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Lionel Messi ‘could swap tax fraud jail sentence for fine’

Lionel Messi ‘could swap tax fraud jail sentence for fine’

Image copyright PA Image caption Lionel Messi was found guilty of tax fraud in 2016 Football star Lionel Messi could avoid a 21-month prison sentence for tax fraud by paying a fine, Spanish media are reporting. Spain’s state prosecutor would swap jail time for a fine of €255,000 ($285,000; £224,000), which equates to €400 for […]

Brexit: EU citizens offered ‘UK settled status’ by PM May

Brexit: EU citizens offered ‘UK settled status’ by PM May

Image copyright AFP Image caption European Council President Donald Tusk and Theresa May held bilateral talks at the Brussels summit EU citizens legally resident in the UK should have the same rights as British citizens after Brexit, the UK prime minister has told EU leaders. “No-one will face a cliff edge,” Theresa May said at […]

UK in Brexit pledge on citizens’ rights at EU summit

UK in Brexit pledge on citizens’ rights at EU summit

Media captionLeaders of the 28 member states have plenty to discuss during the two-day summit, Elaine Jung explains EU leaders are holding summit talks in Brussels, where they will hear the UK’s plans for protecting EU citizens’ rights after Brexit. UK Prime Minister Theresa May will brief them on Thursday night. Negotiations on the UK’s […]

Greek rubbish strike causes stink

Greek rubbish strike causes stink

Image copyright EPA Image caption As the rubbish piles up, authorities in Athens have asked residents not to take their refuse out Piles of rubbish have been mounting in cities across Greece since the start of the week in a dispute over thousands of refuse collectors’ jobs. Tourist areas of Athens were among those worst […]

Brexit and security loom large at EU summit in Brussels

Brexit and security loom large at EU summit in Brussels

Media captionLeaders of the 28 member states have plenty to discuss during the two-day summit, Elaine Jung explains EU leaders are heading to a Brussels summit amid heightened security after Tuesday’s foiled bomb attack at the Belgian capital’s main railway station. A Moroccan man was shot dead after detonating a bomb. Security will be high […]

Russian defence minister’s plane ‘buzzed’ by Nato jet

Russian defence minister’s plane ‘buzzed’ by Nato jet

Media captionNato jet ‘approaches’ Russian minister’s plane A Nato fighter jet has approached a Russian plane carrying the defence minister but was chased away by a Russian escort jet, Russian media say. They say the incident happened in international airspace over the Baltic when Sergei Shoigu was flying to the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad. Nato […]

Russian defence minister’s plane ‘buzzed’ by Nato jet

Russian defence minister’s plane ‘buzzed’ by Nato jet

Media captionNato jet ‘approaches’ Russian minister’s plane A Nato fighter jet has approached a Russian plane carrying the defence minister but was chased away by a Russian escort jet, Russian media say. They say the incident happened in international airspace over the Baltic when Sergei Shoigu was flying to the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad. Nato […]

Suspected suicide bomber shot at Brussels railway station

Suspected suicide bomber shot at Brussels railway station

Media captionPolice arrive after explosion in Brussels central train station Belgian soldiers have shot a man suspected of being a would-be suicide bomber at Brussels Central Station, officials say. He was shot after reportedly setting off a small explosion and no-one else is believed to have been injured. Police say the situation is under control. […]

Portugal fires: Confusion over plane crash claim

Portugal fires: Confusion over plane crash claim

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The fires have claimed the lives at least 64 people since Saturday Reports that a firefighting plane crashed during an operation to tackle huge blazes in central Portugal have been denied by the country’s civil protection authority. This contradict earlier reports that a Canadair aircraft went down near the central […]

Mourinho denies tax fraud during Real Madrid stint

Mourinho denies tax fraud during Real Madrid stint

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Mourinho was Real Madrid’s manager between 2010 and 2013 Manchester United manager José Mourinho is innocent of tax fraud and had his tax affairs ratified by the Spanish government, according to his advisers. Mr Mourinho was accused by prosecutors of defrauding Spain of €3.3m (£2.9m; $3.6m) in taxes while […]