Stockholm film festival honours Huppert
Sweden

Stockholm film festival honours Huppert

The Stockholm film festival on Friday honoured French actress Isabelle Huppert, who starred in "8 Women" alongside Catherine Deneuve, with its Bronze Horse in a tribute to her lifetime achievement.

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France

Zero growth adds to France debt pressure

France came under fresh pressure Friday to convince turbulent markets it can deliver on debt targets and keep its prized triple-A credit rating after data showed economic growth had skidded to a halt.

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Sweden

Swedish man charged with killing girlfriend

The ex-boyfriend of 31-year-old Marina Johansson from Spekeröd on the west coast, missing for a year, has been charged with her murder, even though police have still not found her body.

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France

Isabelle Huppert honoured in Stockholm

The Stockholm film festival on Friday honoured French actress Isabelle Huppert, who starred in "8 Women" alongside Catherine Deneuve, with its Bronze Horse in a tribute to her lifetime achievement.

Murdoch to launch Wall Street Journal in German
Germany

Murdoch to launch Wall Street Journal in German

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. is launching a foray into German-language financial news with an online version of its flagship business daily, The Wall Street Journal, the media reported Friday.

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Sweden

Swedes develop sci-fi style car test site

A Swedish company has become the first in the world to develop a so-called active safety test site, which it is hoped will ultimately drastically reduce the number of car accidents.

Germany rolls over Egyptian debt into aid
Germany

Germany rolls over Egyptian debt into aid

Germany will roll over €240 million ($343 million) in Egyptian debt into development aid in a deal approved by both sides, Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said Friday.

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Sweden

Man suspected of raping 12-year-old girl

A 41-year-old man has been apprehended by police, suspected of raping a 12-year-old girl in central Stockholm in July.

Cupcake ‘orgy’ awaits Uppsala students
Sweden

Cupcake ‘orgy’ awaits Uppsala students

In an experiment to measure the effects of fat on the human body, students at Uppsala University have volunteered to eat four cupcakes every day for six weeks.

Grab it while you can: Saturday to bring one-day summer
Germany

Grab it while you can: Saturday to bring one-day summer

Saturday should provide a brief dose of Vitamin D as the sun makes a one-day appearance throughout Germany, the German Weather Service (DWD) predicts, before the weather continues its strike against summer.

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Switzerland

Locarno honours Swiss director

Bruno Ganz, considered as one of Switzerland's greatest actors, was honoured by the Locarno festival on Thursday before the screening of his latest film.

One third of children born out of wedlock
Germany

One third of children born out of wedlock

One in three children are now born out of wedlock in Germany – double the proportion seen two decades ago – according to government figures signalling a strong shift in social norms.

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Switzerland

Money ‘stolen’ at Zürich airport security

A Swiss couple has accused security staff at Zürich airport of swiping €155 from their baggage during a routine check.

 

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Switzerland

Swiss police call for ban on ‘Darkness’ game

Swiss police have called for a ban on a violent computer game in which players shoot at police.

 

Windfall on the cards for Spotify staff
Sweden

Windfall on the cards for Spotify staff

Employees of online music streaming service Spotify who took up the option to buy shares are set for a huge windfall.

Swedish realtors fear falling property prices
Sweden

Swedish realtors fear falling property prices

The continuing financial uncertainty looks set to have a bearing on what is traditionally one of the busiest weekends of the year for real estate agents in Sweden.

Woody Allen eyes Munich for film
Germany

Woody Allen eyes Munich for film

After setting several of his films in Europe in recent years, US cinematic legend Woody Allen is now reportedly considering making a movie in Munich.

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Germany

Children’s bodies found in burned-out car

Police discovered the bodies of two dead children in a burned car in Brandenburg early Friday morning.

Volvo cuts safety features on India market
Sweden

Volvo cuts safety features on India market

In a bid to increase its automobile market share in India, Volvo has announced that it will make more low specification versions of its range available, with fewer safety features and smaller engines.

