Johnson to push again for Brexit deal vote

Parliament must be given « a straight up-and-down vote » on the PM’s Brexit deal, No 10 says, after MPs delivered a major blow to his strategy on Saturday. Boris Johnson was forced by law to send a letter asking the EU for a new delay on Brexit, but did not sign it. The PM now wants MPs to say a clear « yes » or « no » to the deal on Monday, adding: « We cannot allow Parliament’s letter to lead to Parliament’s delay. » It will be…

Top fund manager forced to resign after BBC investigation

One of the world’s leading fund managers has been forced to resign after the BBC discovered he had broken investment rules. Mark Denning helped to manage more than $300bn (£229bn; €265n) of investors’ money at Capital Group. BBC One’s Panorama uncovered evidence that suggests he was secretly acquiring shares for his own benefit in some of the same companies as his funds. Mr Denning, who had worked at the firm for 36 years, denies any wrongdoing. The 62-year-old fund manager left his job five days after Panorama wrote to Capital…

Swiss election: Green parties ‘make historic gains’

Green parties have made strong gains in Switzerland’s parliamentary election, according to initial projections. The anti-immigration Swiss People’s Party (SVP) is set to win, despite losing at least 3% of its support. But projections show a combined vote for the two green parties of around 20%, which would make them major players in Swiss politics. Their gains reflect voters’ concerns over climate change, seen as the dominant issue in this election. Not all votes have been counted yet but the national broadcaster projected the Green Party’s share surged 5.6 points…

UK PM to send unsigned letter seeking Brexit delay

Boris Johnson will send a letter to the EU by 00:00 BST to request a Brexit delay – but he will not sign it, according to a Downing Street source. The request will be accompanied by a second letter, signed by Mr Johnson, which will say he believes that a delay would be a mistake, the source said. The PM was required by law to ask the EU for an extension to the 31 October deadline after losing a Commons vote. It is expected Donald Tusk will now consult EU…

UK MPs vote to delay Brexit: What just happened?

The UK Parliament just sat on a Saturday for the first time in 37 years to try and get Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal agreed. What was supposed to be the deciding moment – a Yes or No on Brexit – wasn’t. And now there might be another delay. Having déjà vu? Here’s what happened. A planned vote on Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal was pre-empted when MPs adopted an amendment which effectively requires the PM to ask for a third extension to the UK’s planned departure. The primary aim…

UK MPs back Brexit deal delay

Boris Johnson has said he will press on « undaunted » with his Brexit strategy despite losing a vital vote in the House of Commons. He has vowed to introduce legislation needed to implement his agreement in Parliament next week. But he will be compelled later to ask the EU for an extension beyond 31 October after MPs backed a motion designed to rule out a no-deal exit. And the PM was forced to shelve a decisive vote on his agreement. Source: BBC

Russia dam collapse at Siberia gold mine kills 15

At least 15 people have died and 13 others are missing after a dam collapse at a gold mine in Siberia. The dam, on the Seiba river in the region of Krasnoyarsk, burst after heavy rain on Saturday, flooding cabins where workers lived. Russia’s health ministry said 14 miners were taken to hospital, including three with severe injuries. A criminal investigation has been opened over allegations the dam violated safety regulations. « The hydro-technical facility was self-constructed and, I believe, all rules I can and cannot think of were violated,…

UK set for knife-edge Brexit deal vote

Media playback is unsupported on your device MPs are debating the PM’s Brexit deal, amid uncertainty about whether the decisive vote on it will go ahead. The PM is trying to convince MPs to support the agreement he secured with the EU, in Parliament’s first Saturday session in 37 years. Mr Johnson told MPs « now is the time to get this thing done », saying any delay beyond 31 October would be « corrosive ». But MPs will debate a proposal that could delay Brexit again until all the…

Brexit: Europe’s leaders tune in for Parliament drama

The mood among Europe’s leaders was triumphant. They had a deal and as they left Brussels everyone was happy. But will the EU’s relief be short-lived? Across the capitals of Europe all eyes will now turn to Westminster, for a rare Saturday session of Parliament to decide the fate of the revised Brexit deal. « It is now a matter of putting faith in the British parliament to take its decision, » said Germany’s Angela Merkel. They have been here before. Theresa May’s deal was rejected three times by MPs.…

Barcelona cathedral: Catalonia protests shut down Sagrada Familia

Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia cathedral – one of the city’s main tourist attractions – has shut down because of protesters blocking its entrance. Protests, which are now entering their fifth day, and a general strike have brought the Spanish city to a halt. Trains are stopped and roads blocked by protesters angered by jail sentences imposed on Catalan separatist leaders. The Barcelona and Real Madrid football teams have postponed a match they were due to play on 26 October. The famous rivals had been set to meet in El Clásico, a…

