AS IT HAPPENED: Over 120 dead in Paris attacks
France

AS IT HAPPENED: Over 120 dead in Paris attacks

At least 120 people were killed and many more were injured after shootings and a suicide bombing in Paris on Friday night. The Local live blogged the key moments from the night.

Norway disarms police as terror alert ends
Norway

Norway disarms police as terror alert ends

Norway's police, who have been authorised to carry firearms for the past year due to a heightened threat of Islamist attacks, will be unarmed again now that the threat level has been lowered, police said Friday.

Scalpers force Prince to postpone ticket sales
Austria

Scalpers force Prince to postpone ticket sales

Prince on Friday abruptly postponed ticket sales for a highly anticipated European tour, outraged that scalpers were already advertising vastly inflated resale prices.

Police: refugees commit less crime than Germans
Germany

Police: refugees commit less crime than Germans

Refugees are not responsible for a disproportionate rise in crime in Germany, actually committing less than is average in German society, police confirmed on Friday.

Dane could target witnesses: prosecutor
Denmark

Dane could target witnesses: prosecutor

A South African prosecutor told a court on Friday that a Danish man suspected of mutilating women and keeping their removed clitorises in his freezer could "eliminate" witnesses if released on bail.

French jihadists face trial for Jewish grocery attack
France

French jihadists face trial for Jewish grocery attack

Twenty members of a suspected jihadist cell who attacked a Jewish grocery in 2012 and had ties to jihadists in Syria are set to face trial after prosecutors said they had a case to answer.

Police clash with rappers over fake French hold-up
France

Police clash with rappers over fake French hold-up

The makers of a rap video got more than they bargained for on Thursday when police near Paris intervened in what they thought was a real robbery.

Eight babies’ bodies found in German town
Germany

Eight babies’ bodies found in German town

UPDATED: Police said on Friday they had found an eighth dead infant after multiple lifeless bodies were discovered on Thursday in a family home in a small south German town.

Northern state could house refugees on ships
Germany

Northern state could house refugees on ships

A north German state is considering housing refugees on ships to provide shelter over the cold winter months.

Swedish gym goers hit with ‘Bieber torture’
Sweden

Swedish gym goers hit with ‘Bieber torture’

A gym in central Sweden has resorted to playing Justin Bieber songs instead of the usual rock and roll, in what's becoming a successful bid to keep the place clean and tidy.

Swedish school killer ‘was wearing make-up’
Sweden

Swedish school killer ‘was wearing make-up’

Swedish police have described the moment they shot dead a 21-year-old swordman who killed two in an attack on a school in Trollhättan in western Sweden in October.

Twitter buys company from 21-year-old Austrian
Austria

Twitter buys company from 21-year-old Austrian

A start-up company founded by a 21-year-old Austrian has been bought by Twitter, which has also hired the young technology entrepreneur to work for them in San Francisco.

Uber to start from scratch in Spain in bid to overturn car-sharing ban
Spain

Uber to start from scratch in Spain in bid to overturn car-sharing ban

The car-sharing app was banned in December 2014 but is hoping to make a comeback in Spain.

Italy’s growth rate slows in the third quarter
Italy

Italy’s growth rate slows in the third quarter

Italy’s GDP growth rate slowed in the third quarter, rising 0.2 percent on the second quarter as international trade weakened.

EU officials ratted out VW to US: reports
Germany

EU officials ratted out VW to US: reports

Frustrated European officials alerted the US to Volkswagen's emissions cheating scam after the European Commission failed to act on the intel for years, German media reported on Friday.

French celeb osteopath sentenced for sex crimes
France

French celeb osteopath sentenced for sex crimes

A French osteopath whose list of famous clients included Pablo Picasso and Rudolf Nureyev was on Thursday sentenced to eight years in jail on appeal for raping and sexually assaulting female patients.

Denmark to erect tents, shorten refugee permits
Denmark

Denmark to erect tents, shorten refugee permits

UPDATED: The Danish government on Friday announced a package of 34 initiatives designed to bring down the number of refugees.

