Deceased laureate to retain Nobel Prize
Sweden

Deceased laureate to retain Nobel Prize

The Nobel Foundation ruled on Monday evening that Ralph Steinman will retain his share of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine even though he died before being named recipient of the award.

Once Oktoberfest ends, the bras’ owners must be found
Germany

Once Oktoberfest ends, the bras’ owners must be found

As giant beer glasses are stored away for next year and tents taken down, Oktoberfest officials are left trying to trace the owners of lost items from bras to this year a live giant grasshopper.

Optimism shines in Unity Day celebrations
Germany

Optimism shines in Unity Day celebrations

As Germany celebrated its Unity Day on Monday, Chancellor Angela Merkel said that much work remained to be done to ensure the country remained strong and united, as well as a vital part of Europe.

Volvo Cars to close Uddevalla plant
Sweden

Volvo Cars to close Uddevalla plant

Volvo Car Corporation is terminating production at their plant in Uddevalla, in western Sweden, when they take over sole ownership of the company in 2013, the company announced on Monday.

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France

Jewel shop robbery shootout leaves one dead

A shootout between police and three Frenchmen who robbed a jewellers in southeastern Spain left one of the gang dead and the others under arrest, police said Monday.

Oktoberfest comes to a jolly, boozy end
Germany

Oktoberfest comes to a jolly, boozy end

Beer halls in Munich were packed with thousands of revellers on Monday as the year’s rollicking 178th Oktoberfest came to a conclusion.

Stoltenberg to visit Obama on October 20th
Norway

Stoltenberg to visit Obama on October 20th

US President Barack Obama will welcome Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg to the White House on October 20th for talks on the Arab Spring and Middle East peace, US officials said on Friday.

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Norway

Norway victims’ families visit slaughter site

The families of victims of Norway's July massacre on Saturday visited the island of Utøya where a right-wing extremist massacred 69 people, mainly youths, on July 22nd after killing eight people in central Oslo.

Facebook video puts brakes on Swedish speedster’s Swiss appeal
Sweden

Facebook video puts brakes on Swedish speedster’s Swiss appeal

A Swedish driver caught speeding in Switzerland last year is due to appear in court this week to appeal his hefty fine, despite posting an incriminating video of his 260 km/h ‘travel adventures’ on Facebook.

58 million for Sweden’s most expensive flat
Sweden

58 million for Sweden’s most expensive flat

Spanning 450 square metres, with rooftop terrace and sweeping balcony, a newly converted flat in Östermalm, Stockholm and set to go on the market for 58 million kronor ($8.4 million) could set an all time high.

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Sweden

Nobel: one of the laureates died last week

Ralph M. Steinman, one of the three researchers jointly awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine on Monday for discoveries related to the immune system, died last week at the age of 68.

Calls for police patrols after Zurich fan violence
Switzerland

Calls for police patrols after Zurich fan violence

Switzerland on Monday decried violence that led to the cancellation of the weekend's derby between FC Zurich and Grasshopper, with the country's biggest newspapers calling on police to patrol stadiums.

Deutsche Bahn apologizes for forgetting Wolfsburg – again
Germany

Deutsche Bahn apologizes for forgetting Wolfsburg – again

An ICE express train failed to make a scheduled stop in Wolfsburg on Saturday – the third time it has happened this year, despite repeated promises from Deutsche Bahn that it would stop missing the city.

French scientist wins Nobel medicine prize
France

French scientist wins Nobel medicine prize

Jules Hoffmann, a French biologist and former president of the French National Academy of Sciences, was among three scientists to win the 2011 Nobel prize for medicine for work on understanding how the immune system is activated. 

Two divers found dead in Hemmoor lake
Germany

Two divers found dead in Hemmoor lake

The bodies of two Dutch divers were recovered from the popular dive site of Hemmoor lake near Cuxhaven on Sunday.

SVP launches new foreign criminals plan
Switzerland

SVP launches new foreign criminals plan

Switzerland's far-right SVP has launched a new initiative calling for the deportation of foreign criminals at the same time as a pre-election projection suggests the party will retain power later this month.

Inmate beats female prison guard to death
Sweden

Inmate beats female prison guard to death

A female guard at a jail south of Stockholm was killed on Monday after being beaten by an inmate, police have confirmed.

