Soaring childlessness among southern European women – report

Soaring childlessness among southern European women – report

Image copyright AFP Image caption The report says that most of the economic and cultural trends of the last half-century appear to have steered women and men away from having children Women in Europe are having fewer children, particularly in southern Europe, a French report has found. Up to a quarter of women born in […]

Ukraine power cut ‘was cyber-attack’

Ukraine power cut ‘was cyber-attack’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Ukraine’s energy grid has been attacked twice by hackers A power cut that hit part of the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, in December has been judged a cyber-attack by researchers investigating the incident. The blackout lasted just over an hour and started just before midnight on 17 December. The cyber-security company […]

Kardashian West chauffeur freed in €9m Paris robbery inquiry

Kardashian West chauffeur freed in €9m Paris robbery inquiry

Image copyright Startraks Photo/REX/Shutterstock Image caption Kim Kardashian West flew home to be with her husband Kanye West immediately after the robbery Three people have been released without charge by French police investigating a Paris jewellery robbery that targeted TV reality star Kim Kardashian West. They include her chauffeur in Paris, Michael Madar. The three […]

Swiss Muslim girls must learn to swim with boys, court rules

Swiss Muslim girls must learn to swim with boys, court rules

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The court ruled Switzerland was justified in enforcing the “full school curriculum” Switzerland has won a case at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) obliging Muslim parents to send their children to mixed swimming lessons. It said authorities were justified in giving precedence to enforcing “the full school […]

Andrei Lugovoi slams US blacklist of Russians as ‘spite’

Andrei Lugovoi slams US blacklist of Russians as ‘spite’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Lugovoi accused US President Barack Obama of a final act of spite in the dying days of his administration One of five prominent Russians blacklisted by the US has slammed it as a last act of “spite” before Barack Obama cedes power to Donald Trump. Lawmaker Andrei Lugovoi, one […]

Serbian ‘miracle man’ survives -20C ordeal in well

Serbian ‘miracle man’ survives -20C ordeal in well

Image copyright EPA Image caption Serbia has been gripped by an unusually cold weather front A Serbian man is being hailed a miracle survivor after he spent two-and-a-half days stuck down a well in temperatures well below freezing. Jezdimir Milic left home on Friday morning to buy groceries ahead of Orthodox Christmas the next day, […]

Two held for ‘hacking’ into Italy ex-PM Renzi emails

Two held for ‘hacking’ into Italy ex-PM Renzi emails

Image copyright Reuters Police in Italy have arrested a nuclear engineer and his sister on suspicion of hacking into the email accounts of leading politicians and institutions. They are said to have run a botnet – a network of computers harnessed without the owners’ knowledge. It is not clear what the information was used for. […]

Renowned sociologist Zygmunt Bauman dies in Leeds

Renowned sociologist Zygmunt Bauman dies in Leeds

Image copyright EPA Image caption Zygmunt Bauman experienced poverty and anti-Semitism growing up in Poland One of the 20th Century’s most influential sociologists, Zygmunt Bauman, has died aged 91 in Leeds. The left-wing thinker was a Polish Jew who fled to the USSR after Nazi Germany invaded Poland. He was loyal to the Polish communists […]

US sanctions five prominent Russians including Litvinenko suspects

US sanctions five prominent Russians including Litvinenko suspects

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitry Kovtun are wanted in the UK for the murder of Alexander Litvinenko The Obama administration has blacklisted five prominent Russians, just 11 days before he leaves office. Chief federal investigator Alexander Bastrykin and two men wanted in the UK for the murder of Russian dissident Alexander […]

Italy Five Star Eurosceptics vote to break link with UKIP

Italy Five Star Eurosceptics vote to break link with UKIP

Image copyright Reuters Image caption M5S was founded by Beppe Grillo, a former comedian Italy’s powerful anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) has voted to break its European Parliament ties with the UK Independence Party (UKIP). M5S members backed founder Beppe Grillo’s call to join up with the liberal bloc ALDE. That could make ALDE the […]