‘Corruption rap dropped against me’: Blatter
Switzerland

‘Corruption rap dropped against me’: Blatter

Fifa's suspended president Sepp Blatter says the world body's ethics watchdog have dropped corruption charges against him over a suspect $2-million payment.

Ammann fails to rise to hometown crowd
Switzerland

Ammann fails to rise to hometown crowd

Slovenia's Peter Prevc maintained his hot streak when claiming Sunday's men's World Cup ski jump at Engelberg in the Swiss Alps to add to his win at the Swiss resort 24 hours earlier.

Man dies while night skiing in Swiss Alps
Switzerland

Man dies while night skiing in Swiss Alps

A 48-year-old man died while skiing at night at the Flumserberg resort in the canton of Saint Gallen after colliding with a marker post on an unlit slope, police said on Sunday.

Danish MEP quits party over asylum policies
Denmark

Danish MEP quits party over asylum policies

A European lawmaker for Denmark's ruling right-wing party said Saturday he was leaving the party over its controversial asylum policies, which include plans for police to search asylum seekers' luggage for valuables.

Tram jumps tracks in Donaustadt
Austria

Tram jumps tracks in Donaustadt

A tram jumped its tracks at the intersection of Erzherzog-Karl-Straße and Wagramer Straße on Sunday morning around 7:30 a.m.

‘Out with the old’: Many Spanish voters opt to cast ballot for change
Spain

‘Out with the old’: Many Spanish voters opt to cast ballot for change

As they voted on Sunday, many Spaniards let rip their anger with the two parties that have alternated power for decades - casting their ballot instead for two upstart political groupings.

Italian shoppers spooked by double bomb scare
Italy

Italian shoppers spooked by double bomb scare

Christmas shoppers and tourists were caught up in two separate bomb scares in the northern Italian city of Turin on Sunday, after anonymous callers said a museum and shopping centre would be hit.

Switzerland to probe leading Swiss Muslim
Switzerland

Switzerland to probe leading Swiss Muslim

The Swiss attorney general has opened a criminal investigation of a leading member in a Swiss Muslim organisation accused of violating a ban on jihadist groups, the attorney general's office said on Saturday.

‘Check travellers’ IDs or be fined,’ Sweden warns
Sweden

‘Check travellers’ IDs or be fined,’ Sweden warns

Infrastructure Minister Anna Johansson has warned public transport companies that failing to check traveller identities before they enter Sweden could result in fines of up to 50,000 kronor.

As it happened: Ruling PP wins but falls far short of absolute majority
Spain

As it happened: Ruling PP wins but falls far short of absolute majority

With more than 90 percent of the votes counted, the PP have been dealt a crushing blow losing more than 60 seats, even if they did win the most votes.

Isis ‘stole thousands of passports’: German news
Germany

Isis ‘stole thousands of passports’: German news

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) may have stolen “tens of thousands” of blank passports that it could use to smuggle its fighters into Europe as refugees, a German newspaper reported Sunday.

Austria to accelerate deportations
Austria

Austria to accelerate deportations

Austria's chancellor, Werner Faymann, made remarks on the weekend that suggest he would like to see faster processing of deportations of people who fail in their asylum bids.

Priest sorry for saying band ‘inspired by Satan’
France

Priest sorry for saying band ‘inspired by Satan’

A French priest apologised on Sunday for a homily in which he said the Eagles of Death Metal concert that was attacked by jihadists in Paris last month was "inspired by Satan".

German church holds ‘Star Wars’ service
Germany

German church holds ‘Star Wars’ service

A Berlin church on Sunday celebrated a service with a “Star Wars” theme, with lightsaber-wielding pastors preaching parallels between Christianity and the blockbuster movie series to costumed parishioners.

‘VW to rotate staff to improve oversight’: chief
Germany

‘VW to rotate staff to improve oversight’: chief

German car giant Volkswagen, scrambling to contain a massive pollution test cheating scandal, said on Sunday it would begin rotating staff to keep better tabs on its operations.

Wildfires rage across northern Spain closing roads and railway
Spain

Wildfires rage across northern Spain closing roads and railway

Spanish firefighters were battling around 100 wildfires in the northwestern Asturias region on Sunday, where flames fed by strong winds forced the closure of roads and a rail line, officials said.

Sorrowful France marks Edith Piaf’s centenary
France

Sorrowful France marks Edith Piaf’s centenary

France marked the centenary of Edith Piaf's birth on Saturday with added poignancy barely a month after the Paris attacks targeting the very joie-de-vivre that she embodied.

Pope hails UN progress on Syria and Libya
Italy

Pope hails UN progress on Syria and Libya

Pope Francis welcomed a UN-backed roadmap to end the Syrian war on Sunday, and said recent efforts to establish a national unity government in Libya sparked hopes for an end to a political deadlock.

Protesters trash Geneva city centre: police
Switzerland

Protesters trash Geneva city centre: police

An unauthorized demonstration over Geneva budget cuts for alternative culture spun out of control late Saturday, with protesters vandalizing much of the centre of the Swiss city, police said.

Italian cardinal donates cash after flat scandal
Italy

Italian cardinal donates cash after flat scandal

An Italian cardinal accused of using charity money to refurbish his luxury apartment has donated 150,000 euros ($163,000) to the Catholic foundation which allegedly footed the bill, media reports said on Saturday.

Former refugee in Miss Universe contest
Austria

Former refugee in Miss Universe contest

A young Austrian woman with a refugee background will on Sunday represent her adopted country in the Miss Universe contest in Las Vegas.

Italy defies EU order to fell diseased olive trees
Italy

Italy defies EU order to fell diseased olive trees

Italian prosecutors said on Saturday they have blocked an EU order to axe thousands of olive trees affected by a deadly bacteria and placed 10 people tasked with tackling the disease under investigation.

Ancelotti to replace Guardiola at Bayern
Germany

Ancelotti to replace Guardiola at Bayern

Pep Guardiola will leave Bayern Munich as head coach at the end of the season and be replaced by Carlos Ancelotti, club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told the newspaper Bild on Sunday.

Germany: ‘Abide by refugee quotas or else’
Germany

Germany: ‘Abide by refugee quotas or else’

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier threatened legal action on Saturday against EU countries that refused to accept refugees under the bloc’s quota programme.

Delay over US envoy to Sweden drags on
Sweden

Delay over US envoy to Sweden drags on

The confirmation of Azita Raji as US ambassador to Sweden was delayed yet again by political wrangling in the US Congress, when the Senate failed to confirm President Obama's nominee before closing its business for the year.

Paris-bound Air France flight in ‘bomb’ scare
France

Paris-bound Air France flight in ‘bomb’ scare

UPDATED: An Air France flight from Mauritius to Paris was forced to make an emergency landing in Kenya after a suspicious, but ultimately harmless, package was found on board, Kenyan police said.

Spain’s voters head to ballot boxes in ‘tectonic shift’ general election
Spain

Spain’s voters head to ballot boxes in ‘tectonic shift’ general election

Polling stations opened across Spain on Sunday in what is expected to be one of the most closely-fought contests in its modern history, as two dynamic new parties take on the country's long-established giants.