Catalonia crisis: Spain moves to suspend autonomy

Image copyright AFP Image caption There are fears that the latest moves could lead to unrest in Catalonia Spain is to start suspending Catalonia’s autonomy from Saturday, as the region’s leader threatens to declare independence. The government said ministers would meet to activate Article 155 of the constitution, allowing it to take over running of […]

Catalonia: Spain ultimatum over independence push passes

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Tough choices: How will Carles Puigdemont (L) answer Mariano Rajoy’s ultimatum? A final deadline for Catalonia to drop a secession bid has passed, with Spain warning it will suspend the region’s autonomy. Catalonia’s leader Carles Puigdemont was given until 10:00 local time (08:00 GMT) to clarify his position. After a […]

Catalonia: Spain ultimatum looms over independence push

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Tough choices: How will Carles Puigdemont (L)) answer Mariano Rajoy’s ultimatum? Catalonia’s leader Carles Puigdemont is facing a final deadline to drop a secession bid, with Spain warning it will suspend the region’s autonomy if he fails to do so by 10:00 (08:00 GMT). After a referendum on 1 October, […]

UK offers more assurances to EU citizens

Image copyright AFP Image caption Theresa May says the future of British and EU nationals has always been her “first priority” Theresa May has vowed to make it as easy as possible for EU citizens to remain in the UK after Brexit ahead of a key summit of European leaders. In a Facebook post, the […]

Russia socialite Ksenia Sobchak declares presidential bid

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Ms Sobchak said her candidacy was motivated by her desire to be “a mouthpiece for those who cannot be candidates” Russian socialite Ksenia Sobchak is to stand in the country’s presidential election in March, when Vladimir Putin is widely expected to run again. Ms Sobchak conceded she was an unlikely […]

French study finds ‘dyslexia cause’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption People with dyslexia have difficulty learning to read, write or spell French scientists say they may have found a potential cause of dyslexia which could be treatable, hidden in tiny cells in the human eye. In a small study they found that most dyslexics had dominant round spots […]

Spain warns Catalonia on self-rule as deadline looms

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Spain says the government will step up its response if Catalan leaders do not back down Spain will move to suspend Catalonia’s autonomy unless the region’s leader drops his push for independence, the deputy prime minister says. Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría gave the warning a day before a Spanish deadline […]

Portugal fires: Minister resigns as government faces challenge

Media caption“There are no words to describe it – no words” Portugal’s interior minister has resigned after dozens of people died in a massive outbreak of forest fires. In her resignation letter, Constança Urbano de Sousa said she was leaving to “preserve her personal dignity”. The deadly wildfires killed at least 41 people and hundreds […]

French magazine accused of glorifying rock-star murderer

Image copyright AFP Image caption Actress Marie Trintignant pictured on the set of French TV series Colette, less than a month before she was killed A leading French music magazine has responded to criticism for making a rock star who killed his girlfriend its cover star. Les Inrockuptibles placed Bertrand Cantat, who beat actress Marie […]

Ukraine anti-graft protesters clash with riot police

Media captionProtesters and police clash outside Ukraine parliament Four people have been injured in clashes between riot police and demonstrators demanding major reforms in Ukraine’s capital Kiev. The protesters are calling for an anti-corruption court to be set up, MPs to lose their immunity from prosecution, and changes to the electoral system. They vowed to […]