Baroque music luminary Harnoncourt dead
Austria

Baroque music luminary Harnoncourt dead

Celebrated Austrian conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt, considered to be the "pope" of the Baroque music revival, died Saturday aged 86, three months after announcing his retirement, his family announced.

France’s oldest nuclear plant ‘to close this year’

France’s oldest nuclear plant ‘to close this year’

France is to close down its oldest nuclear power plant, at the centre of a row with neighbouring Germany and Switzerland, by the end of this year, a green minister said Sunday.

Norway’s Dahl wins Sweden’s huge cross-country marathon
Sweden

Norway’s Dahl wins Sweden’s huge cross-country marathon

Norwegian skier John Kristian Dahl on Sunday won the annual cross-country ski marathon Vasaloppet after a dramatic sprint finish.

France and Egypt in joint military exercise
France

France and Egypt in joint military exercise

Egypt and France began Sunday joint manoeuvres in the Mediterranean in which French Rafale warplanes purchased by Cairo last year are taking part, the Egyptian army said.

Trump a ‘threat to peace,’ says Gabriel
Germany

Trump a ‘threat to peace,’ says Gabriel

Germany’s Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said Sunday that US billionaire Donald Trump, frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination, poses a threat to peace, social cohesion and prosperity.

Valls presses ahead with French labour reform
France

Valls presses ahead with French labour reform

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Sunday he would push ahead with a controversial labour reform bill, but promised "improvements" to the proposed text after meetings with union and business leaders.

Freed hostages return to Italy from Libya
Italy

Freed hostages return to Italy from Libya

Two Italians kidnapped last July in Libya returned to Italy on Sunday to a mute homecoming, amid questions over why two others snatched with them were killed.

Rally in Naples against church over treasure
Italy

Rally in Naples against church over treasure

Thousands of protesters demonstrated in Naples on Saturday in a bid to prevent the Catholic Church gaining any control over the treasure of a local saint that is reputedly worth more than British crown jewels.

Renzi: Italy won’t rush into action in Libya
Italy

Renzi: Italy won’t rush into action in Libya

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi cautioned Saturday that any military intervention in Libya by Italy would first need the approval of parliament, and that Rome would not be rushed into action.

Italy gay rights activists rally for adoption rights
Italy

Italy gay rights activists rally for adoption rights

Thousands of gay rights activists and LGBT families rallied in Rome Saturday in protest at the watering down of Italy’s civil union’s bill, which no longer envisages adoption rights for homosexual couples.

Sweden sees surge in ‘missing’ asylum-seekers
Sweden

Sweden sees surge in ‘missing’ asylum-seekers

Sweden’s migration agency expects a surge in the number of asylum-seekers going underground in the next three years, estimating the number at as many as 46,000.

‘Sweden needs to face up to repressive Sami past’
Sweden

‘Sweden needs to face up to repressive Sami past’

Sweden needs to set up a “truth commission” and face its colonial past by admitting its historic abuse of its indigenous Sami people, the country’s leading church official said on Sunday.

Surge of 100,000 migrants building in Greece
Austria

Surge of 100,000 migrants building in Greece

Greece is likely to receive another 100,000 migrants by the end of the month, Europe's migration commissioner warned on Saturday, two days ahead of an EU-Turkey summit seen as the only viable solution to the crisis.