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Madrid Ritz: One dead and 11 hurt in scaffolding collapse

Madrid Ritz: One dead and 11 hurt in scaffolding collapse

Image copyright EPA Image caption The Ritz Hotel in Madrid is currently undergoing a renovation One person has died and 11 are injured after scaffolding collapsed at the Ritz Hotel in Madrid, where building work has been under way. The city’s emergency services said part of the sixth floor had come down, with reports it […]

Walmart to stop selling clothing with Soviet symbols, Lithuania says

Walmart to stop selling clothing with Soviet symbols, Lithuania says

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption The hammer and sickle featured on the flag of the Soviet Union Walmart will no longer sell clothing with Soviet hammer and sickle symbols, Lithuanian officials have said. The country’s ambassador to the US complained that they insulted victims of Soviet-era persecution. The Lithuanian foreign ministry said it had received […]

Pussy Riot’s Pyotr Verzilov ‘likely poisoned’, doctors say

Pussy Riot’s Pyotr Verzilov ‘likely poisoned’, doctors say

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Pyotr Verzilov arrived in Berlin on a special medical transport plane An activist with Russian protest group Pussy Riot who was taken ill after a court hearing last week was probably the victim of a poisoning attempt, German doctors treating him have said. Pyotr Verzilov, 30, was flown to Berlin […]

Celia Barquín: European golf champion murdered in Iowa

Celia Barquín: European golf champion murdered in Iowa

Image copyright EGA Image caption Celia Barquín Arozamena won the European Amateur Championship in July A man has been charged with murder, hours after prominent Spanish golfer Celia Barquín Arozamena was found dead on an Iowa golf course. Barquín, 22, won the European Ladies’ Amateur championship in July and was a leading student athlete at […]

Russia blames Israel after military plane shot down off Syria

Russia blames Israel after military plane shot down off Syria

Image copyright Alamy Image caption The Il-20 aircraft was returning to a Russian base on the north-western coast of Syria (file photo) Russia has said Syria shot down one of its military planes – but laid the blame for the deaths of the 15 personnel on board with Israel. The defence ministry said Israeli jets […]

Chemnitz unrest: German top spy Maassen under fire

Chemnitz unrest: German top spy Maassen under fire

Image copyright AFP Image caption Far-right activists have been demonstrating in Chemnitz for weeks Political pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel to sack Germany’s domestic intelligence chief, Hans-Georg Maassen, will reach a climax on Tuesday. Mrs Merkel is to meet her coalition partners to examine the spy boss’s controversial response to recent far-right unrest in Chemnitz. […]

Russian military plane vanishes from radar over Syria

Russian military plane vanishes from radar over Syria

A Russian military aircraft with 14 people on board has disappeared from radar after flying over Syria, Russia’s defence ministry says. “Connection has been lost with the crew of a Russian Il-20 plane over the Mediterranean Sea,” the ministry said. Contact was lost at about 23:00 local time (20:00 GMT) on Monday, it added. Russia […]

Alexander Perepilichnyy possible MI6 links to stay secret

Alexander Perepilichnyy possible MI6 links to stay secret

Image caption The inquest is looking at whether Alexander Perepilichnyy died of natural causes or was unlawfully killed The government can keep secret the details of whether there were any links between British spies and a Russian businessman who died in mysterious circumstances, a coroner has ruled. Alexander Perepilichnyy, 44, collapsed in November 2012 when […]

CCTV footage of 85-year-old tackling armed raiders goes viral

CCTV footage of 85-year-old tackling armed raiders goes viral

Media captionThe attempted robbery was over in about 30 seconds An 85-year-old great grandfather who tackled would-be robbers wielding a sawn-off shotgun and hammers has become an internet hit. Denis O’Connor was in the Bar One Racing office in Glanmire, County Cork, on Saturday when three raiders burst through the door. One jumped the counter […]

MH17 crash: Dutch ask Russia to submit new claims

MH17 crash: Dutch ask Russia to submit new claims

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 was brought down over eastern Ukraine as conflict raged on the ground Dutch prosecutors investigating the downing of flight MH17 have said they will study any information that Russia provides, after its officials said they had proof the missile that hit the plane was in […]