Belarus protests: Government defends mass arrests

Belarus protests: Government defends mass arrests

Image copyright AP Image caption Dozens were detained on Sunday, including human rights activist Tatyana Revyaka Belarus has defended the arrests of hundreds of people who were taking part in rare protests on Saturday. About 400 people were detained, and some beaten, in the protests against a tax on those classed as under-employed. More people […]

Alexei Navalny, Russian opposition leader, arrested in Moscow

Alexei Navalny, Russian opposition leader, arrested in Moscow

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Alexei Navalny was taken by police officers during a rally in central Moscow Russia’s main opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, has been arrested along with dozens of others at an anti-corruption protest he organised in the capital, Moscow, witnesses say. Protesters tried to prevent a police van from taking him away. […]

Germany’s Saarland state in bellwether vote for Merkel

Germany’s Saarland state in bellwether vote for Merkel

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Chancellor Angela Merkel – hoping for a fourth term An election in the German state of Saarland is being closely watched for signs of how Chancellor Angela Merkel might do in September’s national poll. It is governed by a coalition of her Christian Democrats and the Social Democrats as […]

EU summit: Leaders stress unity on Rome anniversary

EU summit: Leaders stress unity on Rome anniversary

Image copyright EPA Image caption Angela Merkel was among the 27 EU leaders to sign the declaration European Union leaders have stressed the need for unity at a celebration in the Italian capital marking 60 years since the Treaty of Rome was signed. Twenty-seven European Union countries, not including the UK, signed a new declaration […]

Belarus protests: Hundreds arrested after defying ban

Belarus protests: Hundreds arrested after defying ban

Image copyright EPA Police in Belarus have arrested hundreds of people during protests against a so-called “social parasites” tax on the under-employed. Thousands defied a ban to protest, taking to the streets of Minsk and other cities. Demonstrators shouted “Fascists!” at riot police. There have been weeks of sporadic protests against a $230 (£185) levy […]

Italy sex case dropped because woman ‘did not scream’

Italy sex case dropped because woman ‘did not scream’

Image copyright kieferpix/getty Image caption The alleged victim said she had “blocked out” what was happening (file photo) Italy’s justice minister has said he will investigate after a court acquitted a man of sexually assaulting a woman because she did not scream. The court in Turin ruled last month that the woman saying “enough” to […]

France’s Marine Le Pen urges end to Russia sanctions

France’s Marine Le Pen urges end to Russia sanctions

Image copyright AFP Image caption The meeting is a coup for Ms Le Pen Russian president Vladimir Putin has met France’s far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen in Moscow, saying she represents a “fast-growing element” of European politics. Mr Putin defended the meeting – a coup for Ms Le Pen – saying that he was […]

Louvre attack: Egyptian man, 29, believed to be assailant

Louvre attack: Egyptian man, 29, believed to be assailant

Image copyright AP Image caption This image has been circulating on French media – said to show the suspect on the floor of the Louvre museum French authorities say they believe the man who tried to attack the Louvre museum in the capital Paris on Friday was a 29-year-old Egyptian man. Prosecutor Francois Molins said […]