Zuckerberg’s European Parliament testimony criticised

Zuckerberg’s European Parliament testimony criticised

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Zuckerberg stayed beyond the allotted 75 minutes but did not answer all questions put to him Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has apologised to EU lawmakers for the company’s role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal and for allowing fake news to proliferate on its platform. Mr Zuckerberg apologised for […]

Israel complains over Dutch TV Eurovision parody

Israel complains over Dutch TV Eurovision parody

Image caption Critics say the parody draws on anti-Semitic themes The Israeli embassy in the Netherlands has lodged a complaint over a parody of Israel’s Eurovision winner that criticised Israeli policies and prompted accusations of anti-Semitism. The skit on Netta Barzilai’s Toy was broadcast on Saturday during a primetime satirical show. The parody drew on […]

Belarus slams UK embassy over rainbow flag on day against homophobia

Belarus slams UK embassy over rainbow flag on day against homophobia

Image copyright Instagram – UK embassy in Minsk Image caption A video of the flag was posted on the embassy’s Instagram account Belarus has slammed the UK embassy in Minsk for flying a rainbow flag on the International Day Against Homophobia, calling LGBT relationships “fake”. In a lengthy statement, the Interior Ministry said the UK […]

Danish minister Stojberg provokes Ramadan row

Danish minister Stojberg provokes Ramadan row

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ms Stojberg argues that an 18-hour fast could affect safety in some jobs in Denmark Denmark’s immigration minister has been widely rebuffed after she suggested Muslims should take time off work during Ramadan because of potential safety risks to the rest of society. Inger Stojberg, who has a reputation […]

Sweden sends out leaflets on how to prepare for war

Sweden sends out leaflets on how to prepare for war

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The leaflet suggests having candles and tea lights at the ready in case the electricity supply fails Salmon balls, tea lights and wet wipes. These are just some of the things Sweden has advised every household to stock up on in the case of war. Its government has sent […]

Turkey coup trial: Court to jail 104 ex-military for life

Turkey coup trial: Court to jail 104 ex-military for life

Media captionMr Erdogan addressed an Istanbul crowd a year after the failed coup A Turkish court has sentenced 104 former military officers to life in prison for their involvement in a 2016 coup attempt, state media report. They were given “aggravated life sentences”, which come with tougher terms than a normal life sentence. The country’s […]

Italy populist government pact: Candidate for prime minister named

Italy populist government pact: Candidate for prime minister named

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Lawyer Giuseppe Conte (at right, with Luigi Di Maio) is the preferred choice of the populists for PM Law professor Giuseppe Conte has been named as the choice of the Five Star Movement and League to lead the coalition government. The leaders of the two parties have been holding […]

French Muslim student Maryam Pougetoux hits back over headscarf claims

French Muslim student Maryam Pougetoux hits back over headscarf claims

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Maryam Pougetoux received abuse on social media after appearing on TV while wearing her headscarf A French student union leader who has been accused by ministers of using her headscarf for political gain has hit back, calling the claims “pathetic”. France’s interior minister has personally criticised Maryam Pougetoux, who […]

German police stop ‘truant’ families at airport

German police stop ‘truant’ families at airport

Image copyright AFP Image caption German police are on the lookout for parents defying school rules Police carrying out checks at an airport in southern Germany discovered several school-aged children travelling ahead of the holidays. Reports concerning 10 families have now been sent to education officials in Bavaria, German media report. It is believed the […]

U-turn over Facebook chief’s EU meeting

U-turn over Facebook chief’s EU meeting

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Zuckerberg previously answered two days of questions from US lawmakers In a change of plan, the public will be able to watch Mark Zuckerberg’s response to European Parliament leaders’ privacy concerns. The body’s president, Antonio Tajani, has tweeted that tomorrow’s 75-minute meeting would be livestreamed. Earlier, news that […]