Three Air France shirt ripping protesters found guilty

Media captionAir France human resources manager Xavier Broseta was forced to climb over a fence to escape Three former Air France employees have been found guilty of ripping the shirts from the backs of two executives fleeing a meeting about job cuts. A French court gave the men suspended sentences of three to four months […]

Fiat heir Lapo Elkann ‘faked own kidnapping’ in New York

Fiat heir Lapo Elkann ‘faked own kidnapping’ in New York

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Fiat heir Lapo Elkann called his family to say he had been kidnapped An heir to the Fiat fortune stands accused of falsely claiming he had been kidnapped by a transgender prostitute. Lapo Elkann called his family from New York to demand a $10,000 (£8,000) ransom “to guarantee his safety”, […]

Kirkorov plagiarism row: French disco musician held in Russia

Kirkorov plagiarism row: French disco musician held in Russia

Image copyright AP Image caption Philipp Kirkorov is one of Russia’s best known pop singers French composer Didier Marouani has been detained in Moscow after a Russian pop star accused him of extortion. Marouani and his lawyer were held at a bank where they said they hoped to meet the singer, Philipp Kirkorov, to settle […]

Germany extremism: Intelligence agency employee arrested over Islamist comments

Germany extremism: Intelligence agency employee arrested over Islamist comments

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption German media report the Cologne headquarters were the target of a planned attack An employee of the German intelligence agency (BfV) has been arrested after making Islamist statements and sharing agency material, German media report. A BfV spokesman did not confirm a report in Die Welt newspaper that the […]

Turkish schoolgirls die in dormitory fire in Adana province

Turkish schoolgirls die in dormitory fire in Adana province

Image copyright AFP Image caption The dormitory housed impoverished girls from villages with no schools Eleven schoolgirls have died and at least 22 others were injured in a fire that swept through a school dormitory in southern Turkey, officials say. A woman who worked at the dormitory also died in the fire in the town […]

Islamic State conflict: Turkey says two soldiers missing in Syria

Islamic State conflict: Turkey says two soldiers missing in Syria

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Turkish forces have been engaged in a ground offensive against IS since September Turkish military officials say they have lost contact with two of their soldiers in northern Syria, where they are engaged in an offensive against so-called Islamic State. IS claimed via its news agency that its militants had […]

Germany extremism: Spy agency employee arrested over Islamist comments

Germany extremism: Spy agency employee arrested over Islamist comments

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption German media report the Cologne headquarters were the target of a planned attack An employee of the German intelligence agency (BfV) has been arrested after making Islamist statements and sharing agency material, German media report. A BfV spokesman quoted by Reuters news agency did not confirm a report in […]

Russia hackers: German spy chief Kahl warns of election disruption

Russia hackers: German spy chief Kahl warns of election disruption

Image copyright AP Image caption Bruno Kahl said there was a “kind of pressure on public discourse and democracy which is unacceptable” Germany’s foreign intelligence chief has warned that Russia could seek to disrupt next year’s German elections with cyber attacks. Bruno Kahl said his agency was aware of cyber attacks with no other purpose […]

German spy chief Kahl warns Russia ‘could disrupt elections’

German spy chief Kahl warns Russia ‘could disrupt elections’

Image copyright AP Image caption Bruno Kahl said there was a “kind of pressure on public discourse and democracy which is unacceptable” Germany’s foreign intelligence chief has warned that Russia could seek to disrupt next year’s German elections with cyber attacks. Bruno Kahl said his agency was aware of cyber attacks with no other purpose […]

Merkel reaches out to tearful Afghan refugee boy

Media captionEdris from Afghanistan told Chancellor Merkel he was “very happy” An Afghan boy thanked German Chancellor Angela Merkel and shed a few tears in front of her Christian Democrat (CDU) supporters, during an emotional debate on the migrant crisis. Earlier a CDU activist urged Mrs Merkel to resign, condemning her “laissez-faire” refugee policy as […]