Last gay survivor of Nazi death camps dies aged 98
Germany

Last gay survivor of Nazi death camps dies aged 98

Rudolf Brazda, the last known survivor of the Nazi death camps sent there because he was homosexual, has died in France aged 98, officials said on Thursday.

Fare dodgers turn to Facebook and Twitter to avoid ticket checks
Germany

Fare dodgers turn to Facebook and Twitter to avoid ticket checks

Fare dodgers in Germany are using social networks such as Facebook and Twitter to warn fellow travellers of the presence of public transport inspectors on buses and trains.

Refugees airing East Germany’s dirty laundry
Germany

Refugees airing East Germany’s dirty laundry

As Germany prepares to mark the 50th anniversary of the building of the Berlin Wall this month, a new exhibition explores the importance of refugee camps for those fleeing communism before the Iron Curtain came down. Erin Huggins reports.

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Sweden

Union backs conductor who kicked girl off train

A union has leapt to the defence of the train conductor who was suspended after throwing an 11-year-old girl off a train on Wednesday because the girl didn't have a ticket.

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France

France to extradite Noriega to Panama

Panama's ex-strongman Manuel Noriega looked set Wednesday to finally return home -- and go straight into custody there -- after more than two decades in foreign prisons, as France ordered his extradition.

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France

Bodies of murdered Frenchwomen head home

The bodies of two French women who were found shot to death in a nature preserve in northern Argentina are to be sent home as new evidence emerged from the crime scene, officials said.

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Switzerland

Scout dies in 300-metre fall

A 13-year-old Boy Scout died in a fall in the Bernese Alps. He was on a hiking expedition with three friends when he slipped and fell 300 metres.

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Sweden

Swedish firms report hiring challenge: study

It will probably come as little surprise to anyone trying to find somebody to do some work on their house or office, that Sweden is suffering from an acute shortage of craftsmen, according to a new report.

Red Bull vanquished by Bad Bull in Swedish trademark battle
Sweden

Red Bull vanquished by Bad Bull in Swedish trademark battle

The long running trademark dispute between beverage company Red Bull and Swedish event organiser Bad Bull Entertainment has finally come to end, forcing Red Bull to retreat with its tail between its legs.

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Sweden

57 convicted in massive Swedish doping scandal

Fifty-seven people were convicted on Thursday for being part of a massive doping ring in one of the largest criminal cases in Swedish legal history that accrued an estimated 58 million kronor ($9 million) in legal fees.

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France

DSK: lawyers ask stewardesses to step forward

Lawyers acting for the woman who has accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of attempted rape have appealed to Air France stewardesses to report any inappropriate incidents involving the former IMF boss. 

Swiss Re profits up 18 percent
Switzerland

Swiss Re profits up 18 percent

Reinsurance giant Swiss Re posted an 18 percent jump in second quarter net profit to $960 million Thursday and said it expected even better results through 2012 after cutting its exposure to weak governments' debt.

Lagarde faces French court probe
France

Lagarde faces French court probe

Updated: A French court on Thursday ordered a formal judicial probe into IMF chief Christine Lagarde's contested role in settling a financial dispute when she was France's finance minister.

Switzerland ranked top in adventure travel
Switzerland

Switzerland ranked top in adventure travel

Switzerland was the world's best destination for adventure travel in 2010, according to a new ranking. The country's untouched nature, good infrastructure and friendliness impressed the study's authors.

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France

Joy riders fined for 200km/h race

Two men in their twenties have been banned from driving for a year after being found guilty of racing their cars at over 190 kilometres per hour along country roads in the eastern region of Alsace.

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Switzerland

Thieves return stash of stolen watches

A bag containing a stash of stolen watches appeared on the Zug police's doorstep this week, authorities reported on Thursday. The watches, valued at 240,000 francs, had been stolen from a salesman's car in May.

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Switzerland

Russians hunt Swiss ex-politico after jailbreak

A Swiss man is being sought by Russian secret police after breaking out of a prison in the Caucasus. Once a promising young politician, Christoph Häusler is thought to have become involved in the Islamic extremist scene.

Neo-Nazi shoots self as police find his dead son
Germany

Neo-Nazi shoots self as police find his dead son

Authorities are conducting an autopsy on the son of a known neo-Nazi after his body was found with a gunshot wound to the head – next to his father who shot himself as the police approached the scene.

Child murderer awarded damages for police threat
Germany

Child murderer awarded damages for police threat

A German court on Thursday awarded more than €3,000 ($4,265) in damages to a child murderer over a threat by police to inflict "unimaginable pain" if he did not reveal his victim's whereabouts.

