Migrant crisis dominates as EU meets
Thursday, 17 December 2015 17:14
Media captionKatya Adler reports on the challenges facing the EU

EU leaders are gathering in Brussels for an end-of-year summit focused on tackling Europe's migrant crisis.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and leaders from seven other EU nations held a special meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu earlier.

One proposal being considered...

Putin pours fresh scorn on Turkey
Thursday, 17 December 2015 17:14
Media captionThe marathon Q&A session is one of the highlights of Russia's political calendar

Russian President Vladimir Putin has used crude language in a furious new attack on Turkey over the shooting down of a Russian combat jet last month.

"The Turks", he said, had "decided to lick the Americans in a certain place".

He was giving his...

IMF chief Lagarde faces French trial
Thursday, 17 December 2015 17:14
IMF chief Lagarde faces French trialImage copyrightAFPImage caption Christine Lagarde denies wrongdoing in the Bernard Tapie compensation case

IMF chief Christine Lagarde is to stand trial in France for alleged negligence over a €404m ($438m; £294m); payment to a businessman in 2008.

She was finance minister in President Nicolas Sarkozy's...

Bayer sued in Germany over pill risks
Thursday, 17 December 2015 14:52
Bayer sued in Germany over pill risksImage copyrightAFPImage caption Felicitas Rohrer had reportedly been taking Yasminelle for eight months when she collapsed

A German woman is suing pharmaceuticals giant Bayer, claiming its contraceptive pill Yasminelle caused her to suffer a pulmonary embolism.

Felicitas Rohrer, is seeking €200,000 (£145,000; $2...

Putin: We will never let the USA control Russia
Thursday, 17 December 2015 12:39

Russian President Vladimir Putin holds his large press conference in Moscow on December 17.

In the beginning of the press conference, Putin spoke about the current state of affairs in the Russian economy. According to Putin, the falling oil prices seriously affected the Russian economy and all of its key indicators. GDP fell by 3.7%, the inflation...

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