Madrid scorns Catalan leader’s independence statement

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A pro-independence crowd gathered in Barcelona to hear Carles Puigdemont’s address The Spanish government has rejected a statement of independence signed by Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and dismissed calls for mediation. Spain’s deputy prime minister described Mr Puigdemont as someone “who does not know where he is, where he’s […]

California fires: Scores missing as death toll rises to 15

Image copyright EPA Image caption More than 1,500 homes have been destroyed More than 150 people are missing in wildfires that have ravaged northern California’s wine region, police say. At least 15 people are confirmed dead and more than 1,500 homes have been destroyed by the fires which broke out on Sunday. Nine of the […]

Harvey Weinstein: Wife Georgina Chapman leaves accused producer

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ms Chapman (R) said Weinstein’s actions were “unforgivable” The wife of producer Harvey Weinstein says she is leaving him following allegations of sexual harassment against him from a string of actresses. Georgina Chapman, 41, said Weinstein’s actions were “unforgivable”. Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow are the latest women to […]

Trump wall: New proposal ties Dreamer plan to border wall

Image copyright AFP Image caption Dreamer supporters rallied outside Trump Tower in New York last week The White House has tied any new deal on young undocumented immigrants to a clampdown on illegal immigration, including a border wall with Mexico. US President Donald Trump is asking for funding for the wall, speedier deportations and the […]

Hurricane Nate makes landfall in Louisiana and Mississippi

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Four US states issued warnings and evacuation orders Hurricane Nate has brought strong winds, torrential rain and a threat of storm surges to the US Gulf Coast. The storm, with maximum sustained winds of 85mph (137km/h), made landfall near the mouth of the Mississippi River in Louisiana, late on […]

Ghana’s capital rocked by huge gas blasts

Image caption The blaze was later brought under control, reports say Huge explosions have rocked a natural gas station in Ghana’s capital Accra, killing at least one person. The blasts sent a giant fireball into the sky and forced residents to flee the Atomic Junction area, in the north-east of the city, officials say. The […]

Catalonia referendum: Call for pro-unity rallies in Spain

Media captionThe final results from the outlawed poll show 90% of the 2.3m people who voted backed independence. Rallies are expected in Spain against Catalonian independence, after Sunday’s disputed referendum. Demonstrations are planned in the capital Madrid and other cities, with supporters calling for a similar rally in Catalonia’s capital Barcelona. Meanwhile, Spain’s government representative […]

Storm Nate: At least 22 dead in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Heavy rain has swollen rivers and affected towns across Costa Rica Tropical Storm Nate has killed at least 22 people in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras before it moves north towards the US. A state of emergency has been declared in the Central American nations, where more than 20 people […]

Catalan referendum: Regional strike threatened after vote

Media captionMany Catalans have expressed shock at the use of violent tactics by Spanish police A general strike threatens to bring large areas of Catalonia to a standstill, following the Spanish region’s disputed referendum. The strike was called by Catalan trade unions and associations due to “the grave violation of rights and freedoms” seen during […]

US musician Tom Petty dies aged 66

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Tom Petty was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002 US musician Tom Petty has died in California aged 66, says a statement issued on behalf of his family. Petty was found unconscious, not breathing and in full cardiac arrest at his Malibu home early […]