Catalonia independence: Puigdemont 'could run if not in jail'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBarcelona rally demonstrator: ‘I feel forgotten by Catalan government’ Spain’s foreign minister has repeated his government’s position that the sacked Catalan leader could run in new elections in December, but stressed that meant only if he was not in jail. Alfonso Dastis spoke as a huge rally for Spanish unity was held in Catalonia’s largest city, Barcelona. Carles Puigdemont was removed from

Managing the managers: The rise of the business 'philosopher-kings'

Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption Are the new ideas and approaches pioneered by management consultants worth their fees? The place: a textile plant near Mumbai, India. The time: 2008. The scene? Chaos. Rubbish is piled up outside the building – with almost as much inside. There are piles of flammable junk, and open chemical containers. The yarn is at least bundled up in white plastic bags, but the inventory is scattered

The woman who won the lottery and chose to give it back

Image copyrightAFPImage caption Rachel Lapierre set up Le Book Humanitaire after winning the lottery What would you do if you won the lottery? Buy a new house, a sports car, or travel the world perhaps? But how many of us would use our winnings to set up a charity? That is exactly what Rachel Lapierre, a former Miss Quebec, did back in 2013. The Canadian always loved volunteering, and after

Strong storms kill five in Germany, Poland and Czech Republic

Image copyrightAFPImage caption Flood waters surround cars parked at Hamburg’s Fish Market district Powerful storms have wreaked havoc in parts of central and northern Europe, killing at least five people in Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic. A 63-year-old camper drowned on the German coast as the result of a storm surge while the other four were killed by falling trees in strong winds. Winds reached 180km/h (112mph) on the

How Lee Child is breaking cover on Jack Reacher secrets

Image copyrightAxel DupeuxImage caption Lee Child is writing his 23rd Jack Reacher thriller In a New York apartment offering spectacular views of Central Park, Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher novels, stares out at a brick wall. The positioning of his writing room is a typically disciplined move from the Birmingham-raised author, who in the 1990s faced up to redundancy from Granada TV by writing a novel. Twenty-three years

India: Separated twin 'opens eyes' four days after surgery

Image copyrightAIIMSImage caption Picture released by the hospital two days after the historic surgery One of the twin boys who were conjoined at the head has opened his eyes four days after a historic surgery to separate them in India, a doctor says. Two-year-old Jaga has also responded to simple commands, including moving his limbs. He is on a ventilator and needs daily dialysis due to kidney problems. His brother,

Does Trump have the power to go to war?

Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption US Army Sgt La David Johnson was killed in Niger US senators are asking cabinet secretaries about the campaign against extremist groups in Niger and other places – and whether a new law authorising the use of military force should be written. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis are speaking on Monday about the president authority to wage war – the first

Sudan US sanctions: Cancer patients and businesses hopeful

Image caption Hawa Mohammed Adam’s fans, friends and family paid for her cancer treatment abroad Sudanese music star Hawa Mohammed Adam hopes the lifting of US trade sanctions means she will no longer have to travel to Egypt to receive life-saving treatment for cancer. She was diagnosed with breast cancer last year and her extended family, friends and fans raised the money to send her to Cairo. Her cancer initially

Russia-Trump: Who's who in the drama to end all dramas?

It’s more gripping than any box set we can get our hands on right now. The investigations into Russian interference in the US election, and whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Kremlin, continue to deliver daily developments and drama worthy of anything seen in House of Cards. There are several ongoing investigations into the Trump campaign’s ties with Russia, and reports of imminent arrests. Here is your viewer’s guide

Saudi Arabia to allow women into sports stadiums

Image copyrightAFPImage caption There was a conservative backlash when women were allowed to celebrate National Day in a Riyadh stadium last month Saudi Arabia will allow women to attend sports events in stadiums for the first time from next year, officials say. Families will be able to enter the stadiums in three major cities – Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam. It is another move towards giving more freedom to Saudi women,