US envoy to Sweden held up over political row
Sweden

US envoy to Sweden held up over political row

Sweden hasn't had a US ambassador since July, and the replacement could be held up for another year due to a political controversy in the US that one expert compared to a House of Cards episode.

Using German to express our weirdest fears
Germany

Using German to express our weirdest fears

An Italian expat in Berlin decided to start inventing German words for comical, angst-ridden everyday situations - but now that he's started, he just can't stop.

The 10 weirdest German words that don’t exist
Germany

The 10 weirdest German words that don’t exist

Federico Prandi, an Italian expat in Berlin, has started inventing hilarious German words for comical every day situations. Here are ten of the best.

Mystery deepens as bizarre space objects plummet to earth in Spain
Spain

Mystery deepens as bizarre space objects plummet to earth in Spain

Rocket fuel tanks, chunks of satellites or something else entirely... In just over one week, three mysterious objects have fallen from the sky onto the country's southeast,

Austria to install fence on Slovenian border
Austria

Austria to install fence on Slovenian border

A metal fence nearly four kilometres long will be put in place between Austria and Slovenia in a bid to control the numbers of migrants and refugees coming over the border.

Norway loss puts Euro 2016 place at risk
Norway

Norway loss puts Euro 2016 place at risk

Norway's chances of competing in the Euro 2016 football championship took a blow on Thursday night after a goalkeeper error allowed Hungary to come away from the first play-off match in Oslo with a 1-0 victory.

Germany extends refugee checks at border
Germany

Germany extends refugee checks at border

Germany has decided to extend temporary border controls until mid-February, its interior ministry said on Friday, as Europe's top economy faces a record migrant influx.

England fans mock Spain’s ‘paella vomit’ strip ahead of Alicante clash
Spain

England fans mock Spain’s ‘paella vomit’ strip ahead of Alicante clash

The two national teams are set to face each other in a friendly on Friday, but England has been mocking Spain’s new kit for its resemblance to a regurgitated version of Spain’s national dish.

Uefa vice-president fined by Fifa ethics board
Switzerland

Uefa vice-president fined by Fifa ethics board

Crisis-hit football world governing body Fifa has fined Spain's Uefa vice-president Angel Maria Villar Llona and suspended two African officials for six months, the body's ethics committee announced on Friday.

‘Piss Christ’ creates fury at Italian art show
Italy

‘Piss Christ’ creates fury at Italian art show

The exhibition of a controversial photograph - displaying a plastic and wood crucifix submerged in a beaker of urine - is creating controversy in Italy.

Bomb threat hits German football team in Paris
France

Bomb threat hits German football team in Paris

The German national football team were evacuated from their hotel in Paris after a bomb threat against the building, team manager Oliver Bierhoff confirmed on Friday.

National team’s Paris hotel hit by bomb threat
Germany

National team’s Paris hotel hit by bomb threat

The German national football team have been evacuated from their hotel in Paris after a bomb threat against the building, team manager Oliver Bierhoff confirmed on Friday.

‘Paranoid’ hijack pilot faces no Swiss charges
Switzerland

‘Paranoid’ hijack pilot faces no Swiss charges

An Ethiopian Airlines pilot who hijacked his own plane and landed it in Geneva so he could claim political asylum in Switzerland was in a state of “complete paranoia” during his action in February 2014, according to experts.

Five myths about Sweden’s refugee crisis
Sweden

Five myths about Sweden’s refugee crisis

UPDATED: Sweden's reputation for openness is being questioned as it tightens asylum rules and border controls. But how much are attitudes really changing? Here's a truth check on some of the more common misperceptions about how the refugee crisis is affecting the Nordic country.

‘Vespa grandpa’ drives 45 years without licence
Italy

‘Vespa grandpa’ drives 45 years without licence

Italian police were gobsmacked on Thursday morning when they stopped an 80-year-old man riding a scooter, only to discover he had been driving without a licence for the last 45 years.

