US agency pursues Swiss drone operator
Switzerland

US agency pursues Swiss drone operator

The US aviation agency is appealing the dismissal of a $10,000 fine it imposed on a Swiss entrepreneur who flew a drone over a college campus to make a commercial.

Marathon race skier dies after crossing finish line
Switzerland

Marathon race skier dies after crossing finish line

A 61-year-old Swiss man died on Sunday after participating in the Engadin cross-country ski marathon race in the canton of Graubünden.

Swedes train with Nato on Russian border
Sweden

Swedes train with Nato on Russian border

Over a thousand Swedish troops are participating in a Nato training exercise close to the Russian border and have admitted the two-week drill may risk irritating the military power base in Moscow.

German biathlete to learn doping fate end March
Germany

German biathlete to learn doping fate end March

Double Olympic gold medallist Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle, who failed a dope test during the Sochi Games last month, will discover her fate at the end of the month, the International Biathlon Union (IBU) said Saturday.

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Germany

Travel firms tap into social networks via blogs

Tourism companies are turning to travel bloggers as a route into the vast global market of social network users, industry insiders say.

France’s Bouygues set to sell mobile network
France

France’s Bouygues set to sell mobile network

French conglomerate Bouygues Telecom is ready to sell its cell phone antennas and frequencies to competitor Free to smooth its bid to take over Vivendi's SFR, its chief executive said Sunday.

Ivory auction breaks French price records
France

Ivory auction breaks French price records

A French auction of legal ivory broke records on Saturday, with prices reaching up to €1,000 a kilogramme ($630 a pound), according to Alexander Debussy, associate director of auction house Cannes Encheres.

France’s late show stuns Scotland
France

France’s late show stuns Scotland

France kept their Six Nations titles hopes alive with a last gasp 19-17 win away to Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday.

Spain gives away empty villages for free
Spain

Spain gives away empty villages for free

Like thousands of abandoned villages in Spain, A Barca — with its 12 crumbling stone homes covered in moss and ivy — is seeking a new owner to bring it back to life.

Barcelona suffer shock defeat, Atletico go top
Spain

Barcelona suffer shock defeat, Atletico go top

Barcelona slumped to their third defeat in seven league games as they lost away to relegation-threatened Valladolid 1-0 on Saturday.

Islam terror risk in Spain is high: Officials
Spain

Islam terror risk in Spain is high: Officials

A decade since the deadly Al-Qaeda-inspired train bombings in Madrid, Spain stands on alert against growing numbers of Islamist "lone wolves" willing to launch fresh attacks, officials say.

Spanish 18th century ship found off Argentina
Spain

Spanish 18th century ship found off Argentina

A team of archaeologists in Argentina has pinpointed the location of the 1765 shipwreck of a Spanish merchant ship off the southern coast, officials said Saturday.

Swede Aregawi wins race and asks for privacy
Sweden

Swede Aregawi wins race and asks for privacy

Ethiopian-born Swede Abeba Aregawi won women's 1500m gold at the World Indoor Athletics Championships at Sopot on Saturday but her win was overshadowed as she asked for privacy following media reports about her marriage.

Spanish women defend abortion rights
Spain

Spanish women defend abortion rights

Thousands rallied in Spanish cities on Saturday to mark International Women's Day with noisy demonstrations for equality at work and against the government's bid to curb abortion rights.

Stolen passport leads to Malaysia flight mix up
Italy

Stolen passport leads to Malaysia flight mix up

An Italian man was obliged to call his family to establish that he was in fact alive after his stolen passport led to him featuring on the passenger list of the missing Malaysia Airline flight.

Sweden selects Sanna for Eurovision bid
Sweden

Sweden selects Sanna for Eurovision bid

It was a case of seventh time lucky for Swedish songstress Sanna Nielsen as she edged out Ace Wilder to win the Melodifestivalen finale and earn a shot at Eurovision glory in May.

US Michelangelo gun ad prompts Italy ire
Italy

US Michelangelo gun ad prompts Italy ire

Italy's Culture Minister Dario Franceschini Saturday called for a US guns dealer to withdraw an advertisement using an image of Michelangelo's David -- but with the famed statue holding a bolt-action rifle.

Ukraine’s Tymoshenko in Berlin hospital
Germany

Ukraine’s Tymoshenko in Berlin hospital

Ukraine's former Prime Minister, Yulia Tymoshenko, has arrived in Berlin for medical treatment, a hospital official said on Saturday.

Georgia avalanche kills German snowboarders
Germany

Georgia avalanche kills German snowboarders

An avalanche has killed two French and two German snowboarders in the Caucasus mountains of northern Georgia, police in the former Soviet republic said on Saturday.

Georgia avalanche kills French snowboarders
France

Georgia avalanche kills French snowboarders

An avalanche has killed two French and two German snowboarders in the Caucasus mountains of northern Georgia, police in the former Soviet republic said on Saturday.

French climbers fall to death in Jordan
France

French climbers fall to death in Jordan

Three French nationals fell to their death on Saturday as they tried to climb a mountain in southern Jordan, the civil defence department said.

Hollande warns of ‘new measures’ against Russia
France

Hollande warns of ‘new measures’ against Russia

Presidents Francois Hollande of France and Barack Obama of the United States on Saturday warned of "new measures" against Russia if it fails to move on defusing the crisis in Ukraine, the French presidency said.

VIDEO: Zlatan’s kung-fu kick goal assist
Sweden

VIDEO: Zlatan’s kung-fu kick goal assist

Swedish superstar showed off his kung-fu skills with a cheeky backflick to help set up a goal in another routine win for his club side Paris Saint-Germain.