Train station pathway for blind to be ‘reconsidered’
Switzerland

Train station pathway for blind to be ‘reconsidered’

Federal authorities have backed down from a decision ordering Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) to remove some of the tactile floor lines installed to guide the blind in Zurich’s underground train station.

Will Sweden’s housing market stay hot during winter?
Sweden

Will Sweden’s housing market stay hot during winter?

After record price hikes last year, some property experts argued the market would cool in 2016. But new figures released on Monday suggest that Swedes hoping to barter for a bargain with sellers could struggle.

Fury over broke Italian town’s €150 million Padre Pio statue
Italy

Fury over broke Italian town’s €150 million Padre Pio statue

Authorities in a small town in Campania have riled residents after agreeing to spend a whopping €150 million - on building a statue in honour of the Italian saint, Padre Pio, that will be even bigger than the Statue of Liberty.

American VP to push for cancer cure at Davos
Switzerland

American VP to push for cancer cure at Davos

US vice-president Joe Biden arrived in Zurich on Monday ahead of the World Economic Forum, which kicks off in Davos on Tuesday.

Morocco arrests Belgian with ‘direct links’ to Paris attackers
France

Morocco arrests Belgian with ‘direct links’ to Paris attackers

A man has been arrested in Morocco after he was found to have direct ties to the jihadists behind the November terror attacks in Paris.

Austrian leaders rethink open door policy for refugees
Austria

Austrian leaders rethink open door policy for refugees

The refugee crisis will be the focus of a summit on Wednesday when Austrian state governors and leaders of the federal government meet in Vienna.

Right-wing marchers brutally beaten after WW2 memorial
Germany

Right-wing marchers brutally beaten after WW2 memorial

A group of ten far right demonstrators were brutally attacked on their way back from a protest on Saturday, with one rushed to hospital for a life-saving operation.

Man arrested for killing pensioner after smoking row
Austria

Man arrested for killing pensioner after smoking row

A 19-year-old man has been arrested in Vienna on suspicion of murdering a 72-year-old woman in her apartment in Favoriten after he flew into a violent rage when she asked him to stop smoking in a communal stairwell.

Desperate Rajoy pleads for support in bid to end deadlock
Spain

Desperate Rajoy pleads for support in bid to end deadlock

Spain's acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Monday he hoped a new government is formed "as soon as possible", warning political uncertainty threatens to derail the economy.

Six soldiers die in French Alps avalanche
France

Six soldiers die in French Alps avalanche

UPDATED: Six French Foreign Legionnaires were killed from an avalanche that hit during a training exercise in the French Alps, the second mountain tragedy in France in less than a week.

Sicily shivers at first snowfall of 2016
Italy

Sicily shivers at first snowfall of 2016

Sicily might be famous for sun and sandy beaches, but on Monday morning residents awoke to the sight of the island covered in snow.

Ten ways to beat the January blues in Austria
Austria

Ten ways to beat the January blues in Austria

It is Blue Monday, the third Monday in January which is heralded as being the most depressing day of the year. Here's ten ways you can boost your mood.

Danish clubs use language rules to keep refugees out
Denmark

Danish clubs use language rules to keep refugees out

After growing reports of male refugees and asylum centres harassing female guests, several nightclubs are now requiring that all patrons be able to speak Danish, English or German in order to come in.

First suspect arrested after Cologne sexual assaults
Germany

First suspect arrested after Cologne sexual assaults

The first suspect connected to the mass sexual assaults in Cologne on New Year's Eve has been arrested, prosecutors said on Monday.

ChemChina buys into Swiss trader Mercuria
Switzerland

ChemChina buys into Swiss trader Mercuria

China National Chemical Corp. on Monday said it had bought a 12 percent stake in Swiss energy and commodities trader Mercuria, the second overseas investment by the Chinese state giant in a week.

Giant snow penis causes headache in Gothenburg
Sweden

Giant snow penis causes headache in Gothenburg

A penis drawn on a frozen moat in western Sweden has created problems for city park officials.

Nazi logo tape surrounds two Swedish schools
Sweden

Nazi logo tape surrounds two Swedish schools

A Swedish Nazi group tried to block the entrances to two schools in central Sweden on Monday, with tape featuring their logo.

Ten French TV series you have to watch in 2016
France

Ten French TV series you have to watch in 2016

Not that into French TV? Well here are 10 "Made in France" series you definitely should dedicate some time to.

Reddit helps Norway library identify incredibly rare atlas
Norway

Reddit helps Norway library identify incredibly rare atlas

One of the world's rarest atlases had unknowingly been hidden away in the National Library of Norway for six decades before a reference librarian and his fellow map aficionados on Reddit uncovered the truth.

Bank ejects Muslim woman over full-face veil
Germany

Bank ejects Muslim woman over full-face veil

The case of a woman who was not allowed to enter a Sparkasse bank branch because of her face-covering niqab has sparked debate in western Germany.

