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Italians vote to slash size of parliament by a third - 22 Sep 2020 at 4:41am - Almost 70% back measures to reduce the number of lawmakers by a third.

Bulgaria court convicts two over 2012 Burgas bus attack on Israelis - 21 Sep 2020 at 2:05pm - The Lebanese dual nationals were tried in absentia over the attack that killed five Israeli tourists.

Israeli settlers' Chelsea boss backer - 21 Sep 2020 at 12:42pm - An investigation by BBC News Arabic has found that Russian oligarch, Roman Abramovich, controls companies that have donated $100m to an Israeli settler organisation.

Michael Lonsdale, who played James Bond villain in Moonraker, dies aged 89 - 21 Sep 2020 at 12:36pm - The Anglo-French star played Hugo Drax opposite Roger Moore's 007 in the 1979 film Moonraker.

FinCEN Files: Roman Abramovich had secret stakes in rival players - 21 Sep 2020 at 12:00pm - The Chelsea owner held ownership rights on footballers through an offshore company, leaked files show.

Lesbos: Hundreds test positive for Covid-19 after migrant camp fire - 21 Sep 2020 at 11:56am - More than 240 migrants test positive at the new Lesbos camp built after the old one burnt down.

French MP left red-faced after parked car blocks train - 21 Sep 2020 at 6:24am - Jean Lassalle apologises after he mistakenly left his car on a level crossing while in a hurry.

Inside Poland?s 'LGBT-free zones' - 20 Sep 2020 at 7:02pm - Dozens of Polish towns have declared themselves free of "LGBT ideology". It means difficult choices for gay people living in them.

Covid-19: Hundreds protest against localised Madrid lockdowns - 20 Sep 2020 at 1:30pm - Residents in poorer areas call the measures discrimination as Spain tries to curb a rise in Covid-19.

FinCEN Files: Sanctioned Putin associate ?laundered millions? through Barclays - 20 Sep 2020 at 1:01pm - The account was used to avoid US financial restrictions, a leak of bank documents suggest.

Janusz Walus: Why far-right Polish football fans idolise a murderer in South ... - 19 Sep 2020 at 7:36pm - Janusz Walus killed anti-apartheid leader Chris Hani in 1993, sparking fears of a racial civil war.

Cyclone Ianos: Drone shows 'medicane' damage in Greece - 19 Sep 2020 at 2:26pm - The hurricane-like storm swept across Greece trapping hundreds of people.

Belarus protests: Women try to unmask those detaining protesters - 17 Sep 2020 at 7:30pm - Women want to hold to account the masked people picking protesters off the street in Belarus.

Breaking down the Brexit border problem - 17 Sep 2020 at 7:21pm - BBC's Ros Atkins explains the latest Brexit row and the thorny issue of customs checks and Northern Ireland.

What are these bizarre Siberian bumps? - 17 Sep 2020 at 7:14pm - Scientists are warning about the consequences of vast swathes of ground thawing in Siberia.

How have Covid rules changed in Europe? - 17 Sep 2020 at 4:02am - What are European countries doing to control new coronavirus outbreaks?

A cold, flu or coronavirus - which one do I have? - 16 Sep 2020 at 7:04pm - A blocked or runny nose, a sore throat and a cough are common, especially in the winter. But how do you know if you have coronavirus?

Coronavirus symptoms: What are they and how do I protect myself? - 16 Sep 2020 at 3:49am - A new continuous cough and fever are also symptoms but how do you know what to look for?

Violence and hostility: Inside the French police - 15 Sep 2020 at 7:01pm - French journalist Valentin Gendrot describes the two years he spent undercover as a French police officer.

Belarus protests: Police target female protesters - 13 Sep 2020 at 4:18pm - Tens of thousands of people have been marching in the capital Minsk and other cities.

Prosecutors from 15 countries tackle Odebrecht corruption - 16 Feb 2017 at 2:35pm - RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) ? Prosecutors from 15 countries are meeting in Brazil to discuss implications of the sprawling corruption scandal at the Odebrecht construction company.

