Medieval Murten plans ‘spectacular’ light show
Switzerland

Medieval Murten plans ‘spectacular’ light show

The Swiss medieval lakeside town of Murten is gearing up for its first Festival of Lights, an event starting next week that promises to transform it into a tourist magnet over 12 days.

Wawrinka eases into Chennai Open quarters
Switzerland

Wawrinka eases into Chennai Open quarters

Defending champion Stanislas Wawrinka breezed into the quarterfinals of the ATP Chennai Open tennis tournament on Wednesday as the Swiss got his bid for a third consecutive title in southern India off to a perfect start.

Spanish king exhorts military to stand up to terrorism
Spain

Spanish king exhorts military to stand up to terrorism

In his speech marking his second Pascua Militar parade, King Felipe VI did not mention the nation’s political uncertainty, preferring to focus instead on offering a pep talk to the Spanish armed forces.

Use this map to find Berlin’s cheapest rent
Germany

Use this map to find Berlin’s cheapest rent

An estate agent has published a map of the Berlin transport system which takes you on a handy tour of rent prices in the capital city.

Man killed outside Stockholm McDonald’s
Sweden

Man killed outside Stockholm McDonald’s

A man was fatally stabbed during an early morning brawl outside a McDonald’s fast food restaurant in Medborgarplatsen in Stockholm.

France shows the world a glimpse of the future
France

France shows the world a glimpse of the future

'Made in France' gadgets have made a real splash at the world's biggest tech fair in Las Vegas and offered visitors a "glimpse of the future".

Italian bombshell Silvana Pampanini dead at 90
Italy

Italian bombshell Silvana Pampanini dead at 90

Silvana Pampanini, an Italian actress and beauty who was one of the country's leading post-war cinema stars, has died at the age of 90, local media reported on Wednesday.

American couple arrested in Spain after son is found dead in their flat
Spain

American couple arrested in Spain after son is found dead in their flat

Catalan police have arrested an American couple after finding the decomposed body of a young boy, presumed to be their son, in a bedroom of their Girona apartment, according to Spanish newspaper, El Pais.

Fifa official Valcke’s suspension extended
Switzerland

Fifa official Valcke’s suspension extended

Fifa ethics judges agreed on Wednesday to extend secretary general Jérôme Valcke's suspension for 45 more days, after investigators urged them to take more time to weigh corruption allegations against the Zurich-based organization's former second-in-command.

‘No easy options’ for West to rid Libya of Isis
Italy

‘No easy options’ for West to rid Libya of Isis

Western nations agree military action must be taken soon to combat the growing threat of the Islamic State (Isis) group in conflict-wracked Libya, but analysts say there are no easy options.

Paris to hand Champs-Élysées to pedestrians
France

Paris to hand Champs-Élysées to pedestrians

For one day every month pedestrians will rule Paris's most famous avenue and there won't be a car in sight.

Sweden and Denmark to lift border checks ‘soon’

Sweden and Denmark to lift border checks ‘soon’

Sweden and Denmark have agreed to lift temporary border checks as soon as possible but must first slow migrant flows, the EU said on Wednesday after emergency talks on Europe's passport-free Schengen zone.

Woman calls police to report stale pizza rolls
Germany

Woman calls police to report stale pizza rolls

A woman in western Germany stunned police by dialling the emergency 110 number to complain about the quality of her takeaway pizza rolls.

What really needs to happen in France in 2016
France

What really needs to happen in France in 2016

Here are some ways the great country of France could be improved in 2016, according to The Local.

Social Democrats want right-wingers spied on
Germany

Social Democrats want right-wingers spied on

The Social Democratic Party (SPD) want Germany’s internal intelligence agency to spy on the right-wing political party Alternative for Germany (AfD), documents seen by news magazine Spiegel show.

Charlie Hebdo publishes special edition a year after jihadist attack
France

Charlie Hebdo publishes special edition a year after jihadist attack

French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo published a special edition Wednesday on the eve of the anniversary of a jihadist attack that wiped out most of its staff, prompting protests from the Vatican over a cover lampooning God.

How France plans to boost police powers
France

How France plans to boost police powers

France is set to extend police powers with the aim of fighting terrorism. Here are the main points of the new bill.

Norway’s green cars win biggest market share
Norway

Norway’s green cars win biggest market share

Nowhere else in the world are electric vehicles as popular as they are in Norway.

