Butcher labels woman ‘best meat in town’
Switzerland

Butcher labels woman ‘best meat in town’

A Zurich butcher shop has received a rap on the knuckles from a Swiss advertising standards authority that deemed as sexist a suggestive picture of a leggy woman depicted alongside the slogan: “the best meat in town”.

Breno to stay in custody for time being
Germany

Breno to stay in custody for time being

Bayern Munich's Brazilian defender Breno will remain in custody under suspicion of serious arson, following a fire which destroyed his luxury home, after a remand review on Thursday.

Swede charged for ‘sadistic’ puppy torture
Sweden

Swede charged for ‘sadistic’ puppy torture

On Thursday a man from Solberga, in southern Stockholm, was charged for torturing his puppy to death.

Mirco’s murderer sentenced to life
Germany

Mirco’s murderer sentenced to life

The murderer of a ten-year-old boy whose sexual abuse and murder sparked outrage across Germany was sentenced to life in prison Thursday.

Volvo Diplomat Sales – more than just selling a car
Switzerland

Volvo Diplomat Sales – more than just selling a car

If you're a diplomat or have tax-free status at an international organization, a special scheme from Volvo means that you can buy a premium car at favourable prices - and gain many benefits besides.

Survey: Former East less trusting than former West
Germany

Survey: Former East less trusting than former West

A team of German and British social scientists have published a new study into trust in more than 50 countries. Germany as a whole ranked in the top ten, although those in the western part are more trusting than easterners.

H&M deliver upbeat report
Sweden

H&M deliver upbeat report

Swedish clothing giant Hennes & Mauritz reported a profit before tax of 4.85 billion kronor ($717 million) for the period June-August, the third quarter in the company's irregular accounting period.

The Sweden Democrats – a year in the Riksdag spotlight
Sweden

The Sweden Democrats – a year in the Riksdag spotlight

A year has passed since the Sweden Democrats became Sweden’s newest parliamentary party and The Local’s Peter Vinthagen Simpson has a look at what has been achieved, what has not and what has changed.

RTL reviewing security after Kurds storm studio
Germany

RTL reviewing security after Kurds storm studio

German television network RTL is reviewing its security arrangements after a group of Kurdish sympathizers stormed one of their Cologne studios and staged a sit-in protest.

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France

Marseille right ship with victory over Dortmund

Marseille put their domestic struggles to one side with a timely 3-0 win at home to German champions Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday that put them in charge of Champions League Group F.

Chocolate Chinaman ‘not racist’: poll
Sweden

Chocolate Chinaman ‘not racist’: poll

Some 97 percent of Swedes did not find the picture on chocolate giant Fazer's “Kinapuffar” product offensive despite claims of racism, according to a recent survey carried out by market research company Sifo.

Streaming video with the power of LEDs
Germany

Streaming video with the power of LEDs

The same diode light that powered the wrist-calculator in 1980s classrooms is growing into something much more formidable. A Berlin research team is using the technology to stream HD video across a room. Michael Dumiak paid a visit.

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Norway

Norway prize to Ugandan sexual rights activists

An organisation aimed at protecting sexual minorities in Uganda, where homosexuality is considered a serious crime, on Thursday won Norway's Rafto Prize for human rights work.

Security officers to patrol Swiss trains with guns
Switzerland

Security officers to patrol Swiss trains with guns

Security officers patrolling Swiss trains will carry firearms from the summer of 2012 in a bid to halt rising violence against ticket controllers, the rail service SBB said Thursday.

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France

Child suicide under-estimated: report

A report will be delivered to the youth minister on Thursday claiming that suicide among young people is much higher than official figures suggest.

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Switzerland

Swiss women to get equal name rights

Swiss lawmakers on Wednesday approved a revision to the country's naming conventions that will give equal status to the surnames of male and female partners upon marriage.

Merkel’s coalition holds, passes euro bailout
Germany

Merkel’s coalition holds, passes euro bailout

The Bundestag approved the expansion of the eurozone bailout fund by a huge majority on Thursday. Chancellor Angela Merkel breathed a sigh of relief as 315 government MPs voted her way, averting a damaging revolt.

Unemployment reaches 20-year low
Germany

Unemployment reaches 20-year low

Flying in the face of apparent economic woes, unemployment in Germany fell sharply to 6.6 percent in September, the lowest in 20 years, the Federal Labour Agency said Thursday.

Merkel faces major test in debt vote
Germany

Merkel faces major test in debt vote

German MPs were set to back a beefed-up fund for debt-laden eurozone countries Thursday in a vote both key to stemming financial turmoil and a landmark test of Chancellor Angela Merkel's leadership.

