Skier Gut misses Colorado hat trick
Switzerland

Skier Gut misses Colorado hat trick

Lara Gut's bid for a Beaver Creek treble ended Sunday when the Swiss racer failed to finish the first leg of the women's World Cup giant slalom ski competition.

Sheep sculptures fetch record auction prices
Switzerland

Sheep sculptures fetch record auction prices

Six unusual sheep sculptures created by late French artist François-Xavier Lalanne fetched a total of 1.4 million francs ($1.54 million) at an auction over the weekend in Crissier, a village near Lausanne in the canton of Vaud.

Seven die in Chinese-run factory fire in Tuscany
Italy

Seven die in Chinese-run factory fire in Tuscany

UPDATE: Seven people were killed and two others seriously injured on Sunday when a fire broke out in a Chinese-run garment factory in Italy's Tuscany region, regional authorities said.

Teen held after boy’s death at asylum house
Sweden

Teen held after boy’s death at asylum house

A 13-year-old boy is being held on suspicion of assault and manslaughter following the death of another teenager following a fight at asylum housing for lone refugees in northern Sweden.

Vasa fires imagination with new cannon
Sweden

Vasa fires imagination with new cannon

Christmas has come early for fans of iconic Swedish warship Vasa after experts built a replica of one of the cannons which featured on the vessel which sunk on its maiden voyage in 1628.

Kennedy offspring opens Paris debutantes ball
France

Kennedy offspring opens Paris debutantes ball

Dressed in Dior, Kyra Kennedy, great niece of the late US president, opened the Paris Debutantes Ball to the sound of a gypsy waltz Saturday, at one of the social events of the year where high society meets haute couture.

Foreign investors return to revitalized Spain
Spain

Foreign investors return to revitalized Spain

A year after fleeing Spain as its economy tottered on the brink of a full-blown sovereign bailout, foreign investors are coming back.

‘Slow TV’ attracts record audiences in Norway
Norway

‘Slow TV’ attracts record audiences in Norway

Images of knitting, fishing and panoramic landscapes are attracting record audiences in Norway after public broadcaster NRK replaced some of its usual prime time drama with "slow TV".

Child taken from Italian woman’s womb
Italy

Child taken from Italian woman’s womb

British social services forcibly removed a baby from a pregnant Italian woman's womb by caesarean section while she was in the country on a work trip, a report said on Saturday.

Top judge moves aside after Quick scandal
Sweden

Top judge moves aside after Quick scandal

Swedish Supreme Court judge Göran Lambertz is moving to a new role following a week in which he came in for heavy criticism over his handling of a case of once self-confessed cannibal Thomas Quick.

Gulf widens between UK and EU nations: poll
France

Gulf widens between UK and EU nations: poll

The difference in attitudes towards the European Union between Britain and its continental partners is widening on both sides, a poll of people in four countries, including France, showed on Saturday.

‘Brits in Spain should learn the language’
Spain

‘Brits in Spain should learn the language’

It's been a frenetic few weeks for Simon Manley since he took office as the UK's new ambassador to Spain and Andorra. In a recent interview with The Local, he spoke about the many challenges of the job, why he needs 25 hours in the day, and the reasons Brits living in Spain should learn the language.

Gulf widens between UK and EU nations: poll
Germany

Gulf widens between UK and EU nations: poll

The difference in attitudes towards the European Union between Britain and its continental partners is widening on both sides, a poll of people in four countries, including Germany, showed on Saturday.

Robben strikes as Bayern extend record
Germany

Robben strikes as Bayern extend record

Bayern Munich extended their unbeatenBundesliga record to 39 games with a workmanlike 2-0 home win over bottom side Eintracht Braunschweig on Saturday with Arjen Robben scoring both goals.

Bale hits hat-trick in Madrid romp
Spain

Bale hits hat-trick in Madrid romp

Gareth Bale took his tally to eight goals in his last seven games with a hat-trick as Real Madrid shrugged off the loss of Cristiano Ronaldo to beat Valladolid 4-0.

Swiss skier Gut wins World Cup super-G
Switzerland

Swiss skier Gut wins World Cup super-G

Lara Gut won the women's alpine World Cup super-G here Saturday, her second triumph in two days continuing the Swiss racer's red-hot start to the Olympic season.

FIFA calls for anti-doping overhaul
Switzerland

FIFA calls for anti-doping overhaul

Football world governing body FIFA called Friday for an overhaul in the approach to the fight against doping in sport.

Paris to host CAR crisis mini-summit
France

Paris to host CAR crisis mini-summit

Paris will host a mini-summit on December 7th on the crisis in strife-torn Central African Republic, with leaders from neighbouring African countries and UN chief Ban Ki-moon due to attend, the French presidency said Saturday.