Norway to send some Syrians back to Russia
Norway

Norway to send some Syrians back to Russia

Norway plans to send back hundreds of Syrian refugees who have crossed its northern border back to Russia, arguing that many had been living in its northern neighbour for a long time prior to applying for asylum.

Hunters kill two elk in Norway zoo accident
Norway

Hunters kill two elk in Norway zoo accident

A group of hunters in far northern Norway shot dead two elk only to realise seconds later that they had been shooting through the fence into a zoo.

Uefa backs Platini after crisis talks in Nyon
Switzerland

Uefa backs Platini after crisis talks in Nyon

UPDATED: Uefa said it supports suspended president Michel Platini's right to defend himself against corruption allegations following an emergency meeting in Nyon, Switzerland on Thursday.

Amazing drone footage over desert of Western Sahara drilling protest
Spain

Amazing drone footage over desert of Western Sahara drilling protest

Footage recorded from the air by a drone shows incredible images of thousands of Saharawi refugees protesting against exploratory drilling by the San Leon oil company.

Italy goes for growth with expansionary budget
Italy

Italy goes for growth with expansionary budget

Italy's centre-left government on Thursday approved an expansionary budget designed to ensure a fledgling economic recovery takes wing in 2016 at the cost of slowing the reduction of the country's massive 2.2-trillion debt.

Italian cops raid VW and Lamborghini offices
Germany

Italian cops raid VW and Lamborghini offices

Italian police on Thursday raided Volkswagen's main office in the country and those of its sports car unit Lamborghini in connection with the investigation into the company's rigging of emissions tests.

Why Berlin graffiti artists hacked ‘racist’ Homeland
Germany

Why Berlin graffiti artists hacked ‘racist’ Homeland

When a trio of Berlin-based graffiti artists were approached to add realistic Arabic-language graffiti to sets for War On Terror TV series Homeland, they jumped at the chance to undermine what they call the show's "stereotypical and racist" portrayal of the Middle East.

Paris: The Museum of Mankind all set to reopen
France

Paris: The Museum of Mankind all set to reopen

It’s taken six years and nearly €100 million but one of Paris’s great museums, the Museum of Mankind is finally about to reopen to an expectant public.

Police raid Lamborghini and VW offices in Italy
Italy

Police raid Lamborghini and VW offices in Italy

Italian police on Thursday raided Volkswagen's main office in the country and those of its sports car unit Lamborghini in connection with the investigation into the company's rigging of emissions tests.

Despite outrage, Danish zoo dissects lion for kids
Denmark

Despite outrage, Danish zoo dissects lion for kids

UPDATED: An event that was heavily criticized from abroad went off as planned on Thursday as hundreds of school kids watched zookeepers cut up a dead lion.

Nationalists to run global anti-refugee campaign
Sweden

Nationalists to run global anti-refugee campaign

Sweden's anti-immigration party announced plans on Thursday to launch an advertising campaign in foreign newspapers to deter refugees from travelling to the Nordic country.

Spanish police bust gang of night-flying helicopter hashish smugglers
Spain

Spanish police bust gang of night-flying helicopter hashish smugglers

Spanish police smashed two rings that smuggled hashish from Morocco into Spain by helicopter in dangerous low-altitude night flights, arresting 15 people and seizing nearly a tonne of hashish.

Fifa’s Julio Rocha to be extradited to US
Switzerland

Fifa’s Julio Rocha to be extradited to US

The Swiss justice ministry on Thursday approved the extradition of Nicaragua's Julio Rocha to the United States over charges he accepted bribes.

Swedish town reports 1,000 missing children
Sweden

Swedish town reports 1,000 missing children

UPDATED: Officials in Trelleborg in southern Sweden have told The Local that around 1,000 unaccompanied refugee children and young adults who have arrived in the town over the last month have since gone missing.

France gets first dusting of snow as mercury dips
France

France gets first dusting of snow as mercury dips

It might only be the 15th of October but parts of central France including Burgundy witnessed the first snow falls of the season on Thursday as temperatures dropped sharply.

