• 27 February 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus outbreak Image copyright EPA Image caption Italy and Iran have become hotbeds of coronavirus infectionsThe coronavirus outbreak has reached a "decisive point" and has "pandemic potential", World Health Organization head Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus says. His comments come as countries around the world battle to prevent the virus spreading further. For a...

  • 27 February 2020 Related Topics Syrian civil war Image copyright AFP Image caption Turkish troops are backing rebel forces in northern SyriaAt least 22 Turkish soldiers have been killed in an airstrike by Syrian "regime forces", Turkish officials say. More were hurt in the attack in Idlib, Hatay governor Rahmi Dogan said. Other reports put the death toll higher. Turkey is now retaliating against...

  • By Pallab Ghosh Science correspondent, BBC News 27 February 2020 comments Related Topics Brexit Image copyright WPA Pool/Scott Heppell Image caption Boris Johnson wants UK scientists to have the closest possible relationship with EU researchersThe UK will endeavour to continue within a €100bn (£85bn) EU science programme after Brexit. Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave the green light...

  • 27 February 2020 Image caption Tumso Abdurakhmanov is one of the most popular Chechen bloggersA popular Chechen blogger and critic of the Russian region's leader says he has survived an attempt on his life. Tumso Abdurakhmanov captured the aftermath of the alleged attack in a video posted to YouTube, saying he fought off the assailant who was armed with a hammer. The attack happened in an...

  • 27 February 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus outbreak Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionQuiet on Venice streets amid coronavirus fearsFrance must prepare for a coronavirus epidemic, President Emmanuel Macron says, but Italy - the worst-affected country in Europe - says misleading news is creating an "infodemic". Mr Macron is due to discuss the crisis with Italian Prime...

  • 27 February 2020 Related Topics World War Two Image copyright Société Suisse de Radiodiffusion et Télévision Image caption Residents face evacuating the town of Mitholz for more than ten yearsA Swiss village may have to evacuate for over a decade while authorities clear a huge World War Two arms dump. The defence ministry concluded last year that the cache posed an...

  • 27 February 2020 Related Topics EU-UK post-Brexit trade talks Image copyright PA Media Image caption Boris Johnson has pledged to get a trade deal with the EU by the end of the yearThe government will publish its strategy for post-Brexit trade talks later, as it prepares for formal negotiations with the EU to begin. Brussels has already set out what it wants from the talks - tariff-free trade...

  • 26 February 2020 Image copyright Reuters Image caption Tensions have been mounting on the Greek islands of Lesbos and Chios over plans to construct new migrant campsPolice have fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters on the Greek island of Lesbos over plans to build new migrant camps. Images from the island show protesters hurling objects at officers and a building site for one of the...

  • 26 February 2020 Related Topics Climate change Image copyright Reuters Image caption Greta Thunberg tweeted over the weekend that she would be taking part in the city's youth protestPolice are warning parents a Bristol protest Greta Thunberg is due to join has "grown so large" it is unlikely usual safety measures will be adequate. Avon and Somerset Police say they expect thousands of people at...

  • 26 February 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus outbreak Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionCoronavirus: Five countries, five responsesThe number of coronavirus cases in Italy has jumped to 400, amid international efforts to contain the spread of the deadly outbreak. The rise in Italy, the main focus of infection in Europe, represents a 25% surge in 24 hours. Several European...

  • 26 February 2020 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Under assisted dying, a doctor does not administer the medication but provides it (file pic)A five-year-old law banning professionally assisted suicide has been rejected as unconstitutional by Germany's top court. The court backed complaints by a group of terminally ill patients and doctors who challenged the law that made "commercial...

  • 26 February 2020 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionGavin Lee explains the complicated case of Mario Cerciello Rega in July 2019Two US students accused of murdering a police officer are due to appear in court on Wednesday. Mario Cerciello Rega, 35, was stabbed to death last July as he investigated a drug deal gone wrong in central Rome. Californian students Finnegan Lee...

  • 26 February 2020 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Angela Merkel, here with one of the candidates Armine Laschet, will not run in next year's German electionsThe race is on to succeed Angela Merkel, by becoming leader of Germany's centre-right Christian Democrats (CDU) and potentially chancellor. She will not run again in Germany's next general election, due by October 2021. It is the...

  • 26 February 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus outbreak Image copyright AFP Image caption Cases have emerged for the first time in countries such as Austria following the Italian outbreakSeveral European countries have announced their first coronavirus cases, with all appearing to be linked to the growing outbreak in Italy. Austria, Croatia and Switzerland said the cases involved people who had...

  • Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Tom Cruise is set to appear in the seventh film in the Mission: Impossible seriesFilming on the latest Mission: Impossible movie in Italy has been paused due to concerns about the outbreak of coronavirus in the country. Shooting on the seventh film in the series was due to take place in Venice over the coming weeks. But Paramount has halted production...

  • By Paul Kirby BBC News 25 February 2020 Image copyright Reuters Image caption Nedim Yasar became a mentor for young people after leaving a life of crimeNedim Yasar, a former gang leader who had turned his back on crime, was shot dead in Copenhagen just as a book about his life was published. The motive for the attack in November 2018 remains unknown. Now a court has found two men in their...

  • 25 February 2020 comments Related Topics Brexit Image copyright Getty ImagesFarming leaders have said it would be "insane" to sign a trade deal that allows the import of food that would be illegal to produce in the UK, such as chlorinated chicken. The National Farmers Union (NFU) president, Minette Batters, said allowing these imports would be "morally bankrupt". The NFU called for rules on...

  • 25 February 2020 Image copyright Getty ImagesPlácido Domingo has apologised for "causing hurt" to several women who have accused him of sexual harassment. The opera star resigned as general manager of the Los Angeles Opera after several allegations were made. A total of 20 women have now accused Domingo of harassment and inappropriate behaviour. He denies all the claims. "I respect that...

  • 25 February 2020 Related Topics Europe migrant crisis Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionResidents try to halt migrant camp constructionResidents of two Greek islands have clashed with riot police as authorities pushed ahead with plans to build new migrant camps. Demonstrators on Lesbos and Chios tried to block equipment bound for construction sites on the islands. Footage...

  • 25 February 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus outbreak Image copyright AFP Image caption Cases of the coronavirus in Italy rose from three to 229 in four daysBritons returning from northern Italy are being told to self-isolate in the UK if they show coronavirus symptoms. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said people with flu-like symptoms who have been north of Pisa are asked to stay at home for 14...