Schumacher’s condition ‘stable’ after ski fall
France

Schumacher’s condition ‘stable’ after ski fall

UPDATE: Formula One legend Michael Schumacher remained "stable" Wednesday after spending a third night in hospital with severe brain injuries sustained while skiing in the French Alps.

Cable fire wreaks IT chaos for travellers
Sweden

Cable fire wreaks IT chaos for travellers

Passengers looking to book a New Year's day getaway online with Sweden's national rail provider SJ won't be able to do so after the site crashed following a cable fire which also affected three other major websites.

Catalans stage festive lottery to rival Spain’s
Spain

Catalans stage festive lottery to rival Spain’s

The Spanish region of Catalonia, where leaders are pushing for independence from Spain, awarded millions of euros Tuesday in its first New Year lottery, defying the country's national prize draw.

France in 2014: Ten big stories in the year ahead
France

France in 2014: Ten big stories in the year ahead

Are you wondering what the big French stories of 2014 will be? Here, we gaze into our crystal ball and look at what and who will be making the headlines in France during the year ahead. And yes, there will be more protests and sex scandals.

Injury toll from Italy fireworks falls sharply
Italy

Injury toll from Italy fireworks falls sharply

The toll from exploding fireworks in Italy fell sharply this New Year following a stepped-up public information campaign, with revellers from Milan to Naples toning down their once famously riotous celebrations.

Captured French priest returns home
France

Captured French priest returns home

French President Francois Hollande praised the "courage" of a Roman Catholic priest held hostage for seven weeks by Islamic militants in Cameroon as the cleric arrived home to a joyous welcome on Wednesday.

Father bites son’s finger off in New Year’s drama
Sweden

Father bites son’s finger off in New Year’s drama

A man in western Sweden has been arrested on suspicion of biting his son's finger off while in Malmö two prisoners managed to escape a correctional facility on an eventful New Year's Eve for the police.

New Year brings changes to daily life in France
France

New Year brings changes to daily life in France

Wednesday sees a raft of measures affecting the daily lives of French workers and home-owners. From buying stamps and cigarettes to VAT on cinema tickets, here’s our breakdown on what changes in 2014.

Swiss Greenpeacer Weber: I’d do it all again
Switzerland

Swiss Greenpeacer Weber: I’d do it all again

Marco Weber, who was jailed in Russia over an Arctic protest, said after returning to Switzerland that solitary confinement was "very hard" but that he did not regret joining the protest.

Prisoners raise hope for ETA disarmament
Spain

Prisoners raise hope for ETA disarmament

Jailed Basque separatists have raised hopes that they may be moving towards disarming ETA, western Europe's last major armed secessionist group, by softening their stance on key demands.

Schumacher’s condition  ‘stable but critical’
Germany

Schumacher’s condition ‘stable but critical’

UPDATE: A day before his 45th birthday, Michael Schumacher remains in a stable but critical condition after spending a fourth night in hospital in an induced coma after an off-piste skiing accident in the French Alps.

Fake priest ‘tries to get to Schumacher’ in hospital
Germany

Fake priest ‘tries to get to Schumacher’ in hospital

A person dressed as a priest, reportedly a journalist, tried to approach Michael Schumacher, who is in a coma and critical after a ski accident in France, his manager said on Tuesday.

Hannover hire first Turkish boss
Germany

Hannover hire first Turkish boss

Tayfun Korkut made Bundesliga history on Tuesday after being named coach of Hannover, the first time a Turk has managed a club in Germany's top division.

France says DIY stores can open on Sundays
France

France says DIY stores can open on Sundays

Home improvement stores will be allowed to open on Sundays it has been announced after a fierce debate over the country's strict laws on trading on the traditional day of rest.

Swedish scientists: Sleep protects your brain
Sweden

Swedish scientists: Sleep protects your brain

A research team at Uppsala University have said they have found further evidence that sleep helps to promote the health of brain cells in a new paper published in a specialist medical journal.