• By Jonah Fisher BBC News, Kiev 18 September 2019 Image copyright Reuters Image caption Valeria Gontareva says she is the target of a campaign of harassment The ex-head of Ukraine's national bank has told the BBC she fears for her life after one of her homes near Kiev was badly damaged in an arson attack. Valeria Gontareva was also injured last month when she was knocked down by a car in London,...

  • 18 September 2019 comments Related TopicsEU Settlement Scheme Image copyright Reuters Image caption The EU's chief negotiator acknowledged Boris Johnson's concerns about the backstop The UK and EU "should not pretend to be negotiating" a Brexit deal if there are no new proposals on the table, EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier has said. He said the UK telling the EU what it does not like was...

  • Brexit: Poles in UK should 'consider' returning, Polish ambassador says 18 September 2019 Related TopicsEU Settlement Scheme Image copyright PA Media Poland's ambassador to the UK has written to 800,000 Polish nationals, advising them to "seriously consider" returning home after Brexit.He called on Poles living in the UK to secure their future by either applying for settled status or...

  • Russian celebrities rally support for jailed actor By Rozina Sini and Yaroslava Kiryukhina BBC News and BBC Monitoring 18 September 2019 Image copyright Reuters Image caption Pavel Ustinov, accused of using violence against an officer of Russia's National Guard during a rally to demand free elections, attends a court hearing in Moscow Members of Russia's film and theatre community are protesting...

  • 18 September 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionRescuers attend the sceneItalian champion speed boat racer Fabio Buzzi and two other people have died after a power boat crashed near the Italian city of Venice.The boat hit an artificial reef near the end of an attempt to break the offshore speed record from Monte Carlo.The crash took place near the finish line at the...

  • 18 September 2019 Image copyright Inneke Gebruers Image caption Ellen, Pia's mother, said the response to the family's fundraising campaign was "overwhelming" More than 950,000 Belgians have responded to a couple seeking €1.9m ($2m; £1.7m) to cover the cost of their baby's life-saving treatment.Nine-month-old Pia, who has spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and lives in Antwerp, requires...

  • 18 September 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jeanne Calment on her 117th birthday French officials have refused to change the death certificate of the oldest person on record despite claims of fraud by Russian researchers.Jeanne Calment died in 1997 aged 122 but a recent Russian study claimed she had in fact died in the 1930s.They claimed her daughter then assumed her identity in...

  • 18 September 2019 Image copyright EPA Image caption The crime scene in the Buitenveldert area of south Amsterdam A Dutch lawyer in a major gangland case has been shot dead outside his Amsterdam home - a crime described by police as exceptionally brutal.Derk Wiersum, 44, was the lawyer for a state witness in a case against members of a violent drug gang, who are accused of five murders between...

  • 18 September 2019 comments Related TopicsParliament suspension 2019 Image copyright EPA The legal battle over the suspension of Parliament has finished for a second day at the Supreme Court.The government's lawyer, Sir James Eadie QC, said it was not for the courts to "design a set of rules" over prorogation as it was a political matter.But Aidan O'Neill QC, on behalf of campaigners against the...

  • 17 September 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Caretaker PM Pedro Sánchez lost a post-election parliamentary vote of confidence in July Spain is set for another election - its fourth in four years.Acting Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez made the announcement on Tuesday, having failed to secure enough support in parliament to form a government.King Felipe VI, the head of...

  • 17 September 2019 Image copyright EPA A Spanish court has rejected an extradition request for Venezuela's former intelligence chief General Hugo Carvajal. The US sought his extradition, accusing him of drug trafficking offences. He turned against the government of President Nicolás Maduro in February and backed opposition leader Juan Guaidó as Venezuela's leader. Mr Carvajal fled...

  • 17 September 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSarah Thomas began her challenge on SundayA woman who was treated for breast cancer a year ago has become the first person to swim across the English Channel four times non-stop. Sarah Thomas, 37, began the epic challenge in the early hours of Sunday and finished after more than 54 hours. Ms Thomas - who completed her...

  • 17 September 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ireland wants to demonstrate to multinational investors that the country is a safe and predictable place to do business An EU court is hearing appeals against a decision to order Ireland to recover £11.5bn of unpaid taxes from Apple.In 2016, the European Commission found an agreement between Dublin and the technology giant was...

  • 17 September 2019 comments Related TopicsLiberal Democrats Party Conference Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWe must stop Brexit, says Jo SwinsonLib Dem leader Jo Swinson has warned Boris Johnson that "if he thinks being a woman is somehow a weakness, he's about to find out it is not".She said the PM's choice of insults such as "big girl's blouse" and "girly swot" were...

  • 17 September 2019 Related TopicsEurope migrant crisis Image copyright PA/Care4Calais Image caption Police moved in shortly after dawn to clear the camp on Tuesday French police have begun an operation to evacuate a gymnasium and a tent camp near the northern port of Dunkirk amid an increase in migrants trying to cross the Channel.Some 1,000 people, many of them Iraqi Kurds, have been living on...

  • 17 September 2019 Image copyright AFP Image caption The Vektor centre has a huge collection of dangerous viruses (file pic) A major Russian research centre studying lethal viruses including Ebola and HIV says there was no biological contamination from an explosion and fire in one of its buildings.The fire was caused by the explosion of a gas canister during refurbishment work at the Vektor...

  • 17 September 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWatch Paul Whelan loudly protesting his innocence from a cage in a Moscow courtroomFormer US marine Paul Whelan, accused in Russia of espionage, has said he is not a spy and that he was set up by a Russian friend.Speaking to the BBC, Mr Whelan, who is also a citizen of the UK, Canada and Ireland, said a friend had...

  • 17 September 2019 comments Related TopicsParliament suspension 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe Advocate General for Scotland, Lord Keen QC, argued on behalf of the governmentThe most senior judge in the UK says the case surrounding Boris Johnson's suspension of Parliament raises "a serious and difficult question of law". Lady Hale and 10 other judges must...

  • 17 September 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Evidence is collected from the scene of the shooting A man has been arrested in Spain after confessing to fatally shooting his ex-wife, mother-in-law and sister-in-law in front of the couple's two children.The killings took place as the children, aged four and seven, were preparing for school on Monday morning.The 45-year-old man...

  • 16 September 2019 Related TopicsKnife crime Image copyright Thruvision Image caption The scanners reveal hidden objects that block body heat Body scanners used to screen passengers for hidden explosives and weapons are being used for the first time at a London railway station. A Home Office sponsored five-day trial has started at Stratford station, east London.Portable scanners are being used to...