Sweden bids farewell to Princess Lilian
Sweden

Sweden bids farewell to Princess Lilian

A coffin draped in Sweden's blue and yellow flag was placed on a catafalque and topped by a crown once belonging to Sweden's Princess Eugenie at the Stockholm Royal Chapel funeral, which was officiated in Swedish and in English.

Nordic diet cuts heart disease risk: study
Sweden

Nordic diet cuts heart disease risk: study

A healthy Nordic diet helps to reduce cardiovascular disease and the risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a study initiated by the Nordic Council of Ministers in Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland.

Germans to go green for St. Patrick’s Day
Germany

Germans to go green for St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day, when Irish people celebrate the patron saint responsible for introducing Christianity and supposedly banishing snakes while he was at it, has spread far beyond Irish shores to become a worldwide festival.

Bundesbank chief: No bailout guarantee for Italy
Germany

Bundesbank chief: No bailout guarantee for Italy

The head of Germany's central bank has told Italy to stick to its pledges of budget cuts and economic reforms, warning there was no guarantee of being bailed out.

More seasonal confusion over spring’s no-show
Germany

More seasonal confusion over spring’s no-show

German hopes of the arrival of warmer, more seasonally appropriate weather have been dashed as meteorologists warn that a new low-pressure front over the British Isles will account for more unsettled conditions.

Reinfeldt calls for tough approach on crime
Sweden

Reinfeldt calls for tough approach on crime

Sweden's Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has called for a tougher stance on certain crimes, including burglary.

Christo opens gigantic ‘air’ sculpture in Ruhr
Germany

Christo opens gigantic ‘air’ sculpture in Ruhr

The largest inflatable object in the world has been unveiled in the city of Oberhasen in Germany’s Ruhr Valley. The sculpture,conceived by Bulgarian artist Christo, is being housed in a gigantic exhibition space.

German-born woman freed from death row
Germany

German-born woman freed from death row

A German-born woman, who has been on death row in the United States for more than 20 years, has had her conviction overturned by a San Francisco Court of Appeals.

Stockholm set for ‘biggest ever’ St.Patrick’s
Sweden

Stockholm set for ‘biggest ever’ St.Patrick’s

Friends Arena in Stockholm is set to be bathed in the colour green during Sunday's bandy finals as part of the city's ambitious celebrations in honour of the Irish patron saint St. Patrick.

Malmö pupils given school shooting training
Sweden

Malmö pupils given school shooting training

Pupils in Malmö are to be given training to enable them to deal with a school shooting, following the discovery of weapons and ammunition on the roof of a school building on Friday.

FDP vow to cut ‘solidarity’ tax
Germany

FDP vow to cut ‘solidarity’ tax

Rainer Brüderle, the lead electoral candidate for Germany’s pro-business FDP, has vowed to cut a tax introduced more than 20

Sweden set for Princess Lilian farewell
Sweden

Sweden set for Princess Lilian farewell

A ceremonial funeral is to be held on Saturday afternoon for Princess Lilian, the Welsh-born Swedish princess who died last weekend aged 97.

Judge summons ruling party figure in graft probe
Spain

Judge summons ruling party figure in graft probe

A Spanish judge Friday summoned an ex-treasurer of Spain's ruling party for questioning as a suspect in a corruption case that has rattled the government.

Karate teacher gets 302 years for raping pupils
Spain

Karate teacher gets 302 years for raping pupils

A Spanish court handed a 302-year jail sentence Friday to a karate champion for raping dozens of pupils at his martial arts school in the country's biggest ever paedophilia scandal.

Spain curbs early retirement to save cash
Spain

Spain curbs early retirement to save cash

Spain's government said on Friday it will tighten conditions for older workers and those seeking early retirement to save €5 billion ($6.5 billion) as part of its crisis cost-saving measures.

Norway agency to report find of pork in halal food
Norway

Norway agency to report find of pork in halal food

The Norwegian Food Safety Authority said Friday it would file a police complaint against a food company after finding large quantities of pork in its halal-labeled products.

Boat school founder admits sex abuse
France

Boat school founder admits sex abuse

The founder of a hippie-era boat school admitted in court on Friday that he had sexually abused three of the children in his charge.