‘Jihadist’ planned Leaning Tower of Pisa attack: media
Italy

‘Jihadist’ planned Leaning Tower of Pisa attack: media

Italian authorities on Friday ordered the expulsion of a Tunisian national suspected of planning an attack at the Leaning Tower of Pisa, according to media reports.

Italy bank thieves in audacious tunnel escape
Italy

Italy bank thieves in audacious tunnel escape

Italian police were left red-faced on Friday after thieves robbed a bank despite warnings from local residents that they could hear a tunnel being dug, according to media reports.

Lourdes prepares for pilgrims in shadow of attacks
France

Lourdes prepares for pilgrims in shadow of attacks

Thousands of Catholics are gathering in Lourdes and security forces are ready.

New far-right group comes under gaze of state spies
Germany

New far-right group comes under gaze of state spies

The far-right Identitarian Movement is growing in popularity in Germany to the extent that the main federal intelligence agency has started watching them.

First gay ‘wedding’ happens in Berlin Protestant church
Germany

First gay ‘wedding’ happens in Berlin Protestant church

A gay couple will make history as they become the first homosexual couple to be ‘married’ in a Protestant church in Berlin on Friday, reports the Berliner Zeitung.

German held in Turkey’s post-coup crackdown released
Germany

German held in Turkey’s post-coup crackdown released

A German woman detained in Turkey as part of Ankara's crackdown in the wake of last month's failed coup has been freed, Berlin confirmed Friday.

Uppsala student charged over Czech ‘poison plot’
Sweden

Uppsala student charged over Czech ‘poison plot’

A 27-year-old PhD student has been charged with stealing poisonous substances from Uppsala University as part of an alleged plot to blackmail the Czech Republic into paying large sums of money in bitcoin.

Study: German drivers play dirty to be king of the road
Germany

Study: German drivers play dirty to be king of the road

Michael Schumacher had a reputation for stopping at nothing to get ahead in races. A new study shows many Germans seem to have taken a leaf or two out of his book.

Life on the home front in rural France’s ‘war on terror’
France

Life on the home front in rural France’s ‘war on terror’

France is at war with terror and rural France is in lockdown. Well not quite, explains writer and local councillor Jonathan Miller.

Bulging Calais camp now home to ‘9,000 refugees’
France

Bulging Calais camp now home to ‘9,000 refugees’

The population of the Calais Jungle Camp could now be as high as 9,000, and security forces it is a major security risk given the terrorist threat.

Why an old lady scribbled on an €80,000 Nuremberg artwork
Germany

Why an old lady scribbled on an €80,000 Nuremberg artwork

Hannelore K. said she was staying true to the artist's wishes. The museum saw it rather differently.

Sweden rebukes Hungary in row over asylum seekers
Sweden

Sweden rebukes Hungary in row over asylum seekers

Hungary has refused to take back asylum seekers from Sweden.

Time to get ready for winter (yes, already)
Denmark

Time to get ready for winter (yes, already)

Yeah, we know it's only August but relocation expert Melanie Haynes says you better start thinking winter now.

Norwegian ship rescues 296 migrants in Mediterranean
Norway

Norwegian ship rescues 296 migrants in Mediterranean

Dehydrated passengers on the overcrowded fishing boat primarily came from Sudan and Egypt.

Riviera burqini ban ‘absurd’ and a ‘gift for Isis recruiters’
France

Riviera burqini ban ‘absurd’ and a ‘gift for Isis recruiters’

'Ridiculous' burqini ban on Cannes beach stigmatizes Muslim women and plays into the hands of Isis," rights groups argue.

Two Italians injured in Thailand bomb attacks
Italy

Two Italians injured in Thailand bomb attacks

The Italians were caught up in the attacks in Hua Hin, a resort town about 200km from Bangkok.

Italian carries Zika in sperm for record six months
Italy

Italian carries Zika in sperm for record six months

The 30-year-old man began presenting symptoms including fever, fatigue and a skin rash during a visit to Haiti in January.

