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Lego admits 'mistake' in Ai Weiwei bricks row

Copenhagen - Lego billionaire Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen has admitted that the Danish toymaker's refusal to sell bricks to dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was a "mistake".

Danish govt seeks Syria travel ban after arrests

Copenhagen - Denmark's government said Friday it wanted to ban travel to areas where terror groups were operating in conflict zones in a bid to facilitate the prosecution of fighters returning from Syria.

Danish police arrest four alleged IS fighters, seize weapons

Copenhagen - Copenhagen police said Thursday they had detained four people on suspicion of joining the Islamic State group in Syria and seized weapons and ammunition in a search linked to the arrests.

Denmark extends ID checks on German border

Copenhagen - The Danish government on Friday extended random identification checks along the country's German border until May 3, saying they were needed to deter migrants from entering the country.

Brussels blasts 'attack against democratic Europe': Swedish PM

Stockholm - Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven described the blasts at Brussels airport and one of the city's metro stations on Tuesday as an attack against European democracy."It is an attack against democratic Europe.

Copenhagen gunman targeted controversial artist in deadly attack

Copenhagen - The gunman behind a double shooting in Copenhagen last year had intended to kill controversial Swedish artist Lars Vilks when he attacked a cultural centre, a man accused of helping him told a court Thursday.

Denmark tops global 'happy' index, Burundi at bottom

New York - Denmark, closely followed by Switzerland, is again the happiest country in the world while crisis-torn Syria and Burundi are the most miserable, according to a global ranking released Wednesday.

Copenhagen gunman 'joked after attacks' with alleged helpers

Copenhagen - A Danish court watched dramatic footage Thursday showing the gunman behind a double shooting in Copenhagen joking in a cafe with his alleged accomplices and pretending to pull a trigger after the attacks that left two people dead.

Germany's Merkel underestimated refugee crisis

Washington - Danish foreign minister Kristian Jensen complained Wednesday that Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel had underestimated how many refugees would flood into her country under a former open door policy.

Alleged helpers of Copenhagen attacker go on trial

Copenhagen - Four Danish men go on trial on Thursday accused of aiding a Copenhagen gunman who killed a filmmaker and a Jewish security guard in twin attacks last year.

Danish conservatives threaten to topple govt in farm dispute

Copenhagen - A small Danish party threatened Wednesday to withdraw its support for the government and force new elections if Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen failed to sack a cabinet minister in a row over agricultural reforms.

Danish searches for migrant valuables bring in 'nothing': Police

Copenhagen - Denmark's controversial law allowing police to search asylum seekers and confiscate their valuables to help pay for their accommodation has raised no money in its first 11 days, police said on Tuesday.

Tight security as Danes mark year since Copenhagen attacks

Copenhagen - Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen warned Sunday that Denmark still faces a "serious terror threat" as it marked a year since a gunman killed a filmmaker and a Jewish security guard in twin attacks in Copenhagen.

Controversial Danish migrant search law comes into force

Copenhagen - A controversial Danish law allowing police to seize valuables from refugees came into force on Friday, with the government's guidelines to police exempting wedding and engagement rings from the searches.

Cameron woos Polish, Danish leaders as clock ticks to avert 'Brexit'

Copenhagen - British Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday appeared to have come a step closer to sealing a contentious EU-wide deal on reforms to prevent a "Brexit" after making headway in talks with Danish and Polish leaders.

Four charged with terror offences over Copenhagen synagogue attack

Copenhagen - Four men, held in connection with twin gun attacks in Copenhagen last year, were on Wednesday charged with a terror offence, the justice ministry said.

Denmark extends ID checks at German border

Copenhagen - Denmark on Tuesday extended random identification checks on its border with Germany until February 23 to curb the tide of migrants into the country and "guarantee public order," the immigration ministry said.

Green Thumbs Up: Copenhagen ready to divest from fossil fuels

Copenhagen - Copenhagen is set to join the growing global divestment movement with its plan to sell off the coal, oil and gas assets of its 6.9 billion Krone (€1.29 billion) investment fund.

Danish anti-immigrant party expects further migrant curbs

Copenhagen - Denmark will probably tighten its asylum policies further, the country's influential anti-immigration party said Wednesday, a day after lawmakers passed a controversial bill allowing authorities to seize valuables from refugees.

Danish plan to seize migrants' valuables 'despicable': HRW

Istanbul - Legislation agreed in Denmark to seize the valuables of refugees in the hope of limiting the flow of migrants is "despicable", US-based rights watchdog Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Wednesday.

China's Ai Weiwei shuts show to protest Danish migrant law

Copenhagen - Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei on Wednesday closed down his exhibition in the Danish capital after lawmakers passed a controversial bill allowing authorities to seize valuables from asylum seekers.

Danish parliament approves controversial migrant bill

Copenhagen - Denmark's parliament on Tuesday adopted reforms aimed at dissuading migrants from seeking asylum by delaying family reunifications and allowing authorities to seize valuables, under legislation that has sparked widespread condemnation.

Denmark moves ahead with bill to curb migrants' rights

Copenhagen - Danish lawmakers on Thursday gave a final nod to drastic reforms curbing the rights of asylum seekers as legal and human rights experts castigated Copenhagen for turning its back on its international commitments.

Danish nightclub bars migrants over language requirements

Copenhagen - A Danish nightclub has been accused of discrimination over its language requirements for entry by asylum seekers, prompting fears more establishments could follow suit amid a spate of reports of sexual harassment.

Denmark's wind-powered electricity usage sets world record

A staggering 42 percent of Denmark's domestic energy use came from wind power in 2015. This set a new world record, breaking a record Denmark set just a year before.

Greece frees migrant rescuers detained for 'trafficking'

Atenas - Greek authorities have released five rescuers working for NGOs that help migrants making the perilous sea crossing from Turkey, police said on Sunday, after they were detained on suspicion of people smuggling.

As Danes debate, Swiss already seizing refugees' cash

Ginebra - As Denmark faces a barrage of criticism over its controversial plan to seize refugees' valuables, Switzerland has already been doing so for years, Swiss authorities said Friday.

Denmark gains backing for planned 'seizure policy'

Copenhagen - Migrants traveling to Denmark may end up coming up against a questionable policy that proponents claim will help pay the costs of allowing asylum-seekers into the country. Immigrants and asylum-seekers will have their valuables seized.

S.African trial delayed for Dane accused of mutilating women

Johanesburg - The trial in South Africa of a Danish man accused of mutilating women and storing pieces of their genitals in his freezer was deferred on Wednesday until next month, the prosecution said.

Danish lawmakers debate seizing refugees' valuables

Copenhagen - Denmark's parliament on Wednesday debated a controversial plan to seize refugees' valuables, with the bill widely expected to pass after being backed by a majority of lawmakers.
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