Stockholm bomber’s widow arrested in UK
Sweden

Stockholm bomber’s widow arrested in UK

A 28-year-old woman reported to be the wife of Stockholm suicide bomber Taimour Abdulwahab was arrested in the UK on Tuesday as part of an ongoing investigation into the attack.

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Switzerland

Czech millionaire can be extradited: Swiss court

Switzerland's highest criminal court on Wednesday approved the extradition of multi-millionaire Czech businessman Tomas Pitr who is wanted by his home country over fraud and tax offences.

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Switzerland

Liechtenstein to vote on legalising abortion

Switzerland's Alpine neighbour Liechtenstein will vote on Sunday whether to legalise abortion, in the face of opposition from the principality's hereditary ruler Alois von und zu Liechtenstein.

Women’s group: vote for female candidates
Switzerland

Women’s group: vote for female candidates

A number of Swiss women's organisations have joined forces in an attempt to convince voters to elect more women to the country's heavily male-dominated parliament.

One suspect released as probe continues
Sweden

One suspect released as probe continues

Three of the four men with reported ties to the Somali Islamist movement al-Shabaab who were arrested at the weekend on terror suspicions were remanded in custody on Wednesday, while a fourth suspect was released.

Swedish housing prices head south
Sweden

Swedish housing prices head south

The last three months show a distinct slowdown on the Swedish housing market, according to Sweden’s real estate statistics website Mäklarstatistik.

Frankfurt shooter deep into jihad: prosecutors
Germany

Frankfurt shooter deep into jihad: prosecutors

German prosecutors on Wednesday said the Kosovar man accused of killing two US airmen at Frankfurt’s Airport in March had a long fascination with Islamist propaganda, contradicting his previous statements.

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Norway

Nordea swindlers get 10 years in jail

Oslo district court has sentenced four men and one woman to between four and ten years of prison for their part in swindling nearly 90 million kroner ($16 million) out of Nordea bank and into accounts in Dubai.

Klaus Wowereit: the mayor Berliners deserve?
Germany

Klaus Wowereit: the mayor Berliners deserve?

The colourful mayor of Berlin for the last decade, Klaus Wowereit, famously dubbed his city "poor but sexy" - critics and fans alike say he bears an out-sized responsibility for both attributes.

Mercedes unveils its future vision
Germany

Mercedes unveils its future vision

What will a Mercedes-Benz look like in 2025? Sporting wing doors and a hydrogen fuel cell, German carmaker Daimler is billing its F125 concept vehicle as the luxury saloon of the future.

Fears grow of deadly tropical virus killing blackbirds
Germany

Fears grow of deadly tropical virus killing blackbirds

Fears are increasing in Germany that blackbirds are being wiped out by a tropical disease, while tests are being conducted on a number of cadavers to try to find out why they died.

Daycare ‘punch clocks’ catch on in Sweden
Sweden

Daycare ‘punch clocks’ catch on in Sweden

Preschoolers at a daycare in northern Sweden now have their attendance tracked through an electronic punch clock system in order to help parents and administrators more accurately assess daycare fees.

Swiss to make TV licence fee compulsory
Switzerland

Swiss to make TV licence fee compulsory

All Swiss households bar the very poorest must soon pay for a TV and radio license even if they claim not to own a television or radio, the country's parliament decided on Tuesday.

 

Norwegian man admits faking year outdoors
Norway

Norwegian man admits faking year outdoors

A Norwegian man who became a celebrity for documenting “a year” of living in the Norwegian wilds has confessed he had only periodically been outdoors to film himself.

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France

Nomandy winner scoops €162m lottery jackpot

A player in the northern department of Calvados won the biggest ever lottery jackpot in France on Tuesday with the only winning ticket in the nine-country Euromillions game.

Swedish parents livid over girls’ sex book
Sweden

Swedish parents livid over girls’ sex book

Parents of children at a Swedish primary school are in uproar after discovering that a book aimed at children explaining the female sexual organs is available in the school library, according to a report in the local Gefle Dagblad (GD) daily.

Social Democrats gain support amid euro crisis
Germany

Social Democrats gain support amid euro crisis

Popular support for the Social Democratic Party is at its highest level since 2008, reaching 29 percent, according to the latest Stern-RTL survey.

‘Jew or not Jew’ app provokes outrage
France

‘Jew or not Jew’ app provokes outrage

An app for the Apple iPhone which lists 3,500 well-known Jewish people has sparked criticism from anti-racist organizations and Jewish associations in France.

