Catalonia crisis: Spain could allow referendums, says FM

Media captionSpain’s foreign minister: “No sympathy” for Puigdemont Spain is considering constitutional changes that could allow its regions to hold referendums on independence in the future, the foreign minister says. Alfonso Dastis has told the BBC a nationwide vote on the issue could be held. The move is in recognition of the events in Catalonia, […]

Germany to recognise third gender for intersex people

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Birth certificates should carry a gender option for intersex people, the ruling says Germany’s top court has ruled that there must be the option of registering a third gender on birth certificates. It would make Germany the first European country to offer intersex people the choice of identifying as […]

Python found in trousers of drunk man in Germany

Python found in trousers of drunk man in Germany

Image copyright gettyimages Image caption Police are examining whether the man violated animal protection laws (file pic) A young man arrested by police in the German city of Darmstadt was found to be carrying a python in his trousers. The 19-year-old was detained for drunken behaviour after a reported altercation with another man had led […]

Pope Francis: Mass is for prayers not mobile phones

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Many pilgrims try to get pictures of the Pope at his audiences Pope Francis has chided the Catholic faithful for using their mobile phones during Mass. He said it made him sad when many phones were held up, and even priests and bishops were taking photos. The pontiff is not […]

Irish PM wears ‘shamrock poppy’ in parliament

Image copyright PA Image caption Taoiseach Leo Varadkar appeared with the “Shamrock Poppy” in parliament The prime minister of the Republic of Ireland has worn an Irish-themed red poppy badge to remember Irish soldiers who fought in World War One. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar appeared with the “shamrock poppy” in the Dáil – the parliament in […]

Silvio Berlusconi set for political comeback after Sicily vote

Image copyright AFP Image caption The 81-year-old’s long political career has been plagued by scandals Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi looks set for another political comeback after a coalition he backed won Sicily’s regional elections. The result adds momentum to the newly formed centre-right alliance. The vote on the Italian island has been viewed […]

Catalonia ex-officials freed by Belgian judge

Image copyright AFP Image caption Catalan independence supporters protested outside the prosecutor’s office in Brussels Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and four former ministers have been freed with conditions by an investigating judge in Belgium. The judge said they could not leave the country without permission and had to give details of their accommodation. They […]

Russia zookeeper recovering from tiger attack

Image copyright Reuters Image caption An onlooker took this photo of the tiger’s attack A Russian zookeeper is recovering in hospital after a tiger mauled her in front of shocked visitors. The zoo, in Russia’s Kaliningrad enclave on the Baltic, told the BBC that safety rules had been broken. The zookeeper and the Amur tiger […]

Rafael Nadal not recognised by guard at Paris Masters

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The world’s number one later withdrew from the tournament with a knee injury Rafael Nadal, one of the world’s most famous tennis players, has had an awkward moment at the entrance to the Paris Masters courts. A guard initially failed to recognise him and refused to allow him in. “Hello […]

Paradise Papers: Queen’s private estate invested £10m in offshore funds

Image copyright Getty Images About £10m of the Queen’s private money was invested offshore, leaked documents show. The Duchy of Lancaster, which provides the Queen with an income, held funds in the Cayman Islands and Bermuda. A small amount ended up in the company behind BrightHouse, a chain accused of irresponsible lending, and Threshers, which […]