Have Danes become less generous?
Denmark

Have Danes become less generous?

The World Giving Index 2015 reports that Denmark is no longer among the world’s 20 most generous nations, but the results of several recent fundraising drives show that Danes are still very willing to give.

Violent ‘black bloc’ group threatens climate talks
France

Violent ‘black bloc’ group threatens climate talks

France will deploy thousands of police at its borders on Friday ahead of key climate change talks in the country but it could be too little too late, with one police source saying dangerous black bloc protesters are already in the country.

Berlin props up coal with €3 billion in subsidies
Germany

Berlin props up coal with €3 billion in subsidies

A new report reveals that Germany is subsidizing coal with more than €3 billion in public funds a year, even given the country's commitment to cutting carbon emissions.

Iraqi jailed for posting Isis propaganda online
Switzerland

Iraqi jailed for posting Isis propaganda online

The Swiss public prosecutor has sentenced a Swiss-resident Iraqi to six months in prison for posting online propaganda for Isis and instructions on how to make bombs, in one of around 20 similar cases currently pending in Switzerland.

Road accidents 40% more likely on Fridays
Austria

Road accidents 40% more likely on Fridays

Serious road accidents in Austria are significantly more likely to take place on a Friday than any other day of the week, according to Statistik Austria.

Why Sweden should beat Denmark in Euro playoff
Sweden

Why Sweden should beat Denmark in Euro playoff

Sweden is set to take on Denmark in the first leg of the Euro 2016 qualifiers on Saturday night. Here is why the Swedish footballers should win.

Spiess-Hegglin quits party over sex scandal
Switzerland

Spiess-Hegglin quits party over sex scandal

A politician in the canton of Zug has quit her party a year after a scandal in which she claimed to have been sexually abused by a fellow MP.

‘Nazi Grandma’ put in jail for Holocaust denial
Germany

‘Nazi Grandma’ put in jail for Holocaust denial

A long-time right-wing extremist has been sentenced to prison for incitement of hatred for statements she made denying the Holocaust.

France world’s second biggest Airbnb market
France

France world’s second biggest Airbnb market

Some 3.9 million travellers have used Airbnb to visit France in the past year with the director of Airbnb for France claiming this contributed €2.4 billion to the French economy. But controversy continues to dog the firm.

Madrid bans cars from parking in city centre in bid to curb pollution
Spain

Madrid bans cars from parking in city centre in bid to curb pollution

The Spanish capital has already cut the speed limit on its roads as air pollution levels have soared over the last few days.

Italy ups security after Jewish man stabbed
Italy

Italy ups security after Jewish man stabbed

UPDATED: Italian authorities said on Friday that security would be increased at “sensitive” sites across the country after a Jewish man was repeatedly stabbed on a street in Milan on Thursday night.

Teen jailed for 12 years for religious murder
Austria

Teen jailed for 12 years for religious murder

A 17-year-old Afghan boy who stabbed to death a 31-year-old man he met on a German language course has been found guilty and sentenced to 12 years in jail.

‘I don’t’: fewer Italians are getting hitched
Italy

‘I don’t’: fewer Italians are getting hitched

Italy may be a country famed for its family values but fewer Italians are getting married.

Sweden checks send refugees to Denmark
Denmark

Sweden checks send refugees to Denmark

UPDATED: Swedish police continued to carry out ID checks on people crossing into the country on Friday and say that upwards of 50 refugees turned around at the border and went back to Denmark.

Stalled France economy sees return to growth
France

Stalled France economy sees return to growth

France's economy returned to growth in the third quarter of this year, expanding by 0.3 percent, after having earlier stalled, the national statistics agency said on Friday.

Sacked Vatican priest urges change in ‘new manifesto for gay liberation’
Spain

Sacked Vatican priest urges change in ‘new manifesto for gay liberation’

More than a month after the Vatican fired high-ranking priest Krzysztof Charamsa for his very public coming-out, he says he has no regrets and is planning a book about his experience.

