Europe


Catalonia referendum: Madrid takes over local policing

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWhy some Catalans want independence A Spanish official has taken command of local policing in Catalonia to stop the disputed independence referendum, the public prosecutor’s office says….


Actor Colin Firth becomes Italian citizen

Image copyright Reuters British actor Colin Firth has become an Italian citizen, the country’s authorities have confirmed. His wife – film producer Livia Giuggioli – is Italian, making the Bridget Jones star eligible for citizenship….


Brexit: UK needs to clarify issues – Macron

Image copyright Reuters The UK must provide more clarity about its negotiating position on Brexit, the French president has said. Emmanuel Macron said the issues of EU citizens, the exit bill and the Irish border…


Speed teens

Image caption Mirza Nikolaev, 16, joined Bosnia’s junior luge team after seeing an item about it on the TV news A summer luge may look like a plastic tray on wheels. But at full speed…


Political football

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption All FC Barcelona’s fans are passionate about football… and many are passionate about Catalan independence FC Barcelona has been anything but a neutral bystander on the question of Catalan…



Action please

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Michel Barnier hailed Theresa May’s speech as a “step forward” The EU’s reaction to Theresa May’s speech can be summed up as: “Thanks for the warm words, now show…