Rockfall disrupts trains on Gotthard rail line
Switzerland

Rockfall disrupts trains on Gotthard rail line

Regional rail traffic was expected to remain disrupted until Monday noon on the Gotthard railway following a rockslide on the trans-Alpine line linking northern Switzerland to the southern canton of Ticino.

Zurich voters back new LRT northwest of city
Switzerland

Zurich voters back new LRT northwest of city

Voters in the canton of Zurich on Sunday gave the green light for a 13.4-kilometre light rail line serving the Limmat valley and linking with communities in the neighbouring canton of Aargau.

Djokovic beats Federer to win ATP Tour Finals
Switzerland

Djokovic beats Federer to win ATP Tour Finals

Serb Novak Djokovic finished the best season of his life in fitting style as the world number one defeated Switzerland's Roger Federer 6-3, 6-4 on Sunday to win the London ATP Tour Finals title for a record fourth successive year.

Switzerland probing 33 jihadists: A-G’s office
Switzerland

Switzerland probing 33 jihadists: A-G’s office

Switzerland has active criminal proceedings against 33 individuals over suspected ties to extremist Islamist groups, but only three people are currently in custody, the attorney general's office said on Sunday.

Fifa group seeks Blatter and Platini penalties
Switzerland

Fifa group seeks Blatter and Platini penalties

The Fifa ethics committee probing allegations of corruption against suspended president Sepp Blatter and his would-be successor, Michel Platini, has requested that sanctions be levelled against both men.

Hong Kong man wins ‘world’s best Santa’
Sweden

Hong Kong man wins ‘world’s best Santa’

A man from Hong Kong was so jubilant after he was named the best Santa Claus in the world at an annual event in Sweden that he proposed to his partner live on TV .

Berlin turns Stasi HQ into a refugee shelter
Germany

Berlin turns Stasi HQ into a refugee shelter

Berlin has opened a shelter at the former headquarters of communist East Germany's feared Stasi secret police to help house a record influx of asylum seekers, weekend media reports said.

French rocker ‘would fight Isis’ if not a singer
France

French rocker ‘would fight Isis’ if not a singer

Veteran French rock star Johnny Hallyday said on Sunday he would have gladly taken up a weapon to fight jihadists, had he not been a singer, in the wake of the Paris attacks.

Paris suspect’s brother ‘convinced’ he bottled it
France

Paris suspect’s brother ‘convinced’ he bottled it

The brother of wanted Paris terror suspect Salah Abdeslam said on Sunday he believed his brother decided at the very last moment not to go through with an attack.

Chemical attack ‘among the risks’: minister
France

Chemical attack ‘among the risks’: minister

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Sunday that a chemical or biological attack "was among the risks" in the wake of the Paris attacks but that all possible precautions to avoid such a scenario had been taken.

Sweden spooks red-faced as ‘terrorist’ freed
Sweden

Sweden spooks red-faced as ‘terrorist’ freed

Sweden’s security service had some explaining to do on Sunday after police released a 22-year-old 'suspected terrorist' seized on Thursday night following a national security alert.

French aircraft carrier soon ready to strike ISIS
France

French aircraft carrier soon ready to strike ISIS

French jets will be able to launch air strikes on Islamic State targets from an aircraft carrier in the eastern Mediterranean from Monday, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has said.

Obama: Paris summit to show ‘we are not afraid’
France

Obama: Paris summit to show ‘we are not afraid’

US President Barack Obama insisted on Sunday he would go ahead with a visit to Paris for world climate talks despite the deadly attacks there, urging other leaders to attend and show "we are not afraid" of extremists.

More snow expected in southern Sweden
Sweden

More snow expected in southern Sweden

Southern Sweden was braced for yet more snow on Sunday, after substantial falls on Saturday afternoon and evening, delighting children but causing traffic chaos.

Pope to defy risks with open-top Africa tour
Italy

Pope to defy risks with open-top Africa tour

Pope Francis heads to Africa this week for the riskiest trip of his papacy, defying danger with an open-topped popemobile and visits to a slum, refugee camp and mosque despite security fears following jihadist attacks.

‘Not in my name’: Muslims rally in Italy
Italy

‘Not in my name’: Muslims rally in Italy

Hundreds of Muslims rallied in Rome and Milan on Saturday to show solidarity with the victims of jihadist attacks, condemning violence in the name of religion and chanting "we are not the enemy".

Merkel ally’s vote drops after asylum attack
Germany

Merkel ally’s vote drops after asylum attack

The head of Bavaria's conservative party was re-elected on Saturday with his weakest score to date, seen as punishment after he berated ally German Chancellor Angela Merkel for her welcoming refugee policy.

Climate: And what if 2C isn’t good enough?
France

Climate: And what if 2C isn’t good enough?

Locking in an action plan to cap global warming at two degrees Celsius will be the ultimate yardstick for success or failure at the Paris climate summit that opens in a week.