Norway nursery apps keep mums updated
Norway

Norway nursery apps keep mums updated

Hundreds of nursery schools across Norway have started using new home-grown apps to give worried parents hour-by-hour feedback on what their children are up to.

Stephen Colbert: Let’s invade Norway
Norway

Stephen Colbert: Let’s invade Norway

US comedian Stephen Colbert force has unleashed a Twitter storm at Prime Minister Erna Solberg in a bid to force Norway to increase funding for girls' education.

Extreme science: Divers who brave Arctic waters
Norway

Extreme science: Divers who brave Arctic waters

AFP's Céline Serrat meets the Svalbard divers who brave cold hands, strong currents, and bad visibility to collect the samples scientists need to track the impact of warming waters.

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Switzerland

Sharp rise in migrants sparks EU emergency

A record 107,500 migrants crossed the European Union's borders last month, according to new figures on Tuesday, showing they are arriving in dramatically increasing numbers and creating a humanitarian crisis for the 28-nation bloc.

Six ideas to make Vienna even more liveable
Austria

Six ideas to make Vienna even more liveable

Vienna has come second in a list of the world’s most liveable cities, missing out on first place to Melbourne in Australia. Here are some ideas for how to do better next time.

Meat and drink smuggled for Fribourg ‘food truck’
Switzerland

Meat and drink smuggled for Fribourg ‘food truck’

A father and son team from the canton of Fribourg operating a food truck were snared by border guards in Geneva for illegally importing hundreds of kilograms of meat, food and drink from France — and for possession of 35 pot plants.

France and UK to sign joint deal on migrants
France

France and UK to sign joint deal on migrants

France's Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve and his British counterpart Theresa May will sign a deal this week to try and alleviate the migrant crisis in the northern port of Calais, the government said on Tuesday.

Swede’s review of night in drunk tank goes viral
Sweden

Swede’s review of night in drunk tank goes viral

A Swedish deputy police boss has told The Local that a reveller is welcome to stay in touch – after the man's colourful review of his overnight stay in the drunk tank went viral.

French farmer dies after ‘falling’ in manure pit
France

French farmer dies after ‘falling’ in manure pit

A farmer in the south-central Haute-Loire region of France has died after drowning in a manure pit on his farm, French media has reported.

Kidnappers give up body of 17-year-old victim
Germany

Kidnappers give up body of 17-year-old victim

Police confirmed on Tuesday that the 17-year-old daughter of a Saxon businessman was found dead near Meißen after being kidnapped and held for ransom last week.

Paris terror hostage sues French media channels
France

Paris terror hostage sues French media channels

One of the surviving hostages of the January terror attacks in Paris is suing several French media outlets for broadcasting information about his whereabouts during the siege, which he claims put his life in direct danger.

How bad mannered tourists are riling Venice
Italy

How bad mannered tourists are riling Venice

Venice is a victim of its own popularity and needs new strategies to cope with the ever-growing surge of tourists, especially those who misbehave, the city’s tourism councillor, Paola Mar, told The Local.

East Germany sees half of racist violent crime
Germany

East Germany sees half of racist violent crime

Germany's eastern states played host to almost half of the country's racist acts of violence last year, as well as a large proportion of right-wing extremist crimes – despite the fact that only a fifth of the population lives in these regions.

Swedish mental health care blasted after attack
Sweden

Swedish mental health care blasted after attack

Swedish health care was challenged on Tuesday after it was revealed a 24-year-old man who admitted to stabbing a man and two women in Norrköping had been struggling to get psychiatric help before the attack.

Oktoberfest reveals official beer mug of 2015
Germany

Oktoberfest reveals official beer mug of 2015

As work begins to pitch the tents and stock the bars for Oktoberfest in Munich, the festival organizers gathered on Tuesday to present the official litre mug that will grace the hands of visitors this year.

