Långholmen FC prepare for Stockholm Cup final
Sweden

Långholmen FC prepare for Stockholm Cup final

The Local's partner club Långholmen FC are getting ready for the biggest night in the young club's nine year history on Wednesday when they take on Sollentuna United in the final of the prestigious Stockholm Cup.

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France

DSK to face Banon on Thursday: source

Former IMF chief Dominque Strauss-Kahn will be brought face-to-face on Thursday with the young French writer who has accused him of trying to rape her, according to a source close to the investigation.

Penis enlargement ops linked to erection trouble
Sweden

Penis enlargement ops linked to erection trouble

A dozen men in Sweden have suffered pain and erectile dysfunction after undergoing penis enlarging surgery, prompting one clinic to launch an inquiry into the use of the popular augmentation gel Macrolane.

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Switzerland

Boardroom clash fuelled Grübel exit: analysts

Oswald Grübel's resignation as head of UBS over the weekend had less to do with a trading scandal than with a clash with the board on the role of investment banking to the business, analysts said on Monday.

Berlin suggests sending election observers to Russia
Germany

Berlin suggests sending election observers to Russia

The German government on Monday called on Russia to see that next year’s presidential election observed “democratic principles,” and added that it would welcome a plan to send in independent election observers.

Nearly 600,000 addicted to internet
Germany

Nearly 600,000 addicted to internet

Some 560,000 or around one percent of the population between the ages of 14 and 64 cannot control their use of online gaming or the web, with the youngest users the most vulnerable, said the government's top addiction specialist.

Sarkozy’s flower power won over Bruni
France

Sarkozy’s flower power won over Bruni

French President Nicolas Sarkozy bewitched future wife Carla Bruni with his "incredible" knowledge of flowers and the pair now enjoy a "very quiet life", the first lady told the BBC World Service.

Doctors go on series of two-hour strikes
Germany

Doctors go on series of two-hour strikes

Hundreds of doctors at German university medical clinics began a series of two-hour strikes on Monday that will continue until Wednesday, ahead of Thursday’s negotiations with the wage commission of the federal states (TdL) in Berlin.

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Sweden

Fake cop groomed and handcuffed kids

A 25-year-old man in Skåne in southern Sweden is facing charges for grooming children over the internet, impersonating a police officer and handcuffing several of them.

Sweden Democrats must contain situation: expert
Sweden

Sweden Democrats must contain situation: expert

The resignation of William Petzäll from the Sweden Democrats is a setback which the party can manage, but they have to ensure that it remains a unique event, according to political scientist Andreas Johansson Heinö.

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Sweden

Hunters left baffled after elk body parts find

A team of Swedish hunters made a gruesome discovery when out patrolling the woods in central Sweden last Sunday when they stumbled upon a tray full discarded elk entrails.

Reaping the benefits of Germany’s seasonal mania
Germany

Reaping the benefits of Germany’s seasonal mania

Drew Portnoy, a proud child of 1970's American suburbia, was granted a great spiritual awakening when he came to Germany: that food does in fact have seasons. And sometimes even flavour.

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Norway

Norwegian player suffers heart attack on pitch

A top-flight football player in Norway, Carl-Erik Torp, was hospitalised after suffering a heart attack during a match at the weekend, his team said.

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Switzerland

Riots in Basel at weekend, Zurich quiet

Police clashed with up to 150 rioters in a square outside Basel city centre at the weekend, while Zurich remained calm despite fears that there could be violence for the third weekend in a row.

Latest economic index shows more gloom
Germany

Latest economic index shows more gloom

The mood in the German economy dipped again in September, according to the latest index published by the Munich-based Institute for Economic Research (Ifo). But the figures are not as bad as feared.

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Sweden

Swedish tax break millions fund overseas home renovations: report

Thousands of Swedes are taking advantage of the tax breaks on offer from the government for home improvements to spruce up their second homes on the French Riviera and elsewhere.

