Catalan politician Anna Gabriel defies court summons

Image copyright AFP Image caption Anna Gabriel is a member of the left-wing Popular Unity (CUP) party Catalan pro-independence politician Anna Gabriel has said she will not go before a court in Madrid this week. Speaking from Switzerland, she said she was wanted for political reasons and did not think her trial would be fair. […]

Mexico investigates disappearance of three Italians

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Mexican authorities say they are collaborating in their investigation with Italian diplomats Mexican authorities are investigating the disappearance of three Italian men in the western state of Jalisco. Vicenzo Cimmino, Raffaele Russo and Antonio Russo – all from Naples – were last seen on New Year’s Eve in the […]

Winter Olympics: Slovenia ice hockey player suspended for doping violation

Slovenia ice hockey player Ziga Jeglic is the third anti-doping case of Pyeongchang 2018 Slovenia ice hockey player Ziga Jeglic has accepted an anti-doping rule violation and been suspended from the Winter Olympics. Jeglic, 29, tested positive for asthma medication fenoterol in an in-competition test, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) said. He is […]

France to let wolf population grow despite farmers’ fears

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption After being wiped out by hunters in the 1930, wolves returned to France in the 1990s France is to allow the wolf population to grow from about 360 now to 500 by 2023, despite protests from farmers worried about their livestock. A new plan announced by the government represents […]

Latvian central bank boss released on bail

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Rimsevics has been in charge of the Bank of Latvia since 2001 The head of Latvia’s central bank has been released from police custody on bail as investigators seek to determine whether or not he solicited a bribe. The country’s anti-corruption agency says Ilmars Rimsevics sought a payment of […]

Syria ‘to help Kurds’ in Turkey offensive

Media captionWhy is Turkey attacking Syria? Mark Lowen explains Syrian pro-government forces will help Syrian Kurds fighting against a Turkish offensive in north-west Syria, Syria’s state news agency reports. It comes after Syrian Kurdish officials said the government in Damascus had agreed to send troops. Turkey regards the Kurdish fighters, just across its border in […]

Iceland’s mooted circumcision ban sparks religious outrage

Image copyright Getty Images Religious groups have condemned a bill in Iceland’s parliament that would ban circumcision for non-medical reasons. The draft law would impose a six-year prison term on anyone guilty of “removing part or all of the [child’s] sexual organs”, arguing the practice violates the child’s rights. Jewish and Muslim leaders however have […]

Major Russian mafia trial opens in Spain

Image copyright AFP Image caption Alleged crime boss Gennady Petrov was arrested in Spain in 2008 but later fled to Russia A Russian MP, Vladislav Reznik, and 17 other suspects have gone on trial in Madrid accused of massive money-laundering for a Russian mafia gang. The alleged gang bosses Gennady Petrov and Alexander Malyshev are […]

Israel-Poland spat: Swastikas drawn on Polish embassy in Tel Aviv

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Israeli police are now investigation the incident Swastikas have been drawn on the gates of Poland’s embassy in Israel, a day after the country’s PM said Jews were among perpetrators of the Holocaust. Police in Tel Aviv launched an inquiry after profanities and the word “murderer” were also discovered. Polish […]

Russia Dagestan shooting: Five women killed in attack on churchgoers

Image copyright EPA Image caption Doctors examine wounded patients in a hospital in Kizlyar Five women have been killed in a shooting at a Christian church in Russia’s volatile republic of Dagestan. Five others, including a police officer and a national guardsman, were injured, Russian officials said. A man fired at people leaving an evening […]