Six injured in migrant smuggling van crash
Austria

Six injured in migrant smuggling van crash

Six people were injured when a van smuggling refugees through Austria was involved in an accident on Vienna’s S1 ring road on Tuesday morning in a tunnel near Vösendorf. Fifty people were crammed in the back of the van, including children.

France to return 150 tortoises to Madagascar
France

France to return 150 tortoises to Madagascar

Some 150 endangered baby tortoises will return to Madagascar eight months after they were found wrapped in sticky tape and hidden in a crate at a Paris airport, the centre that cared for them said on Tuesday.

Spanish lawmakers overwhelmingly approve third bailout for Greece
Spain

Spanish lawmakers overwhelmingly approve third bailout for Greece

Spanish lawmakers overwhelming approved Greece's third bailout package on Tuesday following a debate in parliament which the ruling party used to defend its economic record ahead of a year-end general election.

Crowded Benidorm beach closed after boy bitten by mystery fish
Spain

Crowded Benidorm beach closed after boy bitten by mystery fish

Poniente beach in the popular Spanish holiday resort of Benidorm was closed on Tuesday after a young boy got a rather nasty bit from an unidentified fish.

Angry backlash to new asylum law
Austria

Angry backlash to new asylum law

The leader of Austria’s right-wing Freedom Party (FPÖ), Heinz-Christian Strache, has reacted angrily to the news that the coalition government has reached agreement with the Greens on new legislation that would make communities across the country obliged to take in asylum seekers.

Could this Spanish fossil be the world’s first flowering plant?
Spain

Could this Spanish fossil be the world’s first flowering plant?

An ancient plant that grew underwater in what is modern day Spain, had no petals and bore one single seed may have been the world's first known flowering plant, a study said on Monday.

Ten unique words you need to date in Sweden
Sweden

Ten unique words you need to date in Sweden

Single? Learn these words.

French Scientologists booted from surf event
France

French Scientologists booted from surf event

Members of an anti-drug association have been turned away from a surfing competition in Gironde, south-west France, after allegedly trying to convert people to the Church of Scientology.

Denmark wants tougher criteria for UN refugees
Denmark

Denmark wants tougher criteria for UN refugees

In addition to the coming restrictions on asylum seekers who come to the country on their own accord, Denmark also wants to choose the roughly 500 refugees it takes every year through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Resettlement Program on their ability "to contribute".

Swedish officials confirm scout has meningitis
Sweden

Swedish officials confirm scout has meningitis

Swedish health officials have said that a girl is in serious but stable condition after contracting meningitis at a world scouting gathering in Japan.

German firm to take over 14 Greek airports
Germany

German firm to take over 14 Greek airports

Greece's radical left Syriza government on Tuesday approved its first privatization granting a concession of more than a dozen key regional airports to Germany's Fraport-Slentel consortium in a deal worth €1.23 billion.

Nicaragua charges Fifa official with corruption
Switzerland

Nicaragua charges Fifa official with corruption

One of the seven Fifa officials arrested in Switzerland has been charged with money laundering and corruption charges in Nicaragua, a prosecutor said, expecting an extradition to be completed soon.

Venice mayor hits back at Elton in gay book spat
Italy

Venice mayor hits back at Elton in gay book spat

The mayor of Venice hit back on Tuesday after coming under fire from Elton John over the city's withdrawal of books depicting same-sex families from the city's nurseries and primary schools.

Swimmers banned from famed Il Postino beach
Italy

Swimmers banned from famed Il Postino beach

Swimmers have been banned from a famous beach on the southern Italian island of Procida, near Naples, after samples showed bacteria levels three times higher than the acceptable limit.

Italy arrests eight over asphyxiated migrants
Italy

Italy arrests eight over asphyxiated migrants

Italy on Tuesday announced the arrest of eight suspected people smugglers blamed for the death of 49 migrants asphyxiated in the hold of a sinking ship at the weekend.

