Muslims form ‘ring of peace’ at synagogue
Norway

Muslims form ‘ring of peace’ at synagogue

Norwegian Muslims organised a peace vigil in Oslo on Saturday in a show of solidarity with Jews a week after fatal shootings in Denmark targeted a synagogue and free speech seminar.

Avalanche kills four skiers in Valais Alps
Switzerland

Avalanche kills four skiers in Valais Alps

The death toll from an avalanche that swept away a group of Italian skiers in the Swiss Alps has risen to four after a man died from his injuries, police said on Sunday.

Merkel and Pope Francis discuss Ukraine crisis
Germany

Merkel and Pope Francis discuss Ukraine crisis

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on a visit to the Vatican Saturday met with Pope Francis and discussed efforts to end the bloody conflict in Ukraine.

Lost Swedish passports ‘should be probed’
Sweden

Lost Swedish passports ‘should be probed’

Sweden’s main opposition party on Saturday proposed imposing tighter rules on the handling of passports in a bid to prevent them from being used by terrorists, saying police should be able to question a person who applies for a new travel document after losing it twice.

Spain’s Podemos denies Latin American financing
Spain

Spain’s Podemos denies Latin American financing

A founder of Spanish anti-establishment party Podemos on Friday rejected claims the party was financed by left-wing Latin American governments and said he had been the victim of a "witch hunt."

‘Timbuktu’ sweeps French César awards
France

‘Timbuktu’ sweeps French César awards

Oscar-nominated “Timbuktu” on Friday swept France’s prestigious Césars, picking up a total of seven awards, including for best film, for its portrayal of northern Mali under jihadist control.

France asks Internet giants for anti-terror help
France

France asks Internet giants for anti-terror help

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve met Friday with Apple, Facebook, Google and Twitter to discuss ways to thwart terrorists from using the platforms as stages for propaganda.

‘Sexist’ Swedish semla changes name
Sweden

‘Sexist’ Swedish semla changes name

A Swedish bakery which thought it would be a good idea to name a smaller and cheaper version of the country's traditional pre-Lent period cream bun “the girl semla” has been forced to rename its invention after it whipped up a furious storm on social media.

Swedish migrant aides ‘were Isis recruiters’
Sweden

Swedish migrant aides ‘were Isis recruiters’

Sweden’s national job agency has sacked its whole network of immigrant resettlement assistants after suspicion that some of them may have tried to recruit newly arrived immigrants to jihadist-style militant groups, such as Isis.

‘The Danish way’ trumps the American dream
Denmark

‘The Danish way’ trumps the American dream

The American author of a new book about Danish parenting writes that the Danes' focus on empathy makes them much happier than Americans who pursue material goods.

Glacier ice: The world’s new luxury ice cube?
Norway

Glacier ice: The world’s new luxury ice cube?

Imagine you’re lounging in a Dubai sky bar and you get served a vodka martini filtered through thousand-year-old ice mined from a glacier in the far north of Norway. This is the idea behind Norwegian start-up Svaice.