Spain renews arrest bid as Catalonia’s Puigdemont travels to Denmark

Image copyright Press Eye Image caption Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont arrives at Copenhagen airport Catalonia’s former leader Carles Puigdemont has arrived in Denmark, triggering a new attempt by Spain’s prosecutor to have him arrested. An hour later the speaker of the Catalan parliament nominated him to head the regional government. Mr Puigdemont fled to […]

French prison guards in nationwide strike after attacks

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Guards take part in a protest at Fresnes prison near Paris after an assault on officers A series of attacks against prison guards by inmates at institutions across France has led to a nationwide strike in the country. Unions have vowed a “total blockade” of prisons on Monday as […]

Venice restaurant bill outrages Japanese tourists

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption From mouth-watering steak to eye-watering bill in Venice The mayor of Venice has voiced outrage over the €1,100 (£970; $1,347) bill that four Japanese tourists say they had to pay for four steaks, a plate of fried fish, water and service. The four students complained to police after getting […]

Snow cuts off Swiss ski resort Zermatt for second time in 2018

Image copyright EPA Image caption Helicopter services in Zermatt are oversubscribed as some tourists try to get airlifted out Thousands of people have become stranded in the Swiss ski resort of Zermatt, cut off by snow for the second time in two weeks. Avalanche warnings have forced the closure of roads and rail links in […]

Syria: Turkish ground troops enter Afrin enclave

Image copyright AFP Image caption Turkish tanks rolled across the border into Syria on Sunday morning Turkish ground troops have crossed into northern Syria as part of Ankara’s campaign to rid the border area of Kurdish fighters, Turkey’s PM says. Binali Yildirim said the aim was to establish a 30km (19-mile) “safe zone” deep inside […]

Germany coalition talks: SPD backs talks with Merkel

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Mr Schulz (C) had initially ruled out a new “grand coalition” Germany’s Social Democrats (SDP) have voted for coalition negotiations with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives, their former coalition partners. Earlier this month the two groupings agreed a blueprint for formal talks. Mrs Merkel’s centre-right CDU and its Bavarian CSU ally […]

Dolores O’Riordan: Hundreds queue in rain to pay respects

Image copyright PA Image caption The singer’s remains are lying in repose in her home city of Limerick Hundreds of people have gathered to pay their respects to the late Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan in her home city of Limerick. Large crowds gathered for the event ahead of her funeral on Tuesday. Hundreds queued outside […]

Europeans among Afghan hotel dead

Media captionGuests tried to escape by using bed sheets to climb down from balconies An eyewitness has told the BBC of the terrifying moment gunmen burst into Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel restaurant on Saturday. The man, who is not being named for security reasons, said he was spared after saying he was an Afghan. “Where are […]

Syria: Turkey war planes launch strikes on Afrin

Image copyright AFP Image caption Turkish war planes hit Kurdish positions on the Syrian side of the border on Saturday Turkish war planes have launched air strikes on Kurdish militants in northern Syria, in a move likely to cause tensions with the US. Turkey wants to oust the Kurds, which it calls terrorists, from Afrin […]

Paul Bocuse: Top French chef dies at 91

Image copyright AFP Image caption Paul Bocuse has been described as the “pope” of French gastronomy France’s most-celebrated chef Paul Bocuse has died at the age of 91, after suffering from Parkinson’s disease for several years. He died in his famous restaurant near Lyon, a local chef close to the family told AFP news agency. […]