Kempinski hotels press charges against ex-CEO
Switzerland

Kempinski hotels press charges against ex-CEO

The Swiss luxury hotel chain Kempinski is pressing criminal charges against its former president and chief executive Reto Wittwer, who is suspected of embezzling around $6 million, it confirmed on Sunday.

TAG Heuer to launch smartwatch in US
Switzerland

TAG Heuer to launch smartwatch in US

Luxury Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer will next week launch a smartwatch aimed at taking on the Apple Watch, but with an asking price of $1,500, the company chief said in an interview published on Sunday.

Jewels expected to set Geneva auction records
Switzerland

Jewels expected to set Geneva auction records

Huge blue and pink diamonds, the star attractions at major jewel auctions in Geneva in the coming days, are expected to fetch tens of millions of dollars and possibly set new world records.

Indian summer settles over Swiss cantons
Switzerland

Indian summer settles over Swiss cantons

Temperatures hit record highs for November in Swiss mountain regions on Sunday as Switzerland experienced spring-like conditions that are forecast to continue for several days.

Pope pledges to continue reforms – despite leaks
Italy

Pope pledges to continue reforms – despite leaks

Pope Francis on Sunday pledged to forge ahead with reforms within the Church, while decrying "deplorable" leaks over uncontrolled spending by the Vatican.

UN: Swedish drug rules violate human rights
Sweden

UN: Swedish drug rules violate human rights

Sweden's drug policies have come in for harsh criticism from the UN. Effective treatments against drug abuse, such as needle exchange programmes, are offered in only a few parts of the country, a new report says.

Climate sceptic Putin to attend Paris summit
France

Climate sceptic Putin to attend Paris summit

Long-time climate change sceptic Vladimir Putin will attend the UN climate summit in Paris starting November 30th. But the president's pledge for emission cuts is "inadequate", according to scientific analysis.

Thousands fill Madrid streets to protest against domestic violence
Spain

Thousands fill Madrid streets to protest against domestic violence

"Stop male chauvinist violence" demanded tens of thousands of feminists from all over Spain in a demonstration in Madrid on Saturday.

Nordic welcome chillier as numbers snowball

Nordic welcome chillier as numbers snowball

Asylum seekers flowing to Scandinavia are finding chillier welcomes as their numbers surge and far-right parties increasingly assert their influence on immigration policy, analysts say.

Maersk eyeing purchase of Singapore’s NOL
Denmark

Maersk eyeing purchase of Singapore’s NOL

Singapore container shipping firm Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) said at the weekend it was in talks with Denmark's A.P. Moeller-Maersk and France's CMA CGM SA over a potential sale of the company.

Refugee flyer made false claims about Sweden
Sweden

Refugee flyer made false claims about Sweden

Hijabs will be banned and all refugees live in tents - just some of the false or exaggerated claims being made about Sweden in a flyer apparently produced by the nationalist Sweden Democrat party and handed to refugees arriving in Greece.

4500 lack power as storm Freja hits Sweden
Sweden

4500 lack power as storm Freja hits Sweden

4500 households were suffering from power cuts on Sunday morning after storm Freja hit southern Sweden around midnight.

‘It’s not art: it’s a house’
Norway

‘It’s not art: it’s a house’

The dilapidated wooden house that appeared last month on the square outside Norway's parliament has delighted Oslo residents and visitors alike. Is it art? "No", says Marianne Heske, the conceptual artist behind it. "It's just a house"

Norway launches ‘anti-refugee’ Facebook page
Norway

Norway launches ‘anti-refugee’ Facebook page

Norway's government has taken its campaign to scare away potential asylum seekers onto Facebook, launching a new page, 'Stricter Asylum regulations in Norway', on Friday.