Railways rely on sheep to ‘mow’ grass by tracks
Switzerland

Railways rely on sheep to ‘mow’ grass by tracks

Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) has contracted out with 80 four-footed individuals to cut the grass in areas alongside rail tracks.

Danish vets: Give Afghan interpreters asylum
Denmark

Danish vets: Give Afghan interpreters asylum

In an open letter, Danish veterans of the country’s military engagement in Afghanistan have criticized parliament for failing to grant asylum to the Afghan interpreters who risked their lives to help Danish soldiers.

Djokovic too strong for Federer in Rome final
Switzerland

Djokovic too strong for Federer in Rome final

Top seed Novak Djokovic warmed up for the French Open with a comprehensive 6-4, 6-3 victory over Roger Federer to claim his fourth Italian Open title on Sunday.

Sweden well positioned for greyer future
Sweden

Sweden well positioned for greyer future

Sweden is in pretty good shape compared to its EU neighbours regarding its ageing population. High workplace participation, a late retirement age and fairly high immigration levels are working to the country’s benefit, an EU report says.

French Protestants bless gay marriage
France

French Protestants bless gay marriage

France's Protestant Church on Sunday gave the green light to its around 500 vicars to bless same-sex couples if they wish to have their union recognised in a temple.

First Palestinians gain sainthood
Italy

First Palestinians gain sainthood

Two 19th-century nuns on Sunday became the first Palestinians to become saints during an open-air mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St Peter's Square and attended by Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas.

Germany helped find bin Laden: report
Germany

Germany helped find bin Laden: report

Germany's foreign intelligence agency helped the CIA track down Osama bin Laden in Pakistan where US special forces killed the al Qaeda leader, according to a Sunday German news report.

Life Ball 2015 roundup and gallery
Austria

Life Ball 2015 roundup and gallery

One of the highlights of the Vienna Ball season is the AIDS charity fundraiser, the Life Ball.

Spanish boat cruises to yachting victory
Spain

Spanish boat cruises to yachting victory

Spanish boat MAPFRE, boosted by the return of skipper Iker Martinez, claimed its first win of the Volvo Ocean Race in-port series on Saturday in Newport, Rhode Island in front of thousands.

Royal wedding plans proclaimed in church
Sweden

Royal wedding plans proclaimed in church

Prince Carl Philip and his bride-to-be, Sofia Hellqvist, announced their impending marriage at a traditional church service in Stockholm today. It was also confirmed that Sofia will receive the title of "princess".

Sweden Democrat support at record high
Sweden

Sweden Democrat support at record high

A new poll from survey firm Sifo shows that more Swedes than ever back the Sweden Democrats. Support for the nationalist party has grown 2.2 percent since April, while backing for the Social Democrats continues to slide.

Federer beats Wawrinka to face Djokovic in final
Switzerland

Federer beats Wawrinka to face Djokovic in final

Swiss Roger Federer beat fellow countryman Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 6-2 in the Italian Open semifinal on Saturday night to set up his third final of the year against Serbian rival Novak Djokovic.