Spain names Costa in 23-man World Cup squad
Spain

Spain names Costa in 23-man World Cup squad

Experienced strikers Fernando Torres and David Villa were both included in Spain coach Vicente del Bosque's final 23-man World Cup squad on Saturday as he sought to provide cover for Diego Costa's injured hamstring.

Spain arrests former Eta terror leader
Spain

Spain arrests former Eta terror leader

Harriet Aguirre Garcia, a former senior leader of the Basque separatist group Eta, was arrested on Friday, Spain's interior ministry said, but Spanish press on Saturday reported he had been falsely detained and would soon be freed.

Nashville nobody makes it big in Sweden
Sweden

Nashville nobody makes it big in Sweden

Former homeless man Doug Seegers is set to embark on a tour of Sweden after a chance discovery by a Swedish television crew turned the singer into an overnight sensation in the country.

Sell French warships to Nato not Russia: USA
France

Sell French warships to Nato not Russia: USA

US lawmakers urged France to break its contract to sell two warships to Russia and instead sell or lease them to NATO, which said on Friday it was up to Paris to decide.

French boxer floored by his own freak punch
France

French boxer floored by his own freak punch

Heavyweight boxer Mickael Vieira was the victim of his own punch when he suffered a first-round knock-out against Germany's Francesco Pianeta.

Swede removes needle from body after 40 years
Sweden

Swede removes needle from body after 40 years

A tattoo loving Swede who forgot about a needle which had been travelling around his body since 1974 has finally seen it again, after it burst out through his big toe.

Germany calls in Turkish envoy over PM’s remarks
Germany

Germany calls in Turkish envoy over PM’s remarks

Germany expressed its "dismay" to the Turkish ambassador in Berlin this week over disparaging remarks Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan made about a German opposition leader, a diplomatic source has said.

Barça legend Puyol joins club’s management
Spain

Barça legend Puyol joins club’s management

Barcelona captain Carles Puyol is joining the club's sport management team after being forced to quit the squad with a knee injury, the team announced Friday.

Greenpeace ‘appalled’ after ship’s removal
Norway

Greenpeace ‘appalled’ after ship’s removal

Norwegian coastguards on Friday removed a Greenpeace ship from a controversial Arctic drilling site where it was trying to prevent oil explorations, the environmentalist group said.

Pope: We need to remember Syria victims
Italy

Pope: We need to remember Syria victims

Pope Francis warned on Friday that the millions of people affected by the Syria crisis risk being forgotten because of the "globalisation of indifference" toward the conflict.

News crews hit out at access to D-Day events
France

News crews hit out at access to D-Day events

Tens of millions of viewers around the world could be deprived of live images of the 70th anniversary commemorations of D-Day because of a decision by the French presidency to allow host broadcasters to charge international news agencies for access.

Siemens may slash 12,000 jobs says boss
Germany

Siemens may slash 12,000 jobs says boss

German industrial giant Siemens has said it is weighing cuts of nearly 12,000 jobs around the world as part of a major restructuring.

Football fans held for violence and Nazi chants
Sweden

Football fans held for violence and Nazi chants

Supporters of Swedish football club Djurgården have thrown the club into the spotlight again after clashing with police and chanting sieg hiel amidst violent scenes in Örebro, central Sweden.

Austrians build world’s highest cable car
Austria

Austrians build world’s highest cable car

An Austrian company has built the first stage of the world's highest cable car network in Bolivia.