Google: Swiss ruling could close Street View
Switzerland

Google: Swiss ruling could close Street View

Google said on Wednesday it would appeal to Switzerland's highest court against a ruling forcing it to mask faces on its Street View service. The ruling could force it to shut down the facility in Switzerland, it said.

Friedrich defends EU border control changes
Germany

Friedrich defends EU border control changes

German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich on Wednesday defended a controversial plan to restore border controls in Europe's visa-free Schengen area, saying this will make it easier for Romania and Bulgaria to join.

Bavaria won’t extradite Nazi hitman
Germany

Bavaria won’t extradite Nazi hitman

Bavaria has refused to extradite a convicted Nazi war criminal back to the Netherlands, from where he broke out of jail in 1952, Germany's justice ministry said Wednesday.

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Sweden

Agency to probe internet outage at Swedish bank

After Swedish bank Skandiabanken suffered a massive outage of its internet banking services on Tuesday, the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority (Finansinspektionen - FI) has announced plans to investigate the matter.

Fake census forms probe drug consumption and penis size
Germany

Fake census forms probe drug consumption and penis size

Forms masquerading as Germany's 2011 census but instead asking questions about drug consumption and penis size have been arriving in post boxes around the country.

CDU floats ‘private sheriffs’ idea to tackle big city crime
Germany

CDU floats ‘private sheriffs’ idea to tackle big city crime

Big cities in Germany could soon see 'private sheriffs' patrolling the streets of problem areas to combat crime, if Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democratic Union has its way.

Sound problems plague Eurovision semi-final
Germany

Sound problems plague Eurovision semi-final

The Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf got off to shaky start on Tuesday evening after the first semi-final was plagued by technical problems with the televised commentary.

Man ‘executed’ in Malmö car park
Sweden

Man ‘executed’ in Malmö car park

Police in Malmö are out in force on Wednesday after a man was shot dead by a gunman lying in wait for him in the car park near one of the city's more popular outdoor swimming areas.

Debunking the mystique of the Bilderberg Group
Sweden

Debunking the mystique of the Bilderberg Group

While conspiracy theorists have long viewed the exclusive global network of elites known as the Bilderberg Group as a secretive global government, a new book by a Sweden-based academic argues the group's influence is often overstated, The Local's Peter Vinthagen Simpson explains.

University plagiarism report slams Guttenberg
Germany

University plagiarism report slams Guttenberg

The chances for former defence minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg to return quickly to German politics seemed effectively buried on Wednesday after his alma mater said his thesis was full of other people’s work that he had deliberately copied.

Lizzie the cat back after three years on the road
Sweden

Lizzie the cat back after three years on the road

The owner of a Swedish cat which disappeared more than three years ago is celebrating her feline friend's unexpected return after it turned up 200 kilometres from home.

Drinking coffee lowers breast cancer risk: Swedish study
Sweden

Drinking coffee lowers breast cancer risk: Swedish study

Women who drink more than 5 cups of coffee a day have a significantly lower risk of developing a certain type of breast cancer, researchers from Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet have found.

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Switzerland

Extra jail time for hunger-striking dope farmer

A hemp farmer and cannabis activist sentenced to over five years in jail has been handed an additional year in prison, reports said.

 

Sweden set to toughen arms export laws
Sweden

Sweden set to toughen arms export laws

The Social Democrats have joined the parties of the centre-right Alliance government in support of reforming Swedish arms export regulations to make it harder to export weapons to dictatorships.

Merkel prepared to back Draghi for ECB job
Germany

Merkel prepared to back Draghi for ECB job

Germany is ready to back Italy's central bank chief Mario Draghi to take over as European Central Bank president, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday.

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Switzerland

High number of accidents on Swiss roads

The number of fatal crashes in Switzerland fell in 2010, but the number remains too high, a new report has said.

 

Germany could be nuclear-free within a decade, says commission
Germany

Germany could be nuclear-free within a decade, says commission

A government-appointed energy ethics commission reckons Germany could be nuclear power-free in ten years without any electricity supply problems, according a draft report seen by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

Bayer faces US lawsuit over YAZ contraceptive
Germany

Bayer faces US lawsuit over YAZ contraceptive

The German pharmaceutical company Bayer faces a US lawsuit on behalf of a teenager who died from a blood clot allegedly linked to its YAZ contraceptive.

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Sweden

Swedish doc free from child porn charges due to slow probe

A Swedish doctor who was found to possess 300 films and 250,000 images containing child pornography is set to go free after the drawn out investigation into his crimes exceeded the statute of limitations making his offence null and void.

Sweden to add truancy to school report cards
Sweden

Sweden to add truancy to school report cards

Despite criticism from several quarters, truancy will be displayed in the grade reports of all school children in Sweden, minister for education Jan Björklund has decided.

Jetman completes Grand Canyon flight
Switzerland

Jetman completes Grand Canyon flight

A Swiss adventurer has finally made a "historic" jetpack-powered flight above the Grand Canyon, organizers claimed on Tuesday, days after he canceled a bid saying he had not trained enough.

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Sweden

Swedes jailed for running Philippine cybersex den

Two Swedish men have been jailed for life in the Philippines for running a cybersex den in which naked women performed acts for clients watching over the internet, a court official said Wednesday.

One in three cash machines replaced after ‘skimming’ attacks
Germany

One in three cash machines replaced after ‘skimming’ attacks

German banks had to replace nearly a third of all their cash machines last year because they were too easy for criminals to manipulate, according to the Financial Times Deutschland on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Swedish teen girls ‘getting more violent’

Violence among Swedish teenage girls is on the rise, new statistics show, having increased by about 50 percent since 1994.

Bug-busters spray Rhineland trees to head off caterpillar threat
Germany

Bug-busters spray Rhineland trees to head off caterpillar threat

Teams of bug-busters have been deployed to the roads of western Germany to spray trees to rid them of poisonous hairy caterpillars which can seriously damage human health.

Mothers and over-55s called back to work
Germany

Mothers and over-55s called back to work

The German government intends to bring millions of non-working mothers and older people back into the job market in a bid to close a looming skilled worker shortage in the coming decades.

Two anglers dead after archipelago mishap
Sweden

Two anglers dead after archipelago mishap

An afternoon of fishing turned deadly on Tuesday after two men drowned in the St. Anna's archipelago outside of Söderköping in eastern Sweden.