Iceland election: Ruling party ahead in early results

Iceland election: Ruling party ahead in early results

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Ms Jakobsdóttir says she wants to use Iceland’s economic boom to fund investment Iceland’s main centre-right party looks set to remain the largest in a snap election called after a scandal over a paedophile toppled the coalition. Despite slight losses, PM Bjarni Benediktsson’s Independence Party is ahead of the Left-Green […]

Catalan ex-leader Carles Puigdemont vows to resist takeover

Catalan ex-leader Carles Puigdemont vows to resist takeover

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Puigdemont said Madrid’s actions were “premeditated aggression” Sacked Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has called for “democratic opposition” to direct rule from Madrid. He condemned the suspension of Catalonia’s autonomy and promised to continue to “work to build a free country”. He made the call in a pre-recorded TV address to […]

Iceland election: Voters go to polls after paedophile row

Iceland election: Voters go to polls after paedophile row

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Ms Jakobsdóttir says she wants to use Iceland’s economic boom to fund investment Icelanders are going to the polls to select a new government after a row over a paedophile led to the collapse of PM Bjarni Benediktsson’s coalition. The scandal erupted after it emerged that Mr Benediktsson’s father had […]

Catalonia independence: Spain takes charge of Catalan government

Catalonia independence: Spain takes charge of Catalan government

Image copyright EPA Image caption Spain’s Deputy PM Soraya Saenz de Santamaria is now officially in charge of Catalonia The Spanish government has stripped Catalonia of its autonomy and taken charge of its government. The measures early on Saturday came after the Catalan parliament voted to declare independence on Friday. An official state bulletin dismissed […]

Catalonia independence: Spain strips police chiefs of powers

Catalonia independence: Spain strips police chiefs of powers

Media captionBoth pro- and anti-independence groups came out onto the streets after the declaration The Spanish government has stripped Catalonia’s most senior police officials of their powers, hours after direct rule was imposed on the region. This is the first specific measure taken since the Catalan parliament voted to declare independence. PM Mariano Rajoy has […]

HIV-positive Italian Valentino Talluto jailed for infecting 30 women

HIV-positive Italian Valentino Talluto jailed for infecting 30 women

Image copyright AFP Image caption Valentino Talluto was arrested in November 2015 An Italian accountant has been jailed for 24 years after intentionally infecting 30 women with HIV. Valentino Talluto is said to have had unprotected sex with at least 53 women after his HIV diagnosis in 2006, the youngest of whom was 14 at […]

Catalonia independence: Rajoy dissolves Catalan parliament

Catalonia independence: Rajoy dissolves Catalan parliament

Media captionMariano Rajoy said fresh elections would be held Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is dissolving the Catalan parliament and calling snap local elections after MPs there voted to declare independence. Mr Rajoy said the unprecedented imposition of direct rule on Catalonia was essential to “recover normality”. He is also firing Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont […]

Headscarf row: German university lecturer ‘humiliates’ Muslim

Headscarf row: German university lecturer ‘humiliates’ Muslim

Image copyright AFP Image caption All the men in the lecture were required to remove their headwear (stock image) A row has erupted in Germany after a university lecturer told a Muslim woman she should remove her headscarf. Professor Gisela Müller-Brandeck-Bocquet has been accused of “discrimination” after asking everyone at the University of Würzburg lecture […]

Catalan parliament declares independence from Spain

Catalan parliament declares independence from Spain

Media captionThe moment Catalan parliament declared independence The Catalan regional parliament has voted to declare independence from Spain, while the Spanish parliament has approved direct rule over the region. Catalan MPs backed the motion 70-10 in a ballot boycotted by the opposition. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy earlier told senators direct rule was needed to […]

Catalan crisis: Spain PM Rajoy demands direct rule

Catalan crisis: Spain PM Rajoy demands direct rule

Image copyright EPA Image caption Mr Rajoy accused the Catalan government of fracturing society Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has called on senators to approve direct rule over Catalonia, amid an escalating crisis over the region’s push for independence. He said he wanted to dismiss Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, his vice-president and all regional ministers. […]