• 21 February 2019 comments Related TopicsBrexit Image copyright AFP/Getty Images The threat of a no-deal Brexit is "focusing minds" and encouraging compromise, the chancellor has said. Philip Hammond said the government was "determined to get a deal" before leaving the EU on 29 March but a "very bad" no deal outcome remained possible.The government said talks on Thursday were "productive" and...

  • 21 February 2019 comments Related TopicsLabour and Conservative resignations Theresa May has held meetings with leading Tory Remainers, amid speculation about further defections.Justine Greening and Phillip Lee say Mrs May has ignored requests from pro-EU Tory MPs in favour of Brexiteers.The pair had separate meetings with the PM in Downing Street.In a separate development, an ex-Labour...

  • 21 February 2019 Image copyright AFP Image caption The G36 is one of the world's most widely used assault rifles A German court has handed suspended jail terms to two ex-employees of gun maker Heckler & Koch and fined the firm €3.7m (£3.2m) for illegal arms deliveries to Mexico.The Stuttgart court acquitted three other H&K ex-employees. H&K was found to have breached...

  • 21 February 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The woman ate at RiFF restaurant in Valencia with her husband and son A woman has died and 28 more diners fell ill after eating at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Spain.The diner went to RiFF in Valencia with her husband and son, 12, both of whom also had diarrhoea and vomiting.The restaurant is now closed while public health officials...

  • 21 February 2019 Image copyright Reuters Image caption Michael Calvey denies all the allegations against him Russian investigators have charged US investor Michael Calvey with large-scale fraud, in a case that has further strained ties between the two nations.Mr Calvey, the founder of the Baring Vostok investment fund, is suspected of embezzling 2.5bn roubles ($38m; £29m) from a Russian...

  • 21 February 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBrigitte, a survivor of child sex abuse by a chaplain, explains why she is ready to speak nowPope Francis has said the world expects "concrete measures" to tackle child sexual abuse by priests and not only "simple and obvious condemnations".At a summit to discuss the scandals that have rocked the Roman Catholic Church, he...

  • By Rob Cameron BBC News, Bratislava 21 February 2019 Image copyright AFP Image caption A crowd of about 25,000 thronged central Bratislava to mark the first anniversary Thousands have attended protest rallies across Slovakia in memory of murdered journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancée, shot in a targeted killing a year ago.He had been investigating alleged corruption linked to Italian...

  • By Imogen Foulkes BBC News, Geneva 21 February 2019 Image copyright Christophe Petit Tesson / PA Image caption Former Swiss soldier Johan Cosar, photographed in Syria in 2015 Johan Cosar went to Syria not to fight for the Islamic State group, but against them. Now, the former Swiss army officer is facing a military tribunal back home.He is charged with joining a foreign army and thus undermining...

  • 20 February 2019 Image copyright Molly Scott Cato Image caption Molly Scott Cato (second from left) and other activists scaled the wall to protest against nuclear weapons Three MEPs have been arrested during a protest against nuclear weapons at an air base in Belgium, the Green Party has confirmed.Among them is South West MEP Molly Scott Cato, from Bristol.The group included a number of Belgian...

  • 19 February 2019 Image copyright AFP Image caption Around 70 protests took part around France, including in Paris' Place de la République Thousands of people have joined protests across France against a spate of anti-Semitic attacks.The demonstrators marched under the slogan "That's Enough" at the Place de la République in the capital Paris and other cities.Figures from across the...

  • 20 February 2019 Related TopicsLabour and Conservative resignations Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Heidi Allen, Anna Soubry and Sarah Wollaston join the Independent Group Three Tory MPs have resigned from the party to join an independent group, set up by former Labour MPs.Anna Soubry, Sarah Wollaston and Heidi Allen wrote a joint letter to Theresa May to confirm their departure.The...

  • 20 February 2019 Image copyright AFP Image caption Pope Francis has convened an extraordinary summit to discuss the scandals Two prominent Roman Catholic Church cardinals have urged an end of what they call "the plague of the homosexual agenda", telling bishops to break their complicity over cases of sexual abuse.In an open letter, Cardinals Burke and Brandmüller say the Church has wrongly...

  • 20 February 2019 Image copyright PA Image caption The winning ticket was sold in Reilly's Daybreak in Naul, north County Dublin - pictured above. The family, which released a statement on the win, have so far chosen to remain anonymous. A family syndicate from Dublin has come forward to claim Tuesday's EuroMillions jackpot, worth more than 175m euros (£152m). It is the biggest jackpot...

  • 20 February 2019 Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Lagerfeld poses next to a painting of Choupette It has emerged that the late fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has left some of his $200m (£153m) fortune to his cat. The German designer, who who was the creative director for Chanel and Fendi, died in Paris on Tuesday.The designer became a devoted cat owner and lavished attention...

  • 20 February 2019 Image copyright Tass/Getty Image caption Taking videos and pictures, like selfies, will be banned for active servicemen Russia's parliament has voted to ban soldiers from using smartphones while on duty, after their social media use raised issues of national security.The bill forbids military personnel from using a phone with the ability to take pictures, record videos and...

  • 20 February 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Swiss banking giant UBS has been fined €3.7bn (£3.2bn; $4.2bn) in a French tax fraud case.A court in Paris found that the bank had illegally helped French clients hide billions of euros from French tax authorities between 2004 and 2012.UBS said it had consistently contested any criminal wrongdoing and would appeal against the...

  • 19 February 2019 Image copyright Nsw police Image caption Hugo Palmer (left) and Erwan Ferrieux are missing, Australian police say A British man and a French man have gone missing while backpacking in Australia, sparking a police search.The alarm was raised when passersby found items belonging to Hugo Palmer and Erwan Ferrieux, both 20, on a beach north of Sydney on Monday, authorities...

  • 19 February 2019 comments Related TopicsBrexit Image copyright PA Theresa May will return to Brussels on Wednesday to continue talks on her Brexit deal.She will meet the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker.Earlier, Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay updated Cabinet on talks with the EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier. The meeting, on the issue of the Irish backstop, was...

  • 19 February 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Since annexing Crimea in 2014 Russia has deployed S-400 missiles there A storm in the English Channel damaged S-400 anti-aircraft missiles that Russia was shipping to China, but now they are being replaced, Russia says.The ship with its damaged cargo returned to Russia last March, but two other Russian ships delivered S-400s to China...

  • 19 February 2019 Image copyright AFP Image caption Wolfgat chef Kobus van der Merwe forages daily for ingredients A small beachside restaurant in South Africa has won the top prize at the inaugural World Restaurant Awards in Paris. The Wolfgat - whose six staff have no formal training - opened in 2016 in the small fishing village of Paternoster on the west coast of South Africa. Head chef Kobus...