Feathers and flesh at Stockholm Burlesque
Sweden

Feathers and flesh at Stockholm Burlesque

The Stockholm Burlesque Festival opened this weekend in a tassle-twirling, corset-flying mix of feathers and flesh. The Local's Oliver Gee was on hand to find out more.

‘It’s not cheap’: Tuition fees hit universities
Sweden

‘It’s not cheap’: Tuition fees hit universities

Lund University in southern Sweden has topped the list for fee paying non European students with 324 foreign arrivals this year, an increase of 46 percent, but numbers remain low nationally since tuition fees were introduced in 2011.

Norway may help destroy Syrian chemical arms
Norway

Norway may help destroy Syrian chemical arms

Norway has been asked to help destroy Syria's chemical arsenal as part of UN efforts to rid the country of its weapons of mass destruction, a report said Saturday.

FIFA on defensive over Qatar labour rights
Switzerland

FIFA on defensive over Qatar labour rights

FIFA boss Sepp Blatter went on the defensive Friday over claims of slave-like abuse of workers preparing for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, acknowledging concerns but saying football's governing body cannot step in.

Sweden tops global list for visa free travel
Sweden

Sweden tops global list for visa free travel

Swedish citizens can enjoy visiting 173 countries without applying for a visa putting the nation joint top of a list which ranks visa-free travel while Afghanistan was the lowest with just 28 countries where only a passport is required.

Swedish police sell poodles on Facebook
Sweden

Swedish police sell poodles on Facebook

Police in Jönköping, southern Sweden, have taken to Facebook to find homes for 28 poodles who were taken into custody after being found in a boarding house with some of the dogs discovered in a battered state.

50 sentenced in Marbella property scandal
Spain

50 sentenced in Marbella property scandal

A Spanish court Friday handed down jail sentences and large fines to some 50 city officials and business executives over a vast system of property-related corruption in the glitzy southern beach resort of Marbella.

Italy aims to resume search for bodies
Italy

Italy aims to resume search for bodies

Italian emergency services hoped to resume the search for bodies Saturday despite rough seas after the worst ever Mediterranean refugee tragedy, in which 111 African refugees are confirmed dead and around 200 more are still missing.

Malmö parents warned about sex offender
Sweden

Malmö parents warned about sex offender

The city of Malmö have issued a warning to parents urging them to be extra careful following a spate of sexual assaults against young children with police believing a serial sex offender is responsible for the recent attacks.

Merkel and rivals upbeat after coalition talks
Germany

Merkel and rivals upbeat after coalition talks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and her defeated election rivals the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) wrapped up initial coalition talks on Friday with an agreement to meet again in 10 days.

Syrian refugees call off Calais protest
France

Syrian refugees call off Calais protest

A group of some 60 Syrian asylum seekers blocking a gangway at a ferry terminal in the French port of Calais in a desperate attempt to get to Britain on Friday ended their protest.

France to UNSC: give up veto for ‘mass crimes’
France

France to UNSC: give up veto for ‘mass crimes’

France on Friday renewed a call for the five main UN Security Council powers to suspend their right to veto any resolution when a "mass crime" is committed.