Catalonia crisis: Spain issues warrant for Puigdemont

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Puigdemont has called for his colleagues to be released A Spanish judge has issued European Arrest Warrants (EAW) for sacked Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and four of his allies who went to Belgium. The five failed to attend a high court hearing in Madrid on Thursday when nine other […]

Daphne Caruana Galizia: Malta leaders barred from funeral

Media captionEmotional farewell to slain journalist Several hundred people in Malta have taken part in the funeral of a journalist killed by a car bomb attack that shocked the country last month. The crowd applauded when the coffin with Daphne Caruana Galizia arrived at the church in Mosta. The 53-year-old was known for her blog […]

German police find ‘WW2 bomb’ was big courgette

Image copyright Karlsruhe police Image caption Police agreed with the elderly man that the vegetable looked like a bomb A German man feared a monster courgette he found in his garden was an unexploded World War Two bomb and called the police. The 5kg (11-pound) courgette had probably been thrown over a hedge into the […]

Security flaw forces Estonia ID ‘lockdown’

Image copyright Getty Images Estonia is to block thousands of citizens from accessing online government services from Saturday while it works to fix a security flaw. A problem with the country’s national identity cards was identified earlier this year, affecting 760,000 people. The flaw could let attackers decrypt private data or impersonate citizens. Those who […]

France plans New Caledonia self-rule referendum in 2018

Image copyright AFP Image caption Tjibaou Cultural Centre in Nouméa: Colonial history left some bitterness towards France The French Pacific territory of New Caledonia will hold a referendum on self-rule next year, under a deal reached with the French government. New Caledonian leaders held nine hours of talks with French ministers in Paris on Thursday. […]

Catalonia crisis: Protests as ex-ministers held in Spanish custody

Media captionIn Barcelona’s central square, the crowd sings Freedom for Catalonia Thousands of Catalans have protested against the detention of eight regional ministers sacked over Catalonia’s push for independence from Spain. The officials – who appeared in Spain’s high court – are accused of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds. Prosecutors are also seeking […]

Catalonia crisis: Sacked ministers held by Madrid court

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Seven of the eight ex-ministers were pictured turning up to court together Eight sacked Catalan ministers have been remanded in custody by a Spanish high court judge over the region’s push for independence. Prosecutors had asked the judge to detain eight of the nine former regional government members who turned […]

Brother of French jihadist killer Mohamed Merah jailed

Image copyright AFP Image caption Abdelkader Merah went on trial at the start of October The brother of the French jihadist who murdered seven people in Toulouse, including three Jewish children, has been jailed for 20 years. A court in Paris found Abdelkader Merah guilty of terrorist offences. But he was cleared of having a […]

Emmanuel Macron writes Eiffel Tower poem for UK schoolgirl

Image copyright French Embassy London Image caption Mr Macron flexed his literary skills in this poem French President Emmanuel Macron has written a poem to a British school girl on the occasion of her 13th birthday. It is Mr Macron’s response to a poem she wrote about the Eiffel Tower during a family trip in […]

Catalonia crisis: Spain’s prosecutors ask for eight leaders to be jailed

Media captionCarles Puigdemont said on Tuesday that Spain had a ‘democratic deficit’ Prosecutors in Madrid have asked for eight sacked members of Catalonia’s regional government to be jailed over their role in October’s disputed independence referendum. Nine Catalan officials testified at Spain’s high court over accusations of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds. Ousted […]