Astrophysicists unveil Ceres riddles
Austria

Astrophysicists unveil Ceres riddles

First classified a planet, then an asteroid and then a "dwarf planet" with some traits of a moon -- the more scientists learn about Ceres, the weirder it becomes.

Man nabbed with bricks of cocaine in Porsche

Man nabbed with bricks of cocaine in Porsche

Border guards caught a 24-year-old man driving a Porsche trying to enter Italy from Switzerland with 27 kilograms of cocaine stashed in the vehicle, authorities in Ticino said on Monday.

Teacher drowned trying to save deaf students
Spain

Teacher drowned trying to save deaf students

The Turkish teacher who drowned trying to save the lives of his deaf students off a Marbella beach on Monday was due to marry later this year, it has emerged.

Second CERN club skier dies from avalanche
Switzerland

Second CERN club skier dies from avalanche

A second man has died from an avalanche in the canton of Valais on Sunday that buried members of a ski club from CERN, the Geneva-based particle physics lab, police said on Monday.

Number of break-ins hits 16-year high
Germany

Number of break-ins hits 16-year high

The number of burglaries has once again risen in Germany. Police figures released on Monday show an estimated 2 percent increase in the number of break-ins nationwide.

Denmark ‘more religious’ than neighbour countries
Denmark

Denmark ‘more religious’ than neighbour countries

Although six out of ten Danes are either “not religious” or “convinced atheists”, more of them identify as religious than the Swedes or Germans.

One in five Spaniards are ‘convinced atheists’
Spain

One in five Spaniards are ‘convinced atheists’

More than half of Spaniards admit that they are either "not religious" or are "convinced atheists", according to a new global study that shows the dramatic loss of faith in the traditionally Roman Catholic nation.

France named Europe’s top military spender
France

France named Europe’s top military spender

France was the biggest military spender in western Europe last year, a leading thinktank has found, while many eastern European countries made dramatic increases in spending as the Ukraine crisis continues.

Säpo: ‘Very little’ to stop Swedes fighting in Syria
Sweden

Säpo: ‘Very little’ to stop Swedes fighting in Syria

Sweden's Security Service (Säpo) has told The Local there is "very little" it can do to stop people travelling to Syria to join al-Qaeda inspired groups, as EU officials estimate up to 6000 people from across Europe have now fought in the war-torn nation.

Italians most religious – in their own heads
Italy

Italians most religious – in their own heads

Almost three quarters of Italians claim to be religious, one of the highest figures of faithfuls in Europe, although one religion expert told The Local that Italians aren’t as faithful as they claim.

French PM forced to defend new spying laws
France

French PM forced to defend new spying laws

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has defended the much-criticised new laws that would allow spies to hoover masses of data from suspected jihadists. Critics say the proposals will lead to mass surveillance of the French public.

Last ditch plea for UK expats to register to vote
Spain

Last ditch plea for UK expats to register to vote

With the UK general election looming, expats are being reminded to register to vote before next week's deadline.

Germany falls behind on military spending
Germany

Germany falls behind on military spending

Germany's long slide away from the Nato spending target of 2 percent of GDP continued in 2014 despite renewed fears of a military threat to Europe from Russia, according to a new report.

Sweden ‘least religious’ nation in Western world
Sweden

Sweden ‘least religious’ nation in Western world

Almost eight out of ten Swedes are either "not religious" or "convinced atheists", according to a new global study that concludes the Nordic nation is the least religious in the West.

Italy hopes tourists take the slow train
Italy

Italy hopes tourists take the slow train

Italy's railway has renovated four lines that had fallen into disrepair, hoping rides along picturesque routes in vintage 1920s steam trains will attract tourists.

Old ‘Swedish’ town in US road sign spelling row
Sweden

Old ‘Swedish’ town in US road sign spelling row

Lindström, Minnesota, is grabbing global headlines after American officials removed the dots from the tiny town's road sign, sparking a huge debate about how strongly its residents should cling to their Swedish roots.

The smell of success? Now it’s over the counter
Germany

The smell of success? Now it’s over the counter

A German company is developing a way of making work environments a little more pleasant – and productive – by infusing them with nice smells.

