Hard-left militants attack National Front
France

Hard-left militants attack National Front

Five extreme left-wing militants were held for questioning on Sunday after three members of the right-wing National Front were allegedly attacked and injured in Saint Etienne, capital of the Loire region.

Rare ‘phallus’ plant flowers in Basel
Switzerland

Rare ‘phallus’ plant flowers in Basel

A titan arum, a rare tropical plant at the University of Basel billed as the largest type of flower in the world, is blooming again.

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Switzerland

Geneva pastry chefs break Guinness record

A legion of Swiss pastry chefs baked their way into the Guinness Book of World Records on Sunday with a chocolate Napoleon more than 1.2 kilometres long, the ATS news agency reported.

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Switzerland

Illegal tax probes made by French agents: report

French tax agents regularly travel to Switzerland without authorization from Swiss officials to investigate French citizens suspected of tax evasion, a Swiss newspaper says.

Burst pipe causes Olympic office flood
Switzerland

Burst pipe causes Olympic office flood

The International Olympic Committee headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland were partially flooded Sunday after an old water pipe burst, damaging archives and knocking out communications, the organization said.

Man to face remand for Gothenburg kidnap
Sweden

Man to face remand for Gothenburg kidnap

The 24-year-old man arrested on Friday on suspicion of having kidnapped a nine-year-old schoolgirl in Gothenburg is set to be remanded into custody on Monday.

Baby food maker pulls ‘misleading’ tea
Germany

Baby food maker pulls ‘misleading’ tea

Baby food maker Hipp has pulled the heavily criticized sugared tea that won an award for most misleading advertising earlier this year.

Sweden’s André Myhrer wins World Cup slalom
Sweden

Sweden’s André Myhrer wins World Cup slalom

Sweden's André Myhrer won the opening slalom of the men's World Cup season in Levi, Finland on Sunday.

Police puzzle over factory shooting spree
Germany

Police puzzle over factory shooting spree

German police were on Sunday still baffled by the Friday night factory shooting spree in the western town of Hilden. An employee shot and injured four co-workers - two apparently targeted specifically - before shooting himself dead.

Minister reveals power line investment plan
Germany

Minister reveals power line investment plan

Environment Minister Peter Altmaier plans to unveil a scheme to allow Germans to invest directly in the country's energy transition, promising a guaranteed five percent return.

Leading Hindu priest attacked at home
Germany

Leading Hindu priest attacked at home

At least five masked men have brutally attacked and robbed Siva Sri Paskarakurukkal, Germany's most well-known Hindu priest, it was reported Sunday.

German firms brace for tough 2013
Germany

German firms brace for tough 2013

Europe is in recession, but the majority of companies in Germany, the region's top economy, are continuing to defy the crisis, with strong and often better-than-expected results in the third quarter.

Former Milan star tackles Swiss football turbulence
Switzerland

Former Milan star tackles Swiss football turbulence

With his killer stare and impeccable track record, Gennaro Gattuso isn't a man who's easily overawed.

SAS in last minute bid to avoid collapse: report
Sweden

SAS in last minute bid to avoid collapse: report

According to reports in several Swedish media sources, Scandinavian Airline SAS is reported to be close to bankruptcy with staff set to be told to take a pay cut or face losing their jobs.

‘Bayern are unplayable,’ says defeated coach
Germany

‘Bayern are unplayable,’ says defeated coach

Eintracht Frankfurt coach Armin Veh has insisted Bayern Munich are in a "league of their own" after the Bundesliga leaders' 2-0 win keeps them seven-points clear at the top of the league.

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Sweden

Teenage boy reports group rape

A 17-year-old boy has reported that he was raped by several men near a churchyard in central Växjö in southern Sweden on Friday night, according to a report in the local Smålandsposten daily.

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Sweden

Sword-wielding man shot by police

A 25-year-old man armed with a sword was shot by police in central Stockholm on Saturday night after he had threatened several taxis and police officers.