Jailed foreign fighter tied to Danish girl charged with terror
Denmark

Jailed foreign fighter tied to Danish girl charged with terror

A 24-year-old man who spent time in Syria is allegedly a "friend" of the 15-year-old girl arrested last week on terror charges.

Twelve-year-old injured after jumping from window
Italy

Twelve-year-old injured after jumping from window

A twelve-year-old girl is in a critical condition after jumped from the second-floor window of her home in the northern Italian city of Pordenone.

Studio of Spanish surrealist Joan Miró recreated in London
Spain

Studio of Spanish surrealist Joan Miró recreated in London

Although not bathed in Mallorca's light, a London gallery has recreated in minute detail the Mediterranean sunshine island studio of Spanish painter Joan Miró.

Spanish cops told strip club is off limits for on duty officers
Spain

Spanish cops told strip club is off limits for on duty officers

Spain's Supreme Court has ruled that drinking in a lap-dancing club while on duty and in uniform is not suitable conduct for a policeman.

Asylum seekers start hunger strike in Norway
Norway

Asylum seekers start hunger strike in Norway

A group of asylum seekers, including children, have started a hunger strike in Finnmark.

‘Auschwitz medic’ to face trial in February: court
Germany

‘Auschwitz medic’ to face trial in February: court

A 95-year-old former medic at the Auschwitz death camp will go on trial next month on at least 3,681 counts of accessory to murder, German authorities said Monday.

School to be named after two sisters killed in Paris attacks
France

School to be named after two sisters killed in Paris attacks

A new elementary school in central France will be named after two sisters who were killed in the November 13th attacks.

Federer off to rapid start in Melbourne opener
Switzerland

Federer off to rapid start in Melbourne opener

Grand Slam record-holder Roger Federer gave himself a confidence boost in taking just 72 minutes to win his opening match at the Australian Open tennis tournament, breezing past Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili in straight sets on Monday.

No reason to stop drug trials despite death: French minister
France

No reason to stop drug trials despite death: French minister

There is no reason to stop medicine trials in France, the country's health minister said Monday, despite the death of a man during testing for a new drug.

Zurich station told to yank pathways for blind
Switzerland

Zurich station told to yank pathways for blind

Advocates for the blind are crying foul after federal officials ordered the removal of certain tactile floor guides in Zurich’s new underground train station.

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Sweden

Feb. 9: Plastic workshop

(Umeå)

Eeeeeeeek! Gigantic rat swims up Swede’s toilet
Sweden

Eeeeeeeek! Gigantic rat swims up Swede’s toilet

What goes splash, scratch and squeak in the night? A huge rat trying to climb up your toilet. The nasty visitor gave a Swedish woman in Gothenburg the shock of a lifetime.

Take back migrants or lose aid cash, Berlin tells North Africa
Germany

Take back migrants or lose aid cash, Berlin tells North Africa

Germany’s Vice-Chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel, has threatened to withdraw aid from north African countries if they don’t cooperate on taking back rejected asylum seekers.

Swedish tram firm admits emergency doors don’t work
Sweden

Swedish tram firm admits emergency doors don’t work

UPDATED: Emergency exits on some of Gothenburg's iconic trams don't work, the company that runs them has admitted to The Local.

Italy implicated in tennis match-fixing scandal
Italy

Italy implicated in tennis match-fixing scandal

Betting syndicates in northern Italy and Sicily allegedly made hundreds of thousands of euros through match-fixing at top tier tennis tournaments.

Hot to trot: Spain celebrates fiery festival to ward off evil
Spain

Hot to trot: Spain celebrates fiery festival to ward off evil

Horsemen ride at full speed through raging bonfires in one of Spain's most dangerous festivals.

How France plans to finally crack rising unemployment
France

How France plans to finally crack rising unemployment

French President Francois Hollande pledged on Monday to spend more than €2 billion ($2.2 billion) to fight unemployment. Here's what he proposes.

Stuttgart asked to stop driving as city faces record pollution
Germany

Stuttgart asked to stop driving as city faces record pollution

City authorities in Stuttgart called on citizens to leave their car at home on Monday, as a fine particle pollution alarm was issued for the first time ever in a large German city.

Passengers caught smuggling live eels on to Madrid plane
Spain

Passengers caught smuggling live eels on to Madrid plane

Madrid airport security got a surprise this week when they discovered Chinese passengers hiding a cargo of live eels.

Paris: Nearly 100 Velib’ bikes found in Canal Saint-Martin
France

Paris: Nearly 100 Velib’ bikes found in Canal Saint-Martin

A massive cleaning effort of the Paris Canal Saint-Martin has unveiled 98 Velib' bikes so far, most of which are destined for the scrapyard.

Oxfam challenges Davos meet on rising inequality
Switzerland

Oxfam challenges Davos meet on rising inequality

The richest one percent of the world's population now own more than the rest of us combined, aid group Oxfam said Monday, on the eve of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland.

