Spotify announcement prompts flurry of online rumours
Sweden

Spotify announcement prompts flurry of online rumours

A promise by Swedish music streaming service Spotify on Monday to unveil a “new direction” has sparked a flurry of rumours and speculation about what sort of innovation the company may have in store.

Politician surfed for porn on office computer
Sweden

Politician surfed for porn on office computer

A high-ranking local politician from western Sweden, currently facing charges for buying sex, was found to have made thousands of visits to numerous pornographic websites from his office computer.

Stockholm International School celebrates its 60th anniversary
Sweden

Stockholm International School celebrates its 60th anniversary

Stockholm International School has seen thousands of students pass through its doors since it was founded in 1951. To mark its fiftieth birthday, Maggie Dankiewicz, Valerie Evers, Caroline Engström-Roberts and the students of Grade 5 tell of its fascinating history.

Drought chokes shipping, sparks forest fire
Germany

Drought chokes shipping, sparks forest fire

Prolonged dry weather is disrupting shipping on some of Germany’s main waterways, the Rhine and Elbe rivers. The drought has also sparked a forest fire in Upper Bavaria.

Stockholm reeling from giant chipmunk shocker
Sweden

Stockholm reeling from giant chipmunk shocker

A huge display featuring giant chipmunks from Hollywood film Alvin & the Chipmunks 3, unveiled on Sunday at Stockholm landmark Svampen ('The Mushroom'), was met with outrage by onlookers and city officials alike, who were expecting traditional Christmas decorations.

IG Metall forges industrial wage deal
Germany

IG Metall forges industrial wage deal

Germany's giant IG Metall union said on Tuesday it had struck a deal with employers for a 3.8-percent pay rise for industrial workers that should serve as a model for the rest of the German economy, the biggest in the European Union.

Repentant Catholics drop erotica publisher
Germany

Repentant Catholics drop erotica publisher

The German Bishops’ Conference, which represents the country’s Catholic dioceses, will cut its ties with the publisher Weltbild amid outrage that its catalogue included risqué titles such as “The new Kama Sutra” and “Tempted to Sin.”

Bundesbank boss: ECB no lender of last resort
Germany

Bundesbank boss: ECB no lender of last resort

The European Central Bank should not act as lender of last resort for struggling eurozone countries, the head of Germany's central bank said on Tuesday, warning it could destroy its independence.

Bundestag ‘ashamed’ by racist murders
Germany

Bundestag ‘ashamed’ by racist murders

German parliamentarians from across the political spectrum expressed shame Tuesday over a decade-long murder spree blamed on a neo-Nazi cell and pledged to do more to protect the nation's minority communities.

New calendar features hot Swedish ‘med studs’
Sweden

New calendar features hot Swedish ‘med studs’

Twelve male medical students from university town Uppsala, north of Stockholm, have shed their shirts for charity to produce a topless calendar for 2012.

French news site blasts ‘Bergen gas cloud’
Norway

French news site blasts ‘Bergen gas cloud’

A searing blog post on a major French news site has caused concern among Bergen politicians and tourist authorities by highlighting pollution readings in the western city that are five times higher than acceptable levels.

Worker’s hand minced in Swedish meatball mishap
Sweden

Worker’s hand minced in Swedish meatball mishap

A worker at a Swedish meatball plant lost two fingers on Tuesday morning while trying to unjam a meat grinder at a processing facility in central Sweden.

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Norway

Breivik’s psychiatric report due next week

A psychiatric assessment of the Norwegian gunman who killed 77 people in twin attacks in July will be submitted to the Oslo district court on November 29th, the court said on Tuesday.

Top young Moderates sacked over Nazi salute
Sweden

Top young Moderates sacked over Nazi salute

Two young members of the youth wing of the Moderate Party have been asked to leave the organization after posting a picture of themselves making the Nazi salute on a personal blog. One of them has also been charged with hate speech.

Politician compares gay couples to cocaine
Switzerland

Politician compares gay couples to cocaine

As Switzerland debates allowing gay and lesbian couples to adopt, a leading politician has caused consternation by comparing homosexuality to drug use.

Vodka laced with methanol sold by mistake
Germany

Vodka laced with methanol sold by mistake

Consumer protection authorities in the state of Thuringia are requiring retailers to stop selling three brands of vodka produced by spirits company Bärenkrone after they were found to contain methanol.

Daddy longlegs on invasion march
Germany

Daddy longlegs on invasion march

Germany’s Ruhr region is facing an invasion of countless huge daddy longlegs, also known as harvestmen, as the creatures begin to colonize all of Western Europe.

