Security risk elevated in lead up to New Year
Austria

Security risk elevated in lead up to New Year

As a result of a tip from a so-called "friendly" intelligence service, police in Austria are increasing precautions against a potential terrorist attack somewhere in the country.

Berlin family’s cat returns after seven years
Germany

Berlin family’s cat returns after seven years

Forget the return of Star Wars. For a family in Berlin, this Christmas saw the return of Miko -- their cherished black and white cat which went missing in the German capital in 2008.

Fresh protests follow Corsica Koran burning
France

Fresh protests follow Corsica Koran burning

Dozens of angry Corsicans staged a fresh protest on the French Mediterranean island on Saturday, a day after demonstrators vandalised a Muslim prayer hall and trashed copies of the Koran after an assault on firefighters.

Police shoot knife attacker at psych clinic
Sweden

Police shoot knife attacker at psych clinic

Police in Sweden have shot and wounded a man after he injured two patients and an employee in a knife attack at a psychiatric facility in Gothenburg.

Swedish Dads pushed to take third month of leave
Sweden

Swedish Dads pushed to take third month of leave

Sweden is set next week to give all new fathers a third month of ‘use-it-or-lose-it’ paid paternity leave in a bid to push them to take on a greater share of baby care.

Spain’s Socialists will lose support whoever they back: analysts
Spain

Spain’s Socialists will lose support whoever they back: analysts

Spain's Socialists hold the key to the next government after an inconclusive election but whether they reach a deal with the conservatives or team up with the anti-austerity party Podemos, they risk losing support, analysts say.

Swedish crematoria test for ‘greenest’ coffin
Sweden

Swedish crematoria test for ‘greenest’ coffin

Sweden’s crematorium industry has launched a project to identify the most environmentally friendly coffin, recording and analysing emissions given off by seven different models.

White Christmas to hit Sweden two days late
Sweden

White Christmas to hit Sweden two days late

It’s a few days too late for a white Christmas, but according to Sweden’s national weather forecaster, heavy snow will hit swathes of the south and west of the country over the weekend.

Will Federer be first $100 million man in tennis?
Switzerland

Will Federer be first $100 million man in tennis?

Roger Federer and Noval Djokovic are poised to become the first $100 million men in tennis in 2016, in a financially rewarding sub-plot to the new Grand Slam season.

Swiss bank tax evasion fines to US reach $1 bn
Switzerland

Swiss bank tax evasion fines to US reach $1 bn

US officials have settlements with four more Swiss banks to lift the total fines in the two-year disclosure program to more than $1 billion from 75 banks.

Migrants riot in Spanish beach town after African stabbed
Spain

Migrants riot in Spanish beach town after African stabbed

African migrants rioted in a southern Spanish beach city on Friday, setting fire to garbage bins and cars, after a man from Guinea-Bissau was stabbed to death, local officials said.

Corsica protesters trash Muslim prayer room
France

Corsica protesters trash Muslim prayer room

Demonstrators ransacked a Muslim prayer hall and set fire to copies of the Koran on the French island of Corsica on Friday, police said, in an attack condemned by the government.