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Norway

Oslo scraps plan to move Munch Museum next to opera

The city of Oslo on Thursday scrapped plans to move the Munch Museum, which holds the world's largest collection of works by expressionist master Edvard Munch, to a new spot near the new opera house.

Bundesbank sees increasing risks for German banks
Germany

Bundesbank sees increasing risks for German banks

Risks for German banks from the eurozone debt crisis are increasing, but recent efforts to strengthen capital resources meant those risks were still manageable, the Bundesbank said Thursday.

French court sentences disgraced US cyclist
France

French court sentences disgraced US cyclist

A French court gave disgraced former US cyclist Floyd Landis a suspended one year jail sentence on Thursday after finding him guilty of employing a hacker to spy on an anti-doping laboratory.

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Switzerland

Naked female protesters stop traffic in Zurich

A group of feminist protesters from Ukraine stopped the traffic during a naked stunt in Zurich on Thursday as bemused motorists looked on.

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France

Court slams France over prisoner treatment

The European Court of Human Rights on Thursday condemned France for inhumane and degrading treatment of a prisoner detained in an evil-smelling, burnt-out cell.

Effort to ease dual citizenship fails
Germany

Effort to ease dual citizenship fails

Germany's left-wing opposition failed on Thursday to convince parliament that children born to foreign parents should be able to keep dual citizenship beyond the age of 23, after Chancellor Merkel's governing centre-right coalition torpedoed the measure.

Swedish grannies in bid to save freezing penguins
Sweden

Swedish grannies in bid to save freezing penguins

A gaggle of needle-wielding Swedish pensioners and other residents in the village of Österbymo have heeded a call for knitted sweaters to help keep penguins warm following a recent oil spill in New Zealand.

Student’s nipples burned with electric fly swatter
Sweden

Student’s nipples burned with electric fly swatter

Prestigious Swedish boarding school Lundsberg, alma mater of Prince Carl Philip and many others among the upper echelons of Swedish society, has been rocked by a scandal stemming from a report of excessive bullying among the students.

British troops to start pullout in January
Germany

British troops to start pullout in January

British soldiers stationed across Germany are preparing to leave in as soon as a few months, after the UK Ministry of Defence on Thursday released details of its mass withdrawal of forces from the country.

Germany to buy Daimler’s EADS shares
Germany

Germany to buy Daimler’s EADS shares

Carmaker Daimler is to transfer a 7.5-percent stake in European aerospace and defence giant EADS to Germany's state-owned bank KfW, the Economy Ministry announced on Thursday.

Dolphin dies after Swiss techno party
Switzerland

Dolphin dies after Swiss techno party

A dolphin has died at a Swiss amusement park just weeks after conservationists warned that loud noises could cause extreme distress to the cetaceans at a dolphinarium in the eastern town of Lipperswil.

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Sweden

Örebro hit by new sex attack wave

The Swedish town of Örebro, recently rocked by the hunt and capture of a serial rapist, is reeling from what seems to be a new wave of attacks on young girls in the area.

Swiss biggest fans of prostitution after Spanish
Switzerland

Swiss biggest fans of prostitution after Spanish

One in five men in Switzerland has paid at least once in his life to have sex, a new study shows.

 

The top ten most influential foreigners in Germany
Germany

The top ten most influential foreigners in Germany

From military leaders to artists, CEOs to footballers, Germany is teeming with foreign talent. The Local kicks of its new series with a countdown of influential foreigners in an array of fields.

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Sweden

Sweden’s SCA offers Tea Party-backers billions for tissue firm

Swedish paper firm SCA said Thursday that it had placed a 12.6 billion kronor ($1.9 billion) bid to purchase the European tissue wing of US pulp and paper company Georgia-Pacific, a firm owned by Tea Party movement financiers David and Charles Koch.

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Switzerland

No price cuts on imports despite strong franc

A study commissioned by the Ministry of Economic Affairs says retailers have failed to lower their prices despite getting 40 percent of their products for less thanks to the growth in value of the national currency.

Police raid Heckler & Koch in bribery probe
Germany

Police raid Heckler & Koch in bribery probe

Police have raided the headquarters of German gun maker Heckler & Koch as part of an investigation into illegal gun sales to the Mexican government.

One in four Swedes a Stockholmer by 2020
Sweden

One in four Swedes a Stockholmer by 2020

25 percent of all Swedes are expected to be living in the greater Stockholm area within the next ten years, according to a new study from the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (Stockholms handelskammare).

Think owners in year-long parts wait
Norway

Think owners in year-long parts wait

Once the firm that fuelled dreams of a Norwegian auto industry, Think electric cars have begun to stack up at the few mechanic’s shops able to service them due to a spare parts shortage.

Merkel denies mulling plan to split eurozone
Germany

Merkel denies mulling plan to split eurozone

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday denied rumours that Germany was considering allowing struggling euro countries to leave the single currency, amid increasing concerns about a eurozone split and warnings of a recession.

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Switzerland

Four Swiss banks flout anti-laundering rules

Four Swiss banks flouted money laundering regulations in the way they dealt with banned Tunisian, Egyptian and Libyan assets, Switzerland's financial regulator FINMA said on Thursday.

