Two injured in Norwegian shopping centre stabbing
Norway

Two injured in Norwegian shopping centre stabbing

UPDATED: Teenage girl arrested by police after stabbing two female victims.

Notorious German Islamist preacher jailed for five and a half years
Germany

Notorious German Islamist preacher jailed for five and a half years

One of Germany's most notorious Islamist preachers, Sven Lau, was sentenced on Wednesday to five and a half years in jail for backing a terrorist group.

Trend of ever more childless women comes to halt in Germany – even for academics
Germany

Trend of ever more childless women comes to halt in Germany – even for academics

New figures released on Wednesday show that the years-long trend of women in Germany ending up childless has come to an end, with even university-educated women bringing more babies into the world.

Denmark faces first ‘summer-less’ July in 38 years
Denmark

Denmark faces first ‘summer-less’ July in 38 years

Let’s face it, this has hardly felt like summer. Now we’ve got the numbers to prove it.

Rare white elk photographed in Swedish back garden
Sweden

Rare white elk photographed in Swedish back garden

Jessica Hemlin occasionally has a very special visitor in her back garden: a white elk. When it made an appearance this week, she had the presence of mind to run and grab her camera.

Geologists fear Norway’s famed Preikestolen could collapse
Norway

Geologists fear Norway’s famed Preikestolen could collapse

Geologists are concerned that Norway’s famed Preikestolen cliff formation could collapse into the Lysefjord below and create flooding.

France to say ‘bienvenue’ to its first ever panda cub
France

France to say ‘bienvenue’ to its first ever panda cub

A French zoo is celebrating the news that its female panda is pregnant meaning France will soon be welcoming its very first cub.

Sweden coach Pia Sundhage admits ‘gamble’ at Women’s Euro 2017
Sweden

Sweden coach Pia Sundhage admits ‘gamble’ at Women’s Euro 2017

"I'm not satisfied with the defence, but at the same time that's on me."

French farmers are crowd-funding for a ‘humane’ abattoir
France

French farmers are crowd-funding for a ‘humane’ abattoir

Pictures, sounds, and smells of the countryside would help animals feel at ease in their final moments, farmers say.

Danish backpacker deported from Australia after rape conviction
Denmark

Danish backpacker deported from Australia after rape conviction

The 19-year-old admitted that he had sex with a fellow backpacker while she was asleep.

IRA suspect admits role in 1990s attack on British base in north Germany
Germany

IRA suspect admits role in 1990s attack on British base in north Germany

A former member of an IRA splinter group on Wednesday admitted to a German court his role in carrying out an attack at a British base in Germany 21 years ago.

IN PICTURES: Fires continue to devastate France
France

IN PICTURES: Fires continue to devastate France

Some of the most dramatic images of the wildfires blazing in southern France and Corsica.

German man jailed for filming women peeing at Roskilde Festival

German man jailed for filming women peeing at Roskilde Festival

A 49-year-old German man was sentenced to 30 days in jail on Wednesday for having secretly filmed as many as 60 female Roskilde Festival guests as they urinated, Danish news agency Ritzau reported.

Young, healthy immigrants are stabilizing Germany’s social security system, figures show
Germany

Young, healthy immigrants are stabilizing Germany’s social security system, figures show

While some have speculated that increased immigration could be a strain on Germany's social security systems, new figures reported by German media seem to show that the safety net is actually profiting greatly.

Opening opera at famed Wagner festival holds mirror up against composer’s anti-Semitism
Germany

Opening opera at famed Wagner festival holds mirror up against composer’s anti-Semitism

An edgy new opera production by Australian Jewish director Barrie Kosky tackling Wagner's anti-Semitism head-on won rapturous applause at Germany's renowned Bayreuth opera festival and rave reviews Wednesday.

The Swedish no-confidence motion explained: who’s involved and what it means
Sweden

The Swedish no-confidence motion explained: who’s involved and what it means

Three Swedish government ministers now face a no-confidence motion from the opposition Alliance parties in the wake of the recent transport data leak. But what exactly does that mean? The Local gives you the low-down.

Tripoli asks Italy to help fight traffickers in Libyan waters
Italy

Tripoli asks Italy to help fight traffickers in Libyan waters

Libya's UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj has appealed to Italy to send ships into Libyan territorial waters to help combat human trafficking, Rome said on Wednesday.

Rajoy: ‘I never dealt with party financial matters’
Spain

Rajoy: ‘I never dealt with party financial matters’

Rajoy denied all knowledge of illegal party financing when he gave evidence in court on Wednesday.

In France, you can get your oysters from a vending machine
France

In France, you can get your oysters from a vending machine

Only in France.

Police search for possible lioness roaming French countryside
France

Police search for possible lioness roaming French countryside

Is a lioness on the loose in the France?

In pictures: Stockholm now has a 140-metre long inflatable waterslide for adults
Sweden

In pictures: Stockholm now has a 140-metre long inflatable waterslide for adults

"We must be the only obstacle course in the world with a 140-metre long waterslide as part of it."