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France

France denies bailout plan for major banks

France is planning a €10-15 billion recapitalisation plan for five top banks struggling with the debt crisis, a report said on Sunday, sparking a formal denial from the finance ministry.

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France

Birth rates rise with women at work: report

Rising fertility rates in European countries are strongly linked to increased numbers of women in the labour market, according to a French report.

France set for warmest September in 25 years
France

France set for warmest September in 25 years

After a disappointing summer, France can look forward to over a week of soaring temperatures which will make September a hotter month than July this year.

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France

Men go on trial for burying couple alive

The trial of two men accused of murdering a gay couple by burying them alive opens on Monday.

‘Is my son gay?’ app stirs up anger
France

‘Is my son gay?’ app stirs up anger

A new phone app that promises to reveal to parents whether their son might be gay by asking a series of twenty questions has been criticized as homophobic and caricatured.

Silence won’t solve the problems with a multicultural society
Sweden

Silence won’t solve the problems with a multicultural society

The problems of a multicultural Swedish society won’t solve themselves if our politicians, in fear of being called a "racist", don't break their silence on the issues, argues equal rights activist Bahareh Andersson.

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Norway

Jailbirds start up prison radio show

Norwegian prisoners will be transported out of their cells by a chance to make radio waves on Monday night, when the country's first prison radio station begins broadcasts.

Hunting elk is ‘in the DNA’ of Swedish hunters
Sweden

Hunting elk is ‘in the DNA’ of Swedish hunters

As Sweden's autumn hunting season gets into full swing, the AFP's Igor Gedilaghine, gets a firsthand glimpse into Sweden's great elk hunt.

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Sweden

Sweden Democrats call for Petzäll to vacate seat

The Sweden Democrats on Monday called on rogue MP William Petzäll to surrender his seat in Sweden's Riksdag and "instead focus his energies on a long term solution to his problems".

Namibia reclaims stolen human skulls
Germany

Namibia reclaims stolen human skulls

A Namibian delegation will reclaim about 20 human skulls used by colonial-era scientists in Germany who sought to prove the racial superiority of whites over black people.

New law could see flight to public sector
Norway

New law could see flight to public sector

The private sector in Norway has begun to react to a new law in Norway aimed at making public-sector salary information available to all.

De Maizière worried about army quitters
Germany

De Maizière worried about army quitters

German Defence Minister Thomas de Maizière said Sunday he wants to find out why so many volunteers are leaving the army during training. Over 20 percent have quit training since the Bundeswehr became an all-volunteer force in July.

Another German tourist killed in Afghanistan
Germany

Another German tourist killed in Afghanistan

The German Foreign Ministry confirmed Sunday evening that a German civilian was killed on Saturday in the west Afghan province of Ghor.

Coalition hatches new minimum wage plan
Germany

Coalition hatches new minimum wage plan

Labor Minister Ursula von der Leyen said Monday she approves of Development Minister Dirk Niebel's plan to introduce commissions to decide a minimum wage.

Sweden Democrats lose Riksdag seat
Sweden

Sweden Democrats lose Riksdag seat

The Sweden Democrats have a lost a Riksdag seat following a decision by William Petzäll to leave the party and sit as an independent as a result of his alcohol and prescription drug abuse.

Eurozone to pour cash into stability fund
Germany

Eurozone to pour cash into stability fund

European countries may beef up their financial rescue fund beyond the amount agreed in July, the EU finance commissioner Olli Rehn said in comments to be published in a Germany newspaper Monday.

Arrests mar Helsingborg title celebration
Sweden

Arrests mar Helsingborg title celebration

Several arrests were made in Helsingborg town centre on Sunday night as crowds gathered in their thousands to celebrations the local football team winning the Allsvenskan title.

Thousands apply to join Swedish hunting boom
Sweden

Thousands apply to join Swedish hunting boom

Hunting is becoming more and more popular in Sweden with over 10,000 people taking their hunting certificate this year alone, representing a near 10 percent increase on last year.