Lausanne residents vote against high-rise ‘Taoua’
Switzerland

Lausanne residents vote against high-rise ‘Taoua’

Lausanne voters have rejected plans for an 85-metre-high hotel, office and apartment tower near the city’s Beaulieu convention and exposition centre.

Skier dies from fall in Valais glacier crevasse
Switzerland

Skier dies from fall in Valais glacier crevasse

A 50-year-old man lost his life on the weekend after falling into a crevasse while crossing a glacier in Fieschertal in the canton of Valais.

Gritty district turns into Zurich’s trendiest spot
Switzerland

Gritty district turns into Zurich’s trendiest spot

Zurich’s Kreis 5 may be the antithesis of the idyllic Switzerland shown in tourist brochures, but that uniqueness is proving a draw for tourists and residents alike.

Cancellara ends up third in Paris-Roubaix race
Switzerland

Cancellara ends up third in Paris-Roubaix race

Swiss rider Fabian Cancellara failed to claim a record-equalling fourth victory in the Paris-Roubaix cycling race on Sunday as Niki Terpstra from the Netherlands grabbed the top spot in a surprise finish.

Källström: Cup win ‘a great boost’ for Arsenal
Sweden

Källström: Cup win ‘a great boost’ for Arsenal

Arsenal's Swedish midfielder Källström hailed his club's penalty shootout win over Wigan to claim a spot in the FA Cup final as 'a great boost of confidence' for the inconsistent Gunners.

Cancellara seeks new Paris-Roubaix success
Switzerland

Cancellara seeks new Paris-Roubaix success

Swiss rider Fabian Cancellara on Sunday sought a record-equalling fourth win in the gruelling Paris-Roubaix cycling classic across the cobbles of northern France.

Martino laments Barca goalmouth profligacy
Spain

Martino laments Barca goalmouth profligacy

Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino rued his side's slack finishing as their La Liga title hopes were all but ended by a 1-0 defeat away to Granada on Saturday.

Diego Costa back for Atlético’s visit to Getafe
Spain

Diego Costa back for Atlético’s visit to Getafe

La Liga leaders Atlético Madrid will be able to welcome back top scorer Diego Costa from a hamstring injury when they travel to Getafe on Sunday.

Czech amnesiac’s parents to visit Oslo
Norway

Czech amnesiac’s parents to visit Oslo

The parents of a 36-year-old Czech amnesiac whose identity has been confirmed by DNA tests will visit him in Oslo where he was found last winter, a news report said Saturday.

Dozens hurt in Rome anti-government protest
Italy

Dozens hurt in Rome anti-government protest

Police fired tear gas and made a number of arrests in Rome on Saturday as an anti-government protest turned violent, leaving several injured, according to medics and an AFP photographer.

Italian PM slams EU austerity
Italy

Italian PM slams EU austerity

Italy's new prime minister on Saturday blasted what he called a European Union of austerity and bankers, as he kicked off his party's campaign for next month's European elections.

Ex-MP arrested in Beirut ahead of mafia ruling
Italy

Ex-MP arrested in Beirut ahead of mafia ruling

An ex-senator friend of former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi was arrested on Saturday in Lebanon where he was on the run over charges of mafia ties, the Italian interior ministry announced.

Energy efficiency boosts German tech exports
Germany

Energy efficiency boosts German tech exports

An often-ignored aspect of Germany's green energy transition is the one that has most helped its export industry; energy efficiency, the new hallmark of the country's high-tech sector.

French FM in Cuba for the first time in 30 years
France

French FM in Cuba for the first time in 30 years

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius arrived Saturday in Havana for a brief visit aimed at strengthening ties, as Cuba begins talks with the European Union on normalizing relations.

Angry French bikers protest speed limit cut
France

Angry French bikers protest speed limit cut

Thousands of "angry bikers" took to the streets across France on Saturday to protest against government plans to slash the speed limit on non-motorway roads.

Hollande’s popularity sinks as new PM’s rises
France

Hollande’s popularity sinks as new PM’s rises

Popular approval for French President Francois Hollande has hit a new low of 18 percent, far below the 58 percent for his new Prime Minister Manuel Valls, an opinion poll showed Sunday.

France’s ‘Black Widow’ on trial for murder
France

France’s ‘Black Widow’ on trial for murder

A woman dubbed the "Black Widow" of the French Alps goes on trial Monday for the murder of her husband, a case with troubling echoes of how four of her previous partners were poisoned, two of them fatally.

US jails Swedish prof’s stiletto killer
Sweden

US jails Swedish prof’s stiletto killer

A 45-year-old woman has been sentenced to life imprisonment for killing a 59-year-old Swedish-born professor who was found dead in his home in Houston, Texas in June 2013, after having been stabbed repeatedly with a stiletto heel.

Laconic Swede files ‘I’m dead’ obituary
Sweden

Laconic Swede files ‘I’m dead’ obituary

A Swedish man elected to keep the news of his death short and sweet, instructing a funeral agency to publish an obituary containing only the words 'I am dead', grabbing national headlines in the process.