Schengen suspended as army mobilizes
Austria

Schengen suspended as army mobilizes

The Austrian Defense Ministry announced in new regulations on Saturday that it would be deploying troops to stop refugees who want to transit through Germany, and not apply for asylum there.

Three probes launched into tragic France drug trial
France

Three probes launched into tragic France drug trial

French authorities launched three investigations Saturday at a research laboratory in the northwestern city of Rennes into a drug trial that left one person brain-dead and three others facing potentially irreversible brain damage.

Five arrested over exploiting Romanian workers in Spain
Spain

Five arrested over exploiting Romanian workers in Spain

Spanish police have arrested five Romanians suspected of exploiting their fellow countrymen after luring them to work in the fruit and vegetable harvest in Spain and then not paying them for their labour.

Jordan queen hits back at Hebdo cartoon of Syrian boy
France

Jordan queen hits back at Hebdo cartoon of Syrian boy

Jordan's Queen Rania has hit back at a cartoon in French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo depicting drowned Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi as a grown-up committing sexual harassment in Germany.

Doctor and wife kidnapped in Burkina Faso
Austria

Doctor and wife kidnapped in Burkina Faso

An Australian doctor and his wife were abducted Friday morning in the north of Burkina Faso, the country's interior ministry said Saturday.

Ten wonderfully quirky Italian animal-related idioms
Italy

Ten wonderfully quirky Italian animal-related idioms

The Italian language is full of bizarre idioms and sayings which can confuse the uninitiated. Here are some of our favourites, with an animal theme...

23 dead in Burkina Faso in ‘revenge against France’
France

23 dead in Burkina Faso in ‘revenge against France’

At least 23 people from 18 countries were killed in an attack by jihadist gunmen on a top hotel and a restaurant in the capital of the former French colony of Burkina Faso, before security forces ended the siege on Saturday and killed four assailants.

Swedes jailed for fighting with Islamist terrorist group
Sweden

Swedes jailed for fighting with Islamist terrorist group

Two Swedish citizens who fought for the Islamist militant group al-Shabaab in Somalia were sentenced to 11 years in prison on Friday.

Italian shopping boom fuels economic growth
Italy

Italian shopping boom fuels economic growth

The Bank of Italy on Friday forecast the country's gross domestic product (GDP), enhanced by a rise in domestic demand, will expand by 1.5 percent in 2016 and 2017, in line with government estimates, after rising 0.8 percent in 2015.

‘Algeria and Morocco must take back deportees’: Berlin
Germany

‘Algeria and Morocco must take back deportees’: Berlin

Germany wants Algeria and Morocco to take back their nationals with no residence permits in Germany after a sharp rise in asylum seekers from the two North African countries, officials said Friday.

The things that will pleasantly surprise you about France
France

The things that will pleasantly surprise you about France

We asked people who have moved to France what struck them as the most pleasantly surprising. Here are their responses.

10 genius ways German inventors improved our lives
Germany

10 genius ways German inventors improved our lives

German inventors have made contributions to our every day lives in more ways than you may know. The Local looks at some of the best inventions, from the serious to the silly.

Hugo Boss smashes sales records as Europe booms
Germany

Hugo Boss smashes sales records as Europe booms

German fashion house Hugo Boss said Friday it clocked up record sales and operating profit in 2015, even as growth slowed in the fourth quarter due to "challenges" in China and the United States.

Austrian archer qualifies for Olympics
Austria

Austrian archer qualifies for Olympics

At the 2015 World Archery Championships, Laurence Baldauff became the first Austrian archer in history to qualify for a place in the Olympic Games.

Assange ‘is free to go’ if Sweden does not charge him
Sweden

Assange ‘is free to go’ if Sweden does not charge him

Ecuador said on Friday that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can leave his hideout in its London embassy and go into exile in the South American country if Swedish prosecutors do not charge him after questioning him.