• 13 December 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption In December 2012, Six was arrested by the Syrian army for entering the country illegally German reporter Billy Six, 32, is being held in Venezuela, the German foreign ministry has confirmed. Venezuelan rights group Espacio Público says Mr Six, who writes for right-wing newspaper Junge Freiheit, has been charged with espionage and...

  • 13 December 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Up to €900 was recovered from a motorway by police Police in south-west Germany were forced to temporarily close a motorway after it started "raining" money.Banknotes were found blowing along the A98 in Baden-Württemberg on Thursday morning, according to local authorities.After a motorist reported the situation, police shut...

  • Cancer patients 'not welcome' in Russian neighbourhood By Bernadette McCague and Yaroslava Kiryukhina BBC UGC and Social News BBC Monitoring, Moscow 13 December 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The children were being treated at the nearby Moscow's Dmitry Rogachev Pediatric Centre A bid by some Moscow residents to have young cancer patients removed from their neighbourhood has...

  • Turkey train crash: At least nine dead in Ankara 13 December 2018 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionEmergency workers pulled survivors from the wreckageA crash involving a high-speed train at a station in the Turkish capital Ankara has killed at least nine people and injured 47, Turkey's transport minister has said.Images from the scene showed emergency services working...

  • 13 December 2018 Image copyright EPA Image caption There were some clashes between police and protesters on the steps of parliament Protests have broken out in Hungary after the country's parliament passed new labour laws, which have been labelled "slave labour" by opponents.New rules mean companies can demand up to 400 hours of overtime a year and delay payment for it for three years.Police...

  • 13 December 2018 comments Related TopicsConfidence vote in Theresa May Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTheresa May: "I think it is right that the party feels the party would prefer to go into that election with a new leader"Prime Minister Theresa May has said she will not lead the Conservative Party into the next general election.She said the party would prefer to "to...

  • 13 December 2018 Image copyright Reuters Image caption Maria Butina has been held in an adult detention centre in Virginia since July A Russian woman accused in the US of acting as an agent for the Kremlin to infiltrate political groups has pleaded guilty in a deal with prosecutors.Gun rights activist Maria Butina, 30, admitted a single count of conspiracy at a court in Washington DC.She...

  • 13 December 2018 Related TopicsStrasbourg shooting Image copyright Reuters Image caption A police operation was under way in the Meinau area of Strasbourg on Thursday evening French police have "shot dead" the man believed to have attacked Strasbourg's Christmas market, police sources have told reporters.Cherif Chekatt had been on the run since the attack on Tuesday evening.Three people died...

  • By Victoria Gill Science correspondent, BBC News, Washington DC 12 December 2018 Related TopicsAGU meeting Image copyright KAJ R. SVENSSON/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Image caption A warmer Arctic has less food and more insects, making it a much worse environment for caribou The population of wild reindeer, or caribou, in the Arctic has crashed by more than half in the last two decades. A new report...

  • 12 December 2018 Image copyright AFP Image caption Patrice Edouard Ngaissona described himself as the political co-ordinator of the anti-Balaka French authorities have arrested a senior football official on suspicion of committing war crimes in the Central African Republic (CAR).Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona is accused of co-ordinating militia attacks on the CAR's Muslim population in...

  • 12 December 2018 Related TopicsBrexit Image copyright RTÉ Image caption Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin says he wants to delay an election to avoid the spread of Brexit 'chaos' Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has ruled out an election and said the Irish government can continue throughout 2019 due to the uncertainty over Brexit. "Fianna Fáil is...

  • 12 December 2018 Related TopicsSyrian civil war Image copyright Getty Images Turkey will launch a new operation against US-backed Kurdish militias in northern Syria "in the next few days", President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says.The move, which he said would focus on territory to the east of the Euphrates river, risks confrontation with the US.America's support for the Kurdish YPG forces has...

  • 12 December 2018 Image copyright EPA Image caption PM Pedro Sánchez: "A rich country cannot have poor workers" Spain's minimum wage will jump by 22% in 2019 - the largest annual increase in more than 40 years.It means millions of low-paid workers could see a pay rise from €736 ($835; £665) to €900, effective from January.Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced the...

  • Strasbourg shooting: Police appeal to find Chérif Chekatt 12 December 2018 Related TopicsStrasbourg shooting Image copyright Police Nationale (France) French police have issued a call for help to find the man suspected of opening fire near a Christmas market in Strasbourg.Hundreds of police, soldiers and border agents on both sides of the Franco-German border are trying to find...

  • 12 December 2018 comments Related TopicsConfidence vote in Theresa May Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTheresa May smiles at gathered journalists as she awaits the resultTheresa May is awaiting the result of a vote by Conservative MPs on whether they want to keep her as their leader. The UK prime minister made a last-minute appeal for support at an emotional meeting of...

  • 11 December 2018 Image copyright Reuters Image caption Three local associations in the same northern German have received anonymous donations of gold bars A number of local associations in a small town in northern Germany have received anonymous donations in gold bars, reports say.A hospice and an animal welfare association in Cuxhaven received two gold bars on Saint Nicholas Day on 6 December,...

  • 11 December 2018 Image copyright NASA Image caption The two cosmonauts will spend about six hours outside the ISS Russian cosmonauts on the International Space Station (ISS) are engaged on a spacewalk to investigate a mysterious hole that caused a loss of air pressure in August.The cause of the hole on the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft, docked to the station, has not yet been established.However,...

  • 11 December 2018 Image copyright AFP Image caption Venezuelan Defence Minister Vladimir Padrino (first row, second from left) welcomed the Russians Russian and US officials have been involved in a spat over the landing in Venezuela of two Russian bombers capable of carrying nuclear weapons.The two Tu-160 bombers landed in Venezuela on Monday in a Russian show of support for the government of...

  • 11 December 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Rwanda has issued international arrest warrants for more than 800 genocide suspects Denmark has extradited a genocide suspect to Rwanda, according to the authorities in the African nation.Rwandan prosecutors accuse Wenceslas Twagirayezu, 50, of inciting violence during the 1994 genocide. He is alleged to have led a pro-Hutu militia in...

  • 11 December 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A nice photo - but many animal rights activists think it's a bad idea A dog is for life, not just for Christmas - so the famous slogan goes.It's certainly the case in Germany, where a temporary ban on new adoptions aims to cut short any plans to give an animal as a Christmas gift.Dozens of shelters have told potential pet owners that no...