Central bank chief calls gold proposal ‘fatal’
Switzerland

Central bank chief calls gold proposal ‘fatal’

Switzerland’s central bank has come out swinging against a proposal that would require it to boost the share of gold in its assets to at least 20 percent while prevent it from selling any bullion.

Euro 2016: Norway beat Azerbaijan
Norway

Euro 2016: Norway beat Azerbaijan

Norway won their third match in Group H with a 1-0 victory away from home against Azerbaijan, on Sunday.

Zidane promotes son to Madrid reserves
Spain

Zidane promotes son to Madrid reserves

Real Madrid reserve team coach Zinedine Zidane has drafted his 19-year-old son Enzo into the side for a league match on Sunday, the club have announced.

Federer forfeits London showdown with Djokovic
Switzerland

Federer forfeits London showdown with Djokovic

Switzerland's Roger Federer sensationally pulled out of his ATP Tour Finals showdown with Novak Djokovic just before the final was due to start on Sunday because of a back injury, casting doubt on his fitness ahead of the Davis Cup final.

German FM hails easing of Jerusalem tension
Germany

German FM hails easing of Jerusalem tension

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in talks in the West Bank on Saturday hailed the easing of Israeli-Palestinian tensions in annexed east Jerusalem since an intervention by his US counterpart.

Anti-Muslim ‘hooligan’ rally avoids feared riot
Germany

Anti-Muslim ‘hooligan’ rally avoids feared riot

A German rally by far-right hooligans against "Islamist extremism" passed off without incident Saturday, amid fears of clashes after violent scenes during a similar rally last month.

Napoleon’s two-pointed hat sold for €1.9 mln
France

Napoleon’s two-pointed hat sold for €1.9 mln

One of Napoleon's famous two-pointed hats was sold on Sunday to a South Korean collector for €1.9 million ($2.2 million) at an auction outside Paris.

Sarkozy, Hollande clash over gay marriage law
France

Sarkozy, Hollande clash over gay marriage law

French President Francois Hollande insisted Sunday that a gay marriage law was increasingly being accepted, after his predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy called for the highly divisive law to be scrapped.

Sweden set for darkest November on record
Sweden

Sweden set for darkest November on record

Many Swedes spend November wondering where the sun has gone and this year has been greyer than usual with the month promising to be the darkest on record in some parts of the country.

Cold-blooded ‘ice-cream’ killer used a chainsaw
Austria

Cold-blooded ‘ice-cream’ killer used a chainsaw

A woman known as the 'ice-cream killer' who murdered both her ex-husband and her boyfriend, dismembering them with a chainsaw and hiding their bodies in the basement of her ice-cream parlour in Vienna, has released a memoir.

‘Syria’ video hoaxers make public apology
Norway

‘Syria’ video hoaxers make public apology

The Norwegian filmmakers of 'Syria Hero Boy', a short movie that duped millions around the world into thinking it was shocking real-life footage, have apologized, it was reported on Sunday.

Mudslides kill four in Swiss-Italian border area
Switzerland

Mudslides kill four in Swiss-Italian border area

At least four people died as landslides triggered by torrential rain slammed into houses and buildings on either side of the Swiss Italian border on Sunday, a day after floods in southern France killed five people.

Iglesias to head Spain’s leftist Podemos party
Spain

Iglesias to head Spain’s leftist Podemos party

Podemos, a fast-growing Spanish far-left party set up in January, on Saturday formally elected its 36-year-old founder Pablo Iglesias as secretary general.

Giant smuggled python outgrows Swiss home
Switzerland

Giant smuggled python outgrows Swiss home

A python smuggled from Vietnam to Switzerland as a baby has been handed to a Swiss zoo after outgrowing the private home it has lived in for two decades.

‘Support for Catalan self-rule less than it seems’
Spain

‘Support for Catalan self-rule less than it seems’

Although nearly two million people voted Yes' in Catalonia's symbolic ballot on independence, analysts say nationalists will struggle for a majority in their drive to break away from Spain.

Oslo police arrest Italian murder suspect in drag

Oslo police arrest Italian murder suspect in drag

Police on Sunday night arrested an Italian man who was dressed as a woman when he allegedly stabbed and killed one man and seriously wounded his friend in Oslo.

