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Slovenian President Pahor fails to win majority, faces runoff


LJUBLJANA Slovenian President Borut Pahor will face a second-round election on Nov. 12 after he fell short of a majority in Sunday's first round, as he tries to win a second five-year mandate.


Catalonia to press ahead with independence if Madrid suspends autonomy 22 Oct 2017

MADRID/BARCELONA Catalonia's leader pledged to press ahead with his independence bid if Spain moves to suspend the region's autonomy, a regional government source said on Wednesday, hours before a deadline over keeping the euro zone's fourth-largest economy united. | Video


Slovenian president wins 47 percent in first election round-prelim result 22 Oct 2017

LJUBLJANA Slovenian President Borut Pahor won 47.3 percent of the vote in the first round of the country's presidential election with 87 percent of ballots counted, preliminary results from the State Election Commission showed on Sunday.


Austria's likely next chancellor hopes to form government in 60 days - paper 22 Oct 2017

ZURICH Austria's likely next chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, wants talks over a new government to last no more than two months, he said in a newspaper interview published in Sunday.


Catalonia cannot accept 'illegal' control from Madrid, says regional leader 21 Oct 2017

MADRID The people of Catalonia cannot accept the "illegal" measures taken by the Spanish government to rule the region directly from Madrid, Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont said on Saturday, as he called on the regional parliament to act against them.


Portuguese protest over deadly forest fires, government pledges aid 21 Oct 2017

LISBON As thousands of Portuguese protested on Saturday over the government's handling of massive wildfires that have killed 108 people since June, government ministers pledged to spend over 400 million euros ($470 million) in aid.

Spain conducting 'coup' in Catalonia -regional parliament speaker 21 Oct 2017

MADRID Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's decision to fire Catalonia's government and force a new election is a "coup" and an "attack against democracy", the speaker of the Catalan parliament said on Saturday.


Spain's Rajoy says will sack Catalan government, call regional elections 21 Oct 2017

MADRID Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Saturday said he would curb the powers of the parliament of Catalonia, sack its government and call an election within six months in a bid to thwart a drive by the autonomous region to breakaway from Spain.

Italy gets back looted mosaic from Emperor Caligula's ship 21 Oct 2017

ROME A floor mosaic from one of Roman Emperor Caligula's opulent private ships, which was stolen after World War Two, is on its way back to Italy from the United States where it has been recovered from a private collection.


Merkel says Britain must move on Brexit bill to break deadlock 21 Oct 2017

BRUSSELS German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday that the European Union could only agree to enter the next phase of Brexit negotiations in December if Britain provided specific assurances about its readiness to settle financial obligations to the bloc.


London the starting line as Adidas laces up robotic shoe run

LONDON Adidas has launched the first of six planned city-themed running shoe models in London as it capitalises on its first Speedfactory, which it has opened in Germany and equipped with time-saving robotics. | Video

U.S. must step up support for operation against W.Africa militants - France

PARIS/WASHINGTON The United States must step up its support for a planned African force to fight Islamist militants in West Africa or it could fail, leaving French troops to carry the burden alone, France's defence minister said on Friday.


Italian regions vote in favour of autonomy in shadow of Catalonia crisis

MILAN Two wealthy regions of northern Italy voted overwhelmingly on Sunday for greater autonomy in referendums that could fan regional tensions in Europe at a time when Spain is striving to prevent Catalonia from breaking away.

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