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Norway

Breivik court appearance open to public

The gunman behind the July 22nd twin attacks in Norway will appear in court via video link next week in the presence of the media and the families of the 77 victims, Oslo's district court said Tuesday.

Dead neo-Nazi robbers linked to cop-killer case
Germany

Dead neo-Nazi robbers linked to cop-killer case

German authorities say they are confident they have solved the 2007 murder of a police woman after her pistol was found near the bodies of two neo-Nazi bank robbers. Their accomplice turned herself in on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Hitler paintings ‘genuine’: ex-Hells Angels boss

Sweden's debt collection agency (Kronofogden) had planned to sell seven paintings, believed to be painted by Adolf Hitler, to pay off former Hells Angels head Thomas Möller's mounting debts.

Pippi Longstocking books deemed racist
Germany

Pippi Longstocking books deemed racist

A German theologian has sparked controversy by calling Sweden's beloved Pippi Longstocking children's books racist and demanding additions to prompt parents to skip over or explain certain passages.

Michelin stars glitter at German restaurants
Germany

Michelin stars glitter at German restaurants

The release of a new Michelin restaurant guide in Germany has dashed some dreams and made others come true. Nearly 250 German restaurants were awarded stars by the gourmet guide this year. But 13 restaurants have lost stars.

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France

French court rules UK tabloid violated Mosley privacy

A French court ruled Tuesday that a British tabloid had violated the privacy of former world motorsport chief Max Mosley when it published photographs of him in a sadomasochistic orgy.

Home is where the tax breaks are for Michael Schumacher
Germany

Home is where the tax breaks are for Michael Schumacher

Seven-time world Formula One champion Michael Schumacher has caused a stir in Germany by insisting "Switzerland is the only home I have".

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Switzerland

Officials raid offices of Xamax’s Chechen boss

Swiss justice officals raided the offices of Chechen businessman Bulat Chagaev, the owner of football club Neuchatel Xamax, after claims emerged that he had submitted falsified financial documents, local press reported on Tuesday.

Home is where the Swiss are: Schumacher
Switzerland

Home is where the Swiss are: Schumacher

Seven-times world Formula One champion Michael Schumacher has caused a stir in Germany by insisting "Switzerland is the only home I have".

‘Change your passwords when you change boyfriends’: prosecutor
Sweden

‘Change your passwords when you change boyfriends’: prosecutor

An increasing number of unauthorized data access cases are being reported in Sweden, not in the least due to spurned IT-savvy exes wanting to keep tabs on their former partners.

Students in Saxony pose for erotic calendar
Germany

Students in Saxony pose for erotic calendar

A coed group of students in Dresden have stripped for the latest “Geist is geil” (“Knowledge is Sexy”) calendar, which is ostensibly meant to promote higher education in the eastern German state of Saxony.

Seat squatters on Swiss trains will face fines
Switzerland

Seat squatters on Swiss trains will face fines

Swiss rail operator SBB has said it will begin fining passengers who take up seats in full carriages with their jackets or bags. 

German cities becoming increasingly ‘wild’
Germany

German cities becoming increasingly ‘wild’

Wild boars digging up gardens, foxes roaming building sites, and raccoons ravaging allotments – city-dwelling Germans are reporting increasing sightings of and problems with wildlife.

GM threat to Saab sale ‘regrettable’: minister
Sweden

GM threat to Saab sale ‘regrettable’: minister

The Swedish government has described as unfortunate a statement by General Motors (GM) this week threatening to block the transfer of technology licences if two Chinese companies buy Saab.

Trade surplus hits 3-year high on record exports
Germany

Trade surplus hits 3-year high on record exports

Record exports pushed Germany's trade surplus to a three-year high in September, data showed on Tuesday, as Europe's biggest economy remains resilient to the eurozone debt crisis – at least for now.

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Sweden

Man gets 15 years for ‘bearded lady’ slaying

A 27-year-old man from Umeå in northern Sweden has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for fatally stabbing a 55-year-old woman, who he allegedly thought was a man due to her extensive facial hair.

Rapace lands role in new Bond movie
Sweden

Rapace lands role in new Bond movie

Swedish actor Ola Rapace is in London to take part in the new James Bond film "Skyfall", according to his agent Aleksandra Mandic.

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Switzerland

Swiss employers want to extend working hours

With unemployment on the rise in Switzerland, the country's main employers' association is calling for the implementation “emergency measures” to help make businesses more competitive again.

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Switzerland

Credit Suisse warns US clients of tax probe risk

Switzerland's second-biggest bank Credit Suisse said on Tuesday it had warned American clients they may be the target of a US tax probe, and urged them to hire lawyers to represent them.

SAS shares slump despite rise in profits
Sweden

SAS shares slump despite rise in profits

Scandinavian airline SAS reported on Tuesday a slim third-quarter net profit, a switch from a deep loss in 2010, and maintained its positive outlook for all of 2011, but said uncertainty lay ahead.

