War crimes witness found dead in Germany
Germany

War crimes witness found dead in Germany

A key witness in a war crimes case against a senior Kosovo figure has been found dead in Germany, the EU rule of law mission in Kosovo (EULEX) said Wednesday.

SVP to immigrants: Don’t mess with the Swiss flag
Switzerland

SVP to immigrants: Don’t mess with the Swiss flag

The vice president of pro-immigrant organization Secondos Plus has infuriated far-right politicians and others in Switzerland with his “humorous” calls for a new Swiss flag, contributor Meritxell Mir reports.  

UK approves Shrien Dewani extradition
Sweden

UK approves Shrien Dewani extradition

The UK home secretary Theresa May has signed an order authorising the extradition of British businessman Shrien Dewani, wanted in South Africa for the murder of his Swedish wife Anni in November, the Home Office confirmed on Wednesday.

‘Forest boy’ rejects help to find out who he is
Germany

‘Forest boy’ rejects help to find out who he is

The English-speaking boy who says he lived wild with his father in the forests near Berlin for five years, has told authorities he doesn’t want them to help find out who he is.

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Sweden

Cancer vaccines ‘equally efficient’: agency

Cancer vaccines Gardasil and Cervarix offers equally efficient protection against the most common types of cervical cancer, according to a statement from the Swedish Medical Products Agency (Läkemedelsverket).

Nuclear plant phase-out gets Swiss go-ahead
Switzerland

Nuclear plant phase-out gets Swiss go-ahead

The Swiss parliament on Wednesday voted to phase out the country's nuclear plants, about six months after the Fukushima accident in Japan.

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Switzerland

Bungling burglars caught making kebabs

A shame-faced dad has dubbed his son "one of the stupidest burglars in Switzerland" after the young man broke into a takeaway with two friends to make kebabs and drink spirits following a night out on the town.

Soldier denies killing comrade in prank
Germany

Soldier denies killing comrade in prank

A German soldier who accidentally shot dead another soldier in Afghanistan testified Wednesday that the accident was caused by a jammed gun, not a prank. The 21-year-old is facing charges of manslaughter and disobeying orders.

Comedian groom irks officials with pic switch
France

Comedian groom irks officials with pic switch

When French comedian Stéphane Guillon decided he didn't want to get married under the watchful eye of a portrait of the French president, as is traditional in France, he took dramatic action.

Stalking becomes a criminal offence
Sweden

Stalking becomes a criminal offence

Stalking, or repeated harassment, becomes a criminal offence in Sweden from October 1st, and will carry a sentence of up to four years in prison if found guilty.

Sweden battles national butter shortage
Sweden

Sweden battles national butter shortage

As Sweden's butter shortage enters its second month, the dairy industry is still struggling to meet demand and shelves in supermarkets up and down the country remain empty. Blame is being directed at the new back to basics cooking trend, full fat diet fads and young people turning their backs on farming.

Textbook Indian summer to provide warmth through weekend
Germany

Textbook Indian summer to provide warmth through weekend

The lowlands may be filled with swathes of morning fog, but most of Germany has been soaking in the sunny days of Altweibersommer, as the Germans call an Indian summer. And, according to the forecast, it isn’t over just yet.

Stockholm hosts world’s first sourdough hotel
Sweden

Stockholm hosts world’s first sourdough hotel

Have you considered skipping a holiday in fear of what may become of your sourdough? Never fear, you could always check it in to Stockholm's sourdough hotel while you’re away, Lina Sennevall reports.

Budget targets deficit amid uncertain growth
France

Budget targets deficit amid uncertain growth

The French government on Wednesday presented a tough 2012 austerity budget, promising to balance strained public finances but warning that eurozone debt "turbulence" could yet derail timid growth.

Swiss parliamentarians vote for burqa ban
Switzerland

Swiss parliamentarians vote for burqa ban

Swiss parliamentarians approved on Wednesday a far-right move to impose a ban on the burqa or other face coverings in some public places, including on public transport.

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Sweden

Swedish researchers in ‘depression gene’ find

Swedish researchers at Sahlgrenska Academy in Gothenburg have managed to identify a gene which they believe has a strong connection to bipolar disorder.

Spotify defends demand for Facebook tie in
Sweden

Spotify defends demand for Facebook tie in

Swedish music retailer and streaming service Spotify has defended its decision to require Facebook membership from all new users, explaining that the tie in is "all about creating an amazing new world of music discovery".

Prosecutors criticised for holding Zurich rioters
Switzerland

Prosecutors criticised for holding Zurich rioters

Lawyers and parents have criticised public prosecutors for continuing to detain 14 young men suspected of taking part in the recent Zurich riots, saying they are being held in custody for political reasons to send out a deterrent message to others.

Heidi the cross-eyed opossum dead at three
Germany

Heidi the cross-eyed opossum dead at three

Heidi, a cross-eyed opossum who became an internet and real-life sensation in Germany, winning three times more Facebook admirers than Chancellor Angela Merkel, died on Wednesday, Leipzig Zoo said.

Swiss and Nissan research car that reads driver’s thoughts
Switzerland

Swiss and Nissan research car that reads driver’s thoughts

In the future, thinking about turning left may no longer be just a thought. Japanese auto giant Nissan and a Swiss university are developing cars that scan the driver's thoughts and prepares
the vehicle for the next move.

