José Manuel Maza: Spain’s attorney general dies aged 66

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption José Manuel Maza said Catalan ministers should also be charged with misuse of funds Spain’s attorney general José Manuel Maza has died suddenly in Argentina, where he was attending a conference. He was 66. Earlier on Saturday he had been reportedly taken to an intensive care unit with a […]

Gerry Adams to stand down as Sinn Féin leader next year

Media captionMr Adams said leadership means knowing when it’s time for change Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has revealed he plans to stand down as leader of the party next year. Mr Adams also said he will not stand for election to the Irish parliament (Dail) at the next election. Speaking at the Sinn Féin […]

Rare Tintin art fetches $500,000 at Paris auction

Image copyright EPA A rare India ink drawing of young reporter Tintin and his faithful dog Snowy has been sold for almost $500,000 (£380,000) at auction in Paris. The picture from the 1939 comic album King Ottokar’s Sceptre was among items by Hergé, the Belgian artist who created Tintin, to go under the hammer. An […]

Salvatore ‘Toto’ Riina, feared Mafia boss, dies aged 87

Image copyright Unknown Image caption “Toto” Riina was known as the Mafia “boss of bosses” Notorious Sicilian Mafia boss Salvatore “Toto” Riina has died from cancer, Italian media reports say. Riina, 87, former boss of the feared Cosa Nostra, was jailed in 1993. He was serving 26 life sentences and is believed to have ordered […]

Syria: Russia blocks extension of chemical attacks probe

Image copyright Reuters Image caption A nerve gas attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun in April killed more than 80 people Russia has vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that would have extended an international inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in Syria. It is the 10th time Moscow has used its veto powers at […]

Greece searches for the missing after deadly floods

Media captionTorrential rain overnight created fast-flowing torrents of red mud Rescue teams in central Greece are searching for at least six people who are missing after flash floods that killed 15 people. Some roads have reopened in the three hardest-hit towns near the capital, Athens. But schools and other public services remain closed. Many people […]

‘Leonardo da Vinci artwork’ sells for record $450m

Media captionThe painting has been cleaned and restored from the image on the left to the one on the right A 500-year-old painting of Christ believed to have been painted by Leonardo da Vinci has been sold in New York for a record $450m (£341m). The painting is known as Salvator Mundi (Saviour of the […]

Turkey: German gay film festival banned in Ankara

Image copyright AFP Image caption LGBT activists say their rights are being curtailed under President Erdogan Turkish officials have banned a festival of German-language gay films due to be held in the capital Ankara, saying it could incite hatred or be targeted by terror attacks. The organisers Pink Life QueerFest Four had planned to screen […]

Winter Olympics 2018: Russian boycott would damage athletes – Wada

Russia topped the medal table with 33, including 13 golds, when it hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi A Russian boycott of February’s Winter Olympics would “damage athletes”, says World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) president Sir Craig Reedie. Wada said on Thursday that Russia remains non-compliant with its code, but clean Russians may compete in […]

Greece: Deadly floods hit Mandra, Nea Peramos and Megara

Media captionTorrential rain overnight created fast-flowing torrents of red mud Flash floods caused by heavy overnight rain have killed at least 14 people and caused destruction in central Greece. The industrial towns of Mandra, Nea Peramos and Megara, west of the capital Athens, were the most affected. Many of the dead were elderly people whose […]