Pope Francis hears teenagers’ sins
Italy

Pope Francis hears teenagers’ sins

Pope Francis on Saturday heard confessions from 16 teenagers after a surprise appearance in St Peter's square to greet thousands of young people attending his holy year youth day.

Obama hails Merkel’s ‘courage’ on migrants
Germany

Obama hails Merkel’s ‘courage’ on migrants

US President Barack Obama has hailed German Chancellor Angela Merkel's "courageous" leadership in opening doors to migrants fleeing the Syrian conflict.

Oil spill fears in Italian Riviera port
Italy

Oil spill fears in Italian Riviera port

Authorities in the Italian port of Genoa declared a state of emergency Saturday as they battled to prevent tonnes of crude oil from spilling into the Mediterranean in the heart of the Riviera coastline.

Dirty laundry snares head of Spain’s ‘Clean Hands’
Spain

Dirty laundry snares head of Spain’s ‘Clean Hands’

The head of a Spanish anti-corruption group that championed several high-profile cases over the past two decades, including one against Princess Cristina, now finds himself under investigation for extortion.

Libya unity government seeks EU accord on migrants
Italy

Libya unity government seeks EU accord on migrants

Plea made during Rome meeting with Italy's Interior Minister Angelino Alfano.

Madrid metro invaded by ‘literary commandos’
Spain

Madrid metro invaded by ‘literary commandos’

Teams of "literary commandos" invaded the Madrid metro on Friday to read short texts out loud to commuters in the Spanish capital as part of World Book Night celebrations.

Dominican Republic’s most wanted held by Spanish police
Spain

Dominican Republic’s most wanted held by Spanish police

Drug kingpin is considered to be "the main drug trafficker and money launderer" in the Caribbean nation.

France to lead €4 billion cash injection for EDF
France

France to lead €4 billion cash injection for EDF

France said late on Friday that it would lead a four-billion-euro capital increase for power company EDF, months after agreeing a similar cash injection for the other pillar of its nuclear industry, Areva.

Twelve arrested after clashes at Paris youth protest
France

Twelve arrested after clashes at Paris youth protest

Twelve people were arrested overnight in Paris during clashes between the police and anti-government demonstrators following the nightly "Nuit Debout" sit-in, police said.

‘Green Party may have been infiltrated by Islamists’
Sweden

‘Green Party may have been infiltrated by Islamists’

Lars Nicander, director of the Centre for Asymmetric Threat Studies at the Swedish National Defence College, fears that the Green Party, the junior partner of the Social Democrats in the Swedish coalition government, has been infiltrated by Islamists.

German trade deal foes plan protest on eve of Obama visit
Germany

German trade deal foes plan protest on eve of Obama visit

Opponents of a proposed transatlantic trade deal hope to draw tens of thousands onto German streets Saturday, on the eve of a visit by US President Barack Obama.