US ready to work with Russia 'if it benefits Americans' - 16 Feb 2017 at 2:24pm -

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday said his country will work with Russia if doing so benefits Americans, as Moscow pressed the Trump administration to live up to its promises of improving ties. The cautious statement came after Tillerson's first meeting with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on the sidelines of a G20 gathering in the German city of Bonn. "The United States will consider working with Russia when we can find areas of practical cooperation that will benefit the American people," Tillerson told reporters.




Key powers push Syria truce as regime, rebels make no progress - 16 Feb 2017 at 2:22pm -

Syrian regime and rebel representatives failed Thursday to make any breakthroughs at talks in Kazakhstan, as key powerbrokers Russia, Turkey and Iran sought to shore up a shaky ceasefire. The meeting was the second time key players Moscow, Tehran and Ankara have brought the warring sides to the Kazakh capital of Astana, and comes ahead of a new round of UN-led talks on Syria in Geneva on February 23.




Roman Polanski in legal bid to return to US: lawyer - 16 Feb 2017 at 2:17pm -

Fugitive movie director Roman Polanski plans to return to the United States, his lawyer said Thursday, and is seeking assurances he will do no further jail time over the statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl. The award-winning director of "The Pianist" and "Chinatown" has been on the run for almost 40 years but claims he reached a plea deal in the case which would keep him out of jail, attorney Harland Braun told AFP. Braun has written to Los Angeles County Superior Court judge Scott Gordon to unseal a secret transcript of the testimony of the prosecutor in the Polanski case.




Take a breath: Stocks slow down after a record-setting run - 16 Feb 2017 at 1:36pm -

NEW YORK (AP) ? Stocks around the world pulled back Thursday following a record-setting run that marked the longest winning streak in over 3 years for the S&P 500 index. U.S. stock indexes receded from their latest all-time highs reached a day earlier. The dollar's value fell against rival currencies, and Treasury yields fell as bond prices rose. Energy companies fell the most.




AP Interview: Dutch lawmaker insists on 'de-Islamization' - 16 Feb 2017 at 1:16pm -

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) ? Geert Wilders, the Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker who is at the vanguard of a wave of European far-right populists aiming to take power at elections this year, vowed Thursday to push ahead with his platform to "de-Islamisize" the Netherlands ? despite lawyers saying it could breach the Dutch constitution ? and to quit the European Union.




Trump presses showdown with intelligence agencies - 16 Feb 2017 at 12:46pm -

President Donald Trump pressed his attacks on US intelligence agencies Thursday, vowing to catch "low-life leakers" amid a battle over contacts with Russia that led to the ouster of his national security adviser. The latest flurry of presidential salvoes came amid reports that Trump plans to name a New York billionaire, Stephen Feinberg, to lead a sweeping review of the US intelligence agencies, raising fears of a bid to curtail their independence. Since firing his top security aide on Monday night, Trump has lashed out repeatedly at the community, portraying the leaks that prompted Michael Flynn's departure as a bid to undermine his legitimacy.




Dutch to bring back Cold War warriors as trainers - 16 Feb 2017 at 12:29pm -

The Netherlands plans to bring back retired military officers to train a new generation of soldiers in the "forgotten" art of Cold War tactics, including large-scale battles, a news report said Thursday. "These former officers were schooled during the Cold War and can give tips and tricks for commanders when they have to direct brigades of more than 4,000 soldiers on the battlefield," the Algemeen Dagblad said. The idea to "re-recruit" former commanders comes from Dutch general Leo Beulen, who so far has been one of two retired soldiers to be pulled back in, with more in the pipeline.




Bangladesh accused of harassing garment worker activists - 16 Feb 2017 at 11:55am - DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) ? An international human rights group has accused Bangladesh authorities of harassing and intimidating garment worker leaders and rights activists, saying 34 of them have been arrested since December on charges it alleged were politically motivated.

Mariano Rajoy, solidly in charge in Spain - 16 Feb 2017 at 11:53am -

Often criticised for his "wait-and-see" approach, Spain's conservative Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has outfoxed rivals to govern without serious competition, making him a rare European leader to survive the region's debt crisis. The 61-year-old was re-elected at the helm of the Popular Party (PP) this month with 95 percent of the vote, a result comparable only to German Chancellor Angela Merkel's score when she was last re-elected chairwoman of her CDU. No candidate challenged Rajoy's bid to remain at the PP's helm, while opposition parties were exhausted by internal conflicts.