Gazprom brokers half billion credit line
Austria

Gazprom brokers half billion credit line

Russian gas company Gazprom announced on Friday it has obtained a $480 million (€390 million) credit agreement in Vienna with UniCredit Bank.

US plane makes emergency stop in Italy
Italy

US plane makes emergency stop in Italy

A US Airways plane made an emergency landing in Rome on Saturday after two passengers and 11 members of the crew were taken ill, Italian media reported.

Hollande fur hat photo becomes net sensation
France

Hollande fur hat photo becomes net sensation

A photo of French President Francois Hollande dressed in a traditional fur coat and hat given to him by his counterpart in Kazakhstan sparked a flurry of online jokes on Saturday.

Götze’s winning World Cup boot nets fortune
Germany

Götze’s winning World Cup boot nets fortune

Mario Götze's left boot, with which he scored the World Cup-winning goal, has raised €2 million (US$2.45m) for the German charity event "A Heart for Children", organisers revealed Saturday.

Germany expect asylum numbers to increase
Germany

Germany expect asylum numbers to increase

Germany expects 230,000 asylum seekers in 2015, which would mean another jump in new arrivals for a country already struggling to handle its load of refugees, a top official said Saturday.

‘Neo-fascist’ Sweden Democrats want apology
Sweden

‘Neo-fascist’ Sweden Democrats want apology

The Sweden Democrats have demanded an apology from Prime Minister Stefan Löfven after he branded the party "neo-fascists" in a newspaper article.

House collapsing in Vienna shopping street
Austria

House collapsing in Vienna shopping street

According to a police report on Saturday afternoon, a building at 178 Mariahilferstrasse has been evacuated due to risk of an imminent collapse.

Norway boosts Green Climate Fund payments
Norway

Norway boosts Green Climate Fund payments

Norway said Friday it would increase its contribution to the United Nations' Green Climate Fund, created to help poor countries cut greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for climate change.

Kidnapped Swiss man rescued in Philippines
Switzerland

Kidnapped Swiss man rescued in Philippines

UPDATED: A Swiss man kidnapped by Islamic militants in the Philippines nearly three years ago escaped on Saturday after a fierce struggle with one of his captors over a machete and a frantic run to freedom under gunfire, the military said.

Search continues for 22 missing migrants
Spain

Search continues for 22 missing migrants

Spain's coastguard said Friday it had plucked 29 migrants from an inflatable boat in the Mediterranean Sea but were still looking for several passengers believed missing after the vessel ran into stormy weather.

Europe needs long-term migration plan: UN
Italy

Europe needs long-term migration plan: UN

Europe needs to come up with a long-term plan on migration in order to avoid more tragedies in the Mediterranean Sea, the UN special rapporteur on migrants' rights has said, after 17 migrants died on a boat en route to Italy.

Cuban Ebola patient set for Geneva release
Switzerland

Cuban Ebola patient set for Geneva release

A Cuban doctor infected with Ebola in Sierra Leone will soon be released from the hospital in Switzerland where he has been receiving treatment, the Cuban health ministry says.

Pope Francis film in works in Argentina
Italy

Pope Francis film in works in Argentina

A biographical film on Pope Francis's childhood and life as a cardinal and archbishop before becoming pontiff will be shot next year in his native Argentina, producers said Friday.

How to get hired at a Copenhagen startup
Denmark

How to get hired at a Copenhagen startup

The Local speaks to experts from the Copenhagen startup scene and beyond to find out how to get a job at a freshly-minted technology company.

Italy’s credit rating lowered by S&P
Italy

Italy’s credit rating lowered by S&P

Standard & Poor's on Friday lowered Italy's credit rating by one notch on concerns about weak growth and increasing debt while maintaining a stable outlook.

Hollande meets Putin to discuss Ukraine crisis
France

Hollande meets Putin to discuss Ukraine crisis

UPDATED:French President Francois Hollande met Russia's Vladimir Putin Saturday, making a surprise stopover in a Moscow airport in an attempt to defuse mounting tensions over Ukraine.

British ‘gigolo’ gets 20 years for Paris murder
France

British ‘gigolo’ gets 20 years for Paris murder

British businessman Ian Griffin was jailed for 20 years by a Paris court on Friday for the brutal murder of his Polish-born girlfriend in a five-star hotel in the French capital.

Dortmund climb off bottom with win
Germany

Dortmund climb off bottom with win

Borussia Dortmund earned a 1-0 win over Hoffenheim on Friday to climb off the foot of the Bundesliga and escape the bottom three.

Swedes unhappy with Finland’s nuclear plans
Sweden

Swedes unhappy with Finland’s nuclear plans

A group of anti-nuclear activists has told The Local they will continue to fight against plans by Finland to build a nuclear power plant close to the Swedish coastline, after the Finnish government approved the project.

Pirate Bay: France orders providers to block site
Sweden

Pirate Bay: France orders providers to block site

A French court has ordered France’s leading internet operators to block all clients who try to access Swedish file-sharing website The Pirate Bay to stop them illegally downloading copyright-protected content.