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Switzerland

Federer plans renewed title challenge after London win

Roger Federer believes his record sixth title at the ATP World Tour Finals will be the ideal springboard to end his Grand Slam drought in 2012.

Tintin auction in Paris fetches €1.8 million
France

Tintin auction in Paris fetches €1.8 million

A Paris auction of items related to Hergé's comic book reporter Tintin, whose adventures have been adapted for the big screen by Steven Spielberg, fetched more than €1.8 million on Saturday.

Art thieves stung by FBI on trial in France
France

Art thieves stung by FBI on trial in France

Five art thieves arrested in an FBI sting operation went on trial on Monday for the brazen theft from a museum on the French Riviera of four paintings by Monet, Sisley and Brueghel.

Germany ready to inseminate you, minister says
Germany

Germany ready to inseminate you, minister says

German Family Minister Kristina Schröder has proposed a plan to help finance artificial insemination treatments for childless couples in a bid to encourage more people to use the method.

Swiss ski resorts still waiting for snow
Switzerland

Swiss ski resorts still waiting for snow

If the strong Swiss franc fails to keep holidaymakers away from Switzerland's luxury resorts, then the current lack of snow certainly will.

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France

French boy killed in washing machine

Police in France have charged a 33-year-old father with murder after he allegedly killed his three-year-old son by stuffing him into a washing machine and turning it on.

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Sweden

Sweden Democrat: ‘a negro is a negro’ to me

A Sweden Democrat politician in southern Sweden recently made the papers after saying on Facebook that the word “negro” is not a racist term.

New winter storms threaten Sweden
Sweden

New winter storms threaten Sweden

The storm that battered Scandinavia over the past few days has lulled, but as parts of southern Sweden are still battling to get their power grid back online, forecasters warn that new fronts of strong winds are predicted to hit the region mid-week.

Couple puzzle cops with abandoned car after fight
Germany

Couple puzzle cops with abandoned car after fight

Police called to an abandoned car on a main road in the German city of Bielefeld feared the worst when they found the motor running and the keys still in the ignition – but later discovered it had been left there by a couple in the middle of a huge fight.

Bomb threat closes Stockholm shopping mall
Sweden

Bomb threat closes Stockholm shopping mall

Kista shopping centre in northern Stockholm was closed for several hours on Monday after a masked gang robbed a jewellery store and a suspicious package was later found in a stairwell.

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Norway

Breivik’s psychiatric report due on Tuesday

Psychiatrists will on Tuesday submit a report to an Oslo court establishing whether the gunman who killed 77 people in twin attacks in Norway in July was sane at the time.

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Switzerland

Lucerne denies foreigners right to vote

Foreigners living in Switzerland had reasons to be cheerful and discontented after two separate votes on Sunday.

Sweden proposes ban on sex with animals
Sweden

Sweden proposes ban on sex with animals

After years of debate on the issue, a new proposed law on animal welfare suggests the outlawing of sexual encounters with animals in Sweden, a practice previously decriminalized in 1944.

‘Swedish society forces ‘immigrants’ to emigrate’
Sweden

‘Swedish society forces ‘immigrants’ to emigrate’

Swedish society is failing its "immigrants", many of whom, such as football star Zlatan Ibrahimovic, are forced to look elsewhere to build successful careers, social commentator and author Tove Lifvendahl argues.

Ricola chief found dead
Switzerland

Ricola chief found dead

The head of Swiss herbal sweet company Ricola, Adrian Kohler, sent a letter to company leaders admitting responsibility for accounting irregularities before killing himself on Thursday.

Merkel: ‘We have our own debts to pay’
Germany

Merkel: ‘We have our own debts to pay’

Germany hit back at those calling for the country to dig deeper into its pockets to solve the eurozone debt crisis, saying on Monday it had its own debts to pay off.

Consumers shrugging off debt crisis
Germany

Consumers shrugging off debt crisis

German consumer confidence is holding up in the face of the eurozone debt crisis as rising employment and incomes helped to offset looming recession fears, a poll found on Monday.

Blogger Linnea Myhre is ‘Norway’s sexiest woman’
Norway

Blogger Linnea Myhre is ‘Norway’s sexiest woman’

Blogger Linnea Myhre, 21, is Norway’s sexiest woman, according to Norwegian men’s magazine Mann.

Man claims 34 years of incest was consensual
Germany

Man claims 34 years of incest was consensual

A man charged with raping his daughter nearly 500 times and fathering three children by her during a 34-year reign of domestic terror told a German court on Monday the sex had been consensual.

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Norway

Storm wave sweeps away film crew members

Norwegian rescuers were hunting on Monday for two members of a film crew swept away by a giant wave as they were filming a killer weekend storm, rescue officials said.

Hunter faces court for shooting elk, killing skier
Sweden

Hunter faces court for shooting elk, killing skier

The trial against the hunter who fired a single shot that passed through an elk before hitting and killing a cross-country skier, opens on Monday in Sweden.

