SPD/Greens win Lower Saxony by one seat
Germany

SPD/Greens win Lower Saxony by one seat

Chancellor Angela Merkel will be forced to size up her election year strategy on Monday after a narrow defeat to the centre-left opposition after a cliffhanger result in Lower Saxony's state poll.

Avalanche kills German in Bernese Oberland
Switzerland

Avalanche kills German in Bernese Oberland

A 29-year-old German man died in an avalanche while skiing in the Bernese Oberland over the weekend.

Lower Saxony poll turns into cliffhanger
Germany

Lower Saxony poll turns into cliffhanger

Lower Saxony's state election turned into a cliffhanger on Sunday night, as it was unclear whether the governing centre-right coalition would hang on to power.

Wawrinka loses to Djokovic in epic thriller
Switzerland

Wawrinka loses to Djokovic in epic thriller

Swiss tennis player Stanislas Wawrinka came close to knocking out defending Australian Open champ Novak Djokovic in a marathon match that ended early Monday.

Richemont joins up with Chinese luxury chain
Switzerland

Richemont joins up with Chinese luxury chain

Geneva-based luxury goods group Richemont and the world's largest jewellery chain, Chinese Chow Tai Fook, have agreed to create a joint venture, Le Temps newspaper is reporting.

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France

Hollande backs Algeria over hostage raid

French President Francois Hollande has come out in support of Algeria's deadly military strike against Islamist hostage-takers at a desert gas plant, saying the action was appropriate in the face of "coldly determined terrorists".

Reviving global growth tops Davos agenda
Switzerland

Reviving global growth tops Davos agenda

Reviving the global economy and the conflicts in Syria and Mali will top the agenda as world leaders and business chiefs meet this week in the Swiss ski resort of Davos for its annual gathering of international power brokers.

Swiss exports benefit from franc’s dip
Switzerland

Swiss exports benefit from franc’s dip

The Swiss franc, long a refuge for crisis-wary investors, has now fallen to its lowest level against the euro in 20 months amid a rosier outlook for the European common currency.

In Pictures: Paris as a winter wonderland
France

In Pictures: Paris as a winter wonderland

Paris became the City of White on Sunday as a blanket of snow covered the French capital. It is not often Paris experiences such heavy snowfalls so below are a few photographs to mark the rare occurrence.

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France

Paris thieves target Oscar winning actress Swank

Academy Award-winning US actress Hilary Swank had her handbag snatched in a Paris suburb Friday by thieves who smashed the window of the taxi she was in, police said.

High rate of Caesarian births questioned
Germany

High rate of Caesarian births questioned

Nearly every third baby in Germany is born via Caesarian section, giving the country one of the highest rates in Europe for C-sections, Focus magazine reported on Sunday.

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Sweden

Man suspected of killing his mum

A 27-year-old man was arrested on Saturday on suspicion of killing his mother her home in Uppsala in eastern Sweden.

Wintry weather cancels flights in Frankfurt
Germany

Wintry weather cancels flights in Frankfurt

Snow and freezing precipitation prompted the cancellation of more than 130 flights at Frankfurt Airport on Sunday morning with numerous other flights delayed, an airport spokeswoman said.

Ramsauer under fire for handling of Berlin airport
Germany

Ramsauer under fire for handling of Berlin airport

An internal review of German Transportation Minister Peter Ramsauer’s handling of the Berlin airport disaster shows he allegedly made significant mistakes Der Spiegel reported on Sunday.

Racist terms in children’s books divide Germans
Germany

Racist terms in children’s books divide Germans

Germans are divided over whether it is okay to use words like “negro” or “gypsy” in children’s book classics, a Bild am Sonntag survey made public on Sunday showed.

Centre Party plumbs new lows: poll
Sweden

Centre Party plumbs new lows: poll

The Centre Party fell to its lowest result since 1967 in a new voters' poll published on Sunday following weeks of turbulence surrounding the party's new programme.

Snow causes travel chaos across France
France

Snow causes travel chaos across France

Air France cancelled 40 percent of its short and medium-haul flights from Paris airports on Sunday as heavy snow disrupted air, road and rail transportation for a second day.

Merkel’s future tied to Lower Saxony vote
Germany

Merkel’s future tied to Lower Saxony vote

Voters in the German state of Lower Saxony headed to the polls Sunday in a regional test for Chancellor Angela Merkel, eight months before a national election.

Megaupload mogul starts anew despite legal woes
Germany

Megaupload mogul starts anew despite legal woes

Megaupload founder and German national Kim Dotcom claimed a "massive" response to his new file-sharing service on Sunday in New Zealand, exactly one year after he was arrested in the world's biggest online piracy case.

Union mulls suing train operator over crash
Sweden

Union mulls suing train operator over crash

A union representing a cleaner wrongly accused of stealing a train and guiding it into a Stockholm house on Tuesday is considering filing legal action against the rail operator.

Minister calls for law on corporate gender equality
Sweden

Minister calls for law on corporate gender equality

Sweden's equality minister Nyamko Sabuni has proposed a new law requiring companies to strive for a balance between women and men in the boardroom.

Bildt: Sweden in dark over US terror extradition
Sweden

Bildt: Sweden in dark over US terror extradition

Sweden's foreign minister Carl Bildt has stated that Sweden received no information with regards to two Swedes, suspected of terror crime in Somalia, who were extradited to the US.