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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

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 the date. Previously the Russian government said “probably five” Russians […]

Post-Brexit UK won’t be like Mad Max, says David Davis

Media captionWill ministers be locked in a room ‘all night’? Britain will not be “plunged into a Mad Max-style world borrowed from dystopian fiction” after it leaves the EU, the Brexit secretary has said. David Davis said the UK wanted to lead a “global race to the top” in rights and standards not, as some […]

Post-Brexit UK won’t be like Mad Max, says David Davis

Britain will not be “plunged into a Mad Max-style world borrowed from dystopian fiction” after it leaves the EU, the Brexit secretary has said. David Davis said the UK wanted to lead a “global race to the top” in rights and standards not, as some feared, a “competitive race to the bottom”. Close co-operation between […]

Brexit: David Davis rejects ‘Mad Max-style dystopia’ claims

Image copyright AFP/Getty Britain will not be “plunged into a Mad Max-style world borrowed from dystopian fiction” after it leaves the EU, the Brexit secretary will say in a speech. David Davis will say fears about a “race to the bottom” in workers’ rights and environmental standards are “based on nothing”. He will argue for […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 Turkey has warned the Syrian government not to help Kurds fighting against Turkish forces in northern Syria. Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said Turkey’s operations were going ahead as planned and it would be a “disaster” if Syrian troops were to intervene. Syrian media had earlier […]