Europe briefing: Five stories you need to know about today

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By Alice Cuddy  & Emma Beswick
Europe briefing: Five stories you need to know about today
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1. Bulgarian man arrested in Germany in connection with journalist Viktoria Marinova’s murder

A Bulgarian man has been detained in Germany and charged with the rape and murder of television journalist Viktoria Marinova, officials said on Wednesday.

The suspect was arrested the previous day at the request of Bulgaria, and is expected to be transferred into Bulgarian custody, Interior Minister Mladen Marinov told reporters.

The body of 30-year-old journalist Marinova, who police said had been raped, beaten and suffocated, was found on Saturday.

2. Turkish paper names 15 Saudis in Khashoggi case

Turkey’s pro-government Sabah newspaper says it has identified a 15-member intelligence team involved in the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The Washington Post contributor was last seen visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul a week ago, and Turkish government sources have said they believe he was killed inside the mission.

Sabah newspaper published the names and years of birth of 15 Saudis it said arrived at Istanbul's Ataturk airport on October 2.

The 15 departed at four different times, the newspaper reported.

3. At least five killed in heavy rains in Mallorca

At least five people were killed as heavy rain and flash floods hit Sant Llorenc on the Spanish island of Mallorca late on Tuesday, according to emergency services.

Local media reports say at least another 12 people are still missing after the downpours.

Asked about reports that a British couple were among those killed, the UK Foreign Office sent a statement to Euronews saying: “We are in contact with the Spanish authorities responding to flooding in Majorca, and urgently seeking updates from them.”

4. Visually impaired man thrown out of supermarket in France

A video of a visually impaired French man and his guide dog being kicked out of a supermarket has sparked outrage on social media in France.

In the video, staff tell 25-year-old Arthur Aumoite that his guide dog is not allowed inside because of “hygiene standards”.

When he refuses to leave, he is seen being forcibly removed from the premises.

Sharing the video on Facebook, Aumoite wrote: “Together, let's make sure that these behaviours change."

5. Belfast bakery wins bid to overturn gay cake discrimination ruling

Britain's Supreme Court ruled that a bakery in Northern Ireland owned by a Christian family didn't discriminate against a gay customer when it refused to make a cake supporting same-sex marriage.

Ashers Baking was found guilty of discrimination in 2015 for refusing to make a cake bearing the words "Support Gay Marriage" and a picture of Bert and Ernie from the television show Sesame Street because of its owners' Christian beliefs.

Judge Brenda Hale said on Wednesday that their objection was to the message on the cake, not to the personal characteristics of the customer.

"It is deeply humiliating and an affront to human dignity to deny someone the service because of that person's race, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief but that is not what happened in this case,” she said.

You can look back at how events unfolded this morning by scrolling through the blog below: