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Switzerland

FIFA authorize veils and turbans during matches

Football's world governing body FIFA on Saturday officially authorised the wearing of head covers for religious purposes during matches.

Spain terror group vows to put arsenal ‘out of use’
Spain

Spain terror group vows to put arsenal ‘out of use’

The Basque group Eta announced Saturday it would put its arsenal of weapons "out of operational use" in a first step by the considerably weakened separatist group towards an historic disarmament.

Socialists push Schulz for EU top job
Germany

Socialists push Schulz for EU top job

European Socialists on Saturday anointed Germany's Martin Schulz as their candidate for European Commission president, launching their campaign for elections in May with calls to fight unemployment and rising populism.

Bayern’s Müller sure of Bundesliga title win
Germany

Bayern’s Müller sure of Bundesliga title win

Star player Thomas Müller has admitted the Bundesliga title race is over and it is just a matter of time before Bayern Munich are again crowned champions.

France: Ukraine integrity must be respected
France

France: Ukraine integrity must be respected

French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault on Saturday said the territorial integrity of Ukraine "must absolutely be respected", after Kiev accused Moscow of sending more than 6,000 soldiers to Crimea.

Swedish kids concerned over ‘paedo’ phone app
Sweden

Swedish kids concerned over ‘paedo’ phone app

A number of Swedish children have expressed alarm this week following a (false) rumour that a popular telephone app may have been hacked by a preying paedophile.

Swiss warn against travel to Sharm el-Sheikh
Switzerland

Swiss warn against travel to Sharm el-Sheikh

Switzerland and Belgium warned tourists Friday against going to the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh after what Brussels called a "serious threat."

Italy government bails out debt-ridden Rome
Italy

Italy government bails out debt-ridden Rome

Italy's new government Friday decreed a payment of €570 million ($787 million) to Rome to prevent the capital sliding into bankruptcy.

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Germany

Moody’s raises Germany outlook to stable

Moody's raised its outlook for the German bond rating to "stable" from "negative" on Friday, citing the lowered risk that Berlin would be called on to prop up weak eurozone economies.

Porsche extends chief’s contract for five years
Germany

Porsche extends chief’s contract for five years

The head of Porsche, Matthias Müller, has had his contract renewed for another five years, the board of the German sports car company said on Friday.

World Cup prompted ex-Pope’s resignation

World Cup prompted ex-Pope’s resignation

The soccer World Cup taking place in Brazil this year indirectly prompted Pope Benedict XVI to bring forward his resignation by a year, his private secretary told a German newspaper on Friday.

Julie Gayet misses out on French film award
France

Julie Gayet misses out on French film award

Julie Gayet, the alleged lover of French President François Hollande, on Friday missed out on a top film award at France's equivalent of the Oscars.

Slain French couple’s kin to appeal Bolivia ruling
France

Slain French couple’s kin to appeal Bolivia ruling

The families of a French couple who disappeared in Bolivia are to appeal the acquittal of three alleged accomplices to the man jailed for 30 years for his murder.

‘Warrior’ women grace Paris fashion parade
France

‘Warrior’ women grace Paris fashion parade

Parisian chic met power dressing on the catwalks Friday with sharply tailored suits from Dior's Raf Simons and big shoulders for "modern warrior woman" from boho queen Isabel Marant.

Swedish dads to share in child benefit spoils
Sweden

Swedish dads to share in child benefit spoils

Fathers in Sweden have been given the right to a share of child benefit regardless of the wishes of the mother who had previously been given the allowance by default.

Police shoot mentally ill man after stand off
Sweden

Police shoot mentally ill man after stand off

Swedish police shot and immobilized a mentally ill man at a farm near Sollefteå in northern Sweden on Friday evening, ending an armed stand off that had begun at lunchtime.