Top Philippine rebels freed ahead of Norway peace talks
Norway

Top Philippine rebels freed ahead of Norway peace talks

The Philippines released top communist leaders from jail on Friday as part of a drive to end one of Asia's longest-running insurgencies, with peace talks due to resume in Olso next week.

Faithful no more: Norway church suffers 1-click exodus
Norway

Faithful no more: Norway church suffers 1-click exodus

The Protestant Church of Norway on Friday said it had lost more than 15,000 members in four days since allowing members to de-enrol in just a few clicks.

Danish Turks withdraw children from private schools
Denmark

Danish Turks withdraw children from private schools

Parents "do not dare let their children go to a school that Erdogan has labelled a terrorist school".

Italy imam defends burqinis with beach-going nuns photo
Italy

Italy imam defends burqinis with beach-going nuns photo

The Imam of Florence, Izzedin Elzir, waded into the controversial burqini debate by posting a photo on Facebook of habit-wearing nuns splashing around on the edge of the shore – only for the social network to block his account.

Controversial Berlin historian dies aged 93
Germany

Controversial Berlin historian dies aged 93

German intellectual Ernt Nolte became controversial in the 1980s when he triggered one of the most explosive historical debates of post World War II Germany.

The weirdest party slogans from Berlin’s state elections
Germany

The weirdest party slogans from Berlin’s state elections

Germany’s capital’s reputation for eccentricity is alive and well as it gears up for state elections in September. Some of the promises are puzzling to say the least.

Nice joins growing list of French towns to ban burqini
France

Nice joins growing list of French towns to ban burqini

Nice, France's most popular seaside town, is the latest to ban the burqini.

“Go away!”, frustrated Venice locals tell tourists
Italy

“Go away!”, frustrated Venice locals tell tourists

It’s unclear who the culprits are but Venice residents have long been frustrated by tourists clogging their city.

Tourists shy away from France in shadow of attacks
France

Tourists shy away from France in shadow of attacks

New figures show that France is still struggling to attract tourists.

Italian chef sparks outrage with a tirade against vegans
Italy

Italian chef sparks outrage with a tirade against vegans

He called those who follow the plant-based diet "a sect" and said he would "kill them all", before being swiftly rebuked by a co-presenter.

Newspaper tells Turks ‘don’t go to Sweden’
Sweden

Newspaper tells Turks ‘don’t go to Sweden’

UPDATED: A headline displayed at Istanbul's international airport was warning travellers of going to Sweden days after a diplomatic spat appeared to threaten relations between the two countries.

Syrian baby and five-year-old dead in migrant boat tragedy
Italy

Syrian baby and five-year-old dead in migrant boat tragedy

"It is very sad and frustrating to witness the tragic loss of life at sea, especially that of such a young child."

Rome mulls getting inmates to clean rubbish-strewn streets
Italy

Rome mulls getting inmates to clean rubbish-strewn streets

Rome authorities are considering enlisting the help of the city's prison inmates to fix the ongoing rubbish crisis.

15 ways to recognize you’ll never quite master German
Germany

15 ways to recognize you’ll never quite master German

Stressing over the subjunctive or blagging your way through adjective endings? Becoming a true Meister of the German language isn't a walk in the park.

Jewish man stabbed in Strasbourg knife attack
France

Jewish man stabbed in Strasbourg knife attack

A mentally disturbed man shouting "Allahu Akbar" stabbed a Jewish man in the northeastern French city of Strasbourg on Friday, but police are reportedly ruling out terrorism.

Why discontented Italians could derail their economy
Italy

Why discontented Italians could derail their economy

By the end of the year, Italy will face a day of reckoning - and it could be voters who seal the country's fate.

Six times coach Pia Sundhage proved she’s just the coolest
Sweden

Six times coach Pia Sundhage proved she’s just the coolest

Sweden's women's football manager has been grabbing headlines with her zingers, put-downs and amazing coaching skills. Here are six of our favourite moments.

‘The work-life balance in Denmark is amazing’
Denmark

‘The work-life balance in Denmark is amazing’

British expat Stephanie Lambert says she's found a much more rewarding and child-focused teaching career in Denmark.

Twelve ‘French’ things that aren’t actually French at all
France

Twelve ‘French’ things that aren’t actually French at all

French kissing, French fries, French bulldogs... but are they actually French?

Man, 57, told to leave parents’ home after ironing row
France

Man, 57, told to leave parents’ home after ironing row

A 57-year-old man who lives with his parents has been ordered to leave home, after hitting his elderly mother for not ironing his shirts fast enough.

France seizes 2,000 ‘dead and dehydrated’ seahorses
France

France seizes 2,000 ‘dead and dehydrated’ seahorses

The seahorses had an estimated value of €200,000.

Austrian scratches 1,000 cars around Styria
Austria

Austrian scratches 1,000 cars around Styria

Austrian police say they are unable to do anything to stop a woman from continuing to scratch cars in Syria.

Amputee’s Swiss trek ‘makes it more possible’ for others
Switzerland

Amputee’s Swiss trek ‘makes it more possible’ for others

After losing his legs in a suicide bomb in 2004, ex-soldier Neil Heritage will climb the Matterhorn this month.

Norway PM to rival: Don’t compare me to Trump
Norway

Norway PM to rival: Don’t compare me to Trump

Prime Minister Erna Solberg took offence to being compared to US presidential candidate Donald Trump in a debate with Labour leader Jonas Gahr Støre on Thursday evening.