Bundesbank gold location kept secret
Germany

Bundesbank gold location kept secret

As pressure grows for Germany to tap its gold reserves amid the European sovereign debt crisis, the Bundesbank is refusing to end its silence on where its more than 3,000 tonnes of the precious metal is stored.

Israel silent on Sarkozy ‘outburst’ over Netanyahu
France

Israel silent on Sarkozy ‘outburst’ over Netanyahu

French President Nicolas Sarkozy called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a "liar" in talks with US President Barack Obama, who then complained of having to deal with him daily, a report said
on Tuesday.

France bars London gallery from leaving with ‘stolen’ art
France

France bars London gallery from leaving with ‘stolen’ art

France laid claim on Monday to a French baroque painting that it said was stolen 200 years ago, and barred a London gallery that brought the work to Paris for an exhibition from taking it back.

Carlos the Jackal was ‘worthy heir’: Chavez
France

Carlos the Jackal was ‘worthy heir’: Chavez

President Hugo Chavez on Monday described leftist Venezuelan militant Carlos the Jackal, on trial for deadly attacks in 1980s France, a "worthy heir of the greatest (leftist) struggles."

Army built ‘fake Paris’ to fool Germans
France

Army built ‘fake Paris’ to fool Germans

Towards the end of World War 1, the French army drew up plans to build a "fake Paris" in an attempt to get German planes to drop their bombs away from the real capital city.

Ten Swedish brands everyone should know
Sweden

Ten Swedish brands everyone should know

Ikea, H&M, and Ericsson are all well known Swedish brands, but there are other products out there that might not be as commonly associated with the land of the midnight sun.

Zlatan nets record sixth ‘Golden Ball’
Sweden

Zlatan nets record sixth ‘Golden Ball’

AC Milan star Zlatan Ibrahimovic brought home a record sixth, and fifth consecutive, Golden Ball at Sweden's football gala on Monday evening, underlining his status as Sweden's leading player.

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Sweden

Sweden does most for the world’s poor: study

Sweden has topped the list ranking foreign aid policies among the world's wealthy countries for the third year running, according to an annual study by the US-based Center for Global Development (CDG).

Rail strike set to cause disruptions
France

Rail strike set to cause disruptions

Train passengers across France will face possible delays and cancellations on Tuesday as rail workers across Europe take industrial action to protest against further rail liberalization.

Norwegian app helps track harmful cosmetics
Norway

Norwegian app helps track harmful cosmetics

Norway’s consumer rights watchdog, Forbrukerrådet, has launched a campaign against parabens, a chemical found in common cosmetics and hygiene products said to cause hormonal imbalances.

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France

Rivals attack government austerity plans

Socialist presidential candidate François Hollande took to the airwaves on Monday evening to denounce the latest austerity drive announced by the government, at the same time as the prime minister spoke on a rival channel.

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Switzerland

Adecco boosts third quarter profit 13 percent

The world's biggest temporary staffing group Adecco said on Tuesday its third quarter profit rose 13 percent to €145 million ($199 million) and forecast a strong performance for the rest of the
year.

French region surprised to be named in top ten
France

French region surprised to be named in top ten

The western region of Poitou-Charentes has been named as one of the top ten regions to visit in 2012 by travel guide the Lonely Planet.

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Norway

Nervous hotel guests get distress alarms

Hotel guests in central Oslo are being issued keychain personal alarms in the event they are attacked in the capital’s many darkened areas after hours.

Stockholm makes Lonely Planet ‘top ten’ cities list
Sweden

Stockholm makes Lonely Planet ‘top ten’ cities list

Stockholm has placed among the ten best cities to visit in 2012 in a recent ranking published by the Lonely Planet travel guides, which referred to the Swedish capital as “cozy yet cosmopolitan”.

Rape threat OK for military drill, gay slur not
Sweden

Rape threat OK for military drill, gay slur not

The Swedish military has condemned that a participant in a recent hostage survival exercise was accused of being a homosexual, but ruled there was nothing wrong with officers threatening to rape his girlfriend.

Minister slams aid report for ‘anti-Israel’ bias
Sweden

Minister slams aid report for ‘anti-Israel’ bias

Sweden's foreign aid minister has criticized the use of taxpayer money to fund a “one-sided” report on the conflict in the Middle East entitled “Colonialism and apartheid – Israel's occupation of Palestine”.

Mourners remember slain Augsburg officer
Germany

Mourners remember slain Augsburg officer

Police in Augsburg have offered a reward of €55,000 for help leading to the arrest of two men responsible for the murder of an officer in Augsburg 10 days ago. Nearly 2,000 people gathered to remember the victim on Monday.

Scientists: Cave-painting horses existed
Germany

Scientists: Cave-painting horses existed

An international team of researchers led by a German scientist believe they have found the first evidence that spotted horses, often depicted in cave paintings, actually existed tens of thousands of years ago.

Germans plan thrifty Christmas this year
Germany

Germans plan thrifty Christmas this year

It may be slim pickings under the Christmas tree this year, as a survey reveals that Germans plan on spending less on presents.