Bencic upbeat after close loss to Sharapova
Switzerland

Bencic upbeat after close loss to Sharapova

Swiss teen tennis sensation Belinda Bencic believes she's moving closer to the top, despite a tough loss to Maria Sharapova.

Mystery 100,000 francs found in abandoned car
Switzerland

Mystery 100,000 francs found in abandoned car

A drug dealer forced to flee in a hurry? Police in the canton of Saint Gallen got an unusual surprise after they found a car abandoned on the side of the road with stacks of cash inside.

Federer blitzes Goffin to make Melbourne quarterfinals
Switzerland

Federer blitzes Goffin to make Melbourne quarterfinals

Roger Federer swept into the Australian Open quarterfinals in just 88 minutes with a quick-fire win over Belgian David Goffin on Sunday.

Italian Fill wins thrilling Kitzbühel downhill
Italy

Italian Fill wins thrilling Kitzbühel downhill

Italian Peter Fill won the World Cup's most prestigious event, the Kitzbühel downhill, on Saturday in a race of high drama that saw Aksel Lund Svindal's season come to an end in a spectacular crash.

France edges closer to huge deal for jet fighters to India
France

France edges closer to huge deal for jet fighters to India

France's President Francois Hollande played down the prospect of a swift conclusion to a drawn-out deal for New Delhi to buy 36 French jet fighters as he began a three-day visit to India Sunday.

Germany rejects about 10 percent of migrants
Germany

Germany rejects about 10 percent of migrants

While Germany is still taking in around 2,000 refugees a day, it is now denying entry to about 200 others daily at its borders, the interior minister said on Sunday.

Swiss applaud Davos troops show — despite drug use
Switzerland

Swiss applaud Davos troops show — despite drug use

A few cases of troops taking drugs did not undermine the "exemplary performance" of Swiss soldiers in securing this year's World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland's defence department said on Sunday.

SAS cancels flights as ‘Snowzilla’ hits America
Sweden

SAS cancels flights as ‘Snowzilla’ hits America

Scandinavian airline, SAS, has cancelled its flights from Stockholm, Copenhagen and Oslo to the US east coast because of a heavy snowstorm, Storm Jonas, nicknamed Snowzilla by the American press.

Disquiet grows over French state of emergency
France

Disquiet grows over French state of emergency

When a state of emergency was imposed in France after the November attacks, numb and terror-weary citizens welcomed the show of force.

New European police centre to fight terrorism
Switzerland

New European police centre to fight terrorism

A new European counter-terrorism centre opening this month will improve information-sharing among national police forces whose performance is under scrutiny after the jihadist attacks in Paris in November, the director of Europol has told AFP.

Iran to buy 114 Airbus planes from France: minister
France

Iran to buy 114 Airbus planes from France: minister

Iran will sign a contract this week to buy 114 Airbus planes from France, during a visit to Paris by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Tehran's transport minister said on Sunday.

New Year assaults ‘in 12 German states’: report
Germany

New Year assaults ‘in 12 German states’: report

German police have found that the wave of sexual assaults and robberies on New Year's eve did not only happen in Cologne but that similar incidents. although at a much lower level, also took place in 12 of Germany's regional states, local media reported Saturday.

France’s Calais port shuts after migrants jump on ferry
France

France’s Calais port shuts after migrants jump on ferry

Northern France's port of Calais was shut down on Saturday after dozens of migrants boarded a moored ferry in a desperate bid to reach Britain, after protests against the "Jungle" camp.

‘Markets scared of ‘unstable’ government’: Spain minister
Spain

‘Markets scared of ‘unstable’ government’: Spain minister

Spain's economy minister said in a Sunday interview that global markets were more scared of an "unstable" government that would include far-left Podemos than of Catalonia's high-profile secessionist threat.

Sweden’s Social Democrat party hits record low in poll
Sweden

Sweden’s Social Democrat party hits record low in poll

The Sifo poll, commissioned by the newspapers Svenska Dagbladet and Göteborgs-Posten and published on Sunday, gives the ruling Social Democrats 23.3 percent of the electorate, the party’s lowest rating since 1967.

Proposed cap could be reached ‘by Summer’
Austria

Proposed cap could be reached ‘by Summer’

Austria's interior minister has said a new national cap on the number of asylum seekers it takes in this year could be reached by the summer, as Europe grapples with its worst migrant crisis since World War II.

Norway suspends return of migrants from Russia
Norway

Norway suspends return of migrants from Russia

UPDATED: Norway on Saturday announced it was temporarily suspending its controversial return of migrants from Arctic Russia, following a request from Moscow.

German cyclists injured in Spanish accident

German cyclists injured in Spanish accident

Six cyclists from German cycling team Giant-Alpecin were injured in a training accident when an English driver crashed into them in Benigembla near Alicante on Saturday.

Spain’s Socialists accuse Podemos of ‘blackmail’
Spain

Spain’s Socialists accuse Podemos of ‘blackmail’

Spain's Socialist party on Saturday accused hard-left group Podemos of "blackmail" as the country grapples with an unprecedented political impasse after inconclusive elections.

Police hunt baboon on loose in Denmark
Denmark

Police hunt baboon on loose in Denmark

Danish police on Saturday warned the public not to approach a baboon on the loose after it escaped from a zoo in the country's west.

Thousands march in Italy for gay rights
Italy

Thousands march in Italy for gay rights

Thousands of people marched in Italian cities Saturday to demand legal recognition for gay couples and their children, days before lawmakers begin addressing the deeply divisive issue.