Turkey warned over death penalty plans
Austria

Turkey warned over death penalty plans

The Council of Europe warned Turkey against reestablishing the death penalty Sunday as Ankara stepped up its crackdown over the failed July coup by firing 10,000 more civil servants.

Germany gets tough on Chinese takeovers
Germany

Germany gets tough on Chinese takeovers

Alarmed by a raft of Chinese takeovers, Germany is putting the brakes on the Asian giant's shopping spree as it sends out the message that not everything is for sale -- at the risk of antagonising Beijing.

‘Winter is coming’ this week, Swedish meteorologists say
Sweden

‘Winter is coming’ this week, Swedish meteorologists say

Meteorologist are convinced winter will finally be coming to Sweden this week, forecasting up to 30 centimetres of snow in some parts of the country.

Central African militias gather as French troops leave
France

Central African militias gather as French troops leave

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian heads to the Central African Republic on Sunday to formally end Operation Sangaris, begun three years ago to halt mass killings there but which failed to disarm militias terrorising the population.

Germany investigates Isis link to Hamburg teen murder
Germany

Germany investigates Isis link to Hamburg teen murder

German authorities are investigating a claim by jihadist group Islamic State to be behind the mid-October murder of a teenage boy in Hamburg, a police spokeswoman said on Sunday.

Jihadist loot at Swiss port? Geneva says no
Switzerland

Jihadist loot at Swiss port? Geneva says no

When a leading French politician said Switzerland's free ports were helping terrorists hide stolen assets, Swiss officials offered a blunt rebuke.

Pope tweets ‘unity’ message ahead of Sweden visit
Sweden

Pope tweets ‘unity’ message ahead of Sweden visit

Pope Francis on Sunday tweeted a message encouraging people to pray that his up-coming trip to Sweden “might contribute to the unity of all Christians”.

Hollande urges UK to take in 1,500 ‘Jungle’ minors
France

Hollande urges UK to take in 1,500 ‘Jungle’ minors

French President Francois Hollande on Saturday urged Britain to take in 1,500 unaccompanied minors from Calais' "Jungle" as officials stepped up efforts to finish demolishing the almost-deserted migrant camp.

Frenchman held in Dakar over ‘insulting’ Islam
France

Frenchman held in Dakar over ‘insulting’ Islam

A French national has been remanded in custody in Senegal over charges of "insulting" Islam, judicial sources told AFP on Saturday.

German chemical plant blast toll rises to four
Germany

German chemical plant blast toll rises to four

The BASF chemical giant on Saturday said a firefighter injured in an explosion at its plant in western Germany earlier this month had died, pushing the death toll up to four.

Nearly 2,000 run in Swedish zombie race
Sweden

Nearly 2,000 run in Swedish zombie race

Some 2,000 people on Saturday took part in the “Run for your lives” race in Örebro, where runners had to dodge hundreds of zombies lining the streets.

Italy ‘on its knees’ after biggest earthquake in 30 years
Italy

Italy ‘on its knees’ after biggest earthquake in 30 years

Italy's most powerful earthquake in 36 years stuck the country's mountainous centre Sunday, panicking shell-shocked residents for the third time in two months and flattening a world famous 600-year-old basilica.