Carl Bildt backs Obama over Syria stance
Sweden

Carl Bildt backs Obama over Syria stance

Sweden's foreign minister said it is "absolutely natural" that America wants to intervene in the conflict but urged that the UN weapons inspectors must be allowed to finish their work first.

Porn director plans Berlusconi escort film
Italy

Porn director plans Berlusconi escort film

Tinto Brass, best known for controversial film "Caligula," told reporters he wants to make a film about the ex-premier's escorts at the Venice film festival and suggested the name "Thank You Daddy" as the working title for the idea.

Syrians among 230 boat people landed in Italy
Italy

Syrians among 230 boat people landed in Italy

Scores of Syrian asylum seekers landed in southern Italy on Saturday on two boats carrying a total of around 230 people, officials said.

Malmö man racks up millions in unpaid fines
Sweden

Malmö man racks up millions in unpaid fines

A driver based in Malmö, southern Sweden has clocked up over 30 million kronor ($4.5 million) in unpaid parking tickets. He hasn't had a valid driver's licence since 2010 but has been registered as the owner of over 2,000 new cars.

Michael Douglas stars at French film festival
France

Michael Douglas stars at French film festival

The American screen icon was the big name star on the red carpet as the 39th Deauville film festival opened on Friday night with a screening of the actor's latest movie, "My Life with Liberace" at the event held in northwest France.

The week’s news from Sweden in ten pictures
Sweden

The week’s news from Sweden in ten pictures

From drunken elk gangs to violent gorillas, and from presidential sightings to big ships, we've compiled a gallery of the week's most interesting and important news stories.

Cobra bite victim allowed to keep 40 snakes
Sweden

Cobra bite victim allowed to keep 40 snakes

A man in western Sweden, who has since recovered from being bitten by his venomous cobra, has been told he can keep his other snakes with authorities saying the creatures are "feeling good" and are safe in his apartment.

Martina Hingis rules out  tennis singles return
Switzerland

Martina Hingis rules out tennis singles return

Switzerland's tennis great Martina Hingis, who had her Grand Slam comeback after six years of retirement cut short on Friday with two doubles defeats, is still not planning a return to the singles game which she dominated in the late 90s.

Spain improves rail signs after deadly crash
Spain

Spain improves rail signs after deadly crash

Rail infrastructure company Adif have improved speed signs across its rail network following the derailment of a fast-moving train last month that killed 79 people in the country's worst rail disaster since 1944.

Venice stars defend Lindsay Lohan erotic film
Italy

Venice stars defend Lindsay Lohan erotic film

The makers of "The Canyons", starring Lohan and porn actor James Deen, defended the movie at the Venice film festival insisting "it's not all tits and arse."

Merkel slams China & Russia over Syria stance
Germany

Merkel slams China & Russia over Syria stance

German Chancellor Angela Merkel hit out at Russia and China over their stance in the Syrian crisis, saying in an interview published Saturday that their action weakened the United Nations.

France set to become main US ally in Syria
France

France set to become main US ally in Syria

French President Francois Hollande has made clear his wish to take military action alongside the US against the Syrian regime, making Paris Washington's main ally in the Syria crisis after Britain backed out of any strikes.

Swedish ref slammed by Jose Mourinho
Sweden

Swedish ref slammed by Jose Mourinho

Referee Jonas Eriksson was blamed by the Chelsea manager for 'killing the game' and costing his side the Uefa Super Cup final against Bayern Munich after reducing his Blues team to ten men in a match they subsequently lost on penalties.