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- Ukraine: Russian soldier on trial for war crimes in Kyiv asks for forgiveness — live updateson 2022-05-19 at 13:38
The first Russian soldier to face trial for killing a civilian has asked the man’s widow for "forgiveness." Ukrainian President Zelenskyy has warned of a long war. Follow DW for the latest.
- ‘In the mind of a hero’: Biographers of Ukraine’s Zelensky explore his rise and appealby Erin OGUNKEYE on 2022-05-19 at 12:57
They say life imitates art. But in the case of Volodymyr Zelensky, art seemingly predicted life. He went from an acting role as Ukranian leader to a highly admired, real-life wartime president. How to explain such widespread appeal? What does he have that other leaders seem to lack? Régis Genté and Stéphane Siohan are the authors of one of the first French biographies of Volodymyr Zelensky. They joined us for Perspective.
- Spain’s former King Juan Carlos to visit Spain after two-year exileby FRANCE24 on 2022-05-19 at 12:49
Former Spanish King Juan Carlos is due to land in Spain later on Thursday (May 19) for his first visit since he departed to Abu Dhabi in 2020 under a cloud of financial scandals that shook the Royal House.
- UK police concludes ‘partygate’ investigation into Johnson governmentby NEWS WIRES on 2022-05-19 at 11:43
Britain’s Metropolitan Police said Thursday it has concluded its investigation into breaches of COVID-19 regulations at British government offices, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s official residence, with a total of 126 fines issued over the offenses.
- European Parliament backs sanctions against Germany’s ex-Chancellor Gerhard Schröderon 2022-05-19 at 11:13
The parliament has called for sanctions on former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder because of his links to Russia.
- UK: Police end inquiry into ‘Partygate’ scandal at Downing Streeton 2022-05-19 at 10:26
Police have ended an investigation into breaches of COVID lockdown rules that sparked outrage across the United Kingdom. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has not received any more fines.
- NATO enlargement : Biden to meet leaders of Finland, Swedenby FRANCE24 on 2022-05-19 at 10:19
US President Joe Biden meets the leaders of Sweden and Finland on Thursday (May 19) after the nations set aside their long-standing neuNAtrality and moved to join the NATO alliance in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Turkey has raised questions about including Finland and Sweden in the alliance, asking Sweden halt support for Kurdish militants it considers a terrorist group and both to lift their bans on some sales of arms to Turkey.
- Chancellor Olaf Scholz tells German parliament ‘Russia must not win this war’on 2022-05-19 at 08:00
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has delivered a statement to the German parliament ahead of an EU summit on the war in Ukraine. Scholz described the war in Ukraine as the greatest crisis facing the EU in its history.
- Nearly 60 million people displaced in 2021 by conflict and natural disasterby NEWS WIRES on 2022-05-19 at 07:50
Conflicts and natural disasters forced tens of millions to flee within their own country last year, pushing the number of internally displaced people to a record high, monitors said Thursday.
- Ukrainian refugees in Italy housed in properties seized from mafiaby Natalia MENDOZA on 2022-05-19 at 07:16
More than 116,000 Ukrainian refugees have arrived in Italy since Ukraine was invaded by Russia in late February. To house them, Italian authorities have started to use properties seized from the mafia. Our correspondent in Italy, Natalia Mendoza, brings us the story.
- Are European academics helping China’s military?on 2022-05-19 at 04:00
An investigation by DW and partners has found that European researchers have cooperated with China’s National University of Defense Technology. The NUDT’s purpose is to "Strengthen the Armed Forces and the Nation."
- Live: Life sentence requested for Russian soldier in Ukraine war crimes trialby FRANCE 24 on 2022-05-19 at 03:50
Ukrainian prosecutors on Thursday requested a life sentence for the first Russian soldier on trial for war crimes since the start of Moscow’s invasion, an AFP reporter in the Kyiv courtroom said. Follow FRANCE 24’s liveblog for all the latest developments. All times are Paris time (GMT+2).
- Spain: Ex-King Juan Carlos to briefly visit from exileon 2022-05-19 at 02:25
Juan Carlos, the former king of Spain, will return to the country after spending nearly two years in self-imposed exile in the United Arab Emirates. Carlos is set to visit his son, King Felipe VI, in Madrid.
- Ukraine invasion could cause global food crisis, UN warnson 2022-05-18 at 23:52
UN chief Antonio Guterres warns that developing countries face disaster due to rising prices.
- Meet Gleb and Ukraine’s youth orchestra in exile in Sloveniaon 2022-05-18 at 23:02
A large group of talented young musicians and their families have been evacuated out of Ukraine into Slovenia.
- Juan Carlos: Spain’s ex-king to return after two-year exileon 2022-05-18 at 22:19
Juan Carlos left Spain in 2020 after he was linked to an inquiry into alleged corruption.
- Monkeypox: Portugal reports cases as outbreak spreadson 2022-05-18 at 20:41
Portuguese officials have confirmed five cases of the monkeypox disease. The viral infection, rarely found in Europe, has also been reported in Spain and the United Kingdom.
