Swedish PM Lofven ousted in no confidence vote

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Stefan Lofven, PM for four years, failed to survive the first weeks of the new government Sweden’s prime minister Stefan Lofven will have to stand down after losing the support of parliament. The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats (SD) backed the vote to remove him, weeks after a general election that delivered […]

Italy migrant crisis: Government passes tough bill

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Thousands of migrants arrive in Italy every year after crossing the Mediterranean The Italian government has passed a decree which will make it easier to deport migrants and strip them of Italian citizenship. Migrants could now be expelled if they are found guilty of serious crimes such as rape and […]

Portuguese 400 year old shipwreck found off Cascais

Image copyright Reuters/Cascais City Hall Image caption The project’s head called the wreck “very well-preserved” Archaeologists have found 400-year-old shipwreck off the coast of Portugal, in what one specialist called the “discovery of a decade”. Spices, ceramics and cannons engraved with Portugal’s coat of arms all lie around the wreck, found near Cascais, close to […]

Putin’s critic Alexei Navalny arrested moments after release from jail

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Alexei Navalny (right) is expected to appear in a Moscow court later on Monday Russia’s opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been detained again – moments after he had finished serving a 30-day sentence, his colleagues say. He is accused of violating a protest law and was sentenced to another […]

Poland referred to European court over judges’ forced retirement

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Head of Poland’s Supreme Court Malgorzata Gersdorf has called the new rules a “purge” Poland has been referred to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) over a rule which forced almost a third of the country’s top judges out of office. The government lowered the retirement age of Supreme Court […]

Angela Merkel apologises over Maassen’s controversial promotion

Image copyright EPA Image caption Mrs Merkel admitted she had not paid enough attention to public perception Angela Merkel said she “regrets” her handling of a political scandal involving the country’s top spy – who was effectively promoted after making controversial remarks. Former domestic intelligence chief, Hans-Georg Maassen was told to quit after he cast […]

Carrefour denies making bid approach for Casino

Image copyright Getty Images France’s biggest supermarket group, Carrefour has denied approaching rival Casino over a possible tie-up. That is despite Casino saying that its board had unanimously decided to reject a Carrefour approach. However, Carrefour is adamant that no such approach was ever made. Carrefour alleged that “difficulties” faced by Casino and its controlling […]

France removes toxic tyres from failed reef project

Image copyright AFP Image caption The tyres were sunk in the 1980s but are being removed again in stages Teams of divers are painstakingly lifting an artificial reef made of tens of thousands of old car tyres from the seafloor south of France, after it was found to spread pollution from toxic chemicals. The operation […]

The Aquarius: Migrant rescue ship has registration revoked

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Panama Maritime Authority (PMA) only registered the ship last month, after the Gibraltar authorities revoked its flag A rescue vessel operating in the central Mediterranean Sea has had its registration revoked, leaving its future operations in jeopardy. When the Aquarius next docks, it will have to remove its Panama […]

Nigerian pirates kidnap 12 crew from Swiss cargo ship

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Piracy continues to be a problem off the coast of Africa Pirates have kidnapped 12 crew members from a Swiss cargo vessel in Nigerian waters. Massoel Shipping said its vessel, MV Glarus, was carrying wheat from Lagos to Port Harcourt when it was attacked on Saturday. “The pirate gang […]

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