Catalan referendum: Spain region ‘not seeking traumatic split’

Catalan referendum: Spain region ‘not seeking traumatic split’

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Carles Puigdemont appealed for international mediation to help solve the growing crisis Catalan President Carles Puigdemont has said he is not planning a “traumatic” split with Spain, after a disputed independence referendum on Sunday. He said he wanted a new understanding with the central government in Madrid. Catalan officials […]

Marseille knifeman ‘used several aliases and stole’

Marseille knifeman ‘used several aliases and stole’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The attack took place outside the train station in the southern French port city A suspected jihadist who stabbed two young women to death at Marseille’s main train station had used several aliases and was a known petty criminal, French police and officials say. A soldier shot and killed the […]

Monarch flights cancelled as airline ceases trading

Monarch flights cancelled as airline ceases trading

Image copyright PA Monarch Airlines has ceased trading and its 300,000 future bookings for flights and holidays have been cancelled, the Civil Aviation Authority has said. About 110,000 customers are currently overseas and the government has asked the CAA to charter more than 30 planes to bring them back to the UK. The process is […]

Catalan referendum: Catalonia has ‘won right to statehood’

Catalan referendum: Catalonia has ‘won right to statehood’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Large crowds gathered in the centre of Barcelona on Sunday evening Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont says the region has won the right to statehood following Sunday’s contentious referendum which was marred by violence. He said the door had been opened to a unilateral declaration of independence. Hundreds of people […]

Catalan referendum: ‘Hundreds hurt’ as police try to stop voters

Catalan referendum: ‘Hundreds hurt’ as police try to stop voters

Media captionPolice storm Catalan referendum polling station and take away ballots Barcelona’s mayor says at least 460 people have been injured as police have used force to try to prevent voting in Catalonia’s independence referendum. The Spanish government has pledged to stop a poll that was declared illegal by the country’s constitutional court. Police officers […]

Germany gay marriage: Couple are first to marry under new law

Germany gay marriage: Couple are first to marry under new law

Image copyright EPA Image caption Karl Kreile (left) and Bodo Mende, from Berlin, have been together for 38 years Two men have become the first gay couple to marry in Germany, on the day gay marriage became legal there. Karl Kreile and Bodo Mende, a couple for 38 years, exchanged their vows at the town […]

Marseille: Fatal knife attack at train station

Marseille: Fatal knife attack at train station

Image copyright Reuters Two people have been killed in a knife attack at Marseille’s Saint Charles train station. The assailant has been shot dead by security forces in the southern French city. The incident is being treated as an act of terrorism, officials say. “Two victims have been stabbed to death,” regional police chief Olivier […]

Austrian ban on full-face veil in public places comes into force

Austrian ban on full-face veil in public places comes into force

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Several European countries have imposed a full-face veil ban and others are considering it Legislation banning full-face Muslim veils in public spaces has gone into effect in Austria. The government says the law, which says faces must be visible from the hairline to the chin, is about protecting Austrian […]

Catalan referendum: Clashes as voters defy Madrid

Catalan referendum: Clashes as voters defy Madrid

Media captionPolice storm Catalan referendum polling station Catalonia’s independence referendum has begun in chaotic fashion, with clashes occurring as police attempt to prevent the vote from taking place. The Spanish government has pledged to stop a poll that was declared illegal by the country’s constitutional court. Police officers are preventing people from voting, and seizing […]

Catalan referendum: Voters mass as showdown looms

Catalan referendum: Voters mass as showdown looms

Media captionPolice left the port of Barcelona before daybreak Tense crowds have formed outside polling stations in Catalonia ahead of an independence referendum banned by the Spanish government. Regional officials said ballot boxes were ready and predicted a big turnout. Madrid has pledged to stop the vote and dozens of police vehicles have left their […]