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Sweden

Female guard beaten in new prison attack

A 65-year-old female guard was badly beaten by a prisoner at a south Stockholm detention centre on Wednesday morning.

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France

Renault to launch €2,500 car: report

Renault is set to embark on a project to build an ultra-economic car costing just €2,500 euros ($3,375), a French business newspaper reported.

Saab backer Antonov suspected of fraud
Sweden

Saab backer Antonov suspected of fraud

Lithuanian prosecutors have issued a European arrest warrant for the Russian financier and Saab backer Vladimir Antonov on suspicion of fraud and money laundering.

Legendary Harry’s Bar marks 100 years of cocktails in Paris
France

Legendary Harry’s Bar marks 100 years of cocktails in Paris

Favourite of Ernest Hemingway, birthplace of the Bloody Mary, haunt of generations of expat Americans in Paris -- there are few watering holes that can boast the legacy of Harry's New York Bar.

French court approves Noriega’s extradition
France

French court approves Noriega’s extradition

A French appeals court ruled Wednesday that former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega could be extradited to his homeland to serve time for crimes committed during his iron-fisted rule in the 1980s.

‘Baron Cut-and-Paste’ pays to avoid plagiarism charges
Germany

‘Baron Cut-and-Paste’ pays to avoid plagiarism charges

German prosecutors said Wednesday they dropped a plagiarism probe against a former defence minister and mooted successor to Chancellor Angela Merkel after the multi-millionaire made a donation to charity.

3D Moon a ‘roadmap’ for lunar missions
Germany

3D Moon a ‘roadmap’ for lunar missions

German researchers have created a stunning 3D model of the Moon, using 70,000 images from NASA. They hope it will help lay the groundwork for future manned and unmanned lunar missions.

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Sweden

Swede lands job after media campaign

Economist Michael Sundblad, who offered his first month's pay in finder's fee to whomever got him hired, received a barrage of leads and got the confidence boost needed to nail his next interview.

Naked man in ‘pot-fuelled’ train sex attack
Sweden

Naked man in ‘pot-fuelled’ train sex attack

A 30-year-old man from western Sweden has been detained after he stripped down naked and started asking people to have sex with him before attacking a female passenger and a conductor on a train traveling in central Sweden.

Presidential hopefuls hunt for sponsors
France

Presidential hopefuls hunt for sponsors

The three-day meeting of France's mayors in Paris this week has been besieged by candidates from some of the smaller parties who are hoping to stand in next year's presidential elections.

Baton-swinging cops in anti-nuke showdown
Germany

Baton-swinging cops in anti-nuke showdown

Baton-wielding French police battled anti-nuclear protesters Wednesday as the last convoy of German nuclear waste to be treated in France was prepared for its journey home.

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Sweden

Migrant workers on the rise in Sweden

The number of people coming to Sweden to work is rising at the same time as the number of refugees coming to the country is falling, according to new figures from Statistics Sweden (Statistiska Centralbyrån, SCB).

Wordfeud: Swedes’ latest smartphone addiction
Sweden

Wordfeud: Swedes’ latest smartphone addiction

Swedes just can't seem to get enough of Wordfeud, a Scrabble-like smartphone app that has sucked up countless hours of free time, and may have even sparked a new trend in online dating, contributor Aila Stefansdotter-Franck discovers.

Germany’s most legendary cars
Germany

Germany’s most legendary cars

Mercedes, BMW, Audi and VW – Germany is a nation of car nuts. The Local List counts down the country's most legendary rides.

Airline Norwegian launches 34 new routes
Norway

Airline Norwegian launches 34 new routes

Popular no-frills airline Norwegian has announced it will open 16 new direct routes from Norway in January 2012, including tourist-friendly flights to the wildly beautiful Lofoten Islands and getaways to Corsica, Reykjavik and Kiev.

Killings prompt Swiss to tighten gun laws
Switzerland

Killings prompt Swiss to tighten gun laws

Several killings in the last few weeks have led Switzerland's Security Policy Committee to take steps to remove weapons from the hands of people with a history of violence. 

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Norway

Territorial militia brace for cuts

A plan for major personnel cuts in Norway's Home Guard has militiamen up in arms ahead of an expected official announcement on Thursday.

Merkel ups heat on Greece, rebuffs Brussels
Germany

Merkel ups heat on Greece, rebuffs Brussels

German Chancellor Angela Merkel stepped up the pressure on Greece on Wednesday to commit to reforms, and held to her tough stance against European Commission proposals to introduce eurobonds.

