Puigdemont stays away as ousted Catalonia deputies attend court

Puigdemont stays away as ousted Catalonia deputies attend court

Media captionCarles Puigdemont said on Tuesday that Spain has a ‘democratic deficit’ Sacked members of Catalonia’s regional government are appearing at Spain’s high court to face rebellion and sedition charges, after October’s disputed independence referendum. Nine officials have turned up at the court in Madrid for questioning. But Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and four others […]

Why Finnair wants to put passengers on the weighing scales

Why Finnair wants to put passengers on the weighing scales

Image copyright Getty Images For the past two days, passengers passing through Helsinki airport may have wondered whether their airline is suffering from weight issues. At check-in, Finnair staff have been asking them to please step briefly on to a set of weighing scales. But this isn’t a new “thin air” strategy to slim down […]

Catalonia: Sacked leaders summoned to Madrid court

Catalonia: Sacked leaders summoned to Madrid court

Media captionCarles Puigdemont said on Tuesday that Spain has a ‘democratic deficit’ Sacked members of Catalonia’s regional government have been ordered to appear in Spain’s high court to face rebellion and sedition charges, after October’s disputed independence referendum. Madrid’s court summoned 13 officials as well as former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, who has already said […]

Catalonia: Puigdemont ‘will not return’ to Spain for questioning

Catalonia: Puigdemont ‘will not return’ to Spain for questioning

Media captionCarles Puigdemont said on Tuesday that Spain has a ‘democratic deficit’ Sacked Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont will not return to Spain to answer charges including rebellion, his Belgian lawyer has said. Speaking to the Associated Press, Paul Bekaert suggested Mr Puigdemont should instead be questioned in Belgium where he has been since Monday. He […]

Amsterdam bans beer bikes amid complaints

Amsterdam bans beer bikes amid complaints

Image copyright Alamy Amsterdam has banned beer bikes amid complaints about rowdy tourists being drunk and disorderly. A court ruling on Tuesday allowed officials to prohibit their use in the centre of the Dutch city, calling the contraptions a “public order problem”. The bicycles are a popular way for tourists celebrating group events, such as […]

Pope Francis admits he sometimes falls asleep while praying

Pope Francis admits he sometimes falls asleep while praying

Image copyright AFP Image caption The 266th Pope said it “pleases God” if you feel comfortable enough to sleep during prayer Pope Francis has admitted that he sometimes nods off while praying. “When I pray, sometimes I fall asleep,” he said in an episode of a Catholic TV2000 television programme published on Youtube. “Saint Therese […]

Sochi 2014: Alexander Legkov and Evgeniy Belov receive life bans for doping

Sochi 2014: Alexander Legkov and Evgeniy Belov receive life bans for doping

Evgeniy Belov (left) and Alexander Legkov (right) were among six cross-country skiers whose provisional bans were upheld in May Two Russian skiers have received lifetime Olympic bans for doping violations at Sochi 2014. Alexander Legkov and Evgeniy Belov are the first athletes punished by the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) investigation into claims of Russian doping […]

New Brexit referendum would be ‘divisive and hate-filled’ warns Hague

New Brexit referendum would be ‘divisive and hate-filled’ warns Hague

Media captionWilliam Hague tells Radio 4’s Today a second EU referendum wouldn’t be good for the country Holding another referendum on Brexit would be the most “divisive” moment in British politics for more than 100 years, Lord Hague has said. The former foreign secretary warned of the risk of a “hate-filled” campaign if the government […]

Catalan independence: Spain high court summons dismissed leader

Catalan independence: Spain high court summons dismissed leader

Media captionCarles Puigdemont: Spain has a ‘democratic deficit’ Spain’s high court has summoned sacked Catalan leader Carles Puidgemont and 13 other members of his dismissed government to appear later this week. It also gave them three days to pay a deposit of €6.2m ($7.2m) to cover potential liabilities. The summons comes after Spain’s chief prosecutor […]

Catalan independence: Sacked leader Puigdemont ‘not seeking asylum’

Catalan independence: Sacked leader Puigdemont ‘not seeking asylum’

Media captionCarles Puigdemont: Spain has a ‘democratic deficit’ Catalonia’s sacked President Carles Puigdemont says he has not travelled to Belgium to seek asylum. He has appeared in public in Brussels with several colleagues after declaring independence from Spain last week. Spain’s central government has taken direct control of Catalonia and sacked officials, following the region’s […]