• 15 October 2019 Related TopicsNobel Prize Image copyright AFP Image caption Esther Duflo and her husband and fellow prize-winner Abhijit Banerjee Economics Nobel prize winner Esther Duflo says she wants to use the award "as a megaphone" in her fight to ease poverty and improve children's education.Prof Duflo, only the second woman to win the economics award, told the BBC she hoped it...

  • 15 October 2019 Related TopicsThomas Cook collapse Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThomas Cook ex-boss on bonus: 'It's not up to me'Thomas Cook's ex-boss has been grilled over a bonus payment of £500,000 and said he was not the only one to blame for the holiday firm's collapse.Peter Fankhauser told a cross-party committee of MPs that he worked "tirelessly" for...

  • 15 October 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A court sketch of Inès Madani, Ornella Gilligmann and Sarah Hervouët during the trial Five French women have been sentenced to between five and 30 years in jail for trying to detonate a car bomb near Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris in 2016. The case is said to be the first to involve a group of women attempting to stage an...

  • 15 October 2019 Related TopicsSyrian civil war Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWatch as Syrian government forces enter town of Ain IssaRussia has said it will not allow clashes between Turkish and Syrian forces, as Turkey's military offensive in northern Syria continues."This would simply be unacceptable... and therefore we will not allow it, of course," said Moscow's...

  • 15 October 2019 Image copyright EPA Image caption Police discovered a hidden room in the basement and said there were "many unanswered questions" A family who spent nine years in a basement "waiting for the end of time" have been discovered by police in the Netherlands after one of them turned up at a local pub, reports say.A man of 58 and a family with young adults aged 18 to 25 were living at...

  • 15 October 2019 comments Related TopicsBrexit Image copyright Reuters Downing Street is playing down reports of an imminent Brexit deal with the EU, saying talks are still ongoing.Prime Minister Boris Johnson is under pressure to get a fresh agreement by Thursday's EU summit, but his spokesman said there was "more work still to do".EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier had said the two sides must...

  • 14 October 2019 comments Related TopicsBrexit Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionQueen outlines government's Brexit planBoris Johnson's government has set out "ambitious" policies on crime, health, the environment and Brexit in a Queen's Speech that opposition parties have dismissed as an "election manifesto". Plans for tougher sentences for violent offenders and legal...

  • 14 October 2019 Related TopicsParis police killings Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe scene of the attack was quickly cordoned off by policeFrench police have arrested five people linked to a knifeman who killed four colleagues at the Paris police headquarters earlier this month, reports and sources say.The arrests took place early on Monday in the northern Paris...

  • 14 October 2019 comments Related TopicsBrexit Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Boris Johnson (l) and Leo Varadkar (r) met last week to discuss a Brexit deal Efforts to reach a Brexit deal before Thursday's summit of European leaders are continuing in Brussels.Negotiators from both sides are trying to bridge what senior EU official Michel Barnier called "big gaps".EU ambassadors...

  • 14 October 2019 Image copyright Reuters Image caption PiS leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski (C) and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki celebrated in Warsaw Poland's governing Law and Justice party (PiS) has won Sunday's parliamentary election, with most of the results now counted.The conservative nationalist party has nearly 44% of the vote, enough to boost its majority in the lower house.Main rival the...

  • 14 October 2019 Image copyright EPA Image caption Mr Karacsony won with the support of various opposition parties which joined together to defeat Fidesz Hungary's opposition has won the mayoral election in Budapest, ousting the ruling party incumbent.Liberal challenger Gergely Karacsony defeated Istvan Tarlos, backed by Prime Minister Viktor Orban's right-wing Fidesz party.The shock win...

  • 14 October 2019 Related TopicsSyrian civil war Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Cenk Tosun, second from left, scored the winning goal in Istanbul Europe's football governing body Uefa says it will investigate a military salute given by Turkey footballers after Everton star Cenk Tosun scored a goal against Albania.Turkey's 1-0 win in Istanbul came on Friday, amid Turkish army clashes...

  • 14 October 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Giani is often seen by Pope Francis' side at key events The head of the Vatican police has resigned following a leaked memo.Domenico Giani, who is also the Pope's chief bodyguard, stepped down amid a scandal stemming from an investigation into alleged financial wrongdoing.He had signed a memo which identified five employees who had...

  • 14 October 2019 Related TopicsCatalonia independence vote 2017 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionCatalan protesters clash with police at Barcelona airportProtests erupted in Barcelona after Spain's Supreme Court sentenced nine Catalan separatist leaders to between nine and 13 years in prison.The separatists were convicted of sedition over their role in an illegal...

  • 13 October 2019 Related TopicsSyrian civil war Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAmira, Heba and Hamza are stranded, in danger and they want to come homeThe US is pulling out all of its troops from northern Syria as Turkey advances its operation against the Kurds.Defence Secretary Mark Esper said Turkey "likely intends" to extend its attack further than originally...

  • 12 October 2019 Image copyright David Smith Image caption The man was arrested at Glasgow Airport on Friday A man arrested at Glasgow Airport on suspicion of murdering his family eight years ago was detained by mistake.Identity checks have shown that the man is not Xavier Dupont de Ligonnes, Police Scotland confirmed.The 58-year-old has been on the run since his wife and four children were found...

  • Turkey Syria offensive: Fierce battle rages in Ras al-Ain 12 October 2019 Related TopicsSyrian civil war Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe BBC's Martin Patience explains what's behind the conflictFierce fighting is taking place around the Syrian border town of Ras al-Ain as Turkish forces continue their offensive in the north-east against the Kurds.Turkey says it has...

  • 12 October 2019 Related TopicsBrexit Image copyright Reuters Negotiators from the UK and EU are having what has been described as "intense technical discussions" in an attempt to agree a new Brexit deal. About a dozen British officials, including the UK's EU adviser David Frost, are taking part in the talks at the EU Commission in Brussels.The meetings are expected to continue through the...

  • 11 October 2019 Related TopicsNobel Prize Image copyright Reuters Critics have hit out at the decision to give Peter Handke a Nobel Prize for Literature. The Austrian playwright, novelist and poet was awarded the 2019 prize on Thursday. He is a highly controversial figure for his support for the Serbs during the 1990s Yugoslav war.Albania's Foreign Minister Gent Cakaj wrote on Twitter that the...

  • By Theo Leggett Business correspondent, BBC News 11 October 2019 Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Bolloré was only appointed chief executive in January French car manufacturer Renault has dismissed its chief executive, Thierry Bolloré, with immediate effect.The current finance director, Clotilde Delbos, has been appointed to run the business on an interim basis.Renault's...