‘Sweden made me re-think affirmative action’
Sweden

‘Sweden made me re-think affirmative action’

Although Sweden’s emphasis on gender can at times seem a bit much to a foreigner, the battle to change perceptions of how a gender equal society can look, has made it a model to follow, Ruben Brunsveld observes.

Borg grabs top spot in Financial Times’ ranking
Sweden

Borg grabs top spot in Financial Times’ ranking

The Financial Times (FT) has elected Swedish finance minister Anders Borg as the best minister for finance in Europe for 2011.

French government retreats on sick leave
France

French government retreats on sick leave

Prime minister François Fillon announced on Tuesday that plans to increase unpaid sick leave for private sector workers would be scrapped.

Federer trounces Nadal to reach London semis
Switzerland

Federer trounces Nadal to reach London semis

Roger Federer rated his masterful 6-3, 6-0 demolition of Rafael Nadal at the ATP World Tour Finals as one of the best performances of his life.

Doctors botched dead porn star’s boob job
Germany

Doctors botched dead porn star’s boob job

The late German porn star known as “Sexy Cora” most likely died during breast augmentation surgery in January due to mistakes made by doctors, according to a formal investigation.

Ten reasons to spend winter in Sweden
Sweden

Ten reasons to spend winter in Sweden

While Sweden seems to be at its most captivating during the warm summer months of June to August, here’s an insider tip — the country is just as beautiful during the height of winter. Here are 10 reasons to visit Sweden during winter.

Triple murderer in new Finnish jail break
Sweden

Triple murderer in new Finnish jail break

A Finnish man, previously convicted of murdering three people in northern Sweden in 1988, escaped from a prison in Finland on Wednesday morning where he was serving time for drunk driving.

Swiss mineral water pulled after solvent found
Switzerland

Swiss mineral water pulled after solvent found

Swiss authorities have ordered all mineral water produced by San Andrea pulled off the shelves after the solvent butanone was discovered in two bottles, officials said on Tuesday.

French reminded to get rid of their francs
France

French reminded to get rid of their francs

As the euro crisis continues, French people are being warned they only have less than three months to hand in notes from their old currency, the French franc, if they want to be reimbursed.

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France

Protests as nuclear train heads to Germany

A train carrying nuclear waste will be met by protestors when it leaves the northern town of Valognes on Wednesday as it heads to a storage facility in Gorleben in Germany.

Strauss-Kahn sues media and Sarkozy aide
France

Strauss-Kahn sues media and Sarkozy aide

Disgraced ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn and his heiress wife are suing a top aide of French President Nicolas Sarkozy and several papers for invasion of their privacy, their lawyers said Tuesday.

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France

‘Bongo funded Sarkozy campaign’: aide

Gabon's late president Omar Bongo funded Nicolas Sarkozy's 2007 presidential campaign, a former senior Gabonese official said, in a book to be published in France this week.

Neo-Nazi ties to far-right party probed
Germany

Neo-Nazi ties to far-right party probed

Germany's far-right National Democratic Party (NPD) may have had closer relationships with banned neo-Nazi groups than previously known, revelations that may give ammunition to those trying to ban the party.

Guardiola wary of Zlatan threat
Sweden

Guardiola wary of Zlatan threat

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has admitted to concern over AC Milan's counter-attacking ability ahead of the clash between the illustrious rivals at the San Siro on Wednesday.

Two dead in massive Brandenburg pileup
Germany

Two dead in massive Brandenburg pileup

Two people have died and nine people have been severely injured in a massive car crash on the A9 motorway in Brandenburg.

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Sweden

Asylum seekers protest living conditions

Some thirty asylum seekers stormed out of housing assigned for them in Askersund in central Sweden on Tuesday in protest at "unsanitary conditions" while a further facility in Eskilstuna is set to close after a wave of violence.

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Sweden

Researchers probe track and field sex abuse

Researchers at Linköping University have been tasked with establishing how common sexual harassment is within Sweden athletics, in the wake of revelations by Olympian Patrik Sjöberg that he was abused by his coach.

Almost half of disabled women sexually abused
Germany

Almost half of disabled women sexually abused

A new study shows roughly half of all physically disabled women in Germany have been sexually abused during their youth. Women are also subjected to widespread physical abuse, according to the study.

Commerzbank shares tank massively
Germany

Commerzbank shares tank massively

Shares in Germany's second-biggest bank Commerzbank have plunged 15 percent to a historic low on fears that it may need far more capital than once thought to meet EU requirements.

Bayern book berth in Champions League knock-out round
Germany

Bayern book berth in Champions League knock-out round

France winger Franck Ribéry scored twice as Bayern Munich booked their place in the Champions League's knock-out phase with a 3-1 win over Villarreal on Tuesday.