Norway celebrates 25 years of King Harald
Norway

Norway celebrates 25 years of King Harald

Sunday marks the 25th anniversary of King Harald V's ascension to the throne and the weekend will be full of celebrations for royals and commoners alike.

Italy chills out over medical cannabis cultivators
Italy

Italy chills out over medical cannabis cultivators

Italy eased up slightly on cannabis growers on Friday, decriminalizing those who violate agreed terms on cultivating the plants for therapeutic purposes.

Jihadists ‘could use homeless as cover to attack Paris Metro’
France

Jihadists ‘could use homeless as cover to attack Paris Metro’

Hundreds of homeless people who sleep on the Paris Metro network provide the perfect cover for terrorists to sneak in and launch an attack, a new report has warned.

Avalanche: Teacher had spent time ‘in psychiatric hospital’
France

Avalanche: Teacher had spent time ‘in psychiatric hospital’

Reports in France claim the teacher who was in charge of a group of pupils swept away in an avalanche whilst skiing on a closed piste had spent a recent stay in a psychiatric hospital.

What we know so far about French drug trial
France

What we know so far about French drug trial

Here's what we know so far about the French drug trial that has left one volunteer brain-dead and has been described by the Health Minister as "unprecedented" in France.

Town bans male refugees from pools amid complaints
Germany

Town bans male refugees from pools amid complaints

A town in western Germany has banned male asylum seekers from public swimming pools after complaints from women that they were being harassed by migrants.

Portuguese court backs ex-CIA agent’s extradition to Italy
Italy

Portuguese court backs ex-CIA agent’s extradition to Italy

A Portuguese court has approved the extradition to Italy of a former CIA agent convicted over the kidnapping of an Egyptian imam as part of the agency's secret renditions programme, her lawyer said on Friday.

Poem leads police to man who slayed Italian student in 1987
Italy

Poem leads police to man who slayed Italian student in 1987

It was one of Italy's most brutal unsolved murder cases; a 21-year-old student raped and stabbed 29 times. On Friday, an arrest was finally made - partly thanks to handwriting analysis.

Dreadlock row divides old politics from new in Spain
Spain

Dreadlock row divides old politics from new in Spain

A debate has been raging over the cleanliness of dreadlocks after new Podemos MPs were criticized over their choice of hairstyle.

Austrian ski jumper partially paralysed after crash
Austria

Austrian ski jumper partially paralysed after crash

Austrian ski jumper Lukas Müller has been left partially paralysed after a violent crash during a test ski flying run on Wednesday on the Kulm hill in Styria.

This Swedish snack could be the world’s poshest cake
Sweden

This Swedish snack could be the world’s poshest cake

How much would you be prepared to pay for a traditional Swedish cream pastry? One Swedish baker is hoping customers will splash out a lot of dough on his gold-covered roll.

Revealed: Switzerland already strips refugees of cash
Switzerland

Revealed: Switzerland already strips refugees of cash

As Denmark faces a barrage of criticism over its controversial plan to seize refugees' valuables, Switzerland has already been following this practice for years, Swiss authorities said on Friday.

Volunteer left brain-dead as French drug trial goes wrong
France

Volunteer left brain-dead as French drug trial goes wrong

UPDATED: A clinical drugs trial in France has gone horribly wrong with one of the healthy volunteers left brain-dead and five others in a serious condition in hospital.

Spanish teacher fired after projecting porn to classroom
Spain

Spanish teacher fired after projecting porn to classroom

The teacher thought he was being secretive but little did he realize his computer was still connected to the classroom’s projector.

Austria takes tougher stance on migrants
Austria

Austria takes tougher stance on migrants

Austria's interior minister signalled a tougher line on migrants on Friday, saying that from next weekend it will follow Germany's lead and turn back any new arrivals seeking to claim asylum in Scandinavia.

Norway’s oil services firm Aker to slash up to 900 jobs
Norway

Norway’s oil services firm Aker to slash up to 900 jobs

Norwegian oil services company Aker Solutions said on Friday it would cut up to another 900 jobs, meaning it will have shed more than one in ten jobs since oil prices began sliding in 2014.

As Danes debate, Swiss already seizing refugees’ cash
Denmark

As Danes debate, Swiss already seizing refugees’ cash

As Denmark faces a barrage of criticism over its controversial plan to seize refugees' valuables, Switzerland has already been doing so for years, Swiss authorities said on Friday.

Did top bosses get help jumping housing queue?
Sweden

Did top bosses get help jumping housing queue?

A Swedish trade union is facing accusations of allowing top bosses and senior politicians jump its Stockholm apartments queue while the capital battles a record housing shortage.

Asylum seeker foils armed robbery at Italian supermarket
Italy

Asylum seeker foils armed robbery at Italian supermarket

Italian police have managed to arrest an armed robber thanks to the heroic intervention of a 22-year-old asylum seeker from Nigeria.

Danish family man slapped with fine for helping refugees
Denmark

Danish family man slapped with fine for helping refugees

The first of several cases against Danes who gave rides to refugees ended in a fine on Friday, while two Danish citizens await a trial on human smuggling charges on the Greek island of Lesbos.

