Record number to attend Utøya summer camp
Norway

Record number to attend Utøya summer camp

A record number of young people have signed up to attend the first Labour party youth camp to be held of the island of Utøya since sixty-nine people were killed in a devastating terrorist attack in 2011.

Norway polar bear puts dolphin in the freezer
Norway

Norway polar bear puts dolphin in the freezer

Polar bears on Svalbard have for the first time been observed catching and eating dolphins and then freezing the leftovers in a pile of snow for later consumption.

Man jailed for kidnapping daughters in Lebanon
Switzerland

Man jailed for kidnapping daughters in Lebanon

A court in the canton of Saint Gallen on Thursday jailed a 48-year-old man for six years for kidnapping his two teenaged daughters and confining them in Lebanon, his home country, for nearly two years.

Norway killer Breivik threatened in prison
Norway

Norway killer Breivik threatened in prison

Norwegian mass-murderer Anders Behring Breivik has been threatened in prison by another inmate, despite living under the highest security of any prisoner in Norway.

Berlusconi and Putin: an enduring love
Italy

Berlusconi and Putin: an enduring love

True friends are hard to find, and harder to leave. In a friendship that has lasted 14 years, the Russian President Vladimir Putin has found a kindred spirit in Italy’s disgraced former leader, Silvio Berlusconi.

Hollande appeals in Geneva for climate action
Switzerland

Hollande appeals in Geneva for climate action

French President François Hollande on Thursday made a passionate call in Geneva for action to seal a world climate pact in Paris at the end of the year.

Blatter rejects calls from Euro MPs to stand down
Switzerland

Blatter rejects calls from Euro MPs to stand down

Embattled Fifa president Sepp Blatter has rejected calls from the European Parliament for him to stand down immediately, a spokesman for football's world governing body said on Thursday.

Geneva court slashes Rybolovlev divorce deal
Switzerland

Geneva court slashes Rybolovlev divorce deal

Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev's divorce settlement of four billion Swiss francs — billed the costliest break-up of all time — may not be quite so expensive after all.

Swiss join probes into Iran nuclear talks spying
Switzerland

Swiss join probes into Iran nuclear talks spying

UPDATED: Swiss and Austrian investigators have launched probes into alleged spying in hotels hosting delicate Iranian nuclear talks, with Israel denying on Thursday that its secret services were involved.

Fifa communications director calls it quits
Switzerland

Fifa communications director calls it quits

Fifa director of communications and public affairs Walter De Gregorio resigned from his position with immediate effect on Thursday, the world governing body confirmed in a statement.

Test: Just how good is your French grammar?
France

Test: Just how good is your French grammar?

A new French survey has found that the spelling and grammar skills of the French are on the slide, with men particularly worse than women. Try out the test that circulated online in France on Thursday.

Summer in Madrid: Hail, storms and flashfloods
Spain

Summer in Madrid: Hail, storms and flashfloods

Freak weather conditions for June caused chaos in Madrid on Thursday when the capital was hit by electric storms, torrential rain and even hail.

Police start ‘manhunt’ in the name of love
Germany

Police start ‘manhunt’ in the name of love

The G7 summit saw Bavaria put out a huge police operation to protect world leaders. But it resulted in a rather unusual operation afterwards - tracking down a police officer in the name of love.

Deutsche Bank raids ‘related to tax evasion’
Germany

Deutsche Bank raids ‘related to tax evasion’

Searches of offices belonging to Deutsche Bank, Germany's biggest lender, were connected with a wider probe into suspected tax evasion, Frankfurt prosecutors said on Thursday.

Cervantes given formal burial and a monument
Spain

Cervantes given formal burial and a monument

Miguel de Cervantes was given a formal burial in Madrid on Thursday, almost four centuries after the Don Quixote author died.

Germany hits top 10 in integration rankings
Germany

Germany hits top 10 in integration rankings

Germany is becoming an example to other countries when it comes to progressive integration policies, a report published in Berlin on Wednesday claimed.

Syrian refugees resort to hunger strikes
Denmark

Syrian refugees resort to hunger strikes

Outside of the Danish Immigration Service building in Copenhagen on Thursday, one story had a happy ending while two others were just getting started.

