Poland court reforms: PM Beata Szydlo vows to fight for change

Poland court reforms: PM Beata Szydlo vows to fight for change

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Poland’s Prime Minister Beata Szydlo vowed that the government would “realise our plan”. Poland’s Prime Minister Beata Szydlo has vowed to press on with judicial reforms, saying the government would not “yield to pressure from the street and from abroad”. On Monday, President Andrzej Duda had vetoed a controversial law […]

US ‘may send arms’ to Ukraine, says new envoy

US ‘may send arms’ to Ukraine, says new envoy

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (second right) meets servicemen during a visit to Donetsk region in June The new US special representative for Ukraine says Washington is actively reviewing whether to send weapons to help those fighting against Russian-backed rebels. Kurt Volker told the BBC that arming Ukrainian government forces could […]

French philosopher Dufourmantelle drowns rescuing children

French philosopher Dufourmantelle drowns rescuing children

Image copyright Librairie Mollat Image caption French philosopher Anne Dufourmantelle, 53, said that “life begins with risk” A leading French philosopher who advocated risk-taking has drowned after attempting to save two children at a beach on the French Riviera. Anne Dufourmantelle entered the water after the children got into difficulty in strong winds at Pampelonne […]

Turkey’s Cumhuriyet journalists in terrorism trial

Turkey’s Cumhuriyet journalists in terrorism trial

Image caption Supporters of the 17 Cumhuriyet employees chanted “freedom to journalists” outside court Seventeen journalists and managers at Turkish opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet went on trial on Monday on charges of aiding a terrorist organisation. If found guilty this week, they could face sentences of up to 43 years in jail. Ten have already been […]

Rome hit by water rationing as Italy struggles with drought

Rome hit by water rationing as Italy struggles with drought

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption At least 10 Italian regions are preparing requests for a state of natural calamity to be declared Almost two-thirds of Italy’s farmland has been hit by a prolonged drought, costing Italian agriculture some €2bn ($2.3bn; £1.8bn), farmers say. Dairy farmers and those growing olives, tomatoes and wine grapes are […]

Poland’s President Duda vetoes judicial reforms after protests

Poland’s President Duda vetoes judicial reforms after protests

Media captionCrowds chanted “constitution, constitution” during a candlelit protest in Warsaw on Sunday Polish President Andrzej Duda has announced he is vetoing a controversial law to replace Supreme Court judges with government nominees. Three key judicial reforms have been passed by Poland’s parliament, prompting days of demonstrations across the country. Before they become law, they […]

Turkey’s Cumhuriyet journalists in terrorism trial

Turkey’s Cumhuriyet journalists in terrorism trial

Image caption Supporters of the 17 Cumhuriyet employees chanted “freedom to journalists” outside court Seventeen journalists and managers at Turkish opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet went on trial on Monday on charges of aiding a terrorist organisation. If found guilty this week, they could face sentences of up to 43 years in jail. Ten have already been […]

Cumhuriyet journalists face terrorism trial

Cumhuriyet journalists face terrorism trial

Image caption Elif Gunay (C) says she struggles to understand why her father, who ran the paper’s books section, has been jailed A Turkish opposition newspaper itself is the story as 17 of its employees are about to go on trial on charges of aiding a terrorist organisation. If found guilty, their sentence could be […]

Poland court reforms: Hungary vows ‘solidarity’ as bill approved

Poland court reforms: Hungary vows ‘solidarity’ as bill approved

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Protesters have called on Poland’s president to veto reforms to the Supreme Court Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban has vowed to defend Poland from criticism from the EU after it approved controversial court reforms. Hungary will use “all possible legal means in the European Union to show solidarity with the […]

Poland court reforms: Hungary vows ‘solidarity’ as bill approved

Poland court reforms: Hungary vows ‘solidarity’ as bill approved

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Protesters have called on Poland’s president to veto reforms to the Supreme Court Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban has vowed to defend Poland from criticism from the EU after it approved controversial court reforms. Hungary will use “all possible legal means in the European Union to show solidarity with the […]

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