Modi vaunts India at world’s biggest trade fair
Germany

Modi vaunts India at world’s biggest trade fair

Chancellor Angela Merkel and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi opened this year's Hannover Messe (Hanover Trade Fair) on Monday, the world's biggest industry expo, which this year has a distinctly sub-continental flavour.

Tourists help hotels start 2015 with a boom
Germany

Tourists help hotels start 2015 with a boom

Champagne corks were popping in German hotels on Monday after figures showed the industry sold 7 percent more nights to travellers in February compared with the same month last year.

Rajoy: ‘Islamic world is also a victim of terrorism’
Spain

Rajoy: ‘Islamic world is also a victim of terrorism’

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy opened a Euro-Mediterranean meeting on terror in Barcelona on Monday, making veiled references to the issue of Catalan independence in his opening remarks and warning that jihadism should not be confused with Islam.

More than 6,000 have left Europe for Isis jihad: EU
Denmark

More than 6,000 have left Europe for Isis jihad: EU

The EU justice commissioner said on Monday that countries should focus on prevention to slow the stream of European citizens headed for Syria.

Statoil to slash 10 percent of workforce
Norway

Statoil to slash 10 percent of workforce

Statoil could shed 2,400 jobs in May, or nearly 11 percent of the total workforce, as the Norwegian oil giant cuts costs following the plunge in global oil prices, an Oslo business daily reported Monday.

One in five flats sold before public viewings
Sweden

One in five flats sold before public viewings

Sweden's booming housing market has led to a trend in city apartments being sold to hand-picked customers rather than following open house public viewings, which are the norm in the Nordic nation.

Three injured after school ceiling collapses
Italy

Three injured after school ceiling collapses

Two children and a teacher were injured after the ceiling of a school in Ostuni, a city in Puglia, collapsed during a lesson on Monday morning.

Agent charged for Prince Frederik’s bridge trip
Denmark

Agent charged for Prince Frederik’s bridge trip

Crown Prince Frederik’s trip over the closed Great Belt Fixed Link in January, which created a media frenzy, has now led to charges against one of the prince’s bodyguards.

Swede’s apology to cops after drunken night out
Sweden

Swede’s apology to cops after drunken night out

A letter to the Swedish police by a regretful reveller has gone viral after the man's colourful apology for his foul behaviour on a drunken night out was posted online.

Did a row over stolen veg lead to murder of British expat?
France

Did a row over stolen veg lead to murder of British expat?

A British expat who was found dead last week was apparently killed six months ago over an argument about stolen vegetables.

Rome to celebrate gay ‘wedding day’
Italy

Rome to celebrate gay ‘wedding day’

A collective celebration of civil unions – including gay and straight couples alike - will take place in Rome on May 21st, as the government is still debating a potential bill.

Austrian survives ten hours under avalanche
Austria

Austrian survives ten hours under avalanche

An Austrian man survived being buried under a massive avalanche in Gschnitztal, Tyrol, for ten hours on Sunday.

Germanwings memorial held in Barcelona

Germanwings memorial held in Barcelona

Spain's foreign minister was joined by his French and German counterparts on Monday for a memorial to the victims of Germanwings flight 4U9525.

Nobel-winning author Günter Grass dies
Germany

Nobel-winning author Günter Grass dies

Germany's Nobel laureate Günter Grass, widely regarded as the country's most famous writer, died on Monday at the age of 87, his publishing company said.

More than 6,000 have left Europe for Isis jihad: EU
Spain

More than 6,000 have left Europe for Isis jihad: EU

EU Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová said Europeans who have gone to join jihadist Isis fighters in Syria may number more than 6,000.

More than 6,000 have left Europe for Isis jihad: EU
Germany

More than 6,000 have left Europe for Isis jihad: EU

EU Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová told French newspaper Le Figaro on Monday that Europeans who have gone to join jihadist Isis fighters in Syria may number more than 6,000.