Put warning labels on skinny models: minister
Norway

Put warning labels on skinny models: minister

Giant images of airbrushed and digitally altered fashion models could soon come with warning labels if Norway's equality minister succeeds in pushing through a new action plan.

Man wins jackpot, then causes fatal car crash
Germany

Man wins jackpot, then causes fatal car crash

A German man won a huge casino jackpot but less than a day later allegedly caused a horrific car crash that left two people dead and him facing homicide charges.

What’s on in Germany:  November 10 – 16
Germany

What’s on in Germany: November 10 – 16

This Week's Highlights: Short films in Cologne, Jewish culture in Munich, and big bubbles in Berlin.

Swedish firefighter wins affirmative action suit
Sweden

Swedish firefighter wins affirmative action suit

A Swedish firefighter who filed a discrimination lawsuit after being denied a job because he had the "wrong" gender and ethnicity has been awarded 100,000 kronor ($16,000) in compensation.

‘Lazy’ pigeons flock to ride Stockholm metro
Sweden

‘Lazy’ pigeons flock to ride Stockholm metro

A flock of Stockholm pigeons are using public transport for their daily jaunt foraging for food in the dumpsters and rubbish bins at a nearby shopping centre.

Does Switzerland need to tighten its gun laws?
Switzerland

Does Switzerland need to tighten its gun laws?

Switzerland's gun laws came into sharp focus again this week after a young militiaman shot and killed his girlfriend with his army service rifle. Later, a man died from his injuries after a shooting incident at a Geneva shopping centre.

Paris Photo exhibition shifts to new venue
France

Paris Photo exhibition shifts to new venue

The annual Paris Photo exhibition opens on Thursday with its largest ever number of exhibitors and a move to a bigger venue.

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Switzerland

Insurer Zurich sees profit surge despite disasters

Swiss insurer Zurich Financial Services (ZFS) on Thursday posted a 64 percent jump in third quarter net profit to $1.2 billion, despite what it described as "the worst catastrophe year" since 2005's
Hurricane Katrina.

Politician likens parliament to a retirement home
France

Politician likens parliament to a retirement home

Socialist member of parliament Arnaud Montebourg has called for an age limit to be placed on parliamentary candidates to stop the upper and lower houses becoming filled with the "retired."

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Switzerland

Geneva shopping centre shooting victim dies

A 37-year-old man has died from his injuries after he was shot in the head and arm following a dispute at a shopping centre on the outskirts of Geneva on Tuesday evening.

Granny could face death sentence in Florida
Germany

Granny could face death sentence in Florida

A German grandmother could face the death penalty in Florida after a court ruled she was stable enough to be tried for the murder of her grandson, who she allegedly drowned in a bathtub while on holiday to see him.

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France

Child murder suspect attempts suicide

A man who confessed to the murder of an eight-year-old girl tried to take his own life on Wednesday night, according to news channel BFM TV.

Gainsbourg auction sets new record
France

Gainsbourg auction sets new record

An auction of handwritten song lyrics and other artefacts from French singer Serge Gainsbourg raised €266,000 ($360,000) in Paris on Wednesday, well above initial estimates.

Nordea CEO: I should have stayed in rented flat
Sweden

Nordea CEO: I should have stayed in rented flat

Christian Clausen, CEO of Nordic banking giant Nordea, has responded to criticism of the bank's purchase of a 22.5 million kronor ($3.4 million) flat for him in Stockholm, saying that had they anticipated the outrage, they would have acted differently.

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France

France and Britain urge strong sanctions on Iran

 

France and Britain on Wednesday said they wanted new and strong sanctions to be imposed on Iran if Tehran does not cooperate on its nuclear programme, a joint statement said on Wednesday.


 

Activists hack ruling party’s phone numbers
France

Activists hack ruling party’s phone numbers

Hackers have published personal details including phone numbers of senior members of right-wing French President Nicolas Sarkozy's ruling party, claiming the action on behalf of all the party's "victims".

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Sweden

Young girl raped by mother, brother

A 44-year-old woman has been sentenced to six years imprisonment for the aggravated rape of her daughter.

German women’s volleyball team eye Olympics after beating USA
Germany

German women’s volleyball team eye Olympics after beating USA

Germany’s women volleyball team celebrated a sensational victory in Japan on Wednesday, beating the world cup favourites USA 3-0 and getting into a good position to qualify for the 2012 Olympics.

Bildt: Sweden backs Balkans’ EU push
Sweden

Bildt: Sweden backs Balkans’ EU push

Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said Wednesday that Sweden supports Western Balkan nations' EU aspirations, as Serbia seeks candidate status next month, but warned reforms must be an ongoing process.

Mistaken fathers can find out who’s the daddy
Germany

Mistaken fathers can find out who’s the daddy

German men who have been paying financial support for children they wrongly believed to be theirs, have been awarded the right to find out who the real fathers are.

Government funded Die Toten Hosen and Tokio Hotel concerts
Germany

Government funded Die Toten Hosen and Tokio Hotel concerts

German government funding for culture is usually earmarked for non-commercial ventures – yet tens of thousands of euros have been spent supporting overseas concerts by huge bands such as Die Toten Hosen and Tokio Hotel.