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France

Australian Spitfire remains found in France

A team of amateur aviation historians have discovered the wreckage of a Royal Australian Air Force Spitfire and remains of the pilot who crashed in northern France during World War II.

‘Anorexic’ doll leaves Swedish parents livid
Sweden

‘Anorexic’ doll leaves Swedish parents livid

A Swedish children's retailer has pulled a "sickly" skinny doll from store shelves following a storm of Facebook complaints from shocked parents concerned over the effect the doll might have on children.

Swedish Institute launches Arabic website
Sweden

Swedish Institute launches Arabic website

Sweden's "official gateway" on the internet launched an Arabic edition on Wednesday, in an effort to strengthen Sweden's dialogue with the Arabic speaking world.

Opposition vents fury over new EFSF extension
Germany

Opposition vents fury over new EFSF extension

German opposition parties have demanded another parliamentary vote following reports that the French and German governments are planning to expand the eurozone financial safety net even further.

Ramsauer: helmet law for cyclists could be inevitable
Germany

Ramsauer: helmet law for cyclists could be inevitable

Transport Minister Peter Ramsauer has said a new mandatory bicycle helmet law is likely to be introduced in the near future to reduce the number of head injuries in bicycle accidents.

Green candidate was Miss Norway runner-up
France

Green candidate was Miss Norway runner-up

Eva Joly, who will stand for the Greens in the 2012 presidential elections, is shown in this week's Gala magazine posing as an 18-year old in the Miss Norway beauty contest.

Breivik psychiatrists given more time
Norway

Breivik psychiatrists given more time

Psychiatrists evaluating Norwegian killer Anders Behring Breivik's mental state were given an another month by an Oslo court on Wednesday to decide whether he can be held criminally accountable for the July 22nd attacks.

Swiss prosecutor hears Platini in Sion case
Switzerland

Swiss prosecutor hears Platini in Sion case

UEFA chief Michel Platini arrived at a Swiss regional prosecutor's office on Wednesday for an interview with the prosecutor investigating a dispute between European football's governing body and FC Sion.

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France

France confirms death of kidnapped woman

Marie Dedieu, 66, a handicapped Frenchwoman who was kidnapped from her beachfront Kenyan home and taken to neighbouring Somalia has died, the French government confirmed on Wednesday.

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Switzerland

Swiss ‘sold weapons’ during Arab Spring

Switzerland sold arms and ammunition to long-term clients Egypt and Bahrain during the "Arab spring" protests, according to a report by Amnesty International.

Deutsche Bank London headquarters raided
Germany

Deutsche Bank London headquarters raided

Deutsche Bank’s London headquarters were raided by EU investigators Wednesday morning, after reports that Europe’s leading banks have been manipulating interest rates.

‘Determined, yes. Successful, no.’
Germany

‘Determined, yes. Successful, no.’

In the wake of last weekend's nationwide “Occupy” protests, The Local took to the streets of Berlin to gauge public opinion on the demos, in the latest instalment of the Zeitgeist series.

Nordea earnings hit by euro debt crisis
Sweden

Nordea earnings hit by euro debt crisis

Nordea, the biggest Nordic bank, announced a €300 million fall in third quarter profit pm Wednesday, blaming market turbulence and the debt crisis for results that fell far short of forecasts.

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Switzerland

Swiss open to talks on Greek cash stash

Switzerland and Greece are set to hold talks on a tax agreement with a view to curbing capital flight from Greece to Swiss banks and thereby increase the crisis-hit country’s tax revenues.

Last East German head of state dies at 83
Germany

Last East German head of state dies at 83

Manfred Gerlach, who served communist East Germany as its last head of state, has died after a long illness it was reported Wednesday.

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Sweden

Police child porn sting snags twelve Swedes

Twelwe people were arrested in Sweden early on Wednesday morning suspected of spreading child pornography, according to the Swedish National Bureau of Investigation (Rikskriminalpolisen).

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Norway

Late-blooming lesbians start Bergen club

Women in Bergen are hoping they can follow other cities’ leads, and start a Late Bloomers’ club for those coming out of the closet and declaring they are lesbian.

