Swiss president against banking secrecy changes
Switzerland

Swiss president against banking secrecy changes

Swiss President Ueli Maurer says he sees "no need to change strategy" after fellow financial centre Luxembourg eased its bank secrecy practices.

Deadly Valais avalanches claim three victims
Switzerland

Deadly Valais avalanches claim three victims

A 47-year-old Swiss man on Sunday became the third victim to die from an avalanche in the Valais Alps in as many days.

Dead party founder wins election in Lugano
Switzerland

Dead party founder wins election in Lugano

The Lega dei Ticinesi (League of Ticino) emerged triumphant from municipal elections in Lugano on Sunday with three of its candidates winning election to the seven-person administrative council, including the party’s dead founder and former president.

Motorboats go silent on Venice’s Grand Canal
Italy

Motorboats go silent on Venice’s Grand Canal

Venice on Sunday enjoyed the sounds of silence as authorities imposed a five-hour ban on motorboats plying the Renaissance city's main waterway to raise awareness about noise pollution and architectural damage caused by waves.

‘Tank & Cut’ hairdressers hit petrol stations
Germany

‘Tank & Cut’ hairdressers hit petrol stations

A German entrepreneur has come up with a new business models for drivers on-the-go – Tank & Cut – mobile hairdressers at petrol stations. He said over the weekend that he planned on opening ten this year.

German wins record €46 million lotto jackpot
Germany

German wins record €46 million lotto jackpot

The statistical probability was one in 59 million, but a German man from the Rhine Main area beat the odds and won the €46 million Euro Lottery jackpot – the largest amount ever won by an individual in Germany.

Alcohol seizures down despite tough new law
Sweden

Alcohol seizures down despite tough new law

Despite the introduction of a new law strengthening the powers of customs officials, the number of seizures of alcohol ordered online has declined dramatically in 2013.

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Sweden

Doc charged for botched Swedish breast op

A Polish doctor and two nurses have been charged in connection with a breast augmentation operation in 2010 which left a Swedish woman in a coma and suffering from serious brain damage.

German automakers cater to Chinese tastes
Germany

German automakers cater to Chinese tastes

China has now become the focus of the automobile world and the country's car preferences are affecting what models key German carmakers offer, Stern magazine reported on Sunday.

Cheesed off New Yorkers slam mimolette blockade
France

Cheesed off New Yorkers slam mimolette blockade

Around 40 protesters took to the streets of New York on Saturday to demonstrate against a US ban on mimolette that has angered lovers of the distinctive French cheese.

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France

Young adults quit France to find jobs: report

The number of young French adults going abroad has swelled 14 percent in the past four years, many of them seeking better opportunities as economic malaise grips their nation, according to government figures.

Police hunt gangster after French prison break
France

Police hunt gangster after French prison break

French police were on a manhunt Sunday for a notorious armed robber who staged a dramatic prison break in northern France after briefly taking several guards hostage.

Red-Greens claim majority in new voter poll
Sweden

Red-Greens claim majority in new voter poll

The opposition Social Democrats, Left Party and Green Party would claim 50.3 percent of the vote if an election were to be held today, according to a new voter poll.

Volunteer group uncovers WWII graves
Germany

Volunteer group uncovers WWII graves

Nearly 70 years after the end of World War II, a group of volunteers working in eastern Germany near the Polish border is trying to uncover the remains of fallen soldiers.

Kids find loaded gun in the snow and fire round
Sweden

Kids find loaded gun in the snow and fire round

A group of children playing in a snow drift in Umeå in northern Sweden on Saturday came across what they thought was a toy gun only to find out that it was a real weapon when one of them pulled the trigger.

Teachers try to weed out high-tech cheaters
Germany

Teachers try to weed out high-tech cheaters

As 12th grade students approach their Abitur final examinations, schools are taking special precautions to make sure kids don’t cheat - especially since high tech advances have created other ways to do so.

Social Democratic Christians back Mustafa
Sweden

Social Democratic Christians back Mustafa

Omar Mustafa's forced resignation from the Social Democrats' governing board has prompted criticism from faith groups within the party.

Barça hopeful on Messi’s fitness for Bayern clash
Spain

Barça hopeful on Messi’s fitness for Bayern clash

Barcelona assistant manager Jordi Roura has said he is hopeful Lionel Messi will be fully fit for the first-leg of his side's Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich in 10 days time.

French police collect DNA in Alps murder case
France

French police collect DNA in Alps murder case

French police are collecting DNA samples of detectives and medical staff who worked on the Alp murder of a British-Iraqi family to exclude their DNA from the case after an expert accidentally contaminated crime-scene material, a prosecutor said Saturday.

Merkel rival tries to kick-start campaign
Germany

Merkel rival tries to kick-start campaign

Burdened by dismal poll ratings and a gaffe-prone candidate, Germany's centre-left Social Democrats will try to re-energise their campaign against popular Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday.