Poo problem at Norway’s Pulpit Rock
Norway

Poo problem at Norway’s Pulpit Rock

Norway’s most visited natural tourist attractions Pulpit Rock is faced with a delicate problem: tourists pooing in the bushes on the the way up and down.

Norwegian skiers test if altitude is like doping
Norway

Norwegian skiers test if altitude is like doping

Eleven Norwegian downhill skiers are spending a month living at 2,200m while training deep in a valley to test whether high altitude training has a similar effect on performance to doping.

Norway starts school for Vikings
Norway

Norway starts school for Vikings

A Norwegian further education college is starting a programme for want-to-be Vikings where students will learn essential Viking crafts, such as sword forging, jewellery making, and roof thatching.

Falling tree kills cyclist in Lucerne forest tragedy
Switzerland

Falling tree kills cyclist in Lucerne forest tragedy

A 26-year-old man was killed after being struck by a falling tree while cycling in a wooded area of the canton of Lucerne, police said on Monday.

Ex-UBS trader jailed in UK for Libor rigging
Switzerland

Ex-UBS trader jailed in UK for Libor rigging

A trader who worked for UBS and Citigroup on Monday became the first person to be convicted in Britain of rigging the Libor inter-bank lending rate.

Sweden’s golden girl swims to new record
Sweden

Sweden’s golden girl swims to new record

Sweden's Sarah Sjöström broke the women's 100 metre butterfly world record for the second time in 24 hours to win gold in the final at the world swimming championships on Monday.

Swedish ex-politicians get millions in payouts
Sweden

Swedish ex-politicians get millions in payouts

The government changeover last autumn has cost the Swedish taxpayer a whopping 147 million kronor ($17 million) in severance payments for politicians and officials, it was revealed on Monday.

Teen driver who killed four ‘had been drinking’
France

Teen driver who killed four ‘had been drinking’

The driver of a van which crashed killing four teenagers and injuring ten others in northwestern France over the weekend was under the influence of alcohol, it emerged on Monday.

‘Hot Boy from Germany’ wins Vietnam Idol
Germany

‘Hot Boy from Germany’ wins Vietnam Idol

A 22-year-old from Hanover has become the latest winner of Vietnam Idol – bagging $27,000 along with his new title.

Stir over anti-begging ad for tourists in Stockholm
Sweden

Stir over anti-begging ad for tourists in Stockholm

A controversial anti-begging advertising campaign directed at foreign tourists in Stockholm stirred tense debate in Sweden on Monday.

Man promises to stop coffin naps in public
Germany

Man promises to stop coffin naps in public

When a man walking his dog alerted police to the fact that a black coffin was lying in the middle of a public parking place, the cops were surprised to find someone inside.

Baby ‘Goku’ is first in Spain named after anime
Spain

Baby ‘Goku’ is first in Spain named after anime

A baby born in July has become the first in Spanish history to be named and baptized 'Goku', a moniker inspired by the cult anime series Dragon Ball.

Exor strikes $6.9bn deal to buy PartnerRe
Italy

Exor strikes $6.9bn deal to buy PartnerRe

Italian-based investment company Exor, controlled by the Agnelli family, said on Monday it had struck a $6.9 billion (€6.3 billion) deal to buy reinsurer PartnerRe.

Summer storms to batter south-western France
France

Summer storms to batter south-western France

Parts of France's south west are on high alert on Monday with wild weather set to create havoc in three coastal départements from the early evening on.

Block of flats collapses after huge cracks appear
Spain

Block of flats collapses after huge cracks appear

A Madrid apartment block collapsed on Monday just hours after it was evacuated when residents reported the appearance of large cracks during the night.

Svalbard brews world’s most northerly beer
Norway

Svalbard brews world’s most northerly beer

A pioneering beer maker on the Arctic island of Svalbard has started producing what will be the world’s most northerly brewed beer, after local authorities removed an 80-year brewing ban.

Court orders boss to pay worker for changing
Germany

Court orders boss to pay worker for changing

A mechanic from western Germany is set to receive €350 in back payments – after claiming he should be paid for the time he spent showering and getting dressed for work.

Breathalyzer blunder goes viral in Sweden
Sweden

Breathalyzer blunder goes viral in Sweden

A Facebook post by a policeman in western Sweden in which he talks about how he mistakenly asked a passenger instead of the driver to do a breathalyzer test, has gone viral.

Wacken festival draws metalheads of the world
Germany

Wacken festival draws metalheads of the world

Armies of black-clad fans gathered for the world's biggest heavy metal festival between Thursday and Saturday, marking 25 years of headbanging fun in the small town of Wacken in northern Germany.

