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Switzerland

Swiss on UN collision course after Geneva vote

Residents of Swiss city Geneva voted to tighten restrictions on demonstrations and authorised stiff fines for violators in a referendum on Sunday, setting up a human rights clash with the UN.

Hublot unveils world’s most expensive watch
Switzerland

Hublot unveils world’s most expensive watch

Swiss watchmaker Hublot unveiled on Wednesday the world's most expensive watch with a price tag of $5 million and inlaid with more than 1,200 diamonds, including six stones of more than 3 carats each.

Nursing students protest against low wages
Sweden

Nursing students protest against low wages

Some 500 nursing students in Umeå, in northern Sweden, are taking a stand and demanding higher entry wages. They're encouraging all nurses to turn down any job with a monthly salary of less than 24,000 kronor ($3,500), according to reports in local media.

Gay ‘shooting king’ hit with female queen rule
Germany

Gay ‘shooting king’ hit with female queen rule

The German shooting federation has banned gay ceremonial “kings” from appearing in public with their partners - and says they have to take a female partner to functions instead.

Cologne FC parts with director of sport
Germany

Cologne FC parts with director of sport

Cologne parted company with director of sport Volker Finke just hours after their 1-0 win over Hertha Berlin in the German league, a move the club said on Sunday was a search for "clarity."

No financial help for bankrupt Schlecker
Germany

No financial help for bankrupt Schlecker

The bankrupt drugstore chain Schlecker will not receive money from the German development bank Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW), the Welt newspaper reported on Sunday.

Results: No to holidays, yes to sex stalls
Switzerland

Results: No to holidays, yes to sex stalls

Switzerland voted against more holidays, while Zurich approved an initiative to shift the sex trade out of the city centre in just two of a series of federal and local referenda held on Sunday. 

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Switzerland

Swiss vote on holidays, demos and sex trade

Switzerland is voting on Sunday in a series of referenda on issues ranging from longer holiday entitlement to tougher rules on demonstrations in Geneva -- a proposal already denounced by a UN expert.

Germany not seeking to ‘occupy’ Greece
Germany

Germany not seeking to ‘occupy’ Greece

Germany is not seeking to "occupy" Greece or control Europe German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble told a Greek daily on Sunday, dismissing the idea as "stupid."

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Switzerland

Geneva to tighten protest restrictions: results

Residents in Geneva approved in a referendum on Sunday imposing tighter restrictions on demonstrations and authorising stiff fines for violators, according to near complete results.

Disgraced president retreats to monastery
Germany

Disgraced president retreats to monastery

Ex-President Christian Wulff has gone on a temporary monastic retreat, according to the Bild am Sonntag newspaper. Allegations of corruption in the past months have taken their toll, sources high up in Berlin political circles said.

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Sweden

Children ‘unprotected’ after court ruling: agency

Sweden's Migration Board (Migrationsverket) can't stop children coming to Sweden, even when there's a risk that they'll be exposed to violence and assault from a step parent, according to a court ruling from the Migration Court of Appeals (Migrationsöverdomstolen).

‘Lower Sweden’s youth wages’: minister
Sweden

‘Lower Sweden’s youth wages’: minister

When Liberal Party leader Jan Björklund spoke at the party's congress in Västerås, he brought up youth unemployment as well as the hotly debated Saudi arms deal.

Poorer children in more traffic accidents: report
Sweden

Poorer children in more traffic accidents: report

Traffic safety is a class issue in Sweden, as working class children are far more likely to be injured in traffic than their middle class friends, according to a study from Stockholm's Karolinska Institute.

Germany pledges €265 million to Yemen
Germany

Germany pledges €265 million to Yemen

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has pledged €265 million in aid to Yemen during a visit to the impoverished Arabian peninsula country, according to the state-run Saba news agency.