Jailed Catalan leader: We must unite to retake control

Jailed Catalan leader: We must unite to retake control

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Oriol Junqueras has been in jail since November over his involvement in the referendum Catalonia’s jailed former vice-president has called for an end to the deadlock in parliament over the region’s next president. Oriol Junqueras said there is life in the pro-independence movement beyond ex-Catalan President Carles Puigdemont. Mr […]

Russia admits dozens of Russian casualties in Syria battle

Russia admits dozens of Russian casualties in Syria battle

Image copyright AFP Image caption Russia gave no details about Russian volunteers fighting in Syria Russia’s foreign ministry has confirmed that “several dozen” Russian citizens – not regular soldiers – were killed or wounded in a recent battle in Syria. The statement did not give a date. Previously the Russian government said “probably five” Russians […]

Pope’s investigator meets Chile sex abuse victims

Pope’s investigator meets Chile sex abuse victims

Image copyright EPA Image caption Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta has been meeting victims A Vatican cleric leading investigations into sexual abuse has started hearing testimony from victims in Chile. Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta is looking into accusations that a bishop appointed by Pope Francis in 2015 covered up crimes against children. The pontiff […]

Poles told to report ‘anti-Polish slander’ to diplomats

Poles told to report ‘anti-Polish slander’ to diplomats

Image copyright EPA Image caption The Polish president has honoured heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto’s anti-Nazi resistance Poland’s top senator, Stanislaw Karczewski, has urged his compatriots worldwide to notify diplomats about anyone who slanders the Polish nation. Senate Marshal Karczewski’s plea came in an open letter condemning “insults” suggesting Polish complicity in Nazi Germany’s World […]

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

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

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 […]

Winter Olympics: Russian athlete suspected of failing doping test

Winter Olympics: Russian athlete suspected of failing doping test

A Russian athlete is suspected of failing a doping test at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, according to Russian news agency Tass. More than 160 competitors are taking part as neutral Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) as their country was banned from the Games over “systemic” doping at Sochi 2014, which they hosted. Several […]

Latvian central bank boss detained by anti-corruption force

Latvian central bank boss detained by anti-corruption force

Image copyright Reuters Image caption No official reason has yet been given for Mr Rimsevics’ detention The head of Latvia’s central bank, Ilmars Rimsevics, has been detained by the country’s anti-corruption agency. His home and offices at the Bank of Latvia were both raided by officers. The country’s Corruption Prevention Bureau gave no details about […]

Warning after Swiss avalanche hits skiers

Warning after Swiss avalanche hits skiers

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Valais, including the Zermatt resort, was hit by heavy avalanches in January Two people have been hurt in an avalanche in Switzerland, according to local police in the Valais canton. A spokesperson said it was initially thought eight others had been in the path of the snowfall too, but […]

Israel rebukes Poland PM for ‘Jewish perpetrators’ remark

Israel rebukes Poland PM for ‘Jewish perpetrators’ remark

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Polish prime minister has not responded publicly to Israeli criticism Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has sharply rebuked his Polish counterpart for saying that Jews were among the perpetrators of the Holocaust. He said the remarks by Mateusz Morawiecki at the Munich Security Conference were “outrageous”. Mr Netanyahu said […]

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