Bowie’s old studio opens doors for fan farewell
Germany

Bowie’s old studio opens doors for fan farewell

The former Hansa Studios, where David Bowie spent much of his time in the years he spent in Berlin in the late 1970s, is throwing a party on Friday for his fans in the capital to raise a glass – or just put on the red shoes and dance the blues.

Loyal dog waits two months at hospital door for dead owner
Spain

Loyal dog waits two months at hospital door for dead owner

A heartbreaking tale that proves that dogs really are man's best friend.

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France

French drug trial goes wrong: How does drug approval work?

After a clinical drugs trial in France left one volunteer brain-dead and five others in a serious condition in hospital, here's a closer look at how drug approval works.

Polls show most Germans fear refugee burden too great
Germany

Polls show most Germans fear refugee burden too great

Most Germans now doubt their country's ability to cope with a record migrant influx, and fear refugees more, after the New Year's Eve mass assaults on women in Cologne, opinion polls released Friday show.

Refugees in Denmark find surprise ally in Hells Angels
Denmark

Refugees in Denmark find surprise ally in Hells Angels

Biker gang bemoans the 'them or us' tone after residents on the Danish island of Funen said they'd rather have the Hells Angels as neighbours than refugees.

Is singing in English Spain’s only chance for Eurovision?
Spain

Is singing in English Spain’s only chance for Eurovision?

This year's Spanish Eurovision hopefuls have been told they must include Spanish in their songs - but would embracing English give the country a better chance of Eurovision glory?

Hot Swedish nurses calendar: yes or no?
Sweden

Hot Swedish nurses calendar: yes or no?

If you're a children's nurse – is it a good idea to get naked for a saucy calendar? 'Sure,' thought health staff at Sweden's biggest paediatric hospital and landed themselves in very hot water.

Germans still prefer a good book to Netflix and Spotify
Germany

Germans still prefer a good book to Netflix and Spotify

They may have a reputation for being one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world, but Germans remain surprisingly traditional in their entertainment choices, a new survey shows.

Syrian refugee wins a million euros on the French lottery
France

Syrian refugee wins a million euros on the French lottery

Lady luck has smiled upon a Syrian refugee who won a million euros from a scratch card lottery ticket bought in a northern suburb of Paris.

Who exactly is the Swedish woman ‘banned’ by Israel?
Sweden

Who exactly is the Swedish woman ‘banned’ by Israel?

Israel has said it doesn't want Sweden's foreign minister to set foot in the country. So who is Margot Wallström and why is she splitting opinions?

Fury as scooters banned in the Italian birthplace of Vespa
Italy

Fury as scooters banned in the Italian birthplace of Vespa

Scooter owners are up in arms in Genoa, birthplace of the iconic Vespa, after the Italian city's mayor banned models produced before 1999 in a bid to tackle pollution.

Spain braced as icy winds and snow storms sweep nation
Spain

Spain braced as icy winds and snow storms sweep nation

Bundle up - Spain's weather forecasters predicts that cold weather is finally on its way this weekend with snow and high winds sweeping across the country.

VIDEO: Scared of rats? Rome epidemic will creep you out
Italy

VIDEO: Scared of rats? Rome epidemic will creep you out

The Eternal City's rat catchers reported a 45 percent increase in call outs last year.

Spectacular video shows Swiss avalanche danger
Switzerland

Spectacular video shows Swiss avalanche danger

Amid ongoing concerns about the dangers of avalanches in the Alps, a video of one powering down the mountainside in the canton of Valais is making the rounds on the internet, underscoring the phenomenal force possible from a snow slide down a steep slope.

Rhineland town axes Carnival over sexual assault fears
Germany

Rhineland town axes Carnival over sexual assault fears

A town north of Cologne has cancelled one of its Carnival parades, citing fears of a repeat of the sexual assaults which took place in the Cathedral city over the New Year.

Pamela Anderson gets special invite to French parliament
France

Pamela Anderson gets special invite to French parliament

Former Playboy centrefold Pamela Anderson is expected at the National Assembly in Paris on Tuesday to support a new bill against force feeding animals.

Watch out Germany! Chilly sub-zero weekend ahead
Germany

Watch out Germany! Chilly sub-zero weekend ahead

Snow, ice, and freezing temperatures are all ahead this weekend as winter comes back with a vengeance after a brief respite.

Find out why Brits can’t stop laughing at failed Italian actor
Italy

Find out why Brits can’t stop laughing at failed Italian actor

Italy's Luca Cupani left for the UK at the age of 37 to become an actor. Luckily things didn't go quite as planned.

Spain reaches for the stars with astronomy travel agency
Spain

Spain reaches for the stars with astronomy travel agency

The new travel agency will be dedicated to astro-tourism and scientific holidays in Spain.

Norway extends border controls once again
Norway

Norway extends border controls once again

The Norwegian government said on Friday it would extend border checks for an additional 30 days.

BAWAG launches Islamic bank account
Austria

BAWAG launches Islamic bank account

BAWAG PSK has said it will pilot an Islamic current account in February - the first Austrian bank to do so.

