced up Ukraine’s presidential election, now shaped by the frontrunner – popular TV comic Volodymyr Zelensky. Like heavyweight boxers, he and billionaire rival Petro Poroshenko – the incumbent president – have taunted each […]

Notre-Dame fire: Cathedral saved within crucial half hour

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionA look inside fire-ravaged Notre-Dame cathedral Saving France’s 850-year-old Notre-Dame cathedral came down to a crucial time window of 15-30 minutes, France’s deputy interior minister has said. Laurent Nuñez praised the “courage and determination” of firefighters who “risked their own lives” to salvage the building’s stone structure […]

Russia jails Norwegian Frode Berg for spying on submarines

Image copyright AFP Image caption Frode Berg was arrested in a sting operation by Russian FSB agents A Moscow court has sentenced a 63-year-old Norwegian, Frode Berg, to 14 years in a strict-regime labour camp for spying on Russian navy submarines. Berg, arrested in Moscow in 2017, denied the accusation. He formerly worked as a […]

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