Swedish techies hail 30 years of mobile phones
Sweden

Swedish techies hail 30 years of mobile phones

It's been 30 years since since Swedish technology and initiative helped launch a bold, but modest initiative which marked the start of he modern era of mobile telephony, The Local's Joel Linde explains.

Amnesty reports arms deals with dictators
Germany

Amnesty reports arms deals with dictators

Between 2005 and 2009 the German government approved the sale of huge quantities of weapons to repressive regimes in North Africa and the Middle East despite clear policy guidelines, a new Amnesty International report says.

Norway PM denies Bush talk ‘ruined’ relations
Norway

Norway PM denies Bush talk ‘ruined’ relations

Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg has denied reports that a phone call with the then US president George W. Bush in 2005 left the White House so incensed that official visits were put off for six years.

Half of Swedish pilots fall asleep in the cockpit
Sweden

Half of Swedish pilots fall asleep in the cockpit

More than half the pilots in the Swedish Airline Pilots' Association (Svensk pilotförening, SPF) admit to having fallen asleep during flights, according to a new independent study.

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Sweden

Thieves charged after pooping at crime scene

Three piles of human excrement left at a crime scene in central Sweden served as key evidence in the case against two men charged for tying up and robbing a strawberry farmer earlier this year.

Banon decides against pursuing DSK rape claim
France

Banon decides against pursuing DSK rape claim

French writer Tristane Banon on Wednesday said that she is to drop her attempt to have former IMF boss Dominque Strauss-Kahn prosecuted, after prosecutors refused to take up the case.

Bad bank pushed into red by Greek debt cut
Germany

Bad bank pushed into red by Greek debt cut

The "bad bank" of German state-owned lender Hypo Real Estate said Tuesday that writedowns on its holdings of Greek bonds pushed it deeply into the red in the first six months of this year.

Video: Global engineering group Cavotec lists in Stockholm
Sweden

Video: Global engineering group Cavotec lists in Stockholm

From mining and tunneling to ports and airports, global engineering company Cavotec enables industries worldwide to improve productivity, safety and sustainability. Now the company – which has extensive operations in Sweden and in many ways has its roots here – is listing on the NASDAQ OMX in Stockholm.

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France

Mother shot while driving daughter to school

A 40-year-old teacher was shot in her car on the school run on Tuesday morning in full view of her 12-year-old daughter.

Shock road safety film targets drink-driving
France

Shock road safety film targets drink-driving

A hard-hitting film that warns young people against the dangers of drink-driving will air on eight different TV channels on Thursday evening.

Socialists ride high in new poll
France

Socialists ride high in new poll

Newly-elected Socialist party candidate François Hollande will be cheered by two new polls that predict a clear victory over Nicolas Sarkozy in next year's presidential elections.

Soldiers’ remains found in World War I tunnel
Germany

Soldiers’ remains found in World War I tunnel

Twenty-one German soldiers have been discovered in a World War I tunnel in Alsace, France, 93 years after they were buried alive during battle.

Finding the fairytale wedding setting
Germany

Finding the fairytale wedding setting

For couples wanting a fairytale wedding, holding the ceremony or reception in a castle could be the perfect setting. Sally McGrane reports.

Isaak children criticize ‘Free Dawit’ campaign
Sweden

Isaak children criticize ‘Free Dawit’ campaign

The children of Swedish-Eritrean journalist Dawit Isaak, jailed in Eritrea since 2001, think that it is the massive Free Dawit campaign that has made the release of their father impossible.

‘Ice mosque’ to be built near Sweden’s Ice Hotel
Sweden

‘Ice mosque’ to be built near Sweden’s Ice Hotel

The highly popular church built near the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi in Northern Sweden might soon be joined by an ice mosque by next winter, if all goes according to plan.

New tests prove Bergman DNA claims false
Sweden

New tests prove Bergman DNA claims false

The DNA tests claimed to prove that world-renowned director Ingmar Bergman had another biological mother were false, according to a new study.

Childhood sex abuse decreasing, study says
Germany

Childhood sex abuse decreasing, study says

Despite screaming headlines, sexual assaults of children in Germany have decreased over the past two decades, according to a large-scale new study.