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Sweden

Thieves steal Saab, 70-year-old woman

When thieves decided to steal a Saab 9-5 from a highway rest stop in southern Sweden, a 70-year-old woman in the backseat found herself taken along for the ride.

How the far-right found a voice in tolerant Nordic countries
Sweden

How the far-right found a voice in tolerant Nordic countries

A far-right that vaunts anti-immigration, Islamophobia and the welfare state has taken hold in Nordic countries, playing on the fears of societies that are less and less blond and blue eyed, AFP's Marc Preel writes.

Sending money abroad? Time to ditch your bank
Switzerland

Sending money abroad? Time to ditch your bank

If you’re an expat who uses your bank to transfer money abroad, you’ll know that extortionate fees and bad exchange rates can leave a big hole in your pocket. Using a currency specialist can cut these costs dramatically. Here is how.

Sending money abroad? Time to ditch your bank
France

Sending money abroad? Time to ditch your bank

If you’re an expat who uses your bank to transfer money abroad, you’ll know that extortionate fees and bad exchange rates can leave a big hole in your pocket. Using a currency specialist can cut these costs dramatically. Here is how.

Guttenberg moving to the US to write book
Germany

Guttenberg moving to the US to write book

Former Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, brought down by an academic plagiarism scandal earlier this year, is moving to the United States with his family and will write a book, media reported Thursday.

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Sweden

Police terror response hit by chopper shortage

Swedish police have warned that if a terrorist attack similar to the Utøya massacre should occur in Sweden then the response would be no faster due to the shortage of helicopters, according to a report in the Dagens Nyheter daily.

African famine blamed on Chinese land grab
Germany

African famine blamed on Chinese land grab

Germany's Africa policy coordinator on Thursday blamed China's practice of buying up land in the Horn of Africa for contributing to the devastating famine ravaging the region.

Vandals pee in holy water of Catholic church
Germany

Vandals pee in holy water of Catholic church

Vandals broke into a Catholic church in North Rhine-Westphalia and peed into the bowl of holy water, the police announced on Thursday.

Hooray For Helvywood: knowing Switzerland through its films
Switzerland

Hooray For Helvywood: knowing Switzerland through its films

With the 2011 edition of the Locarno Film Festival soon to get under way, contributor Robert La Bua casts a cinematic eye at Switzerland's oft-overlooked celluloid exploits.

Sending money abroad? Time to ditch your bank
Sweden

Sending money abroad? Time to ditch your bank

If you’re an expat who uses your bank to transfer money abroad, you’ll know that extortionate fees and bad exchange rates can leave a big hole in your pocket. Using a currency specialist can cut these costs dramatically. Here is how.

VW shares tank despite stellar earnings
Germany

VW shares tank despite stellar earnings

Volkswagen on Thursday posted more than three-fold leaps in net profit, but its shares were still hammered as some observers wondered if the stock of Europe's biggest car maker had peaked.

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Switzerland

Daughter admits to planning father’s killing

The 21-year-old woman who killed her father and seriously injured her mother on Tuesday said she had planned the murder beforehand. She said he had verbally abused her for years.

 

Sending money abroad? Time to ditch your bank
Germany

Sending money abroad? Time to ditch your bank

If you’re an expat who uses your bank to transfer money abroad, you’ll know that extortionate fees and bad exchange rates can leave a big hole in your pocket. Using a currency specialist can cut these costs dramatically. Here is how.

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Switzerland

Justice minister wants more internet monitoring

Swiss Justice Minister Simonetta Sommaruga wants to expand the government's ability to monitor people's online activities. The plans have been harshly criticized by other politicians and the internet sector.

 

Nurse charged over ambulance call fatality
Sweden

Nurse charged over ambulance call fatality

A nurse formerly employed at emergency services operator SOS Alarm has been charged with aggravated manslaughter for refusing to dispatch an ambulance to a dying 23-year-old, the prosecutor has confirmed.

Booming Germany investing more abroad
Germany

Booming Germany investing more abroad

German companies are investing abroad like never before, making the country the world’s biggest foreign investor after the United States.

