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Catalonia MPs elect separatist speaker as parliament reconvenes

Catalonia MPs elect separatist speaker as parliament reconvenes

Image copyright AFP Image caption With the election of Roger Torrent as speaker, separatist MPs have control of Catalonia’s parliament Catalan MPs in Barcelona have elected a pro-independence speaker at their first meeting since Madrid dissolved the region’s parliament. The choice of Roger Torrent is the first step to reinstating local government. Separatist parties, who […]

France’s baby milk scare: Police search Lactalis sites

France’s baby milk scare: Police search Lactalis sites

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A government report previously said food safety inspectors failed to detect salmonella during a routine check French police are searching several sites run by dairy group Lactalis as part of an ongoing investigation into a baby milk scare. More than 12 million boxes of powdered baby milk have already […]

Catalonia: Can Carles Puigdemont rule from Belgium?

Catalonia: Can Carles Puigdemont rule from Belgium?

Image copyright EPA Image caption Carles Puigdemont (R) is in exile in Belgium The Catalan parliament in Barcelona has been standing empty for 83 days. The only official business has been done by the cleaning staff, keeping the cobwebs away. In October last year, the parliament chamber resounded with separatist songs of celebration when the […]

Brexit: Brits take EU rights bid to Dutch court

Brexit: Brits take EU rights bid to Dutch court

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption An ECJ decision would affect all British nationals living in the EU Five UK nationals are going to court in the Netherlands in a campaign to keep their EU citizenship after Brexit. They want a Dutch judge to press the European Court of Justice (ECJ) to clarify their rights. […]

Moscow’s 2017 December was its ‘darkest’ on record

Moscow’s 2017 December was its ‘darkest’ on record

Image copyright EPA Image caption Moscow’s dark and snowy winter continues December set the record for the least amount of sunshine seen in Moscow, Russian weather experts say. “The sun didn’t come out even once for the entire month,” said the weather website Meteonovosti. According to Russia’s main weather centre, the sun did shine for […]

France will not allow another ‘Jungle’ camp in Calais, says Macron

France will not allow another ‘Jungle’ camp in Calais, says Macron

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Macron visited a migrant centre as part of a visit to northern France President Emmanuel Macron says France will not allow a new migrant camp to be set up in Calais, on a visit to the port where many gather, hoping to get to the UK. Up to 700 […]

Denmark Facebook sex video: More than 1,000 young people charged

Denmark Facebook sex video: More than 1,000 young people charged

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A police superintendent said the charges come as a warning to young people never to share sex videos. More than 1,000 young people have been charged by police in Denmark with distributing sexually explicit material. They are accused of using Facebook Messenger to share indecent video clips of two […]

Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan dies suddenly aged 46

Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan dies suddenly aged 46

Image copyright Getty Images The Cranberries lead singer Dolores O’Riordan has died suddenly at the age of 46, her publicist has confirmed. The Irish musician, originally from Limerick, led the band to international success in the 90s with singles including Linger and Zombie. A statement from her publicist said: “The lead singer with the Irish […]

Syria war: Turkey denounces US ‘terror army’ plan for border

Syria war: Turkey denounces US ‘terror army’ plan for border

Image copyright AFP Image caption About half of the border force will be made up of Syrian Democratic Forces fighters Key powers involved in Syria’s civil war have criticised US plans to help an allied Kurdish-led militia set up a 30,000-strong “border security force”. Turkey’s president vowed to “suffocate” efforts to begin training members of […]

French salmonella baby milk scandal ‘affects 83 countries’

French salmonella baby milk scandal ‘affects 83 countries’

Image copyright AFP Image caption The recall was issued in December and French retailers have been threatened with legal action if they sell it More than 12 million boxes of powdered baby milk in 83 countries have now been recalled because of a salmonella scandal involving French dairy company Lactalis. The firm’s CEO confirmed the […]