Voters back Bern region’s first high-rise
Switzerland

Voters back Bern region’s first high-rise

Voters in a suburb of Bern have voted in favour of the capital region’s first skyscraper.

Paris police detain 208 at climate change demo
France

Paris police detain 208 at climate change demo

French police detained 208 people and kept a total of 174 in custody, after activists clashed violently with police in Paris on Sunday ahead of key climate talks, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said.

Storm Gorm rocks Denmark like a hurricane
Denmark

Storm Gorm rocks Denmark like a hurricane

UPDATED: Storm Gorm left Denmark for Sweden in the early hours of Monday but the effects of the hurricane-strength winds were expected to linger.

Spain’s top three parties tied ahead of December 20th general election
Spain

Spain’s top three parties tied ahead of December 20th general election

Spain's ruling conservatives are locked in a virtual tie with the main opposition Socialists and new centre-right party Ciudadanos, three weeks ahead of a general election, a poll showed on Sunday.

Poll: Spaniards divided on whether to bomb ISIS strongholds
Spain

Poll: Spaniards divided on whether to bomb ISIS strongholds

Spaniards are divided on whether Spain should take part in the international military campaign in Syria against the Islamic State, with just over half, 54, percent, opposed, a poll published on Sunday showed.

Pardon hopes rise for jailed Saudi blogger
Switzerland

Pardon hopes rise for jailed Saudi blogger

The wife of jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi expressed renewed hope Saturday that her husband might soon be pardoned after a senior Swiss official said such a move was in the pipeline.

Swiss theatre director Luc Bondy dies in France
Switzerland

Swiss theatre director Luc Bondy dies in France

Luc Bondy, an influential Swiss director who produced dozens of theatre and operatic works in Europe over four decades, died on Saturday aged 67, Paris' prestigious Théâtre de l'Odéon, where he was director, announced.

Gut captures giant slalom victory at Aspen
Switzerland

Gut captures giant slalom victory at Aspen

Swiss Lara Gut has captured her 13th career Alpine Skiing Women's World Cup victory in a giant slalom race in Aspen, Colorado after a late fall by American Mikaela Shiffrin.

Swiss court jails HSBC data leaker in absentia
Switzerland

Swiss court jails HSBC data leaker in absentia

Hervé Falciani, the former HSBC employee whose disclosures uncorked the "Swissleaks" scandal on bank-supported tax evasion, has been sentenced in absentia in Switzerland to five years in prison.

Refugees beg to leave ‘inhuman’ Malmö shelter
Sweden

Refugees beg to leave ‘inhuman’ Malmö shelter

Refugees sheltering in Malmö's 2013 Eurovision venue are begging to leave, with one describing it as a "prison" with "inhuman conditions", while Swedish nurses working there have been pulled out because of the health risks.

Swedish DJ salutes jumper in inspiring video
Sweden

Swedish DJ salutes jumper in inspiring video

The video for Swedish DJ Avicii's ‘Broken Arrows’ single tells the story of 1960s high jumper Dick Fosbury, whose “Fosbury Flop” technique revolutionised the sport and brought its inventor Olympic gold.

Paris human chain gives jolt to climate talks
France

Paris human chain gives jolt to climate talks

Protesters linked hands near the violent heart of the Paris terror attacks on Sunday, giving an emotional jolt to world leaders flying into the French capital to try and save Earth from climate catastrophe.

Italian doctor murdered in Kenya armed robbery
Italy

Italian doctor murdered in Kenya armed robbery

An Italian doctor working for a children's NGO was killed and three Italians injured in an armed robbery on the house they were staying in close to Kenya's Indian Ocean beach resorts, the foreign ministry said on Sunday.

Germany to send 1,200 troops to aid ISIS fight
Germany

Germany to send 1,200 troops to aid ISIS fight

Germany is planning to deploy 1,200 troops to help France in the fight against Islamic State jihadists in Syria, its army chief said Sunday, in what would be the military's biggest deployment abroad.

Southern Sweden braced for mighty Storm Gorm
Sweden

Southern Sweden braced for mighty Storm Gorm

Southern Sweden was braced for a battering on Sunday night, as Storm Gorm, which forecasters predict could reach hurricane strength, rampaged its way across Denmark.

5,000 march in Madrid anti-war protests as France lobbies Spain
Spain

5,000 march in Madrid anti-war protests as France lobbies Spain

Some 5,000 people protested in Madrid on Saturday, wary that joining France in attacks on ISIS strongholds in Syria would once again make the country a target for militants.

Refugee spending revs up German growth
Germany

Refugee spending revs up German growth

A massive influx of refugees, and accompanying billions in public spending, have provided Germany with a long-awaited answer to partners' calls for it to do more to jumpstart the eurozone economy.

Lufthansa inks pay deal with 30,000 ground staff
Germany

Lufthansa inks pay deal with 30,000 ground staff

German carrier Lufthansa, reeling under a series of recent strikes, said on Saturday that it had reached a wage rise accord with services sector union Verdi covering 30,000 ground staff.

Experts link Isis to climate ahead of summit
France

Experts link Isis to climate ahead of summit

Violence has cast a long shadow over a climate summit opening in Paris on Monday, two weeks after 130 people were killed in a coordinated jihadist onslaught on the French capital.