Bern top Swiss city for bike theft
Switzerland

Bern top Swiss city for bike theft

Cyclists in the Swiss capital would be well advised to invest in a sturdy lock after a study found that Bern is the second worst city in German-speaking countries for bike theft.

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Switzerland

Teenager owns up to Swiss church arson attack

Swiss police said on Monday a teenager had turned himself in after an arson attack at a church in western Switzerland.

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Switzerland

Swiss trade surplus rises 10.2% in October

Switzerland's trade surplus increased 10.2 percent last month to 2.2 billion francs ($2.4 billion) despite the impact of the strong franc on exports, customs officials said on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Swedish police sent loaded rifle by post

Police in Örnsköldsvik, in the north of Sweden, recently sent a loaded rifle through the post to the forensic laboratory for analysis.

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Switzerland

Swiss billionaire awaits ruling as asbestos trial ends

A massive class action lawsuit in Italy against a Swiss billionaire and a Belgian baron over 3,000 allegedly asbestos-related illnesses and deaths ended on Monday and a verdict is expected in February.

Bayern target next round of Champions League
Germany

Bayern target next round of Champions League

Bayern Munich hope to win a place in the knock-out phase of the Champions League on Tuesday with a home victory over Villarreal, although a draw would also be enough.

Deutsche Bahn hopes DNA will curb metal theft
Germany

Deutsche Bahn hopes DNA will curb metal theft

Deutsche Bahn is spraying so-called “artificial DNA” on its tracks, as well as overhead wires and other metallic surfaces thieves might try to steal and sell later on the black market.

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Switzerland

Top court rules against schooling via webcam

Swiss parents are not allowed to school their children at home via webcam. The Federal Supreme Court ruled that children’s social skills were not sufficiently nurtured by such an arrangement.

40,000 people HIV positive without knowing
France

40,000 people HIV positive without knowing

Up to 40,000 people in France could be HIV positive but are not aware of their condition, according to a report from the Saint-Antoine hospital in Paris.

Former French first lady Danielle Mitterrand dies
France

Former French first lady Danielle Mitterrand dies

Danielle Mitterrand, the widow of former French president François Mitterrand, died early on Tuesday, political sources said. She was 87.

Pupil murder sparks calls for tougher youth justice
France

Pupil murder sparks calls for tougher youth justice

The brutal murder of a 13-year-old schoolgirl by a fellow pupil who raped another schoolgirl in a different school a year earlier has shocked France and led to calls for new measures to deal with youth delinquents.

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France

Firemen set fire to boss’s car

A group of firefighters more used to putting out fires decided to switch roles when they smashed the windows of their boss's car and set it alight on Monday.

Areva to slash at least 2,700 jobs: sources
France

Areva to slash at least 2,700 jobs: sources

France's nuclear giant Areva will cut at least 2,700 jobs and slash planned investments by 40 percent to generate at least €500 million ($674 million) in savings per year by 2013, sources told AFP on Monday.

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France

France urges new Iran sanctions

France on Monday called on its international partners to impose a freeze of Iran's central bank assets and an oil embargo to persuade Tehran to scrap its nuclear programme.

Murdered cop had ties to neo-Nazi killers
Germany

Murdered cop had ties to neo-Nazi killers

The National Socialist Underground (NSU) deliberately targeted policewoman Michele Kiesewetter in 2007 because of a connection between her family and the neo-Nazi terrorist cell, according to the German authorities.

Referee’s suicide attempt not football-related
Germany

Referee’s suicide attempt not football-related

A German top-flight referee who attempted to kill himself hours before a major Bundesliga match last weekend did not have football-related motives for the act, a report said on Monday.

Mid-sized towns hit worst by bike crime
Germany

Mid-sized towns hit worst by bike crime

Nearly 180,000 bikes were stolen across Germany in 2010, estimated at a value of €120 million. According to a new study, more than over 90 percent of bicycle thefts go unsolved.

Bildt in bid to free Tymoshenko
Sweden

Bildt in bid to free Tymoshenko

Sweden's foreign minister Carl Bildt is to travel to Ukraine in a bid to apply "football diplomacy" to secure the release of opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko, according to a report by Reuters.

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Sweden

Missing teen girls found safe in Uppsala

Police have found the two girls, aged 13 and 14, who disappeared without trace about two weeks ago in the Uppsala area, north of Stockholm.

Millennium film wins Emmy award
Sweden

Millennium film wins Emmy award

Swedish crime drama Millennium, based on the novels by Stieg Larsson, has won the prize for best TV movie at the International Emmy Awards in New York.