Initiative seeks to halt country doctor drain
Germany

Initiative seeks to halt country doctor drain

The German government unveiled measures on Wednesday to try to stop a drain of doctors from country to city amid concerns that an ageing population will require ever more health care.

BMW buyers kept waiting amid high demand
Germany

BMW buyers kept waiting amid high demand

BMW customers are waiting for around three months for their new car, as the Bavarian firm struggles to keep up with demand.

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Sweden

Liberals push for end to sex change sterilisation

A Liberal Party MP is planning to present a motion to Sweden's Riksdag in the autumn to push for a removal of the requirement for compulsory sterilization for those undergoing a sex change.

Honour killings not rising
Germany

Honour killings not rising

Researchers who have analysed more than 70 cases of so-called "honour killings" in Germany say they are not on the rise – and suggest that better integration of migrants could help in preventing such crimes.

Vilnius mayor crushes car in wild tank ride for Swedish TV show
Sweden

Vilnius mayor crushes car in wild tank ride for Swedish TV show

The mayor of the Lithuanian capital Vilnius has has been filmed driving an armoured vehicle over a parked car as both a prank for a Swedish TV show, and as a blunt warning to drivers to observe the city's regulations.

Saab staff to be paid after new share issue
Sweden

Saab staff to be paid after new share issue

Employees at troubled Swedish automaker Saab are finally set to get paid salaries for July after Swedish Automobile, the troubled carmaker's Dutch owner, announed Wednesday it was issuing new shares.

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Sweden

Fork attack not rape: Swedish court

A Swedish court of appeal has ruled that a woman who was penetrated by a grilling fork in a sexual attack is not a victim of rape because she wasn't drunk enough at the time of the incident.

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France

French diver killed in Seychelles shark attack

A French tourist diving in the Seychelles died after a possible shark attack, officials said Tuesday.

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France

Learn lessons from Nazi Roma killings: Council of Europe

The Council of Europe expressed concern Tuesday about discrimination against Roma, urging its member states to draw lessons from the Nazi massacre of gypsies during World War II.

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Switzerland

Saudi man kills snake, thrown in jail

A Saudi man on holiday in Switzerland thought he was doing a good deed when he killed a loose snake in a park. But instead of getting a round of applause, he got jail time.

 

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France

New arrest in Argentina tourist murders

Authorities have arrested a new suspect in the murders of two French women who were found shot to death in a nature preserve in northern Argentina, federal police announced Tuesday.

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France

Societe Generale profits hit by Greek debt

French banking giant Societe Generale said on Wednesday its second-quarter net profit slumped 31 percent as it took a charge for its exposure to Greek debt and warned of a difficult 2012.

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France

France to extradite Noriega to Panama: lawyer

France is about to extradite former Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega – currently serving a French jail term for laundering drug money – to face charges in his home country, his lawyer said.

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Switzerland

Swiss are world’s train champions – it’s official

Swiss residents are the world's most prolific railway riders, tracking an average of 2,258 kilometres (1403 miles) every year, the country's public transport association said Tuesday.

Muslim footballers allowed to eat during Ramadan
Germany

Muslim footballers allowed to eat during Ramadan

The Central Council of Muslims said it was advising professional football players in Germany that they need not fast during Islam's holy month of Ramadan ahead of the regular season resuming Friday.

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Switzerland

Swiss man charged over US tax fraud

A Swiss man has been charged with conspiracy to defraud the US government after he allegedly helped clients evade taxes by stashing their money in Switzerland, US justice officials said Tuesday.

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Switzerland

Police step up surveillance at socialist youth camp

After the massacre in Norway, police in Switzerland are increasing their presence at an international socialist political camp getting underway where thousands of young people are expected.

 

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Switzerland

Accidents claim almost 2,000 lives a year

A study released Wednesday by the Swiss Council for Accident Prevention found that about one million Swiss are injured in non-occupational accidents every year. Of those, 1,900 die from their injuries.

 

Long-distance bus market to be liberalized
Germany

Long-distance bus market to be liberalized

Germany is to liberalise long-distance coach transportation, allowing private bus companies to compete with the state-owned Deutsche Bahn rail service, the government said on Wednesday.

One in ten young Swedish men addicted to gambling: study
Sweden

One in ten young Swedish men addicted to gambling: study

Gambling problems among young men have doubled in the past decade, according to a new survey from the Swedish National Institute of Public Health (Folkhälsöinstitutet - FHI).

