Opposition wins in Lower Saxony
Sunday, 20 January 2013 23:27
Opposition wins in Lower SaxonyThe SPD had enjoyed a comfortable lead until polling day arrived

Chancellor Angela Merkel's centre-left opponents have won a narrow victory in elections in the German state of Lower Saxony.

The Social Democrats and the Greens won a single-seat majority in the state legislature, a region...

France wants 'reconquest' of Mali
Sunday, 20 January 2013 21:12
France wants 'reconquest' of MaliThere are now some 2,000 French troops in Mali

France's military aim in Mali is its "total reconquest", French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has said.

"We will not leave any pockets" of resistance, he told French television.

France has sent in 2,000 troops to help Malian forces...

Amour bags Critic awards hat-trick
Sunday, 20 January 2013 20:42
AmourAmour also stars French film actor Jean-Louis Trintignant

Bafta and Oscar-nominated film Amour has bagged a hat-trick of London Critics' Circle Film Awards, including film and screenplay of the year for writer and director Michael Haneke.

French screen veteran Emmanuelle Riva was named...

Austrians vote for conscription
Sunday, 20 January 2013 18:48
Austrians vote for conscriptionSome 22,000 Austrian men are currently conscripted into the military each year

Austrians have voted overwhelmingly in favour of retaining compulsory military service.

With all votes in the referendum counted, except postal ballots, 59.8% voted to keep the draft with 40.2% against, the...

'Strong case' for EU vote - Hague
Sunday, 20 January 2013 12:40

William Hague said the public should ultimately decide on the issue

There is a "strong case" for the British public to decide on the UK's future relationship with Europe in a referendum,...

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