Judge removed from Norway’s appeal of Breivik verdict
Norway

Judge removed from Norway’s appeal of Breivik verdict

Judge's "special relationship" to Labour party creates "a reasonable and justifiable reason to doubt her impartiality".

Austrian among those injured in Thailand attacks
Austria

Austrian among those injured in Thailand attacks

An Austrian is among those injured in a series of explosions that hit southern Thailand on Thursday and Friday, the foreign ministry has confirmed.

Austrian who posted Hitler cat photo is jailed
Austria

Austrian who posted Hitler cat photo is jailed

An Austrian has been sent to jail after being found guilty of posting a montage of Nazi-inspired photos onto social media, including one of a cat making a Heil Hitler salute.

Man found dead in swimming pool tied to bag of stones
Spain

Man found dead in swimming pool tied to bag of stones

Police in Spain are investigating the gruesome murder of a man drowned in the swimming pool at his farm in the Valencia region, his hands and feet bound and his body tied to a bag of stones.

Can you solve this Swede’s strange Star Wars mystery?
Sweden

Can you solve this Swede’s strange Star Wars mystery?

A Swedish Star Wars collector has made a mysterious discovery after opening up a vintage Millennium Falcon toy.

Maersk profit sinks in tough market
Denmark

Maersk profit sinks in tough market

Shipping and oil giant posts "unsatisfactory" results under new executive.

Two injured in Zaragoza shopping centre shooting
Spain

Two injured in Zaragoza shopping centre shooting

Two people have been seriously injured after a man opened fire at a shopping centre in Zaragoza in northeastern Spain.

Zlatan says he’s just ‘confident, not arrogant’
Sweden

Zlatan says he’s just ‘confident, not arrogant’

Then he called himself a lion.

Customer finds dead rodent in Swiss supermarket salad
Switzerland

Customer finds dead rodent in Swiss supermarket salad

Migrolino has withdrawn a batch of salads after a customer found a dead rodent in her food.

Italian hotel chain gives therapy to Pokémon fanatics
Italy

Italian hotel chain gives therapy to Pokémon fanatics

The hotel chain said it was seeing "Emirs, Sheikhs and Russian oligarchs hunting virtual creatures in the swimming pool".

UK Eurostar rail managers start four-day strike
France

UK Eurostar rail managers start four-day strike

Eurostar strike action begins today.

Austria turns away more migrants at Italian border

Austria turns away more migrants at Italian border

Austrian police say there has been a “creeping rise” in the number of migrants and asylum seekers attempting to cross into the country from Italy.

In pictures: Five top design exhibitions in Stockholm
Sweden

In pictures: Five top design exhibitions in Stockholm

Are you spending what's left of the summer in the capital? Houzz.se's Antonia Wiklund guides you to the five hottest design exhibitions right now.

Wildfires burn 1,000 hectares in south western France
France

Wildfires burn 1,000 hectares in south western France

New wildfires in the south west prompt more residents to flee their homes.

Swede plunges to death after escaping car crash
Sweden

Swede plunges to death after escaping car crash

A Swedish woman from the Norrland region has died in southern France, the foreign ministry has told The Local.

Italian economy grinds to a halt amid banking woes
Italy

Italian economy grinds to a halt amid banking woes

Confidence has also been hit by fears of a crisis in the country's bad debt-laden banking sector.

Danish rental firms ‘con’ foreign workers: report
Denmark

Danish rental firms ‘con’ foreign workers: report

“Many have realized that you can cheat foreigners," the head of Copenhagen's renters' association said.

Kurdish protesters occupy public broadcast studio
Germany

Kurdish protesters occupy public broadcast studio

A group of 30 Kurdish people staged a nearly two-hour long occupation demonstration in a public broadcast station in Düsseldorf.

WW2 bomber to be salvaged from Swedish seabed
Sweden

WW2 bomber to be salvaged from Swedish seabed

The legendary Halifax bomber is set to be recovered next week after more than 70 years on the bottom of the sea.

