Europe

Russia charges cyber-security experts with treason

Two former cyber-security experts at Russia’s FSB intelligence agency and another at a software firm have been charged with treason, a lawyer says. Ex-FSB men Sergei Mikhailov and Dmitry Dokuchayev, and an executive at the anti-virus software firm Kaspersky, Ruslan

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Marine Le Pen: Deadline passes for National Front leader to repay EU funds

A European Parliament deadline for France’s far-right leader Marine Le Pen to return more than €300,000 (£257,000; $321,000) it says she has misspent, has passed. The presidential candidate had until midnight to repay the money, but said she had no

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Woman is glassed in the face and scarred for life all because she smiled at someone

THIS is the horrifying moment a 25-year-old was glassed in the face – all because she SMILED at another woman she thought she knew. Rosie Skitt, from Jordanthorpe, Sheffield, was left scarred for life after Charlotte Green, 20, slammed a wine glass

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Theresa May in Turkey: UK agrees £100m defence deal

Britain has agreed a £100m defence deal to help develop fighter jets for the Turkish air force. The announcement came as UK Prime Minister Theresa May met the Turkish president and prime minister in Ankara. Mrs May said the defence

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Former VW boss investigated over emissions fraud

The former boss of VW may have known the carmaker was cheating on emissions tests earlier than he admitted, German prosecutors have said. Martin Winterkorn quit in September 2015 after VW admitted to using software to lower the emissions from

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Free soda: France bans unlimited sugary drink refills

Restaurants and other spaces catering to the public in France have been banned from offering unlimited sugary drinks in an effort to reduce obesity. It is now illegal to sell unlimited soft drinks at a fixed price or offer them

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Turkey threatens to cancel migrant deal over Greek coup ruling

Turkey has threatened to cancel a deal with the European Union on taking back migrants who cross over to Greece. Turkish officials are unhappy about a decision by the Greek Supreme Court not to extradite a group of eight Turkish

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Pope Francis warns against rise in populism

Pope Francis has warned against a rise in populism and the dangers of allowing political crises to usher in dictators like Hitler. He made the comments as Donald Trump was being sworn-in as US president in a wide-ranging interview with

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Marine Le Pen hails patriotism as the policy of the future

French National Front (FN) leader Marine Le Pen has told a meeting of right-wing politicians in Germany that patriotism is the policy of the future. The presidential candidate predicted that voters in France, Germany and the Netherlands would follow their

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Germany spends more on defence but misses Nato target

Germany plans to boost defence spending by nearly €2bn (£1.7bn; $2.1bn) this year – but it will remain far short of the Nato target. Nato estimates for 2016 show that only five alliance members – the US, UK, Greece, Poland

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Italy Rigopiano avalanche: Dozens missing under snow and rubble

Rescuers have removed three bodies from a hotel engulfed by an avalanche in central Italy as a desperate search for up to 35 other people continues. Heavy snow and disruption caused by multiple earthquakes have hindered rescue efforts in the

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Istanbul Reina attack suspect says nightclub was chosen at random

The man suspected of killing 39 people in an attack on the Reina nightclub in Istanbul on New Year’s Eve said the venue was chosen at random, local media report. Abdulgadir Masharipov said so-called Islamic State (IS) initially told him

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European Parliament election: Antonio Tajani new president

Italian conservative Antonio Tajani has been elected the new president of the European Parliament. Mr Tajani, 63, is a former spokesman for Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi and an ex-European commissioner. He defeated another Italian, Gianni Pitella, and will take over from

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Prisoner has right to internet – European Court

A Lithuanian man in jail was unjustly denied access to the internet by authorities, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has found. The court said he had a right to freedom of expression, enshrined in the European Convention on

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European vegetables: ‘Perfect storm’ raises prices

Bad weather in Italy and Spain is likely to significantly increase the price of vegetables across northern Europe, food suppliers and supermarkets have told . One supplier said that a combination of flooding, cold weather and poor light levels had

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