Labour Day marchers rally for minimum wage
Switzerland

Labour Day marchers rally for minimum wage

Demonstrators carried banners and pickets in support of a proposed minimum wage of 4,000 francs ($4,550) a month at Labour Day rallies in major Swiss cities on Thursday.

Man sentenced to life for grisly wife murder
Switzerland

Man sentenced to life for grisly wife murder

A 47-year-old man who tortured his wife before slitting her throat in a Fribourg apartment because she "did not know how to cook couscous", among other issues, was sentenced on Thursday to life in prison for murder.

Albasini notches second Tour de Romandie win
Switzerland

Albasini notches second Tour de Romandie win

Switzerland's Michael Albasini took the overall lead in in the Tour de Romandie cycling race on Thursday after winning his second consecutive stage.

Mass arrests at neo-Nazi May Day demonstration
Sweden

Mass arrests at neo-Nazi May Day demonstration

A total of 19 people have been arrested and dozens of others carted away following clashes at a neo-Nazi May Day march in Jönköping, central Sweden, where counter demonstrators outnumbered the far-right activists.

Two arrested for murder of eight-year-old girl
Sweden

Two arrested for murder of eight-year-old girl

Police in southern Sweden have arrested two people on suspicion of murdering an eight-year-old girl. The girl's parents, who are abroad, have not yet been informed of their daughter's death.

Strong quake rocks ocean off New Caledonia
France

Strong quake rocks ocean off New Caledonia

A strong, but deep, 6.7-magnitude earthquake hit off the Loyalty Islands in the French Pacific territory of New Caledonia on Thursday but there was no tsunami alert, seismologists said.

Anne Frank memorial tree planted at US Capitol
Germany

Anne Frank memorial tree planted at US Capitol

A sapling grown from the tree that Nazi victim Anne Frank wrote about while in hiding was celebrated Wednesday at the US Capitol as a "living testament" to one of the Holocaust's most cherished victims.

WHO: antibiotics misuse sparks superbug rise
Switzerland

WHO: antibiotics misuse sparks superbug rise

The rise of superbugs, stoked by misuse of antibiotics and poor hospital hygiene, is enabling long-treatable diseases to once again become killers, the World Health Organization warned on Wednesday.

Ikea recalls kids’ lamps over strangulation fears
Sweden

Ikea recalls kids’ lamps over strangulation fears

Swedish furniture giant Ikea has recalled another four million of its children's wall mounted lamps after renewed fears that the cords present a strangulation hazard.

Swiss banker pleads guilty in US tax case
Switzerland

Swiss banker pleads guilty in US tax case

The owner of a Swiss trust company pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiring with Credit Suisse bankers to enable US customers to avoid taxes by hiding assets in secret Swiss bank accounts.

Spanish energy group posts profits hike
Spain

Spanish energy group posts profits hike

Spanish energy group Iberdrola reported a profit jump in the first quarter on Wednesday, saying that international activities, particularly in Brazil, had compensated for problems in Spain.

Profits plunge at Spanish bank BBVA
Spain

Profits plunge at Spanish bank BBVA

Spain's second-biggest bank by market capitalisation, BBVA, said Wednesday its profits plunged by nearly two thirds in the first quarter but its ratio of risky assets eased.

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Spain arrests French ‘Al-Qaeda’ terror suspect

Police in Spain arrested a French-Algerian man suspected of fighting for Al-Qaeda-linked groups in Syria, the Spanish interior ministry said on Wednesday.

No major drama as rain impacts Walpurgis night
Sweden

No major drama as rain impacts Walpurgis night

The annual Walpurgis night (Valborg) passed without any major incidents with chilly conditions in the north and rain in the capital dampening the mood, but there were reports of drunkenness and fighting elsewhere.

French economist takes inequality message to UK
France

French economist takes inequality message to UK

French economist Thomas Piketty said on Wednesday that he hoped to create a "more informed fight" about the issue of income inequality as he launched his bestselling and highly controversial book in Britain.

France slams Egypt mass ‘slaughter’ sentences
France

France slams Egypt mass ‘slaughter’ sentences

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius Wednesday criticised Egypt for imposing death sentences on nearly 700 suspected Islamists.

French theatre’s Sixties rebel still going strong
France

French theatre’s Sixties rebel still going strong

75-year-old Ariane Mnouchkine is a half-English, half-Russian visionary who, in between hunger strikes for Bosnia and campaigns for the homeless, has left her own indelible stamp on the world of French theatre and has never given up on changing the world.

New Swede named to Bern amid Gripen flap
Sweden

New Swede named to Bern amid Gripen flap

Sweden appointed a new ambassador to Switzerland on Wednesday, a day after a media report that the current envoy lobbied Swiss parliamentarians to promote the sale of Swedish fighter jets.

Police brace for violence at May 1st demos
Germany

Police brace for violence at May 1st demos

Berlin police may be relieved that neo-Nazis have cancelled their Labour Day march, but May 1st still risks seeing violent clashes between left-wing activists, the far-right and riot police throughout the country.

Germany’s younger universities on the rise
Germany

Germany’s younger universities on the rise

Germany’s youngest universities are rising in international standings, according to The Times Higher Education rankings published on Thursday.