‘I was the only person I knew who wrote stories’
Sweden

‘I was the only person I knew who wrote stories’

While 82-year-old author and 2013 Nobel literature laureate Alice Munro couldn’t travel to Stockholm, that didn’t stop her from captivating the audience gathered on Saturday to hear the literature lecture.

Italy rescues boat with 105 Syrian refugees
Italy

Italy rescues boat with 105 Syrian refugees

The Italian navy and coastguard said Saturday they rescued overnight over 100 Syrian refugees after their boat got into difficulties off the coast of Sicily.

EADS to downsize defence business
Germany

EADS to downsize defence business

EADS, the maker of Airbus, is set to announce a draconian restructuring plan to unions on Monday that may include thousands of job cuts and strain relations with shareholders Germany and France.

French footballer case spotlights Gulf ‘abuse’
France

French footballer case spotlights Gulf ‘abuse’

A French footballer's struggle to leave Qatar has highlighted the controversial "kafala" system giving sponsors control over foreign workers' lives in the country that will host the 2022 World Cup.

French troops in Bangui after deadly clashes
France

French troops in Bangui after deadly clashes

French troops patrolled the Central African Republic's tense capital on Saturday, as reinforcements crossed into the country as part of a UN-mandated effort to quell a wave of deadly sectarian violence.

Germany’s Löw ready to face heat in Brazil
Germany

Germany’s Löw ready to face heat in Brazil

Germany coach Joachim Löw said his side will need to adapt to hot and humid conditions against Ghana, USA and Portugal at the World Cup.

Romanian police help tackle crime in Paris
France

Romanian police help tackle crime in Paris

Twenty Romanian police officers are working in Paris to help their French colleagues tackle crime in the capital during the holiday season, Paris police said Saturday.

Spain in Netherlands World Cup rematch
Spain

Spain in Netherlands World Cup rematch

Defending champions Spain open their World Cup 2014 campaign against the Netherlands in a repeat of the 2010 final after an intriguing draw pitched the hosts Brazil into a kick off against Croatia.

Berlin sees progress on banking union
Germany

Berlin sees progress on banking union

Germany is "confident" EU ministers will make progress at talks next week on a planned banking union, a spokesman said on Friday, as the government hosted a high-level meeting.

EU chief sounds alarm over rise of extremism
France

EU chief sounds alarm over rise of extremism

EU Commission head Jose Manuel Barroso has made an impassioned plea for Europeans to resist mounting populism and extremism ahead of bloc-wide elections in May, as far-right political parties gain traction in several countries, including France.

Irish-Swedish footballer wins Sweden’s Idol
Sweden

Irish-Swedish footballer wins Sweden’s Idol

Irish-Swedish footballer Kevin Walker won Swedish Pop Idol on Friday night completing a story which has captivated the media, both in Sweden and internationally, during the autumn.

Sweden hails ‘good for all’ global trade deal
Sweden

Sweden hails ‘good for all’ global trade deal

Sweden has welcomed the new global trade deal secured at the WTO talks in Bali, with trade minister calling the deal "historic" while foreign minister Carl Bildt claimed it was "good for all".

Storm Sven eases as clean up begins
Sweden

Storm Sven eases as clean up begins

Winter storm Sven has eased in most parts of Sweden while problems with public transport persist in some areas as the clean up began on Saturday.

Norway and Denmark team up for Syria job
Norway

Norway and Denmark team up for Syria job

Norway and Denmark have agreed to jointly transport Syria's stockpile of chemical weapons out of the country, after the country offers them up for disposal as part of the deal that prevented US missile strikes against President Bashar al-Assad's regime.