• 18 January 2019 comments Image copyright Reuters Ryanair has cut its profit forecast blaming lower-than-expected air fares. The airline's chief executive, Michael O'Leary, said Ryanair could not rule out having to cut fares further. Fares are expected to fall 7% this winter.He said the low fares were already causing problems for rivals, including Flybe which was rescued last week.Full-year...

  • 18 January 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The policeman's case is a reminder that anti-gay prejudice was rife in the 1970s Austria must compensate an ex-policeman who was sacked in 1976 for sexual indecency with minors and who lost 25% of his police pension, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled.He committed the offence with two boys aged 14 and 15. The age of consent...

  • By Catherine Burns Health correspondent 18 January 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Pharmacists say they are struggling to obtain many common medicines including painkillers and anti-depressants.This is leaving patients complaining of delays in getting hold of drugs and pharmacists paying over the odds for common medicines.The BBC has found there has been a big rise in the number of drugs on...

  • 18 January 2019 Related TopicsBrexit Image copyright EPA/BBC Image caption Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and Jens Lehmann are among the letter's signatories Leading German figures have written to the UK asking it to stay in the EU.The letter, published in the Times, is signed by 31 people, including the leader of the Christian Democratic Union - and likely successor to Angela Merkel - Annegret...

  • 18 January 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionGrace Meng says "cruel" China is persecuting her husbandThe wife of Meng Hongwei, the Interpol president held in China since September, has sought asylum in France for herself and her twin children.Grace Meng and the seven-year-olds live in Lyon, the international police agency's headquarters. Meng Hongwei disappeared...

  • 18 January 2019 Related TopicsIrish abortion referendum Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Republic of Ireland voted to overturn its abortion ban in a referendum in May A woman in the Irish Republic was refused an abortion despite her unborn baby being diagnosed with a fatal foetal abnormality, the Dáil (parliament) has heard.It is alleged that the termination was denied at...

  • 18 January 2019 Image copyright David S Troyer/Instagram Image caption Mac the Moose stares down Norway's Storelgen Since 1984, residents of Moose Jaw have had one big thing about which they could boast: Mac the Moose.The Canadian city was long the proud owner of the world's tallest moose statue, a 9.75m (32-foot) steel-framed creature, covered with metal mesh and cement.But a few years ago, a...

  • 18 January 2019 Related TopicsFrance yellow vest protests Image copyright AFP Image caption Police have issued guidance this week to aim the LBD40 riot gun away from the head Appalling injuries caused by French police riot guns during the yellow-vest protests have triggered anger and calls for the weapon to be banned.The LBD launchers known by protesters as "flash-balls" have left 40 people...

  • 18 January 2019 Image copyright EPA Image caption "They are killing us": the murder last month of schoolteacher Laura Luelmo sparked protests at violence against women A man who murdered his wife is believed to have gone on to kill his defence lawyer when they had an affair after he was paroled, Spanish officials say.Jose Javier Salvador Calvo, 50, jumped to his death from a bridge in the...

  • 18 January 2019 Image copyright Reuters Image caption Rybka pleaded guilty to soliciting in Thailand A Belarusian model who said she had evidence of Russian collusion with Donald Trump's election campaign is now in Russian police custody. Nastya Rybka (real name Anastasia Vashukevich) was detained at Moscow's main airport after being deported from Thailand for soliciting.Her lawyer posted a...

  • 16 January 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Renault is moving to replace its boss, Carlos Ghosn, who is in detention on charges of financial misconduct, according to media reports.The French carmaker has kept Mr Ghosn on as chief executive and chairman since he was first arrested in November.The reports come after a Tokyo court rejected a request for bail on Tuesday. Lawyers for Mr Ghosn, who...

  • 16 January 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Benfica was one of the clubs targeted by the suspected hacker Portuguese police say a man has been detained in Hungary and media reports suggest he is a suspect in the hacking of documents from football clubs.The 30-year-old Portuguese, who has not been officially named, was detained with electronic equipment in the capital, Budapest,...

  • By Simon Read Personal finance reporter 17 January 2019 comments Related TopicsBrexit Image copyright Reuters If UK motorists plan to drive abroad after 29 March, they need to act soon or risk breaking the law.That's because a no-deal Brexit would leave drivers needing to have proof of insurance known as a Green Card.EU regulations will hit businesses and individuals. They will also apply to...

  • 17 January 2019 Image copyright NORTHERN TERRITORY POLICE Image caption Monika Billen's body was found on Wednesday, two weeks after she was last seen Australian police say they have found the body of a German tourist near a bush track in the Northern Territory.Monika Billen, 62, was last seen on 2 January at a popular outback tourist spot, Emily Gap, close to the town of Alice Springs.Her body...

  • 17 January 2019 Related TopicsUkraine conflict Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Facebook said one campaign it shut down had links to staff at Russia's Sputnik news agency Facebook has removed 500 pages and accounts allegedly involved in peddling fake news in Central Europe, Ukraine and other Eastern European nations.The action ends efforts by two separate groups to "manipulate people",...

  • 17 January 2019 Image copyright EPA Image caption The Russian leader was given full military honours as he arrived in the Serbian capital Russia's Vladimir Putin has arrived in Serbia at the head of powerful delegation, aiming to cement ties with a country seeking to join the EU.As well as a red-carpet welcome, President Aleksandar Vucic gave him a puppy while Mr Putin awarded his counterpart a...

  • 17 January 2019 Image copyright AFP Image caption Alexandre Benalla worked for Mr Macron during his presidential campaign A sacked aide to French President Emmanuel Macron has been detained over the use of diplomatic passports.The Paris prosecutor's office said a preliminary inquiry had been opened into Alexandre Benalla's alleged possession of two passports.He is alleged to have used them...

  • 17 January 2019 Related TopicsBrexit Image copyright Getty Images Image caption France will spend millions of euros preparing ports and airports for a no-deal Brexit French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has said a no-deal Brexit looks "less and less unlikely" and has launched a contingency plan to prepare for it.After the UK Parliament rejected the withdrawal agreement, Mr Philippe said laws...

  • 16 January 2019 Related TopicsRussia-Trump inquiry Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Putin (left) and Mr Trump had a private conversation during the 2017 G20 summit in Hamburg Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has lambasted the US press for reporting that President Donald Trump may have worked for Moscow. "I believe that for the American press it is simply a sort of a decline of...

  • 16 January 2019 Image copyright EPA Image caption Enes Kanter joined the New York Knicks in September 2017 Turkish prosecutors have issued an international arrest warrant for New York Knicks basketball player Enes Kanter, Turkish media report.They reportedly accuse Mr Kanter, a 26-year-old centre at the NBA club, of having links with armed groups said to be behind the 2016 failed coup. The...