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Norway

Norway won’t let child have ‘foreign’ name

A proud mother and father in Stavanger in south-western Norway have had the joy at the arrival of their new baby girl somewhat tempered by the authorities’ inability to register her name.

Sweden summons Iran envoy after storming
Sweden

Sweden summons Iran envoy after storming

The Swedish foreign ministry sent for the Iranian ambassador on Wednesday to discuss what officials described as the "unacceptable" attack on the British embassy in Tehran.

School allowed to ban Muslim pupil’s praying
Germany

School allowed to ban Muslim pupil’s praying

A German federal court on Wednesday backed banning a Muslim pupil from praying according to Islamic rites at a Berlin public school, ruling it could jeopardise its smooth operation.

Swiss pick Saab’s Gripen fighter
Sweden

Swiss pick Saab’s Gripen fighter

The Swiss government on Wednesday confirmed their intention to purchase 22 Swedish Saab Gripen Fighter jets, choosing the less expensive Swedish plane over the Eurofighter or the Rafaele.

Man held over Stockholm student stabbing
Sweden

Man held over Stockholm student stabbing

A hooded man attacked and seriously injured a student with a knife at a high school in Vallentuna north of Stockholm on Wednesday morning. A man in his twenties was later arrested in connection with the incident.

Switzerland switches to Swedish fighter jets
Switzerland

Switzerland switches to Swedish fighter jets

The Swiss government said on Wednesday it will purchase 22 Swedish-made Gripen fighter jets to replace its ageing F5 fighter fleet in an estimated 3.1 billion franc ($3.4 billion) deal.

Germany’s leadership to euroblivion
Germany

Germany’s leadership to euroblivion

With Europe's sovereign debt crisis now threatening the survival of the euro, Germany will need to do more than simply force austerity on its neighbours, writes The Local's Marc Young.

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Sweden

Nine years for blowing up lover’s husband

A 58-year-old man in western Sweden has been sentenced to nine years in prison after attempting to blow up the husband of his mistress.

Berlin recalls Iran envoy over UK embassy attack
Germany

Berlin recalls Iran envoy over UK embassy attack

Germany on Wednesday temporarily recalled its ambassador to Iran, over what it called the "unacceptable" storming of the British embassy in Tehran by protesters.

800 weapons taken from neo-Nazis in two years
Germany

800 weapons taken from neo-Nazis in two years

Authorities have confiscated more than 800 weapons from right-wing extremists over the last two years, including handguns and knives, plus a few larger weapons, according to the German government.

Swedish artist teaches sex to Austrians
Sweden

Swedish artist teaches sex to Austrians

Controversial Swedish artist and former presenter of erotic TV, Ylva-Maria Thompson, is to teach Austrian couples about sexual relations, according to a report in an Austrian weekly.

Rugby star’s dad sorry for on-pitch rumpus
France

Rugby star’s dad sorry for on-pitch rumpus

Lucien Harinordoquy, the father of Biarritz captain Imanol, apologised on Wednesday for running onto the pitch to defend his son in a fight that erupted during Tuesday's game with Bayonne.

ECB joins central banks to bolster global finance
Germany

ECB joins central banks to bolster global finance

The European Central Bank joined monetary authorities around the world on Wednesday in a concerted effort to reduce strains on the financial markets and boost lending to businesses and consumers.

Parched November the driest month ever
Germany

Parched November the driest month ever

This November has been the driest month ever since records began 130 years ago, with many weather stations not registering a single drop of rain. December is shaping up slightly damper, however, as showers have been forecast for the end of this week.

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Switzerland

Atheist kids better at sports: study

Results of a study of 600 children conducted by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EHT) have shown that religion has an effect on sporting ability, with Muslim girls the least skilled.

Europe in ‘existential crisis’: French foreign minister
France

Europe in ‘existential crisis’: French foreign minister

France's Foreign Minister Alain Juppé said on Wednesday that the financial crisis ravaging Europe's debt-ridden economies had called the European Union's very survival into question.

Nurse acquitted of ambulance call death
Sweden

Nurse acquitted of ambulance call death

A Stockholm court on Wednesday acquitted the nurse on trial for failing to dispatch an ambulance in answer to an emergency call, causing the death of a 23-year-old man.

Swedes and the US: a love-hate relationship?
Sweden

Swedes and the US: a love-hate relationship?

The US divides opinion in Sweden. To some it is the land of the free, to others the home of the depraved. The over-powerful, gluttonous antithesis of Sweden's liberal, distributive society - or pretty cool? Feel free to have your say.

