Bird doused with beer and stuffed in ticket vending machine
Germany

Bird doused with beer and stuffed in ticket vending machine

Animal abusers doused a cockatiel with beer and stuffed it in a train station’s ticket machine in Saxony, before a firefighter rescued the frightened bird.

Borg has ‘worst’ personal finances among Swedish ministers: report
Sweden

Borg has ‘worst’ personal finances among Swedish ministers: report

Swedish finance minister Anders Borg, known for lecturing Swedes about the dangers of borrowing too much money, has a mortgage worth more than the value of his home, according to new investigation.

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Switzerland

Swiss cabinet jostling begins as far-right dips

Swiss political parties on Monday began haggling for seats in the next cabinet, after an election that saw major parties including the far-right SVP lose ground to smaller and moderate parties like the Green Liberals.

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Switzerland

Swiss seize millions in Czech energy case

Switzerland said on Monday it was freezing 600 million francs in assets and charging seven people in connection with an allegedly illegal takeover of one of the Czech Republic's biggest energy firms.

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Switzerland

Union slams post office over ‘wage dumping’

Trade union Unia has reacted with anger to what it views as immoral wage dumping after it emerged that a group of Slovakian workers were allegedly being paid €5 ($7) per hour for construction work at a post office in Bern.

Barbed wire attacks leave bikers scared of decapitation
Germany

Barbed wire attacks leave bikers scared of decapitation

Murder squad detectives in Brandenburg are investigating a series of attacks using barbed wire strung up across routes used by motocross riders which left one man fighting for his life and several others injured.

BaFin orders insurers to disclose bank holdings
Germany

BaFin orders insurers to disclose bank holdings

The German financial watchdog BaFin has ordered insurers to disclose the exact amount of their financial investments with banks by next month, the Financial Times Deutschland reported Monday.

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Sweden

Woman brings dead baby to clinic in paper bag

A woman turned up at a hospital in Helsingborg in western Sweden on Friday with a paper bag containing a dead baby.

Website revolutionizes wheelchair accessibility
Germany

Website revolutionizes wheelchair accessibility

Just over a year after its launch, a revolutionary German website is reshaping the lives of wheelchair users with online information about the accessibility of thousands of locations worldwide.

Swiss People’s Party suffers ‘powerful setback’
Switzerland

Swiss People’s Party suffers ‘powerful setback’

The results of Sunday's vote could mark the end of a polarization that has dominated Swiss politics for the last decade, according to post-election roundups in a number of the country's newspapers.

Uppsala trio make YouTube hit with Robyn and cottage cheese mix
Sweden

Uppsala trio make YouTube hit with Robyn and cottage cheese mix

A grainy video of three young women singing a tune by Swedishh pop star Robyn at a kitchen table, accompanying themselves with empty cottage cheese boxes, is the latest YouTube-hit sensation out of Sweden.

Saab pulls plug on China funding deal
Sweden

Saab pulls plug on China funding deal

Swedish Automobile (Swan), the owner of Saab, said on Sunday that it had broken off a deal for funding with the two Chinese firms Pang Da and Youngman, seen by many as the only hope of keeping the cash-strapped carmaker out of bankruptcy.

CIA spied on allied BND
Germany

CIA spied on allied BND

American spies have been keeping tabs on their Teutonic counterparts for decades – not only the East Germans of the Cold War, but also allied West Germans, according to newly released documents.

Ex-Sweden Democrat MP involuntarily committed
Sweden

Ex-Sweden Democrat MP involuntarily committed

Independent Swedish MP William Petzäll, who left the Sweden Democrats amidst a battle with substance abuse, has been involuntarily committed to treatment after a recent hospitalization.

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Sweden

Man paid teen boys to rape underage girl

A man and two 16-year-old boys were charged on Friday for the rape of a girl in her lower teens. According to the charge sheet, the man paid the boys to rape the girl and film the incident.

Who are those around us we don’t really see?
Sweden

Who are those around us we don’t really see?

Swedish journalist and commentator Love Liman explains how a recent trip to a local grill stand led to an unexpected exchange with an Iraqi chemist.

Eurozone rescue plan to lean on banks
Germany

Eurozone rescue plan to lean on banks

Eurozone crisis talks in Brussels over the weekend took small steps towards agreement, it emerged on Monday morning, as negotiations continued to put details to Germany’s parliament by the end of the day.

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Norway

Oslo rocked by wave of rapes

Norway's capital Oslo has seen a sharp increase in cases of outdoor rape, with the number of attacks in 2011 already double the total for the previous year, according to figures compiled by newspaper Aftenposten.

