UK-built Sentinel satellite to track air pollution

Image copyright ESA Image caption Sentinel-5 Precursor is a major UK contribution to the EU’s Copernicus programme A UK-assembled satellite is set to go into orbit shortly to monitor air quality around the globe. Its Dutch-designed instrument will make daily maps of polluting gases and particles known to be harmful to health. Called Sentinel-5P, the […]

Berlin lorry attack: ‘Gross mistakes’ made by police

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Anis Amri drove a truck into a crowded market in central Berlin on 19 December 2016 An investigation into last year’s deadly attack on a Christmas market in Berlin has revealed “gross mistakes” by German police and security services. The report commissioned by Berlin’s state senate says police missed several […]

Austrian parties in election TV clash

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Rival slogans: OeVP says “Now or never!”; SPOe says “Change with responsibility” Austrian party leaders took part in a final TV debate on Thursday, with conservative hardliners on immigration tipped to win an election on Sunday. The spotlight was on Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz, just 31 years old, whose […]

Catalonia: Spain celebrates National Day amid political turmoil

Image copyright AFP Image caption Anti-independence supporters in Barcelona are displaying Spanish and Catalan flags Spain is preparing to celebrate its National Day amid a continuing political crisis sparked by Catalonia’s disputed independence referendum. The public display of unity comes a day after PM Mariano Rajoy told parliament the country was facing the most serious […]

Greek parliament approves law allowing legal gender change

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras urged lawmakers to support the bill Greece’s parliament has approved a new law that will make it easier for people to change their legal gender. Citizens over the age of 15 will now be able to change their gender with a court ruling and without requiring […]

Hungary in language dispute with Ukraine over schools

Image copyright EPA Image caption A Hungarian language class in Uzhhorod, western Ukraine Hungary says it will protest to the EU over a new law that limits the teaching of subjects in languages of Ukraine’s ethnic minorities, including Hungarian. Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said he would urge foreign ministers next Monday to revise the […]

Spain Catalan crisis: Puigdemont under pressure before speech

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Thousands took to the streets of Barcelona on Sunday to oppose independence Catalan President Carles Puigdemont is facing growing pressure to drop plans to break from Spain ahead of a key address to the regional parliament. There has been speculation that he could announce a unilateral declaration of independence […]

Iceland joy at World Cup win

Iceland joy at World Cup win

Iceland players celebrate after their 2-0 victory over Kosovo Iceland became the smallest nation to progress to a World Cup after beating Kosovo to win their qualifying group for Russia 2018. The Euro 2016 quarter-finalists, who knocked out England in the last 16, have a population of about 335,000. They are the only country to […]

Catalonia Spain: Catalan leader under pressure ahead of key speech

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Thousands took to the streets of Barcelona on Sunday to oppose independence Catalan President Carles Puigdemont is facing growing pressure to drop plans to break from Spain ahead of a key address to the regional parliament. There has been speculation that he could announce a unilateral declaration of independence […]

Turkey-US row: Erdogan ‘upset’ by visa suspension

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The US has suspended all non-immigrant visa services Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has described a US decision to suspend most visa services as “upsetting”. He said Turkish officials had contacted their US counterparts about the move, which was prompted by the detention last week of a Turkish national working […]