Frontrunner to succeed Merkel ‘sorry’ for joking amid fresh German floods

More flash-floods have devastated towns in Austria, Bavaria and eastern Germany, as the frontrunner to replace the chancellor, Angela Merkel, was forced to apologise after


Russia bans media outlet that published Vladimir Putin scoops

The Kremlin’s war on independent journalism in Russia has escalated after the Proekt investigative media outlet was outlawed in an act of revenge for a


Cocaine stash worth €9m lands on roof of home in Sardinia

Startled owners hear a loud bang and call the police, who find a black suitcase filled with drugs The suitcase stashed with cocaine was intended

Politics World

Britain acknowledges surprise at speed of Russian reaction to warship

British officials acknowledged they were taken by surprise by the speed of the Russian reaction to HMS Defender’s 36-minute passage through Crimean waters on Wednesday


Vladimir Putin refuses to guarantee Navalny will survive prison

Vladimir Putin has refused to give any guarantee that the opposition leader Alexei Navalny will get out of prison alive, saying his continued detention was


Nato summit: leaders declare China presents security risk

Nato leaders have declared China presents a security risk at their annual summit in Brussels, the first time the traditionally Russia-focused military alliance has asserted


Expect China to be furious at being cast as a threat to the west

When the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (Nato) was established on 4 April 1949, its mission was to counterbalance armies from the Soviet Union that were

Science World

Solar eclipse 2021: spectacle to be visible across UK and Ireland

Views of a partial solar eclipse will be “somewhat fleeting” across certain parts of the UK due to cloudy skies, forecasters have said. But those


Belarus airs more footage of detained journalist as family call it ‘hostage’ video

The family of the detained activist Raman Pratasevich and members of Belarus’s opposition have decried what they described as a “hostage” video after state television