Catalonia referendum: Spanish raid on Unipost deals blow to vote

Catalonia referendum: Spanish raid on Unipost deals blow to vote

Image copyright EPA Image caption Protesters arrived at the Unipost offices in Terrassa during the day Spanish police have discovered a mass of documents directly related to a banned Catalan independence referendum scheduled for 1 October. Early on Tuesday, the Guardia Civil arrived at offices of Spain’s biggest private delivery company, Unipost, in the Catalan […]

German WW1 U-boat found off Belgian coast

German WW1 U-boat found off Belgian coast

Image caption The two periscopes appeared to be intact, judging from pictures taken by divers The wreck of a German submarine that sank during World War One has been found in the North Sea and officials believe 23 bodies may be inside it. The type UB-II submarine is said to be in good condition, lying […]

Norway jails top policeman for smuggling hashish

Norway jails top policeman for smuggling hashish

Image copyright AFP Image caption Eirik Jensen, 60, was once a senior officer responsible for tackling organised crime A senior Norwegian police officer has been sentenced to 21 years in prison for taking bribes and aiding a notorious drug smuggler. Eirik Jensen, who was responsible for combating organised crime in the capital Oslo, was arrested […]

Germans fined over pensioner left to die in bank branch

Germans fined over pensioner left to die in bank branch

Image copyright Presseportal.de Image caption Essen police released this photo showing the collapsed pensioner A judge has imposed heavy fines on three people in the western German city of Essen for ignoring a pensioner who collapsed next to bank cash machines. The 83-year-old man hit his head on the tiles and died a week later. […]

Ryanair faces 20m euro compensation bill over cancellations

Ryanair faces 20m euro compensation bill over cancellations

Image copyright AFP Ryanair could face up to 20m euros (£18m) in compensation claims after cancelling thousands of flights due to a shortage of pilots, it has warned. The budget airline plans to cancel 40-50 flights every day for the next six weeks, after it admitted it had “messed up” the planning of pilot holidays. […]

German trial over pensioner left to die in bank branch

German trial over pensioner left to die in bank branch

Image copyright Presseportal.de Image caption Essen police released this photo showing the collapsed pensioner Three people are going on trial in the German city of Essen for failing to assist a pensioner who had collapsed after entering a bank cashpoint. The 83-year-old man died a week later, having hit his head on the tiles. A […]

Ryanair under pressure to publish full list of cancelled flights

Ryanair under pressure to publish full list of cancelled flights

Image copyright Getty Images Ryanair is under pressure to publish a full list of the flights it plans to cancel every day amid growing anger among customers. The airline said on Saturday it would cancel 40-50 flights every day for the next six weeks, after it “messed up” the planning of pilot holidays. However, it […]

UK tourist in Venice hands big euro find to police

UK tourist in Venice hands big euro find to police

Image caption A view of Rialto bridge – a tourist hot spot in Venice Arriving in Venice at the weekend on a holiday in Italy, a 67-year-old British woman discovered a plastic bag containing €2,700 (£2,400; $3,200). Instead of pocketing the surprise windfall, she handed it in to the nearest police station she could find […]

European live animal trade raises major welfare concerns

European live animal trade raises major welfare concerns

Image copyright Compassion in World Farming Image caption An exhausted bull was seen being trampled on while stalled at a Turkish border Animal welfare is being neglected on long journeys across Europe amid a booming livestock trade, the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme found. Livestock hauliers were found to routinely break EU laws for the protection […]

Serbia’s gay PM is first in region to attend pride parade

Serbia’s gay PM is first in region to attend pride parade

Media captionAna Brnabic mingled with the crowds at the march in Belgrade The prime minister of Serbia has become the first head of government in a Balkan country to take part in a gay pride march. Ana Brnabic is the first gay person, as well as the first woman, to lead Serbia. Gay pride parades […]