Second murder-suicide hits Vaud in week
Switzerland

Second murder-suicide hits Vaud in week

In the second incident of its type in the canton of Vaud in less than a week, a 40-year-old man at the weekend is believed to have stabbed his female partner to death with a kitchen knife before killing himself with the same weapon, police said on Sunday.

Federer says health not an issue for Aussie Open
Switzerland

Federer says health not an issue for Aussie Open

Swiss great Roger Federer insisted he would be 100 percent fit for the Australian Open despite suffering from a flu-like illness during the Brisbane International.

Wawrinka wins hat trick at Chennai Open
Switzerland

Wawrinka wins hat trick at Chennai Open

Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka beat Croatian youngster Borna Coric on Sunday to capture the ATP Chennai Open for a third straight year, kicking off the new season in winning style.

Merkel gets tough as migrants tied to violence
Germany

Merkel gets tough as migrants tied to violence

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been forced to modify her liberal stance toward refugees, after a spate of assaults during New Year's Eve celebrations blamed on asylum seekers.

Italian female footballers defy mafia-style threats
Italy

Italian female footballers defy mafia-style threats

One of Italy's top women's indoor football teams was set to defy a mafia-style threat in the heartland of the powerful 'Ndrangheta Sunday, taking to the pitch to the rallying cries of top sports figures.

Thousands march in Bilbao for return of Eta prisoners
Spain

Thousands march in Bilbao for return of Eta prisoners

Tens of thousands protested in Bilbao, northern Spain calling for the return of more than 400 prisoners linked to the Basque separatist group Eta who are being held outside the region.

Hamburg reports spate of New Year violence
Germany

Hamburg reports spate of New Year violence

Police in the northern German city of Hamburg said Sunday they have recorded 133 cases of offences including sexual assaults allegedly committed against women during New Year's celebrations.

Germany to be scolded for ‘anti-Polish’ remarks
Germany

Germany to be scolded for ‘anti-Polish’ remarks

Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski has summoned the German ambassador in Warsaw because of "anti-Polish comments by German politicians," the ministry said in a statement Sunday.

Spain’s Princess Cristina: From fairy tale life to national ‘baddie’
Spain

Spain’s Princess Cristina: From fairy tale life to national ‘baddie’

A smiling, educated, mother-of-four who was madly in love with her dashing husband, Princess Cristina had it all until a royal corruption scandal saw her plunge from Spanish darling to national 'baddie.'

Swiss populist firebrand Blocher to step down
Switzerland

Swiss populist firebrand Blocher to step down

The strongman of Switzerland's populist right, Christoph Blocher, will stand down in April, media reported on Sunday, paving the way for a complete shake-up at the top of the country's biggest party.

‘I’m a sinner in need of God’s mercy’: Pope
Italy

‘I’m a sinner in need of God’s mercy’: Pope

Pope Francis describes himself as "a sinner" in need of God's mercy, in an upcoming book where he also urges the Catholic Church to focus on its mission as a grassroots, hands-on organisation.

France remembers Charlie Hebdo attacks
France

France remembers Charlie Hebdo attacks

Several thousand people gathered in Paris Sunday in a low-key ceremony to mark a year since a million and half citizens thronged the French capital in a show of unity following jihadist attacks on satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket.

Swede hurt in Egypt attack leaves hospital
Sweden

Swede hurt in Egypt attack leaves hospital

A Swedish tourist wounded in an attack on an Egyptian Red Sea resort hotel has been released from hospital, medical officials said on Sunday.

Swedish police hold man for smuggling refugee
Sweden

Swedish police hold man for smuggling refugee

Swedish police arrested a man early on Sunday as he allegedly tried to smuggle a migrant into the country aboard a rubber dinghy, the first such case since Sweden imposed systematic ID checks, police said.

Swedish airport shut down after bomb scare
Sweden

Swedish airport shut down after bomb scare

UPDATED: Parts of Sweden's Stockholm-Skavsta Airport were evacuated on Sunday after traces of explosive powder were detected on a piece of luggage at the security check.

Italy in row over move to scrap migrant fine
Italy

Italy in row over move to scrap migrant fine

Plans by Italy's government to scrap a measure making illegal immigrants subject to a hefty fine was at the heart of a fierce debate on Saturday in a nation that has seen a huge influx of migrants.

Paris attacker lived in German refugee shelter

Paris attacker lived in German refugee shelter

A man who attacked a Paris police station last week had lived in a centre for asylum-seekers in Germany, German investigators say, a finding likely to fuel criticism of Chancellor Angela Merkel's liberal stance towards war refugees.

Two Italians killed in Swiss avalanche: police

Two Italians killed in Swiss avalanche: police

Two Italians were killed on Saturday after they and another cross-country skier were hit by an avalanche in the Swiss Alps, police said.

Catalan separatists to form government after Mas steps down
Spain

Catalan separatists to form government after Mas steps down

Catalonia's separatists are set to vote in a new regional president on Sunday to push for independence from Spain, itself without a government, after the region's leader stepped aside.

Sweden’s Spotify hit by new $200 million action
Sweden

Sweden’s Spotify hit by new $200 million action

Swedish music streaming leader Spotify has been hit by a new copyright lawsuit seeking $200 million, in the second such case within weeks.

Cologne New Year violence cases up to 379
Germany

Cologne New Year violence cases up to 379

Cologne police said on Saturday night that the number of cases filed over violence during New Year's festivities had reached 379, and that asylum seekers and illegal migrants made up the majority of suspects.