Federer survives thriller to earn Djokovic clash
Switzerland

Federer survives thriller to earn Djokovic clash

Roger Federer will face Novak Djokovic in the final of the ATP Tour Finals after the world's top two both survived dramatic semi-finals at London's O2 Arena on Saturday.

Greenpeace activist hurt in Canaries oil clash

Greenpeace activist hurt in Canaries oil clash

An Italian Greenpeace activist was hurt on Saturday in a confrontation with the Spanish navy that intervened during fresh protests against a controversial oil exploration project in waters off the Canary Islands.

Balotelli ruled out of Croatia qualifier
Italy

Balotelli ruled out of Croatia qualifier

Italy striker Mario Balotelli has been ruled out of Sunday's Euro 2016 qualifier against Croatia due to concerns over his hamstring and groin, the Italian football federation (FIGC) confirmed Saturday.

Italy’s immigration crisis moves to the streets
Italy

Italy’s immigration crisis moves to the streets

As Italy's poor struggle to come to terms with a lack of job prospects and the challenges of a globalized world, some are blaming asylum-seekers.

Dead body from fjord is missing student
Norway

Dead body from fjord is missing student

The body of a young woman, found in a western Norway fjord on Friday, has been identified as that of a missing 22-year-old student, it was confirmed on Sunday.

Landslide kills two as storm death toll hits 11
Italy

Landslide kills two as storm death toll hits 11

A landslide triggered by torrential rain engulfed a house on the shores of Italy's Lake Maggiore on Sunday, killing a pensioner and his granddaughter in what a neighbour described as a "horrific" tragedy.

Sri Lanka accuses Oslo envoy of funding rebels
Norway

Sri Lanka accuses Oslo envoy of funding rebels

Sri Lanka's president has accused a top Norwegian envoy of covertly financing the island's separatist Tamil Tigers during peace talks ahead of a military campaign that crushed the rebels in 2009.

Algerian president leaves French hospital
France

Algerian president leaves French hospital

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, 77, who has been plagued by ill health since suffering a mini-stroke last year, left France on Saturday after a two-day stay in hospital.

Hollande rejects ‘pressure’ over warship delivery to Russia
France

Hollande rejects ‘pressure’ over warship delivery to Russia

French President Francois Hollande said Sunday he would not be pressured into delivering two warships to Russia, after delaying their handover due to the Ukraine crisis.

German embassy worker expelled from Moscow
Germany

German embassy worker expelled from Moscow

A German embassy worker has been expelled from Moscow in what Berlin sees as a "retaliatory" move, a German foreign ministry source said Saturday.

Wallström: Russia frightens the Swedes
Sweden

Wallström: Russia frightens the Swedes

Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot Wallström said on Saturday that Russia frightens the Swedish people, while warning that the country is ready to protect its borders.

Sweden held despite Zlatan strike
Sweden

Sweden held despite Zlatan strike

Sweden were held to a draw by Montenegro in their Euro 2016 qualifier on Saturday, despite being boosted by the return of captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic who opened the scoring in the early stages.

Italian bears return to Austria’s woods in force
Austria

Italian bears return to Austria’s woods in force

If Europeans go down to the woods today they might be in for a big surprise: bears. And in countries no longer used to big predators, it's no picnic.

Spain cruise to victory against Belarus
Spain

Spain cruise to victory against Belarus

A fabulous goal by Real Madrid midfielder Isco set Spain on the way to a comfortable 3-0 home victory against Belarus in Euro 2016 qualifying on Saturday.

Canadian charged over 1980 Paris synagogue bombing
France

Canadian charged over 1980 Paris synagogue bombing

A Canadian academic was charged on Saturday over the deadly 1980 bombing of a Paris synagogue after losing his six-year legal battle against extradition over the notorious attack.

Austria stun Russia in Euro 2016 qualifier
Austria

Austria stun Russia in Euro 2016 qualifier

Austria took control at the top of Group G with a surprising win over Russia in a Euro 2016 qualifier on Saturday evening.

Budget boosts affordable housing in Copenhagen
Denmark

Budget boosts affordable housing in Copenhagen

An element of the newly-announced 2015 budget agreement could mean an end to ‘rich man’s ghettos’ in nation’s largest cities, particularly in Copenhagen.