Algerian woman denied French citizenship over handshake

Algerian woman denied French citizenship over handshake

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption President Emmanuel Macron during a citizenship ceremony in Orleans in 2017 A French appeals court has upheld a ruling denying an Algerian woman citizenship after she refused to shake the hand of a senior official. The woman, who has not been named, said her “religious beliefs” prevented her from shaking […]

Brexit: No 10 still ‘confident’ of Irish border solution

Brexit: No 10 still ‘confident’ of Irish border solution

Image copyright AFP No 10 says it is confident a deal can be done to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland after Brexit despite signs of an impasse over the issue. The BBC understands UK plans to resolve the matter faced sustained criticism from the EU at a meeting on Wednesday. The […]

France to ban use of meat terms to describe vegetable-based products

France to ban use of meat terms to describe vegetable-based products

Image caption Only meat-based products will qualify to be labelled “sausages” under the new legislation Vegetable-based products such as soya steaks or vegetarian sausages marketed as meat substitutes are to be banned in France for “misleading” consumers. Food producers will no longer be able to use “steak”, “sausage” or any other meat term to describe […]

Berlin begins mass evacuation as police defuse WW2 bomb

Berlin begins mass evacuation as police defuse WW2 bomb

Media captionThe bomb was found by workers on a construction site in Heidestrasse A large-scale evacuation has begun in central Berlin so that experts can defuse a World War Two bomb. The evacuation affects about 10,000 people and the zone includes homes, government ministries and museums. The operation is causing severe transport disruption, with trains […]

Berlin set for mass evacuation as WW2 bomb is defused

Berlin set for mass evacuation as WW2 bomb is defused

Image copyright EPA Image caption The bomb was found by workers on a construction site in Heidestrasse A large-scale evacuation is to take place in Berlin on Friday morning to allow experts to defuse a World War Two bomb. Buildings will be cleared from 09:00 (07:00 GMT) in an 800m (2,625ft) radius from the construction […]

Salisbury attack: Scientist Vladimir Uglev ‘helped create Novichok’

Salisbury attack: Scientist Vladimir Uglev ‘helped create Novichok’

Media captionRetired Russian scientist Vladimir Uglev says he created a Novichok nerve agent. Moscow continues to deny the existence of a chemical weapons programme called Novichok. But this is a question of semantics. On Russia’s Black Sea coast I meet Vladimir Uglev, a scientist who helped develop nerve agents for the Soviet Union. “The aim […]

Salisbury attack: Scientist Vladimir Uglev ‘helped create Novichok’

Salisbury attack: Scientist Vladimir Uglev ‘helped create Novichok’

Media captionRetired Russian scientist Vladimir Uglev says he created a Novichok nerve agent. Moscow continues to deny the existence of a chemical weapons programme called Novichok. But this is a question of semantics. On Russia’s Black Sea coast I meet Vladimir Uglev, a scientist who helped develop nerve agents for the Soviet Union. “The aim […]

German swastika ticket row as Hitler play opens in Konstanz

German swastika ticket row as Hitler play opens in Konstanz

Image copyright AFP Image caption The play is set to have 14 performances and opens on the anniversary of Hitler’s birth A satirical play based on Adolf Hitler’s youth premieres in Germany on Friday despite complaints about an offer of free tickets to spectators willing to wear a swastika. Citing freedom of artistic expression, prosecutors […]

Mohammed Zammar: German jihadist ‘detained by Syrian Kurds’

Mohammed Zammar: German jihadist ‘detained by Syrian Kurds’

Image copyright Twitter/@bjoernstritzel Image caption In 2014, Mohammed Zammar was filmed at a meeting between IS militants and Syrian tribesmen A Syrian-born German jihadist linked to the 11 September 2001 attackers has reportedly been detained by Kurdish fighters in northern Syria. A commander of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces alliance told the AFP news agency […]

Lesbian mums can’t register baby in Italy

Lesbian mums can’t register baby in Italy

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Italy has strict laws making fertility treatment available only to stable heterosexual couples. Authorities in Turin, northern Italy, have refused to register the baby of a lesbian couple. Chiara Foglietta, a Turin councillor, underwent artificial insemination in Denmark and gave birth last Friday to baby boy Niccolo Pietro. […]