The U.K terror threat level has been raised to "Severe", one short of the highest level of "Critical" with intelligence services citing unspecified threats to London and other major cities in the weeks leading up to Christmas.
London remains on edge following last week's Islamist stabbing attack which claimed the lives of two people.
Cartoon for the Dutch (but with an English explanation): Suriname's President Desi Bouterse has been sentenced to 20 years in prison over the execution of 15 political opponents in 1982. However, the verdict means little as he is not arrested and is free to wait out an appeal (which could take up to 10 years) as a free man. Not exactly justice...
France’s nationwide strikes over pension reform on Thursday threaten to drag on for weeks and could be the biggest since 1995, when the country came to a crippling standstill after President Jacques Chirac also tried to overhaul its retirement system.