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French Open 2017: Champion Jelena Ostapenko believes anything is possible

French Open 2017: Champion Jelena Ostapenko believes anything is possible

Ostapenko will rise to 12th in the world rankings after winning Roland Garros French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko believes “anything is possible” with the all-out attacking style which brought her a first Grand Slam title. The Latvian, 20, hit 54 winners on her way to a “dream” 4-6 6-4 6-3 win over Romania’s Simona Halep. […]

‘Confidence’ deal agreed to back May

‘Confidence’ deal agreed to back May

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Any agreement between Theresa May’s Conservatives and Arlene Foster’s Democratic Unionists would come into force when Parliament returns The Democratic Unionist Party have agreed in principle a “confidence and supply” deal to support a Conservative government, it has been announced. Theresa May was left eight seats short of an […]

Madrid cracks down on ‘manspreading’ on public transport

Madrid cracks down on ‘manspreading’ on public transport

Image copyright Getty Images Transport chiefs in the Spanish capital, Madrid, have launched a campaign discouraging “manspreading” – men encroaching on other seats by sitting with their legs wide apart. Bus operator EMT is putting up new signs showing a seated male figure, legs akimbo, next to a big red cross. A similar campaign is […]

French Open: Jelena Ostapenko beats Simona Halep to win first Grand Slam

French Open: Jelena Ostapenko beats Simona Halep to win first Grand Slam

Jelena Ostapenko became the lowest-ranked champion in French Open history Unseeded Jelena Ostapenko fought back to stun third seed Simona Halep and become Latvia’s first Grand Slam champion at the French Open. The 20-year-old trailed by a set and was 3-0 down in the second to Halep – who would have become world number one […]

French Open 2017: Simona Halep meets Jelena Ostapenko in women’s final

French Open 2017: Simona Halep meets Jelena Ostapenko in women’s final

Simona Halep (left) has won 15 titles in her career while Jelena Ostapenko has yet to win one Simona Halep and Jelena Ostapenko will meet in Saturday’s French Open final with a first Grand Slam title on the line for both women. Third seed Halep, who lost to Maria Sharapova in the 2014 final, began […]

Merkel says EU is ‘ready to start Brexit negotiations’

Merkel says EU is ‘ready to start Brexit negotiations’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption German chancellor Angela Merkel said the EU was ready to negotiate Angela Merkel has said she sees no obstacles in the way of beginning Brexit talks as scheduled after Theresa May failed to win a majority in Thursday’s UK election. The German chancellor said she believed Britain would stick to […]

Parents eye Austrian asylum in Italy vaccination dispute

Parents eye Austrian asylum in Italy vaccination dispute

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There is some resistance to mandatory vaccinations in Italy A group of German-speaking parents in northern Italy are so angry about a new requirement to get their children vaccinated that they plan to seek asylum in nearby Austria. The 130 families live in Alto Adige – also known as […]

UK vote: Still ready for Brexit, EU says

UK vote: Still ready for Brexit, EU says

Image copyright Reuters Image caption British PM Theresa May is now facing calls to resign The result of the UK election, with the ruling Conservatives unexpectedly losing their overall majority, has sent shockwaves across Europe and beyond. Politicians across the Continent have been questioning the impact on the Brexit talks. Jean-Claude Juncker, head of the […]

Juncker: EU needs stronger defence arm

Juncker: EU needs stronger defence arm

Image copyright EPA Image caption Nato held major exercises in north-eastern Poland last month EU nations must step up their military co-operation as they cannot simply rely on the US to defend them, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says. “Our deference to Nato can no longer be used as a convenient alibi to argue against […]

Catalonia plans October independence vote defying Spain

Catalonia plans October independence vote defying Spain

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Catalan leader (L) with the independence flag flown widely across the region The leader of Spain’s Catalonia region, Carles Puigdemont, has called an independence referendum for 1 October, in defiance of the Madrid government. The question will be: “Do you want Catalonia to be an independent state in the […]