• 22 September 2018 Related TopicsEurope migrant crisis Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Protesters had demanded the release of the arrested fishermen Six Tunisian fishermen arrested earlier this month by Italian authorities for "aiding illegal migrants" have been cleared.One of the men's lawyers and their fishermen's association confirmed the acquittal to the BBC.The arrests outraged...

  • 22 September 2018 Image copyright Reuters The first beers have been served at the Oktoberfest beer festival in the German city of Munich.About six million visitors are expected at the festival, which runs until 7 October.Last year about 7.5m litres (1.6m gallons) were consumed during the event.The festival began as a horse race staged to mark a royal wedding in 1810, with the first beer tents...

  • 22 September 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There are at least 10 million Catholics in China Pope Francis has recognised seven bishops appointed by China as part of a historic accord to improve ties between the Vatican and the communist country.The issue of who appoints bishops has been at the heart of a dispute since China first broke off diplomatic ties with the Holy See in...

  • 22 September 2018 Related TopicsBrexit Image copyright Reuters Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has urged the EU not to mistake British politeness for weakness after Brexit negotiations reached an impasse.After rejecting the UK's proposals, Donald Tusk, head of the European Council, posted a provocative picture on Instagram featuring UK PM Theresa May "cherry-picking" a cake.Mr Tusk has since said...

  • By Daniel Wainwright BBC News 21 September 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Aaron and Jasper are declining in popularity but Nigel is making a comeback of sorts Hunter and Aurora have joined the top 100 names for baby boys and girls in England and Wales, according to official statistics.Oliver and Olivia remain the most popular names, positions they have held since 2013 and 2016...

  • Imprisoned suffragette letter discovered By Sean Coughlan BBC News 21 September 2018 Image copyright LSE Library Image caption Annie Kenney (left), with Christabel Pankhurst, was worried about her family's reaction to her jailing A previously unknown letter from the first suffragette to be jailed in the campaign for the vote has been discovered by an Oxford historian.Written the day after Annie...

  • 21 September 2018 comments Related TopicsBrexit Image copyright Getty Images The pound's fall against the dollar and the euro has deepened following Theresa May's assertion after an EU summit that "no deal is better than a bad deal".Sterling was already trading lower after had EU leaders warned the UK must make compromises on trade and the Irish border to secure a Brexit trade deal. After the...

  • 21 September 2018 comments Related TopicsScotland Brexit Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Court in Luxembourg is said to be ready to hear the case soon Anti-Brexit campaigners have been given permission to take their case to Europe's highest court as they seek a ruling on whether it can be halted. The cross-party group of politicians argue that Article 50 can be revoked if MPs vote...

  • 21 September 2018 comments Image copyright Getty Images Italy's competition watchdog has opened an inquiry into Ryanair's decision to add new hand luggage charges.From November, Italian passengers wishing to take two bags on board will pay €6 (£5) for priority boarding. Those that do not will only be able to take on one bag that fits under the seat in front, with the second bag...

  • 21 September 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Peggy Knobloch's image is on a headstone in Bavaria that stands above an empty grave Prosecutors say a man has admitted dumping the body of a nine-year-old girl, whose disappearance 17 years ago is one of Germany's biggest mysteries.Peggy Knobloch went missing in 2001 on her way home from school in Bavaria. Her remains were only found...

  • 21 September 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The sanctions relate to China's purchase of 10 Russian Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets The US has imposed sanctions on the Chinese military over its purchasing of Russian military jets and surface-to-air missiles.It says such purchases contravene US sanctions on Moscow introduced over Russian actions in Ukraine and alleged interference in US...

  • 21 September 2018 comments Related TopicsBrexit Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTheresa May: "I will not overturn result of the referendum"UK Prime Minister Theresa May has said the EU must treat the UK with more "respect" in Brexit negotiations.In a statement at Downing Street she said for EU leaders to reject her plan with no alternative at this "late stage of...

  • 20 September 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The university already faces claims of awarding fraudulent master's degrees to two Popular Party (PP) politicians. A Spanish university is being investigated for allegedly giving away diplomas to hundreds of Italian nationals. King Juan Carlos University in Madrid reportedly granted law diplomas to around 500 Italians with limited...

  • 20 September 2018 Image copyright AFP Image caption Facebook had made "limited progress" said European Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova Facebook has been given a deadline to provide more information about what is done with users' data, or it will face sanctions from the European Commission.Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova said the firm had not acted quickly enough after being told to update...

  • 20 September 2018 Image copyright Reuters Image caption The current US border wall with Mexico, seen from the United States in Nogales, Arizona - prototypes of Donald Trump's proposed wall are being built in California President Trump recommended building a wall across the Sahara to solve Europe's migrant crisis, Spain's foreign minister says. Josep Borrell, also a former President of the...

  • 20 September 2018 Image copyright Reuters Image caption Marine Le Pen has been battling to revive her party after she lost presidential elections last year A French court has ordered far-right leader Marine Le Pen to undergo psychiatric tests as part of an inquiry into her sharing images of Islamic State group atrocities.Ms Le Pen tweeted pictures of the court order, calling the move "crazy".She...

  • 20 September 2018 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFrench bus driver slaps boy, 12, after being insultedA viral video of a Paris bus driver slapping a 12-year-old boy for telling him to "shut up" has divided France.The bus driver, who faces disciplinary action, has garnered support from some 300,000 people in a petition.The boy had run out onto the road, forcing the...

  • 20 September 2018 Image copyright EPA Image caption The cause of the collision at a protected level crossing in Oss was unclear Four children from a Dutch day-care centre, two of them sisters, have died in a collision involving a train and an electric cart driven by a supervisor.The children were being taken to local schools in the cart when the accident happened on a level crossing in the...

  • 20 September 2018 comments Related TopicsBrexit Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDonald Tusk: UK's Chequers Brexit plan 'won't work'Theresa May's proposed new economic partnership with the EU "will not work", the head of the European Council has said.Donald Tusk said the plans risked undermining the EU's single market.He was speaking at the end of an EU summit in...

  • 19 September 2018 Image copyright Wales News Service Image caption Robert Birch was on holiday with his two daughters A man has denied murdering a Welsh holidaymaker in a hit-and-run in Cyprus.Robert Birch, who was 39 and known as Charlie, from Welshpool, Powys, died after being hit by a car in Paphos in the early hours of 24 June.A 35-year-old man appeared in a court in Paphos on Wednesday and...