Lost purse from 1957 found in wall of school

A purse lost by a girl 63 years ago has been found in the wall of a school in Ohio. Chas Pyle, a custodian at North Canton Middle School in Ohio, found the red purse wedged behind a locker while carrying out…

Outrage after French ski resort drops snow by helicopter

A ski resort in France has used a helicopter to drop 60 tonnes of snow to prevent its slopes from closing. The decision by officials at Luchon-Superbagnères has been criticised over the cost both to the council and the environment. However the…

Migrant, lawyer, fighter: The many faces of Austria’s justice minister

Alma Zadic is nervous about standing too close to the row of large windows in her office. Since becoming Austria’s justice minister, the threats have been relentless. “A bullet is reserved for you,” read a recent one. Hours after being…

Sean O’Grady Churchill set out a blueprint for the EU in a 1946 speech

Given how bulkily he towers over the European debate, and has since the end of the Second World War, maybe a good starting point for assessing Britain’s troubled, ambiguous, and now emotionally charged relationship with Europe is with Winston Churchill.…

Thousands take part in Japan’s ‘Naked Festival’

Ten thousand men stripped off to take part in “Hadaka Matsuri”, an annual naked festival in Japan‘s Honshu Island. The loincloth-clad competitors gathered at the Saidaiji Temple in Okayama Prefecture for the event to celebrate prosperity and fertility.  Their aim was to snatch one…

Couple held over sex video release linked to Paris mayoral candidate

 A Russian dissident artist who published screenshots of sexual images that forced a Paris mayoral candidate to step down has been arrested alongside his girlfriend.  The couple were held for questioning on Sunday after Benjamin Griveaux, a close ally of the French…

Borzou Daragahi Millions of desperate refugees struggling in Turkey pine for Europe

Ten times the Syrian family of five tried to make it across the border to the west from Turkey. They tried via the land border to traverse the woods and make it into Bulgaria. They tried in flimsy rafts to…

One dead and several injured in mass shooting inside US nightclub

One person has died and several have been injured after a mass shooting inside a US nightclub, according to police. A 28-year-old male was killed after someone opened fire at a bar in Connecticut, local police said. Two men and two women were…

US embassy in Baghdad attacked with rockets

Rockets have dropped near the US embassy in Iraq and a military base hosting American troops, according to officials. There have been no causalities reported following the strikes, which fell amid heightened tensions in the Middle East.  Two rockets dropped inside the…

Britain and EU ‘will rip each other apart during trade talks’

Britain and the EU will “rip each other apart” during Brexit trade negotiations, the French foreign minister has warned. Jean-Yves le Drian said it would be tough to conclude the talks by the end of the year because of the…