Hijab mural painted over with hair at Swedish mall
Sweden

Hijab mural painted over with hair at Swedish mall

A shopping centre in Sweden forced a youth group it had commissioned to paint a mural to cover up a hijab they had put on a woman by concealing it under a new hair style.

Protests push leaders to avoid climate disaster
France

Protests push leaders to avoid climate disaster

Protesters joined a worldwide wave of marches on Saturday demanding leaders craft a pact to avert a climate catastrophe when they gather in a still-shaken Paris.

Accent with bizarre ‘yes’ is ‘sexiest in Sweden’
Sweden

Accent with bizarre ‘yes’ is ‘sexiest in Sweden’

Their word for ‘yes’ is limited to a pursing of the lips and a slight intake of breath, but according to a new survey Norrlanders have the sexiest accent in Sweden.

Police seize jihadi recruiters by Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia church
Spain

Police seize jihadi recruiters by Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia church

Spain's interior ministry said on Saturday that it had arrested two men suspected of trying to recruit people for Islamic jihad, or "holy war", as well as a woman ready to go to the conflict zone.

France bars 1,000 people posing ‘security risks’
France

France bars 1,000 people posing ‘security risks’

Nearly a thousand people thought to pose security risks have been denied entry into France in the run-up to the COP21 climate talks, the country's interior minister said on Saturday.

Asylum seekers face their fears with Krampus
Austria

Asylum seekers face their fears with Krampus

As part of the integration process for refugees and asylum seekers staying in the Tyrolean district of Lienz, locals will slowly introduce them to an important tradition -- the Perchtenlauf.

Sweden Democrats eye power after border move
Sweden

Sweden Democrats eye power after border move

The leader of the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats on Saturday hailed the Nordic country's dramatic tightening of asylum policy, arguing that it would open the way for his party to join a future right-wing government.

Green energy puts Güssing on the map
Austria

Green energy puts Güssing on the map

Broke, remote and deprived of jobs -- just 25 years ago, the border town of Güssing close to Hungary was one of the poorest in Austria, a forgotten frontier along the Iron Curtain trail.

Spain’s election dilemma over joining France in ISIS attacks
Spain

Spain’s election dilemma over joining France in ISIS attacks

Spain's government is stuck between a rock and a hard place. Keen to show France support in its battle against extremism, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is also acutely aware that any concrete engagement will awaken the ghosts of Spain's devastating 2004 attacks.

Italy to crack down on ‘secret’ mosques
Italy

Italy to crack down on ‘secret’ mosques

The Italian government intends to close down clandestine mosques in the country as part of the fight against terrorism, Interior Minister Angelino Alfano announced Friday.

French PM calls on Gulf to take Syria refugees
France

French PM calls on Gulf to take Syria refugees

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has called on the Gulf states to accept more refugees fleeing Syria, saying that a "humanitarian disaster" could erupt in the Balkans if Europe does not control its borders.

France urges UK MPs to back Isis strikes
France

France urges UK MPs to back Isis strikes

French President Francois Hollande has urged British MPs to back an air campaign against the ISIS terror group in Syria, as thousands prepared to march on London Saturday to oppose the plans.

Russian police pup ‘exceptional gesture’
France

Russian police pup ‘exceptional gesture’

France on Friday warmly accepted the offer of a puppy from Russia as a replacement for a police dog named Diesel which was killed during operations after the November 13 terror attacks in Paris.