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Iceland’s mooted circumcision ban sparks religious outrage

Image copyright Getty Images Religious groups have condemned a bill in Iceland’s parliament that would ban circumcision for non-medical reasons. The draft law would impose a six-year prison term on anyone guilty of “removing part or all of the [child’s] sexual organs”, arguing the practice violates the child’s rights. Jewish and Muslim leaders however have […]

Runaway cow escapes slaughterhouse to live on desert island

Image copyright AFP/Getty A cow set for a slaughterhouse has instead escaped, by ramming a fence and swimming to an island. The runaway bovine has sought sanctuary on the islands of Lake Nyskie in southern Poland for the past few weeks. Its owner gave up on capturing the animal after attempts to retrieve it led […]

Israel-Poland spat: Swastikas drawn on Polish embassy in Tel Aviv

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Israeli police are now investigation the incident Swastikas have been drawn on the gates of Poland’s embassy in Israel, a day after the country’s PM said Jews were among perpetrators of the Holocaust. Police in Tel Aviv launched an inquiry after profanities and the word “murderer” were also discovered. Polish […]

Russia Dagestan shooting: Five women killed in attack on churchgoers

Image copyright EPA Image caption Doctors examine wounded patients in a hospital in Kizlyar Five women have been killed in a shooting at a Christian church in Russia’s volatile republic of Dagestan. Five others, including a police officer and a national guardsman, were injured, Russian officials said. A man fired at people leaving an evening […]

Dagestan church shooting leaves five dead in Kizlyar

Five people have been killed in a shooting at a Christian church in the Russian republic of Dagestan. Five others were also injured in the shooting, Russia’s interior ministry said. A local man fired at people leaving an evening service in the city of Kizlyar, Russia’s Tass news agency said. The attacker was shot and […]

Israel rebukes Poland PM for ‘Jewish perpetrators’ remark

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Polish prime minister has not responded publicly to Israeli criticism Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has sharply rebuked his Polish counterpart for saying that Jews were among the perpetrators of the Holocaust. He said the remarks by Mateusz Morawiecki at the Munich Security Conference were “outrageous”. Mr Netanyahu said […]

Winter Olympics: Russian athlete suspected of failing doping test

A Russian athlete is suspected of failing a doping test at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, according to Russian news agency Tass. More than 160 competitors are taking part as neutral Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) as their country was banned from the Games over “systemic” doping at Sochi 2014, which they hosted. Several […]

‘I fix umbrellas to save the world’

Thierry Millet is possibly Europe‚Äôs last remaining artisanal umbrella repair man, working out of a small shop in central Paris. When BBC News visited his workshop, he said that by rescuing broken brollies he was doing his bit for the environment. ‘I fix umbrellas to save the world’

Israel rebukes Poland PM for ‘Jewish perpetrators’ remark

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Polish prime minister has not responded publicly to Israeli criticism Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has sharply rebuked his Polish counterpart for saying that Jews were among the perpetrators of the Holocaust. He said the remarks by Mateusz Morawiecki at the Munich Security Conference were “outrageous”. Mr Netanyahu said […]

Pope renews Vatican’s anti-sexual abuse panel

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Cardinal Sean O’Malley was re-appointed to lead the child protection panel Pope Francis has announced the renewal of the Church’s panel tasked with combating sexual abuse of children, in the wake of a fresh controversy. The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors is made up of eight men […]