‘Leonardo da Vinci artwork’ sells for record $450m

‘Leonardo da Vinci artwork’ sells for record $450m

Media captionThe painting has been cleaned and restored from the image on the left to the one on the right A 500-year-old painting of Christ believed to have been painted by Leonardo da Vinci has been sold in New York for a record $450m (£341m). The painting is known as Salvator Mundi (Saviour of the […]

Nadal wins damages over doping claim by Roselyne Bachelot

Nadal wins damages over doping claim by Roselyne Bachelot

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Rafael Nadal is world number one in the men’s singles ranking A Paris court has ordered former French Sports Minister Roselyne Bachelot to pay 12,000 euros (£10,700; $14,000) to tennis star Rafael Nadal over a doping allegation. Nadal sued her for damages, saying her comments were harmful to his […]

Siemens to cut 6,900 jobs worldwide

Siemens to cut 6,900 jobs worldwide

Image copyright AFP Image caption Siemens’ headquarters in Germany German industrial group Siemens has announced plans to cut around 6,900 jobs worldwide mostly in its fossil fuels division. It said global demand for large turbines produced by its power and gas division had fallen dramatically. Half of the jobs will be lost in Germany, while […]

Turkey: German gay film festival banned in Ankara

Turkey: German gay film festival banned in Ankara

Image copyright AFP Image caption LGBT activists say their rights are being curtailed under President Erdogan Turkish officials have banned a festival of German-language gay films due to be held in the capital Ankara, saying it could incite hatred or be targeted by terror attacks. The organisers Pink Life QueerFest Four had planned to screen […]

Greece: Deadly floods hit Mandra, Nea Peramos and Megara

Greece: Deadly floods hit Mandra, Nea Peramos and Megara

Image copyright EPA Image caption Some roads were inundated by more than 1m (3ft) of water Floods caused by heavy rain have killed at least 10 people and caused destruction in three towns near the Greek capital, Athens, officials say. The industrial towns of Mandra, Nea Peramos and Megara, 27km (17 miles) west of Athens, […]

Russia moves to target foreign media

Russia moves to target foreign media

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption RT has been ordered to register as a foreign agent in the US Russia has moved closer to introducing a law that will allow the government to list any foreign media operating in the country as a foreign agent. The proposal, in retaliation for Kremlin-backed broadcaster RT being told […]

Macron warns Europe not to rebuff Trump and Putin

Macron warns Europe not to rebuff Trump and Putin

Media captionMr Macron: ‘It’s very important to me to support those defending an open Islam’ French President Emmanuel Macron says Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin are threatening Western values of openness and tolerance, but isolating them from Europe would be counterproductive. “If you decide just to push them back from Europe and our values, saying […]

Diamond fetches $33.5m at Christie’s auction in Geneva

Diamond fetches $33.5m at Christie’s auction in Geneva

Media captionThe 163 carat diamond was the largest of its kind to go under the hammer A diamond necklace featuring a flawless 163-carat diamond – the largest of its kind to be auctioned – has fetched $33.5m (£25.5m) at a Christie’s event in Geneva. The colourless diamond was taken from a 404-carat stone found in […]

Russia posts video game screenshot as ‘proof’ of US helping IS

Russia posts video game screenshot as ‘proof’ of US helping IS

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The game simulates the attack capabilities of an AC-130 gunship Russia’s Ministry of Defence has posted what it called “irrefutable proof” of the US aiding so-called Islamic State – but one of the images was actually taken from a video game. The ministry claimed the image showed an IS […]

No defeats as UK MPs debate key Brexit bill

No defeats as UK MPs debate key Brexit bill

Media captionWhat’s going on with the EU Withdrawal Bill? Ministers have seen off challenges to their authority on the first of eight days of scrutiny of a key Brexit bill. MPs backed plans to repeal the 1972 European Communities Act, which will end the supremacy of EU law in the UK, by 318 votes to […]