Spanish chef gets own crowdfund to beat Trump
Spain

Spanish chef gets own crowdfund to beat Trump

Crowdfunding could help fund the legal battle of José Andrés, the Spanish chef being sued for dumping US presidential candidate Donald Trump over racist comments.

Swedish teen breaks hearts at Idol opening
Sweden

Swedish teen breaks hearts at Idol opening

A 16-year-old boy from Gothenburg who grew up in Nigeria and says he was beaten by his father, has tugged on heart strings around Sweden, with a clip of his stunning debut performance on Sweden's Idol programme going viral on Tuesday.

France hit by summer spike in abandoned pets
France

France hit by summer spike in abandoned pets

The summer of 2015 has been particularly bad when it comes to house pets being abandoned by their French owners, with statistics up 22 percent compared to last year.

Klum fires back at Trump’s skin-deep jab
Germany

Klum fires back at Trump’s skin-deep jab

German supermodel Heidi Klum released a video on Monday to show that she’s not going to let disparaging comments by billionaire American presidential hopeful Donald Trump get her down.

Uproar as Italian priest bans ‘call to arms’ prayer
Italy

Uproar as Italian priest bans ‘call to arms’ prayer

A Catholic priest in a northern Italian village has clashed with his congregation after seeking to ban an historic prayer that calls for “arms against any threats” and to protect the homeland.

Is Spain going back to the Stone Age?
Spain

Is Spain going back to the Stone Age?

Bison will once again roam the Spanish countryside thousands of years after they were immortalized by prehistoric man in cave paintings.

Ex-MP fined for equating Muslims with Hitler
Denmark

Ex-MP fined for equating Muslims with Hitler

Danish People’s Party (DF) member Mogens Camre was convicted of racism on Tuesday for a tweet that compared Muslims to Hitler.

France boils in second hottest summer ever
France

France boils in second hottest summer ever

Did you find this year's French heatwave a bit excessive? You weren't imagining it. Summer 2015 will go down in the history books as the second hottest on record – and one of the deadliest.

Buying Swiss home is ‘cheaper than renting’
Switzerland

Buying Swiss home is ‘cheaper than renting’

With the current low interest rates, buying a home in Switzerland is cheaper than renting the equivalent accommodation, a new study from mortgage broker Moneypark says.

Drunk co-pilot handed six-month sentence
Norway

Drunk co-pilot handed six-month sentence

A Norwegian court on Monday sentenced a Latvian airBaltic co-pilot to six months in jail after he failed a breathalyser test before take-off from Oslo's airport.

Germany, Sweden need help with migrants: UN
Germany

Germany, Sweden need help with migrants: UN

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees said on Tuesday that Europe must work out a fairer way of sharing refugees, days after Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that the refugee crisis would likely prove a greater political challenge for Europe than Greece.

Ricky Gervais sides with bulls over fatal gorings
Spain

Ricky Gervais sides with bulls over fatal gorings

The British comedian has spoken out after a weekend of fatal gorings in Spain and called those involved in bullfighting "fucking morons".

Malmö warm up for Champions League clash
Sweden

Malmö warm up for Champions League clash

Malmö are gearing up for a tough battle as the southern Swedish team head to Glasgow to face Scotland champions Celtic for the first leg of a crucial Champions League play-off round on Wednesday.

UN: Sweden is bearing brunt of migrant crisis
Sweden

UN: Sweden is bearing brunt of migrant crisis

Sweden and Germany cannot continue to take in the majority of refugees seeking new lives in the EU, a top UN official has said, days after Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that immigration could become a bigger challenge than the Greek debt crisis.

1/3 Germans seek lovers with bulging wallets
Germany

1/3 Germans seek lovers with bulging wallets

Does love conquer all when it comes to finances? Not always in Germany, according to a study by Postbank.

Experts find remains of Stone Age mass murder
Germany

Experts find remains of Stone Age mass murder

Researchers said on Monday that they discovered evidence of a brutal mass murder that took place outside Frankfurt during the Stone Age.