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Sweden

Homemade firecracker caused sandbox bang

A four-year-old girl was seriously injured when a homemade firecracker blew up in her hands at a pre-school in the Stockholm district of Sköndal on Thursday.

Investor Soros blames Merkel for euro crisis
Germany

Investor Soros blames Merkel for euro crisis

US investment guru George Soros has squarely blamed Germany for the escalation of Europe’s debt crisis – and in particular Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cautious approach.

French farmer takes out ads – against advertising
France

French farmer takes out ads – against advertising

A French organic farmer has forked out €3,000 for a series of billboard advertisements that denounce the evils of advertising.

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France

Man denies trying to blow up plane to France

One of two men suing Canada for millions of dollars claiming they were falsely linked to terror schemes denied on Thursday that he ever plotted to blow up a plane headed for France.

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France

‘Two guns used’ in Argentina murders

 

Ballistics tests show that the two French tourists murdered in a northwestern Argentine nature reserve were shot dead with two different weapons, local officials said on Thursday.

 

How to survive on a Swedish student budget
Sweden

How to survive on a Swedish student budget

The Local's Clara Guibourg comes to the rescue of those struggling to get by on a meagre student loan with a survival guide of almost everything you need to know about living in Sweden on the cheap, without missing out on the fun.

SMHI forecasts ‘best-in-test’: survey
Sweden

SMHI forecasts ‘best-in-test’: survey

Despite a recent slew of criticism against the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) a new survey conducted by Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter (DN) show that the state owned forecasters are still the best source of reliable weather prediction.

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France

Short selling to be banned in France

The speculative practice of short-selling will be restricted from Friday in Belgium, France, Italy and Spain to combat "false rumours" that have destabilised the markets, European regulators said.

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France

French soldier killed in Afghanistan

A French soldier was killed and four were wounded Thursday in Afghanistan during a military operation in Kapisa province, north of Kabul, the French presidency said.

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France

Baroin: French economy ‘solid’

French economic fundamentals remain "solid" despite market turbulence and the eurozone debt crisis, Finance Minister Francois Baroin said Friday.

Bundesliga preview: Bayern Munich looks to bounce back this weekend
Germany

Bundesliga preview: Bayern Munich looks to bounce back this weekend

Bayern Munich star Bastian Schweinsteiger insists his team must unite at Wolfsburg on Saturday to bounce back from last weekend's shock defeat to Borussia Mönchengladbach in their season opener.

US economy crisis causes Pajala panic
Sweden

US economy crisis causes Pajala panic

The ongoing financial crisis in the US is causing growing concern among locals in the municipality of Pajala in the North of Sweden, whose future is largely dependent on an iron ore ore mine due to be opened by an American company.

Convicted Nazi war criminal may avoid jail
Germany

Convicted Nazi war criminal may avoid jail

A Nazi war criminal convicted two years ago for ordering a massacre of civilians in an Italian village will likely never go to jail because of his poor mental health.

Woman calls SOS alarm 2,000 times
Sweden

Woman calls SOS alarm 2,000 times

A 60-year-old woman from southern Stockholm is suspected of having made between 1,500 and 2,000 calls to emergency services since the beginning of the year, according to a report in Swedish newspaper Metro.

Seattle man brings Berlin döner to hungry Americans
Germany

Seattle man brings Berlin döner to hungry Americans

Döner in Washington state? A Seattle man has opened “The Berliner,” a fast food outlet that may be the furthest place west selling the classic Turkish-German snack.

1. FC-Nürnberg has most stylish football kit
Germany

1. FC-Nürnberg has most stylish football kit

As the Bundesliga, Germany's top football league, kicks off its season, the College of Media Design (MD.H) announced the results of its own annual completion: the football jersey championships. So who has Germany's most stylish jersey? 1 FC-Nürnberg.

Rotting dill threatens Swedish crayfish fest
Sweden

Rotting dill threatens Swedish crayfish fest

Following earlier warnings that crayfish prices may rocket after bad weather conditions in China, Swedish crustacean enthusiasts are now facing another threat to their favourite season – summer rains have sabotaged the crown dill harvest.