Swede pioneers app for unmanned village shop
Sweden

Swede pioneers app for unmanned village shop

As small shops in rural communities continue to close, Robert Ilijason has come up with an ingenious solution – unmanned grocery stores.

Syrians biggest group among 1.1m refugees
Germany

Syrians biggest group among 1.1m refugees

Germany registered 1.1 million asylum seekers in 2015, the interior ministry said Wednesday, with refugees from war-torn Syria making up almost 40 percent of arrivals.

Bullying in focus after Norway teen’s death
Norway

Bullying in focus after Norway teen’s death

While police push for the mother of a dead teen to be held in remand, attention has turned to the bullying the girl faced at her school.

Urban living ‘affects obesity’: Lausanne study
Switzerland

Urban living ‘affects obesity’: Lausanne study

Swiss researchers have concluded that the urban environment likely plays a key role in obesity levels of individuals, based on a study of residents in the city of Lausanne.

Cellar girl releases HSP single
Austria

Cellar girl releases HSP single

Austrian girl in the cellar Natascha Kampusch is apparently interested in a singing career after taking part in her first song.

Paris: Canal Saint-Martin reveals its dirty secrets
France

Paris: Canal Saint-Martin reveals its dirty secrets

Bikes, scooters, shopping trolleys... and a gun? The mammoth cleaning job on the Canal Saint-Martin is turning up some interesting finds. See them here.

Denmark: ‘Irresponsible’ Sweden ‘bad neighbour’

Denmark: ‘Irresponsible’ Sweden ‘bad neighbour’

Ahead of an emergency meeting in Brussels to discuss Sweden and Denmark’s new border controls, Danish government party Venstre accused the Swedes of being bad neighbours.

‘Keep men at arm’s length’: no fix for assault
Germany

‘Keep men at arm’s length’: no fix for assault

After the mayor of Cologne told women to defend themselves from sexual harrassment by keeping "an arm's length" away from men, women rallied online to reject bad advice - and circulate their own.

Drowned man encased wife’s head in concrete
Germany

Drowned man encased wife’s head in concrete

A German pensioner strangled his wife, dismembered her body and encased her head in concrete before dumping the remains in suitcases in an Austrian lake and drowning himself, Austrian authorities said Tuesday.

Frenchman dies after taking ‘laughing gas’
France

Frenchman dies after taking ‘laughing gas’

A 26-year-old man in eastern France reportedly burst out laughing then collapsed into convulsions after inhaling laughing gas.

Charlie Hebdo’s anti-God cover is unfair: Vatican
Italy

Charlie Hebdo’s anti-God cover is unfair: Vatican

The Vatican's newspaper on Tuesday criticised French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo for a front cover portraying God as a gun-wielding terrorist to mark the first anniversary of a terror attack on the publication.

4,500 refugees living in tents over winter
Germany

4,500 refugees living in tents over winter

Thousands of refugees are still living in tents in January, even as temperatures have plunged well below zero and large parts of the country are blanketed in snow.

Zurich and Lausanne unis launch 43 startups
Switzerland

Zurich and Lausanne unis launch 43 startups

Switzerland's top-ranked universities, the federal institutes of technology in Zurich (ETH) and Lausanne (EPFL) created a total of 43 startup companies in 2015.

Critique of border check security spurs change

Critique of border check security spurs change

Danish rail operator DSB has made changes to its procedures after a number of IT security experts slammed the company for photographing passenger’s ID papers and storing them online.

Alps avalanche alert after off-piste skiers killed
France

Alps avalanche alert after off-piste skiers killed

Skiers in the French Alps have been warned of avalanche threat after two off-piste skiers were killed in separate incidents on Tuesday,

New Year sexual assaults in Frankfurt, police say
Germany

New Year sexual assaults in Frankfurt, police say

Groups of men sexually assaulted women in Frankfurt on New Year, police report - as the number of complaints of sexual assault in Hamburg has risen to nearly forty.

UK slammed for giving asylum to tunnel walker
France

UK slammed for giving asylum to tunnel walker

The company which operates the Channel Tunnel said on Tuesday Britain's decision to grant asylum to a Sudanese man who walked the passage between France and England was "unfortunate".

Nordic twins help reveal higher cancer risks

Nordic twins help reveal higher cancer risks

A comprehensive study of twins in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland has led to new revelations about increased cancer risks among siblings.