Scooter senior saved from Autobahn
Germany

Scooter senior saved from Autobahn

Good Samaritan motorists stepped in on Wednesday evening to rescue a pensioner driving an electric scooter along the Autobahn (motorway) near Frankfurt.

Swedish lives saved by first aid text scheme
Sweden

Swedish lives saved by first aid text scheme

A trial text-messaging service that alerts people who are trained in resuscitation techniques to nearby cardiac arrest victims has led to a sharp increase in those receiving the life-saving treatment from volunteers, a new Swedish study has shown.

Woman dies in assisted fertility operation in Italy
Italy

Woman dies in assisted fertility operation in Italy

Two doctors are being probed for manslaughter after a 38-year-old woman died during an operation for assisted fertility treatment.

France to spend big to spruce up tourism sector
France

France to spend big to spruce up tourism sector

In a bid to attract 100 million visitors a year the French government is to set up a massive investment fund to boost a tourism industry many believe is in serious need of sprucing up. Ambitious plans are also to be revealed.

Record-breaking astronaut heads home
Italy

Record-breaking astronaut heads home

Three astronauts, including Italy's Samantha Cristoforetti, left the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday for a return to Earth that had been delayed for a month by a rocket failure.

Swedish stag party tells of ‘sick’ King moment
Sweden

Swedish stag party tells of ‘sick’ King moment

Just days before his own son Prince Carl Philip ties the knot in Stockholm, King Carl XVI Gustaf's banter with a bachelor party in central Sweden has made the headlines.

French firm’s new ‘smart bikini’ to stop sun burn
France

French firm’s new ‘smart bikini’ to stop sun burn

A French company has made waves in France after it invented a bikini that can tell sunbathers when they need to reapply sun cream.

Mammoth ivory haul seized in France
France

Mammoth ivory haul seized in France

French customs officials said on Thursday they had intercepted 136 kilos of ivory - the biggest haul in nearly a decade.

Austria investigates spying during Iran talks
Austria

Austria investigates spying during Iran talks

Austria is investigating possible spying during nuclear talks between Iran and world powers, a spokesman said after Swiss authorities confirmed they were probing similar claims.

Euro MPs to vote on call for Blatter to quit now
Switzerland

Euro MPs to vote on call for Blatter to quit now

The European Parliament was to vote Thursday on a resolution urging Sepp Blatter to step down immediately as Fifa president and allow for an interim leader to launch reforms in world football's Zurich-based governing body.

Cop’s pistol vanishes during toilet break
Germany

Cop’s pistol vanishes during toilet break

A policeman in Frankfurt left his gun behind after going to the loo in the station. By the time he realized his mistake, the weapon was already gone.

Spain welcomes back Jews after 500-year exile
Spain

Spain welcomes back Jews after 500-year exile

More than five centuries after Jews were banished from the kingdom of Spain during the Spanish Inquisition, lawmakers on Thursday righted an "historical mistake" and approved a law to allow their descendants win dual citizenship.

Copenhagen gives bottle collectors ‘dignity’
Denmark

Copenhagen gives bottle collectors ‘dignity’

With a simple move, the City of Copenhagen has made life a bit simpler and more dignified for the bottle collectors who make money by claiming the deposit on discarded cans and bottles.

Hapless robber loses half of loot on getaway bike
Spain

Hapless robber loses half of loot on getaway bike

A thief in Extremadura fled from police on a bicycle after robbing a bank, but lost half of the stolen €5,000 in the process.

More than 400 people drown each year in Spain
Spain

More than 400 people drown each year in Spain

Eighty percent of drowning victims in Spain are male, with the biggest risk to men aged over sixty, a new report shows.

Refugees join Tyrol’s storm damage clean-up
Austria

Refugees join Tyrol’s storm damage clean-up

A group of 100 asylum seekers have volunteered to help the clear-up operation after heavy rain and storms caused devastation in Sellrain and See in Tyrol.

