Suarez opens Barca league account
Spain

Suarez opens Barca league account

Luis Suarez celebrated Barcelona's final La Liga game of 2014 with his first league goal for the club in their 5-0 win over Cordoba at the Camp Nou on Saturday.

German bank sues Ecclestone for €345mn
Germany

German bank sues Ecclestone for €345mn

German bank BayernLB is seeking €345 million ($423 million) in a lawsuit against Formula One magnate Bernie Ecclestone over the 2006 sale of the sport's rights, according to a report.

French police shoot dead ‘Allahu Akbar’ attacker
France

French police shoot dead ‘Allahu Akbar’ attacker

French police on Saturday shot dead a man who attacked them with a knife in a police station while shouting "Allahu Akbar" ("God is great" in Arabic), a source said.

Löfven pushes Swedish ‘American Dream’
Sweden

Löfven pushes Swedish ‘American Dream’

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven used his Christmas speech on Saturday to launch his idea of the "Swedish Promise", an equivalent to the more familiar "American Dream".

Special streetcar operating this weekend
Austria

Special streetcar operating this weekend

The special Ströck Christmas Tram is operating this weekend around the Ring in Vienna, and will donate all proceeds to a charity for children with heart disease.

Couple intercepted at airport with machine gun
Austria

Couple intercepted at airport with machine gun

An Austrian man and a Turkish woman were arrested on a plane about to take off from Vienna for Istanbul after a machine gun was found in their checked-in luggage, authorities said Saturday.

Missing Austrian hiker rescued by copter in NZ
Austria

Missing Austrian hiker rescued by copter in NZ

An Austrian hiker who went missing in a forest in New Zealand after being separated from the group he was with has been rescued via helicopter after being spotted in a valley on Friday.

Police rescue kittens from illegal smuggler
Austria

Police rescue kittens from illegal smuggler

Police conducting a routine vehicle inspection in Nickelsdorf, Burgenland near the Hungarian border made a surprise find on Friday when they discovered four kittens being illegally transported, according to a report in the news daily Heute.

Italy’s Northern League launches southern push
Italy

Italy’s Northern League launches southern push

The Northern League, led by the rising star of the Italian right Matteo Salvini, launched its political conquest Friday of the country's south, with a view one day to capturing national power.

Historic buildings closed by Tuscany tremors
Italy

Historic buildings closed by Tuscany tremors

Some of Tuscany's landmark historic buildings were closed to visitors Friday as part of the region was shaken by 80 mini-earthquakes centred on the Chianti wine region.

Löw aims for Euro 2016 with new-look Germany
Germany

Löw aims for Euro 2016 with new-look Germany

World Cup winners Germany have suffered something of a hangover since their triumph in Brazil, but coach Joachim Löw is hoping a new-look side can go on to claim more glory at Euro 2016.

T-Mobile to pay $90 mn over US fraud charges
Germany

T-Mobile to pay $90 mn over US fraud charges

German mobile phone company T-Mobile has agreed to pay at least $90 million to settle US government claims that it bilked customers with bogus charges, US regulators said Friday.

French bus driver faked assault in paid leave ploy
France

French bus driver faked assault in paid leave ploy

A 23-year-old bus driver in suburban Paris was handed a six month suspended prison sentence Friday for staging his own assault in a ploy to obtain paid sick leave.

French fishmonger nabbed in naked display
France

French fishmonger nabbed in naked display

A French fishmonger in women's lingerie was left with a lot of explaining to do after being arrested for exposing himself to holiday shoppers through his store window.

Hoho: Estelle records cute Christmas message
Sweden

Hoho: Estelle records cute Christmas message

Video: Sweden's little Princess Estelle has got into the spirit of Christmas by recording a special message together with her parents.

EasyJet strike grounds France Xmas flights
France

EasyJet strike grounds France Xmas flights

EasyJet flight attendants, angry over scheduling and pay, announced Friday a strike expected to force the low-cost carrier to cancel about half its flights in France the day after Christmas.

Swedes over-estimate English abilities: expert
Sweden

Swedes over-estimate English abilities: expert

Swedes are generally confident in their own English abilities, a new survey has shown, although one expert has questioned whether this belief is misplaced.