BBC shows now available in Germany on iPad
Germany

BBC shows now available in Germany on iPad

Fans of British TV will be able to turn off ZDF and ARD and get back to Top Gear and Fawlty Towers from Thursday with the launch in Germany of a new BBC iPlayer app.

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France

Tape shows DSK maid not after money: lawyer

The lawyer for a New York maid who has accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of attempted rape said Wednesday that a phone recording proved she was no gold-digger after the ex-IMF chief's money.

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France

Renault first-half net profit up 56% to €1.2 billion

French car maker Renault saw its first-half profits soar to €1.2 billion despite losses caused by the earthquake in Japan, it said on Thursday in an earnings statement.

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France

French minister backs soldier, voices sorrow at 3 Afghan dead

France's defence minister on Wednesday said a soldier acted in self-defence when he opened fire on a car at a roadblock in Afghanistan and voiced "deep sorrow" at the deaths of three civilians.

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France

Air France-KLM reports €197 million quarterly loss

Air France-KLM announced Wednesday a first quarter net loss of €197 million ($283 million) and said the outlook was uncertain for the rest of the year.

Vattenfall hit by German nuclear phase out
Sweden

Vattenfall hit by German nuclear phase out

Swedish state-owned energy concern Vattenfall on Thursday announced a massive net loss in the second quarter, blaming the decision in Germany to abandon nuclear power.

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France

IMF warns France on deficit, slowing growth

France will probably need extra action to cut its public deficit in 2012 and 2013 as falling growth threatens to complicate economic recovery, the International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday.

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France

Danone first-half net profits up 2.7%

French yoghurt-maker Danone logged first-half net profits of €861 million, up 2.7 percent on the same period last year, it said in an earnings statement Thursday.

Giving beer a home in the Rhineland
Germany

Giving beer a home in the Rhineland

Traditional beers are experiencing a renaissance among German drinkers. Alexander Bakst takes a tour of the Rhineland to compare Kölsch and Alt, two regional brews steeped in history and ancient rivalry.

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France

Jordanian protest against French news agency

Around 100 people demonstrated on Wednesday outside the French embassy in Amman, demanding the resignation of the AFP bureau chief in the Jordanian capital.

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France

$12 million ransom sought for French kidnapped in Yemen: tribes

Three French aid workers who were kidnapped in southeastern Yemen are held by Al-Qaeda members who are seeking a $12 million ransom for their release, tribal sources said on Wednesday.

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France

Terror suspect may escape Spain warrant

A French Basque man facing terrorism charges in Spain may escape being handed over to Spanish police by French authorities, a prosecutor said on Wednesday.

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France

Algae suspected as boars found dead on French beach

Dozens of wild boars have turned up dead this month around a beach in western France, suspected victims of poisonous blue-green algae, officials say.

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France

Peugeot Citroen reports profit rise but shares slump

French auto group PSA Peugeot Citroen reported a first-half net profit rise of 5.0 percent on Wednesday but its outlook for the year disappointed the market and the shares fell by 6.14 percent to €27.69.

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France

French jobless rate up again in June

France’s jobless figure went up for a second consecutive month in June, rising by 1.3 percent to 2.7 million. The new figure is up 1.5 percent on the same period last year.

French speakers are the most patriotic Swiss
Switzerland

French speakers are the most patriotic Swiss

People living in French-speaking parts of Switzerland are more patriotic than those who speak German, according to a new survey. But for 80 percent of Swiss, the national holiday on August 1st is important.

 

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Switzerland

Foetuses operated on in mothers’ wombs

For the first time in Switzerland, foetuses have been operated on while they were still inside their mothers' wombs, the University Children's Hospital in Zürich reported on Thursday.

 

Lufthansa sees major profit increase
Germany

Lufthansa sees major profit increase

Lufthansa on Thursday posted second quarter net profits of more than €300 million, a 55.2 percent rise on the same period last year when Iceland's volcanic eruption hit the industry.

