Greek PM promises ‘success’ in debt crisis
Germany

Greek PM promises ‘success’ in debt crisis

Greece promised to do its utmost on Tuesday to avert a financial meltdown in the eurozone while Germany told the United States to stop interfering by demanding Europe introduce more stimulus packages.

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France

Boy, 9, kills girl with kick in school canteen

A nine-year-old boy killed a girl with a kick for allegedly jostling in the queue for lunch at their school in France on Tuesday, the local prosecutor said.

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Switzerland

Canton votes to up taxes for 5 foreign millionaires

Substantial tax breaks for super-wealthy foreigners living in the canton of Schaffhausen in northern Switzerland were revoked in a popular vote on Sunday.

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Norway

Three face trial over ‘cartoonist attack plot’

Three men suspected of plotting an attack on a Danish newspaper that printed controversial cartoons of the Muslim prophet Muhammad in 2005 will go on trial in Norway next month, a state prosecutor said on Tuesday.

Anita Ekberg to spend 80th in Italian hospital
Sweden

Anita Ekberg to spend 80th in Italian hospital

Swedish actress Anita Ekberg, made world famous through the fountain kiss in the cult film "La Dolce Vita", is going to spend her 80th birthday on Thursday convalescing in an Italian hospital.

Court rejects Lehman investors’ claims
Germany

Court rejects Lehman investors’ claims

Germany’s top court on Tuesday dismissed claims by two German investors for damages for losses they made due to the bankrupt American investment firm Lehman Brothers. The verdict could set a precedent for other investors.

Swiss Post blocks ‘porn’ booklet for 4-year-olds
Switzerland

Swiss Post blocks ‘porn’ booklet for 4-year-olds

Switzerland's postal service has refused to distribute a petition containing extracts from a controversial "sex box" filled with learning tools after it found the explanatory pictures in the children's booklets to be pornographic.

ICEHOTEL – a frozen dream
Sweden

ICEHOTEL – a frozen dream

Darkness fills the room. Lying completely still in your sleeping bag you listen to the silence. Or rather, the sounds of silence.

Schröder unveils plan to better protect kids
Germany

Schröder unveils plan to better protect kids

The German government is launching a new, aggressive effort to protect children and young people from abuse in families, schools and places of worship.

Stockholm air dirtier than Los Angeles: WHO
Sweden

Stockholm air dirtier than Los Angeles: WHO

The air quality in Stockholm is worse than in Los Angeles, according to a recent study from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Government throws spanner in SPD/Green Berlin coalition talks
Germany

Government throws spanner in SPD/Green Berlin coalition talks

The German Transport Ministry said Tuesday that federal investment in Berlin’s controversial A100 motorway extension could not be moved to another project, hampering coalition negotiations between Mayor Klaus Wowereit and the Greens.

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Sweden

Painkillers might hold back cancer: study

Ordinary painkillers might be able to hold back the growth of cancer tumours, according to a new Swedish study from the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm.

Paris Fashion Week: design premieres and buzz over Dior
France

Paris Fashion Week: design premieres and buzz over Dior

Paris Fashion Week kicks off on Tuesday with a host of young designers taking their first bow at Issey Miyake and Balmain, Kenzo and Cacharel, and a buzz of excitement over John Galliano's succession at Dior.

Two men charged for Breivik ‘tribute’ attack
Sweden

Two men charged for Breivik ‘tribute’ attack

Two men arrested in Västerås on suspicion of attempted murder expressed support for Anders Behring Breivik's massacre in Norway prior to stabbing two men of non-Swedish origin.

Strauss-Kahn claims immunity in US civil case
France

Strauss-Kahn claims immunity in US civil case

Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn sought dismissal of a US civil case on Monday, claiming immunity from prosecution and saying the hotel maid's "false" sexual assault claims had
hampered his efforts to right the global economy.

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France

French police round up Roma ahead of vote

French police on Tuesday rounded up some 200 members of the Roma minority from a camp in Marseille in the south, sparking the ire of rights groups six months ahead of presidential elections.

Germany’s triple-A rating under threat
Germany

Germany’s triple-A rating under threat

The credit ratings agency Standard & Poor’s warned Tuesday that Germany’s top rating could be downgraded if Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government decides to pour more money into the European bailout fund.

