• 12 December 2019 Image copyright AFP Image caption The Chechen exile was shot dead in a Berlin park au AugustRussia says it is expelling two German diplomats in retaliation for a similar move by Berlin over suspicions that Moscow ordered the killing of an ethnic Chechen in the German capital. Last week the German government threw out two Russian diplomats. It suspects Russia or Russia's Chechen...

  • By Matt McGrath Environment correspondent, Madrid 12 December 2019 Related Topics UK climate change protests Image caption Delegates at the climate talks in Madrid are concerned that divisions between rich and poor are re-emergingUN climate talks in Madrid enter their final scheduled day with divisions emerging between major emitting countries and small island states. Negotiators are attempting...

  • By BBC Monitoring The world through its media 13 December 2019 Related Topics Brexit Boris Johnson's character - and what type of Brexit looms - dominate opinion in European newspapers - and for many the two are intertwined. "Finally, there is clarity," declares Germany's Die Zeit, under the headline "Winning power unscrupulously" and a picture of a triumphant Mr Johnson. "The United Kingdom and...

  • 13 December 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Conservative party leader Boris Johnson gambled with a snap election - and it paid offIt was billed as one of the most unpredictable elections in decades but after six weeks of hard campaigning by two historically unpopular party leaders it ended with a conclusive result. Conservative Party leader Boris Johnson won a sweeping victory,...

  • 13 December 2019 Related Topics COP25 Image copyright EPA Image caption European Council President Charles Michel said member states had different starting pointsEuropean Union leaders meeting in Brussels have agreed to make the currently 28-member bloc carbon neutral by 2050. However Poland, which is heavily reliant on coal, remains opposed and has been exempted for the time being. European...

  • 13 December 2019 Image copyright Reuters Image caption Katri Kulmuni's controversial online poll hit a raw nerve in Finnish politicsA Finnish minister has apologised for an Instagram post which asked readers whether children should be repatriated with their mothers from a Syrian camp housing Islamic State-linked people. Newly appointed Finance Minister Katri Kulmuni tweeted "I apologise for the...

  • 14 December 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBoris Johnson: "We are not the masters, we are the servants now"Boris Johnson has thanked voters in the north of England for "breaking the voting habits of generations" to back the Conservatives. Speaking in Tony Blair's old seat of Sedgefield, the PM said he knew "how difficult" that decision can be. Mr Johnson won a...

  • 14 December 2019 Italy's "Sardines", tens of thousands of protesters against the right-wing party of former Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, have gathered in Rome for what is billed as their biggest rally yet. Skip Twitter post by @marklowen The piazza is packed - tens of thousands singing national anthem, anti-fascist song Bella Ciao, listening to speeches, calling for respect for migrants,...

  • By Jenny Hill BBC Berlin correspondent 6 December 2019 Image copyright AFP Image caption An ex-Chechen guerrilla was shot dead in broad daylight in a Berlin parkThe violent death of a former Chechen rebel commander at the hands of a man suspected to be a Russia-backed assassin in a Berlin park has shocked and outraged many Germans. Zelimkhan Khangoshvili was shot in the head in broad daylight in...

  • 6 December 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAudrey Schoeman's heart was "dead" for more than six and a half hoursA British woman whose heart stopped beating for six hours has been brought back to life in what doctors have described as an "exceptional case". Audrey Schoeman developed severe hypothermia when she was caught in a snowstorm while hiking in the Spanish...

  • By Mark Savage BBC music reporter 6 December 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Adam Lambert, Mchelle Gonzalez and Rita Ora were among the stars who paid tributeStars including Rita Ora, Adam Lambert and David Guetta have played a charity tribute concert in honour of the late Swedish DJ Avicii. Avicii, whose real name was Tim Bergling, was found dead in Oman in April 2018, at the...

  • 6 December 2019 Related Topics The Holocaust Image copyright AFP Image caption The chancellor was due to hold a minute's silence at the concentration camp before giving a speech at the death campGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel has been visiting Auschwitz concentration camp, her first trip to the site. She was due to take part in a ceremony alongside a camp survivor and Polish Prime Minister...

  • 6 December 2019 Image copyright Reuters Image caption Train services have been badly affected by the strikeA strike over planned pension reforms that paralysed France on Thursday has entered its second day. Several unions, including rail and metro workers, voted to extend the strike action, meaning another day of major disruptions to key services. It comes after at least 800,000 people protested...

  • 5 December 2019 Image caption Police officers from several forces were drafted in for the occasionTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has attended the official opening of a mosque in Cambridge. The Central Mosque in Mill Road, which cost £23m and has the capacity for 1,000 worshippers, has been billed as "Europe's first eco-mosque". A group of about 40 supporters welcomed the arrival of...

  • By BBC Monitoring The world through its media 5 December 2019 Image copyright ADEM ALTANVIA GETTY IMAGES Image caption Protesters gathered outside the Sule Cet trialTough sentences for the rape and murder of a young woman are being hailed by activists in Turkey, where hundreds of women are killed annually amid rising concerns about gender-based violence. The killing of 23-year-old student Sule...

  • 5 December 2019 Related Topics World War One Image copyright The Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust Image caption SMS Scharnhorst was named after the chief of the Prussian general staff during the Napoleonic WarsThe wreck of a World War One German armoured cruiser has been located off the Falkland Islands, where it was sunk by the British navy 105 years ago. SMS Scharnhorst was the flagship of...

  • 5 December 2019 Related Topics The Holocaust Image copyright EPA Image caption The political art group says it found victims' ashes in soil near former Nazi death campsA German activist group has apologised for displaying what it claimed to be Holocaust victims' ashes in a memorial near the German parliament in Berlin. The Centre for Political Beauty (ZPS) opened the anti-Nazi installation on...

  • 5 December 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Police are investigating the throwing of a grenade into the courtyard of a Madrid migrant centre, pictured hereA bomb squad in Madrid has safely destroyed a grenade that police believe was thrown over the wall of a migrant centre for children. The grenade was found on Wednesday morning on the patio of the centre, in the Hortaleza area of...

  • 5 December 2019 Image copyright WWF Image caption Conservationists counted 56 polar bears near Ryrkaypiy, including cubsMore than 50 polar bears have descended on a village in Russia's far north. All public activities in Ryrkaypiy, in Chukotka region, have been cancelled, and schools are being guarded to protect residents from the bears. Conservationists say climate change could be to blame,...

  • Image copyright AFP Image caption The Norwegian research ship Lance is about two days' trek from the explorersTwo explorers are short of food and battling strong winds after trekking hundreds of miles at the North Pole, but they hope to reach safety soon. South African Mike Horn and Norwegian Boerge Ousland have covered about 1,800km (1,120 miles) on treacherous drifting ice. Because of delays...