Italian gets 20 years for acid attack on ex-lover
Italy

Italian gets 20 years for acid attack on ex-lover

An Italian lawyer was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Saturday for hiring two men to throw acid on his former girlfriend's face, severely disfiguring her.

Man stages debt protest on dome of St.Peter’s
Italy

Man stages debt protest on dome of St.Peter’s

An Italian businessman climbed out onto a ledge on the dome of St. Peter's Basilica on Saturday, calling for the pope's help for those hit hard by Italy's deep recession.

Two dead in French Pyrenees avalanche
France

Two dead in French Pyrenees avalanche

Two hikers were swept away and killed by an avalanche Saturday in the French Pyrenees and another was injured, police said.

Hoeneß attends first game since conviction
Germany

Hoeneß attends first game since conviction

Ex-Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeneß made his first public appearance since being convicted of tax fraud when he watched the European champions host Hoffenheim in the German league on Saturday.

Madrid archaeological museum to reopen
Spain

Madrid archaeological museum to reopen

Spain's National Archaeological Museum reopens to the public on Tuesday after a massive six-year overhaul that aims to offer a state-of-the-art space for its collection of ancient artefacts.

Bus driver forced 6-year-old girl to show her teeth
Sweden

Bus driver forced 6-year-old girl to show her teeth

A bus driver in northern Sweden has incurred the wrath of a mother by forcing her daughter to show her teeth, after accusing the parent of lying about her child's age in order to ride the bus for free

Despair and poverty turn French to far right
France

Despair and poverty turn French to far right

The far right National Front (FN) party are making footholds across France with voters saying the economic recession has prompted them to switch over to more extreme parties in advance of the nationwide local elections.

Repsol approves $5bn Argentina payoff
Spain

Repsol approves $5bn Argentina payoff

Spanish oil giant Repsol said on Friday its shareholders had approved a deal to accept $5 billion in compensation from Argentina for the country's seizure of its subsidiary YPF.

Ex-Vatican bank chiefs in money laundering trial
Italy

Ex-Vatican bank chiefs in money laundering trial

Italian prosecutors on Friday said two former top executives at the Vatican bank will go on trial for money laundering, while the bank's ex-chairman was declared innocent.

Comet lander awakes from long hibernation
France

Comet lander awakes from long hibernation

Space experts said on Friday they had successfully reawakened a fridge-sized robot designed to make the first-ever spacecraft landing on a comet, with France's National Centre for Space Studies in Paris saying the spacecraft had re-established contact with Earth.

BMW to sink $1bn into US production expansion
Germany

BMW to sink $1bn into US production expansion

German automaker BMW has said it plans to invest up to $1 billion (€730 million) by 2016 to expand output of its X-series all-wheel drive SUV vehicles at its US factory.

Malaysian mum won’t appeal child abuse ruling
Sweden

Malaysian mum won’t appeal child abuse ruling

The mother in the child abuse trial has no plans to appeal her 14 month prison sentence for hitting her children in Sweden. Meanwhile, the Malaysian government are looking into the case following the couple's conviction.

Spain barely misses 2013 deficit target
Spain

Spain barely misses 2013 deficit target

Spain barely missed its deficit-cutting target for 2013 with the government hailing the result as a significant achievement in a year of job-wrecking recession.

Italy to cap top salaries at public companies
Italy

Italy to cap top salaries at public companies

Italy will cap salaries at some of the country's biggest public companies, the new government of 39-year-old Matteo Renzi has announced, though some major groups will be exempt.

Minister apologizes for ‘disgusting’ food gaffe
France

Minister apologizes for ‘disgusting’ food gaffe

An embarrassed French minister has apologised to the head chef at the Elysee Palace after she was caught on camera describing the food at a China-France state dinner as "disgusting."

Germany and China rev up economic ties
Germany

Germany and China rev up economic ties

Export giants Germany and China pledged to deepen their strategic during a landmark visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Berlin, which also saw the inking of a raft of economic pacts.

Clocks spring forward for summer time
Sweden

Clocks spring forward for summer time

Sweden switches over to summer time in the early hours of Sunday morning when the clocks move forward an hour from 2am to 3am.