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Sweden

Feb 4: SNEC Day 2016

(Gothenburg)

Volunteer lifeguards: ‘In jail we were treated like terrorists’
Spain

Volunteer lifeguards: ‘In jail we were treated like terrorists’

Three Spaniards held on suspicion of 'people trafficking' for their work saving refugees in Greece have been released.

More than 50 earthquakes rock Italy’s Molise in five days
Italy

More than 50 earthquakes rock Italy’s Molise in five days

The region of Molise, in south-central Italy, has been hit by more than 50 small earthquakes over the last five days, causing panic and misery for inhabitants in around its capital, Campobasso.

Danish zoo quietly dissects new lion
Denmark

Danish zoo quietly dissects new lion

Odense Zoo dissected a lion and an antelope over the weekend – this time without the international outrage that surrounded a similar event just months ago.

Was mowing down of French prison guards a terror attack?
France

Was mowing down of French prison guards a terror attack?

A French union head is asking whether jihadists were behind the attempted murder of two prison guards in the suburbs of Paris.

Rail passengers face delays due to freeze-up
Switzerland

Rail passengers face delays due to freeze-up

Bitterly cold weather in parts of Switzerland led to disruptions in rail traffic on the national network, Swiss Federal Railways SBB) said on Monday.

10 suspects charged over Istanbul attack
Germany

10 suspects charged over Istanbul attack

A Turkish court on Sunday charged ten people over the suicide bombing in the heart of Istanbul's tourist district that killed ten Germans, media reported.

Norway could lose two-thirds of its oil wealth
Norway

Norway could lose two-thirds of its oil wealth

If today’s current low oil prices don’t rise again, two thirds of Norway’s estimated oil wealth will disappear, a new analysis shows.

Hundreds of French police raid travellers camp after riots
France

Hundreds of French police raid travellers camp after riots

Around 300 French police officers took part in a raid on a travellers camp in the south east of France on Monday to find those responsible for recent riots.

Dog bless you: pets welcomed for church blessing in Spain
Spain

Dog bless you: pets welcomed for church blessing in Spain

Dogs, cats, rabbits and even iguanas, were welcomed into Spanish churches on Sunday for a blessing on the Day of Saint Anthony, patron saint of animals.

PM backs minister linked to Swedish housing scandal
Sweden

PM backs minister linked to Swedish housing scandal

Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has defended his foreign minister Margot Wallström after she faced criticism for accepting an apartment from Sweden's biggest trade union in the midst of a housing shortage.

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Sweden

Feb. 3: How to find work in Sweden

(Lund)

Nine-year-old Italian boy killed in Burkina Faso attack
Italy

Nine-year-old Italian boy killed in Burkina Faso attack

A nine-year-old Italian boy was among the 28 people killed when extremists attacked a hotel and café in Burkina Faso on Friday, according to Italian media reports.

‘You have to aim for having 100 percent happy customers’
Sweden

‘You have to aim for having 100 percent happy customers’

Edel Puntonet from Cuba is the founder of photo company EdelPhoto, the winner of two awards, after building his career in Umeå in northern Sweden over the past eight years.

Austrian avalanche tragedy claims teenager’s life
Austria

Austrian avalanche tragedy claims teenager’s life

A 14-year-old boy was killed by an avalanche in Tyrol on Sunday afternoon. The teenager, a Russian citizen, was part of a ski tour group from Bavaria who were skiing off piste in the Hochzillertal area.

Snow and ice weather alerts extended across France
France

Snow and ice weather alerts extended across France

UPDATED: Weather warnings for snow and ice were in place for 13 départements across the France on Monday morning as the icy spell continues.

Danes freed in Greek ‘trafficking’ case
Denmark

Danes freed in Greek ‘trafficking’ case

Two Danish citizens were freed on Sunday after having been arrested by Greek authorities on the island of Lesbos.

Teach refugee children about sex: Swedish campaigners
Sweden

Teach refugee children about sex: Swedish campaigners

Sweden's largest sex education campaign group wants to launch a training programme for young refugee boys arriving in the Nordic nation, including gay rights and gender equality.

Artist arrested for another nude stunt at Paris gallery
France

Artist arrested for another nude stunt at Paris gallery

An artist with a record for naked stunts struck once again at Paris's Musee d'Orsay on Sunday.

Austrians start insect ‘revolution’ for the kitchen
Austria

Austrians start insect ‘revolution’ for the kitchen

A seething mass of larvae in the kitchen is not everyone's cup of tea, particularly for squeamish Westerners. But for two young Austrian entrepreneurs, it's a food revolution that can help save the planet.

French drugs trial: Volunteer dies after being left brain-dead
France

French drugs trial: Volunteer dies after being left brain-dead

UPDATED: A volunteer has died after a taking part in a French drugs trial that had left him brain-dead and three others in a serious condition.