Bere Island buzzing over mystery lottery win

Image copyright RTÉ Image caption Mary Murphy, the island’s postmistress, sold the winning ticket from her post office on Monday It’s the lottery jackpot mystery that has left a small island off the southern tip of the Republic of Ireland feeling lucky. There is one winning ticket, with a 500,000 euro (£442,555) jackpot – and […]

Die Urbane: How do you form a ‘hip hop’ political party?

The youngest political party on the ballot in Germany’s federal election has a unique premise – it’s based on the values of hip hop. So how did Die Urbane get itself on the ballot? Founder Raphael Hillebrand explains. Video by Colleen Hagerty Die Urbane: How do you form a ‘hip hop’ political party?

Catalonia referendum: Spain PM calls for ‘escalation’ to stop

Media captionCatalonia’s separatist government is defying a Constitutional Court order to halt the 1 October vote Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has gone on national TV to urge Catalan separatists to abandon their plans for a referendum on 1 October. He asked the region’s government to give up its “escalation of radicalism and disobedience”. The […]

Catalonia referendum: Spain steps up raids to halt vote

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Protesters surrounded Spanish police vehicles as the raid took place in the economy ministry in Barcelona Spain’s Guardia Civil police have detained a dozen senior Catalan officials and raided regional government ministries involved in organising a banned independence vote. Tensions were already high when Josep Maria Jové, number two […]

Beslan siege: Russia ‘will comply’ with critical ruling

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Thirteen years on, relatives of those who died in the bloody siege continue to question the government’s response to the siege Russia says it will comply with a ruling requiring it to pay €2.9m (£2.6m; $3.5m) in damages over the 2004 Beslan school siege. About 330 people, including 186 […]

Iraqi refugee in Berlin praised for handing over cash find

Image copyright AFP Image caption The handbag containing €14,000 (£12,400; $16,800) was left on board a subway by its 79-year-old owner Berlin police have praised an Iraqi refugee who handed in a handbag she found containing €14,000 (£12,400; $16,800). The bag was left on a U-Bahn (subway) train last Friday night by a 78-year-old woman. […]

Tata and ThyssenKrupp agree steel merger

Image copyright Christopher Furlong India’s Tata Steel and German rival, Thyssenkrupp, have taken the first step towards merging their European steel operations. The tie-up will lead to job losses, to be shared between the two companies. The deal would create Europe’s second-largest steel group, after ArcelorMittal. The two companies have been in negotiations since last […]

Catalonia referendum: Spanish raid on Unipost deals blow to vote

Image copyright EPA Image caption Protesters arrived at the Unipost offices in Terrassa during the day Spanish police have discovered a mass of documents directly related to a banned Catalan independence referendum scheduled for 1 October. Early on Tuesday, the Guardia Civil arrived at offices of Spain’s biggest private delivery company, Unipost, in the Catalan […]

German WW1 U-boat found off Belgian coast

Image caption The two periscopes appeared to be intact, judging from pictures taken by divers The wreck of a German submarine that sank during World War One has been found in the North Sea and officials believe 23 bodies may be inside it. The type UB-II submarine is said to be in good condition, lying […]

Norway jails top policeman for smuggling hashish

Image copyright AFP Image caption Eirik Jensen, 60, was once a senior officer responsible for tackling organised crime A senior Norwegian police officer has been sentenced to 21 years in prison for taking bribes and aiding a notorious drug smuggler. Eirik Jensen, who was responsible for combating organised crime in the capital Oslo, was arrested […]

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