Dutch farm mystery: Father held as police unpick secret farm ‘sect’

Media playback is unsupported on your device The 67-year-old father of a family found living in a secret room on an isolated Dutch farm has been arrested. His arrest came hours after an Austrian man who rented the property was remanded in custody. Six grown-up children apparently spent the past nine years in seclusion on the farm, near the village of Ruinerwold. Reports suggest the two arrested men may have formed their own sect, and police said they believed the children were held against their will. Police confirmed that the…

UK PM to begin charm offensive over Brexit deal

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to begin a charm offensive in Westminster later, as he tries to build a Commons majority for his new Brexit deal. Mr Johnson has insisted he is « very confident » MPs will back his deal. But the DUP’s opposition to his plans means the numbers in Saturday’s Commons vote are expected to be very tight. The PM is expected to focus his attention on Labour MPs in Leave-voting areas, a group of Tory Brexiteers, and rebels he expelled from his party. Conservative Party chairman…

Catalan protests: Why is Barcelona burning?

A general strike has been called in Catalonia on Friday, marking the end of a week of protests following the ruling of Spain’s Supreme Court on Monday. The court sentenced nine Catalan pro-independence leaders to jail for sedition. At the heart of the mobilisation are the Catalan youth. Protesters have been clashing with the police and setting fires in the streets of Barcelona. Video produced by Juan Antonio Dominguez and Bruno Boelpaep Source: BBC

New Brexit deal agreed, UK PM Boris Johnson says

PM Boris Johnson says the UK and EU have agreed « great new deal » for Brexit This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts. Source: BBC

Turkish president Erdogan ‘threw Trump’s Syria letter in bin’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan put US President Donald Trump’s letter « in the bin », the BBC has been told. In the letter dated 9 October, and sent after US troops were pulled out of Syria, Mr Trump told Mr Erdogan: « Don’t be a tough guy. Don’t be a fool! » Turkish presidential sources told the BBC that the letter was « thoroughly rejected » by Mr Erdogan. On the day the letter was received, Turkey launched a cross-border offensive against Kurdish-led forces. « Let’s work out a…

N Ireland party deals blow to Brexit deal hopes

Boris Johnson has suffered a blow to his proposed Brexit deal as the Democratic Unionist Party said it cannot support plans « as things stand ». The support of the DUP is seen as crucial if the prime minister is to win Parliament’s approval for the deal in time for his 31 October deadline. The DUP said it would continue to work with the government to try to get a « sensible » deal. It comes as Mr Johnson heads to a crunch summit to get the EU’s approval. On…

Catalan protests: Region’s president urges immediate halt to violence

The president of Spain’s Catalonia region has called for an immediate halt to violence, as protests continued for a third night. « We condemn violence… This has to stop right now, » Quim Torra said. On Wednesday, protesters set up burning barricades and hurled projectiles at police in Barcelona, the capital of the autonomous region in the north-east. Monday’s sentencing of nine separatist leaders triggered protests in support of Catalonia’s independence. Protesters have reportedly been using an app known as Tsunami Democratic, which directs them to protest sites in Catalan…

Brexit: Marathon makes EU eager to reach finish line

The twists and turns of Brexit – after more than three years of negotiations – dominate an EU summit on Thursday, amid signs of an emerging deal. Intensive negotiations went on all day on Wednesday to nail down complex special arrangements for Northern Ireland, the main sticking point in the UK’s exit from the EU. The threat of a no-deal Brexit at the end of this month energised both sides. But getting any deal through the UK’s divided parliament is a huge challenge. Prime Minister Boris Johnson lacks a majority…

Dutch farm mystery: Man suspected of holding family against will

Media playback is unsupported on your device A man arrested after a family were found hidden at a remote Dutch farmhouse is suspected of holding them against their will, prosecutors say. The 58-year-old suspect, named locally as Josef B, will appear in court on Thursday. He was held on Tuesday for failing to co-operate during a police search at the farm in the province of Drenthe. Officers found the family after the eldest son ordered beer at a bar in a nearby village. The son, identified locally as Jan, was…

Brexit: PM meets cabinet and DUP as Brussels talks continue

Media playback is unsupported on your device The future of Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal hangs in the balance as EU officials say the outcome of talks should be known by the end of the day. The EU’s Donald Tusk said he would have « bet » on a deal 24 hours ago, but « doubts » had appeared on the UK side. The PM is trying to get Tory Brexiteers and Democratic Unionists on board for his revised plan for Northern Ireland. Likening talks to climbing Everest, Mr Johnson said…

