Italian police break up Fiat 500 car-share theft gang

Media captionPolice raided a site in Naples where they found dismantled Fiat 500s Three people have been arrested in Italy on suspicion of stealing more than 100 Fiat 500 cars from a car-sharing company in Rome. The suspects are thought to have used fake accounts to join the scheme. They then disabled the cars’ GPS-trackers […]

Soviet ‘NKVD’ restaurant name triggers Moscow row

Soviet ‘NKVD’ restaurant name triggers Moscow row

Image caption After a social media storm the restaurant no longer had the name “NKVD” on the wall A Moscow restaurant calling itself “NKVD” – a chilling echo of the Stalin-era communist terror – drew social media protests and the big sign outside has now been taken down. Restaurant staff told the BBC they did […]

Migrant disaster: Skipper guilty over 700 Mediterranean deaths

Migrant disaster: Skipper guilty over 700 Mediterranean deaths

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mohammed Ali Malek had denied being captain of the boat A Tunisian man has been found guilty by a court in Sicily of causing the sinking of a boat in which 700 migrants died in April 2015. Mohammed Ali Malek, who had denied being the boat’s captain, was given 18 […]

Paris attacks planners ‘killed in Syria’

Paris attacks planners ‘killed in Syria’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Multiple gun and bomb attacks in Paris on 13 November killed 130 people Two men involved in the November 2015 Paris attacks have been killed in Syria in a US air strike, officials say. The men, named in a Pentagon statement as Salah Gourmat and Sammy Djedou, were members of […]

Serbia accuses Croatia of blocking progress to EU membership

Serbia accuses Croatia of blocking progress to EU membership

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Vucic (R) is pro-EU but Serbia still has a long way to go before it can join Serbian PM Aleksandar Vucic has cut short a visit to Brussels, accusing Croatia of blocking his nation’s progress towards EU membership. Serbia’s anger at Croatia – which joined the EU in 2013 […]

UniCredit to raise billions and cut 14,000 jobs

UniCredit to raise billions and cut 14,000 jobs

Image copyright Getty Images UniCredit, Italy’s biggest bank, is planning to raise €13bn (£10.9bn) and cut 14,000 jobs over the next two years in a bid to return to financial health. The bank plans to use the record rights issue to help remove almost €18bn of bad debt from its balance sheet and boost profitability. […]

World’s largest reindeer herd plummets

World’s largest reindeer herd plummets

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption The animals are now having to swim across more water as the environment changes The world’s largest wild reindeer herd has fallen by 40% since 2000, scientists have warned. They say that the animals, which live in the Taimyr Peninsula in the northernmost tip of Russia, are being affected by […]

Lionel Messi: Barcelona forward meets Afghan boy who became viral star

Lionel Messi: Barcelona forward meets Afghan boy who became viral star

Media playback is not supported on this device Murtaza received a special package sent by Lionel Messi An Afghan boy who became an online hit after wearing a homemade shirt bearing Lionel Messi’s famous number 10 has finally met his hero. A photograph of six-year-old Murtaza Ahmadi wearing the shirt made from a striped blue […]

New Italian PM Paolo Gentiloni sworn in

New Italian PM Paolo Gentiloni sworn in

Image copyright AP Italy’s new Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni has taken office and announced his new cabinet. Mr Gentiloni, 62, succeeds Matteo Renzi, who resigned after losing a referendum eight days ago. Pier Carlo Padoan remains economy minister and Angelino Alfano becomes foreign minister. Mr Gentiloni is a loyalist from Mr Renzi’s Democratic Party (PD), […]

IMF chief Christine Lagarde in negligence trial in France

IMF chief Christine Lagarde in negligence trial in France

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Christine Lagarde, here with her lawyer at the start of the trial, denies any wrongdoing IMF chief Christine Lagarde has gone on trial in France for negligence over a compensation payment made by a state-owned bank to a businessman in 2008. As finance minister of then-President Nicolas Sarkozy, she approved […]