Matt Damon film ‘Downsizing’ to open Venice Film Festival
Italy

Matt Damon film ‘Downsizing’ to open Venice Film Festival

Oscar-winning US director Alexander Payne's latest movie "Downsizing" is to open this year's Venice Film Festival, while his compatriot Annette Bening will head the Mostra jury, organisers announced on Saturday.

Southern Sweden building boom brings out the rats
Sweden

Southern Sweden building boom brings out the rats

Sweden’s southernmost region Skåne is enjoying rapid growth, and not just amongst its human population.

Swedish king has no plans to step aside for popular daughter
Sweden

Swedish king has no plans to step aside for popular daughter

Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria may have basked in the glow of adulation on her 40th birthday but she shouldn’t expect to take over the throne anytime soon.

Roger Federer, from Mr Angry to Mr Perfect
Switzerland

Roger Federer, from Mr Angry to Mr Perfect

From racquet-smashing enfant terrible with a bad attitude and ill-advised ponytail to universally respected sporting role model and modern icon, Roger Federer has come a long, long way.

Bonucci bids Juve farewell after Milan move
Italy

Bonucci bids Juve farewell after Milan move

Italy international defender Leonardo Bonucci took out a page in a local newspaper on Saturday to thank Juventus fans for their support after agreeing a shock move to rivals AC Milan.

Quiet Italy hamlets struggle with migrant ‘human warehouses’
Italy

Quiet Italy hamlets struggle with migrant ‘human warehouses’

Two years with hundreds of asylum seekers packed into overcrowded centres are taking their toll -- on both migrants and villagers.

One-day classics specialists set to shine at Tour
France

One-day classics specialists set to shine at Tour

With three of five mountain ranges behind them, the Tour de France peloton set course towards the Massif Central on Saturday with opportunity in the air.

France aims to be ‘facilitator’ in Gulf crisis talks
France

France aims to be ‘facilitator’ in Gulf crisis talks

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in Doha on Saturday that Paris wants to assist Kuwait-led mediation on the crisis between Qatar and four other Arab states.

Germany confirms two nationals killed in Egypt knife attack
Germany

Germany confirms two nationals killed in Egypt knife attack

The foreign ministry on Saturday confirmed previous reports that two German women were stabbed to death at a popular tourist resort.

Federer one win away from record 8th Wimbledon title
Switzerland

Federer one win away from record 8th Wimbledon title

Seven-time champion Roger Federer reached his 11th Wimbledon final on Friday, downing 2010 runner-up Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/4), 6-4.

Man Utd ‘open’ to new deal for Zlatan
Sweden

Man Utd ‘open’ to new deal for Zlatan

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be given the chance to resurrect his Manchester United career as he battles back from a serious knee injury, manager Jose Mourinho confirmed on Friday.

13 hurt in year’s final Pamplona bull run
Spain

13 hurt in year’s final Pamplona bull run

French and American tourists were just some of the 13 men injured on Friday in the last bull run of Spain's famous fiesta in Pamplona, some of them suffering from head trauma.

Volkswagen to sponsor German national football team
Germany

Volkswagen to sponsor German national football team

Germany's top automaker Volkswagen will from 2019 replace its luxury-range competitor Mercedes-Benz as the top sponsor of the national football team, the company and sports body said on Friday.

Turkey again blocks German MPs from visiting troops: Berlin
Germany

Turkey again blocks German MPs from visiting troops: Berlin

Germany on Friday said Turkey once again blocked a visit by its lawmakers to German troops stationed at a Turkish base, a move adding to tension in their relations.

Two Germans reportedly killed in ‘cowardly’ Egypt knife attack
Germany

Two Germans reportedly killed in ‘cowardly’ Egypt knife attack

An Egyptian official said that two German women were killed on Friday when an assailant stabbed them at an Egyptian Red Sea beach resort.