Swedes drop sticks for Quidditch cup
Sweden

Swedes drop sticks for Quidditch cup

In the wake of the cinema release of the final instalment of the Harry Potter films, Hogwarts devotees are gearing up to clash their imaginary broomsticks at the Swedish National Quidditch Cup which begins on Friday.

Peace activists target soldiers in Pride march
Sweden

Peace activists target soldiers in Pride march

A group of Swedish soldiers representing gay and lesbian soldiers who took part in Saturday’s Pride parade in Stockholm were targeted by anti-war activists who argued that the military has no place in the march.

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Sweden

Man charged for shooting fellow hunter

A hunter who shot his friend dead while under the influence of alcohol in September last year has been charged with aggravated manslaughter.

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France

Pecresse: France will not waver on deficit

France is sticking to its target of reducing its public deficit to 4.6 percent of GDP next year and is ready to do everything necessary to achieve that goal, Budget Minister Valerie Pecresse said Tuesday.

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Switzerland

Sheepdogs maul man’s elderly mother

 

Because they were barking and disturbing the Sunday peace, Elisabeth F. (76) wanted to lock her son’s pet dogs away. Then the dogs attacked her.

 

Germany’s Jack Sparrow sues Disney in dubbing dust-up
Germany

Germany’s Jack Sparrow sues Disney in dubbing dust-up

The voiceover artist who dubbed US star Johnny Depp for the Jack Sparrow character in the German release of "Pirates of the Caribbean" is suing film studio Disney, claiming his contribution to the role is underappreciated.

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Switzerland

Swiss government delays action over strong franc

The Swiss government met in Bern for an extraordinary session on Monday as ministers try to restrain the Swiss franc. 

Swedish queen’s probe shows father was hero, not Nazi
Germany

Swedish queen’s probe shows father was hero, not Nazi

A probe launched by Sweden's German-born Queen Silvia into ties between her father and the Nazi regime concludes he may actually have been a hero who helped a Jewish businessman leave Germany.

Berlin MP charged in fight over currywurst
Germany

Berlin MP charged in fight over currywurst

A Berlin Green Party parliamentarian has been charged with assault after he allegedly started a fight over the price of currywurst at a city snack stand last Friday.

Rösler calls for eurozone ‘stability council’
Germany

Rösler calls for eurozone ‘stability council’

German Economy Minister Philipp Rösler Tuesday called for a eurozone "stability council" with the power to sanction countries that mismanage their finances.

Germany warns citizens about UK riots
Germany

Germany warns citizens about UK riots

Germany took the rare step of issuing travel advice for Britain on Tuesday, warning its citizens to exercise ''special caution'' in the wake of massive rioting in London and other major cities.

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Sweden

Police arrest one as Stockholm youths ‘riot’

Swedish police have confirmed that they arrested one person following clashes with a group of young people in a Stockholm suburb on Monday but played down a link to the riots rocking London.

Council scraps car while owner picks berries
Sweden

Council scraps car while owner picks berries

A woman in Ludvika, in central Sweden, was surprised to find her car was missing from where she had parked it in a woodland lane after returning from a stint of afternoon berry-picking in the local wood.

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France

Disco dancing mum leaves daughter in car

A 41-year old woman has been arrested after leaving her seven year old daughter in a car outside a nightclub while she spent the night inside.

Ohly quits as Left leader
Sweden

Ohly quits as Left leader

Left Party leader Lars Ohly has informed the nominating committee that he won't stand for the post when the party elects a new leader during its 2012 congress.

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France

Bad boy revolutionary Bauer dies of heart attack

Charlie Bauer, the left-wing revolutionary, prison campaigner and former associate of the notorious criminal Jacques Mesrine, died on Sunday evening aged 68.

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Sweden

Riksbank interest rate hikes ‘in doubt’: experts

Swedish experts have expressed scepticism that the Riksbank will raise base interest rates when it meets to discuss monetary policy on September 6th, after a renewed day of stock market turbulence in Stockholm.

Stocks gyrate wildly as markets remain skittish
Germany

Stocks gyrate wildly as markets remain skittish

German stocks fluctuated wildly on Tuesday amid continuing fears that the world was headed toward another severe recession.

Camus ‘was killed in Soviet plot’
France

Camus ‘was killed in Soviet plot’

Famous French author Albert Camus, who died in a car accident in 1960, may have been the victim of a Soviet plot new research suggests.

Stink of manure blowin’ in the wind for Erfurt
Germany

Stink of manure blowin’ in the wind for Erfurt

The city of Erfurt in the the eastern German state of Thuringia has been shrouded in a cloud of stinking manure odour this week.

Man drives friend’s Porsche into river
Switzerland

Man drives friend’s Porsche into river

A man drove his friend's Porsche into the River Rhine on Sunday evening, after accidentally putting it into reverse. 

 

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France

Frenchwoman’s body ‘found’ in Malaysia

Malaysian police said Tuesday they had found human remains believed to be those of a 30-year-old French woman who was last seen three months ago on a resort island.

Sweden urges caution over London riots
Sweden

Sweden urges caution over London riots

The Swedish foreign ministry has issued a warning for Swedes visiting or resident in UK cities hit by riots, urging them to exert vigilance as the disturbances entered their third night.

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France

Maid files civil suit against Strauss-Kahn

The maid accusing French politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn of attempted rape filed a civil suit in New York on Monday alleging a "sadistic attack" and seeking unspecified compensation.

Bathtub stuntman busted for road hijinks in Lower Saxony
Germany

Bathtub stuntman busted for road hijinks in Lower Saxony

An amateur stuntman and his accomplice could face criminal charges after dragging a bathtub behind a car and dragging it along the streets of Lower Saxony, according to the police.

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France

Opposition slams government anti-fraud moves

French politics usually takes a break in August, but a row has blown up over tackling benefit fraud. The government has proposed stricter monitoring of claimants while the opposition has accused ministers of political posturing.

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France

AAA: could France be next to lose top rating?

After the US lost its AAA-rating last week, there is mounting speculation over whether France is vulnerable to the same fate.

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France

Armed gang in shoot-out with police

A group of ten men raided a police station for weapons and then attempted to break into a security depot on Tuesday morning. 

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Sweden

Thief comes clean and empties undies of loot

A 31-year-old thief admitted to charges of aggravated theft in the middle of a remand hearing in Skellefteå in northern Sweden, and proceeded to produce his ill-gotten gains from his underpants.

Man shot after knife attack on cops
Germany

Man shot after knife attack on cops

A man armed with a knife attacked two police officers in Gelsenkirchen on Monday night before he was shot. The authorities believe the act was possibly planned in advance.

Silvia’s dad in deal with Jewish businessman
Sweden

Silvia’s dad in deal with Jewish businessman

Queen Silvia has revealed that her father conducted a business deal with a prominent Jewish businessman whereby he took over his company in Berlin in 1939 and thereby facilitated the man's emigration from Nazi Germany.

Air traffic controller strike averted
Germany

Air traffic controller strike averted

A strike by German air traffic controllers planned for Tuesday morning was averted at the last minute after the labour dispute was shifted to arbitration talks.

Stockholm stock market in record fall
Sweden

Stockholm stock market in record fall

The Stockholm stock market fell 5.2 percent on Monday - the worst fall in nearly three years.

Berlin tries to preserve remaining traces of the Wall
Germany

Berlin tries to preserve remaining traces of the Wall

Fifty years after its loathed Wall went up, Berlin has been gripped by a desire to preserve the few remaining traces of its painful division in order to bring the dark chapter of its history to life for visitors. AFP's Laurent Geslin reports.