- Ukraine round-up: Mariupol aftermath and Russian soldier’s trialon 2022-05-18 at 19:41
Ukraine’s first war crimes trial opens and the EU pledges to spend up to €300bn to end its reliance on Russian gas.
- Russian soldier pleads guilty in first war crimes trial of Ukraine conflicton 2022-05-18 at 19:18
The 21-year-old admits killing an unarmed civilian, in Ukraine’s first war crimes trial since war began.
- Belarus introduces death penalty for ‘attempted’ terrorismby NEWS WIRES on 2022-05-18 at 17:41
Belarus has introduced the death penalty for attempts to carry out acts of terrorism – charges faced by exiled opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who on Wednesday joined the United States in denouncing the decision.
- EU reveals its plans to stop using Russian gason 2022-05-18 at 17:11
It will invest in pipelines in other countries but will speed up a shift to green energy.
- EU unveils €300 billion plan to reduce its energy dependency on Russiaon 2022-05-18 at 16:22
The European Union plans to invest up to €300 billion to reduce its dependence on Russian fossil fuels, the European Commission announced.
- How does a prisoner exchange work?on 2022-05-18 at 16:18
The Ukrainian fighters who surrendered at the Azovstal steelworks are now in Russian captivity. Ukraine is hoping for a prisoner exchange.
- Cyclist abandons race after popping cork in eyeon 2022-05-18 at 15:57
Italy’s Alberto Dainese is a surprise winner of stage 11 of the Giro d’Italia after Biniam Girmay was forced to abandon this year’s race.
- Why some young Swedes remain uneasy about joining NATOon 2022-05-18 at 15:13
While the majority of Swedes are in favor of joining NATO, there are others who even took to the streets in protest. They warn the decision is rushed and that Sweden should better stick with its tradition of neutrality.
- ‘Don’t trust Putin,’ says Ukraine’s ex-president Poroshenko after Azovstal evacuationby Marc PERELMAN on 2022-05-18 at 14:18
In an interview with FRANCE 24, former Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko expressed concern over the fate of the Ukrainian soldiers evacuated from the besieged Azovstal steel plant in the eastern city of Mariupol, saying that Russian President Vladimir Putin should “never” be trusted. Ukrainian authorities say the fighters have been taken to areas under the control of Russian forces or pro-Russian rebels and will be exchanged at a later date for Russian prisoners.
- NATO: Turkey blocks early talks on Finland and Sweden joiningon 2022-05-18 at 13:38
Turkey has blocked discussions on Finland and Sweden’s accession NATO hours after the countries officially launched their bids to join the alliance, a diplomatic source told DW on condition of anonymity.
- Mariupol’s Azovstal fighters: What next for Ukraine’s captured soldierson 2022-05-18 at 13:22
Ukraine wants to exchange them for Russian prisoners of war, but some in Russia want them put on trial.
- Germany to give Czechs tanks so it could provide more weapons to Ukraine — as it happenedon 2022-05-18 at 12:22
The Czech Republic will receive tanks donated by Germany as the country passes its stocks of Soviet weaponry to Ukraine. Meanwhile, a Russian soldier pleaded guilty to killing an unarmed civilian.
- Ukraine war: ‘I had to stay below ground for more than 60 days’on 2022-05-18 at 11:48
Katerina spent more than two months beneath the besieged Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, Ukraine.
- Germany beer bottle shortage: Industry warns of ‘tense’ situationon 2022-05-18 at 10:16
Rising energy costs and a shortage of lorry drivers could lead to a beer bottle shortage this summer.
- Sweden and Finland formally submit Nato applicationson 2022-05-18 at 08:14
The alliance’s secretary general Jens Stoltenberg says it is “a historic moment, which we must seize”.
- Finland and Sweden formally submit bids to join NATO military allianceon 2022-05-18 at 06:20
Two new prospective members of the 73-year-old NATO alliance have submitted their applications to join. Their bids, which come in light of Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, have already faced resistance from Turkey.
- US reopens Kyiv embassy as Russian soldier pleads guilty at first war crimes trialby FRANCE 24 on 2022-05-18 at 03:58
The US Embassy in Kyiv reopened on Wednesday after a three-month closure due to Russia’s February 24 invasion of Ukraine. Earlier the same day, a 21-year-old Russian soldier facing the first war crimes trial since Russia’s invasion pleaded guilty to killing an unarmed civilian. Follow FRANCE 24’s liveblog for all the latest developments. All times are Paris time (GMT+2).
- Beer bottle shortage for summer season, German breweries warnon 2022-05-18 at 03:48
Rising production costs and logistical issues could lead to a beer bottle shortage, breweries say. Small and mid-sized breweries are likely to be most affected.
- Cannes Film Festival: Grand opening for the 75th editionby FRANCE24 on 2022-05-18 at 02:01
After two years of Covid disruption, the Cannes Film Festival returns to its traditional May slot for a 75th anniversary edition stacked with celebrated auteurs and Hollywood starpower, including Tom Cruise.
- Ukraine: The police officer who lost his family in one Russian strikeon 2022-05-17 at 23:23
Ivan Simoroz’s home was hit by Russian bombs, killing six members of his family – days later he returned to work.
