Avalanche kills Austrian and German ‘freeriders’

Avalanche kills Austrian and German ‘freeriders’

A 26-year-old Austrian man and a 34-year-old German man died when an avalanche swept them down a slope while they were skiing off-piste in the canton of Valais, police said on Sunday.

Three US prisoners freed by Iran land in Geneva
Switzerland

Three US prisoners freed by Iran land in Geneva

American prisoners released by Iran flew to Geneva in a Swiss Air Force jet on Sunday before being transferred to a US military plane that took them on to an American base in Germany, Swiss government sources said.

Pope hails ties with Jews on landmark synagogue visit
Italy

Pope hails ties with Jews on landmark synagogue visit

Pope Francis made his first visit on Sunday to a synagogue as pontiff, citing an "unbreakable" bond between Jews and Christians as hundreds of armed security personnel were deployed for the Rome visit.

Spanish say ‘no’ to elections and ‘yes’ to coalition in poll
Spain

Spanish say ‘no’ to elections and ‘yes’ to coalition in poll

A majority of Spanish voters oppose holding fresh polls to resolve a political impasse caused by an inconclusive general election last month and want parties to form a coalition government instead, a survey showed on Sunday.

Swiss and French among dead in Burkina Faso attack

Swiss and French among dead in Burkina Faso attack

The death toll in an attack by jihadists on a top hotel in Burkina Faso's capital rose to 29 on Sunday, including two French and two Swiss victims, the country's Security Minister Simon Compaore said.

Germany eyes expulsion hubs for North African migrants
Germany

Germany eyes expulsion hubs for North African migrants

Germany is planning measures to expedite the deportation of rejected asylum seekers from Algeria and Morocco including placing them in special expulsion centres, officials said on Sunday.

German business grits teeth as Chinese economy slows
Germany

German business grits teeth as Chinese economy slows

German companies are trying not to let themselves be spooked by the economic slowdown in China, even if they concede they are currently seeing a drop in demand for their products there.

Migrant radio station goes live in France’s ‘Jungle’ camp
France

Migrant radio station goes live in France’s ‘Jungle’ camp

In the heart of the Calais migrant shantytown in northern France known as the "Jungle", a cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" rings out from the ramshackle headquarters of the camp's very own radio station.

30,000 sign petition to make Bataclan guard French citizen
France

30,000 sign petition to make Bataclan guard French citizen

An online petition to award French nationality to an Algerian man who helped people escape the Bataclan concert hall during November's jihadist attack on Paris has secured more than 30,000 signatures.

Man dies after being left brain-dead in French drug trial
France

Man dies after being left brain-dead in French drug trial

A man who was left brain-dead after suffering serious side-effects during a drugs trial in France died on Sunday, according to the hospital which had been treating him.

Swiss still probing frozen Hosni Mubarak fortune
Switzerland

Swiss still probing frozen Hosni Mubarak fortune

Switzerland's attorney general says his office is still probing whether the hundreds of millions of dollars of frozen funds belonging to ex-president Hosni Mubarak's family originated from criminal activities.

Four freed Iranian-Americans heading to Switzerland
Switzerland

Four freed Iranian-Americans heading to Switzerland

Four Iranian-American citizens freed by Iran in a prisoner swap with the United States have left Tehran and are flying to Bern in Switzerland, Iranian state television reported on Sunday.

Iran deal ‘historic success for diplomacy’ – Germany
Germany

Iran deal ‘historic success for diplomacy’ – Germany

The implementation of the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers marks "a historic success for diplomacy", German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Saturday.

Remains of German victims of Istanbul attack flown home
Germany

Remains of German victims of Istanbul attack flown home

The remains of 10 Germans killed in a suicide attack blamed on the Islamic State (IS) group in the Turkish city of Istanbul were flown home on Saturday.

Germany and Greece step up fight against tax evasion
Germany

Germany and Greece step up fight against tax evasion

Greek and German authorities agreed Saturday to step up their cooperation on tax evasion, with information supplied by Germany already being used to probe thousands of Greeks suspected of stashing money in Swiss accounts.

West Sweden mosque hit by possible arson attack
Sweden

West Sweden mosque hit by possible arson attack

A building that houses a mosque in central Borås, 60 kilometres east of Gothenburg, was badly-damaged by fire in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Avalanche: teacher charged with involuntary homicide
France

Avalanche: teacher charged with involuntary homicide

A French teacher who took students onto a closed skiing piste in the French Alps where an avalanche killed two of them and a Ukrainian tourist has been charged with involuntary homicide, his lawyer said on Saturday.

‘Tax petrol more to pay for migrant crisis’
Germany

‘Tax petrol more to pay for migrant crisis’

Germany's Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble on Saturday raised the prospect of introducing a tax on petrol in Europe to pay for solving the migrant crisis, in remarks to the Suddeutsche Zeitung newspaper.

Roger Federer says Novak Djokovic ‘deserves a little star’
Switzerland

Roger Federer says Novak Djokovic ‘deserves a little star’

Roger Federer baulked at suggestions that Novak Djokovic had climbed above his fellow 'Big Four' players on Saturday — but he admitted the Serb "deserves a little star" by his name.