• 24 May 2019 Related TopicsEuropean elections 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption With 751 seats up for grabs, the big picture is set to be shaped by key battles Voting is already under way as 28 European states vote over four days in EU elections.To avoid accidentally influencing the vote elsewhere, any results and exit polls are top secret until Sunday night. There can be no...

  • 24 May 2019 comments Related TopicsConservative Party leadership contest Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMrs May became emotional as she concluded her announcementTheresa May has said she will quit as Conservative leader on 7 June, paving the way for a contest to decide a new prime minister. In an emotional statement, she said she had done her best to deliver Brexit and...

  • 24 May 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSpeaking in court, Paul Whelan alleges abuse by Russian authoritiesA former US marine imprisoned in Russia on suspicion of spying has complained of "abuses and harassment" and says he is a "victim of political kidnap". Mr Whelan - a citizen of the US, UK, Canada and Ireland - was arrested in late December, accused of...

  • 24 May 2019 Related TopicsEuropean elections 2019 Image copyright EPA Image caption Dutch Labour supporters hail what the party leader called a "bizarre comeback" The Dutch centre-left Labour party is toasting an "unexpected comeback" in European elections held on Thursday.The results will not come out until late Sunday, in common with the rest of the EU, but the Dutch Labour party are...

  • 24 May 2019 Related TopicsSchools' climate change protests Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBelgium students among one million expected in more than 100 countriesSchool students around the world have gone on strike to demand action on climate change.Organisers said more than a million people were expected to join the action in at least 110 countries on Friday.They are...

  • 24 May 2019 Image copyright AFP Image caption The injured were taken to hospital A suspected parcel bomb has exploded in the centre of the eastern French city of Lyon, injuring 13 people.Those hurt in the explosion on Victor-Hugo Street, including a girl aged eight, appear to have suffered superficial injuries.Police are hunting a cyclist who was seen leaving the parcel outside a bakery on a...

  • 24 May 2019 Related TopicsEuropean elections 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe prime minister said the failure to deliver Brexit was a matter of "deep regret"President Emmanuel Macron of France has urged "swift clarification" on Brexit after the resignation of UK Prime Minister Theresa May. He stressed the need to "maintain the smooth functioning of the EU", as...

  • 23 May 2019 Related TopicsThe UK’s European elections 2019 Image copyright Reuters Voters are heading to the polls for the European Parliament elections.Seventy-three members, known as MEPs, will be elected in nine constituencies in England, and one each in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.Each region has a different number of representatives based on its population - ranging from...

  • 23 May 2019 Image copyright Nintendo Two Nintendo mobile games will soon no longer be available in Belgium as the game-maker moves to comply with local gambling laws.In 2018, Belgium outlawed games that used "loot boxes" to reward players with random items. The game mechanic is an illegal form of gambling, the country's gambling regulator says. Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp and Fire Emblem Heroes...

  • 23 May 2019 Image copyright Getty Images/PeterMacdiarmid Image caption No reason was given as to why Wikipedia was blocked Wikipedia is taking Turkey to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) over a two-year ban imposed on the site in the country. The Wikimedia Foundation says it filed the petition on the grounds that a ban on its online encyclopaedia violated the right to freedom of...

  • 23 May 2019 Related TopicsAustria video scandal Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Vengaboys, seen here at the peak of their popularity A 20-year-old Eurodance hit by Dutch group Vengaboys has a new lease of life thanks to Austria's political scandal.We're Going to Ibiza, which celebrates partying on the Balearic island, is top of the iTunes charts in Austria and has climbed the Spotify...

  • 23 May 2019 Related TopicsBrexit Image copyright AFP Theresa May's Brexit withdrawal bill will not be published or debated until early June, the government says.The prime minister is under pressure to resign following a backlash from her own MPs against her pledged "new deal" on Brexit.Andrea Leadsom quit as Commons Leader, saying she could not announce the bill which had "new elements that I...

  • 23 May 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption File image of elderly woman A 102-year-old woman is suspected of having murdered her 92-year-old neighbour in a French retirement home.The suspected killer is now in a psychiatric hospital. Earlier she told one of the carers that she had "killed someone", a prosecutor said.A carer at the home in Chézy-sur-Marne, northern France, found...

  • By Alex Therrien & Francesca Gillett BBC News 23 May 2019 Related TopicsThe UK’s European elections 2019 Image copyright PA EU citizens living in the UK have told of their anger after they were unable to vote in the European elections.The Electoral Commission said the "very short notice" from the government about the UK's participation in the elections had an impact on the process.EU...

  • 23 May 2019 Image copyright Getty Images A French judge has charged the president of Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) football club, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, with corruption over Qatari bids to host the world athletics championships.Judicial sources quoted by AFP news agency said the case focused on the championships held in 2017 and 2019.Mr Khelaifi, who is also the boss of Qatari TV channel BeIn Sports,...

  • 22 May 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Google is to be investigated for its advertising practices. The Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) has started an inquiry into the way that Google provides advertising services across the European Union. The watchdog is investigating whether the use of personal data to target online advertising is compliant with European privacy rules....

  • 22 May 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Residents of Yekaterinburg voted against plans to build a cathedral in a park Residents of Russia's fourth-largest city, Yekaterinburg, have rejected plans to build a church in a popular park, ending a week of unrest. The governor of the surrounding region, Sverdlovsk, said the church would not be built as a result of a survey conducted by...

  • 22 May 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Fashion house Prada has announced it is to stop using fur from next year.Joh Vinding, chairman of the Fur Free Alliance (FFA), said: "The Prada group with its brands now joins a growing list of fur-free brands that are responding to consumers' changing attitudes towards animals."The FFA is a coalition of more than 50 animal protection organisations.Animal...

  • 22 May 2019 comments Related TopicsBrexit The prime minister is resisting calls to resign despite a growing backlash against her Brexit plan from Conservative MPs.Several cabinet ministers told the BBC that she cannot stay, with one saying it is "the end of the line".Tory backbenchers met on Wednesday evening, but decided not to change rules which would have allowed an immediate vote of no...

  • 22 May 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Prosecutors now believe the young woman acted in self-defence Prosecutors in Italy have released from house arrest a 19-year-old who killed her violent father at their home north of Rome.Deborah Sciacquatori acted in self-defence in an episode of domestic abuse, the local prosecutor decided.Initially accused of manslaughter, she now faces...