Piglets shot to the great fairway in the sky
Sweden

Piglets shot to the great fairway in the sky

Two wild boar piglets met their bloody demise on Tuesday after a Värmland golf club finally tired of their foraging in the rough, nosing across the greens and snuffling along the fairways.

Survey shows Pirates sailing full speed ahead
Germany

Survey shows Pirates sailing full speed ahead

After their surprise success in Berlin’s state election, Germany’s Pirate Party has started to navigate national interest as well. According to a survey published Wednesday, the Pirates have captured seven percent of the electorate.

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France

France to unveil austerity budget

French President Nicolas Sarkozy's government is on Wednesday to present its 2012 austerity budget as it faces stagnant growth, a soaring public deficit and the unresolved eurozone debt crisis.

Dismantling nuke plants to cost €18 billion
Germany

Dismantling nuke plants to cost €18 billion

Just dismantling Germany’s nuclear power plants during the country’s phaseout from nuclear energy will cost power companies about €18 billion alone, according to a new study by a consulting firm.

France to draw up new finance plan: Fillon
France

France to draw up new finance plan: Fillon

Prime Minister Francois Fillon said on Tuesday that France would make new proposals to stabilise the financial crisis in the eurozone once a plan to reinforce Europe's bailout fund was in place.

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France

Teenage lovers’ row ends in metro stabbing

A 17-year-old girl stabbed her 16-year-old girlfriend on a station platform in the Marseille metro after she accused her of cheating, reported newspaper France Soir.

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Norway

Morality squad sought as sex crimes escalate

After a summer that saw a spike in sexual assault across the country and experts drawing links to the “porno generation”, Norwegian politicians are being asked by opposition leaders to revive plans for a national morality police squad.

Last Habsburg emperor’s son to be buried in Switzerland
Switzerland

Last Habsburg emperor’s son to be buried in Switzerland

The funeral of Felix Habsburg-Lothringen, the last surviving child of Austria-Hungary's last emperor, will be held on Saturday at the northern Swiss town of Muri where he will also be buried.

Rugby club puts in blocking tackle over saucy calendar
France

Rugby club puts in blocking tackle over saucy calendar

The 2012 Dieux du Stade calendar featuring naked French rugby players could be under threat after a rival rugby club claimed photos of its star player should be withdrawn.

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Switzerland

Basel fightback stuns Manchester United

Manchester United needed a last-gasp goal from Ashley Young to snatch a 3-3 draw with Swiss side FC Basel in a thrilling Champions League battle at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

Petzäll backed by Sweden Democrat rebels
Sweden

Petzäll backed by Sweden Democrat rebels

A network of former Sweden Democrats (SD) has offered support to 23-year-old William Petzäll after his decision to leave the party and remain in the Riksdag as an independent, encouraging him to stand strong against the party hierarchy.

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France

Six dead in Paris immigrant squat fire

At least six people died in a fire on Wednesday at a squat near Paris inhabited by Libyan and Tunisian immigrants, police said.

Juholt support at record low: poll
Sweden

Juholt support at record low: poll

Only 20 percent of Swedes today would choose Social Democrat leader Håkan Juholt as prime minister, while 59 percent would choose current prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt of the Moderates, according to fresh figures from the market research company Sifo.

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Norway

Hackers post politicians’ ID numbers online

Hackers have published online the social insurance numbers of all Norwegian parliamentarians in a bid to start “talks” on digital privacy issues.

Man admits multi-million euro art forgery
Germany

Man admits multi-million euro art forgery

A German man has admitted engaging in a spectacular series of art forgeries, faking at least 14 “masterpieces” that he said were the work of famous artists and selling them for millions of euros.

Hollande leads ahead of 2nd Socialist TV debate
France

Hollande leads ahead of 2nd Socialist TV debate

With ten days to go until the first round of voting, a new opinion poll gives François Hollande an 11-point lead over his closest rival in the battle to become the Socialist party's candidate in next year's presidential elections.

Polanski picks up Zurich award 2 years after arrest
Switzerland

Polanski picks up Zurich award 2 years after arrest

Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski on Tuesday picked up an award at the Zurich Film Festival which he was unable to receive two years ago due to his dramatic arrest over a decades-old child sex case.

Abuse victims say pope ‘very upset’ at meeting
Germany

Abuse victims say pope ‘very upset’ at meeting

Two of the five victims of church abuse who had a private meeting with Pope Benedict XVI last Friday have described the encounter.

State premier questions constitutional debt-brake
Germany

State premier questions constitutional debt-brake

Saarland State Premier Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has said that Germany's constitutional restriction on allowing debt to go above a certain level has been made redundant by the financial crisis.

Malmö pleasure boat in new firebomb attack
Sweden

Malmö pleasure boat in new firebomb attack

The Prins Bernhard pleasure boat moored by Skeppsbron in Malmö was targeted in a firebomb attack on Tuesday night, the second attack on the vessel this year.

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Sweden

Stockholm stock market up on Greek tax vote

At the close of trading on Tuesday, the Stockholm stock exchange OMXS index had risen by 5.7 percent on the back of positive news from Greece.

Bayern Munich outclass Manchester City
Germany

Bayern Munich outclass Manchester City

Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes hailed the performances of stars Franck Ribéry and Bastian Schweinsteiger as 'world-class' after their 2-0 Champions League win over Manchester City.