Tourist plunges to death after escaping Riviera car crash
France

Tourist plunges to death after escaping Riviera car crash

A tourist on holiday in the Riviera fell to her death in a tragic accident just minutes after escaping from a car crash unhurt.

Woman run over on Swiss motorway in apparent suicide
Switzerland

Woman run over on Swiss motorway in apparent suicide

Several vehicles, including a lorry, hit her after she lay down on the road in the dark.

Gestures and insults: how to argue exactly like an Italian
Italy

Gestures and insults: how to argue exactly like an Italian

The language of love it may be, but the passion we associate with Italian also makes for its fair share of arguments.

Italy set to enjoy a sunny Ferragosto weekend
Italy

Italy set to enjoy a sunny Ferragosto weekend

Summer weather is returning just in time for Ferragosto!

Drive-by ‘shooters’ forced asylum seekers onto ground
Austria

Drive-by ‘shooters’ forced asylum seekers onto ground

Witnesses say two brothers who fired blanks at asylum seekers also forced them to get on the ground using the gun.

Three Germans injured in bomb attack in Thailand
Germany

Three Germans injured in bomb attack in Thailand

The German Foreign Ministry has announced that three Germans were injured in a series of explosions which hit southern Thailand on Thursday and Friday.

First medal for Spaniard who also happens to be a mother
Spain

First medal for Spaniard who also happens to be a mother

Maialen Chourraut goes down in history as the first Spanish mother to win an Olympic medal.

Charlie Hebdo threatened after ‘Muslims loosen up!’ cartoon
France

Charlie Hebdo threatened after ‘Muslims loosen up!’ cartoon

A front cover cartoon featuring nude Muslims has prompted new threats to attack Charlie Hebdo staff, which was hit by an Islamist terrorist attack last year.

Swiss quartet row to gold at Olympics
Switzerland

Swiss quartet row to gold at Olympics

Switzerland gets its second gold medal in Rio.

‘Groundhog Day’ for migrants in Rome cul-de-sac
Italy

‘Groundhog Day’ for migrants in Rome cul-de-sac

"When the landings (of migrant boats to Italy) resumed in the spring, we gradually saw a tent pop up here, then two, then three."

Italian coastguard ups port security amid terror threat
Italy

Italian coastguard ups port security amid terror threat

The Italian coastguard on Thursday raised the security level across the Mediterranean nation's ports, a spokesman said.

French mayor bans the burqini on Riviera beach
France

French mayor bans the burqini on Riviera beach

The presence of a woman in a burqini on a beach in Cannes could lead to public disorder, insists the French mayor.

Swedish Church membership takes a summer plummet
Sweden

Swedish Church membership takes a summer plummet

Preliminary figures show that a record number of members are asking to leave the Swedish Church during the summer, with the exodus blamed on media coverage of an expenses scandal.

Swiss pharma in hot water over South Korea violations
Switzerland

Swiss pharma in hot water over South Korea violations

Company executives were charged with offering illegal discounts to doctors, according to reports.

Foreign base jumper ‘presumed dead’ in Norway
Norway

Foreign base jumper ‘presumed dead’ in Norway

UPDATED: Police say that a base jumper is unlikely to have survived a failed leap, but it could be days before he is reached.

Former Geneva football coach arrested in extortion case
Switzerland

Former Geneva football coach arrested in extortion case

Frenchman Marc Roger is suspected of committing extortion in Switzerland.

Greenland sharks may live 400 years, Danish researchers say
Denmark

Greenland sharks may live 400 years, Danish researchers say

Danish study sheds new light on the world's oldest vertebrates.

Malmö’s wave of car burnings continues
Sweden

Malmö’s wave of car burnings continues

Nine more cars were set alight between Thursday night and Friday morning, with police still unable to work out why the trend has occurred.

How to make these Swedish ‘vacuum cleaners’ for fika
Sweden

How to make these Swedish ‘vacuum cleaners’ for fika

If you like marzipan, you'll love this traditional Swedish treat.