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England’s first ‘prisoner of war’ discovered

England’s first ‘prisoner of war’ discovered

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The earliest use of “prisoner of war” in England appears after the Battle of Poitiers, fought in 1356 The earliest known use of the term “prisoner of war” in England has been discovered by a historian at the University of Southampton. Court documents from 1357 show the term first […]

Denmark Facebook sex video: More than 1,000 young people charged

Denmark Facebook sex video: More than 1,000 young people charged

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A police superintendent said the charges come as a warning to young people never to share sex videos. More than 1,000 young people have been charged by police in Denmark with distributing sexually explicit material. They are accused of using Facebook Messenger to share indecent video clips of two […]

Romania loses second PM in seven months

Romania loses second PM in seven months

Image copyright EPA Image caption Mr Tudose has served for less than seven months in the post Romania has lost its second prime minister in seven months after Mihai Tudose’s own political party withdrew its backing. The Social Democrat prime minister said he was resigning “with his head high”, AFP news agency says. The party […]

Black Death ‘spread by humans not rats’

Black Death ‘spread by humans not rats’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption The bite of rat-borne fleas infected with the bubonic plague has been blamed for disease transmission during the medieval pandemic Rats were not to blame for the spread of plague during the Black Death, according to a study. The rodents and their fleas were thought to have spread […]

Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan dies suddenly aged 46

Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan dies suddenly aged 46

Image copyright Getty Images The Cranberries lead singer Dolores O’Riordan has died suddenly at the age of 46, her publicist has confirmed. The Irish musician, originally from Limerick, led the band to international success in the 90s with singles including Linger and Zombie. A statement from her publicist said: “The lead singer with the Irish […]

Syria war: Turkey denounces US ‘terror army’ plan for border

Syria war: Turkey denounces US ‘terror army’ plan for border

Image copyright AFP Image caption About half of the border force will be made up of Syrian Democratic Forces fighters Key powers involved in Syria’s civil war have criticised US plans to help an allied Kurdish-led militia set up a 30,000-strong “border security force”. Turkey’s president vowed to “suffocate” efforts to begin training members of […]

France’s ‘Black Widow of the Riviera’ tried over poisonings

France’s ‘Black Widow of the Riviera’ tried over poisonings

Image copyright AFP Image caption Police say Ms Dagorn allegedly asked her victims for money, or to name her in their wills A woman who has been dubbed “the Black Widow of the Riviera” has gone on trial in the south of France, accused of seducing and poisoning four elderly men – two of whom […]

Elderly Germans lose bingo in legal scare

Elderly Germans lose bingo in legal scare

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption No large sums changed hands at the German bingo evenings (archive pic) A care home provider in Cologne has suspended its popular bingo evenings for the elderly because it does not have a licence for gambling. An accountant said SBK-Köln’s bingo evenings could be illegal, after spotting that a […]

Spain to replace US as second most popular tourism spot

Spain to replace US as second most popular tourism spot

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Spain is now set to become the world’s second most visited destination Spain is set to replace the US as the world’s second most popular tourism location, with France retaining top spot, according to the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Overall, the number of international tourist arrivals grew 7% […]

RAF intercepts Russian bombers near UK ‘area of interest’

RAF intercepts Russian bombers near UK ‘area of interest’

Image copyright MOD Image caption The RAF has previously intercepted Russian bombers flying over the North Sea, including this operation from 2015 Two Russian Blackjack bombers were intercepted by the RAF over the North Sea as they were approaching a UK “area of interest”, the RAF has confirmed. Two RAF Typhoon fighter jets were scrambled […]