Surge in passports stolen on Austrian public transport
Austria

Surge in passports stolen on Austrian public transport

There has been a 50% increase in the number of British passports either lost or stolen in Austria in the first half of 2016, the British Embassy has reported.

Rajoy to ask MPs: let me stay on despite deadlock
Spain

Rajoy to ask MPs: let me stay on despite deadlock

The acting prime minister doesn't have an obvious majority, but he'll ask to be allowed to stay on anyway.

Fire on French tourist island sees 1,500 evacuated
France

Fire on French tourist island sees 1,500 evacuated

Some 60 firefighters were called in to extinguish the blaze on the island of Oléron this morning.

Refugee aid group decries ‘confusion’ at Swiss border

Refugee aid group decries ‘confusion’ at Swiss border

Refugees are faced with “confusion and uncertainty” at Chiasso, according to an aid agency.

Berlin’s education system is worst in Germany: study
Germany

Berlin’s education system is worst in Germany: study

A new study has revealed that Berlin and Brandenburg’s education systems lag behind those of other German states.

VW given green light to seize car parts from supplier
Germany

VW given green light to seize car parts from supplier

A court in Lower Saxony has ruled that Volkswagen can seize car parts from two suppliers who are refusing to deliver to the auto giant in a fight that has brought construction to a halt.

Norway’s hard-line integration minister to stay in politics
Norway

Norway’s hard-line integration minister to stay in politics

After stating that she might give up politics for the sake of her family, Integration Minister Sylvi Listhaug now says she will run for parliament.

Dog tries Swedish fermented herring for the first time
Sweden

Dog tries Swedish fermented herring for the first time

We dare you to watch what happens next.

Number of car arsons in Berlin explodes in 2016
Germany

Number of car arsons in Berlin explodes in 2016

Politically related car arsons in Berlin have dramatically increased in 2016 and have already overtaken last year’s numbers.

Austria considers “one euro jobs” for refugees
Austria

Austria considers “one euro jobs” for refugees

Austria’s foreign minister calls on his party's coalition partners to support his integration proposals, including "one euro jobs" for refugees and migrants.

Body of missing French tourist found in Nepal
France

Body of missing French tourist found in Nepal

UPDATED: The 35-year-old French woman went missing in Nepal last week.

Kanye West pop-up store opens in Kreuzberg, Berlin
Germany

Kanye West pop-up store opens in Kreuzberg, Berlin

Long queues and traffic delays are expected.

France’s Hollande says feels ‘urge’ to run again in 2017
France

France’s Hollande says feels ‘urge’ to run again in 2017

He said that he may run next year if there's a chance he'll win.

Former Danish PM: Obama a ‘disaster’ in Syria
Denmark

Former Danish PM: Obama a ‘disaster’ in Syria

Anders Fogh Rasmussen appealed to the US to be the world's "policeman" and to stop "leading from behind".

Interior minister proposes partial burqa ban
Germany

Interior minister proposes partial burqa ban

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere came out on Friday in favour of a partial burqa ban amid a fierce national debate on integration.

John Kerry’s private visit to Stockholm causes stir
Sweden

John Kerry’s private visit to Stockholm causes stir

American Secretary of State John Kerry – and his inevitable entourage – have been causing a stir in Sweden. However the statesman is not in Sweden on official business.

Three pigs caught helping themselves to cow’s milk
Austria

Three pigs caught helping themselves to cow’s milk

A cattle herder in Austria who could not work out why his cows were running out of milk finally figured it out after passing tourists snapped a photo of some pigs helping themselves.

With 13 medals, Denmark has ‘best Olympics ever’
Denmark

With 13 medals, Denmark has ‘best Olympics ever’

“It is fantastic to be Danish in Rio right now."

Swiss Re: natural disasters prove costly this year
Switzerland

Swiss Re: natural disasters prove costly this year

Disasters cost the world economy $71 billion (62 billion euros) in the first half of 2016.

5 reasons Hamburg is one of the best cities to live globally
Germany

5 reasons Hamburg is one of the best cities to live globally

Hamburg was just picked as one of the top most 'liveable' cities in the world, so here's a look at what makes the Hanseatic City so great.

Sundhage: The times they are a changin’ for Sweden
Sweden

Sundhage: The times they are a changin’ for Sweden

Sweden coach Pia Sundhage sung a line of Bob Dylan to express her hopes for the Olympic women's football final against Germany on Friday.

‘Sweden’s values are very similar to Islam’
Sweden

‘Sweden’s values are very similar to Islam’

Being a Muslim hasn’t hampered Zain Elabdin’s attempts to integrate. In fact, this 26-year-old Syrian dentist sees lots of similarities between Islam and Swedish culture.

Two basejumpers die in Lauterbrunnen accidents
Switzerland

Two basejumpers die in Lauterbrunnen accidents

A Briton and an Italian plunged to their deaths in Switzerland.

Sweden could ban begging after pressure from councils
Sweden

Sweden could ban begging after pressure from councils

Sweden could ban begging, after other measures to prevent Romanians and Bulgarians asking for money on Swedish streets had little effect.

Italian base jumper killed while filming Swiss Alps stunt
Italy

Italian base jumper killed while filming Swiss Alps stunt

Base jumper Uli Emanuele died while shooting a video for one of his stunts in the Swiss Alps.

How to make this scrumptious Swedish bilberry ice cream
Sweden

How to make this scrumptious Swedish bilberry ice cream

Since 17 percent of Sweden is said to be covered in bilberries, food writer John Duxbury shares an ice cream recipe to help us eat them all.