Libya rebels deny promising France oil
France

Libya rebels deny promising France oil

Libya's new rebel government dismissed claims on Thursday that it had promised France control of 35 percent of the country's oil production, rubbishing a purported letter from their government.

Swedish vodka maker hits Absolut record
Sweden

Swedish vodka maker hits Absolut record

Absolut Vodka smashed previous production records during the past fiscal year, shipping out 99 million litres of the popular distilled spirit from its factory in southern Sweden, the company reported on Thursday.

Commuters brace for train ticket price hike
Switzerland

Commuters brace for train ticket price hike

Swiss rail commuters can expect a price rise of around seven percent for tickets from 2013 after the government announced it is asking Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) and other operators to pay more for use of the railway network.

Swiss girl in call for more naked hiking
Switzerland

Swiss girl in call for more naked hiking

A young Swiss woman has announced her plan to establish the first official naked hiking trail in Switzerland in the rugged hills of Zürich Oberland, but local authorities say they have not yet received a planning application.

Swedish parties split on Palestinian recognition
Sweden

Swedish parties split on Palestinian recognition

Swedish political parties represented in the Riksdag are sharply divided as to whether or not should recognise a Palestinian government.

Spectacular art forgery trial begins in Cologne
Germany

Spectacular art forgery trial begins in Cologne

One of the most audacious art forgery cases in German history went on trial in Cologne on Thursday, with four people accused of making €16 million euros from selling fake modern masterpieces.

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France

Semen-scented perfume: a fragrance too far?

They might not be to everyone's taste, but perfumes featuring the fragrant bouquets of carrots, tar or even semen are seducing new customers with their promise of an unusual and highly original olfactory experience.

Relatives of Kunduz bomb victims to sue
Germany

Relatives of Kunduz bomb victims to sue

A lawyer representing 74 relatives of those killed in an airstrike ordered by a German colonel in Afghanistan two years ago, announced Thursday that they would be seeking damages from the German government.

Scientists create microchip for monitoring tumours
Germany

Scientists create microchip for monitoring tumours

Scientists at the Technical University in Munich have developed a microchip that can be implanted next to a cancer to monitor its growth.

Swedes warned over looming butter shortage
Sweden

Swedes warned over looming butter shortage

Due to higher demands and less raw milk, Sweden’s butter shortage is set to reach alarming levels this year, according to the Swedish Dairy Association.

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Switzerland

Thousands of asylum applications neglected

Swiss justice minister Simonetta Sommaruga opened an enquiry on Wednesday to find out why thousands of Iraqi asylum requests were ignored by the country's migration authorities.

Snus ‘worse than smoking’ for infant apnea
Sweden

Snus ‘worse than smoking’ for infant apnea

Infants born to mothers who used moist snuff or 'snus' while pregnant are at a greater risk of suffering from apnea than children whose mothers merely smoked during gestation, a new Swedish study shows.

Public deficit drops to three-year low
Germany

Public deficit drops to three-year low

Germany announced on Thursday a drop in its public finance deficit to 0.6 percent during the first half of the year, the lowest level since early 2008.

US government blocks T-Mobile sale
Germany

US government blocks T-Mobile sale

Deutsche Telekom has suffered a major blow at the hands of the US Justice Department, which could block the sale of the German telecom giant's US subsidiary T-Mobile to the corporation AT&T.

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Sweden

‘Wrong to demand job applications in English’

Swedish universities and colleges have been rebuked by the Ombudsman for Justice (Justitieombudsmannen - JO) for demanding that applications for employment or promotions be written in English.

Kids call Boetticher on voting age hypocrisy
Germany

Kids call Boetticher on voting age hypocrisy

Pupils in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein have written an open letter to Christian von Boetticher, criticizing the former head of the state's Christian Democrats for opposing a lower voting age while having an affair with a 16-year-old.

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France

French Socialists keep distance from DSK

French Socialists are distancing themselves from Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the ex-IMF boss once tipped to beat Nicolas Sarkozy in next year's presidential vote, as he heads home after a New York
sex scandal.

