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Serzh Sargsyan: Armenian PM resigns after days of protests

Serzh Sargsyan: Armenian PM resigns after days of protests

Media captionSupporters mob Armenian protest leader Nikol Pashinyan after PM resigns There were scenes of jubilation on Monday in the Armenian capital Yerevan after protests forced the resignation of Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan. Opposition supporters accused Mr Sargsyan, who was made prime minister last week after serving 10 years as president, of clinging to power. […]

Paris attack suspect Salah Abdeslam jailed in Belgium

Paris attack suspect Salah Abdeslam jailed in Belgium

Image copyright Belgian/French police Salah Abdeslam, the sole surviving suspect from the 2015 Paris attacks, has been jailed for 20 years in Belgium over a gunfight that led to his arrest. Abdeslam, 28, and co-defendant Sofien Ayari were both convicted of terror-related charges of attempted murder. Ayari, 24, was also given a 20-year sentence. Both […]

France approves controversial immigration bill

France approves controversial immigration bill

Image copyright EPA Image caption The vote opened fractures in President Emmanuel Macron’s governing centrist party The French National Assembly has passed a tough new immigration law that tightens the rules around asylum. The bill shortens asylum application deadlines, doubles the time for which illegal migrants can be detained, and introduces a one-year prison sentence […]

UK will leave customs union, insists PM’s office

UK will leave customs union, insists PM’s office

Image copyright BBC/AFP/PA Image caption Remainer Chuka Umunna (l) and Brexiteer Liam Fox (r) have differing views on the customs union The government has restated its commitment to leaving the EU’s custom union – ahead of a symbolic vote on the issue this week. Last Wednesday, the government suffered defeat on the EU Withdrawal Bill […]

Andrea Nahles: First woman to lead Germany’s social democrats

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Ms Nahles formerly served as labour minister Germany’s junior partner in the ruling coalition, the Social Democrats (SPD), has elected its first female leader in the party’s 154-year history. Former Labour Minister Andrea Nahles was chosen to replace Martin Schulz, who resigned after the SPD’s worst result since 1933 in […]

Armenia unrest: Protesters rally after leader detained

Armenia unrest: Protesters rally after leader detained

Media captionThere were scuffles as Nikol Pashinyan was detained Thousands of anti-government protesters have rallied defiantly in the Armenian capital Yerevan after riot police seized their leader. Nikol Pashinyan was arrested after televised talks with Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan collapsed. In a tense exchange, the opposition MP insisted the PM should quit and Mr Sargsyan […]

Armenia unrest: Police detain protest leader Nikol Pashinyan

Armenia unrest: Police detain protest leader Nikol Pashinyan

Image copyright AFP Image caption Nikol Pashinyan has called on supporters to launch a “velvet revolution” Police in Armenia have detained an opposition MP who has been leading anti-government protests. Nikol Pashinyan was picked up after Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan cut short a televised meeting between the two. During their three-minute confrontation Mr Pashinyan insisted […]

Armenian leaders face crunch talks after protests

Armenian leaders face crunch talks after protests

Image copyright AFP Image caption Opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan has called for a “velvet revolution” The organiser of anti-government protests in Armenia says he will hold talks with Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan early on Sunday. Nikol Pashinyan has been leading calls for Mr Sargsyan to resign over a constitutional change that opponents say is an […]

Armenia leader intervenes in protest against predecessor

Armenia leader intervenes in protest against predecessor

Image copyright AFP Image caption Arrests were made in the Armenian capital on Saturday The new president of Armenia has intervened personally with opposition supporters protesting at his predecessor’s attempts to retain power. Armen Sargsyan walked up to the leader of the protests in the capital Yerevan to shake hands and chat briefly, apparently to […]

Syria ‘chemical’ attack: Experts finally visit Douma site

Syria ‘chemical’ attack: Experts finally visit Douma site

Media captionA short guide to the Syrian civil war International chemical weapons experts have finally inspected the site of a suspected attack near Damascus which caused an international crisis. The team from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) travelled to the town of Douma and collected samples and other items. Last week […]

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