Former Austrian Chancellor takes UN job
Austria

Former Austrian Chancellor takes UN job

Austria's outgoing Chancellor, who retired in May after his coalition government saw presidential election losses, has been appointed by UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon into a new role as Special Envoy for Youth Employment.

Another French Riviera resort bans burqinis
France

Another French Riviera resort bans burqinis

A second resort on France's Riviera coast, Villeneuve-Loubet, announced on Saturday a ban against burqinis after Cannes banished the full-body swimsuit from its beaches.

Italy to seek new EU deal to keep economy on track
Italy

Italy to seek new EU deal to keep economy on track

Italy is to seek a new deal with the European Union to allow it to kickstart its stalling economy with an expansionary 2017 budget, a government minister said Saturday.

Sweden minister quits over drink driving
Sweden

Sweden minister quits over drink driving

UPDATE: Aida Hadzialic, 29, Sweden's youngest ever minister, was just over the limit.

Pope in surprise visit to ex-prostitutes
Italy

Pope in surprise visit to ex-prostitutes

Pope Francis surprised 20 former prostitutes on Friday by knocking on their door in Rome and popping in for a chat.

Hearts and kisses – Spanish lifter melts crowd in Rio
Spain

Hearts and kisses – Spanish lifter melts crowd in Rio

Most weightlifters tend to pump their fists after a successful lift, but Spain's Lidia Valentin takes a different approach -- she blows kisses and makes a heart shape with her hands.

Scientists to unveil new Earth-like planet: German weekly
Germany

Scientists to unveil new Earth-like planet: German weekly

Scientists are preparing to unveil a new planet in our galactic neighbourhood which is "believed to be Earth-like" and orbits its star at a distance that could favour life, German weekly Der Spiegel reported Friday.

French court charges man over priest murder
France

French court charges man over priest murder

A French court on Friday charged and remanded in custody a 21-year-old man arrested in connection with the jihadist murder of a priest in a Normandy church last month, a judicial source said.

Outcry in France as abused woman stays in jail
France

Outcry in France as abused woman stays in jail

A French court on Friday refused to release a woman pardoned for killing her abusive husband, prompting an outcry over a case that has become a cause celebre.

Swedish ‘cowards’ beat USA to reach semi-final
Sweden

Swedish ‘cowards’ beat USA to reach semi-final

Outspoken USA women's football goalkeeper Hope Solo labelled Sweden "cowards" after the Swedes ended the world champions' bid for a fourth straight Olympic gold by progressing to the Olympic semi-finals on penalties.