Diamond fever hits Sweden’s far north
Sweden

Diamond fever hits Sweden’s far north

The mineral rich regions of Sweden's far north have long been mined for their natural resources, one firm is now hoping that diamonds can be added to the list, according to a report in the local Norrbotten Kuriren.

Greenpeace dumps boulders off Sylt coast
Germany

Greenpeace dumps boulders off Sylt coast

In an effort to protect the ocean floor off the coast of the North Sea island of Sylt, environmental group Greenpeace on Tuesday renewed its controversial campaign dropping large boulders to hinder trawling and gravel mining operations.

Victoria most beautiful royal bride ever: poll
Sweden

Victoria most beautiful royal bride ever: poll

Swedish Crown Princess Victoria is the most beautiful royal bride all time, outclassing other high-profile royals like Princess Diana, Kate Middleton, and Grace Kelly, a new survey has shown.

Workers not as happy as they used to be
Germany

Workers not as happy as they used to be

Germany's economy might be roaring away but Germans are less and less satisfied with their jobs, according to a study out Tuesday, which suggests low incomes and high pressure at work are to blame.

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Switzerland

Swiss unis ‘may impose quotas on foreigners’

Swiss universities can limit the number of foreigners who enroll if there is a shortage of available spots at the school, education experts have found. Some had worried that foreign quotas violated international agreements.

Ikea lawyers review Chinese ‘copycat’ store
Sweden

Ikea lawyers review Chinese ‘copycat’ store

Swedish furniture firm Ikea has instructed its lawyers to consider whether a newly opened store in southern China constitutes an infringement of its trademark.

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Switzerland

ABB wins $1 bn wind farm power link order

Swiss engineering giant ABB said Tuesday it has won a $1 billion (706 million euros) order from Dutch-German transmission grid operator TenneT to link offshore wind farms to the German power grid.

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Switzerland

Mining giant sees profits soar

Anglo-Swiss mining giant Xstrata said Tuesday its first half net profit jumped 27 percent to $2.9 billion (€2.0 billion) and that it expected even better earnings for the second half.

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France

Guard made to wear explosives in attack

 

A security guard responsible for transporting cash had a frightening experience on Monday when attackers made him wear a belt of explosives and threatened to blow it up unless he followed orders.


 

Number of Swiss farms continues to fall
Switzerland

Number of Swiss farms continues to fall

In 2010, the number of farms in Switzerland fell to below 60,000, according to figures released Tuesday by the federal statistics office. The number of organic farms is also shrinking.

Swedish lesbians more keen to wed: study
Sweden

Swedish lesbians more keen to wed: study

More Swedish lesbians than gay men have taken advantage of rules allowing same-sex couple's to get married, new statistics show.

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Sweden

Dry weather prompts Stockholm fire ban

The Greater Stockholm Fire Brigade has announced the introduction of a ban on open fires in the areas in and around the Swedish capital following a spell of warmer weather which has left the ground extremely dry.

Porsche returns to profit ahead of VW merger
Germany

Porsche returns to profit ahead of VW merger

German luxury car group Porsche posted Tuesday a first-half net profit of €149 million ($212 million), bouncing back from a heavy loss as it slashed massive debt with a capital increase.

Deutsche Post triples profit as Asia boosts DHL
Germany

Deutsche Post triples profit as Asia boosts DHL

Deutsche Post, the world's leading logistics company, said Tuesday that its second quarter net profit more than tripled from the same period a year earlier to €278 million ($396 million).

Swede held for building nuclear reactor in his kitchen
Sweden

Swede held for building nuclear reactor in his kitchen

Swedish police have detained a 31-year-old man in Ängelholm in western Sweden who was discovered after he sought advice from authorities on the legality of building a nuclear reactor in a domestic kitchen.

Taliban target German security firm in Kunduz
Germany

Taliban target German security firm in Kunduz

A suicide bomber and two gunmen have attacked the office of a German security firm protecting aid workers in the Afghanistan city of Kunduz, in a co-ordinated assault that left at least six people dead.

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France

France gives Libyan rebels $259 m in frozen Qaddafi funds

France on Monday said it had given Libyan rebels $259 million (€181 million) in frozen funds that used to belong to the regime of strongman leader Muammar Qaddafi.

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France

Suspect in Argentina tourist murders freed on bail

Authorities have bailed a man arrested on Monday in connection with the murder of two French women found shot dead in a tourist area in northern Argentina, a court official has said.

