Undercover filming reveals UK prison chaos

Undercover filming reveals UK prison chaos

Image caption Undercover footage shows prisoners incapacitated by drugs Chaos in one of the biggest prisons in the country has been revealed in secret filming for the BBC. An undercover reporter spent two months at HMP Northumberland, which houses up to 1,348 male inmates, for Panorama. He discovered widespread drug use, a lack of control, […]

Switzerland votes to relax its citizenship rules

Switzerland votes to relax its citizenship rules

Image copyright AP Image caption Projections show nearly 60% of voters wanted to simplify the rules People in Switzerland have voted to relax the country’s strict citizenship rules, making it easier for third-generation immigrants to become Swiss. Being born in Switzerland does not guarantee citizenship. Non-Swiss residents must typically wait 12 years before applying. Tests […]

Germany president: Steinmeier chosen by lawmakers

Germany president: Steinmeier chosen by lawmakers

Image copyright AP Image caption Frank-Walter Steinmeier, centre, is congratulated by predecessor Joachim Gauck and Chancellor Angela Merkel Former German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has been elected president by a parliamentary assembly. The Social Democrat, 61, is one of Germany’s most popular politicians. The post is largely ceremonial, but the president represents Germany abroad and […]

Hamburg airport evacuated and 50 treated over ‘substance in air’

Hamburg airport evacuated and 50 treated over ‘substance in air’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Emergency crews cleared the terminals and treated those affected Hamburg airport in Germany was briefly evacuated and at least 50 people were hurt by an irritant gas that was released in the air. Both terminals was cleared and flights halted after people complained of eye irritation and breathing problems. Firefighters […]

Swiss voters reject reform to multinationals’ tax bills

Swiss voters reject reform to multinationals’ tax bills

Image copyright AFP Image caption Switzerland’s Finance Minister Ueli Maurer will have to seek an alternative plan Swiss voters have rejected a plan to reform the country’s corporate tax system, sending the government back to the drawing board. Business and political circles in Switzerland had supported the plan, which was designed to prevent taxes rising […]

Greek WW2 bomb deactivated after mass Thessaloniki evacuation

Greek WW2 bomb deactivated after mass Thessaloniki evacuation

Image copyright AFP Image caption People were told to remain outside the evacuation zone until bomb was removed A World War Two bomb has been deactivated in the Greek city of Thessaloniki after it forced the evacuation of some 70,000 people, officials say. The 250kg (500lb) bomb was discovered during excavation works. It will now […]

Switzerland votes on relaxing its citizenship rules

Switzerland votes on relaxing its citizenship rules

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Opponents of the proposal say the reform could lead to uncontrolled citizenship Voters in Switzerland are going to the polls to decide whether the country’s strict rules on citizenship should be relaxed. Being born in Switzerland does not guarantee citizenship and non-Swiss residents must typically wait 12 years before applying. […]

EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker ‘will not seek second term’

EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker ‘will not seek second term’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Juncker was Luxemboug’s prime minister for nearly 20 years The European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says he will step down when his current term ends in 2019, German media report. Mr Juncker also said the UK could divide opinion among EU leaders once Brexit negotiations begin. The former Luxembourg […]

EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker ‘will not seek second term’

EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker ‘will not seek second term’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Juncker was Luxemboug’s prime minister for nearly 20 years The European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says he will step down when his current term ends in 2019, German media report. Mr Juncker also said the UK could divide opinion among EU leaders once Brexit negotiations begin. The former Luxembourg […]

Greek WW2 bomb forces huge Thessaloniki evacuation

Greek WW2 bomb forces huge Thessaloniki evacuation

Image copyright AFP Image caption The bomb is is thought to be one of the largest from World War Two to be found in a Greek city At least 70,000 people in the Greek city of Thessaloniki are being evacuated so that a 500lb World War Two bomb can be defused, officials say. It is […]