Swede charged for ‘shooting down UFOs’
Sweden

Swede charged for ‘shooting down UFOs’

A 23-year-old man from Dalarna in central Sweden who thought he was being attacked by aliens from outer space has been charged for firing several live rounds from his apartment window.

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France

France strikes oil deal with new Libyan regime: report

France has secured a deal with Libya's rebel interim rulers to exploit a third of the country's oil reserves, the daily Liberation reported on Thursday, citing a letter to the emir of Qatar.

Book re-ignites debate on Ikea founder’s Nazi past
Sweden

Book re-ignites debate on Ikea founder’s Nazi past

Recent revelations that Ingvar Kamprad was more active in Swedish Nazi movements than previously thought have called into question the Ikea founder's claims that it was simply a “folly of youth”, the AFP's Nina Larsson explains.

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France

Qaddafi son defiant as world leaders meet

Fallen dictator Muammar Qaddafi's son Seif al-Islam vowed that loyalists would fight their rebel enemies to the death, as world leaders gathered in Paris on Thursday to plot Libya's post-Qaddafi future.

What’s on in Germany: September 1 – 7
Germany

What’s on in Germany: September 1 – 7

This Week's Highlights: Children's films screen in Frankfurt, Simon Rattle conducts in Cologne, and magical aquatic creatures parade through Berlin.

No one’s protecting Baltic Sea well, though Germany’s better than most
Germany

No one’s protecting Baltic Sea well, though Germany’s better than most

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) says the nine countries with a Baltic Sea coast are not doing enough to protect the very polluted body of water, although Germany is doing better than most.

French champs Lille seal Joe Cole loan deal
France

French champs Lille seal Joe Cole loan deal

England midfielder Joe Cole is moving to French Ligue 1 football champions Lille on a season-long loan from his current club Liverpool.

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France

Bettencourt nurse denies Sarkozy took money

The former nurse of L'Oréal heiress Liliane Bettencourt has denied claims made in a new book that she reported seeing Nicolas Sarkozy receive envelopes stuffed with money at the home of the billionaire.

Swedish 60-year-old convicted of filesharing
Sweden

Swedish 60-year-old convicted of filesharing

An Uppsala resident has been convicted of file sharing after having downloaded 2,880 songs from the internet, according to reports in Swedish media.

Judge backs Swatch over Bloomberg lawsuit
Switzerland

Judge backs Swatch over Bloomberg lawsuit

A New York court has rejected Bloomberg's motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by Swatch, which accuses the news agency of publishing information which was not destined for the public, it said on
Wednesday.

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France

French jobless rate eases to 9.1 percent

The French unemployment rate fell slightly by 0.1 percentage points to 9.1 percent in the second quarter of 2011 from the level in the first quarter, official data showed on Thursday.

Sweden failing to protect Baltic Sea: WWF
Sweden

Sweden failing to protect Baltic Sea: WWF

Sweden must improve its preservation of biodiversity in the Baltic, and decrease use of hazardous fertilisers, according to a World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) report published Wednesday.

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Sweden

Swedish police stealing confiscated goods

Valuables worth hundreds of thousands of kronor left in police custody have disappeared in recent years, leading officials to conclude that police employees have been pilfering the goods, according to reports in the Swedish media.

Alcohol ban begins on Hamburg public transport
Germany

Alcohol ban begins on Hamburg public transport

A ban on alcohol in Hamburg's public transport system starts Thursday – though drinkers are being given one month's grace before the €40 fines are levied.

Saab owner’s losses increase ten-fold
Sweden

Saab owner’s losses increase ten-fold

Swedish Automobile, the owner of troubled carmaker Saab, on Wednesday posted a huge first half loss and said it was still looking for funding to restart production.

Germany greets new Libyan ambassador
Germany

Germany greets new Libyan ambassador

Germany said Wednesday that it had recognized a new Libyan ambassador from the National Transitional Council opposed to Muammar Qaddafi.

Women footballers heat up the pitch for calendar
Germany

Women footballers heat up the pitch for calendar

Following a racy Playboy photo shoot by German football players ahead of the Women's World Cup this summer, twelve female footballers have gathered together for a sexy 2012 pin-up calendar.