Siemens third quarter profits dip
Germany

Siemens third quarter profits dip

German industrial giant Siemens unveiled on Thursday charges that drove its third quarter net profit 65 percent lower than in the same period last year, a sharper decline than analysts had expected.

H&M set to sell Beckham-branded undies
Sweden

H&M set to sell Beckham-branded undies

H&M is teaming up with football icon David Beckham on a new line of branded men's underwear, the Swedish fashion giant announced on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Thief forced to break out of store

A thief who broke into a convenience store in Örebro during Tuesday night was later forced to smash his way back out after evading a police unit, reported the local Nerikes Allehanda (NA) daily.

Credit Suisse to cut 4% of staff worldwide
Switzerland

Credit Suisse to cut 4% of staff worldwide

Swiss banking giant Credit Suisse said on Thursday that thousands of jobs would go after it reported a 52 percent plunge in second quarter profit due to the European debt crisis and global economic uncertainties.

Sarkozy springs budget trap for Socialists
France

Sarkozy springs budget trap for Socialists

The President’s proposal to enshrine a ‘golden rule’ in France's constitution that would require governments to deliver a balanced budget has landed the opposition Socialists with a political challenge.

Swatch reports record first-half profit and sales
Switzerland

Swatch reports record first-half profit and sales

The world's biggest watch group Swatch said on Thursday its first half net profits soared 24.5 percent to 579 million francs ($722 million), setting a fresh record for the company.

Sweden releases Rwanda genocide suspect
Sweden

Sweden releases Rwanda genocide suspect

A Rwandan genocide suspect, who has been held in Sweden without trial since July 2008 should be set free, the Swedish Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday.

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Switzerland

US sues UBS over dodgy subprime securities

A US housing regulator filed a $900 million lawsuit against Swiss bank UBS on Wednesday over risky mortgage-backed securities it sold to mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

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France

Body found is missing pregnant woman

A partially burnt body found on Wednesday is “without doubt” that of the missing woman, Anne Caudal, according to the Rennes prosecutor.

More French stay home for summer hols
France

More French stay home for summer hols

Contrary to the widely-held belief that the French depart en masse in August for the country’s beaches, a study has revealed that 38 percent do not go away on holiday.

What’s on in Germany: July 28 – August 3
Germany

What’s on in Germany: July 28 – August 3

This Week's Highlights: Hot air balloons hover over Leipzig, Prince plays Cologne, and Munich hosts a soap box derby.

Swim champ Britta Steffen makes shock withdrawal
Germany

Swim champ Britta Steffen makes shock withdrawal

Olympic title-holder Britta Steffen pulled out of the world championships in Shanghai on Thursday after struggling in the women's 100m freestyle heats, depriving the competition of one of its brightest stars.

City refuses to name tunnel after actor Bud Spencer despite internet support
Germany

City refuses to name tunnel after actor Bud Spencer despite internet support

Officials in Schwäbisch Gmünd in Baden-Württemberg have declared they won’t name a tunnel after spaghetti western star Bud Spencer despite a massive internet campaign.

Ikea US staff declare union vote victory
Sweden

Ikea US staff declare union vote victory

Staff at the Ikea-owned Swedwood factory in Danville voted on Wednesday with a large majority in favour of signing a collective bargaining agreement, ending a often bitter three year struggle.

Bolt seeks revenge in Stockholm sprint
Sweden

Bolt seeks revenge in Stockholm sprint

Usain Bolt returns to action in the Diamond League meeting in Stockholm on Friday hoping to erase bad memories of last year's defeat.

Social Democrats to hold youth congress
Sweden

Social Democrats to hold youth congress

Sweden's young Social Democrats (SSU) plan to go ahead with the congress in August despite the deadly attacks against its Norwegian sister party's youth camp, SSU's head said Wednesday.

Dialing a good read in a phone booth
Germany

Dialing a good read in a phone booth

As mobile phones grow in popularity, telephone booths have become rare in German cities. But a new project in Berlin is hoping to turn them into a sanctuary for another endangered technology – books. Moises Mendoza reports.