Marines held in Austria for weapons violations
Austria

Marines held in Austria for weapons violations

The opposition Freedom Party (FPÖ) is demanding a response from Austria’s chancellor and foreign minister after nine American marines were arrested in Vienna’s airport for carrying assault rifles and handguns on board a commercial airliner without proper clearance last month.

French transport giant to upgrade London tube
France

French transport giant to upgrade London tube

French transport systems giant Thales on Monday announced a €1 billion ($1.09 billion) deal to upgrade four lines of the London Underground.

Danish summer weather finally returns
Denmark

Danish summer weather finally returns

After a disappointing May, June and July, August is looking great. So far, anyway.

Man escapes unhurt after falling under metro train
Austria

Man escapes unhurt after falling under metro train

A Viennese man who fell onto the tracks and under an U-Bahn train at the Museumsquartier station on the U2 metro line must have had a guardian angel with him - as he escaped without a scratch.

Man photographs would-be burglars
Austria

Man photographs would-be burglars

Police in Vienna are looking for a man and a woman who tried to break into a house in Döbling but were caught in the act by the owner, who photographed the pair before they ran off.

Huge blaze breaks out in Thurgau warehouse
Switzerland

Huge blaze breaks out in Thurgau warehouse

More than 100 firefighters tackled a fire at a storage depot in Horn, in the canton of Thurgau, on Monday morning.

‘Massacre’ of black cats shocks Marseille locals
France

‘Massacre’ of black cats shocks Marseille locals

A woman who feeds local cats in a Marseille housing block has been left horrified after the gruesome killing of black cats in the area - leaving her to wonder if a neighbour is "very superstitious".

Petrol hike marks start of Swedish ‘driving season’
Sweden

Petrol hike marks start of Swedish ‘driving season’

Tourists have been enjoying unexpectedly inexpensive road trips in Sweden this summer thanks to falling petrol prices. But the treat turned out to be as short as it was sweet.

Village celebrates rebirth as graffiti museum
Spain

Village celebrates rebirth as graffiti museum

A dying village in rural Castellón has been transformed into an open air gallery dedicated to street art.

Swiss bishop slammed over anti-gay speech
Switzerland

Swiss bishop slammed over anti-gay speech

Switzerland's gay and lesbian community has reacted angrily after the ultra-conservative Bishop of Chur quoted passages from the Bible which condemn homosexuals to death.

Railway sunbather brings trains to a halt
Germany

Railway sunbather brings trains to a halt

A plucky sunbather brought train services in North Rhine-Westphalia to an abrupt halt at the weekend - after deciding to catch some rays on the tracks.

Stockholm Pride slams Facebook ‘censorship’
Sweden

Stockholm Pride slams Facebook ‘censorship’

The organizers of the Stockholm Pride Parade have hit out after Facebook removed a photo posted on the event's official Facebook page showing nipples.

Migrants step up efforts to cross Channel Tunnel
France

Migrants step up efforts to cross Channel Tunnel

Migrants in Calais made around 1,700 attempts overnight to penetrate the Channel Tunnel premises in a bid to get to England, French police sources said on Monday, and an officer sustained facial injuries from a stone.

‘Offensive’ Lego set angers disability group
Denmark

‘Offensive’ Lego set angers disability group

The group argues that the inclusion of an old man in a wheelchair in a new Lego toy set creates the misleading impression that disability that only affects the elderly.

Obama climate plan ‘good news’ for Denmark
Denmark

Obama climate plan ‘good news’ for Denmark

The Danish Climate and Energy Minister said that he expects the final version of US President Obama's Clean Power Plan may open up new opportunities for Danish companies in the USA.

Florence mulls refugees for storm clean-up
Italy

Florence mulls refugees for storm clean-up

Tuscany's leaders are considering making refugees help clean up Florence after the Tuscan jewel was the battered by a violent storm on Saturday evening.

Italy cracks sheep code in mafia sweep
Italy

Italy cracks sheep code in mafia sweep

UPDATED: Italian police on Monday arrested 11 suspects linked to the fugitive head of the Sicilian mafia, including a former boss who ran a secret message system for the mobster using a sheep-based code.

Injury leaves Austrian pole vaulter paralyzed
Austria

Injury leaves Austrian pole vaulter paralyzed

Austria’s leading pole-vaulter Kira Grünberg has been left paralyzed from the neck down after a serious injury during training on Thursday, her doctors have confirmed.

Rampaging kids trash French kindergarten
France

Rampaging kids trash French kindergarten

Police were called in on Saturday evening after a band of children, some of them as young as five, vandalized a nursery in the suburbs of Paris.

Spiegel: Merkel wants fourth term in power
Germany

Spiegel: Merkel wants fourth term in power

According to Germany's most influential political magazine, Spiegel, Angela Merkel has decided to run for a fourth term in power and has already started talks on who will run her campaign.

