Muslim woman denied classes over hijab may attend after all
Spain

Muslim woman denied classes over hijab may attend after all

A young Muslim woman told she could not attend classes in Valencia unless she removed her headscarf will now be able to take her courses after a decision by the local Education Ministry.

You can now dial France and speak to ‘a random French’
France

You can now dial France and speak to ‘a random French’

You can now put your questions to a random but very real French person over the phone.

Mystery remains identified as Swede missing for 18 years
Sweden

Mystery remains identified as Swede missing for 18 years

Human remains found in a well on an abandoned farm in Sweden have been identified as belonging to a man police suspect was murdered.

No president for Austria until next year
Austria

No president for Austria until next year

Austria, which has been without a president since July, will have to wait until 2017 for its next head of state to take office.

Is this the lowest sum ever demanded by armed robbers?
Germany

Is this the lowest sum ever demanded by armed robbers?

When three drunk and armed men went on a hold-up spree in northwestern Germany their demands became ever more absurd.

Rape victim stabs Syrian asylum seeker
Austria

Rape victim stabs Syrian asylum seeker

A 45-year-old Moroccan asylum seeker has been arrested for attempted murder in Vienna after stabbing a 27-year-old Syrian man who he claims drugged and raped him.

What happens when you dial a random French person
France

What happens when you dial a random French person

Talking Tinder, terror, and travel (to Belgium of all places) with random French people on the new "French Number".

Fake Paris terror alert: ‘We did it for the thrill’ say teenagers
France

Fake Paris terror alert: ‘We did it for the thrill’ say teenagers

Two teens who claimed to have been behind the hoax terror alert in Paris on Saturday that caused panic in the centre of the city have boasted about what they did, saying “we did it for the thrill”.

How the AfD could wield real power in Berlin
Germany

How the AfD could wield real power in Berlin

A strong showing in Berlin state elections looks like propelling the AfD into positions of power.

Barcelona fines Tripadvisor €30k over illegal holiday flats
Spain

Barcelona fines Tripadvisor €30k over illegal holiday flats

The Catalan capital ordered the shutdown of 615 illegally operating tourist flats in just two months and has issued fines of €30,000 to nine different online platforms, including Tripadvisor.

Filipino militants got ransom for Norwegian: analysts
Norway

Filipino militants got ransom for Norwegian: analysts

Norway has denied paying a ransom but analysts say there is no way Abu Sayyaf released Kjartan Sekkingstad "out of the goodness of their hearts".

Snake on a plane causes stir on Scandinavian flight

Snake on a plane causes stir on Scandinavian flight

The captain had to step in after a snake slithered on board a Scandinavian Airlines plane.

Don’t mix Islam and terror, pleads French Muslim woman
France

Don’t mix Islam and terror, pleads French Muslim woman

A young Muslim woman who lost three members of her family in the Nice truck attack on Bastille Day has made an emotional plea to tackle hatred.

Merkel: we were unprepared for refugee influx in 2015
Germany

Merkel: we were unprepared for refugee influx in 2015

Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged Monday that there would be no repeat of last year's "chaotic" border opening to refugees, after a stinging loss for her party in Berlin elections.

Kickoff event 2016: Summary
Sweden

Kickoff event 2016: Summary

Nearly 500 outstanding students from all around the world gathered in Stockholm this weekend for the SI NFGL Kickoff event.

Police hunt knifeman who stabs two at Berlin town hall
Germany

Police hunt knifeman who stabs two at Berlin town hall

Two people were injured on Monday when a man entered the district town hall in the Berlin neighbourhood of Neukölln and attacked them with a hunting knife, local media report.

Nine ideas to bring Islam and France closer together
France

Nine ideas to bring Islam and France closer together

How to create a real "French Islam". One think tank has come up with a series of suggestions.

Syrian hurls kids out window ‘because wife wants freedom’
Germany

Syrian hurls kids out window ‘because wife wants freedom’

The trial begins in Bonn this week of a Syrian man who threw his three children from a first-floor window, allegedly because he disliked his wife’s desire to enjoy the same freedoms as German women.

Gay football referee under police protection after threats
Spain

Gay football referee under police protection after threats

The country's only openly gay football referee, who has become an outspoken advocate for LGBT rights, is now under police protection due to increasing threats on his life.

Danish F-16s part of attack that allegedly hit Syrian forces
Denmark

Danish F-16s part of attack that allegedly hit Syrian forces

Two Danish F-16s were part of a US-led coalition attack that Russia says killed dozens of Syrian military forces, the Danish military has confirmed.

Italian police probe helicopter wedding for mafia links
Italy

Italian police probe helicopter wedding for mafia links

The couple's entrance by helicopter may have been spectacular, but was it legal?

Eagle clutches bananas in new version of Austrian coat of arms
Austria

Eagle clutches bananas in new version of Austrian coat of arms

Update: An architect and master builder who created a new flag to represent Austria's "banana Republic" status has been ordered to take the flags down by the police.

Swedish police mistook teen for rape suspect
Sweden

Swedish police mistook teen for rape suspect

A 17-year-old boy was locked up and falsely accused of rape after officers mistook him for the real suspect.