Oldest Swiss motor boat sails again after refit
Switzerland

Oldest Swiss motor boat sails again after refit

The oldest operating motor boat in Switzerland, once owned by celebrated French engineer and architect Gustave Eiffel, is back in service on Lake Geneva after a year of renovations.

My baby is more than a syndrome: French mum
France

My baby is more than a syndrome: French mum

A Frenchwoman's Facebook post about how to approach a parent of a child with Down's Syndrome has gone viral in France, prompting thousands of messages of support.

Italy has fourth highest petrol costs in world
Italy

Italy has fourth highest petrol costs in world

Walk? Never! Well, maybe soon. A report has shown just how painful life is at the pump for motor-mad Italians who love their cars and Vespas in a way that is difficult to fathom.

Man arrested over Arlanda bomb threat
Sweden

Man arrested over Arlanda bomb threat

A man has been arrested in Finland over a bomb threat on a plane taking off from Stockholm’s Arlanda airport. The alert has now been lifted.

Carinthia seeks damages from Haider family
Austria

Carinthia seeks damages from Haider family

The Austrian state of Carinthia has filed a lawsuit against the family of far-right politician and former governor Jörg Haider, who died in a car crash in 2008.

Kick-boxing world champion joins Isis
Germany

Kick-boxing world champion joins Isis

Former world champion kick-boxer Valdet Gashi has joined Isis in Syria. In a short interview with the Südkurier he explained his motivations.

Danish cops: Crime is ‘risk free’ on Funen
Denmark

Danish cops: Crime is ‘risk free’ on Funen

Police officers on the island of Funen have spoken out to say that a lack of manpower means they “basically never investigate” crimes.

How a reality TV star got a Swedish fairytale
Sweden

How a reality TV star got a Swedish fairytale

With just two days to go until the wedding of the year in Sweden, we take a closer look at the former reality starlet, glamour model and yoga teacher set to become a real-life princess.

Parents protest changes to Paris bilingual schools
France

Parents protest changes to Paris bilingual schools

Expat parents in the Paris area are threatening legal action after the city's education chiefs changed the rules meaning their children will likely miss out on the much-sought after places in bilingual schools.

Hanover welcomes toughest fireman contest
Germany

Hanover welcomes toughest fireman contest

More than 500 firefighters from all over the world have descended on Hanover this week to compete for the title of "Toughest Firefighter Alive".

Violent storms to batter south west France
France

Violent storms to batter south west France

People in France's south west are bracing for some wild and woolly weather on Thursday with violent winds and serious rainfall forecast to hit the region mid-afternoon.

Four Danes at secretive Bilderberg meeting
Denmark

Four Danes at secretive Bilderberg meeting

A handful of powerful Danes will be rubbing shoulders with other global movers and shakers at the annual gathering of the closed-off Bilderberg group.

Never mind the G7 – it’s Bilderberg time
Austria

Never mind the G7 – it’s Bilderberg time

It's in the Austrian Alps and it involves powerful people hobnobbing. But this is not the G7 or Davos, it's the highly exclusive Bilderberg meeting, an altogether more discreet affair, which starts on Thursday.

Swedish man rescues baby elk from cold creek
Sweden

Swedish man rescues baby elk from cold creek

A video of a Swedish man wading through a freezing cold creek to rescue a baby elk has gone viral.

Stadler expands with Texas rail-car order
Switzerland

Stadler expands with Texas rail-car order

Stadler, the Swiss-based train manufacturer, is expanding in the United States after securing a 100-million-franc ($107-million) order to supply rail cars for a commuter line in Fort Worth, Texas.

French MPs vote to relax tight alcohol ad laws
France

French MPs vote to relax tight alcohol ad laws

French MPs have gone against the wishes of the government by voting to loosen France's tough laws on alcohol advertising after protests from the wine industry.

‘Good luck Lars’: Blair PR-chief’s Norway gaffe
Norway

‘Good luck Lars’: Blair PR-chief’s Norway gaffe

Tony Blair’s former spindoctor Alastair Campbell has lavished praise on Norway’s Labour Party head for seeing politics as about "big themes requiring big ideas and big solutions”. It’s just a shame he gets his name wrong, twice!