Spanish company launches watch to measure prowess in the bedroom
Spain

Spanish company launches watch to measure prowess in the bedroom

Fitness devices are all the rage nowadays, but one Spanish startup is taking the trend from the gym to the bedroom.

Economic recovery? Nearly one in three Spaniards at risk of poverty
Spain

Economic recovery? Nearly one in three Spaniards at risk of poverty

The number of people at risk of poverty or social exclusion rose to 13.6 million in 2014, representing 29.2 percent of the total population of Spain.

Eric Cantona poses nude for French magazine
France

Eric Cantona poses nude for French magazine

Former Manchester United star Eric Cantona has turned heads in France after posing naked with his wife for a feature in Elle magazine.

Denmark’s Prince Christian turns ten
Denmark

Denmark’s Prince Christian turns ten

Denmark's second in line to the throne celebrated his tenth birthday on Thursday.

German MPs OK tough new asylum rules
Germany

German MPs OK tough new asylum rules

The Bundestag (German parliament) passed a new set of laws tightening asylum controls on Thursday, despite sharp criticism from the opposition and NGOs - and demands from conservatives to go even further.

New Swedish royal couple expecting baby
Sweden

New Swedish royal couple expecting baby

Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia have announced they are set to become parents, just months after tying the knot in Stockholm.

Swiss wrongly convicted genocide denier: court
Switzerland

Swiss wrongly convicted genocide denier: court

The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Thursday that a Turkish politician had the right to deny that the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turkey in 1915 was genocide, overturning a 2007 ruling by a Swiss court.

France’s long love affair with diesel runs dry
France

France’s long love affair with diesel runs dry

France's renowned love affair with diesel is set to draw to a close after the government announced a rise in the price of the fuel just weeks ahead of a major climate conference in Paris.

Men carve swastika into victim’s forehead
Austria

Men carve swastika into victim’s forehead

A man is in custody in Austria after he and three accomplices assaulted a cyclist and carved a swastika into his forehead, prosecutors said on Thursday.

New courses address shortage of Swiss docs
Switzerland

New courses address shortage of Swiss docs

Higher education institutions across Switzerland are creating new access courses to medicine to address the shortage of doctors in the country.

Opera singer Placido Domingo cancels shows to undergo surgery
Spain

Opera singer Placido Domingo cancels shows to undergo surgery

Tenor Placido Domingo will undergo surgery to remove his gallbladder next week, forcing him to miss performances he was due to conduct at New York's Metropolitan Opera, it said on Wednesday.

Majority of public back Autobahn speed limit
Germany

Majority of public back Autobahn speed limit

A new survey published on Thursday shows that a majority of Germans are in favour of speed limits on the Autobahn – the country's highways which until now have been famously limit-free.

Italy’s biggest refugee centre ‘stole state funds’
Italy

Italy’s biggest refugee centre ‘stole state funds’

Prosecutors investigating Italy's largest refugee centre, Cara di Mineo, have uncovered evidence of a fraud that allowed the complex to keep receiving money for refugees after they had left.

‘An MBA at SSE was the only choice for me’
Sweden

‘An MBA at SSE was the only choice for me’

Sweden is one of the best countries in the world for gender equality – yet it still has a ways to go when it comes to board members and top positions. That’s why the Executive MBA at Stockholm School of Economics can be a game-changer.

Sweden opens world’s first male rape centre
Sweden

Sweden opens world’s first male rape centre

A hospital in Stockholm is understood to be first in the world to set up an emergency department specifically for male rape victims. The clinic at Södersjukhuset opened on Thursday as part of a strategy to ensure "gender equal" patient care.

Nordic police break up refugee smuggling ring
Sweden

Nordic police break up refugee smuggling ring

Swedish and Finnish police have together smashed a network believed to be responsible for smuggling more than a hundred refugees, mainly Iraqi nationals, across the border.

Police answer son’s plea over awful dad music
Germany

Police answer son’s plea over awful dad music

Feeling tortured by the music his father was playing in the car, a teenager in southwest Germany made a desperate plea for help – and ended up dragging the police into the family quarrel.

