Cross-country skier named Swiss of the year
Switzerland

Cross-country skier named Swiss of the year

Television viewers over the weekend elected cross-country skier Dario Cologna as Swiss of the year for 2012.

Titlis snowboarder rescued from crevasse
Switzerland

Titlis snowboarder rescued from crevasse

A 36-year-old Swiss man survived falling into a crevasse while snowboarding at the Mount Titlis ski area in the canton of Obwalden over the weekend.

Thousands rally in Paris against gay-marriage
France

Thousands rally in Paris against gay-marriage

Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Paris on Sunday to protest against the French government's plans to legalise gay marriage and open up adoption for same-sex couples.

Lack of evidence may prevent ex-President trial
Germany

Lack of evidence may prevent ex-President trial

Disgraced German ex-President Christian Wulff may not have to stand trial for corruption allegations which cost him his job last year, as prosecutors do not have sufficient evidence against him, a newspaper said on Sunday.

Woman raped by five men in Stockholm
Sweden

Woman raped by five men in Stockholm

Police are searching for five men who attacked and raped a 22-year-old woman near the Sundbyberg train station in Stockholm in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Doctors’ group admits widespread corruption
Germany

Doctors’ group admits widespread corruption

Corruption among German doctors is more prevalent than previously thought, according to a report due to be published on Monday, with nearly 1,000 being investigated in recent years.

GM head: Opel in for two troubled years
Germany

GM head: Opel in for two troubled years

The head of General Motors in Europe said on Sunday that losses at its struggling German arm Opel would continue for at least two more years and possibly longer depending on market trends.

Zoo staff called Polish employee ‘monkey’
Sweden

Zoo staff called Polish employee ‘monkey’

A Polish man has sued his former employers at the Öland Djurpark zoo over discrimination and harassment.

Thierse welcomes Swabians after hate mail
Germany

Thierse welcomes Swabians after hate mail

Former Bundestag President Wolfgang Thierse welcomed Swabians to Berlin in a newspaper article on Sunday after being shocked by the incensed reaction to his comments on the city's newcomers - he received over 3,000 hate emails.

Swiss seek probe of Syrian ‘war crimes’
Switzerland

Swiss seek probe of Syrian ‘war crimes’

Switzerland says it will petition the International Criminal Court to probe war crimes in Syria while Russia is calling for a political transition in the country.

Federer fired up down under for Aussie Open
Switzerland

Federer fired up down under for Aussie Open

Swiss tennis great Roger Federer says he is fresh and eager for more Grand Slam glory as he prepares for his 53rd straight major, defending his quiet start to the year.

Swedes most worried about organized crime
Sweden

Swedes most worried about organized crime

Sweden's defence and security elite gathers for three days of debating, dining and skiing amid reports that a majority of Swedes believe organized crime is the biggest security threat.

Scandal as rapper posts anti-Israel map
Germany

Scandal as rapper posts anti-Israel map

German rap star Bushido caused outrage over the weekend when he posted on his Twitter profile a map of the Middle East next to the words “Free Palestine,” on which Israel was nowhere to be seen.

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Sweden

Skier found drowned after falling through ice

The body of a 60-year-old man was found in the hole of a frozen sea inlet in Umeå, northern Sweden, a day after he went missing.

Swedish students’ howls echo across the world
Sweden

Swedish students’ howls echo across the world

A video featuring the spontaneous, unsettling screams of university students in Sweden is making waves across the world, shedding light on a curious Swedish university tradition the origins of which remain unclear.

Analysts: German downturn won’t last
Germany

Analysts: German downturn won’t last

German's economy has begun to feel the effects of the cold winds of recession blowing elsewhere in the region, said a government report released on Friday, but analysts say any downturn it suffers will prove only temporary.