Zurich farmers’ manager denies ‘horse cruelty’
Switzerland

Zurich farmers’ manager denies ‘horse cruelty’

The director of the Zurich Farmers' Federation faces charges of animal cruelty and German customs fraud in the cross-border trade of horses.

Historic results for French far-right party
France

Historic results for French far-right party

Early returns in the first round of France's municipal elections showed historic results for the anti-immigrant, anti-EU National Front Party. Conservative candidates were generally on their way to big gains as a record number of voters stayed away from the polls.

Merkel and Putin discuss Ukraine in phone call
Germany

Merkel and Putin discuss Ukraine in phone call

President Vladimir Putin and Chancellor Angela Merkel voiced their support for an OSCE observer mission to Ukraine, in a telephone conversation on Sunday, the Kremlin said.

Equip yourself with knowledge
Sweden

Equip yourself with knowledge

Statistics from UNESCO reveal that there were approximately 100 million people with a higher education in 2000. Ten years later, the figure was 178 million, and it is estimated that more than 400 million will have a degree by 2030.

Swedish bride murder suspect faces extradition
Sweden

Swedish bride murder suspect faces extradition

British murder suspect Shrien Dewani is set to be extradited to South Africa in April to face charges that he arranged to have his wife killed during their honeymoon, UK officials said Sunday.

Child abuse victim to sit on Vatican commission
Italy

Child abuse victim to sit on Vatican commission

A former victim of sexual abuse by priests will sit on a new commission created to root out paedophilia in the Catholic Church, the Vatican said on Saturday.

Guardiola poised to win league in record time
Germany

Guardiola poised to win league in record time

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola is poised to win the Bundesliga title in record time on Tuesday at Hertha Berlin on his debut season with the Bavarian giants.

Race is on in German intercity bus market
Germany

Race is on in German intercity bus market

Cheaper than taking a train or a plane and more relaxing than driving, the long-distance bus is becoming the travel mode of choice for many Germans after the market opened up last year.

Cocaine-filled condoms ‘addressed to the Vatican’
Italy

Cocaine-filled condoms ‘addressed to the Vatican’

German customs officials have intercepted a package addressed to the Vatican containing 14 condoms filled with cocaine, a newspaper reported on Sunday.

Germany nabs Vatican-bound cocaine condoms
Germany

Germany nabs Vatican-bound cocaine condoms

German customs officials have intercepted a package addressed to the Vatican containing 14 condoms filled with cocaine, the finance ministry said on Sunday.

Russia slams Germany for halting arms deal
Germany

Russia slams Germany for halting arms deal

Russia's Deputy Defence Minister Anatoly Antonov on Sunday said Germany's decision to halt a major arms deal over Moscow's takeover of Crimea was "unconstructive" and taken under pressure from the United States.

Rolling Stones plan Paris gig after Oz pull out
France

Rolling Stones plan Paris gig after Oz pull out

The Rolling Stones Sunday said they will play Paris' Stade de France in June for the first time since 2007, after postponing a tour of Australia due to the death of Mick Jagger's girlfriend.

Far right expects surge in French local elections
France

Far right expects surge in French local elections

The French voted Sunday in the first round of local elections that could see the far-right surge as the Socialist government battles record unpopularity and the main opposition is beset by scandal.

French spot objects in missing plane search
France

French spot objects in missing plane search

Malaysia said Sunday it had received new satellite images from France showing floating objects in the search area for a missing Malaysian jet in the southern Indian Ocean.

Germany accuses Russia of Europe break up bid
Germany

Germany accuses Russia of Europe break up bid

Germany on Saturday accused Russia of trying to splinter Europe as a Cold War-style struggle over the future of ex Soviet Ukraine ratched up following the Kremlin's defiant annexation of Crimea.

‘My children won’t stand in EU polls’: Berlusconi
Italy

‘My children won’t stand in EU polls’: Berlusconi

Italy's former prime minister and media tycoon Silvio Berlusconi on Saturday dismissed rumours that one of his children would fly his party's colours in the European Union's May elections.

Madrid ‘march for dignity’ ends in clashes
Spain

Madrid ‘march for dignity’ ends in clashes

Violence flared as tens of thousands descended on Madrid on Saturday, some having trekked from the furthest corners of Spain, at the end of a month-long "march for dignity" against the dire state of the economy.

Sweden backs bilateral aid to Ukraine
Sweden

Sweden backs bilateral aid to Ukraine

Sweden's government is exploring the possibility of providing bilateral loans to Ukraine alongside loans from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) subject to parliamentary approval.

Basque exiles set for Spain return

Basque exiles set for Spain return

Around 100 fugitives from ETA said Saturday they will return to the Spanish Basque country from southwestern France as the considerably weakened separatist group moves towards a historic disarmament.