Spain Catalonia: PM Rajoy vows to fight independence vote

Spain Catalonia: PM Rajoy vows to fight independence vote

Image copyright EPA Image caption Spanish and Catalan flags were draped over seats in the Catalan parliament ahead of the vote Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy says he will ask the courts to revoke a law passed by the Catalan regional government to hold a referendum on independence. He described the vote, planned for 1 October, […]

French Villejuif terror suspects ‘wanted to blow up banks’

French Villejuif terror suspects ‘wanted to blow up banks’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Anti-terror police raided the Villejuif flat after a local tradesman raised the alarm A chance alert by a local tradesman has exposed a terror-linked bomb plot to target banks, French Interior Minister Gérard Collomb has revealed. Police were called on Wednesday to a flat in the southern Paris suburb of […]

Europe migrant crisis: EU court rejects quota challenge

Europe migrant crisis: EU court rejects quota challenge

The EU’s top court has rejected a challenge by eastern European countries to a migrant relocation deal at the peak of the 2015 crisis. The European Court of Justice overruled Hungary and Slovakia’s objections to the compulsory fixed-quota scheme. Hungary has not accepted a single asylum seeker since the compulsory quotas were introduced two years […]

Rare malaria death of girl in northern Italy puzzles doctors

Rare malaria death of girl in northern Italy puzzles doctors

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption The female Anopheles mosquito passes on the malaria parasite by feeding on human blood A four-year-old Italian girl has died of cerebral malaria in northern Italy, a region free of the disease, in what doctors see as a very mysterious case. Sofia Zago died in Brescia on Sunday […]

Returning UK MPs to get Brexit update

Returning UK MPs to get Brexit update

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Brexit repeal bill will be debated on Thursday Brexit Secretary David Davis is to update MPs on last week’s negotiations with the European Union later. Mr Davis will make a statement in the House of Commons about the progress of the third round of Brexit talks. It comes after […]

Azerbaijan ‘operated secret $3bn secret slush fund’

Azerbaijan ‘operated secret $3bn secret slush fund’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption There is evidence that the scheme was linked to President Aliyev, the report says Azerbaijan’s ruling elite operated a secret $2.8bn (£2.2bn) slush fund for two years to pay off European politicians and make luxury purchases, an investigation shows. The money was allegedly channelled through four UK-based opaque companies. People […]

Alps murders: ‘No progress’ five years after al-Hilli shooting

Alps murders: ‘No progress’ five years after al-Hilli shooting

Image caption Zaid al-Hilli says he has no faith in those investigating the shooting of his brother and his family The brother of a British man shot dead while on a family holiday in the French Alps says he is frustrated with the lack of progress in the investigation. The bodies of Saad al-Hilli, his […]

Barnier: EU’s Brexit negotiator seeks to clarify remarks

Barnier: EU’s Brexit negotiator seeks to clarify remarks

Image copyright AFP Image caption The EU’s chief negotiator met Ireland’s foreign minister on Monday Michel Barnier has clarified remarks he is reported to have made about Brexit. The EU negotiator was quoted as saying he saw the process as an opportunity to “teach” the British people and others what leaving the single market means. […]

Belgian military pilot falls from helicopter during air show

Belgian military pilot falls from helicopter during air show

Image copyright Belgian military Image caption An Agusta helicopter (file pic): The aircraft is used by air forces and police worldwide A body has been found in the search for a pilot who fell out of a military helicopter during an air show in eastern Belgium, Belgian media report. Police discovered the body close to […]

Germany election: Merkel holds ground in TV debate

Germany election: Merkel holds ground in TV debate

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Media polls after the broadcast put Angela Merkel ahead in the run up to the 24 September vote This was supposed to be the highlight of a lacklustre election campaign. For months German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives have enjoyed a significant lead over their nearest rival – and current […]