Dutch MPs vote to approve cannabis cultivation for first time

Dutch MPs vote to approve cannabis cultivation for first time

Image copyright AP Image caption The Netherlands tolerates the sale of small amounts of cannabis The Dutch lower house of parliament has narrowly voted to approve the cultivation of cannabis. The bill would exempt professional growers working within certain conditions from punishment. But it is not yet law, as it must also get majority support […]

France ‘attack plot’: Three arrested

France ‘attack plot’: Three arrested

Image copyright AFP Image caption French security forces are on high alert after a series of deadly terror attacks Three people have been arrested in France on suspicion of plotting a terrorism attack, police sources say. A bomb disposal squad was called in to sweep the home of one of the suspects, in the central […]

Dozens of migrants drown off Libya

Dozens of migrants drown off Libya

Image copyright IFRC MENA Image caption Over 100 migrants are feared to have drowned while trying to cross the sea between Libya and Italy The bodies of 87 African migrants have washed ashore in the Libyan city of Zawiya, in the latest drowning tragedy to hit the region. It is believed they were trying to […]

Swede detained after Barcelona police fire on stolen butane gas truck

Media captionVideo shows police at the scene of the shooting Police in Barcelona have detained a man after shooting at a truck loaded with butane gas canisters that was speeding the wrong way along a highway. They opened fire on the vehicle as it headed towards the Spanish city’s harbour on Tuesday, officials said. The […]

Jean-Claude Juncker: UK faces hefty Brexit bill

Jean-Claude Juncker: UK faces hefty Brexit bill

Image copyright Reuters European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has warned the UK it faces a “very hefty” bill for Brexit. He promised two years of “tough negotiation”, when discussions on leaving terms get under way between the government and the European Union. Exit will not come “at a discount or at zero cost”, he said […]

Azerbaijan President Aliyev makes wife Mehriban his deputy

Azerbaijan President Aliyev makes wife Mehriban his deputy

Image copyright AP Image caption Mehriban can now rule Azerbaijan if her husband is incapacitated Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev has appointed his wife Mehriban to serve as first vice-president, further tightening his grip on power in the oil-rich Caucasus republic. The appointment was announced on the presidential website. Ilham Aliyev has ruled Azerbaijan since the […]

‘Poisoned’ critic Vladimir Kara-Murza leaves Russia for treatment

‘Poisoned’ critic Vladimir Kara-Murza leaves Russia for treatment

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Vladimir Kara-Murza, pictured with Boris Nemstov in 2014, is well enough to leave Russia for treatment An outspoken Kremlin critic who fell into a coma two years after a suspected poisoning has left Russia for treatment abroad. Journalist Vladimir Kara-Murza, who works for pro-democracy group Open Russia, became ill […]

‘Poisoned’ critic Vladimir Kara-Murza leaves Russia for treatment

‘Poisoned’ critic Vladimir Kara-Murza leaves Russia for treatment

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Vladimir Kara-Murza, pictured with Boris Nemstov in 2014, is well enough to leave Russia for treatment An outspoken Kremlin critic who fell into a coma two years after a suspected poisoning has left Russia for treatment abroad. Journalist Vladimir Kara-Murza, who works for pro-democracy group Open Russia, became ill […]

Russia accepts passports issued by east Ukraine rebels

Russia accepts passports issued by east Ukraine rebels

Image copyright AP Image caption Civilians in both rebel-held areas (pictured) and areas under government control have been vulnerable to shelling President Vladimir Putin has announced that Russia is temporarily recognising passports and other identity documents issued by the self-proclaimed rebel republics in eastern Ukraine. Clashes between pro-Russian rebels and the Ukrainian army flared up […]

US ‘unwavering’ in support for Nato allies, says Pence

Media captionNato countries are failing to meet their commitments, Mike Pence said The US will be “unwavering” in its support for Nato, vice-president Mike Pence told European leaders at the Munich Security Conference. In the first major foreign policy address for the Trump administration, Mr Pence said the US would “stand with Europe today and […]