UniCredit says hackers get data on 400,000 clients
Italy

UniCredit says hackers get data on 400,000 clients

UniCredit said on Wednesday that hackers obtained information on about 400,000 of its Italian customers, but not data that would give them access to bank accounts.

France remembers priest slain by terrorists in his own church
France

France remembers priest slain by terrorists in his own church

France honours the priest whose throat was slit during mass in a jihadist terror attack.

Ten thousand flee raging wildfires in southern France
France

Ten thousand flee raging wildfires in southern France

The fires are still blazing.

More details emerge on 4 German women arrested as suspected Isis ‘brides’
Germany

More details emerge on 4 German women arrested as suspected Isis ‘brides’

A German newspaper has reported more details about the four German women - including one 16-year-old girl - arrested in Iraq as suspected Isis "brides".

Locals grumble as Italian viral video sends thousands to Swiss village

Locals grumble as Italian viral video sends thousands to Swiss village

Is all publicity good publicity?

Police make arrest after American tourist pushed in front of tram in Cologne
Germany

Police make arrest after American tourist pushed in front of tram in Cologne

A 26-year-old man was arrested in Cologne on Tuesday on suspicion of attempted murder, after an American teenager was pushed in front of a tram in Cologne the day before.

Paris tourism alive and kicking after terror doldrums
France

Paris tourism alive and kicking after terror doldrums

Paris tourism is enjoying a revival.

One woman missing and disaster alert sounded amid storms across Germany
Germany

One woman missing and disaster alert sounded amid storms across Germany

As storms continue to batter much of the country on Wednesday, one woman has gone missing, one town has raised the official disaster alert, and another town is considering partial evacuation due to the weather.

Protests outside court as Spanish PM takes stand in corruption trial
Spain

Protests outside court as Spanish PM takes stand in corruption trial

Protestors gathered outside the court ahead of the arrival of Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who will take the stand as a witness in a major graft trial involving former members of his conservative Popular Party.

Swedish opposition announces no-confidence motion against three government ministers
Sweden

Swedish opposition announces no-confidence motion against three government ministers

The Swedish government is holding an emergency meeting after the opposition Alliance coalition announced it plans a motion of no confidence against three ministers caught up in the transport data leak.

Children find boa constrictor by river in Geneva
Switzerland

Children find boa constrictor by river in Geneva

Not what you expect to find on the banks of a Swiss river...

French police blasted for ‘routinely’ using pepper spray on migrants
France

French police blasted for ‘routinely’ using pepper spray on migrants

Rights group says asylum seekers and migrants had difficulty recalling how many times they'd been pepper sprayed by French police.

German women squash Russia to set up quarter-final clash with Danes
Germany

German women squash Russia to set up quarter-final clash with Danes

Holders Germany beat Russia 2-0 on Tuesday to set up a women's Euro quarter-final clash with Denmark.

Cardinal Pell denies abuse charges in Australian court
Italy

Cardinal Pell denies abuse charges in Australian court

Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell, a top advisor to Pope Francis, denied all charges of historical sexual abuse on Wednesday at his first appearance in an Australian court over the allegations.

Sweden cuts 2017 asylum seeker forecast again, but fewer cases will be processed
Sweden

Sweden cuts 2017 asylum seeker forecast again, but fewer cases will be processed

The number of asylum seekers predicted to come to Sweden in 2017 has dropped by 6,700 compared to the last forecast in April.

Spanish football chief Villar banned amid graft probe
Spain

Spanish football chief Villar banned amid graft probe

Spanish football federation president Angel Maria Villar, in custody following his arrest on corruption charges, was suspended for a year on Tuesday by the country's sports ministry (CSD).

UPDATED: Swiss police arrest suspected chainsaw attacker
Switzerland

UPDATED: Swiss police arrest suspected chainsaw attacker

He was apprehended in Thalwil.

Italian police capture escaped killer ‘Johnny the Gypsy’
Italy

Italian police capture escaped killer ‘Johnny the Gypsy’

Italian police have recaptured the escaped killer known as "Johnny the Gypsy" after three weeks on the run.

13 found dead in Med dinghy as EU extends rescue scheme
Italy

13 found dead in Med dinghy as EU extends rescue scheme

Rescuers aiding a dinghy packed with migrants off the coast of Libya said on Tuesday they had discovered 13 bodies, including pregnant women, as EU member states extended an anti-human trafficking scheme in the Mediterranean.

Suspected arsonist arrested following asylum centre fire in northern Sweden
Sweden

Suspected arsonist arrested following asylum centre fire in northern Sweden

A man has been arrested suspected of arson after a fire raged at a home for asylum seekers in northern Sweden.

Sweden progress to Women’s Euro 2017 quarter-finals
Sweden

Sweden progress to Women’s Euro 2017 quarter-finals

Sweden have progressed to the quarter-finals of Women’s Euro 2017 despite a surprising 3-2 defeat to Italy that left coach Pia Sundhage disappointed.

In pictures: 8 of Sweden’s weirdest looking buildings
Sweden

In pictures: 8 of Sweden’s weirdest looking buildings

From a mushroom to a Lego house and something that resembles the Death Star from Star Wars, Sweden has its fair share of odd buildings.