Man hidden in suitcase dies en route to Spain
Spain

Man hidden in suitcase dies en route to Spain

A man from northern Africa who hid inside a suitcase on a ferry bound for mainland Spain died on Sunday while making the five hour crossing.

Foo Fighters pledge Italy visit after viral video
Italy

Foo Fighters pledge Italy visit after viral video

Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters has promised to bring the American band to a central Italian town after a video put together by Italian musicians performing the group’s “Learn to Fly” went viral.

French bullfighting president mauled by bull
France

French bullfighting president mauled by bull

The Bayonne Festival in southern France ended on a sour note on Sunday when a bull jumped out of the bull ring and gored two men, one of whom was the president of the local bullfighting association.

Cilla Black died from a stroke while sunbathing
Spain

Cilla Black died from a stroke while sunbathing

UPDATE: The post-mortem confirms that the entertainer died after suffering a stroke and falling over on a terrace at her Spanish holiday home on Saturday.

Slovakian village doesn’t want Austria’s migrants
Austria

Slovakian village doesn’t want Austria’s migrants

Residents of the Slovakian village of Gabcikovo voted in a referendum on Sunday to reject the establishment of a temporary asylum camp to house 500 migrants bound for Austria under an agreement between Bratislava and Vienna.

Cows trample German to death in Swiss Alps

Cows trample German to death in Swiss Alps

A woman was trampled to death by cows near Laax in the Swiss canton of Graubünden after walking through a field containing grazing cows and their calves, cantonal police have reported.

State leaders call for faster asylum processes
Germany

State leaders call for faster asylum processes

Several state leaders called for more investment in processing asylum applications over the weekend as the backlog continues to put severe strain on current infrastructure.

Copenhagen to reach 600 EV charging stations
Denmark

Copenhagen to reach 600 EV charging stations

Energy giant E.ON will be installing an additional 100 electric vehicle charging stations in Copenhagen, making the capitol one of the world's best cities for electric cars.

Experts meet in Paris over Boeing 777 debris
France

Experts meet in Paris over Boeing 777 debris

French and Malaysian aviation experts met in Paris on Monday to probe the disappearance of Flight MH370, after mystery plane debris washed up on the French island of Réunion last week.

Catalonia to call election in independence push
Spain

Catalonia to call election in independence push

Catalonia is expected to call on Monday an early regional election that will serve as a proxy vote on independence from the rest of Spain, raising tensions with the central government in Madrid.

French beach re-opens to public as Saudis leave
France

French beach re-opens to public as Saudis leave

UPDATED: Workers were busily returning a beach in southern France to its previous condition on Monday after the departure of Saudi King Salman, whose commandeering of the coastline had caused uproar among locals.

Swedish swimmer smashes butterfly record
Sweden

Swedish swimmer smashes butterfly record

Swedish swimming champion Sarah Sjöström broke the women's 100m butterfly record on Sunday as China’s Sun Yang and America’s Katie Ledecky kept their 400m freestyle titles at the World Championships.

Four migrants drown trying to swim into Spain
Spain

Four migrants drown trying to swim into Spain

Four migrants died on Sunday after trying to swim to Spain's north African enclave of Ceuta from northern Morocco, the government in Rabat said.

Italy’s anti-establishment party ‘ready to govern’
Italy

Italy’s anti-establishment party ‘ready to govern’

Italy's anti-establishment Five Star party, founded in 2009 by former comedian Beppe Grillo, is itching to govern and has a man primed for the top job.

French minister criticizes Germany over Grexit

French minister criticizes Germany over Grexit

French Finance Minister Michel Sapin said in an interview Sunday that his German counterpart Wolfgang Schäuble was "wrong" to propose a temporary withdrawal from the euro for debt-laden Greece, evoking "a clear disagreement".

Rome rules out using Vatican for Olympic bid
Italy

Rome rules out using Vatican for Olympic bid

Rome will not use the Vatican for events in its 2024 Olympic bid, a top Italian sports official said on Sunday, as Toronto gave stronger hints that it will join the campaign.

Python on the loose in Malmö – again
Sweden

Python on the loose in Malmö – again

A 2.5-metre-long python that escaped and was found on a staircase in southern Malmö over the weekend has once again slithered away, police said on Monday.

Thank the ancient Romans for ‘street food’
Italy

Thank the ancient Romans for ‘street food’

Grabbing something hot and tasty on the move? You have the ancient Romans to thank. "Street food" was their invention, generally enjoyed with wine, gambling or even prostitutes.

‘A whole new world opened up in Sweden’
Sweden

‘A whole new world opened up in Sweden’

Like thousands of others, Somalian refugee Fuad Mohamed came to Sweden in search of a better life. A decade on, the International Relations graduate is planning to return to East Africa to work in development.