Woman attacks teens with bow and arrow
Sweden

Woman attacks teens with bow and arrow

Police in Örebro in central Sweden are hunting for a woman who reportedly brandished a bow and fired an arrow at group of teenagers.

Attitudes toward German citizenship changing
Germany

Attitudes toward German citizenship changing

What defines a modern German? More people believe it’s not race or national origin that matters, but whether a person can adjust to life in Germany and properly integrate into society, according to a new study.

Court forbids air traffic controller strike
Germany

Court forbids air traffic controller strike

A court ruled late on Wednesday that German air traffic controllers cannot proceed with a strike planned for Thursday morning. The labour dispute had threatened to disrupt thousands of flights.

Leadership troika helps SPD recover support
Germany

Leadership troika helps SPD recover support

Germany's centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) appears to be pulling itself out of the political doldrums with a new three-man leadership troika, according to a poll published on Wednesday.

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Switzerland

Swiss central bank acts to curb franc’s rise

The Swiss National Bank (SNB) has unexpectedly cut its target interest rate on Wednesday to try to stop the surge of the franc, which the bank says is "massively overvalued."

 

Foreign students easy prey for Stockholm rental scams
Sweden

Foreign students easy prey for Stockholm rental scams

With no end in sight to the shortage of student housing in Stockholm, foreign students should be on the lookout for scam artists hoping to capitalise on their desperation, contributor Anita Badejo discovers.

Protestors rename Nice road ‘Burqa street’
France

Protestors rename Nice road ‘Burqa street’

Police in Nice have opened an inquiry after roads close to a mosque were given names that could "incite discrimination and racial hatred."

Swedish PM’s son to flip burgers at McDonald’s
Sweden

Swedish PM’s son to flip burgers at McDonald’s

Gustaf Reinfeldt, the 18-year-old son of the Swedish prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has secured a job at US hamburger chain McDonald's, using his Twitter feed to invite friends in for a grilled patty, according to news website Nyheter24.se.

Facebook facial recognition called illegal
Germany

Facebook facial recognition called illegal

German data protection authorities say Facebook’s new facial recognition feature is illegal and have demanded the social networking site end its use and delete all related information.

Many eastern Germans sympathize with decision to build Berlin Wall
Germany

Many eastern Germans sympathize with decision to build Berlin Wall

One in five eastern Germans have some sympathy for the communist regime's decision to build the Berlin Wall, according to a new poll, published nearly 50 years after the Cold War barrier was erected.

Aubry takes action against blogger
France

Aubry takes action against blogger

Former Socialist party leader Martine Aubry has followed up on her threat to take legal action against a blogger who published comments about her health and private life and made accusations about her husband's political views.

Teens arrested for Berlin U-Bahn assault
Germany

Teens arrested for Berlin U-Bahn assault

Two youths who left a man seriously injured after attacking him in a Berlin underground station earlier this week are just 13 years old, according to police.

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France

Paris riot suburb turns tourist attraction

Tourists who want to see more of Paris than just the classic city centre sites are being invited to take trips to some of the city's more notorious suburbs.

Manchester trams to get a French accent
France

Manchester trams to get a French accent

Paris-based RATP, which runs the city's metro and bus systems, has taken over the running of Manchester's tram network.

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Sweden

Missing girl found after being kicked off train

An 11-year-old girl went missing near Kumla in central Sweden on Tuesday night after a conductor forced her to get off a train travelling from Örebro to Gothenburg because she was unable to show her ticket.

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France

Girl’s teddy stuffed with cannabis

A young cannabis user in Nice thought he had found a safe place to stash five kilograms of the drug - reportedly to keep it safe for his dealer - by hiding it inside his sister's teddy bear.

Young Social Democrats honour Norway victims
Sweden

Young Social Democrats honour Norway victims

Sweden's young Social Democrats kicked off their congress Tuesday with emotional tributes to those killed in last month's attack on their sister organisation in neighbouring Norway.

Suspect in Swedish bride killing may escape trial
Sweden

Suspect in Swedish bride killing may escape trial

The alleged hitman in Anni Dewani's honeymoon murder could escape prosecution, if a malignant brain tumour leaves him unfit for trial, a South African magistrate said Tuesday.

The Best of Berlin in August
Germany

The Best of Berlin in August

In August, Exberliner, Berlin’s leading English-language magazine, explores an inner-city park oasis, peruses a new cultural space and stays fit with a hola hoop.