Swiss politician quizzed over Nazi-looted painting
Switzerland

Swiss politician quizzed over Nazi-looted painting

UPDATED: A painting by Swiss artist Ferdinand Hodler which its Jewish owner was forced by the Nazis to sell in 1938 has turned up in the art collection of prominent Swiss politician Christoph Blocher.

Primark opens brand new Madrid flagship store…and it’s GIGANTIC!
Spain

Primark opens brand new Madrid flagship store…and it’s GIGANTIC!

The five-storey bargain clothes store, located on Madrid´s Gran Vía, opened at 11am on Thursday.

Tech whizzes create apps to help refugees
Austria

Tech whizzes create apps to help refugees

A group of Vienna-based software developers have created four new apps for smartphones, designed to make life easier for refugees fleeing from war and poverty - and to put them directly in touch with aid workers.

Germany spied on USA, France until late 2013
Germany

Germany spied on USA, France until late 2013

Spies at Germany's BND foreign intelligence service snooped on the communications of friendly states' embassies and government offices, including EU members and the USA, as recently as 2013, media reports claimed on Wednesday.

‘Climate sceptic’ French weatherman taken off air
France

‘Climate sceptic’ French weatherman taken off air

France’s most famous weatherman has been sent on “forced holiday” by state TV France Télévisions after releasing a book in which he accuses climatologists of “taking the world hostage”.

Danish ‘green energy inspiration’ threatened
Denmark

Danish ‘green energy inspiration’ threatened

The Danish island of Samsø, hailed by the New York Times as a "symbol for a greener future”, fears that its goal of being completely off of fossil fuels by 2030 is jeoparized by the government’s planned budget cuts.

Five dead as storms batter Italy
Italy

Five dead as storms batter Italy

A series of storms slammed into south and central Italy on Wednesday, leaving five people dead and creating widespread chaos.

Teenager killed in tragic train collision
Austria

Teenager killed in tragic train collision

A 17-year-old girl has died after the car she was travelling in was hit by an oncoming train at a level crossing in Styria on Wednesday evening. The 20-year-old driver of the car survived with serious injuries.

Sluggish VW warned to clean up mess faster
Germany

Sluggish VW warned to clean up mess faster

Volkswagen will be required to recall 2.4 million cars under orders from German authorities, after a proposed time-frame laid out by the car manufacturer was rejected.

Shock video of French abattoir prompts closure
France

Shock video of French abattoir prompts closure

The mayor of a town in southern France has closed the local abattoir after video footage emerged showing the horrific and illegal way the animals were treated inside. Warning: The video may shock readers.

Swiss fighter plane crashes over France
Switzerland

Swiss fighter plane crashes over France

The French police force is leading an investigation into what caused a two-seater fighter plane belonging to the Swiss army to crash in the Doubs region of France during a training exercise on Wednesday.

Syrian man killed on motorway near Calais
France

Syrian man killed on motorway near Calais

This year's death toll of refugees killed in France whilst trying to make their way to Britain rose to 15 on Thursday when a Syrian man died after being hit by a car near Calais.

Getafe football fans get own dating app to make a match and procreate
Spain

Getafe football fans get own dating app to make a match and procreate

Spanish football side Getafe have launched a smartphone application to help fans hook up at matches, hoping supporters will couple and boost the club's fanbase by making Getafe-loving babies.

Mas accepts ‘full responsibility’ for staging Catalan independence vote
Spain

Mas accepts ‘full responsibility’ for staging Catalan independence vote

UPDATED: Catalonia leader Artur Mas said on Thursday he took full responsibility for a ballot on independence for his region from Spain, after a judge questioned him on charges over the vote.

Ideas to set sail between Sweden and Denmark
Sweden

Ideas to set sail between Sweden and Denmark

A ferry sailing between Helsingør in Denmark and Helsingborg in Sweden is preparing for a 54-hour cruise designed to turn startup ideas into reality.

Fake Chinese weddings: Trial begins in France
France

Fake Chinese weddings: Trial begins in France

A corruption trial over fake Chinese wedding trips in France resumed this week after it was dramatically postponed when a senator who stood accused of complicity committed suicide.

