Frenchman charged with backpacker murder

Frenchman charged with backpacker murder

Image copyright Facebook Image caption Mia Ayliffe-Chung was staying at Shelley’s Backpackers in Home Hill, near Townsville, when she was stabbed to death A man has been charged with the murder of British backpacker Mia Ayliffe-Chung at a hostel in Australia. Queensland Police Service earlier named the suspected murderer as 29-year-old Frenchman Smail Ayad. He […]

Sonia Rykiel: French fashion designer dies at 86

Sonia Rykiel: French fashion designer dies at 86

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sonia Rykiel’s designs were worn by stars like Brigitte Bardot and Audrey Hepburn French fashion designer Sonia Rykiel has died at the age of 86. Rykiel, nicknamed the Queen of Knitwear, had been suffering from Parkinson’s disease for some time before her death on Thursday. Nathalie Rykiel, managing and […]

Czech hiker found after a month in New Zealand mountain hut

Czech hiker found after a month in New Zealand mountain hut

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The couple began their hike in the southern end of the Mt Aspiring National Park A Czech hiker who went missing a month ago has been found sheltering in a hut in the snowy mountains of southern New Zealand, telling police her husband had fallen to his death nearby. […]

US criticises EU tax probes ahead of Apple ruling

US criticises EU tax probes ahead of Apple ruling

Image copyright Getty Images The US Treasury Department has warned the European Commission about taking action against US companies over tax avoidance allegations. The commission is investigating tax deals granted to US companies for setting up headquarters in Europe. Next month the EU is expected to deliver its decision on Apple. The company could be […]

Italy earthquake: Search for survivors as death toll tops 240

Media captionThe earthquake caused houses to crash down the hillside in Pescara del Tronto, as Damian Grammaticas reports Thousands of rescuers have searched through the night for survivors following Wednesday’s earthquake in a mountainous area of central Italy. More than 240 people have died and at least 368 were injured, officials said. Many people are […]

IS conflict: Turkey-backed Syrian rebels ‘take Jarablus’

IS conflict: Turkey-backed Syrian rebels ‘take Jarablus’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Smoke billows after an air strike on Jarablus Syrian rebels, backed by the Turkish military and US air cover, say they have taken the town of Jarablus from jihadists of so-called Islamic State. The assault began at dawn when Turkish warplanes, tanks and special forces personnel crossed the nearby border. […]

France ‘burkini ban’: Images of police on beach fuel debate

France ‘burkini ban’: Images of police on beach fuel debate

Image copyright Vantagenews Image caption The incident happened close to where more than 80 people died in an Islamist attack in July Pictures have emerged of French police appearing to enforce the controversial “burkini ban” on a woman on a beach in the southern city of Nice. Police appear to issue a fine to the […]

Italy earthquake: Death toll rises to at least 159

Media captionThe earthquake caused houses to crash down the hillside in Pescara del Tronto, as Damian Grammaticas reports At least 159 people have been killed and 368 injured in an earthquake that hit a mountainous area of central Italy, civil protection officials say. The magnitude-6.2 quake struck at 03:36 (01:36 GMT), 100km (65 miles) north-east […]

IS conflict: Turkey-backed Syrian rebels ‘take Jarablus’

IS conflict: Turkey-backed Syrian rebels ‘take Jarablus’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Smoke billows after an air strike on Jarablus Syrian rebels, backed by the Turkish military and US air cover, say they have taken the town of Jarablus from jihadists of so-called Islamic State. The assault began at dawn when Turkish warplanes, tanks and special forces personnel crossed the nearby border. […]

France ‘burkini ban’: Images of police on beach fuel debate

France ‘burkini ban’: Images of police on beach fuel debate

Image copyright Vantagenews Image caption The incident happened close to where more than 80 people died in an Islamist attack in July Pictures have emerged of French police appearing to enforce the controversial “burkini ban” on a woman on a beach in the southern city of Nice. Police appear to issue a fine to the […]