Catalonia MPs elect separatist speaker as parliament reconvenes

Catalonia MPs elect separatist speaker as parliament reconvenes

Image copyright AFP Image caption With the election of Roger Torrent as speaker, separatist MPs have control of Catalonia’s parliament Catalan MPs in Barcelona have elected a pro-independence speaker at their first meeting since Madrid dissolved the region’s parliament. The choice of Roger Torrent is the first step to reinstating local government. Separatist parties, who […]

France scraps controversial Nantes airport proposal

France scraps controversial Nantes airport proposal

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Protesters react after the French government’s official announcement to abandon the project France has scrapped a controversial project to build an airport near the western city of Nantes, saying it did not have broad popular support. The plan was opposed by environmental groups that set up camp at the proposed […]

Romania to have first female prime minister, Viorica Dancila

Romania to have first female prime minister, Viorica Dancila

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Viorica Dancila is an ally of PSD leader Liviu Dragnea Viorica Dancila has been named as Romania’s first female PM following the sudden resignation of Mihai Tudose. Ms Dancila, a member of the European Parliament, is regarded as an ally of the governing Social Democratic Party (PSD) leader Liviu Dragnea. […]

Naked Auschwitz demonstrators who killed sheep convicted

Naked Auschwitz demonstrators who killed sheep convicted

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The incident took place last March beneath the main gate at Auschwitz Twelve people who stripped naked in front of the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz and killed a sheep have been convicted of profaning the site. A court in the Polish city of Oswiecim jailed two of the […]

Giulio Regeni murder: Cambridge University defends lecturer

Giulio Regeni murder: Cambridge University defends lecturer

Image copyright Amnesty International Image caption Giulio Regeni’s body was found dumped in the outskirts of Cairo Cambridge University has denounced a “campaign of denigration” aimed at implicating one of its lecturers in the murder of an Italian student in Egypt. The “concerted efforts” against Dr Maha Abdelrahman happen despite her efforts to co-operate with […]

Kim Wall death: Danish prosecutors say murder was planned

Kim Wall death: Danish prosecutors say murder was planned

Image copyright AFP Image caption Kim Wall went missing after boarding Peter Madsen’s submarine Danish prosecutors have charged inventor Peter Madsen with murdering Swedish journalist Kim Wall and will attempt to have him jailed for life. Her dismembered remains were found at sea on 21 August last year, 11 days after she interviewed him aboard […]

Syria war: Turkish forces mass near Kurdish areas

Syria war: Turkish forces mass near Kurdish areas

Image copyright AFP Image caption Turkish military lorries were photographed transporting tanks to the border with Syria on Tuesday Turkey’s president has warned of imminent military offensives on two Kurdish-held areas in northern Syria, as tanks and troops mass on the border. Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Syrian rebels would support Turkish efforts to clear the […]

Kim Wall death: Prosecutors formally charge Danish inventor

Kim Wall death: Prosecutors formally charge Danish inventor

Image copyright AFP Image caption Kim Wall went missing after boarding Peter Madsen’s submarine Danish prosecutors have formally charged the inventor Peter Madsen with the murder of Swedish journalist Kim Wall in August, and will seek to have him jailed for life. Her dismembered body was found at sea after she interviewed him on board […]

Moscow’s 2017 December was its ‘darkest’ on record

Moscow’s 2017 December was its ‘darkest’ on record

Image copyright EPA Image caption Moscow’s dark and snowy winter continues December set the record for the least amount of sunshine seen in Moscow, Russian weather experts say. “The sun didn’t come out even once for the entire month,” said the weather website Meteonovosti. According to Russia’s main weather centre, the sun did shine for […]

Top Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic shot dead

Top Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic shot dead

Image copyright AFP Image caption Ivanovic was standing trial for war crimes committed in 1999 A prominent Kosovo Serb politician, Oliver Ivanovic, has been shot dead outside his party offices in the Serb-run north of Mitrovica. Ivanovic, seen as a moderate Kosovo Serb leader, was shot four times in the chest and died later in […]

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