EU eyes Norway ‘oil fund’ rescue: Swedish PM
Norway

EU eyes Norway ‘oil fund’ rescue: Swedish PM

Norway’s gigantic 3-trillion-kroner ($541-billion) sovereign pension fund could come to the rescue of debt-riddled European economies if an idea aired by Sweden’s Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt gains ground.

Sweden threat level remains elevated: Säpo
Sweden

Sweden threat level remains elevated: Säpo

Swedish security service Säpo has chosen to keep the terror threat level in Sweden elevated due to the increased mention of the country on terrorist-inspired web pages.

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France

French finance minister ‘convinced’ of EU deal

French Finance Minister Francois Baroin said he was "convinced" that European leaders would agree on a comprehensive deal to end the eurozone debt crisis at a summit on Wednesday.

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France

German doctor convicted of step-daughter death

A French father won a 30-year quest for justice for his dead daughter on Saturday after a German doctor he had kidnapped and delivered to the French courts to face charges was convicted of her killing.

Pacy politician hits motorway speed of 171 km/h
France

Pacy politician hits motorway speed of 171 km/h

A prominent Socialist politician notched up a speed of 171 kilometres per hour (106 miles per hour) close to the northern town of Evreux on the A13 motorway on Sunday afternoon.

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Switzerland

Swiss offer to help Libya disarm and demine

Switzerland can help Libya to disarm its population following its armed revolution, as well as contribute to demining efforts, Swiss president Micheline Calmy-Rey said Saturday.

It’s official: French docs reveal ‘normal’ penis size
France

It’s official: French docs reveal ‘normal’ penis size

One of France's oldest and most learned medical bodies has weighed in on the topic of penis size to give its professional view on when a man should worry about an inadequate appendage.

Sarkozys should have given baby ‘a French name’: Le Pen
France

Sarkozys should have given baby ‘a French name’: Le Pen

The leader of the far-right Front National, Marine Le Pen, has criticized President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife, Carla, for choosing an Italian name for their five-day-old daughter.

Duck overtakes veal as France’s favourite dish
France

Duck overtakes veal as France’s favourite dish

Magret de canard, a fatty duck breast dish, is the preferred meal of one in five French people, according to a survey by polling company TNS Sofres.

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France

France restore pride in World Cup final defeat

France will head home after a troubled World Cup campaign knowing they stunned their many critics to push champions New Zealand to the limit in an 8-7 final defeat at Eden Park in Auckland on Sunday.

Far-right rise capped as greens advance
Switzerland

Far-right rise capped as greens advance

Switzerland's dominant far-right party suffered a dip in electoral support for the first time in 20 years on Sunday as smaller parties recorded gains.

Sweden sees spike in sudden infant deaths
Sweden

Sweden sees spike in sudden infant deaths

The incidence of cot death, or sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) has begun to increase again in Sweden with 27 children dying in 2010.

Bayern’s league march halted by 2-1 defeat to Hannover
Germany

Bayern’s league march halted by 2-1 defeat to Hannover

German league leaders Bayern Munich saw their 13-match unbeaten run ended on Sunday when they suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at Hannover in a bad-tempered Bundesliga match.

At least 7,500 protest night flights at expanded Berlin airport
Germany

At least 7,500 protest night flights at expanded Berlin airport

At least 7,500 people spent a chilly Sunday protesting the night-time flight plans for Berlin’s expanded international airport at Schönefeld, complaining they only had 224 more undisturbed nights of sleep to go.

Teen alcohol programme has ‘no effect’: study
Sweden

Teen alcohol programme has ‘no effect’: study

A nationwide programme aimed at tackling drinking among young people has 'no effect' at all on drinking habits, according to a new study.

Thai massage parlours in sex trade raids
Sweden

Thai massage parlours in sex trade raids

Police and the tax authorities have launched closer surveillance of Thai massage parlours in the country, suspecting that the sharp increase in their number indicates sex trafficking and tax evasion.

Germany offers help to Turkish quake victims
Germany

Germany offers help to Turkish quake victims

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle expressed sympathy for victims of the Turkish earthquake expected to have killed at least 1,000 people and left many more injured or homeless on Sunday.

Phelps shines in Berlin swim meet
Germany

Phelps shines in Berlin swim meet

US swim star Michael Phelps finished Berlin's World Cup short-course meet on Sunday with four victories in four world best times this year as the 14-time Olympic champion continued his preparations for London 2012.