North Italian city of Bolzano bans cricket in parks

North Italian city of Bolzano bans cricket in parks

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Vatican set up a cricket club in October 2013 The mayor of Bolzano in northern Italy has banned cricket in the city’s parks after a ball struck a two-year-old boy in the head. The boy, who was on the family’s balcony at the time, recovered from concussion. He was […]

Spain Catalonia: Rafael Nadal takes aim at banned referendum

Spain Catalonia: Rafael Nadal takes aim at banned referendum

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Rafael Nadal says he feels close to Catalans Spanish tennis champion Rafael Nadal has come out strongly against plans by Catalan nationalists to hold a banned independence referendum. Catalonia’s government is determined to hold the 1 October vote on breaking away from Spain, despite warnings that they are breaking […]

Catalan independence rally: Thousands gather in Barcelona

Catalan independence rally: Thousands gather in Barcelona

Media captionThousands march in Barcelona in support for an independence referendum Thousands of Catalans are thronging the streets of Barcelona to mark their national day – the “Diada” – and show support for an independence referendum. Catalonia’s pro-independence government plans to hold the referendum on 1 October, defying Spain which deems it illegal. Catalonia has […]

Rage at tsar film suspected in Russia car blaze

Rage at tsar film suspected in Russia car blaze

Image copyright dobrynin/facebook Image caption An arson attack in central Moscow is believed to be linked to the controversial film Matilda Two cars have been set ablaze in central Moscow outside a lawyer’s office linked to a controversial film about Russia’s last tsar. Lawyer Konstantin Dobrynin is acting for the film director Alexei Uchitel, whose […]

Crimean Tatar leader Chiygoz jailed by Russian court

Crimean Tatar leader Chiygoz jailed by Russian court

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Crimean Tatars make up an estimated 12% of the peninsula’s population (file picture) A prominent opponent of Russia’s annexation of Crimea has been given eight years in jail for stirring up protests. Akhtem Chiygoz, deputy chairman of the Crimean Tatar parliament, the Mejlis, took part in a rally backing […]

‘Anti-Semitic’ gang robbed Paris Jewish family

‘Anti-Semitic’ gang robbed Paris Jewish family

Image copyright AFP Image caption Roger Pinto is president of Siona, a prominent Jewish community group (photo: July 2006) French police are trying to find a gang who took a Jewish family hostage in their suburban Paris home, in what is seen as an anti-Semitic attack. A Jewish community leader – 78-year-old Roger Pinto – […]

Former governor Mikheil Saakashvili ‘forces entry’ to Ukraine

Former governor Mikheil Saakashvili ‘forces entry’ to Ukraine

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mikheil Saakashvili (centre) was surrounded by a large crowd at the border Mikheil Saakashvili, Georgia’s ex-president and one-time regional governor in Ukraine, has crossed into the country, helped by hundreds of his supporters. Mr Saakashvili said he was unexpectedly swept over the border by a crowd, angry that the crossing […]

Rafael Nadal wins US Open with straight-set win over Kevin Anderson

Rafael Nadal wins US Open with straight-set win over Kevin Anderson

Rafael Nadal secured victory in two hours and 28 minutes on Arthur Ashe Stadium Rafael Nadal won his third US Open and 16th Grand Slam title with a one-sided victory over South Africa’s Kevin Anderson in New York. The world number one powered to a 6-3 6-3 6-4 victory in Sunday’s final at Flushing Meadows. […]

Tony Blair wants tougher UK immigration rules

Tony Blair wants tougher UK immigration rules

Image copyright PA Tony Blair has called on the government to introduce a new UK immigration policy which “reasserts control”. When he was prime minister, his government – unlike most EU countries – did not apply transitional controls on migrants from eastern Europe. But in a Sunday Times article, he said “times were different” now, […]

Pierre Bergé, partner of Yves Saint Laurent, dies at 86

Pierre Bergé, partner of Yves Saint Laurent, dies at 86

Image copyright AFP Image caption Pierre Bergé was a powerful businessman, patron of the arts and gay activist, but is best known as the partner of Yves Saint Laurent The French businessman Pierre Bergé, who helped his partner Yves Saint Laurent build his fashion house into a worldwide brand, has died at his home in […]