Pope says religious killing is satanic
Italy

Pope says religious killing is satanic

Pope Francis on Wednesday denounced killing in God's name as "satanic" as he held a mass in Rome to honour Jacques Hamel, the French priest whose throat was slit by jihadists in July.

Migrant boats claim five lives off Italian coast
Italy

Migrant boats claim five lives off Italian coast

Five bodies have been recovered and 650 people rescued from migrant boats in the Mediterranean on Wednesday.

Spotify surpasses 40 million paying subscribers
Sweden

Spotify surpasses 40 million paying subscribers

The number is a 33 percent increase since March.

112-year-old Holocaust survivor to have bar mitzvah
Germany

112-year-old Holocaust survivor to have bar mitzvah

He lived through both world wars and even made it out alive from the Nazis' deadliest concentration camp. Now the world's oldest man is set to finally have his coming of age bar mitzvah.

Forgotten Voices: What Brits in Spain think about Brexit
Spain

Forgotten Voices: What Brits in Spain think about Brexit

Filmmaker Gemma Middleton felt so betrayed by the Brexit vote that she decided to make a documentary about it. Here she tells The Local why she took the result so personally.

Swedish nurse promised to ‘rid spirits’ from patients
Sweden

Swedish nurse promised to ‘rid spirits’ from patients

The nurse also suggested a witch may have put a curse on a patient.

Paris coughs up ‘€15 million a year’ to pay for Velib’ bikes
France

Paris coughs up ‘€15 million a year’ to pay for Velib’ bikes

The city's popular rent-a-bike system isn't as cheap as it may appear.

Famous French heritage sites to open doors (though not all)
France

Famous French heritage sites to open doors (though not all)

France is preparing for one of the highlights of its cultural calendar, but like many events it has been hit by security fears.

Germans go to doctor WAY too much, says insurer
Germany

Germans go to doctor WAY too much, says insurer

A health insurance company has said that Germans are going to the doctor twice as much as they actually need to. But doctors disagree.

Who is at fault for Berlin’s poverty, crime and debt?
Germany

Who is at fault for Berlin’s poverty, crime and debt?

Beneath the sheen of startups and hipsters, Berlin is a troubled city. Are politicians to blame or does it still need more time to recover from the Cold War?

Norway father gets eight years for attack on infant daughter
Norway

Norway father gets eight years for attack on infant daughter

The baby's injuries were so severe that she will likely be in a nursing home for the rest of her life.

Police hold student over Gothenburg school blast
Sweden

Police hold student over Gothenburg school blast

The high school student was arrested after an explosion at a school in central Gothenburg on Wednesday led to the building being evacuated.

Paris: Galeries Lafayette sees fall in foreign shoppers
France

Paris: Galeries Lafayette sees fall in foreign shoppers

Another impact of the terror attacks on the French economy.

Bayer buys Monsanto for $66 bn after months-long pursuit
Germany

Bayer buys Monsanto for $66 bn after months-long pursuit

German chemicals giant Bayer said on Wednesday it had signed a $66 billion (€58.8 billion) takeover deal with US seeds and pesticides firm Monsanto.

The bizarre tale of Sweden’s weirdest tourist attraction
Sweden

The bizarre tale of Sweden’s weirdest tourist attraction

The reports of Dragon Gate's death are greatly exaggerated.

3,000-year-old stinky cheese found in Denmark
Denmark

3,000-year-old stinky cheese found in Denmark

A Bronze Age clay pot discovered on an archaeological dig in Jutland turned out to have a very old secret.

Ten weird things Italians say, and what they mean
Italy

Ten weird things Italians say, and what they mean

Ever found yourself wondering what your Italian friends are going on about? You might need our guide to the oddest Italian sayings, translated.

Swiss firm takes hit despite Brexit boost
Switzerland

Swiss firm takes hit despite Brexit boost

Swiss luxury goods giant Richemont, which owns top global brands like Cartier, has warned that weak demand and restructuring costs would slash first-half profits despite a boost in UK sales from Brexit.

