Issuing parking tickets is not exactly the most popular job in the world. The authorities in Sachsen-Anhalt have now also recruited volunteers or "traffic monitors.” Matthias Mendler is one of the team.
On Sunday, volunteers will carry out Catalonia's independence vote. Though informal and non-binding, activists are hoping for a huge turnout - which could spur negotiations with Madrid. From Barcelona, Lauren Frayer.
Hundreds of homes have been hit by severe flooding in southeast England after the River Thames burst its banks. Flood victims say the government has failed to deal with the crisis.
A staggering number of animals in Australia die getting hit by cars. Wildlife rescue groups end up taking care of survivors - and are trying to educate motorists in an effort to reduce those deaths and injuries.
The bodies of the three young Israeli settlers who went missing nearly three weeks ago have been found close to the West Bank city of Hebron. While Israeli settlers mourn, Palestinians worry about retaliation.
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