Dutch farm case: Father beat children to ward off ‘bad spirits’, court hears

Image copyright EPA Image caption In the first hearing in the Ruinerwold case, prosecutors described the abuse allegedly suffered by the children A Dutch father accused of keeping six of his children captive in an isolated farmhouse beat them in order to ward off “bad spirits”, a court has heard.Gerrit-Jan Van Dorsten, 67, is charged […]

France apology after history textbook links CIA to 9/11

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Nearly 3,000 people died when four airliners hijacked by al-Qaeda jihadists were crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania A French publisher has apologised after a history textbook that appeared in bookshops in recent weeks suggested the 11 September 2001 attacks were probably […]

Davos: Trump decries climate ‘prophets of doom’ at World Economic Forum

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption”We must reject the perennial prophets of doom” – TrumpUS President Donald Trump has decried climate “prophets of doom” in a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where sustainability is the main theme.He called for a rejection of “predictions of the apocalypse” and said America […]

Alarm at Mexico butterfly conservationist’s disappearance

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Monarch butterflies fly in their millions to Mexico to hibernate in the forests Concern is growing in Mexico about an environmental activist and expert on the monarch butterfly who has been missing for more than a week.Homero Gómez manages a butterfly sanctuary in western Michoacán state, a region which is […]

Future Forward: Thai opposition party cleared over Illuminati claims

Image copyright AFP Image caption Future Forward’s leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit said the case was politically motivated A court in Thailand has acquitted one of the country’s largest opposition parties after it was accused of having links to a mythical secret society.A sedition charge against Future Forward alleged that it was influenced by the Illuminati and […]

Storm Gloria: Deadly squall batters Spain, then shifts to France

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Big waves battered beaches around Barcelona, which was on high alert Powerful storm Gloria has battered much of eastern Spain, with officials linking at least four deaths to it.The region around Valencia and the Balearic Islands were the worst-hit on Monday, with heavy flooding and strong winds causing havoc.More than […]

Van Gogh self-portrait is genuine, experts decide

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The painting’s colours threw doubt on its authenticity A brooding self-portrait by Vincent van Gogh has finally been declared genuine after years of uncertainty.Art experts have identified Self Portrait (1889) as the only work painted by the Dutch master while he was suffering from psychosis.It was confirmed as authentic by […]