Spanish police make Med’s largest hash bust this year
Spain

Spanish police make Med’s largest hash bust this year

Spanish police moved in on a boat containing 15 tonnes of hashish and arrested a Dutchman and a Bulgarian woman.

Why you won’t find spaghetti bolognese in Italy
Italy

Why you won’t find spaghetti bolognese in Italy

It's the world's favourite Italian dish - except it doesn't actually exist. We need to talk about spaghetti bolognese.

Cause of Red Bull pilot’s deadly crash remains a mystery
Austria

Cause of Red Bull pilot’s deadly crash remains a mystery

The cause of the helicopter crash which killed Red Bull stunt pilot Hannes Arch last week is still a mystery - although there is some speculation that he hadn’t been authorised to make the night flight.

Beckenbauer ‘paid millions’ as World Cup committee chair
Germany

Beckenbauer ‘paid millions’ as World Cup committee chair

Franz Beckenbauer, who said he worked for free as chairman of Germany's World Cup organizing committee, actually drew a fee of more than €5 million, news website Spiegel Online reported on Wednesday.

Spanish driver clocks off mid-route stranding full train
Spain

Spanish driver clocks off mid-route stranding full train

Passengers were left stranded for several hours last night after the driver stopped the train mid-route because his shift had officially ended.

Why everyone should party in a French chateau at least once
France

Why everyone should party in a French chateau at least once

Want to party like it's 1599? Then look no further than an historic French chateau on Airbnb, says Oliver Gee.

Norway man jailed for stabbing his own dog to death
Norway

Norway man jailed for stabbing his own dog to death

The man went on a drunken rampage after the end of his long-term relationship.

Why Sweden is putting troops on this idyllic holiday island
Sweden

Why Sweden is putting troops on this idyllic holiday island

Find out why picturesque tourist destination Gotland, with a population of just 57,000, forms such a central part of Sweden's military debate.

Bern: ‘no limit’ on Swiss health insurance premiums
Switzerland

Bern: ‘no limit’ on Swiss health insurance premiums

The Swiss Senate has rejected a motion that suggested health insurance premiums should not surpass ten percent of a household’s income.

Take a virtual tour of Vienna’s Natural History Museum
Austria

Take a virtual tour of Vienna’s Natural History Museum

Fans of Vienna’s Natural History Museum can now take a virtual tour of the museum - courtesy of Google Street View.

Swedish fashion brand scraps plus-size range
Sweden

Swedish fashion brand scraps plus-size range

Lindex will do away with its plus-size range from September and instead make all of its standard lines available in larger sizes.

Paris police arrest two teens ‘planning terror attacks’
France

Paris police arrest two teens ‘planning terror attacks’

UPDATED: Two 15-year-old boys reportedly intending to carry out terror attacks have been arrested in Paris.

Nurses in France sound alarm bells after summer suicides
France

Nurses in France sound alarm bells after summer suicides

"The pressure cooker is about to explode" say beleaguered nurses in French hospitals.

Benidorm diver finds ring lost 37 years ago… and returns it
Spain

Benidorm diver finds ring lost 37 years ago… and returns it

And then she tracked down the couple who lost it.

Two years jail for teen who shared Isis videos
Austria

Two years jail for teen who shared Isis videos

A 18-year-old man has been sentenced to two years imprisonment by Vienna’s Criminal Court, for sharing Islamic State group (Isis) propaganda material and belonging to a terrorist organisation.

Norway home sales at highest level in nearly 30 years
Norway

Norway home sales at highest level in nearly 30 years

Sales of new homes have reached their highest point since 1988.

This Syrian snuck into a Swedish comedian’s heart — through his belly
Sweden

This Syrian snuck into a Swedish comedian’s heart — through his belly

When Swedish comedian Kristoffer Appelquist heard that Mohammed Alfawakhiri was desperate to move out of his refugee camp, he opened up his home and let the Syrian move in — now the pair are close buddies, and the funnyman is increasingly well-fed.