Germany faces insect infestation
Germany

Germany faces insect infestation

Waiting for Germany’s soggy summer weather to become warm and dry? Not so fast. The recent rain has created the perfect breeding conditions for nasty insects like wasps, mosquitoes and gnats.

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France

BNP Paribas profits hit by Greek woes

French banking giant BNP Paribas reported Tuesday a second quarter net profit up 1.1 percent at €2.12 billion, short of analyst forecasts as it set aside €534 million to cover its Greek exposure.

Inmates start hunger strike for internet, pay TV and conjugal visits
Germany

Inmates start hunger strike for internet, pay TV and conjugal visits

Five prisoners in Lower Saxony deemed too dangerous to release even though they have served their sentences are on a hunger strike for better conditions including internet access, pay TV and conjugal visits.

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Switzerland

Massive explosion destroys house

A large explosion destroyed a house in the village of Rüfenach early on Monday morning, killing one man. Police suspect the explosion might have been intentional.

Heidi Klum’s ‘Top Model’ dumped by management
Germany

Heidi Klum’s ‘Top Model’ dumped by management

The career of the latest winner of Heidi Klum's “Germany’s Next Top Model” television show is in jeopardy after reports that her modelling management agency has terminated her contract.

‘Sissy Bounce’: gender-bending booty shaking comes to Stockholm
Sweden

‘Sissy Bounce’: gender-bending booty shaking comes to Stockholm

Self-proclaimed international diva Big Freedia is set to make his Swedish stage debut this week, bringing the flamboyant sounds of New Orleans bounce music, and a warning not to call him "sissy", contributor Caroline Bursell discovers.

Shark spotted in Saint Tropez
France

Shark spotted in Saint Tropez

A professional diver claims he came face-to-face with a two metre shark at the weekend in the glitzy Mediterranean resort, according to local newspaper Var-matin.

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France

New rules to improve drug safety

 

Health minister Xavier Bertrand yesterday presented a package of measures aimed at tightening up the safety of new prescription drugs following the long-running scandal over the Mediator slimming drug. 


 

Retailer Metro hit by weak sales
Germany

Retailer Metro hit by weak sales

Germany's Metro, one of the world's largest retailers, posted disappointing second-quarter results on Tuesday that underscored weak western European markets and problems at the group's electronics outlets.

Report: ‘Russia lied in Wallenberg probe’
Sweden

Report: ‘Russia lied in Wallenberg probe’

A new book containing statements from a cellmate of missing Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg proves that Russian officials deliberately withheld information about the fate of the man credited with saving thousands of Jews from the Holocaust, researchers allege.

Demand for luxury cars drives BMW results
Germany

Demand for luxury cars drives BMW results

Strong global demand for luxury cars drove earnings at German automaker BMW sharply higher in the second quarter, it said Tuesday while forecasting a solid finish to the year.

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Sweden

Swedes arrested for fatal stabbing in Thailand

A 25-year-old man from the Gothenburg area was stabbed to death in the Thai tourist resort of Phuket on Monday. Two Swedish citizens have been arrested by Thai police in connection with the crime.

Working holidays for French politicians
France

Working holidays for French politicians

At Monday's cabinet meeting, the last before the start of the summer holidays, President Sarkozy wished his team a "good rest" while reminding them to stay "particularly alert."

Many public taps fail water quality test
Germany

Many public taps fail water quality test

Tap water is of poor quality in about half of Germany’s public buildings and can carry dangerous bacteria including E. coli and Legionella, a survey has found.

Summer arrives – for a day or two
Germany

Summer arrives – for a day or two

After a miserably wet and cool July, summer is set to return this week, albeit briefly, the German Weather Service (DWD) has reported.

Malmö sets sights on Champions League
Sweden

Malmö sets sights on Champions League

Swedish champions Malmö FF hosts Glasgow Rangers on Wednesday evening hoping to preserve their lead from the first leg and take a huge step to becoming the first Swedish team to qualify for the Champions League in 14 years.

Sweden condemns Syria violence
Sweden

Sweden condemns Syria violence

Sweden's foreign minister Carl Bildt has condemned the Syrian regime's "unacceptable" violence against its people at the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan.

Internal party anger puts pressure on Merkel
Germany

Internal party anger puts pressure on Merkel

Angela Merkel is facing fresh pressure on her leadership after a former state premier from her own Christian Democrats has won widespread support for a scathing attack on the party’s performance.