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’s baby milk scare: Police search Lactalis sites

France’s baby milk scare: Police search Lactalis sites

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A government report previously said food safety inspectors failed to detect salmonella during a routine check French police are searching several sites run by dairy group Lactalis as part of an ongoing investigation into a baby milk scare. More than 12 million boxes of powdered baby milk have already […]

Van Gogh drawing unveiled in the Netherlands after 100 years

Van Gogh drawing unveiled in the Netherlands after 100 years

Image copyright EPA A previously unknown drawing by Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh has gone on display in the Netherlands. The monochrome sketch called The Hill of Montmartre with Quarries dates from 1886, shortly after the artist moved to Paris. The forgotten piece sat in a private collection for almost a century. The drawing, alongside […]

Brexit: Britons take EU rights bid to Dutch court

Brexit: Britons take EU rights bid to Dutch court

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption An ECJ decision would affect all British nationals living in the EU Five UK nationals are going to court in the Netherlands in a campaign to keep their EU citizenship after Brexit. They want a Dutch judge to press the European Court of Justice (ECJ) to clarify their rights. […]

Russia human rights: ‘Arsonists’ target offices of Memorial

Russia human rights: ‘Arsonists’ target offices of Memorial

Image copyright Memorial Image caption The organisation posted photos of the fire damage on its website The prominent Russian human rights group Memorial says arsonists have set fire to its offices in the southern Russian republic of Ingushetia. The organisation believes it is an attempt to stop its work in the region. The attack comes […]

Catalonia: Can Carles Puigdemont rule from Belgium?

Catalonia: Can Carles Puigdemont rule from Belgium?

Image copyright EPA Image caption Carles Puigdemont (R) is in exile in Belgium The Catalan parliament in Barcelona has been standing empty for 83 days. The only official business has been done by the cleaning staff, keeping the cobwebs away. In October last year, the parliament chamber resounded with separatist songs of celebration when the […]

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 […]

Migrant crisis: France’s Macron visits Calais amid tensions

Migrant crisis: France’s Macron visits Calais amid tensions

Image copyright AFP Image caption The migrants gathered in Calais hope for a chance to cross to the UK President Emmanuel Macron is visiting Calais as he tries to tackle tensions over hundreds of migrants camped out in the area, trying to get to the UK. Many are congregating around the French port after a […]