Hitler’s Mein Kampf to be published in French
France

Hitler’s Mein Kampf to be published in French

"Mein Kampf", Adolf Hitler's manifesto containing autobiographical, anti-Semitic and militaristic screeds, falls out of copyright next year, and already annotated German and French reprints are being prepared, a Paris publisher confirmed on Wednesday.

CDU base turns on Merkel over refugees
Germany

CDU base turns on Merkel over refugees

Chancellor Angela Merkel was sharply criticized by own party for her refugee polices during a regional congress in east Germany on Wednesday.

Ideas to set sail between Denmark and Sweden
Denmark

Ideas to set sail between Denmark and Sweden

A ferry sailing between Helsingør and Helsingborg will host the second annual Startup Weekend Oresund, a 54-hour cruise designed to turn ideas into reality.

Legal woes tally up for Le Pen ahead of polls
France

Legal woes tally up for Le Pen ahead of polls

France's far-right leader Marine Le Pen faces a range of legal woes ahead of crucial regional polls, from fraud and hate speech charges to a renewed challenge from her estranged father.

German army set for dangerous Mali mission
Germany

German army set for dangerous Mali mission

The Defence ministry is considering expanding the Bundeswehr's (German Army) mission in north Mali.

Italy begins debating same-sex unions bill
Italy

Italy begins debating same-sex unions bill

Italy's parliament began debating a civil union bill for gay couples on Wednesday, kicking off a hotly-awaited rights battle championed by Premier Matteo Renzi but expected to drag on for months.

Renzi’s giveaway budget to boost Italian economy
Italy

Renzi’s giveaway budget to boost Italian economy

Buoyed by a major breakthrough in his wide-ranging reform programme, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Thursday unveils an expansionary 2016 budget designed as a shot in the arm for a still-sickly economy.

‘Notorious Gypsy Boss’ case not over yet
Denmark

‘Notorious Gypsy Boss’ case not over yet

The tale of Denmark’s most ‘notorious’ criminal will take one more turn after the nation’s public prosecutor decided to take ‘Gypsy Boss’ Gimi Levakovic’s case to the Supreme Court.

Costa Rica busts cocaine ring linked to Italy mafia
Italy

Costa Rica busts cocaine ring linked to Italy mafia

Costa Rican police on Wednesday smashed a drug ring linked to the Italian mafia that smuggled cocaine hidden in shipments of vegetables to the United States and Europe, prosecutors said.

Two more Millennium sequels in pipeline
Sweden

Two more Millennium sequels in pipeline

Nordic Noir fans had cause to celebrate on Thursday after David Lagercrantz said another two novels were set to follow on the Swedish writer's first sequel to Stieg Larsson's best-selling Millennium trilogy.

Ecuador: Give Julian Assange safe passage
Sweden

Ecuador: Give Julian Assange safe passage

Ecuador said Britain has refused to give WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is still facing rape allegations in Sweden, safe passage for a medical checkup after he reported a sharp pain in his right shoulder.

Four international events in Sweden this week
Sweden

Four international events in Sweden this week

From Sweden to the other side of the world and back again, this week's cultural picks span the globe. For more inspiration check out our regular interactive gallery of all the best events in Sweden.

Plea for Swedish Ikea to set up shop in Ukraine
Sweden

Plea for Swedish Ikea to set up shop in Ukraine

Ukraine's economy minister has pleaded with Ikea to open in his country, saying it would show Kiev was serious about fighting corruption that reportedly caused the Swedish furniture giant to ditch a previous foray.

Carlsen yells swear word in rage at chess loss
Norway

Carlsen yells swear word in rage at chess loss

Norwegian chess phenomenon Magnus Carlsen yelled out “faen!”, a Norwegian expletive meaning literally “the devil”, and threw his pen down, after he lost his fourth match at the World Blitz Chess Championship in Berlin on Wednesday.

Norway police seek hash owner on Facebook
Norway

Norway police seek hash owner on Facebook

Police in northwest Norway have launched a Facebook appeal to find the owner of a 90 gram block of hashish, which was found by a small business on the island of Hitra.