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Catalan crisis: Spain’s Rajoy vows to end ‘separatist havoc’

Catalan crisis: Spain’s Rajoy vows to end ‘separatist havoc’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption PM Mariano Rajoy (L) joined the leader of his PP party in Catalonia for campaigning on Sunday Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has said regional elections next month in Catalonia will help end “separatist havoc” in the north-eastern region. He addressed a campaign event on his first visit there since […]

Turkey denies ‘ludicrous’ Gulen kidnap allegations

Turkey denies ‘ludicrous’ Gulen kidnap allegations

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Michael Flynn is accused of meeting Turkish officials to discuss the removal of a Muslim cleric Reports that former White House aide Michael Flynn was part of a plot to help forcibly remove a Muslim cleric to Turkey in exchange for millions of dollars are “ludicrous”, Turkey says. The […]

Spain’s Rajoy in Catalonia campaign visit after big protest

Spain’s Rajoy in Catalonia campaign visit after big protest

Image copyright EPA Image caption Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy is headed to Catalonia for the first time since imposing direct rule Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy will visit Catalonia for the first time since he imposed direct rule on the north-eastern region a fortnight ago. He has called regional elections for December and will address […]

Spain Catalonia: Barcelona rally urges prisoners’ release

Spain Catalonia: Barcelona rally urges prisoners’ release

Media captionHuge pro-independence rally in Barcelona Three-quarters of a million people have rallied in Barcelona to protest against Spain’s detention of Catalan independence leaders, police estimate. They shone phone torches in unison at sunset as calls were made to free eight regional ministers and two grassroots campaign leaders being held on remand. Some of the […]

Spain Catalonia: Ex-parliament speaker Forcadell granted bail

Spain Catalonia: Ex-parliament speaker Forcadell granted bail

Image copyright AFP Image caption As speaker of the Catalan parliament, Carme Forcadell has been one of the most visible faces of the push for independence A Supreme Court judge in Spain has said the speaker of the Catalan parliament can be freed on bail pending an investigation into her role in the banned push […]

UK Brexit date to be enshrined in law

UK Brexit date to be enshrined in law

Image copyright PA The date the UK will leave the EU is to be put into legislation, as Theresa May warns MPs not to try to “block” Brexit. “Exit day” – 2300 GMT on 29 March 2019 – will be included in the EU Withdrawal Bill, the government has confirmed. The PM urged parties to […]

Spain Catalonia: Ex-parliament speaker Forcadell in court

Spain Catalonia: Ex-parliament speaker Forcadell in court

Image copyright AFP Image caption As speaker of the Catalan parliament, Carme Forcadell has been one of the most visible faces of the push for independence The former speaker of the Catalan parliament is appearing at Spain’s Supreme Court over her role in the region’s push for independence. Judges may decide to remand Carme Forcadell […]

German court sentences Swiss tax spy

German court sentences Swiss tax spy

Image copyright AFP Image caption Daniel Moser (R) in court – he had worked previously as a policeman and Swiss bank employee A German court has given a Swiss intelligence agent a suspended jail sentence of a year and 10 months for spying on German tax officials. Daniel Moser, 54, admitted having spied for the […]

‘Butterfly child’ given life-saving skin

‘Butterfly child’ given life-saving skin

Media captionHassan has been given a new genetically modified skin that covers 80% of his body A child has been given a new genetically modified skin that covers 80% of his body, in a series of lifesaving operations. Hassan, who lives in Germany, has a genetic disease – junctional epidermolysis bullosa – that leaves his […]

Catalonia crisis: Spain could allow votes on independence, says FM

Catalonia crisis: Spain could allow votes on independence, says FM

Media captionSpain’s foreign minister: “No sympathy” for Puigdemont Spain is considering constitutional changes that could allow its regions to hold referendums on independence in the future, the foreign minister says. Alfonso Dastis has told the BBC a nationwide vote on the issue could be held. The move is in recognition of the events in Catalonia, […]