France withdraws carrier from Libya mission
France

France withdraws carrier from Libya mission

France said Thursday its aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle would return home for maintenance next week from the NATO-led mission over Libya, but insisted there would be no respite for Muammar Qaddafi.

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France

Evangelista demands $46,000 child support

Former supermodel Linda Evangelista stunned a New York court with a demand of $46,000 a month in child support for her son fathered by Francois-Henri Pinault, one of France's wealthiest men.

Chinese paper confuses George Soros with Joschka Fischer
Germany

Chinese paper confuses George Soros with Joschka Fischer

A Chinese newspaper wrote an in-depth article attacking wealthy US investor George Soros, but confused him with former German foreign minister Joschka Fischer.

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Sweden

Student housing crisis ‘worse than ever’

With record-high enrollment at many Swedish universities this year, the lack of student housing is greater than ever as students look for a place to live at the start of the fall 2011 term.

Tight job market exposes looming worker deficit
Germany

Tight job market exposes looming worker deficit

Germany’s tight labour market is slowly tumbling towards crisis, with a new study suggesting there will be 3.5 million unfilled jobs by 2025 and industry expecting around 70,000 training places to be empty this year.

Munich Re profits rise despite Greece hit
Germany

Munich Re profits rise despite Greece hit

The world's biggest re-insurance group, Germany's Munich Re, said Thursday that its second quarter net profit rose 3.8 percent to €736 million ($1.05 billion) despite a heavy charge on its holdings of Greek debt.

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Sweden

Lis, 69, forced to sleep in Swedish hospital toilet

Overcrowding is becoming so serious in Swedish hospitals that in some cases patients are being forced to sleep and eat in rooms described as toilets.

Deutsche Telekom Q2 profit plunges
Germany

Deutsche Telekom Q2 profit plunges

German telecommunications operator Deutsche Telekom said Thursday that its second quarter net profit fell by 26.7 percent owing to restructuring costs, but confirmed its full-year targets.

Cycling holidays and travel in Scandinavia
Sweden

Cycling holidays and travel in Scandinavia

If you want to see Scandinavia at its best, there’s no more exciting way to do it than to hop on a bike and explore the region’s excellent network of hostels.

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France

Owner abandons car park after gangs take over

A car park in Marseille has been overrun by gangs of youths who threaten staff and demand money from drivers. Things have got so bad that the company in charge, Vinci, has given up trying to run it.

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France

Absent MPs fined for not showing up

A total of 101 members of parliament have been fined for missing parliamentary committee meetings, according to a report from the Regards Citoyens pressure group.

Family slams Ryanair after heart attack scare
Sweden

Family slams Ryanair after heart attack scare

A furious Swedish family has blasted a Ryanair cabin crew after a passenger slipped into cardiac arrest and was just offered a sandwich and soda.

What’s on in Germany: August 4 – 10
Germany

What’s on in Germany: August 4 – 10

This Week's Highlights: Charlie Chaplin in Berlin, a surf festival in Munich, and Hamburg celebrates all things British.

Still not enough children for the future
Germany

Still not enough children for the future

As Germany's population ages, the number of children is dropping precipitously. Now people under 18 make up only 16.5 percent of the country’s population, the lowest rate in Europe.

Website lets parishioners to rate their priests
Germany

Website lets parishioners to rate their priests

Germany, like many countries, has struggled with declining church attendance. But could Church visits be boosted if it was easier for parishioners to swap notes on who has the most talented pastor or priest?

Two Swedes in global paedophile ring
Sweden

Two Swedes in global paedophile ring

Two Swedish suspects have been identified in a major global paedophile ring spanning 14 countries which has been exposed by the US police.

Linde challenges Ohly for Left Party post
Sweden

Linde challenges Ohly for Left Party post

The leadership battle for the Left Party has intensified after the party's foreign policy spokesperson Hans Linde announced his intention to challenge current leader Las Ohly for the post.

Rare ibis trained to migrate over the Alps
Germany

Rare ibis trained to migrate over the Alps

After years of painstaking work by scientists, a rare bird has made an unassisted migratory flight over the Alps for the first time in centuries.

Malmö overcome nine man Rangers
Sweden

Malmö overcome nine man Rangers

Malmö FF held out to secure a 1-1 draw in a fiery second leg of their Champions League qualifier against Glasgow Rangers on Wednesday, winning the tie 2-1 on agregate.