Vinted, the second-hand clothes marketplace, raises $141M at a $1B+ valuation

The market for second-hand clothes — the “circular economy” as it’s sometimes called — has been on the rise in the last several years, fuelled by economic crunches, a desire to make more responsible and less wasteful fashion choices, and a wave of digital platforms that are bringing the selling and buying of used clothes outside the charity shop. Today, one of the bigger companies in Europe working in the third of these areas is announcing a huge round of funding to double down on the trend. Vinted, a site where consumers can sell and buy second-hand fashion, has raised €128 million (around $140.9 million) in a round that is being led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, with previous backers Sprints …

Catalonian president calls for negotiations with Spain after fifth night of violent unrest

(CNN)Catalonia president Quim Torra has called for talks with the Spanish government after a fifth consecutive night of violence in the streets of Barcelona, and other parts of the region, as anger over the jailing of Catalan separatist leaders continued. At a press conference on Saturday, Torra urged Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez to “set day and time for a negotiating table.” “It is their responsibility and obligation. It is more urgent than ever. We have long demanded it for a political resolution to the conflict,” he added. Court ruling spurs protests The protesters have been out in force every night since Monday, when nine Catalan politicians were handed heavy sentences by the Spanish Supreme Court for their role in …

Russia is helping China build a missile defence system, Putin says

Days after Beijing unveils state-of-the-art missiles, Moscow reveals plan that would radically enhance Chinas defence capability Russian president Vladimir Putin has said that Moscow is helping China build a system to warn of ballistic missile launches. Since the cold war, only the United States and Russia have had such systems, which involve an array of ground-based radars and space satellites. The systems allow for early spotting of intercontinental ballistic missiles. Speaking at an international affairs conference in Moscow on Thursday, Putin said Russia had been helping China develop such a system. He added that this is a very serious thing that will radically enhance Chinas defence capability. His statement signalled a new degree of defence cooperation between the two former …

Tourists face 250 fines for sitting on Spanish Steps in Rome

Police patrol 18th-century marble steps, blowing whistles at visitors sitting down The authorities in Rome have been accused of applying fascist-style measures after police began shooing resting tourists away from the staircase of the famous Spanish Steps. Police began patrolling the 18th-century marble steps on Tuesday, blowing whistles at those sitting down. The monument, a Unesco world heritage site, has long been the ideal resting spot for tired visitors and holds a special allure at sunset. But people could be fined 250 simply for sitting down on one of the 136 steps that lead up to the Trinit dei Monti church, and up to 400 for dirtying or damaging the steps in their wake. The measure is number of rules …

Fire kills 14 on Russian navy submersible

Deep-sea vessel was carrying out military survey in Russian waters, says defence ministry Fourteen crew on board a Russian defence ministry submersible have been killed after a fire broke out, the ministry was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies. The deep-sea research vessel was carrying out a military survey in Russian territorial waters, it said. The incident took place on Monday and the fire has been extinguished. The submersible is now at the Russian northern fleets base in Severomorsk on the Barents Sea, and an investigation has been launched to establish the cause, Interfax, RIA and Tass quoted the ministry as saying. sank to the floor of the Barents Sea after two explosions in its bow, killing all 118 …

German nurse given second life sentence for murder of 85 patients

Niels Hgel, who used drugs to cause cardiac arrests, confirmed as countrys worst postwar serial killer When Niels Hgel, a nurse, worked shifts at two clinics in the northern German towns of Oldenburg and Delmenhorst in the early 2000s, the hospital rota showed a mysterious spike in patients who experienced sudden cardiac arrests and had to be reanimated. Yet the bullish man in his late 20s was allowed to go about his business undisturbed until a colleague caught him in the act in 2005: for at least half a decade, Hgel had systematically injected patients with cardiovascular medication in order to orchestrate a medical emergency and show off his resuscitation skills. On Thursday, a district court in Oldenburg sentenced the …