Pope acts on saint-making 'abuses'

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Pope Francis has made combating perceived corruption in the Vatican a priority since becoming pontiff Pope Francis has brought in new regulations for the Vatican’s process of making saints after…


Erdogan's wife: Harem prepared for life

Image copyright AFP Image caption President Erdogan and his wife Emine have been married for 38 years The wife of Turkey’s president has described the harem of the Ottoman era as an “educational establishment that…


ECB cuts benchmark interest rate to 0%

European Central Bank cuts benchmark interest rate to 0% from 0.05% This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. If you…


Hawking – Brexit 'disaster' for science

Image copyright PA Prof Stephen Hawking has called for Britain to stay in the EU, saying that a Brexit would be a “disaster for UK science”. A letter to the Times newspaper signed by more…


German police probe 'haul of IS files'

Image caption The purported IS questionnaire has 23 sections, including addresses and phone numbers German counter-terrorism police are investigating documents said to reveal the identities of a large number of fighters of so-called Islamic State….


Swiss beaver compensation bid rejected

Switzerland beaver compensation bid turned down By News from Elsewhere… …as found by BBC Monitoring Image copyright AFP Image caption The destructive habits of beavers are proving too expensive for some Swiss localities Swiss MPs…


Merkel condemns migrant route closure

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mrs Merkel said “Greece cannot bear the weight for long” German Chancellor Angela Merkel has blamed European nations for “unilaterally” shutting the Balkan route for migrants. She said this had…

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AI beats human Go grandmaster… again

A Google-developed supercomputer bested a South Korean Go grandmaster again Thursday, taking a commanding 2-0 lead in a five-game series that has become a stunning global debut for a new style of "intuitive" artificial intelligence…


Irish parliament meets to elect speaker

Image caption The Irish parliament returns to Leinster House in Dublin on Thursday The 32nd Dáil Éireann (the Irish parliament) begins on Thursday with the election of a speaker, known as the ceann comhairle. However,…


German power is the real key to Europe

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Chancellor Merkel faces key regional elections We may know by the weekend if the Empress of Europe will be dethroned sooner rather than later, or if her latest deal…