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 […]

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 […]

England’s first ‘prisoner of war’ discovered

England’s first ‘prisoner of war’ discovered

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The earliest use of “prisoner of war” in England appears after the Battle of Poitiers, fought in 1356 The earliest known use of the term “prisoner of war” in England has been discovered by a historian at the University of Southampton. Court documents from 1357 show the term first […]

Syria war: Turkey denounces US ‘terror army’ plan for border

Syria war: Turkey denounces US ‘terror army’ plan for border

Image copyright AFP Image caption About half of the border force will be made up of Syrian Democratic Forces fighters Key powers involved in Syria’s civil war have criticised US plans to help an allied Kurdish-led militia set up a 30,000-strong “border security force”. Turkey’s president vowed to “suffocate” efforts to begin training members of […]

France’s ‘Black Widow of the Riviera’ tried over poisonings

France’s ‘Black Widow of the Riviera’ tried over poisonings

Image copyright AFP Image caption Police say Ms Dagorn allegedly asked her victims for money, or to name her in their wills A woman who has been dubbed “the Black Widow of the Riviera” has gone on trial in the south of France, accused of seducing and poisoning four elderly men – two of whom […]

Elderly Germans lose bingo in legal scare

Elderly Germans lose bingo in legal scare

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption No large sums changed hands at the German bingo evenings (archive pic) A care home provider in Cologne has suspended its popular bingo evenings for the elderly because it does not have a licence for gambling. An accountant said SBK-Köln’s bingo evenings could be illegal, after spotting that a […]