Sweden police overwhelmed by clown emergency calls
Sweden

Sweden police overwhelmed by clown emergency calls

Police have been deluged with emergency calls as a result of the clown menace sweeping the nation, with police in southern Sweden receiving 70 clown reports in the last 24 hours.

Singing in the rain at send-off for Italy’s Dario Fo
Italy

Singing in the rain at send-off for Italy’s Dario Fo

Thousands of mourners sang as they walked through the streets of Milan Saturday to pay their respects to Italy's Nobel prize-winning dramatist Dario Fo at a lay ceremony in front of the city's Gothic cathedral.

German bomb plotter ‘was in Syria two months ago’
Germany

German bomb plotter ‘was in Syria two months ago’

A bomb plot suspect found hanged in his cell in Germany was in Syria two months earlier with a group of Islamists, his brother said in an interview published on Saturday.

Swedish school to build gender neutral changing room
Sweden

Swedish school to build gender neutral changing room

A high school in Sweden is to build an additional gender neutral changing room to cater for pupils who identify with a gender other than their biological sex.

Turkey furious at axeing of Swedish coup panel
Sweden

Turkey furious at axeing of Swedish coup panel

Turkey has angrily reacted to the cancellation of a panel in Sweden about the failed July coup attempt seeking to oust the government from power, calling it a "blow" to the freedom of expression.

Cardinals protest St Peter’s Square McDonald’s
Italy

Cardinals protest St Peter’s Square McDonald’s

The new McVatican comes with a side order of outrage.

Banco Popolare and BPM shareholders vote on merger
Italy

Banco Popolare and BPM shareholders vote on merger

Banco Popolare and BPM shareholders are set to vote on Saturday on a proposed merger to create the country's third-largest lender, a much-anticipated accord expected to consolidate Italy's troubled banking sector.

Police send back-up to Gotland for new rape protests
Sweden

Police send back-up to Gotland for new rape protests

Swedish police are sending reinforcements to the island of Gotland ahead of a new round of weekend demonstrations over the alleged rape of a wheelchair-bound woman.

New talks in Lausanne to break Syria deadlock
Switzerland

New talks in Lausanne to break Syria deadlock

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russia's foreign minister Sergei Lavrov held face-to-face talks in Lausanne on Saturday, for the first time since Washington halted their bilateral push for peace in Syria.

Killjoy Norway refuses to gift Finland a mountain
Norway

Killjoy Norway refuses to gift Finland a mountain

The Norwegian government has resisted public pressure to offer a mountain summit to neighbouring Finland as part of its independence centenary celebrations.

Pope Francis to open Castel Gandolfo palace to public
Italy

Pope Francis to open Castel Gandolfo palace to public

The summer palace hosts the past pope's organic farm, which houses cows, free-range hens, cockerels and pontifical bees.

Crowds pay respects to Italy Nobel winner Dario Fo
Italy

Crowds pay respects to Italy Nobel winner Dario Fo

Crowds of mourners flocked on Friday to pay their respects to Italy's Nobel prize-winning dramatist Dario Fo, whose flower-adorned coffin lay in state in a theatre in Milan.

Germany threatens Facebook with hate speech law
Germany

Germany threatens Facebook with hate speech law

A senior German politician said on Friday that social media giants like Facebook should face legal penalties if they fail to tackle hate speech.

Germany will send back most Nigerians: Merkel
Germany

Germany will send back most Nigerians: Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday wrapped up a week of African diplomacy aimed at slowing the flow of migrants to Europe.

Hollande invokes unity at ceremony for Nice attack
France

Hollande invokes unity at ceremony for Nice attack

President Francois Hollande invoked the spirit of national unity on Saturday as he led tributes to 86 people killed in a jihadist truck attack in Nice on Bastille Day.

Calais migrant camp will be razed soon: French minister
France

Calais migrant camp will be razed soon: French minister

The total dismantling of the "Jungle" migrant camp in northern France will begin soon, a French minister said in comments published on Friday.