Berlin agrees plan to control German spooks
Germany

Berlin agrees plan to control German spooks

The coalition government has agreed upon a new draft law which will stop German intelligence services from spying on other EU states and prevent industrial espionage.

France braces for ‘Black Friday’ doctors strike
France

France braces for ‘Black Friday’ doctors strike

Thousands of medical professionals are set to strike across the country on Friday as they protest a health reform bill up for debate by French MPs next week.

‘It’s not an immigration crisis; it’s a European values crisis’
Sweden

‘It’s not an immigration crisis; it’s a European values crisis’

NFGL student Orhun Gündüz got the chance to attend the Human Rights Forums in Gothenburg - and some of the lectures changed him forever. Here are his reflections, about human rights, social accountability, and more.

Fitch downgrades Catalonia to junk bond status over secession drive
Spain

Fitch downgrades Catalonia to junk bond status over secession drive

The ratings agency has cut Catalonia's rating by two notches after the parliament of Spain's wealthiest region voted to start a secession process.

Court orders Swiss art dealer to face fraud trial
Switzerland

Court orders Swiss art dealer to face fraud trial

The fraud case against a Swiss art dealer accused of swindling up to a billion dollars from the owner of Monaco football club should go ahead, a court ruled Thursday.

Swiss lab under fire in Russian doping scandal
Switzerland

Swiss lab under fire in Russian doping scandal

A Swiss laboratory has rejected suggestions it broke rules set by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) when it destroyed analysed blood samples, but said it had opened an investigation to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Police stop dozens at Swedish border checks
Sweden

Police stop dozens at Swedish border checks

UPDATED: Police continued to carry out ID checks on people crossing into Sweden on Friday, a day after border controls were reinstated to cope with an unprecedented influx of refugees.

Copenhagen cuts ties with Muslim group
Denmark

Copenhagen cuts ties with Muslim group

The Copenhagen City Council voted on Thursday evening to sever official ties with the Islamic Society in Denmark but some say that decision will increase the risk of radicalization and terror attacks.

Italy ‘can’t rule out Jubilee terror threat’
Italy

Italy ‘can’t rule out Jubilee terror threat’

Italy’s anti-terrorism chief said the threat of a terrorist attack during the upcoming Holy Jubilee of Mercy cannot be completely eliminated, despite efforts by authorities to lower the risk.

Danish singer claims all-time Spotify record
Denmark

Danish singer claims all-time Spotify record

'Lean On', the downbeat electronic track featuring Odense native MØ and Major Lazer that has quickly become a club favorite, has soared to be the most streamed song ever on Spotify.

Swedish auction toasts most expensive whisky
Sweden

Swedish auction toasts most expensive whisky

Sweden is known for its expensive alcohol, but this one takes the prize (and price). A 1928 bottle of rare Macallan whisky went under the hammer for 216,000 kronor ($24,982) at an auction.

Air France sacks four over violent protests
France

Air France sacks four over violent protests

Air France said on Thursday it had sacked four employees and started dismissal proceedings against a union representative over chaotic scenes last month when two of its executives had their shirts shredded by angry militants.

‘Italy mustn’t ignore Iran human rights abuses’
Italy

‘Italy mustn’t ignore Iran human rights abuses’

Italian senators on Thursday urged the government to put human rights before economic relations with Iran, ahead of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s visit to Italy on Saturday.

Man held over ‘assault’ on toddler in Sweden
Sweden

Man held over ‘assault’ on toddler in Sweden

UPDATED: A 63-year-old man was in police custody on Friday on suspicion of seriously assaulting a two-year-old boy in Östersund in northern Sweden, a Swedish broadcaster reported.

How to make Swedish sweet black bread
Sweden

How to make Swedish sweet black bread

Swedes love baking bread, especially as the November days grow colder and darker. Food writer John Duxbury shares his favourite recipe for sweet black bread.