VW pleads guilty to US emissions charges

VW pleads guilty to US emissions charges

Image copyright Getty Images Volkswagen has pleaded guilty to three charges as part of a $4.3bn (£3.5bn) agreement with the US regulators over the diesel emissions scandal. The German car maker has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud, obstruction of justice and entry of goods by false statement. VW general counsel Manfred Doess told […]

Pope hints at possible ordination of married men

Pope hints at possible ordination of married men

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Pope Francis said the idea of relaxing celibacy rules was “not a solution” Pope Francis has said he may consider ordaining married men – under very specific circumstances – to address the shortage of Catholic priests. He was speaking about the possibility of viri probati (men of proven faith) […]

EU summit: A Polish political row hampers work as Brexit looms

EU summit: A Polish political row hampers work as Brexit looms

Image copyright AP Image caption Polish domestic politics have clouded the summit. Donald Tusk is seen here with German Chancellor Angela Merkel EU leaders are meeting – without the UK – to try and forge a common vision for Europe, as serious tensions make 2017 one of the bloc’s toughest years ever. The Polish government’s […]

Germany approves more video monitoring

Germany approves more video monitoring

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Videos are being increasingly deployed by the German state and private firms – but critics question their impact on crime rates Public video surveillance appears set to become more commonplace in Germany, after the lower house of parliament approved a package of new measures. Security concerns will now be given […]

Istanbul helicopter crash: Russians among five dead

Istanbul helicopter crash: Russians among five dead

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Debris from the helicopter was strewn over a highway At least five people have been killed after a helicopter crashed on the outskirts of Istanbul, reportedly after hitting a television tower in fog. The Sikorsky helicopter owned by a Turkish company was carrying seven people including four Russian guests and […]

Poland fails to stop Donald Tusk EU re-election

Poland fails to stop Donald Tusk EU re-election

Image copyright EPA Image caption Mr Tusk was accused of meddling in Polish politics EU leaders have re-elected Donald Tusk as president of the European Council despite a bid to oust him by his home country, Poland. The leaders voted 27 to one to give him another two-and-a-half-year term. The Polish government insisted Mr Tusk, […]

Germany child murder: Police find second body after arrest

Germany child murder: Police find second body after arrest

Image copyright Bochum Police Image caption Marcel Hesse walked into a restaurant and declared he was the person being searched for German police have arrested a teenager suspected of killing his nine-year-old neighbour, after a nationwide manhunt. Police began searching for Marcel Hesse after the dead boy was found in his cellar on Monday night. […]

Italy: Two die as motorway bridge collapses near Ancona

Media captionThe aftermath of the bridge collapse in Ancona A motorway bridge has collapsed near the north-east Italian city of Ancona, killing two, Italian officials say. The victims were in a car below the bridge when it fell down onto the A14 road, which runs between Loreto and Ancona South. The collapse involved a temporary […]

Germany axe attack: Seven injured at Duesseldorf train station

Germany axe attack: Seven injured at Duesseldorf train station

Image copyright AP Image caption There is a heavy police presence in the railway station Seven people have been injured in an axe attack at the main railway station in the western German city of Duesseldorf, police say. The attack happened at about 21:00 local time (20:00 GMT) on Thursday. One man has been arrested. […]