- Måneskin’s crazy rise to fame: ‘We only slept in our own beds 10 times last year’on 2022-05-17 at 23:09
The Italian rock band relive the highs and lows of becoming a global success after winning Eurovision.
- French Open: Carlos Alcaraz aiming to seize Rafael Nadal’s crown at Roland Garroson 2022-05-17 at 23:06
Carlos Alcaraz is seen as “the best player right now” in men’s tennis – can he land his first Grand Slam at the French Open?
- Mariupol: The 80 days that left a flourishing city in ruinson 2022-05-17 at 22:59
The Ukrainian port which has seen some of the most intense fighting is now under Russian control.
- Ivan Kuliak: Russian gymnast given one-year ban for wearing pro-war symbol on podium next to Ukrainianon 2022-05-17 at 22:21
Russian gymnast Ivan Kuliak is given a one-year ban for wearing a national war symbol on the podium at an event in Qatar in March.
- Was Ukraine’s Zelensky honoured by Poland with a stamp?by James CREEDON on 2022-05-17 at 19:02
We take a look at some fake news concerning President Zelensky of Ukraine, the Dalai Lama and a victim of domestic violence in Russia.
- Spain: Cabinet approves menstrual leave billon 2022-05-17 at 18:29
Spain could become the first European country to cover sick leave for workers experiencing period pain. The draft law, which still has to pass through Parliament, has sparked a debate.
- Azovstal eyewitness recounts her evacuation from Mariupol steel planton 2022-05-17 at 18:02
Two months of nonstop bombardments, without medicine or enough food: A civilian spoke with DW about her rescue from a bunker in the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol.
- Putin says EU ditching Russian oil is ‘economic suicide’on 2022-05-17 at 17:33
Russia’s president has said banning oil imports from his country would be impossible for some dependent European states, after the EU failed to reach consensus to impose the measure.
- ‘In N. Ireland the balance of sensitivities is very delicate’by FRANCE24 on 2022-05-17 at 16:25
2022-05-17 18:11 ‘In N. Ireland the balance of sensitivities is very delicate’
- The Northern Ireland Protocol: What does each side want?on 2022-05-17 at 16:18
Can the UK, the EU and parties in Northern Ireland find a solution to the Northern Ireland Protocol?
- ICC sends war crimes investigative team to Ukraine — as it happenedon 2022-05-17 at 16:15
The largest-ever group of ICC investigators is being sent to Ukraine on a mission to find evidence that the court in The Hague could use to prosecute war criminals.
- Can Turkey block Sweden and Finland’s entry into NATO?by Grégoire SAUVAGE on 2022-05-17 at 15:27
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has expressed strong views against Sweden and Finland’s entry into NATO. He has accused the two Nordic countries, in particular Sweden, of serving as a refuge for the “terrorists” of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, Ankara’s bête noire. However, will Turkey go all way and block the accession process? FRANCE 24 takes a closer look.
- EU vows response if UK scraps Northern Ireland Brexit ruleson 2022-05-17 at 14:54
Brussels has said a British proposal to effectively override parts of a Brexit deal with a new law is "not acceptable." The UK has proposed a new law to drop part of the Brexit agreement on Northern Ireland trade.
- Dublin says concerned over UK’s decision to unilaterally alter terms of post-Brexit trade dealby NEWS WIRES on 2022-05-17 at 14:49
Ireland’s foreign minister said the lining up by Britain of new laws that would effectively override parts of a deal with the European Union on post-Brexit trade to Northern Ireland was of “great concern.”
- Finland’s Parliament approves NATO membership applicationon 2022-05-17 at 12:45
Finland has overwhelmingly approved a proposal to join NATO after a parliamentary debate, potentially turning around a decades-old policy of neutrality. Fewer than 10 lawmakers opposed applying to the defense alliance.
- Ukraine: Fighters evacuated from Mariupol steelworks arrive in Russian-held townon 2022-05-16 at 23:32
Ukraine’s defence ministry says 53 heavily injured fighters were taken to the town of Novoazovsk.
- Will swapping out electric car batteries catch on?on 2022-05-16 at 23:05
One Chinese carmaker has plans for thousands of stations in Europe where you can switch batteries.
- Ukraine Eurovision win: Presenter hosting from bunker jumps for joyon 2022-05-16 at 09:45
Timur Miroshnychenko tells BBC Breakfast he hopes the country will be able to host next year.
- A tale of two femicides – and media biason 2022-05-15 at 23:46
The media covers some murders less than others, but crimes of femicide may at least soon be counted more accurately.
- Finland and Sweden Nato membership decision not up to Russia – USon 2022-05-15 at 10:12
The comments come after Putin warned Finland it would be making a “mistake” if it joined Nato.
- Eurovision win brings ‘incredible happiness’ to Ukraineon 2022-05-15 at 04:07
Public support helped push Kalush Orchestra and their song Stefania on to win with 631 points.
- Eurovision 2022: Highlights of Ukraine’s winning nighton 2022-05-15 at 00:08
Ukraine won the Eurovision song contest 2022, with the UK coming second, its best result since 1998.