Toddler hunts for Santa in Salzburg on Xmas eve
Austria

Toddler hunts for Santa in Salzburg on Xmas eve

Police in Salzburg received a surprising call just before midnight on Christmas Eve, when a hotel reported an unusual guest was trying to check in.

King talks terrorism in Christmas speech
Sweden

King talks terrorism in Christmas speech

Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf's annual Christmas speech, touched on both terrorism and the migrant crisis and how the Swedes must defend society’s values by remaining trusting and open.

Two dead as migrants storm Spain’s African border at Ceuta
Spain

Two dead as migrants storm Spain’s African border at Ceuta

Hundreds of African migrants stormed the border between Morocco and the Spanish territory of Ceuta on Friday, and two migrants drowned and 12 others were hospitalized, officials in both nations said.

Öresund train operators mull scanning IDs
Sweden

Öresund train operators mull scanning IDs

Swedish and Danish train operators are mulling the possibility of scanning the IDs of all travellers crossing the Öresund Bridge. The move is linked to the mandatory ID checks that will be imposed on Sweden-bound trains as of January 4th.

China threatens French journalist with expulsion
France

China threatens French journalist with expulsion

China has refused to renew the press credentials of a French journalist, effectively expelling her, unless she recants one of her stories, the reporter told AFP news agency on Friday, the first such case since 2012.

Spain’s King Felipe VI appeals for national unity after elections
Spain

Spain’s King Felipe VI appeals for national unity after elections

Spain's King Felipe VI appealed for dialogue and unity in his Christmas Eve message Thursday after an inconclusive weekend general election.

Winter storm set to sweep across Sweden
Sweden

Winter storm set to sweep across Sweden

A winter storm, which has already claimed two lives in Norway, is forecast to sweep across Sweden on Friday. The national weather service has issued its second-highest warning, saying snow is most likely on the cards in many parts of the country this weekend.

Swedes now want fewer refugees, poll says
Sweden

Swedes now want fewer refugees, poll says

A majority of Swedes now want their country to take in fewer refugees, a new poll suggests, as the Nordic nation struggles to contain an unprecedented influx of asylum seekers.

Madrid lays on Christmas Eve feast for two hundred homeless people
Spain

Madrid lays on Christmas Eve feast for two hundred homeless people

Two hundred homeless people feasted on seafood soup, prawns, baked gilthead bream and roast shoulder of lamb in an exquisite Christmas Eve put on in the Spanish capital's palatial city hall.

Is Gävle Sweden’s most random city?
Sweden

Is Gävle Sweden’s most random city?

What do a giant straw goat, Cat Stevens and Sweden's most iconic sweets have in common? They all have links to Gävle, the biggest city in east Sweden, but barely known abroad.

Pope calls on Christians to reject consumerism
Italy

Pope calls on Christians to reject consumerism

Pope Francis ushered in Christmas by urging the faithful to reject the materialism that pervades the gift-giving season, and to embrace "simple, balanced" values, as violence subdued festivities in the Holy Land.

Year of terror drives French Jews to Israel
France

Year of terror drives French Jews to Israel

French immigration to Israel reached a record high in 2015, Israeli officials said on Thursday.