Global activists receive ‘Alternative Nobel’ prize
Sweden

Global activists receive ‘Alternative Nobel’ prize

A Chadian lawyer, an international agricultural rights group, a US safe childbirth

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Switzerland

Zurich-bound jet forced to land in Frankfurt

A Zurich-bound Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 reportedly carrying Formula 1 racer Sebastien Vettel was forced to land in Frankfurt before arriving at its destination three hours late on Wednesday.

Studded tyres blamed for poor Stockholm air
Sweden

Studded tyres blamed for poor Stockholm air

A recent study from the World Health Organization showed that Stockholm air contains higher levels of the harmful PM10 particles than in Los Angeles, and the city council argues that studded tyres used in the long winter are to blame.

Arab blogger eyed for Peace Prize
Norway

Arab blogger eyed for Peace Prize

Speculation is rampant in Norway that a female Egyptian journalist, blogger and activist caught up in the swirling “sand revolution” that forced political change in the Middle East will be declared a Nobel Peace Prize laureate when the announcement is made on November 7th.

Olofsson, Carlgren out as Reinfeldt reshuffles
Sweden

Olofsson, Carlgren out as Reinfeldt reshuffles

Fredrik Reinfeldt on Thursday announced a government reshuffle, with new Centre Party head Annie Lööf appointed minister for enterprise, European MP Lena Ek minister for the environment and Anna-Karin Hatt IT and energy minister.

What’s on in Germany: September 29 – October 5
Germany

What’s on in Germany: September 29 – October 5

This Week's Highlights: A reunification party in Berlin, Picasso portraits in Cologne, and film festivals in Munich and Hamburg.

Beckham fever growing in Paris
France

Beckham fever growing in Paris

Thursday's Le Parisien newspaper devoted its first three pages to the possibility that David Beckham may be set to join Paris-based football team, PSG.

French lunch breaks fall to just 22 minutes
France

French lunch breaks fall to just 22 minutes

Despite the widely-held view that French workers while away long lunch hours over three-course lunches with wine, a new survey shows that most grab lunch in just over 20 minutes.

Writer queries new breast screening campaign
France

Writer queries new breast screening campaign

A campaign to encourage women to get screening for breast cancer was launched on Wednesday at the same time as a book was published criticizing mass screening programmes.

Germany third most attractive for business, says survey
Germany

Germany third most attractive for business, says survey

A new survey has found that Germany is the world’s third favourite destination for international companies, behind China and the United States.

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Norway

Secret Afghan talks held in Oslo: report

Diplomats from United Nations Security Council countries and states surrounding Afghanistan held talks in an Oslo hotel on Friday, newspaper Bergens Tidende has reported, citing sources.

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France

DSK and Banon go face to face at police station

Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn had a two-hour face-to-face confrontation at a Paris police station on Thursday with the French writer who accuses him of a 2003 rape attempt.

Cat attacks owner, gets stabbed
Sweden

Cat attacks owner, gets stabbed

Ann-Britt Granström, 57, of Södertälje, south of Stockholm, had just curled up in bed next to her cat, her beloved bedfellow for the last 13 years, when the cuddly companion suddenly jumped down from the bed and started attacking her.

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Switzerland

Swiss to assist France in campaign graft probe

Switzerland will assist France in its probe into alleged kickbacks on an arms deal and illegal campaign finance contributions scandal that is threatening to derail President Nicolas Sarkozy's re-election bid.

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France

Swiss to assist France in campaign graft probe

Switzerland will assist France in its probe into alleged kickbacks on an arms deal and illegal campaign finance contributions scandal that is threatening to derail President Nicolas Sarkozy's re-election bid.

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France

Top cop to be quizzed over spying on journalist

France's top policeman and the head of its domestic intelligence agency, both close to President Nicolas Sarkozy, are to be questioned by a judge over allegations they spied on journalists, a source
familiar with the case said Wednesday.

Sweden runner up in ‘reputation’ ranking
Sweden

Sweden runner up in ‘reputation’ ranking

Sweden has been placed second behind Canada in a ranking of countries with the best reputation in the world, in a new study linking a country's image with foreign investment and tourism receipts.

Zlatan stars in Milan win
Sweden

Zlatan stars in Milan win

Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic starred on his injury comeback as he inspired AC Milan to a 2-0 victory over Czech minnows Viktoria Plzen on Wednesday to keep them on the heels of cup-holders Barcelona in Champions League Group H.

Experts urge vaccinations as tick diseases increase
Germany

Experts urge vaccinations as tick diseases increase

Health experts are urging an inoculation campaign after what officials say is an increase in tick-related diseases in southern Germany.

Men convicted for radical internet posts
Germany

Men convicted for radical internet posts

Three German men have been convicted in Munich on Wednesday of supporting terrorism for posting radical propaganda videos online.

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Sweden

Government in u-turn over abused foster kids

The Swedish government has changed its mind regarding reimbursing thousands of Swedes mistreated in foster care during the 1900s.