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Sweden

Assange’s mother slams Swedish legal system

A London High Court decision upholding Julian Assange's extradition to Sweden makes it more likely he will be sent to the United States and even tortured, his mother was quoted as saying on Wednesday.

NATO leader praises German role in Libya
Germany

NATO leader praises German role in Libya

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has praised Germany’s role in the transatlantic alliance’s military operation in Libya, even though the German government refused to support it at the United Nations.

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Sweden

Mild autumn weather leaves Swedish retailers sweating

While several parts of Sweden are enjoying the warmest autumn in 130 years, the country's retailers are sweating buckets over the dwindling sales of outerwear.

Swedish zoo bankruptcy leaves crocs ‘homeless’
Sweden

Swedish zoo bankruptcy leaves crocs ‘homeless’

The bankruptcy of a Swedish zoo has left three endangered crocodiles homeless and lawyers struggling to find someplace new for them to live.

Merkel: EU needs clarity on Greek euro package
Germany

Merkel: EU needs clarity on Greek euro package

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday that Europe needed clarity from Athens on how it planned to implement an EU debt rescue package, ahead of crunch talks with Greece's prime minister.

Having a laugh with Sweden’s famous elk
Sweden

Having a laugh with Sweden’s famous elk

As The Local's elk related stories continue to prove popular among readers, we've scoured the web looking for a few video clips that pay tribute to the king of Sweden's forests.

Huffington Post sets sights on Germany
Germany

Huffington Post sets sights on Germany

The US news and opinion web portal Huffington Post is planning to launch an German-language edition within the next six months, it was revealed this week.

Dynamo Dresden face Cup ban for fan violence
Germany

Dynamo Dresden face Cup ban for fan violence

Last week’s fan violence at a Cup fixture between Borussia Dortmund and Dynamo Dresden is set to have more consequences. The German Football Association (DFB) is now threatening to exclude Dresden from the competition.

‘An Amazing Race for the Clinically Insane’
Switzerland

‘An Amazing Race for the Clinically Insane’

Hanging from the side of a less-than-100%-reliable three-wheeler may not be the most comfortable way to see India, but it’s surely one of the most exhilarating.

‘An Amazing Race for the Clinically Insane’
France

‘An Amazing Race for the Clinically Insane’

Hanging from the side of a less-than-100%-reliable three-wheeler may not be the most comfortable way to see India, but it’s surely one of the most exhilarating.

Stockholm elderly care scandal widens
Sweden

Stockholm elderly care scandal widens

Employees from yet another elderly care facility in Stockholm have revealed how major cut backs have meant staff shortages, broken equipment and sometimes no toilet paper.

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France

Biology teacher wins France’s top literary prize

High-school biology teacher Alexis Jenni on Wednesday won France's top literary award, the Goncourt Prize, for his first novel, "L'art francais de la guerre" (The French Art of War).

Mickey Rourke trashes Germany
Germany

Mickey Rourke trashes Germany

Mickey Rourke has launched a stinging attack on Germany, where the US actor recently bought a house in Wiesbaden for his Russian girlfriend. He slammed the country's doctors, its "boring" cities, and even his girlfriend's "German personality."

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France

Charlie Hebdo and the Muhammad cartoons row

The suspected firebombing of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo is the latest twist in the six-year-old controversy over images of the Muslim prophet Muhammad published by Western media.

Accusers ‘relieved’ over Assange ruling: lawyer
Sweden

Accusers ‘relieved’ over Assange ruling: lawyer

Two women who accused Julian Assange of rape and sexual assault are "relieved" by a London court ruling Wednesday ordering the WikiLeaks founder's extradition to Sweden for questioning, their lawyer said.

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Switzerland

Swiss to post budget surplus for 2011

Switzerland is expected to report a budget surplus for 2011, despite spending 870 million francs ($985 million) to dampen the impact of the strong Swiss currency on its export-led economy.

WikiLeaks and Julian Assange: a timeline
Sweden

WikiLeaks and Julian Assange: a timeline

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Wednesday lost his appeal against a British court ruling to extradite him to Sweden to answer questions over accusations of sexual assault and rape.

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Norway

Mine waste stains Norway’s industry revival

Norway has been singled out by a United Nations organization over its practice of dumping thousands of tonnes of mining waste into its fjords, where ocean salt water mixes with fresh mountain water.

E-cigarettes have as much nicotine as real cigarettes: study
Switzerland

E-cigarettes have as much nicotine as real cigarettes: study

Pioneering research conducted in Geneva shows that electronic cigarettes often contain as much nicotine as real cigarettes, and twice as much as other replacement therapies such as nicotine patches.

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Sweden

Family torn apart after false sex abuse claims

One call to social services was enough to land a Swedish couple behind bars and have their kids taken away for more than two months after an innocent situation was misinterpreted as sexual abuse.

EU support at historic low in Norway
Norway

EU support at historic low in Norway

Supporters of the European Union in Norway are at their lowest ever ebb after a new poll put Norwegian support for joining the bloc at just 12 percent.

