Croatia rally: Traditionalists reject European gender treaty

Image copyright Reuters Thousands of Croatians have rallied in central Zagreb against a European agreement designed to protect women, saying it threatens traditional values. They object to the Istanbul Convention on the basis that it would legitimise same-sex marriage and improve rights for transgender people. Women’s rights groups staged a counter-protest along the route of […]

Arnaud Beltrame: France lauds policeman who swapped with hostage

Image copyright EPA Image caption Lt-Col Beltrame suffered fatal injuries after volunteering to trade places with a female hostage Tributes are pouring in for a French police officer who died saving the lives of hostages in a supermarket siege by an Islamist gunman on Friday. Lt-Col Arnaud Beltrame, 44, was shot and stabbed after he […]

Spain Catalonia: Finland ponders request to extradite Puigdemont

Image copyright EPA Image caption Carles Puigdemont met students and others in Helsinki on Friday Authorities in Finland have received a Spanish request to arrest separatist Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont. The arrest warrant was issued on Friday, a day after his arrival there. The ex-leader has been living in self-imposed exile in Belgium since last […]

Croatia rally: Traditionalists reject EU gender treaty

Image copyright Reuters Thousands of Croatians have rallied in central Zagreb against a European agreement designed to protect women, saying it threatens traditional values. They object to the Istanbul Convention on the basis that it would legitimise same-sex marriage and improve rights for transgender people. Women’s rights groups staged a counter-protest along the route of […]

Arnaud Beltrame: French police ‘hero’ dies of wounds

Image copyright French Interior Ministry A French police officer who swapped himself for a hostage in a supermarket siege on Friday has died, officials say. Lt-Col Arnaud Beltrame, 45, “fell as a hero” and showed “exceptional courage”, French President Emmanuel Macron said. The gendarme helped bring an end to a gunman’s shooting spree that killed […]

French police ‘hero’ dies of wounds

Image copyright French Interior Ministry A French police officer who swapped himself for a hostage in a supermarket siege on Friday has died, officials say. Lt-Col Arnaud Beltrame, 45, had been hailed as a hero by French President Emmanuel Macron. The gendarme helped bring an end to a gunman’s shooting spree that killed three in […]

Spain Catalonia: Clashes after separatist leaders detained

Media captionPolice clashed with protesters in Barcelona Crowds of protesters in Spain’s Catalonia region have clashed with police after the Supreme Court stepped up legal action against separatists. Spain’s Supreme Court ruled 25 Catalan leaders should be tried for rebellion, embezzlement or disobeying the state. Convictions could result in up to 30 years in prison. […]

Mount Etna is ‘sliding towards the sea’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Etna is a big draw for scientists and tourists because of its constant fiery rumblings Europe’s most active volcano, Mount Etna, is sliding towards the sea. Scientists have established that the whole edifice on the Italian island of Sicily is edging in the direction of the Mediterranean at a […]

France shooting: Hostage swap officer ‘fighting for life’

Image copyright PA Image caption Lt-Col Beltrame took the place of a woman being used as a human shield by gunman Redouane Lakdim A police officer who swapped himself for a hostage in a supermarket siege is fighting for his life in hospital, French President Emmanuel Macron says. The gendarme, whom media named as Lt-Col […]

France shooting: Police kill supermarket gunman

Image copyright Reuters Image caption One gendarme has been hailed a hero after volunteering to swap places with a hostage and then using his phone to relay information to police outside Armed police have killed a suspect who shot dead three people in a series of attacks in southern France. The heavily armed gunman hijacked […]