France’s child abductor ‘abused a minor before’
France

France’s child abductor ‘abused a minor before’

The man arrested for kidnapping four-year-old Rifki over the weekend had previously been held by police in France for molesting a minor, it was reported on Tuesday.

‘Anti-traveller’ ditches spark outrage in France
France

‘Anti-traveller’ ditches spark outrage in France

Town officials in northern France have come under scrutiny after ordering ditches to be dug out in an effort to dissuade travellers from setting up camp there.

Thieves open 1,000 beers, don’t drink any
Germany

Thieves open 1,000 beers, don’t drink any

Thieves broke into a drink shop last weekend aiming to find bottle caps that would entitle them to a high-value prize in a contest – and left more than 1,000 bottles of beer they opened untasted.

Denmark’s summer weather to stick around
Denmark

Denmark’s summer weather to stick around

School may be back in session, but there is good reason to keep your swimsuits and sunglasses out for the next few weeks.

Women’s retirement at 65 backed by commission
Switzerland

Women’s retirement at 65 backed by commission

A plan promoted by Interior Minister Alain Berset to raise the retirement age for women in Switzerland to 65 from 64 has won key support from a parliamentary commission.

Elton John slams Venice mayor for gay book ban
Italy

Elton John slams Venice mayor for gay book ban

British singer Sir Elton John has slammed the new mayor of Venice for banning books about homosexuality from schools.

Spanish city to use DNA to trace dog poo culprits
Spain

Spanish city to use DNA to trace dog poo culprits

The northeastern city of Tarragona will launch a 'canine CSI' to track down culprits who don't pick up after their pets.

Merkel combats doubts about IMF in Greek deal
Germany

Merkel combats doubts about IMF in Greek deal

Chancellor Angela Merkel insists the International Monetary Fund must participate in Greece's new bailout, but doubts about IMF involvement are complicating her bid to sell MPs the deal ahead of Wednesday's key parliamentary vote.

Ikea recalls lamp after toddler gets shock

Ikea recalls lamp after toddler gets shock

UPDATED: Nordic homeware giant Ikea has taken a child's night lamp off its shelves across the EU and the US after a toddler got an electric shock.

Police find hashish haul hidden inside wheelchair
Spain

Police find hashish haul hidden inside wheelchair

Spanish police have arrested a man who tried to smuggle two kilos (4.4 pounds) of hashish stuffed inside a wheelchair cushion.

Denmark’s first potential fracking project dropped
Denmark

Denmark’s first potential fracking project dropped

French gas giant Total is pulling out of its controversial shale gas exploration project in northern Denmark after failing to find sufficient deposits.

France calls off search for MH370 wreckage
France

France calls off search for MH370 wreckage

France on Monday said it was calling off the hunt for wreckage from missing flight MH370 after 10 days of air and sea searches off its Indian Ocean territory of Reunion yielded no results.

German man sues over wrong photo of co-pilot
Germany

German man sues over wrong photo of co-pilot

Court proceedings opened on Monday against an Austrian newspaper for publishing a photo of a German man wrongly identified as the co-pilot who officials say deliberately crashed a Germanwings plane in the French Alps in March.

Med’s latest death cargo comes ashore in Sicily
Italy

Med’s latest death cargo comes ashore in Sicily

They made it to Italy in the end but it was tragically nothing like the arrival they had dreamed of.

Slain anti-mafia judge’s daughter under guard
Italy

Slain anti-mafia judge’s daughter under guard

Italy's interior ministry has placed Lucia Borsellino, the daughter of a Sicilian judge killed by the mafia in 1992, under protection, media reports said on Monday.

Juve primed for more success in new season
Italy

Juve primed for more success in new season

Beaten Champions League finalists Juventus are primed for another record-breaking season in Italy in the face of expected challenges from Lazio and Roma, while struggling Milan giants AC and Inter continue their search for Serie A credibility.