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The Paris prosecutor’s office has opened an investigation into the allegations of gang rape. Photograph:  Fred de Noyelle/Getty Images

Police are questioning three Paris firefighters in connection with the alleged rape of a woman at their station. The firefighters, who were not on du(...)

Terrassenhaus in Berlin

If there’s a recurrent theme in this year’s Mies van der Rohe European Prize for Contemporary Architecture, it is surely imaginative renovation and tr(...)

 Italian senator Roberto Calderoli said his comments were just ‘playful banter’. File photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

A senator from Italy’s far-right League has been given an 18-month prison sentence for likening the country’s first black minister to an “orangutan”. (...)

 A handout photo  shows the location of a 5.9-magnitude earthquake  near Port-de-Paix, Haiti. Photograph: USGS handout/EPA

An earthquake hit northern Haiti late on Saturday, killing at least 11 people and sparking an overnight scramble to help towns in the impoverished Ca(...)

Cecile Kyenge, photographed in Rome in  July 2013 when she was Italy’s integration minister. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli /AFP/Getty Images)

When Cécile Kyenge was appointed Italy’s first black government minister in 2013, she was likened to an “orang-utan” by a politician from the country’(...)