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Swedish PM Lofven ousted in no confidence vote

Swedish PM Lofven ousted in no confidence vote

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Stefan Lofven has been PM for four years, but failed to survive the first weeks of the new government Sweden’s prime minister Stefan Lofven will have to stand down after losing the support of parliament. The nationalist Sweden Democrats (SD) backed the vote to remove him, weeks after a general […]

Iran nuclear deal: Plan put forward to dodge US sanctions

Iran nuclear deal: Plan put forward to dodge US sanctions

Image copyright Alexander Shcherbak/TASS/Getty Image caption Federica Mogherini (l) announced the EU’s plan alongside Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (r) The remaining members in the Iranian nuclear deal say they will set up a new payment system to maintain business with Iran and bypass US sanctions. The system would facilitate oil companies and businesses […]

Italy migrant crisis: Government passes tough bill

Italy migrant crisis: Government passes tough bill

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Thousands of migrants arrive in Italy every year after crossing the Mediterranean The Italian government has passed a decree which will make it easier to deport migrants and strip them of Italian citizenship. Migrants could now be expelled if they are found guilty of serious crimes such as rape and […]

Poland referred to European court over judges’ forced retirement

Poland referred to European court over judges’ forced retirement

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Head of Poland’s Supreme Court Malgorzata Gersdorf has called the new rules a “purge” Poland has been referred to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) over a rule which forced almost a third of the country’s top judges out of office. The government lowered the retirement age of Supreme Court […]

Michael Kors tipped to buy Versace $2bn

Michael Kors tipped to buy Versace $2bn

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Donatella Versace is artistic director of the Italian fashion house Versace, the Italian fashion house founded by Gianni Versace 40 years ago, is set to be bought by Michael Kors, according to reports. The US fashion group has agreed to buy the Italian firm in a deal worth about […]

Mud volcano erupts in Azerbaijan

Mud volcano erupts in Azerbaijan

Image copyright Ministry of Ecology of Azerbaijan Image caption Eruptions are expected to continue for some time A mud volcano has erupted in Azerbaijan, sending plumes of black smoke and flames up to 300m (980ft) into the sky. Government officials say cracks up to 40m deep have appeared in the area after the Otman-Bozdag volcano […]

Angela Merkel apologises over Maassen’s controversial promotion

Angela Merkel apologises over Maassen’s controversial promotion

Image copyright EPA Image caption Mrs Merkel admitted she had not paid enough attention to public perception Angela Merkel said she “regrets” her handling of a political scandal involving the country’s top spy – who was effectively promoted after making controversial remarks. Former domestic intelligence chief, Hans-Georg Maassen was told to quit after he cast […]

The Aquarius: Migrant rescue ship has registration revoked

The Aquarius: Migrant rescue ship has registration revoked

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Panama Maritime Authority (PMA) only registered the ship last month, after the Gibraltar authorities revoked its flag A rescue vessel operating in the central Mediterranean Sea has had its registration revoked, leaving its future operations in jeopardy. When the Aquarius next docks, it will have to remove its Panama […]

France removes toxic tyres from failed reef project

France removes toxic tyres from failed reef project

Image copyright AFP Image caption The tyres were sunk in the 1980s but are being removed again in stages Teams of divers are painstakingly lifting an artificial reef made of tens of thousands of old car tyres from the seafloor south of France, after it was found to spread pollution from toxic chemicals. The operation […]

Swiss voters reject ‘fair food’ plans

Swiss voters reject ‘fair food’ plans

Image caption Local, high-quality food is already popular – but the Swiss do not seem to want to pay more for ethical farming Voters in Switzerland have overwhelmingly rejected two proposals on ethical and sustainable food. Final results of the two nationwide polls show that more than 60% of people voted against them. The proposals […]

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