Catalans declare independence as Madrid imposes direct rule

  • Media playback is unsupported on your device – – Media captionThe moment Catalan parliament declared independence – The Catalan regional parliament has voted to declare independence from Spain, while the Spanish parliament has approved direct rule over the region.Catalan MPs easily approved the move amid an opposition boycott.Spanish Prime Minister…
  • What happened in the Catalan parliament?A motion declaring independence was approved on Friday with 70 in favour, 10 against, and two abstentions in the 135-seat chamber.The measure calls for the transfer of legal powers from Spain to an independent Catalonia.But the Spanish Constitutional Court is likely to declare it illegal,…
  • Catalan President Carles Puigdemont has called for supporters to “maintain the momentum” in a peaceful manner.Crowds have been celebrating the declaration of independence and Spanish flags have been removed from some regional government buildings in Catalonia.The mood in the crowdBy James Reynolds in BarcelonaThe pro-independence crowd outside the parliament followed…
  • “What will the Spanish government do next?Soon after the vote at the regional parliament, the Senate – Spain’s upper house – made the unprecedented step of approving measures allowing the Spanish government to impose direct rule over Catalonia.There were 214 votes in favour and 47 against.Urging calm, Mr Rajoy said:…
  • How did we get here?After the 1 October referendum, Mr Puigdemont signed a declaration of independence but delayed implementation to allow talks with the Spanish government.A deadline set by Madrid for him to clarify his intentions came and went, prompting Mr Rajoy to announce plans to impose direct rule.Catalonia is…

Catalonia’s parliament declares independence but Madrid imposes direct rule over the region.
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Scammers taking control of computers, experts warn

  • Trading Standards officers say that tens of thousands of users are falling victim to such scams, which begin when they ask for help with a printer error.
  • The fraudsters claim to offer “printer helplines”, which consumers are fooled into contacting.
  • In some cases the fraudsters steal information – such as bank account details – or demand money to hand back control.
  • “This printer helpline scam scam is particularly pernicious because it encourages victims to unknowingly contact the fraudsters of their own accord,” said Mike Andrews, lead co-ordinator of the National Trading Standards eCrime team.
  • “While victims expect they will receive help with their printer problems, they have in fact been lured into a trap, and find themselves at risking of losing money or important personal information and also have their computer security compromised.”

Consumers are being warned about fraudsters who offer help with computer printers, then demand money.
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Backpacker Mia Ayliffe-Chung stabbed to death at Australian hostel

  • Image copyright Google Image caption Miss Ayliffe-Chung worked as a waitress at the Bedroom Lounge Bar on the Gold Coast
  • A French suspect, 29, who allegedly said the Arabic phrase “Allahu akbar” during the attack, was arrested.
  • “Mia was a bubbly student who was energetic, caring and who immersed herself in life, enriching the school environment she contributed to.
  • A 21-year-old British woman has died after she was stabbed during an attack at a backpackers’ hostel in Australia.
  • Miss Ayliffe-Chung had lived in Surfers Paradise, on Australia’s Gold Coast, and worked as a waitress at the Bedroom Lounge Bar before making an 800-mile trip north to work outdoors.

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A 21-year-old British woman dies and a man is severely injured in an Australian hostel knife attack.


Backpacker Mia Ayliffe-Chung stabbed to death at Australian hostel

France Rouen fire kills 13 at birthday party

  • Image copyright AFP Image caption Those who died were trapped in a room below the bar
  • Image copyright AFP Image caption Birthday candles on a cake are thought to have caused the fire
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A fire caused by candles on a birthday cake at a bar in the northern French city of Rouen kills at least 13 people and injures six.


France Rouen fire kills 13 at birthday party