High Court scolds Facebook for sending ‘harassing’ emails
Germany

High Court scolds Facebook for sending ‘harassing’ emails

The German High court has ruled that Facebook and other social networks which send invitations to join right to people’s inboxes are engaging in "unwanted and harassing" advertising.

Aussie Open could see Federer-Djokovic clash
Switzerland

Aussie Open could see Federer-Djokovic clash

Five-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic could face record Grand Slam winner Roger Federer in the semifinals of the season's opening Grand Slam following Friday's draw in Melbourne.

Influenza epidemic hits eastern Switzerland
Switzerland

Influenza epidemic hits eastern Switzerland

An influenza epidemic has struck eastern, central and southern parts of Switzerland while reported cases of the flu are increasing in most other parts of the country, the federal public health office says.

France on alert as snow storms sweep through
France

France on alert as snow storms sweep through

UPDATED: France's national weather agency has issued more alerts as snow storms approach the north east, as the west of the country records its first snow of the season.

Spanish prosecutors demand four years jail for ex-IMF chief
Spain

Spanish prosecutors demand four years jail for ex-IMF chief

Rodrigo Rato faces a prison sentence for allegedly misusing the company credit card for personal gain while head of a bank that was later bailed out.

This Italian mayor doesn’t want you to die. Here’s why.
Italy

This Italian mayor doesn’t want you to die. Here’s why.

The Grim Reaper has got his work cut out in Sellia in southern Italy, thanks to a decree ordering the village's elderly and dwindling population to stay in good shape.

Danish windmills set amazing world record
Denmark

Danish windmills set amazing world record

Denmark produced more electricity through wind power than any country ever last year.

Busload of refugees to be sent straight back to Bavaria
Germany

Busload of refugees to be sent straight back to Bavaria

The 31 refugees sent to Chancellor Angela Merkel's office in Berlin by a Bavarian mayor as a protest are to be sent back down south on Friday – prompting harsh criticism of the use of human beings as political tokens.

Why Swedish priests have nation’s ‘most stressful’ job
Sweden

Why Swedish priests have nation’s ‘most stressful’ job

Female priests are more likely to take sick leave because of psychological illness than women working in any other profession, while being a member of the clergy is the third most risky job for men.

Asylum seekers strut their stuff on Italian catwalk
Italy

Asylum seekers strut their stuff on Italian catwalk

Asylum seekers from Mali and Gambia strutted down the catwalk on Thursday at Florence's prestigious Pitti Uomo exhibition, kicking off an initiative to school would-be migrant fashionistas in Italy's top art.

Amanda Knox cleared of slandering Italian police
Italy

Amanda Knox cleared of slandering Italian police

Amanda Knox was cleared on Thursday of slandering police officers and a prosecutor involved in the investigation into the 2007 killing of British student Meredith Kercher.

Experts defend slow progress on sorting Nazi-looted art haul
Germany

Experts defend slow progress on sorting Nazi-looted art haul

A German task force investigating the provenance of a spectacular Nazi-era art hoard of hundreds of works said Thursday that only five had been proved to be looted thus far, and defended its slow progress.

Live-action short takes student director to Oscars
Austria

Live-action short takes student director to Oscars

An Austrian-German student film has been nominated for the "best live action short film" Oscar by the jury – placing it alongside blockbuster movies and A-list actors.

Charlie Hebdo under fire over Syrian boy pervert cartoon
France

Charlie Hebdo under fire over Syrian boy pervert cartoon

A new cartoon by French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has divided social media commenters for depicting a drowned Syrian boy as an adult pervert in Germany to make a point about the West's inconsistent views towards refugees.

Israel: Sweden actions ‘immoral’ and ‘stupid’
Sweden

Israel: Sweden actions ‘immoral’ and ‘stupid’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has slammed what he called "stupid" and "immoral" remarks of Sweden's Foreign Minister who has demanded investigations into the killing of Palestinians by Israeli forces.

Norway’s oil investments to decline over next two years
Norway

Norway’s oil investments to decline over next two years

Investment in Norway's all-important oil sector is set to decline until 2019 as producers face high costs and collapsing oil prices, a government agency said on Thursday.

What’s it like being homeless during Sweden’s winter?
Sweden

What’s it like being homeless during Sweden’s winter?

It's dropped to less than -5C every night this week in Stockholm. So how does the city's homeless population survive?

Bird flu forces halt in poultry farming in south west France
France

Bird flu forces halt in poultry farming in south west France

French farmers have been told to stop production of geese and ducks in a bid to eradicate bird flu.

France reveals identity of Saint-Denis suicide bomber
France

France reveals identity of Saint-Denis suicide bomber

Prosecutors have unveiled the identity of a suicide bomber who blew himself up in a raid following the November attacks in Paris.

How to make Swedish stuffed cabbage rolls
Sweden

How to make Swedish stuffed cabbage rolls

Trying to get in shape in 2016? Here is a Swedish take on tasty, budget-friendly cabbage rolls (kåldolmar), courtesy of The Local's food expert, John Duxbury.