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France

Hip-hop producer DJ Mehdi dies at 34

Celebrated French producer and disc jockey "DJ Mehdi" has died aged 34, his promoter Phunkster confirmed on Tuesday, as reports online suggested he had been killed in a fall during a party.

Court says Lufthansa pilots can fly until they reach 65
Germany

Court says Lufthansa pilots can fly until they reach 65

Lufthansa pilots have shot down a rule which forced them to retire at 60, and can now continue to fly until they are 65, with a ruling from the European Court of Justice which said anything else would be discrimination.

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Sweden

Refugee jobs reform ‘not working’: report

The government’s much touted integration policy reform has failed to ensure that refugees arriving in Sweden start the process of finding work before receiving welfare benefits from local authorities, a new study has shown.

Jackie Kennedy loathed the French: interview
France

Jackie Kennedy loathed the French: interview

The wife of assassinated US president John F. Kennedy did not care for French leader Charles de Gaulle or India's Indira Gandhi, according to newly-released taped interviews.

Drinks maker granted trademark for German f-word obscenity
Germany

Drinks maker granted trademark for German f-word obscenity

A drinks maker has been awarded a trademark for a German 'f-word' obscenity after a two-year legal fight for an alcoholic beverage using the word.

Finnish emissions ’cause Swedish birth defects’
Sweden

Finnish emissions ’cause Swedish birth defects’

Emissions from steel giant Outokumpu, in the Finnish city of Tornio (Torneå in Swedish), are believed to be the cause of several infants in Haparanda in northern Sweden being born with serious birth defects this year, according to a Swedish media report.

French media lament poor education rating
France

French media lament poor education rating

French newspapers and websites were almost wholly negative about the state of the country's education system following a report from the Paris-based OECD on the state of education in countries around the world.

Court acquits Sarkozy rival over smear scandal
France

Court acquits Sarkozy rival over smear scandal

A French appeals court on Wednesday confirmed the acquittal of former prime minister Dominique de Villepin over a political scandal in which he was accused of smearing President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Swedish bank bans sneakers
Sweden

Swedish bank bans sneakers

A manager at Swedish bank Handelsbanken has demanded "proper attire" from his staff, enforcing a total ban on sneakers even on "casual Friday", according to a report from the Realtid.se website.

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France

Female students are ‘main victims of hazing’

Despite being made illegal 13 years ago, the custom of initiation rites, or hazing, is still common at French universities, according to a report from anti-hazing organization CNCB (Comité national contre le bizutage).

French star Depardieu spills plane pee story
France

French star Depardieu spills plane pee story

French film star Gerard Depardieu said he had no choice but to relieve himself into a bottle on a plane last month after a flight attendant blocked the bathroom door, insisting "I'm not a monster."

Moody’s downgrades top French banks
France

Moody’s downgrades top French banks

Moody's ratings agency downgraded two top French banks in a new lurch for the eurozone crisis on Wednesday which Polish Finance Minister Jacek Rostowski warned could destroy the European Union.

Customers wasting billions on electricity
Germany

Customers wasting billions on electricity

Germans could save billions on their electricity bills if they would simply change power providers, according to a special report published by the Monopolies Commission.

Danish love refugees flee to Malmö
Sweden

Danish love refugees flee to Malmö

As Denmark prepares to go to the polls on September 15th, Katherine Dunn explores the contentious election issue of immigration policy and exposes the effects it has had on Sweden's third city Malmö.

FDP defies Merkel with talk of Greek default
Germany

FDP defies Merkel with talk of Greek default

The German government continues to be shaken by the insistence of junior coalition partner the Free Democratic Party openly talking about the possibility of a Greek default in the euro crisis.

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Sweden

Explosion rocks Gothenburg police depot

A powerful explosion occurred at a police building on Hisingen in Gothenburg at around 7pm on Tuesday, causing a fire and prompting a police investigation.

Borussia take point from Arsenal in return to Champions League
Germany

Borussia take point from Arsenal in return to Champions League

German champions Borussia Dortmund drew 1-1 with Arsenal on Tuesday night, in their return to the Champions League after an absence of nine years.

‘Hurricane’ Katia fells trees, disrupts traffic
Sweden

‘Hurricane’ Katia fells trees, disrupts traffic

Trees were felled to the ground, train traffic was halted, and thousands were left without power as the remnants of Hurricane Katia swept through Sweden on Tuesday.