Swiss teen Bencic claims second title in Toronto
Switzerland

Swiss teen Bencic claims second title in Toronto

Swiss teen Belinda Bencic outlasted Simona Halep to win Sunday's WTA Rogers Cup tennis final in Toronto when the Romanian second seed retired trailing 7-6 (7/5), 6-7 (4/7), 3-0.

Swiss organic food sales continue to blossom
Switzerland

Swiss organic food sales continue to blossom

Sales of organic food continue to flourish in Switzerland, with revenues in 2014 rising 7.5 percent from the previous year to more than 2.2 billion francs ($2.06 billion), Swiss broadcaster RTS says.

Suspect held after arson attack on Islamic centre
Denmark

Suspect held after arson attack on Islamic centre

A 35-year-old man was arrested on Sunday for allegedly attempting to set fire to a building used by the Islamic Society in Denmark.

Italians go missing while diving in Indonesia
Italy

Italians go missing while diving in Indonesia

Four foreign tourists, including three Italians, were missing after leaving for a scuba diving trip in the waters off Indonesia's island of Borneo, an official said on Sunday.

Merkel defends tough line on Greece
Germany

Merkel defends tough line on Greece

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday defended her government's hard line in negotiations with Greece on a new rescue package, saying it had spurred Athens to commit to necessary reforms.

Olympic champ makes drug test results public
Germany

Olympic champ makes drug test results public

After the recent doping revelations which have rocked athletics, Germany's Olympic discus champion Robert Harting has made his blood-test results public to remove any doubt about his performances.

Social Democrats ‘won’t give up’ says Steinmeier
Germany

Social Democrats ‘won’t give up’ says Steinmeier

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Sunday his beleaguered Social Democrats would field a candidate to unseat Chancellor Angela Merkel in 2017 amid an internal debate whether the party should simply capitulate to the popular leader.

PM: ‘We will not give an inch to violence’
Sweden

PM: ‘We will not give an inch to violence’

In a keynote summer speech in Vasaparken in Stockholm, Swedish prime minister and Social Democratic leader Stefan Löfven took a hard line against the recent spate of crime and violence in Sweden - what he called “the summer of unrest”.

Berlin airport in fraud scandal probe
Germany

Berlin airport in fraud scandal probe

Three of Germany's biggest companies are facing a fraud investigation related to their work at Berlin's troubled new airport project, already five years behind schedule, a newspaper reported on Sunday.

Swiss politician: ‘Send refugees back after wars’
Switzerland

Swiss politician: ‘Send refugees back after wars’

A leading Swiss politician said people fleeing conflict should only receive temporary protection in Switzerland, calling for a rethinking of the country's approach to asylum seekers in an interview published Sunday.

Spanish champion served up fascist anthem
Spain

Spanish champion served up fascist anthem

Spain's Carolina Marin took it in her stride when a Spanish national anthem associated with Franco's right-wing dictatorship echoed Sunday in celebration of the defence of her women's singles title at the badminton world championships in Indonesia.

The plight of Spain’s hunting greyhounds
Spain

The plight of Spain’s hunting greyhounds

With their narrow head and long legs, greyhounds are one of the fastest dog breeds on earth, making them the preferred choice of hunters in Spain to catch rabbits and hares. But instead of being rewarded, campaigners say greyhounds are often mistreated, especially once they have become too old to hunt.

Germany praises Greek stance shift in debt talks
Germany

Germany praises Greek stance shift in debt talks

Germany's hardline finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble on Sunday hailed a change in tone in talks with Greece over its next bailout but warned Europe would closely monitor the pace of reforms in Athens.

‘Out of control’ fire threatens Swedish town
Sweden

‘Out of control’ fire threatens Swedish town

A huge fire is threatening to destroy the historic wooden town of Eksjö in Jönköping county in southern Sweden. One woman has died in the fire.

Swiss teen beats tennis world number one
Switzerland

Swiss teen beats tennis world number one

Swiss teen tennis star Belinda Bencic upset world number one Serena Williams by coming from behind for a 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 victory in the semifinals of the WTA Tour's Rogers Cup on Saturday night.

Mads Mikkelsen to enter Star Wars universe
Denmark

Mads Mikkelsen to enter Star Wars universe

Mads Mikkelsen will soon be trading out Denmark for a galaxy far, far away.

Frustrated migrants resigned to French life
France

Frustrated migrants resigned to French life

Weary and disheartened after failing in desperate attempts to cross the Channel, many migrants in the French port of Calais are looking to asylum in France as a fallback, according to the AFP news agency.

Anti-whaling activists barred from Faroes
Denmark

Anti-whaling activists barred from Faroes

Five activists from the militant Sea Shepherd conservation group have been ordered to leave the Faroe Islands after they tried to disrupt a traditional whale hunt in the autonomous Danish province, police said Saturday.