French motorists to see hike in motorway toll fees
France

French motorists to see hike in motorway toll fees

France's motorways are in desperate need of a face lift but it's the motorists who will be paying for it.

‘AfD will become Germany’s 3rd largest party. At least’
Germany

‘AfD will become Germany’s 3rd largest party. At least’

After scoring yet another impressive result in state elections in Berlin on Sunday, the far-right Alternative for Germany’s (AfD) deputy leader claimed they are heading for third place in national elections next year.

‘Beefy’ firefighters rescue woman trapped in baby swing
Sweden

‘Beefy’ firefighters rescue woman trapped in baby swing

That must have been awkward.

Ongoing Norway doctors’ strike intensifies
Norway

Ongoing Norway doctors’ strike intensifies

The doctors’ strike that has been underway since September 7th was stepped up on Friday and will extend even further this week if no agreement is reached.

Seven of these will become Sweden’s new stamps
Sweden

Seven of these will become Sweden’s new stamps

The Swedes will get to pick their new stamps. Which ones get your vote?

New September weather record set in Norway
Norway

New September weather record set in Norway

Several towns have already surpassed the old record for 'summer days' in September.

Oktoberfest visitor numbers down by half on first weekend
Germany

Oktoberfest visitor numbers down by half on first weekend

On the first weekend of Oktoberfest only half a million people turned up for the booze-athon. But there was a more banal reason than security fears to blame.

Italy steel plant blamed for spike in child cancer cases
Italy

Italy steel plant blamed for spike in child cancer cases

Children living near the Ilva steel plant are 30 percent more likely to suffer from cancer than their peers, a new report shows.

Green Party wins election re-run in Vienna’s Leopoldstadt
Austria

Green Party wins election re-run in Vienna’s Leopoldstadt

The Green party has won the re-run of the district election in Vienna’s 2nd district, Leopoldstadt.

US trumps France as world’s top ski destination
France

US trumps France as world’s top ski destination

France has been dethroned as the world's most popular skiing destination, with new figures putting the US on top.

Blackmailer targets schools with poisoned marzipan treats
Germany

Blackmailer targets schools with poisoned marzipan treats

Police in Kiel have arrested a 38-year-old man suspected of placing poisoned marzipan in a schoolyard as part of an attempt to extort a supermarket chain.

Family found dismembered in home near Madrid
Spain

Family found dismembered in home near Madrid

UPDATE: The couple and their two young sons found hacked to pieces in a house outside Madrid were Brazilian, police said on Monday, in what could be the work of hitmen.

Italian tourist trampled to death by elephant
Italy

Italian tourist trampled to death by elephant

The tourist was trying to get a good picture, police said.

France pays homage to victims of terror attacks
France

France pays homage to victims of terror attacks

A tribute in Paris was held on Monday morning in honour of France's terror victims.

IN PHOTOS: Copenhagen holds car-free day
Denmark

IN PHOTOS: Copenhagen holds car-free day

Copenhagen’s first car-free day since the 1970s brought hordes of runners and merrymakers to the city’s streets.

Stone Age mummy Ötzi still revealing secrets
Austria

Stone Age mummy Ötzi still revealing secrets

Mummified in the ice more than 5,000 years ago, "Ötzi" is still providing invaluable scientific insights.

Police investigate cause of resort town explosion
Spain

Police investigate cause of resort town explosion

Officials are investigating the cause of an explosion in a seaside resort on Sunday that killed one woman and injured 17 others.

Anger mounts over delayed trial of aged Auschwitz medic
Germany

Anger mounts over delayed trial of aged Auschwitz medic

Germany has presented a wave of recent trials of elderly former Auschwitz personnel as an 11th-hour bid for long-delayed justice, but the latest proceedings have provoked a strong backlash.

Did Russian ‘threat’ lead to Swedish troops on Gotland?
Sweden

Did Russian ‘threat’ lead to Swedish troops on Gotland?

A report in newspaper Dagens Nyheter claims that information about an increased threat from Russia contributed to Sweden stationing permanent troops on Gotland ahead of schedule.

Merkel party routed in Berlin polls as right-wing AfD gains
Germany

Merkel party routed in Berlin polls as right-wing AfD gains

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party suffered a historic loss in Berlin state elections Sunday while the right-wing populist AfD gained fresh support, riding a wave of popular anger over her open-door refugee policy.

Denmark home to world’s lamest iPhone 7 launch
Denmark

Denmark home to world’s lamest iPhone 7 launch

"When you see that clip, you can’t help but to smile.”

Marine Le Pen vows to ‘win back freedom for France’
France

Marine Le Pen vows to ‘win back freedom for France’

"The time of the nation state has come again," says Marine Le Pen, clearly buoyed by Brexit.

Why these fussy rats are taking over Stockholm
Sweden

Why these fussy rats are taking over Stockholm

Not enticed by the poison exterminators use, the particular pests are a growing force in the Swedish capital.

Sweden fights off Russia in Ice Hockey World Cup
Sweden

Sweden fights off Russia in Ice Hockey World Cup

The Swedes got off to a good start in their opening match of the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

‘Theatre brings you closer than just going for a drink’
Sweden

‘Theatre brings you closer than just going for a drink’

Why a Malmö-based German and Brit believe English-language theatre could help connect Swedes and foreigners.