Key Vatican accord with Palestine takes effect
Italy

Key Vatican accord with Palestine takes effect

The Vatican's first accord with the Palestinians -- an agreement that Israel has attacked as counter-productive to the Middle East peace process -- has come into force, the Holy See announced on Saturday.

Driver ‘wanted to kill soldiers’ at mosque
France

Driver ‘wanted to kill soldiers’ at mosque

A Frenchman who tried to run down soldiers guarding a mosque in central France said he wanted to kill them and be killed himself, a prosecutor said on Saturday.

100,000 Swedish families ‘have to buy new TV’
Sweden

100,000 Swedish families ‘have to buy new TV’

This year around 100,000 Swedish households will have to buy new TV sets or boxes for terrestrial reception, due to the decision by the Swedish government to phase out the 700MHz spectrum band.

Federer sees Brisbane as 2016 launch-pad
Switzerland

Federer sees Brisbane as 2016 launch-pad

Switzerland's Roger Federer says he is looking at the defence of his Brisbane International title as a launch-pad to the new season.

‘Manchester United was a like a holiday’ – Pogba

‘Manchester United was a like a holiday’ – Pogba

French star Paul Pogba says his time at Manchester United was like being on holiday in comparison to the work he has to do at Juventus.

Austrian kangaroo takes final cab
Austria

Austrian kangaroo takes final cab

An escaped kangaroo in the wilds of southern Austria was hit by a taxi and killed last weekend.

Now Gävle’s little Yule goat is torched
Sweden

Now Gävle’s little Yule goat is torched

Last Sunday the famous Gävle Yule goat (julbocken) was razed to the ground. On New Year’s Day it was the turn of its smaller brother to feel the burn.

Madrid star, Rodriguez, ‘was doing 200km an hour on motorway’
Spain

Madrid star, Rodriguez, ‘was doing 200km an hour on motorway’

Real Madrid star James Rodriguez was pursued by an unmarked police car to the club’s training ground for allegedly speeding at 200 kilometres per hour.

Berliner investigated for hoarding fireworks
Germany

Berliner investigated for hoarding fireworks

German police Friday found a tonne of fireworks allegedly stashed in cellars by a Berlin resident after they were alerted by neighbours who noticed the man was unleashing an unusually large amount of pyrotechnics on New Year's Eve.

‘Live as you did before’: Munich Isis threat eases
Germany

‘Live as you did before’: Munich Isis threat eases

German police on Friday lifted an alert of an imminent attack in Munich, hours after evacuating two key train stations over fears jihadists were planning a New Year suicide bomb assault.

French soldiers shoot car attacker at mosque
France

French soldiers shoot car attacker at mosque

A driver was shot and wounded on Friday as he drove a car at four soldiers guarding a mosque in southeastern France, local authorities said, as the country remained on high alert after the November 13 Paris attacks.

How to never be single again in Sweden
Sweden

How to never be single again in Sweden

Dating can be a minefield of dos and don'ts, particularly if you're living in a foreign country. Here's The Local's ultimate guide to finding a partner in Sweden.