Breast implants in focus after cancer death
France

Breast implants in focus after cancer death

Two women have developed serious illnesses after they received defective French-made silicone breast implants. Last week, a woman died from lymphatic cancer thought to have been contracted from her breast implants.

‘Evil’ Norwegian child terrifies YouTube users
Norway

‘Evil’ Norwegian child terrifies YouTube users

The maniacal laugh of a Norwegian baby girl has thousands of YouTube users and US news outlets bewitched.

‘Stuttgart’s future is at stake’
Germany

‘Stuttgart’s future is at stake’

The people of Baden-Württemberg have spoken: In a referendum on Sunday voters backed state funding for the controversial €4.5-billion Stuttgart 21 rail project. The Local’s media roundup looks at the reaction on Monday.

Berlin denies it’s considering ‘elite bonds’
Germany

Berlin denies it’s considering ‘elite bonds’

Germany denied on Monday a report it was considering "elite bonds" to pool the debt only of eurozone countries with a top AAA credit rating as a response to its crippling debt crisis.

French favour voting rights for foreigners: poll
France

French favour voting rights for foreigners: poll

A clear majority of French people want to give non-EU foreigners the right to vote in local elections, a recent poll shows. The ruling right-wing party disagrees.

Armed neo-Nazi scene embraces violence
Germany

Armed neo-Nazi scene embraces violence

The rise of the National Socialist Underground (NSU) has focused attention on Germany's neo-Nazi scene, which experts say includes violent militants with professional weapons training. Ben Knight reports.

Nationalists abandon ‘warrior king’ anniversary
Sweden

Nationalists abandon ‘warrior king’ anniversary

The 30th of November used to be a day when Swedish nationalists converged in the larger cities to commemorate the death of warrior king Karl XII, traditionally a symbol for the extreme right in Sweden. However, recently it seems the anniversary has been abandoned.

Protests as nuclear waste train reaches terminus
France

Protests as nuclear waste train reaches terminus

A rail convoy taking radioactive waste from a French reprocessing centre to storage in northern Germany completed the rail stage of its journey on Monday after days of fierce protests.

Swedish town retreats from radiation-free zone
Sweden

Swedish town retreats from radiation-free zone

Mora municipality in central Sweden has decided not to accede to the wishes of an "electro-oversensitive" local resident and introduce a "radiation-free" zone in order to maintain mobile phone coverage.

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France

Chase ends in tragedy as policeman shot

The life of a 37-year-old policeman is hanging in the balance after he was shot several times near the southern city of Marseille. A suspected burglar was also killed in the gunfight with police

Cuche claims season’s first downhill
Switzerland

Cuche claims season’s first downhill

Swiss racer Didier Cuche got the defence of his alpine World Cup downhill title off to a successful start by clinching the first downhill of the season on Saturday.

Chinese demand fuels Swiss watch success
Switzerland

Chinese demand fuels Swiss watch success

The Swiss watch industry is in rude health, the latest figures show, with exports leaping once again last month and watchmakers set to notch up a record year thanks to hungry Chinese consumers.

Sarkozy party denies plot to ruin Strauss-Kahn
France

Sarkozy party denies plot to ruin Strauss-Kahn

French President Nicolas Sarkozy's party on Sunday rejected as "grotesque" suggestions that Dominique Strauss-Kahn was brought down by an elaborate plot to wreck his presidential ambitions.

Storm ‘Berit’ leaves 80,000 without power
Sweden

Storm ‘Berit’ leaves 80,000 without power

Some 80,000 households remained without electricity in southern Sweden on Monday morning in the wake of the weekend's storm.

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Switzerland

Swiss vote confirms setback for far-right

The second round of Swiss legislative elections Sunday dealt another blow to the far-right SVP, results showed, with smaller and moderate parties like the Green Liberals once again the
beneficiaries.

British WWII bomb forces evacuation of Koblenz
Germany

British WWII bomb forces evacuation of Koblenz

Plans are being made to evacuate nearly half the residents of Koblenz next weekend so that a 1.8 tonnes British WWII bomb found in the Rhine River can be defused. Two hospitals and a prison are within the evacuation zone.

Volvo to add 10,000 staff: CEO
Sweden

Volvo to add 10,000 staff: CEO

Swedish automaker Volvo, owned by China's Zhejiang Geely, plans to hire a further 10,000 new staff in the coming years, its chief executive said in an interview to be published Monday.

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Sweden

After Facebook, Luleå sets sights on digital age

The opening of a massive data centre by US social networking giant Facebook, officials hope will be just the start of a march into the digital age for the town of Luleå, perched in the Arctic far north of Sweden.

Mainz minnows beat mighty Bayern Munich
Germany

Mainz minnows beat mighty Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich lost in a shock 3-2 defeat at Bundesliga stragglers Mainz on Sunday, a result which leaves the Bavarians third in the table, and puts champions Dortmund top for the first time this season.

Nuke waste train arrives despite protests
Germany

Nuke waste train arrives despite protests

The train taking radioactive waste from a French reprocessing centre to storage in northern Germany completed the rail stage of its journey early on Monday morning, after days of fierce protests.