Anti-nuclear weapons group wins Nobel Prize

Anti-nuclear weapons group wins Nobel Prize

Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on […]

Bus crash at railway crossing kills 19 in Russia

Bus crash at railway crossing kills 19 in Russia

Image copyright EPA Image caption The Kazakhstan-registered bus was destroyed by an oncoming passenger train At least 19 people were killed when a train hit a bus on a crossing in the Russian region of Vladimir, 100km (62 miles) east of Moscow. Russian media report that the driver may have stalled the engine after ignoring […]

Catalan crisis: Spanish court bars MPs’ independence move

Catalan crisis: Spanish court bars MPs’ independence move

Image copyright EPA Image caption Pro-independence demonstrations have continued, following Sunday’s referendum Spain’s Constitutional Court has suspended next Monday’s session of the Catalan parliament, in a bid to pre-empt a possible push for independence. The court said such a move would be “a breach of the constitution”. Earlier Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy warned Catalonia’s regional […]

Afghan refugee, 106, ‘happy’ at Sweden asylum U-turn

Afghan refugee, 106, ‘happy’ at Sweden asylum U-turn

Image caption It would be “shocking” to make Ms Uzbeki return, the court said A 106-year-old Afghan woman has told the BBC she is “happy” a Swedish court has overturned a decision to deport her. Khalbibi Uzbeki, who is bedridden and nearly blind, is believed to be the oldest person to have sought asylum in […]

‘German James Bond’ Werner Mauss sentenced for tax evasion

‘German James Bond’ Werner Mauss sentenced for tax evasion

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mauss (left, with his lawyer) complained he was hampered in his defence due to confidentiality agreements One of Germany’s top former spies, known for his undercover work to expose criminality, has himself gained a criminal conviction. A German court handed Werner Mauss a two-year suspended jail sentence for tax […]

Catalan crisis: Spain condemns ‘blackmail’ of Puigdemont

Catalan crisis: Spain condemns ‘blackmail’ of Puigdemont

Image copyright AFP Image caption Protesters wave Spanish flags at a demonstration defending unity on Wednesday Spain’s government has said it will not accept “blackmail” after the Catalan leader indicated that independence could be declared next week. Carles Puigdemont must return to the path of law before any negotiation could take place, the Madrid government […]

Athenia: Is this the wreck of the first British ship torpedoed in WW2?

Athenia: Is this the wreck of the first British ship torpedoed in WW2?

Image copyright GSI Image caption The sonar contact matches the dimensions of the Athenia in all details The remains of the first British ship to be sunk in WW2 appear to have been identified on the Atlantic seabed. Shipwreck-hunter David Mearns says sonar data shows the transatlantic passenger liner Athenia to be lying 200m down […]

Has the original Santa Claus been found in Turkey?

Media captionPortrait of Nicholas, the Bishop of Myra, created by Liverpool’s John Moores University Face Lab in December 2014 Children look away now! For Turkish archaeologists believe they have found the tomb of the original Santa Claus, otherwise known as Saint Nicholas. An intact tomb has been found underneath Saint Nicholas Church, in the Demre […]

Puigdemont: Spanish king ignored millions of Catalans

Puigdemont: Spanish king ignored millions of Catalans

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Carles Puigdemont (left) criticised Spain’s King Felipe in his address Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has attacked Spain’s King Felipe VI for “deliberately ignoring millions of Catalans”. In a TV address, Mr Puigdemont accused the king of adopting the Spanish government’s position. “This moment calls for mediation,” he said. He has […]

Pro-independence Catalans defy King Felipe VI’s warning

Pro-independence Catalans defy King Felipe VI’s warning

Media captionCarles Puigdemont spoke to the BBC on Tuesday evening Pro-independence Catalan leaders are pressing ahead despite an emphatic warning from King Felipe VI. Catalan President Carles Puigdemont told the BBC he would declare independence “at the end of this week or the beginning of next”. The European Union said it was “time to talk” […]