RAF jets escort plane to Birmingham airport

RAF jets escort plane to Birmingham airport

Image copyright RON KOSYS Image caption The Saab 340 travelling from Bucharest landed in Birmingham at about 07:30 GMT RAF jets intercepted a foreign plane after the aircraft lost communications, the Ministry of Defence has said. Two Typhoons were dispatched from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire following the alert involving an aircraft with three crew, which […]

French Republicans back embattled Fillon

French Republicans back embattled Fillon

Image copyright AFP Image caption Francois Fillon has branded the allegations against him “a political assassination” Leaders of the French centre-right have unanimously backed embattled presidential candidate Francois Fillon after an emergency meeting. Mr Fillon, once the front-runner, has lost much of his support after being told he faces formal investigation for embezzlement. He denies […]

France election: Juppe refuses to stand instead of crisis-hit Fillon

France election: Juppe refuses to stand instead of crisis-hit Fillon

Image copyright AFP/EPA Image caption Francois Fillon (L) will not lose his place to Alain Juppe (R) Alain Juppe, the leading candidate to replace under-fire French presidential hopeful Francois Fillon, says he will not run, despite pressure to do so. Mr Fillon has denied allegations that members of his family were paid taxpayers’ money for […]

France election: Juppe will not replace scandal-hit Fillon

France election: Juppe will not replace scandal-hit Fillon

Image copyright AFP/EPA Image caption Francois Fillon (L) will not lose his place to Alain Juppe (R) Alain Juppe, the leading candidate to replace under-fire French presidential hopeful Francois Fillon, says he will not run, despite pressure to do so. Mr Fillon has denied allegations that members of his family were paid taxpayers’ money for […]

Troadec case: Brother-in-law admits murdering missing family of four

Troadec case: Brother-in-law admits murdering missing family of four

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Troadec family were last seen on 16 February A relative of a French family of four who have been missing since mid-February has admitted killing them, media reports say. Pascal Troadec’s former brother-in-law, named as Hubert C, reportedly told investigators he had killed them in a row about the […]

Poland aims to thwart Tusk bid for new term as EU leader

Poland aims to thwart Tusk bid for new term as EU leader

Image copyright afp/epa Image caption The EU’s Donald Tusk (left) is not under much pressure from Polish rival Jacek Saryusz-Wolski The Polish government has put forward its own candidate to rival Donald Tusk, the EU’s Polish leader who is seeking a new 30-month term later this week. Such national hostility to a fellow countryman is […]

Ukraine conflict: Russia accused of terrorism and discrimination at ICJ

Ukraine conflict: Russia accused of terrorism and discrimination at ICJ

Image copyright AP Image caption There has been an upsurge in fighting in eastern Ukraine The International Court of Justice in The Hague is hearing a case brought by Ukraine against Russia, accusing Moscow of illegally annexing Crimea and illicitly funding separatist rebels. Ukraine is seeking compensation for what it describes as terrorist acts committed […]

Fillon France election: ‘No one can stop me’ says candidate

Fillon France election: ‘No one can stop me’ says candidate

Image copyright AP Image caption Francois Fillon braved the rain to address supporters Beleaguered French politician Francois Fillon has declared “no one can stop” his bid for the presidency after a mass rally attended by thousands in Paris. The centre-right candidate insisted he would not be standing down during an interview on French television, despite […]

Turkey’s Erdogan makes Nazi jibe over Germany rally ban

Media captionMr Erdogan made his controversial remarks at a Women’s Day rally in Istanbul Turkey’s president has compared German officials to Nazis, in the latest escalation in a war of words. Recep Tayyip Erdogan hit out after German authorities cancelled rallies designed to woo ethnic Turkish voters in Germany ahead of a key referendum. “Your […]

Fillon France election: ‘No one can stop me’ says candidate

Fillon France election: ‘No one can stop me’ says candidate

Image copyright AP Image caption French conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon braved the rain to address supporters Beleaguered French politician Francois Fillon has declared “no one can stop” his bid for the presidency after a mass rally attended by thousands in Paris. Mr Fillon insisted he would not be standing down during an interview on […]