German jobs, retail sales offer rare eurozone cheer
Germany

German jobs, retail sales offer rare eurozone cheer

Germany provided a rare ray of light in the eurozone gloom on Wednesday, with record low unemployment and surprisingly good retail data showing Europe's top economy is holding up well in the crisis.

Swiss firm: Don’t use our drugs for US executions
Switzerland

Swiss firm: Don’t use our drugs for US executions

Basel-based pharmaceuticals company Naari has issued an impassioned plea to the US state of Nebraska to return drugs that could be used to kill prisoners on death row. 

Neighbours complain deaf couple is too loud
Germany

Neighbours complain deaf couple is too loud

A deaf couple have decided to move out of their apartment in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia after neighbours complained they were just too loud.

Stoltenberg under fire over foreign workers
Norway

Stoltenberg under fire over foreign workers

Norwegian unemployment has never been lower and joblessness among its immigrant communities and foreign workers is lower than elsewhere in Europe, a harried Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg told parliamentarians on Wednesday.

Borg: ECB has to act on eurozone crisis
Sweden

Borg: ECB has to act on eurozone crisis

Swedish finance minister Anders Borg has called for renewed pressure Wednesday on the European Central Bank (ECB) to stop the euro debt rot from bringing down the global financial order.

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Switzerland

UBS shares suffer after ratings downgrade

Shares in Swiss banking giant UBS tumbled in early trade after ratings agency Standard and Poor's downgraded its rating on Tuesday.

Oscar Wilde’s Paris tomb made safe from dangerous kisses
France

Oscar Wilde’s Paris tomb made safe from dangerous kisses

Oscar Wilde's renovated Paris tomb was unveiled on Wednesday, complete with a new glass barrier to shield the monument to the quintessential dandy from a torrent of admiring kisses.

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France

Teddy bear punishment causes canteen upset

A system that placed red teddy bear stickers against the names of children whose parents had failed to pay their school canteen contributions has caused upset in the western town of Ruffec.

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France

Hunt for mystery blonde in DSK case

Lawyers for the New York hotel maid who is bringing a civil case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn want to question a blonde woman who they claim accompanied the former IMF boss into the Sofitel hotel.

Munich ranked most liveable German city
Germany

Munich ranked most liveable German city

A new survey says Munich is the best German city to live in, followed by Düsseldorf and Frankfurt.

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Norway

Norway shuts embassy in Iran after attack on Brits

Norway has closed its embassy in Tehran a day after the British mission in the Iranian capital was attacked by an angry mob, the government said on Wednesday.

Notorious US racist Duke faces deportation
Germany

Notorious US racist Duke faces deportation

David Duke, a notorious American white supremacist, has been arrested in Germany and is facing deportation, according to his website and German media.

‘The Lady’: Burma’s Suu Kyi biopic on release
France

‘The Lady’: Burma’s Suu Kyi biopic on release

Burma's democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi gets a celluloid reincarnation on Wednesday when a movie version of her life by "Fifth Element" and "The Big Blue" director Luc Besson goes on release in France.

Chinese panda loan to France kept top secret
France

Chinese panda loan to France kept top secret

As world leaders held frenzied talks to try to save the crisis-hit eurozone in the south of France earlier this month, the fate of two giant pandas destined for a French zoo hung in the balance.

Poland seeks Swedish help before Euro 2012
Sweden

Poland seeks Swedish help before Euro 2012

The Polish government has asked for assistance from the Swedish police concerning the security situation when Swedish supporters travel to the Euro 2012 football championships.

Plan to cover Eiffel Tower in plants
France

Plan to cover Eiffel Tower in plants

A remarkable plan has been revealed by Le Figaro newspaper which could see Paris' most famous landmark covered in plants.

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Sweden

Woman found bound and gagged by motorway

Three people have been detained after a 24-year-old woman was found bound, gagged and dumped by the E4 motorway near Uppsala on Tuesday evening.

Sweden Democrats sue parliament
Sweden

Sweden Democrats sue parliament

The Sweden Democrats have sued the Riksdag in the administrative court after they lost their financial support for former member William Petzäll, who left the party in the autumn.

Bomb evacuation largest since World War II
Germany

Bomb evacuation largest since World War II

The British WWII bomb discovered in Koblenz is causing an even bigger evacuation effort this week than when it and many others were dropped over the city in 1944, destroying nearly everything.