France ‘burkini ban’: Court to rule on beach fines

France ‘burkini ban’: Court to rule on beach fines

Image copyright EPA/AP Image caption The bans largely affect beaches on the French Rivera, but few towns have issued fines A top French court is being asked to overturn bans imposed by 26 towns on women wearing full-body swimsuits known as “burkinis” on the beach. A human rights group and an anti-Islamophobia association argue the […]

Rio 2016 Paralympics: Vladimir Putin says Russia ban is ‘immoral’ and ‘inhumane’

Rio 2016 Paralympics: Vladimir Putin says Russia ban is ‘immoral’ and ‘inhumane’

Russia finished fourth in the medal table at the Rio Olympics with 56, including 19 gold Russian President Vladimir Putin says the country’s Paralympics ban is “outside the bounds of law, morality and humanity”. The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) suspended Russia from the Rio Games starting on 7 September because of state-sponsored doping. Putin said […]

Turkey warns Syrian Kurds to withdraw east of Euphrates

Turkey warns Syrian Kurds to withdraw east of Euphrates

Image copyright AP Image caption Turkish forces helped Syrian rebels take the border town of Jarablus on Wednesday Turkey has threatened further intervention in northern Syria unless Kurdish-led forces fully withdraw east of the River Euphrates within a week. On Wednesday, Turkish forces helped Syrian rebels take the border town of Jarablus from so-called Islamic […]

Italy earthquake: Death toll reaches 247 amid rescue efforts

Media captionChildren pulled from Italian earthquake rubble alive The death toll in the Italian earthquake has risen to at least 247 as thousands of rescuers continue efforts to find survivors. Dozens are believed trapped in ruined Amatrice, Accumoli and Pescara del Tronto, in mountainous central Italy. Rescuers have advised journalists and bystanders to leave Amatrice […]

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 […]

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 […]

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