First national fire hydrant toss event held in Aargau
Switzerland

First national fire hydrant toss event held in Aargau

A muscular fireman hurled a fire hydrant more than seven metres to capture the title of champion of Switzerland’s newest sport over the weekend in the canton of Aargau.

Swiss launches daily flights to Ukraine capital
Switzerland

Swiss launches daily flights to Ukraine capital

Swiss International Air Lines launched its new service between Zurich and Kiev on Sunday while rejigging winter service on other routes.

Jailed Greenpeace activist decries ‘isolation’
Switzerland

Jailed Greenpeace activist decries ‘isolation’

A Swiss Greenpeace activist held in Russia following a protest against Arctic drilling decries detention conditions in comments published on Sunday, complaining he was kept in isolation in a cold cell.

US tax evasion hunt feeds banker ‘paranoia’
Switzerland

US tax evasion hunt feeds banker ‘paranoia’

As an American hunt for tax evaders and their accomplices gains momentum, many Swiss bankers are afraid to go abroad for fear of arrest, one business leader said in an interview published on Sunday.

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Switzerland

New tech will safeguard communications: Maurer

Switzerland will soon roll out a new technology to better shield communications within the government from prying eyes, President Ueli Maurer said in an interview published on Sunday.

Federer loses to Del Potro at Swiss Indoors
Switzerland

Federer loses to Del Potro at Swiss Indoors

Top seed Juan Martin del Potro won the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament for the second straight year as the Argentine beat five-time champion Roger Federer 7-6 (7/3), 2-6, 6-4 in Basel on Sunday.

Brawling football fan run over by police car
Sweden

Brawling football fan run over by police car

A 34-year old football supporter was rushed to hospital after he got caught up in a brawl and was then accidentally run over by a police car.

Spaniards rally against potential Eta releases
Spain

Spaniards rally against potential Eta releases

Thousands of Spaniards answered a call Sunday by victims of Basque armed group Eta to protest against a European court ruling that could lead to the release of dozens of militants.

French MS sufferer makes Everest skydive
France

French MS sufferer makes Everest skydive

A French multiple sclerosis sufferer Sunday became the first disabled person to skydive over Mount Everest, successfully completing his landing before being taken to hospital as a precaution.

Refugee-shy towns hit out at new asylum bill
Sweden

Refugee-shy towns hit out at new asylum bill

Swedish municipalities are set to be forced to welcome more asylum seekers following a new bill introduced by the Swedish Migration Board with some saying it will be difficult to find housing for the influx.

Bale flops as Neymar shines in Barca win
Spain

Bale flops as Neymar shines in Barca win

Gareth Bale had an El Clasico debut to forget as Barcelona beat Real Madrid 2-1 at the Camp Nou thanks to goals from Neymar and Alexis Sanchez.

Huge mirrors bring sun to Norwegian village
Norway

Huge mirrors bring sun to Norwegian village

Residents of a remote village nestled in a steep-sided valley in southern Norway are about to enjoy winter sunlight for the first time ever thanks to giant mirrors.

Airbus tells Germany to pay up €600m loan
France

Airbus tells Germany to pay up €600m loan

Airbus on Saturday urged the German government to pay out a promised final loan instalment of 600 million euros ($830 million) for the construction of the A350, after the aircraft manufacturer said it had created German jobs in return.

Obama was aware of Merkel spying: Report
Germany

Obama was aware of Merkel spying: Report

US President Barack Obama was personally informed of mobile phone tapping against German Chancellor Angela Merkel, which may have begun as early as 2002, German media reported Sunday as a damaging espionage scandal widened.

Police hunt for liquorice thief
Sweden

Police hunt for liquorice thief

Police in southern Sweden are trying to track down a thief who stole 75 kilos of liquorice from the back of a truck while the driver was asleep.