Catalonia independence: Puigdemont ‘could run if not in jail’

Media captionBarcelona rally demonstrator: ‘I feel forgotten by Catalan government’ Spain’s foreign minister has repeated his government’s position that the sacked Catalan leader could run in new elections in December, but stressed that meant only if he was not in jail. Alfonso Dastis spoke as a huge rally for Spanish unity was held in Catalonia’s […]

Strong storms kill five in Germany, Poland and Czech Republic

Image copyright AFP Image caption Flood waters surround cars parked at Hamburg’s Fish Market district Powerful storms have wreaked havoc in parts of central and northern Europe, killing at least five people in Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic. A 63-year-old camper drowned on the German coast as the result of a storm surge while […]

Iceland election: Independence Party still has most seats

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Mr Benediktsson’s Independence Party appears to have retained most seats Iceland’s governing coalition has suffered big losses in parliamentary elections with centre-left parties picking up many seats. PM Bjarni Benediktsson’s centre-right Independence Party remains the largest but lost nearly a quarter of its seats. The second snap election in a […]

Missing Russian helicopter found in Norway Arctic sea

Image copyright AFP Image caption A 2011 photo of the Russian Mi-8 helicopter at Barentsburg A Norwegian search team has located the wreckage of a Russian helicopter that crashed into the sea with eight people on board in the Arctic. The helicopter, which has been missing since Thursday, lies on the ocean floor off the […]

Anthony Joshua stops Carlos Takam in round 10 to defend IBF and WBA titles

The referee stepped in to end the fight with Joshua on top in the 10th round Britain’s Anthony Joshua defended his WBA and IBF world heavyweight titles by wearing down a game Carlos Takam with a controversial 10th-round stoppage at a raucous Principality Stadium. Joshua, 28, damaged his nose in a heavy head collision early […]

Catalan crisis: Spain Senate to vote on emergency powers

Media captionStudents with Catalan flags chanted “independence”. The Spanish Senate is due to discuss a plan by the Madrid government to take over some of Catalonia’s autonomous powers, amid an escalating crisis over the region’s push for independence. Earlier this month Catalonia held a disputed referendum on the issue. The Senate is expected to pass […]

Catalan crisis: Regional MPs debate Spain takeover bid

Media captionStudents with Catalan flags chanted “independence”. Catalonia’s parliament is debating the regional government’s push for independence, a day before Spain is expected to reassert control. Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont opted not to call regional elections as a way of breaking the deadlock with Madrid, asking MPs to discuss the way forward. The Spanish government […]

Russian helicopter lost off Svalbard in Arctic Norway

Image copyright AFP Image caption A 2011 photo of the Russian Mi-8 helicopter at Barentsburg Rescuers are trying to find a Russian Mi-8 civilian helicopter that crashed into the sea with eight people on board in the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard. Norway has sovereignty over Svalbard but Russia has a small coal-mining community in Barentsburg. […]

Amnesty’s Turkey chief Kilic denies terror links at trial

Image copyright Amnesty International Image caption Taner Kilic denied using an encrypted messaging app The indicted head of Amnesty International in Turkey, Taner Kilic, has denied alleged membership of the “terrorist” group blamed for the July 2016 coup attempt. Mr Kilic was speaking at the opening of his trial in Izmir, western Turkey. He has […]

Activists go on trial in Turkey on terror charges

Media captionActivist Nejat Tastan: “Turkey is targeting human rights defenders” Eight human rights activists on trial in Turkey on alleged terror charges, including a senior Amnesty International official, have been released on bail. Among those on trial are a German and a Swedish national. They each face up to 15 years in jail on charges […]

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