‘The deer hit me’: ex-hockey pro after crash
Sweden

‘The deer hit me’: ex-hockey pro after crash

Swedish ex-ice hockey pro Anders Parmström slammed a court decision to fine him after a fatal crash involving a deer, claiming that it was the "animal that hit his car".

Eva, 96, emigrates to Thailand
Sweden

Eva, 96, emigrates to Thailand

Having lost her husband and most of her friends, 96-year-old Eva Bergdahl from Karlskrona in southern Sweden has decided to pack up and move to Thailand to join her 68-year-old son.

CIA-backed IT firm offers view into the future
Sweden

CIA-backed IT firm offers view into the future

A CIA-backed Swedish-American company claims that it's new technology can predict disease, terrorist threats, economic swings and resource shortages. The Local’s Karen Holst explores.

Germans have almost €25,000 of federal debt each
Germany

Germans have almost €25,000 of federal debt each

Germany's public debt amounts to €24,904 per citizen, the Federal Statistics Office in Wiesbaden reported on Tuesday.

Wald village friendliest to foreigners
Switzerland

Wald village friendliest to foreigners

The tiny village of Wald pulled off an upset on Friday as it was awarded first prize by pro-immigrant group Secondos Plus in the first year of a competition to find the friendliest place for foreigners living in German-speaking Switzerland.

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Norway

One in four docs to avoid abortions

One in four Norwegian medical students will seek an exemption in writing from ever having to perform or assist in abortions decided by the female patient.

Cops wait an hour to respond to fatal shooting
Sweden

Cops wait an hour to respond to fatal shooting

Stockholm police have been criticised for taking over an hour to respond to a report of a shooting last week which left a man dead.

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France

Jobless total shows first fall in three months

The French government's main measure of unemployment fell slightly in August, with 2,000 fewer job seekers than July.

One in three French ready to give it all up for love
France

One in three French ready to give it all up for love

An opinion poll has revealed that 37 percent of French people would be prepared to abandon their current lives if they fell in love.

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Norway

Dead SS fighter wasn’t treasonous: lawyer

The lawyer of a former Second World War SS officer jailed briefly for treason is pressing a suit in Oslo district court to clear the recently deceased man of post-war treason charges.

Don’t call me ‘mademoiselle’: French feminists
France

Don’t call me ‘mademoiselle’: French feminists

A campaign has been launched to banish the use of the title "mademoiselle" on all official forms, with feminist groups claiming the term is sexist and outdated.

Reopened embassy signals new era in German-Libyan relations
Germany

Reopened embassy signals new era in German-Libyan relations

Germany has reopened its embassy in Tripoli in what is being seen as a symbolic measure to signal the country’s desire to help rebuild Libya.

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France

Schools shut as teachers stage mass walk-out

Thousands of children will have the day off on Tuesday as teachers across France take strike action to protest against job cuts.

Authorities to keep tabs on Islamophobic scene
Germany

Authorities to keep tabs on Islamophobic scene

Germany's domestic intelligence agency the Verfassungsschutz is reportedly set to debate whether the country's Islamophobic scene represents a new form of extremism, and should be kept under surveillance.

Swedish lobster nets new record price
Sweden

Swedish lobster nets new record price

The first five lobster of the season reached a record price of 31,600 kronor ($4,640) at auction in Gothenburg on Tuesday morning and will go one sale in stores in Gothenburg and Stockholm.

Westerwelle repeats call for Mideast peace
Germany

Westerwelle repeats call for Mideast peace

Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle reiterated Germany's opposition to the Palestinian statehood bid in a speech to the United Nations on Monday, and called on both sides to follow the Quartet timetable.

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Sweden

Swedish ‘prisoners’ send mail order cry for help

A Finnish customer of hardware giant Bauhaus found a plea for help purported to be from Swedish "prisoners" who said they were being beaten and raped when he bought a box of doorknobs, a report said Monday.

Ibra returns to boost Milan, Sweden
Sweden

Ibra returns to boost Milan, Sweden

Zlatan Ibrahimovic returned to full training on Monday, giving a timely boost to AC Milan ahead of their Champions League clash against Czechs Viktoria Plzen and Sweden in their crucial Euro 2012 in Helsinki next weekend.

VW gets green light to acquire MAN
Germany

VW gets green light to acquire MAN

The EU's executive Commission on Monday approved Volkswagen's acquisition of truck maker MAN, which Germany's biggest automaker eventually plans to merge with Scania.