Lionel Messi ‘could swap tax fraud jail sentence for fine’

Lionel Messi ‘could swap tax fraud jail sentence for fine’

Image copyright PA Image caption Lionel Messi was found guilty of tax fraud in 2016 Football star Lionel Messi could avoid a 21-month prison sentence for tax fraud by paying a fine, Spanish media are reporting. Spain’s state prosecutor would swap jail time for a fine of €255,000 ($285,000; £224,000), which equates to €400 for […]

Brexit: UK offer on EU citizens a good start, says Merkel

Brexit: UK offer on EU citizens a good start, says Merkel

Image copyright AFP Image caption Angela Merkel says Brexit is not the focus of the two-day EU summit on Brussels German Chancellor Angela Merkel has described UK plans to ensure the rights of EU citizens in Britain after Brexit as “a good start”. However, she said there were “many, many other questions” about Brexit and […]

Brexit: EU citizens offered ‘UK settled status’ by PM May

Brexit: EU citizens offered ‘UK settled status’ by PM May

Image copyright AFP Image caption European Council President Donald Tusk and Theresa May held bilateral talks at the Brussels summit EU citizens legally resident in the UK should have the same rights as British citizens after Brexit, the UK prime minister has told EU leaders. “No-one will face a cliff edge,” Theresa May said at […]

UK in Brexit pledge on citizens’ rights at EU summit

UK in Brexit pledge on citizens’ rights at EU summit

Media captionLeaders of the 28 member states have plenty to discuss during the two-day summit, Elaine Jung explains EU leaders are holding summit talks in Brussels, where they will hear the UK’s plans for protecting EU citizens’ rights after Brexit. UK Prime Minister Theresa May will brief them on Thursday night. Negotiations on the UK’s […]

Greek rubbish strike causes stink

Greek rubbish strike causes stink

Image copyright EPA Image caption As the rubbish piles up, authorities in Athens have asked residents not to take their refuse out Piles of rubbish have been mounting in cities across Greece since the start of the week in a dispute over thousands of refuse collectors’ jobs. Tourist areas of Athens were among those worst […]

Exploding cream dispenser kills French fitness blogger

Exploding cream dispenser kills French fitness blogger

Image copyright Rebecca Burger Image caption Ms Burger described herself as a fitness, travel, and fashion enthusiast A well-known lifestyle blogger in France has been killed by an exploding whipped cream dispenser. Rebecca Burger’s death was announced on Facebook in what her family called a “domestic accident”. A warning against the faulty dispensers was posted […]

Pesto excluded from liquid ban by Italian airport

Pesto excluded from liquid ban by Italian airport

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Pesto-loving tourists at Genoa airport are happy to pay to keep their precious jars In an era of high-security air travel, many a passenger has fallen foul of the rules banning liquids on planes. But now an Italian airport has decided to waive the 100ml maximum limit – as […]

Fruit and veg farmers facing migrant labour shortages

Fruit and veg farmers facing migrant labour shortages

Media captionFruit farmers are finding it hard to recruit pickers UK summer fruit and salad growers are having difficulty recruiting pickers, with more than half saying they don’t know if they will have enough migrant workers to harvest their crops. Many growers blame the weak pound which has reduced their workers’ earning power, as well […]

Brexit and security loom large at EU summit in Brussels

Brexit and security loom large at EU summit in Brussels

Media captionLeaders of the 28 member states have plenty to discuss during the two-day summit, Elaine Jung explains EU leaders are heading to a Brussels summit amid heightened security after Tuesday’s foiled bomb attack at the Belgian capital’s main railway station. A Moroccan man was shot dead after detonating a bomb. Security will be high […]

Brexit and security loom large at EU summit

Brexit and security loom large at EU summit

Media captionLeaders of the 28 member states have plenty to discuss during the two-day summit, Elaine Jung explains EU leaders are heading to a Brussels summit amid heightened security after a foiled terror attack at the Belgian capital’s main railway station. A Moroccan man, found to have Islamist links, was shot dead by a soldier […]