‘My tenant turned my home into a brothel’
Sweden

‘My tenant turned my home into a brothel’

Condoms stuck to the wall, damaged furniture and the remains of a brothel – not what you want to come home to after a holiday.

Care homes in Swiss Jura stage ‘elderly Olympics’
Switzerland

Care homes in Swiss Jura stage ‘elderly Olympics’

Participants competed in five events including a walking frame race.

Merkel to blame for terror arrests: Bavarian minister
Germany

Merkel to blame for terror arrests: Bavarian minister

Bavaria's interior minister criticized Chancellor Angela Merkel's refugee policies after police raided refugee homes on Tuesday and arrested three suspects linked to Isis.

Woman sues parents for sharing embarrassing childhood photos
Austria

Woman sues parents for sharing embarrassing childhood photos

A 18-year-old woman from Carinthia is suing her parents for posting photos of her on Facebook without her consent.

Greenland has record highs as ice melts early
Denmark

Greenland has record highs as ice melts early

"New and robust evidence" of a rapidly warming Arctic.

10 words and phrases you’ll need to survive Oktoberfest
Germany

10 words and phrases you’ll need to survive Oktoberfest

Ready to take your order - but please make it in Bavarian.

France’s first centre for deradicalization set to open
France

France’s first centre for deradicalization set to open

Troubled youths in the process of being radicalized will soon have help from France in the form of a new centre. But locals aren't happy.

New fires leave cars ‘destroyed’ in Copenhagen
Denmark

New fires leave cars ‘destroyed’ in Copenhagen

Fourth consecutive night of vehicle fires.

France to spend €10 million to bring back stay-away tourists
France

France to spend €10 million to bring back stay-away tourists

France will stump up another €10 million for its terror-hit tourism sector.

Black box reveals crash train going FOUR times speed limit
Spain

Black box reveals crash train going FOUR times speed limit

The train that derailed and killed four people in Spain last week was travelling at 118 kilometres per hour on a track that allowed just 30 km/h the black boxes reveal.

US Ambassador causes stink over comments on Italian vote
Italy

US Ambassador causes stink over comments on Italian vote

The US has enraged campaigners for a No vote in Italy’s upcoming referendum on constitutional reform after the American Ambassador waded in to the debate.

Bern station gets traffic lights – for pedestrians
Switzerland

Bern station gets traffic lights – for pedestrians

SBB is trying new tactics in order to prevent Bern station becoming a scrum at peak times.

At least 24 injured as tourist bus crashes in Barcelona
Spain

At least 24 injured as tourist bus crashes in Barcelona

UPDATED: A coach crashed in Barcelona on its way to the airport early on Wednesday morning, injuring at least 24 people.

Berlin’s hold-out squat fires up gentrification battle
Germany

Berlin’s hold-out squat fires up gentrification battle

Branded a hotbed of lawless left-wing extremists after street clashes in July left over 100 police injured, one of Berlin's last squats has become the symbol of a raging battle over gentrification.

Police investigate after car blown up in Malmö
Sweden

Police investigate after car blown up in Malmö

A car exploded in Sweden's third-biggest city in the early hours of Wednesday.

‘70,000 lightning strikes’ cause power cuts in France
France

‘70,000 lightning strikes’ cause power cuts in France

Violent storms left their mark on western and south western France last night.

Sweden stations permanent troops on Baltic Sea island
Sweden

Sweden stations permanent troops on Baltic Sea island

Effective immediately. Sweden's Supreme Commander has ordered 150 soldiers currently training on the island of Gotland to stay put.

Six quick autumn getaways in Sweden and beyond
Sweden

Six quick autumn getaways in Sweden and beyond

From northern Denmark to the Stockholm archipelago, the Arctic to Estonia, there's a wealth of places to spend a weekend this autumn in Sweden or nearby.