Four Germans held hostage in Ukraine
Germany

Four Germans held hostage in Ukraine

Pro-Russian rebels holding a group of international OSCE observers, including four Germans, in eastern Ukraine on Saturday accused them of being "NATO spies" and vowed to continue detaining them.

Swiss cities pull out of Euro 2020 tourney
Switzerland

Swiss cities pull out of Euro 2020 tourney

Switzerland on Friday pulled out of the race to host matches at Euro 2020, the first continent-wide edition of Europe's top international football tournament.

Fitch upgrades Spain credit rating
Spain

Fitch upgrades Spain credit rating

Fitch Ratings upgraded Spain's sovereign credit on Friday, capping a string of good news for a nation still recovering from a job-wrecking, double-dip recession.

Spain to boost border security in north Africa
Spain

Spain to boost border security in north Africa

Spain's government agreed on Friday to spend 2.1 million euros ($2.9 million) to boost security at the border between Morocco and its north African territories of Ceuta and Melilla to fight illegal immigration.

Spanish press mourns deceased Barça boss
Spain

Spanish press mourns deceased Barça boss

Spanish newspapers bid an emotional farewell Saturday to former Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova, hailing him as a footballing great and lamenting his death from cancer at 45.

Wallenberg Foundation: Pope was ‘best’ for Jews

Wallenberg Foundation: Pope was ‘best’ for Jews

Pope John XXIII, who will be canonized on Sunday, was "the best pope in history for the Jewish people," according to one of the founders of the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation which honours the Swedish diplomat known for helping to save Jews from Nazi terror.

Ukraine PM cuts short Rome trip due to unrest
Italy

Ukraine PM cuts short Rome trip due to unrest

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk will cut short his trip to Rome and miss the canonisation of John Paul II and John XXIII because of growing tensions with Russia, his spokeswoman told AFP on Saturday.

German drones save Bambis from farmers
Germany

German drones save Bambis from farmers

A German wildlife rescue project is deploying small aerial drones to find and protect young deer hiding in tall grass from being shredded by combine harvesters cutting hay in spring.

Paris bootmaker makes shoes for the stars
France

Paris bootmaker makes shoes for the stars

What do Kylie Minogue and the can-can girls at the Moulin Rouge have in common? They all get their dancing shoes from Clairvoy, the Parisian bootmaker that has cornered the market for top end, made-to-measure footwear for screen and stage.

Swedish croc find leaves owner with huge bill
Sweden

Swedish croc find leaves owner with huge bill

The former owner of a two-metre long crocodile found in a Swedish greenhouse last October has refused to pay the massive transport costs incurred when the reptile was moved to a zoo in the UK, arguing that he wanted his pet put down.

Norway flight lands in Sweden after bomb threat
Sweden

Norway flight lands in Sweden after bomb threat

A Norwegian Air Shuttle flight bound for Oslo made an emergency landing in the Swedish city of Gothenburg on Friday after a passenger made a bomb threat, Swedish police said.