Fleeing bag thief hit by U4 metro train
Austria

Fleeing bag thief hit by U4 metro train

A suspected thief jumped onto the underground train tracks at Vienna’s Kettenbrückengasse station on Monday morning and was hit by an U4 train.

CERN ‘in shock’ over fatal Valais avalanche
Switzerland

CERN ‘in shock’ over fatal Valais avalanche

UPDATE: An official from the Geneva-based European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) said on Monday the organization was in shock over an avalanche that killed one of its employees and critically injured another in the canton of Valais on Sunday.

Paris gives backing to a 2024 Olympics bid
France

Paris gives backing to a 2024 Olympics bid

The likelihood of Paris making an official bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games took a giant step closer on Monday when the city's council voted in favour of proposing the city's candidacy to the International Olympic Committee.

Italian woman gives birth ten days after abortion
Italy

Italian woman gives birth ten days after abortion

A woman is taking her gynecologist to court after having to give birth to her dead fetus ten days after she thought she had gone through a successful abortion.

Hypo investigation ‘not open and transparent’
Austria

Hypo investigation ‘not open and transparent’

Austria’s Association of Parliamentary Editors has criticised the parliamentary investigation into the Hypo bank disaster.

At least nine dead after migrant boat sinks
Italy

At least nine dead after migrant boat sinks

UPDATED: The Italian coastguard said on Monday it recovered nine bodies after a boat with over 150 migrants aboard sank off Libya during a surge in attempted illegal crossings to Europe that saw almost 6,000 migrants rescued.

Le Pen senior drops election bid after feud
France

Le Pen senior drops election bid after feud

Honorary president of the National Front Jean-Marie Le Pen has decided not to stand in France's regional elections after his own daughter, the party leader Marine Le Pen, refused to back him.

Greenpeace targets Danish fracking site
Denmark

Greenpeace targets Danish fracking site

Supporters of the environmental organization Greenpeace scaled the boring machine at the site of Denmark’s first ever shale gas exploration site on Monday.

Drunks stole donation box during service
Austria

Drunks stole donation box during service

Three drunk men were arrested after they stole money from a donation box during a church service in Vienna on Saturday evening and an outraged congregation stopped them from leaving.

Catalonia in bid to ban skinny models
Spain

Catalonia in bid to ban skinny models

Catalonia is planning to ban underweight models from appearing in advertisements in the region in a bid to promote a healthier body image.

Paris Marathon: 40,000 runners cross the line
France

Paris Marathon: 40,000 runners cross the line

While most competitors in Sunday's Paris Marathon were racing to the finish, Gambian woman Siabatou Sanneh chose to raise awareness for African water shortages instead, by walking the race with a jerrycan of water on her head.

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Sweden

April 16-18: Nordic Conference on Romani Studies (Södertörn)

Commuters hit by rush hour cable fire in capital
Sweden

Commuters hit by rush hour cable fire in capital

Swedish rail commuters are facing delays caused by a signal failure and a cable that caught fire at Stockholm's Södra station, with services expected to remain disrupted until Monday evening.

Paris fashion show takes on ultra-thin French ideal
France

Paris fashion show takes on ultra-thin French ideal

France's waif obsession means its fashion sector snubs many women with bigger body types, but there is no need for a ban on ultra-thin models, said the patron of a plus-size Paris catwalk show that took place over the weekend.

Green party loses seat in Zurich government
Switzerland

Green party loses seat in Zurich government

The Green party lost representation in the Zurich cantonal government and the canton’s parliament in elections on Sunday that saw gains by right-wing parties.

Norway ‘seizing children to fight inbreeding’
Norway

Norway ‘seizing children to fight inbreeding’

A Lithuanian talk show has accused Norway of seizing foreign children and fostering them to Norwegian parents in order to combat “the highest inbreeding in the whole world”.

Atletico seek Real revenge in quarter final
Spain

Atletico seek Real revenge in quarter final

Last season's Champions League finalists Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid meet for the seventh time this season in Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final, first leg with revenge in mind for both.

Denmark in for a week of mixed spring weather
Denmark

Denmark in for a week of mixed spring weather

April’s weather always keeps one guessing. Here’s what’s in store for this week, according to the meteorologists.

