Libya conflict: IS ‘ejected’ from stronghold of Sirte

Libya conflict: IS ‘ejected’ from stronghold of Sirte

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Pro-unity government fighters smile after taking back the last IS-controlled area in Sirte Libyan forces are hunting down the last Islamic State (IS) jihadists in the city of Sirte, after ousting them from their former bastion. The fighters are said to be “hiding in fewer than 10 houses” in the […]

Theresa May ‘clear-eyed’ over Iran threat

Theresa May ‘clear-eyed’ over Iran threat

Image copyright AFP Image caption Theresa May is the first woman to be invited to the Gulf Cooperation Council summit Theresa May has said she is “clear-eyed” about the threat posed by Iran to the security of the Gulf and wider Middle East, in a speech in Bahrain. The prime minister stressed the importance of […]

Fifteen Saudi Shia sentenced to death for ‘spying for Iran’

Fifteen Saudi Shia sentenced to death for ‘spying for Iran’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Tensions between Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia and Shia-led Iran have escalated in the past year A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced 15 people to death for spying for Iran and handed 15 others prison terms ranging from six months to 25 years. They were among 32 men – comprising 30 […]

Italy’s Renzi to address party amid political turmoil

Italy’s Renzi to address party amid political turmoil

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Matteo Renzi favours early elections or a broad, caretaker government Italy’s outgoing Prime Minister Matteo Renzi will meet his centre-left Democratic Party (PD) on Wednesday, as he prepares to leave office after Sunday’s referendum defeat. However, there is confusion over who will run the country after he resigns. Mr […]

Banks fined £413m over euro rate rigging

Banks fined £413m over euro rate rigging

Image copyright Getty Images The European Commission has fined three banks €485m (£413m) for rigging a key European benchmark rate. The Euribor rate is used to calculate the value of many financial products worth billions of euros. HSBC, JPMorgan and Credit Agricole illegally exchanged sensitive Euribor information to make a profit on those products, the […]

Clares Rocket: ‘1m euro kidnapped greyhound’ found

Clares Rocket: ‘1m euro kidnapped greyhound’ found

Image copyright Imelda Grauer Image caption Clares Rocket is considered to be a “superstar” in greyhound racing, and has already notched up just under 54,000 euros (£45,800) in prize money The trainers of a kidnapped greyhound, believed to be worth up to 1m euros (£847,000) in stud fees, have said they are “delighted” the dog […]

Labour says MPs are entitled to Brexit plan details

Labour says MPs are entitled to Brexit plan details

Parliament is entitled to know details ahead of the UK’s negotiations with the EU, Labour said as MPs debated the government’s Brexit strategy. MPs are expected to vote in favour of the government’s timetable, of starting formal talks by the end of March, while also calling on the PM publish a “plan” beforehand. The government […]

Italy bank shares rise on bailout hopes

Italy bank shares rise on bailout hopes

Image copyright AFP Image caption Italian banks including Monte dei Paschi di Siena have been under pressure Shares in Italian banks have continued their recovery after falling sharply on Monday in response to Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s referendum defeat. Shares in Monte dei Paschi, one of Italy’s most troubled banks, rose nearly 9% on new […]

TalkTalk’s wi-fi hack advice is ‘astonishing’

TalkTalk’s wi-fi hack advice is ‘astonishing’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption TalkTalk was fined in October for its handling of an earlier security breach TalkTalk’s handling of a wi-fi password breach is being criticised by several cyber-security experts. The BBC has presented the company with evidence that many of its customers’ router credentials have been hacked, putting them at risk […]

YouTube denial after PewDiePie quit plan

YouTube denial after PewDiePie quit plan

Image copyright Getty Images YouTube has denied making changes to its algorithms, after its most popular star said he would delete his channel. Video gamer Felix Kjellberg, known as PewDiePie, suggested changes to YouTube’s algorithms had affected the discoverability of creators’ content. On Tuesday, a Forbes report named the Swedish gamer who now lives in […]