Russia targets US media in row over RT registration

Image copyright Sputnik international Image caption RT has been accused in the US of spreading Kremlin propaganda Russia is preparing to retaliate against US media after Kremlin-backed broadcaster RT was told to register in the US as a “foreign agent”. Russia will adopt “broader” measures which “may include social media networks”, a top pro-Kremlin MP […]

Davis stands firm on Irish border issue

Image copyright PA Image caption The future operation of the Irish border is one of the most sensitive Brexit issues There were “frank discussions” about the Irish border in the latest round of Brexit talks, David Davis has said. The Brexit Secretary was speaking in Brussels after a meeting with chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier. […]

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 […]

Holy smoke: Vatican bans duty-free cigarette sales

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The duty-free sales to staff and retired workers raise revenue for the Vatican Pope Francis has ordered a ban on the sale of cigarettes inside the Vatican, beginning next year. Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said the Holy See could not co-operate with a practice that clearly harmed people’s health. […]

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

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

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 […]

EU split over use of major weedkiller glyphosate

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Crop-spraying in Germany: Many European farmers use glyphosate An EU vote has failed to resolve a controversy over the use of glyphosate, the world’s biggest-selling weedkiller. One UN study called the chemical “probably carcinogenic”, but other scientists said it was safe to use. The current glyphosate licence runs out […]

Surfer breaks back riding Portugal wave

A British surfer has broken his back after falling off while riding a huge wave. Andrew Cotton, from Devon, suffered the wipeout in Nazare, Portugal and was rescued by a team including local lifeguards. He posted on social media from his hospital bed: “Thanks to everyone who helped this morning “Everyone was really calm, you […]

Catalonia crisis: Spain could allow referendums, 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, […]