Bomb alert grounds Germanwings Milan flight

Bomb alert grounds Germanwings Milan flight

Passengers and crew on a Germanwings flight from Cologne to Milan were on Sunday ordered to evacuate the plane as it prepared to take off due to a bomb alert.

Podemos support has stagnated: new poll
Spain

Podemos support has stagnated: new poll

Spain's anti-austerity party Podemos has lost its lead in opinion polls, with four parties now running neck-and-neck, according to a survey published in El Pais newspaper on Sunday.

VIDEO: SNCF sues after TGV nearly hits riders
France

VIDEO: SNCF sues after TGV nearly hits riders

French rail chiefs SNCF announced on Monday it had lodged an official legal complaint after an incident in Sunday's Paris-Roubaix one-day classic cycle race saw several riders have a near miss with a TGV when they crossed the tracks after the barriers had come down.

Germany: Russia and Ukraine must cooperate
Germany

Germany: Russia and Ukraine must cooperate

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier called on Russia and Ukraine to set in motion the next phase of the shaky Minsk peace accords aimed at stopping the fighting in east Ukraine, ahead of talks about their implementation in Berlin on Monday.

British boy killed in Alps ‘was skiing with family’
France

British boy killed in Alps ‘was skiing with family’

A seven-year-old British boy who died when he fell off a cliff after straying off piste in the French Alps had been skiing with his family, and not on his own as previously thought.

Juve looks to Monaco after Parma shock
Italy

Juve looks to Monaco after Parma shock

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has called for his team to forget their shock defeat to Parma and turn their focus on beating Monaco in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday.

Local govt demands new deal on refugees
Germany

Local govt demands new deal on refugees

In the tug-of-war between federal and local government over who should bear the costs of housing refugees, the states and communities are demanding a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Turkey slams Pope’s Armenia ‘genocide’ claim
Italy

Turkey slams Pope’s Armenia ‘genocide’ claim

Pope Francis uttered the word "genocide" on Sunday to describe the mass murder of Armenians 100 years ago, sparking fury from Turkey which slammed the term as "far from historical reality".

Weather chaos as 50mph winds batter Sweden
Sweden

Weather chaos as 50mph winds batter Sweden

The roof blew off a four storey building, trains were cancelled and flights redirected as gale force winds battered Sweden on Sunday. And the harsh weather is set to continue in some areas on Monday.

Bergen mosque expels ‘IS recruiter’
Norway

Bergen mosque expels ‘IS recruiter’

The main mosque in Bergen has thrown out a man they claim was a recruiter for the banned terror organisation Islamic State (IS), accusing him of spreading propaganda to young people in the congregation.

Italian girl injured in explosion on Thai island
Italy

Italian girl injured in explosion on Thai island

Seven people, including an Italian girl, were injured when a car exploded in a shopping mall car park on the popular Thai tourist island of Samui.

Zurich football hooligans disrupt rail service
Switzerland

Zurich football hooligans disrupt rail service

Rowdy football supporters of FC Zurich pulled the emergency brake on a train carrying them home from a game, walked on to the tracks and smashed windows in Pratteln in the canton of Basel-Country, disrupting rail travel on Sunday night.

‘Submarine’ in Sweden was only civilian boat
Sweden

‘Submarine’ in Sweden was only civilian boat

UPDATED: A suspected submarine spotted in the Stockholm archipelago a week after Sweden's extensive hunt for Russian underwater vessels last autumn was only a civilian boat, Sweden's Armed Forces have now said. But they remain convinced that the first sighting was a small foreign sub.

Norway woman bishop refuses to ordain lesbian
Norway

Norway woman bishop refuses to ordain lesbian

One of Norway’s few female bishops has refused to ordain a lesbian theology student because she is set to marry her girlfriend next summer.

‘Running’s for creatives, not just nerds’
Sweden

‘Running’s for creatives, not just nerds’

From working front of house at Stockholm's biggest summer club to launching a running and lifestyle brand aimed at hipsters, 35-year-old Australian Kristian Hell is one of the hottest names on the capital's creative scene and says networking is the key to his success.