Avalanches claim four victims in Valais Alps
Switzerland

Avalanches claim four victims in Valais Alps

A 50-year-old British woman was among four people who died in two separate avalanches in the Valais Alps over the weekend.

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France

French rugby players injured in machete attack

A dozen armed men attacked French rugby union internationals Aurelien Rougerie, Julien Pierre and Benjamin Kayser with machetes as they walked back to their hotel at night, their club said on Sunday.

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France

Storms leave two dead on French campsites

Violent storms wreaked havoc across France on Sunday leaving two people dead, including one person who was killed when a mini-tornado ripped through a campsite in the Ardeche department of south-central France.

Pro-Palestinian rally near Paris ends in violence
France

Pro-Palestinian rally near Paris ends in violence

A Pro-Palestinian demo ended in violence in a Paris suburb on Sunday, just a day after a similar rally to denounce Israel's attack on Gaza in the centre of the French capital, also descended into a riot as protesters clash with police.

Europe threatens Russia with sanctions over MH17
Germany

Europe threatens Russia with sanctions over MH17

The leaders of Britain, Germany and France threatened on Sunday to increase sanctions against Russia in the wake of the Malaysia Airlines tragedy, amid reports pro-Russia separatists have hindered investigators at the crash site of flight MH17, London said.

Swiss ice cream sales continue to melt: report
Switzerland

Swiss ice cream sales continue to melt: report

The news is perhaps fitting given the poor summer Switzerland is experiencing so far this year: Swiss residents are eating less ice cream, new figures show.

Swedish journalists detained in Ukraine
Sweden

Swedish journalists detained in Ukraine

Two journalists from a major Swedish daily reporting from the Malaysian Airlines crash site in eastern Ukraine were taken into detention by pro-Russian rebels on Sunday.

Switzerland’s Swatch to open stores in India
Switzerland

Switzerland’s Swatch to open stores in India

Swatch has applied to set up stores in India, a report said on Saturday, as the Swiss-based watchmaker moves to tap a growing and increasingly accessory-conscious consumer class.

Roma teen out of coma after vigilante attack
France

Roma teen out of coma after vigilante attack

A Roma teenager who was left struggling for his life after being brutally beaten by vigilantes in France has emerged from his coma and is talking, his lawyer said Sunday.

Rosberg wins German Grand Prix
Germany

Rosberg wins German Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg completed a memorable week for himself and his nation on Sunday when he cruised to his first win in his home German Grand Prix.

Mental health groups call for ‘suicide agency’
Sweden

Mental health groups call for ‘suicide agency’

Charities working with mental health issues in Sweden have called for the creation of a new state agency tasked with cutting the rate of suicide in the country.

ETA claims new step towards disarming
Spain

ETA claims new step towards disarming

Basque separatist group ETA said it has dismantled the "logistical and operational structures" of its armed campaign in a step towards full disarmament, in a declaration published Sunday.

Costa Concordia readies for final voyage
Italy

Costa Concordia readies for final voyage

Italy's Costa Concordia cruise ship is being readied for its final voyage to the scrapyard on Tuesday, two and a half years after it crashed into an idyllic Mediterranean island in a disaster that claimed 32 lives.

Minister calls for lower taxes on entrepreneurs
Denmark

Minister calls for lower taxes on entrepreneurs

Morten Østergaard said its more important to lower taxes on those who are willing to take the risk of starting their own company than it is to lower taxes for salaried employees.

French firm puts new face on Ethiopian wine
France

French firm puts new face on Ethiopian wine

The French beverage giant Castel, which bottled its first batch of Ethiopian wine this year, is helping change the way outsiders view the country and doing its bit to boost government hopes of attracting foreign investment.

Majka wins Alps as Nibali pulls away from rivals
France

Majka wins Alps as Nibali pulls away from rivals

Rafal Majka made up for the disappointment of finishing second on Friday by winning Saturday's 14th stage of the Tour de France as Vincenzo Nibali continued to distance his rivals.

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Sweden

Swedish-Lebanese bomb suspect killed in raid

A Lebanese-Swedish man wanted in connection with a June hotel bombing was killed on Sunday by a grenade he was handling as police moved to arrest him, a security official said.

‘Israel doesn’t make it easy on its friends’: FM
Denmark

‘Israel doesn’t make it easy on its friends’: FM

In his first public comments about the conflict in Gaza, Denmark's foreign minister Martin Lidegaard bemoaned the loss of civilian lives from Israel's military campaign.

Danish ship rescues refugees in Mediterranean
Denmark

Danish ship rescues refugees in Mediterranean

Responding to a call from the Italian coast guard, a Torm ship helped around 300 refugees to safety.