Confirmed: Military plane was from Russia
Sweden

Confirmed: Military plane was from Russia

Sweden's Minister for Defence has confirmed that a military aircraft that almost collided with a passenger plane on Friday close to Swedish airspace was indeed from Russia.

Copenhagen flight nearly hit by Russian military jet
Denmark

Copenhagen flight nearly hit by Russian military jet

A Russian military jet nearly collided with a commercial passenger plane that had just taken off from Copenhagen Airport, Danish and Swedish military said on Saturday.

Swede claims home win in World Cup slalom
Sweden

Swede claims home win in World Cup slalom

Maria Pietilä Holmner of Sweden provided a home win in the women's World Cup slalom at Åre on Saturday, holding on to her leading time from the first run in a closely-fought contest.

Rajoy promises fresh economic reforms
Spain

Rajoy promises fresh economic reforms

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Saturday promised fresh reforms to boost Spain's economic recovery and warned he would continue to resist the drive for independence of the Catalonia region.

Assertive Russia causes Swedish military rethink
Sweden

Assertive Russia causes Swedish military rethink

With an assertive Russia next door, Sweden has started to beef up its military after a decade of downsizing, but a credible deterrent may take years to achieve, analysts warn.

Zurich riot police tackle vandals wreaking havoc
Switzerland

Zurich riot police tackle vandals wreaking havoc

UPDATED: An estimated 200 masked men went on the rampage in a normally quiet part of Zurich on Friday night, with police forced to fire tear gas and water cannons to gain control of the situation.

Dumpster diving in Vienna for fun and profit
Austria

Dumpster diving in Vienna for fun and profit

The Local's Francois Badenhorst was shocked to learn about the amount of food wasted every day from our restaurants and supermarkets, because of 'best-before' and 'use-by' dates, as well as consumers seeking the perfect, unblemished banana. He decided to go undercover, and explore Vienna's dumpster diving scene.

Norway extends Russian military freeze
Norway

Norway extends Russian military freeze

Norway announced on Friday it is extending a freeze in military cooperation with Russia until the end of 2015 because of its neighbour's role in the Ukrainian crisis.

Cult leaders detained on sex abuse charges
Spain

Cult leaders detained on sex abuse charges

Police in Spain have detained two leaders of a sect accused of sexual abuse and taking money from up to 400 followers, a court said on Friday.

Google News closure worries media groups
Spain

Google News closure worries media groups

Spain's main web-surfers' association warned Friday that national media will lose huge internet traffic when Google shuts its Google News operation next week in protest at being made to pay for content, while newspapers called for talks to prevent the closure.

Women in art spotlight in mafia heartland
Italy

Women in art spotlight in mafia heartland

In the unlikely setting of one of Italy's mafia heartlands, a major exhibition of modern artworks by and about women has opened with organisers billing it as the biggest ever of its kind.

Frenchman probed over links to museum deaths
France

Frenchman probed over links to museum deaths

A Frenchman was ordered into detention on Friday as investigators probed his ties to Mehdi Nemmouche, a compatriot charged with killing four people at Brussels' Jewish Museum in May.

Fitch downgrades France’s credit rating
France

Fitch downgrades France’s credit rating

Ratings agency Fitch has cut France's credit grade by one notch to "AA" on Friday, saying Paris's efforts to trim its fiscal deficit have fallen short to avoid a downgrade.

Queries flood in over Nazi-era art hoard
Germany

Queries flood in over Nazi-era art hoard

A task force investigating the provenance of priceless paintings found in a Nazi-era art hoard has said it has received more than 200 queries about specific works by possible heirs.

Revealed: spy equipment in central Oslo
Norway

Revealed: spy equipment in central Oslo

Spy equipment that can be used to eavesdrop on the mobile phones of politicians and ordinary Norwegians has been discovered in several places in the Oslo area, including close to the country’s parliament, newspaper Aftenposten has revealed.

Sunshine forecast as winter storm moves on
Sweden

Sunshine forecast as winter storm moves on

Storm Alexander failed to deliver a knockout blow in southern Sweden with weather experts now forecasting calmer conditions and even a spot of sun to come.

A slice of Austria in Oakhurst, CA
Austria

A slice of Austria in Oakhurst, CA

Austrian travel journalist Bettina Gordon found a surprisingly delightful slice of Austrian life in the town of Oakhurst in northern California - at the Chateau du Sureau.

Real Madrid make it 20 in a row with Almeria win
Spain

Real Madrid make it 20 in a row with Almeria win

Two late Cristiano Ronaldo goals helped Real Madrid make it 20 consecutive victories in all competitions as they saw off Almeria 4-1 at the Estadio de los Juegos Mediterraneos on Friday.

Denmark’s first university TEDx inspires, educates
Denmark

Denmark’s first university TEDx inspires, educates

The TEDx concept was brought to the Copenhagen School of Design and Technology this week, marking the first university franchise event in Denmark.

Parsing Denmark’s climate impact
Denmark

Parsing Denmark’s climate impact

How can Denmark have the world's best climate policy while leaving the world's fourth largest ecological footprint? We spoke to two climate experts to find out.