Switzerland won’t force kids to wear bike helmets
Switzerland

Switzerland won’t force kids to wear bike helmets

The Transportation Committee of the National Council has rejected a government proposal seeking to force children under 14 to wear helmets on bicycles. 

Job market stays resilient despite crisis
Germany

Job market stays resilient despite crisis

New jobless data on Wednesday appeared to show the German labour market is resisting the global downturn, but analysts warned that Europe's economic powerhouse may finally be running out of steam.

Vattenfall to contest nuclear phaseout
Germany

Vattenfall to contest nuclear phaseout

Swedish energy giant Vattenfall is reportedly preparing to take the German government to the Washington-based International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes over the closure of its nuclear power plants.

Jewels nabbed in fake courier scam
France

Jewels nabbed in fake courier scam

A photographer handed over €71,000 ($97,400) worth of jewellery from luxury Parisian jewellers Boucheron to a hoax courier in a well-planned robbery on Monday morning.

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France

Baby dies after homeless woman gives birth on street

A baby died on Tuesday shortly after being born to a woman living on a central Paris street.

Battlefield 3 game firm accused of violating privacy rights
Germany

Battlefield 3 game firm accused of violating privacy rights

Top video game maker EA has been forced to modify the terms and conditions of its online distribution system Origin following allegations that it violated German privacy regulations.

UK court greenlights Assange extradition
Sweden

UK court greenlights Assange extradition

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has lost his appeal of a UK court ruling requiring that he be extradited to Sweden to face questioning over sex crimes allegations.

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Switzerland

Joker Djokovic battles through at Swiss Indoors

World number one Novak Djokovic won a hard fought three setter against veteran Xavier Malisse at the Swiss Indoors on Tuesday as he revealed he has recovered from what he termed the worst injury of his career.

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Switzerland

Swiss firms least prone to bribery: watchdog

Companies from Russia and China are seen as the worst offenders for paying bribes when doing business abroad, a new report said onn Wednesday, while Swiss and Dutch companies top the table for honesty.

Crime falls when Sweden ‘drinks like Europe’
Sweden

Crime falls when Sweden ‘drinks like Europe’

"Continental" drinking habits among Swedes have had a positive impact on violent crime levels, despite rising alcohol consumption, according to a report on Tuesday.

Euro crisis: France insists on debt deal
France

Euro crisis: France insists on debt deal

Greece plunged the eurozone back into crisis and markets into panic on Tuesday with a shock call for a referendum on a debt rescue package reached only with huge difficulty just last week.

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France

Webcam suicide in online medical forum

A depressed man using a chat room on a medical website shot himself dead in front of other users on his webcam.

Schäuble says Greece will stay in eurozone
Germany

Schäuble says Greece will stay in eurozone

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said Wednesday he was confident the Greeks would not vote against the EU debt deal in an upcoming referendum just announced by Prime Minister George Papandreou.

Viking ‘sunstone’ more than a myth: study
Norway

Viking ‘sunstone’ more than a myth: study

Ancient tales of Norse mariners using mysterious sunstones to navigate the ocean when clouds obscured the Sun and stars are more than just legend, according to a study published on Wednesday.

Firebomb guts magazine that ran Muhammad pic
France

Firebomb guts magazine that ran Muhammad pic

The offices of a French satirical newspaper that published a special Arab Spring edition with the Prophet Muhammad as "guest editor" were destroyed in a suspected firebomb attack Wednesday, police said.

Erdogan criticizes German attitude to Turks
Germany

Erdogan criticizes German attitude to Turks

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized Germany’s attitude to its Turkish minority on his arrival in Berlin to celebrate the 50th anniversary of a "guest worker" agreement between the two countries.

6,000 pre-school kids hurt each year: report
Sweden

6,000 pre-school kids hurt each year: report

Over 19,000 children attending pre-schools in Sweden 2008-2010 were injured so badly that they required emergency care, according to National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) figures.

Lundin Petroleum reports bumper profits
Sweden

Lundin Petroleum reports bumper profits

Swedish oil and gas firm Lundin Petroleum has reported a profit before tax of $166.6 million for the third quarter, up from $105.4 million in the corresponding period of 2010 and over analyst expectations.

Dortmund edge nervy Olympiakos match
Germany

Dortmund edge nervy Olympiakos match

Borussia Dortmund coach Jürgen Klopp admitted he was relieved to pick up his first Champions League win as the German champions earned a 1-0 victory over Greek club Olympiakos.

Clinton cancels Malmö visit after family death
Sweden

Clinton cancels Malmö visit after family death

Former US president Bill Clinton has been forced to cancel a visit to Malmö at the last minute following a death in the family.

Scientists begin eel-tagging project
Germany

Scientists begin eel-tagging project

In an effort to understand more about the life-cycle of the endangered European eel, scientists in northeastern Germany are implanting the animals with electronic tracking devices.