Puigdemont abandons Catalan presidency

Puigdemont abandons Catalan presidency

Fugitive Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont has said he is ending his bid to be reappointed president of Spain’s north-eastern region. He said he was stepping aside in favour of detained activists Jordi Sanchez. Mr Puigdemont is in self-imposed exile in Belgium and has been told by Spain he faces arrest if he returns to […]

Russia’s Putin unveils ‘invincible’ nuclear weapons

Russia’s Putin unveils ‘invincible’ nuclear weapons

Media captionPresident Putin introduced video of a missile launch Russia has developed a new array of nuclear weapons that are invincible, according to President Vladimir Putin. Mr Putin made the claims as he laid out his key policies for a fourth presidential term, ahead of an election he is expected to win in 17 days’ […]

Snow in Europe: Icy blizzards stall transport networks

Snow in Europe: Icy blizzards stall transport networks

Media captionMotorists and pedestrians in Ukraine struggle with snow after heavy falls Fresh heavy snowfalls lashing Europe have caused transport delays, with the deep freeze expected to continue. The blizzard forced the cancellation of all flights at Dublin airport on Thursday and the temporary closure of Geneva airport in Switzerland. Large parts of the Continent […]

Cyber-attack on German government IT network ‘ongoing’

Cyber-attack on German government IT network ‘ongoing’

Image copyright EPA Image caption The Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) is investigating the breach A cyber-attack on Germany’s government IT network is “ongoing”, officials say, a day after they said it had been “brought under control”. “It is a very serious cyber-attack,” said Armin Schuster, who chairs the parliamentary committee that oversees the […]

Russia’s Olympic membership restored by International Olympic Committee

Russia’s Olympic membership restored by International Olympic Committee

There were 168 Russians competing as neutral athletes at February’s Winter Olympics Russia’s Olympic membership has been restored by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) following its suspension from Pyeongchang 2018. Russia was banned from February’s Games by the IOC over state-sponsored doping. Despite the ban, 168 Russians competed as neutrals in South Korea, and two […]

Europe snow: Siberian ice blankets southern seaside resorts

Europe snow: Siberian ice blankets southern seaside resorts

Image copyright PA Image caption In Doncaster, Britain, a Siberian tiger strolls through Siberian weather at his wildlife park The number of casualties from cold exposure continues to rise as most of Europe experiences freezing temperatures. Dozens of people have been reported dead across the continent – many of them rough sleepers. Among the casualties […]

Spotify aims for $1bn public share listing

Spotify aims for $1bn public share listing

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Daniel Ek co-founded Swedish streaming company Spotify in 2006 Spotify, the world’s biggest music streaming service, has filed paperwork to start selling its shares publicly on the New York Stock Exchange. The firm, which launched in 2008, said its shares could be worth up to an estimated $1bn (£726m; […]

Syria war: Turkey ‘indiscriminately shelling civilians in Afrin’

Syria war: Turkey ‘indiscriminately shelling civilians in Afrin’

Image copyright AFP Image caption At least 24 children have reportedly been killed in Afrin since the Turkish offensive began Indiscriminate shellfire by Turkish troops – and to a lesser extent Kurdish forces – has killed scores of civilians in Syria, a human rights group alleges. Amnesty International said it had verified witness testimony from […]

Slovakia grapples with murdered journalist’s last story

Image caption Jan Kuciak and Martina Kusnirova were found dead in their home on Sunday The headline reads: “Italian Mafia In Slovakia; Its Tentacles Reach As Far As Politics”. It sits at the top of Jan Kuciak’s final, unfinished article, published at midnight not just on his own news site – actuality.sk – but, symbolically, […]

Europe freezes as ‘Beast from the East’ arrives

Europe freezes as ‘Beast from the East’ arrives

Image copyright EPA Image caption The ruins of Pompeii – near Naples in southern Italy – were covered with snow Much of Europe has been blanketed in snow as cold weather spreads as far south as the Mediterranean coast. The cold spell, nicknamed “the Beast from the East” in the UK, is carrying freezing winds […]