Rajoy says rule of law prevailed by blocking Catalan vote
Spain

Rajoy says rule of law prevailed by blocking Catalan vote

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Sunday that the rule of law had prevailed in Catalonia because an independence referendum in the region prohibited by the courts had been blocked.

ANALYSIS: Can PM Rajoy survive the Catalan crisis?
Spain

ANALYSIS: Can PM Rajoy survive the Catalan crisis?

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, a political survivor, now faces one of the biggest challenges of his career: a surge in separatist fervour in Catalonia which many accuse him of having fanned.

France opens anti-terror probe into Marseille knife attack
France

France opens anti-terror probe into Marseille knife attack

UPDATED: A suspected Islamist knifeman killed at least two people at the main train station in the French Mediterranean port city of Marseille on Sunday before being shot and killed by soldiers patrolling there, local officials and police said.

Tensions hit football as Barça match played behind closed doors
Spain

Tensions hit football as Barça match played behind closed doors

Barcelona's La Liga match against Las Palmas will be played behind closed doors on Sunday (1415GMT) after the Spanish league refused to postpone the match.

Paris experiments with ‘car-free day’ across the city
France

Paris experiments with ‘car-free day’ across the city

Sunday marks the third time the French capital has experimented with a car ban.

Naples fights mafia – with first bookshop in 50 years
Italy

Naples fights mafia – with first bookshop in 50 years

In the hinterlands of Naples a revolution is afoot: locals tired of drug lords are taking the fight to the mafia and their weapon of choice is the humble book.

Italy orders North Korea ambassador home over missiles
Italy

Italy orders North Korea ambassador home over missiles

Italy has ordered North Korea's incoming new ambassador to leave the country in a protest over Kim Jong-Un's missile launches and nuclear tests.

AS IT HAPPENED: Clashes at polling stations as Catalonia holds independence referendum
Spain

AS IT HAPPENED: Clashes at polling stations as Catalonia holds independence referendum

Clashes broke out at polling stations across the northeastern region as police attempted to seize ballot boxes and prevent the 'illegal' vote on independence.

Norway agrees to host Israeli nuclear whistleblower
Norway

Norway agrees to host Israeli nuclear whistleblower

Norway has agreed to host former Israeli nuclear technician and whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu, his Norwegian wife has told local television.

German man admits poisoning baby food
Germany

German man admits poisoning baby food

A 53-year-old German man admitted on Saturday to poisoning baby food and threatening to contaminate other products in stores across Europe, as part of a presumed blackmail plot, authorities said.

Police surround polling station where Catalan president to vote
Spain

Police surround polling station where Catalan president to vote

UPDATED: Spanish police in riot gear seized ballot boxes and surrounded activist-held polling stations in Catalonia on Sunday as thousands flooded the streets to vote in an independence referendum banned by Madrid.

Germany celebrates first gay marriages
Germany

Germany celebrates first gay marriages

Germany celebrates its first gay marriages on Sunday as same-sex unions become legal after decades of struggle, but campaigners say the battle for equal rights isn't over yet.

Austrian ruling party’s number two resigns over smear campaign
Austria

Austrian ruling party’s number two resigns over smear campaign

The number two figure in Austria's ruling Social Democrats was forced to resign on Saturday, just two weeks ahead of parliamentary elections, over a smear campaign.

Investigators probe Air France A380 after engine blow-out
France

Investigators probe Air France A380 after engine blow-out

UPDATED: A team of investigators and engineers headed to Canada on Sunday to inspect an Airbus A380 superjumbo operated by Air France which was forced to make an emergency landing after an engine explosion.

Row over French stadium accident that left 29 hurt
France

Row over French stadium accident that left 29 hurt

UPDATED: The chairman of Amiens, Bernard Joannin, initially blamed hundreds of "hardcore fans" among Lille supporters for the shocking scenes during Saturday's Ligue 1 encounter in Amiens in northeast France.

Crunch time as Catalonia holds independence vote
Spain

Crunch time as Catalonia holds independence vote

People turned out before dawn to protect polling stations.