Cancellara falls back in world champion race
Switzerland

Cancellara falls back in world champion race

Switzerland’s Fabian Cancellara was tipped as the pre-race favourite to win the world championships road cycling championship in Florence on Sunday but he ultimately finished in 10th position as Portugal’s Rui Alberto Costa took first-place glory.

Geneva protestors seek end to housing ‘crisis’
Switzerland

Geneva protestors seek end to housing ‘crisis’

Close to 800 people demonstrated on Geneva streets over the weekend against the ongoing housing shortage and lack of affordable accommodation.

Swiss Army ‘fights’ France over finances
Switzerland

Swiss Army ‘fights’ France over finances

Switzerland's army simulated a French attack against their country in training exercises in August, the newspaper Matin Dimanche revealed on Sunday.

Kerchers do not want Knox to visit grave
Italy

Kerchers do not want Knox to visit grave

The family of Meredith Kercher, the British student murdered in Perugia in 2007, does not want Amanda Knox, whose retrial for the murder begins in Florence on Monday, to visit her grave.

Ligurian vineyards under threat
Italy

Ligurian vineyards under threat

Itslian grape farming traditions in the region of Liguria are in danger because of the higher cost of farming on 60-degree slopes, according to local farmers.

Kipsang breaks world record in Berlin marathon
Germany

Kipsang breaks world record in Berlin marathon

Kenya's Wilson Kipsang said he was delighted to break the marathon world record in Berlin on Sunday in a time of 2hrs 3 mins and 23 seconds.

Paris costs boost ranks of commuter ‘shuttlers’
France

Paris costs boost ranks of commuter ‘shuttlers’

Once a rare species, the long-distance commuter is becoming part of France's social landscape, as a combination of sky-high property prices, digital technology and high-speed TGV trains push workers further and further away from their offices in the capital.

Paris fashion ducks dearth of black models
France

Paris fashion ducks dearth of black models

Paris fashion this week tiptoed around the scarcity of black models on the catwalk with reaction reflecting the growing controversy surrounding the issue highlighted by models Naomi Campbell and Iman.

Öresund bridge lights up in Nazi flight memorial
Sweden

Öresund bridge lights up in Nazi flight memorial

The Öresund bridge linking Copenhagen and Malmö is set to be bathed in light on Tuesday evening in memorial to the Jews who fled Nazi-occupied Denmark for safety in Sweden 70 years ago.

Two die in suspected Stockholm arson attack
Sweden

Two die in suspected Stockholm arson attack

Two people were found dead in a fire-ravaged holiday home on the island of Dalarö in Stockholm's archipelago on Sunday morning in what police suspect was an arson attack or a double murder.

Guard changes at world cycling’s Swiss HQ
Switzerland

Guard changes at world cycling’s Swiss HQ

The Swiss-based International Cycling Union (UCI) now has a new president after Britain's Brian Cookson unseated longtime incumbent Pat McQuaid, an Irishman who lives in Switzerland.

Germany offers help to Syria chemical mission
Germany

Germany offers help to Syria chemical mission

Germany is ready to give finance and technical support to the international operation to destroy Syria's chemical weapons, Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said on Saturday.

Swiss rider Cancellara tipped for glory
Switzerland

Swiss rider Cancellara tipped for glory

On-form Swiss star Fabian Cancellara is being tipped for rainbow jersey glory but could face a tactical minefield during the men's road race at the world cycling championships in Italy on Sunday.

Bale home debut ends in Atletico defeat
Spain

Bale home debut ends in Atletico defeat

Gareth Bale's long-awaited home debut for Real Madrid ended in defeat at the hands of local rivals Atletico Madrid on Saturday evening at the Santiago Bernabeu.

US novelist Philip Roth receives French honour
France

US novelist Philip Roth receives French honour

France has awarded the US writer Philip Roth its highest decoration, the Legion d'honneur (Legion of Honor), with the country's foreign minister bestowing the award in New York.

‘Meredith Kercher should not be forgotten’
Italy

‘Meredith Kercher should not be forgotten’

The Mayor of Perugia has told The Local that the death of British student Meredith Kercher remains an "open wound" in the heart of Perugians and that she should "not be forgotten".

Swedish table-tennis star features on China stamp
Sweden

Swedish table-tennis star features on China stamp

Swedish six-times world table tennis champion and former Olympic gold medallist Jan-Ove Waldner has received the honour of becoming the first living foreigner to feature on a Chinese postage stamp.