German mystery deaths shut parcel depot in Haldensleben

Parcel firm Hermes has halted work at a depot in eastern Germany after two male workers died within hours of each other and a third was taken ill. One of the men died at the depot, the other in a despatch van. The deaths are being treated as unexplained and police for the moment are treating the circumstances as an unfortunate series of coincidences. Police tested a poisonous substance found in a parcel but said the amount was not sufficient to cause death. A 58-year-old man collapsed and died in…

Catalan protests: Thousands take to streets for second day of clashes

Thousands of pro-independence demonstrators have taken to the streets of Catalan cities for a second day, leading to clashes with riot police. In Barcelona, fires were started and protesters attempted to storm government offices. It follows the sentencing on Monday of nine Catalan separatist leaders. Catalonia’s regional government said it sympathised with protesters’ anger. Spanish authorities are investigating who is organising the disruption. Protesters have reportedly been using a website known as Tsunami Democratic, which directs them to protest sites in Catalan cities. In Barcelona, riot police charged into a…

Brexit: EU ministers to be updated as talks continue

EU ministers meeting in Luxembourg are to receive an update on Brexit talks from the bloc’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, later. Discussions between EU and UK officials aimed at reaching a Brexit deal have intensified in recent days. Hopes of a deal being agreed before the 31 October Brexit deadline were boosted after a meeting between Boris Johnson and his Irish counterpart last week. But Mr Barnier this week said « big gaps » remained between the UK and EU. ‘Final hours’ Finland’s prime minister, Antti Rinne, who holds the…

Catalan leaders given jail sentences for sedition by Spanish court

Spain’s Supreme Court has sentenced nine Catalan separatist leaders to between nine and 13 years in prison for sedition over their role in an independence referendum in 2017. Three other defendants were found guilty of disobedience and will not serve prison sentences. The 12 politicians and activists had all denied the charges. Separatists in Catalonia were planning mass civil disobedience ahead of the verdict. Catalonia crisis in 300 words Source: BBC

Poland election: Governing party claims victory after exit poll

Poland’s governing Law and Justice party (PiS) has claimed victory in Sunday’s general election. An exit poll gave the conservative nationalist party 43.6% of the vote, enough to take a majority in the lower house of parliament. Its main rival, the centrist Civic Coalition (KO), had 27.4%. PiS has been at loggerheads with the EU over reforms to Poland’s judiciary and has also been criticised over its position on gay rights. The gay mayor shaking up politics in Poland Polish leader targets gay rights as threat to society « We…

Turkey-Syria offensive: Kurds reach deal with Syrian army

The Kurds in Syria say the Syrian government has agreed to send its army to the northern border to try to halt Turkey’s offensive against them. Syrian state media earlier reported that government forces had been deployed to the north. It follows the US decision to pull all its remaining troops from the area over the « untenable » situation there. The Turkish assault, launched last week, is aimed at forcing Kurdish forces from along the border area. Areas under control of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the main…

Brexit: ‘Intense technical’ talks between UK and EU in Brussels

Negotiators from the UK and EU are having what has been described as « intense technical discussions » in an attempt to agree a new Brexit deal. About a dozen British officials, including the UK’s EU adviser David Frost, are taking part in the talks at the EU Commission in Brussels. The meetings are expected to continue through the weekend. But European Council President Donald Tusk has suggested there is only the slightest chance of an agreement. The UK is due to leave the EU at 23:00 GMT on 31…

German Halle gunman admits far-right synagogue attack

A man has confessed to an attack on a synagogue in Germany in which two people died, and admitted a far-right, anti-Semitic motive, during a hearing with an investigating judge. Stephan Balliet, 27, spent several hours giving evidence before a federal court judge about the attack in the eastern city of Halle. He was arrested on Wednesday after a 40-year-old woman was shot dead in front of Halle’s synagogue. A man aged 20 was also fatally shot. He was attacked inside a kebab shop after the gunman tried unsuccessfully to…

German synagogue shooting was far-right terror, justice minister says

A shooting at a synagogue in the German city of Halle on Monday was a far-right terror attack, said justice minister Christine Lambrecht. Alleged perpetrator Stephan Balliet had four kilos of explosives in his car, Ms Lambrecht said in a joint statement with attorney-general Peter Frank. The gunman was planning a « massacre », said Mr Frank said. About 2,200 people watched a live stream he allegedly posted on the online streaming platform Twitch. Mr Balliet, 27, who is due to appear in court on Thursday afternoon, is facing two…

Germany shooting: 2,200 people watched on Twitch

About 2,200 people watched a gunman’s video of his attack outside a synagogue in Germany before it was removed from video-streaming site Twitch. Twitch, which is owned by retail giant Amazon, said five people had watched the video as it was broadcast live. The footage remained online for 30 minutes after the live stream, during which time more than 2,200 people watched it. Twitch said the video was not promoted in its « recommended » feed. « Our investigation suggests that people were co-ordinating and sharing the video via other…