Two weeks reprieve for 90-year-old deportee
Sweden

Two weeks reprieve for 90-year-old deportee

90-year-old Ganna Chyzhevska, suffering from dementia and heart disease, but scheduled to be deported to Ukraine on Monday, has been given a short reprieve, allowing her family and supporters to rally behind her.

27,000 francs: the cost of speeding at 290 km/h
Switzerland

27,000 francs: the cost of speeding at 290 km/h

A Swedish driver caught clocking Formula 1 speeds in Freiburg last year is due to appear in court this week to appeal his hefty fine despite posting an incriminating video of his ‘travel adventures’ on Facebook.

Big win for German race horse in France
Germany

Big win for German race horse in France

Danedream won Europe's most prestigious horse race the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in Paris on Sunday to give Germany only their second win in the race in a record time of 2 minutes 24.49 seconds.

Most French think Sarko will lose presidency
France

Most French think Sarko will lose presidency

68 percent of French people think that Nicolas Sarkozy will lose in next year's presidential election, according to a new poll out on Monday in newspaper Libération.

A-bomb stokes Cold War feeling
Norway

A-bomb stokes Cold War feeling

A half-tonne atomic bomb 20 times as powerful as the two dropped during the Second World War has gone on display at the Norwegian Aviation Museum in Bodø.

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France

More fruit, fewer chips on school canteen menus

Six million school children may notice a change in their school canteen menu after new rules were announced by the government on Sunday to improve the quality of lunchtime menus.

Basel in dreamland with major Surrealist show
Switzerland

Basel in dreamland with major Surrealist show

Art lovers in Switzerland are in for an irrational treat as the Fondation Beyeler of Basel curates Switzerland’s first ever comprehensive exhibition of Parisian Surrealism. 

Alfred Nobel’s last will and testament
Sweden

Alfred Nobel’s last will and testament

Swedish industrialist and scholar Alfred Nobel (1833-1896), who made a substantial fortune from his invention of dynamite in 1866, established the Nobel Prizes in his will.

Three share 2011 Nobel in medicine
Sweden

Three share 2011 Nobel in medicine

Three researchers have been jointly awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discoveries related to the immune system.

Borloo ends presidential ambitions live on TV
France

Borloo ends presidential ambitions live on TV

The former ecology minister who quit the government after being passed over for the job of prime minister in 2010 announced on Sunday evening's TV news that he will not be running for the presidency next year.

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Norway

Press flocks to Utøya island massacre site

A macabre tour of Utøya Island, where 69 teenagers were maniacally gunned down in July, has been arranged by the decimated Labour Party for the foreign and domestic press corps.

Christian Democrat leadership race heats up
Sweden

Christian Democrat leadership race heats up

A former minister as well a celebrity author and television personality Marcus Birro both announced on Sunday their plans to challenge embattled Christian Democrat leader Göran Hägglund for the party's top spot.

Drunken Swedes choose knives to kill: study
Sweden

Drunken Swedes choose knives to kill: study

The average murderer in Sweden and neighbouring Finland are drunk men armed with knives who kill on the spur of the moment, according to a new study.

Enjoy historic St Petersburg – without the visa
Sweden

Enjoy historic St Petersburg – without the visa

Imagine visiting St. Petersburg, one of the most majestic cities in the world, without having to fly there and avoiding the headache of the visa-application process. Well, it’s now possible – via the St. Peter Line - which recently started a direct visa-free cruise from Stockholm to St. Petersburg.

Alleged Islamists released, no threat found
Germany

Alleged Islamists released, no threat found

German authorities released four alleged Islamists on Sunday, the day after police arrested them on suspicion of illegally obtaining weapons ahead of a major reunification ceremony in Bonn.

Major disruption hits Stockholm trains
Sweden

Major disruption hits Stockholm trains

Commuter trains in the south of Stockholm were hit by widespread disruption on Monday morning after weekend work on the Stockholm City Line tunnel project was not completed in time.

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Sweden

Man drugged and raped 12-year-old girl in Malmö

A 12-year-old girl was raped in the Lindängen area of Malmö between 6pm and 7pm on Sunday evening. The girl has reported how she was attacked outside by a man in his thirties.

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Sweden

China relies less on Russian arms: Swedish think tank

Swedish think tank SIPRI has said in a new report that China's dependence on Russia for arms and energy imports has declined and Moscow's position when dealing with Beijing has weakened as a result.