Fourth hiker found dead after Corsica landslide
France

Fourth hiker found dead after Corsica landslide

UPDATED: A fourth hiker has been found dead after Wednesday's landslide on the French island of Corsica.

And if Napoleon had won the Battle of Waterloo?
France

And if Napoleon had won the Battle of Waterloo?

A French-speaking continent and no World Wars? What would have become of Europe if Napoleon had won the Battle of Waterloo 200 years ago?

Boy, 8, electrocuted when plugging in fan
Spain

Boy, 8, electrocuted when plugging in fan

An eight-year-old boy in Valencia died after suffering a "strong electric shock" while handling an fan, Spanish media reported on Wednesday.

WATCH: Brilliant video lays bare mafia power
Italy

WATCH: Brilliant video lays bare mafia power

A scathing new video is winning plaudits for showing the global power of the Calabrian mafia, the ‘Ndrangheta - a group that makes more money than McDonald's and Deutsche Bank combined.

Hackers ruin Bundestag computer network
Germany

Hackers ruin Bundestag computer network

A hacker attack on the Bundestag (German parliament) earlier in 2015 means that an entirely new network will have to be built after experts failed to fix the breach.

Denmark’s parliamentary candidates less diverse
Denmark

Denmark’s parliamentary candidates less diverse

The official list of candidates for next week’s general election reveals a crop of candidates that is older, whiter and more male-dominated than in past elections.

Messi will face trial over €4.6 million tax fraud
Spain

Messi will face trial over €4.6 million tax fraud

Barcelona star Lionel Messi lost his appeal over tax fraud charges on Wednesday, meaning he could face a trial over the allegations which involve an estimated €4.6 million.

Cuban author awarded Spain’s literature prize
Spain

Cuban author awarded Spain’s literature prize

Cuban novelist Leonardo Padura, whose crime novels explore Havana's grubby underside, has been awarded Spain's Princess of Asturias award for literature.

Putin urged to make ‘sincere effort’ for peace
Italy

Putin urged to make ‘sincere effort’ for peace

UPDATED: Russian President Vladimir Putin used a trip to Italy on Wednesday to press his case against international sanctions and was urged by Pope Francis to make a "sincere effort" for peace in Ukraine.

USA claims surprise 2-1 win over Germany
Germany

USA claims surprise 2-1 win over Germany

Jurgen Klinsmann's USA shocked Germany with a 2-1 victory in Wednesday's friendly as the Stars and Stripes followed up their win over the Netherlands by beating the world champions.

French PM to pay up after trip to footy final
France

French PM to pay up after trip to footy final

French PM Manuel Valls moved on Thursday to put an end to the controversy around his trip to Berlin for the Champions League final on the government plane with his two sons, by saying he will reimburse the cost for his two children.

Greece talks crawl as deadline nears
Germany

Greece talks crawl as deadline nears

The leaders of Greece, Germany and France agreed Thursday to intensify efforts for a bailout deal after late night talks aimed at preventing Athens from going bankrupt ended without a breakthrough.

Key clue found in record missing teenager search
Sweden

Key clue found in record missing teenager search

UPDATED: Volunteers searching for missing 17-year-old Lisa Holm in central Sweden have made an important new discovery, police say. The hunt is the biggest event of its kind organized by the Missing People charity.

Swedish teens arrested over pensioner’s murder
Sweden

Swedish teens arrested over pensioner’s murder

Two 13-year-old boys have been questioned by police after they were arrested on suspicion of murdering a 65-year-old man on a farm in south-western Sweden.

Hungary crash grounds Swedish Saab planes
Sweden

Hungary crash grounds Swedish Saab planes

After two planes made by Swedish defence giant Saab and used by the Hungarian army crashed, the central European country has opted to ground its fleet of Jas-39 Gripen fighter jets.

Bonucci leads Italy charge against Croatia
Italy

Bonucci leads Italy charge against Croatia

Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci has called on his Juventus teammates to take the frustration of losing the Champions League final out on Croatia when they meet in a Euro 2016 qualifier on Friday.