Hamilton grabs late pole at German Grand Prix
Germany

Hamilton grabs late pole at German Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton delighted a vast crowd of Mercedes fans when he secured his second pole position in succession on Saturday with a dramatic fastest lap in the final seconds of qualifying.

Sweden and UK block US-Europe spy talks
Sweden

Sweden and UK block US-Europe spy talks

Sweden and the UK have joined forces to block the first talks between Europe and the US on intelligence and espionage following the NSA surveillance scandal, according to a report in the UK Guardian daily.

Tour de France: Britain’s Froome wins stage 8
France

Tour de France: Britain’s Froome wins stage 8

The favourite for the Tour de France, Britain's Chris Froome got his hands on the yellow jersey for the first time after a stunning performance in the Pyrenées saw him win stage 8 of this year's race.

China, Switzerland sign free trade agreement
Switzerland

China, Switzerland sign free trade agreement

China and Switzerland on Saturday signed a free trade agreement (FTA) — Beijing's first in continental Europe — in a deal that comes against a backdrop of trade tensions between the Asian giant and the European Union (EU).

Spain to harmonize regional business rules
Spain

Spain to harmonize regional business rules

The Spanish government approved Friday a draft law to harmonise business regulations across the nation's 17 regions to make it easier for companies to operate throughout the country.

Pamplona prepares for bull run mayhem
Spain

Pamplona prepares for bull run mayhem

Spain's best-known fiesta, San Fermin, a nine-day mix of round-the-clock drinking, religious processions and running ahead of a pack of sharp-horned charging bulls, kicks off Saturday in the northern city of Pamplona.

Witches at ‘Gates of Hell’: Norway’s darkest hour
Norway

Witches at ‘Gates of Hell’: Norway’s darkest hour

Four centuries ago in the remote Norwegian Arctic, a region known as the "Gates of Hell" for its harsh climes, dozens of women were prosecuted for witchcraft and killed and the guilt lingers on to the present day.

Malmö in Eurovision tourism windfall
Sweden

Malmö in Eurovision tourism windfall

The Eurovision Song Contest gave Malmö in southern Sweden a huge tourism and economic boost, according to a new report commissioned by the city's tourist board.

Germany revels in ‘boom boom’ Lisicki fever
Germany

Germany revels in ‘boom boom’ Lisicki fever

Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki has caught the imagination of tennis fans in her homeland as her 6-4, 2-6, 9-7 semi-final win over Agnieszka Radwanska saw her become the first German in 14 years to reach a Grand Slam final.

Two of three missing Germans found in Syria
Germany

Two of three missing Germans found in Syria

Two of three members of a German aid group who have been missing for two months in Syria, and were reported as kidnapped by their NGO, have been found, Berlin said Friday.

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Italy

Italian mafia capo caught in Colombia

Colombian police Friday arrested an alleged boss of Italy's Calabrian mafia, who is considered the most wanted drug trafficker in Europe, the defense ministry said.

Pope prepares for Italy migrant island visit
Italy

Pope prepares for Italy migrant island visit

Pope Francis will on Monday travel to an Italian island in the middle of the Mediterranean that has become a gateway for African economic migrants and refugees entering Europe in perilous crossings on rickety boats.

Swiss court OKs Credit Suisse data transfer
Switzerland

Swiss court OKs Credit Suisse data transfer

Switzerland's highest court ruled on Friday that Swiss bank Credit Suisse was free to transfer data to US authorities concerning clients suspected of tax dodging, ending a long series of legal challenges.

French expert links UK royal baby to Muhammad
France

French expert links UK royal baby to Muhammad

The baby's relations will stretch from a simple Parisian actress via the Dracula princes in Romania, to even an Islamic sultan from Seville in Spain, who descended from the Muslim Prophet Mohammed, experts say.

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France

Hollande backs Tunisia amid Egypt turmoil

Francois Hollande on Friday reaffirmed his confidence in the "new Tunisia" during the first trip by a French president since the January 2011 revolution which brought an Islamist-led government to power, and as political turmoil swept Egypt.

Man arrested over ice cream truck joyride
Sweden

Man arrested over ice cream truck joyride

A man has been arrested on suspicion of having stolen an ice cream truck and the involuntary manslaughter of a pedestrian outside of Katrineholm in central Sweden on Friday.