Prof ‘insinuates’ Israeli part in July massacre
Norway

Prof ‘insinuates’ Israeli part in July massacre

The head of the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) has rushed to distance himself from an article written by one of his staff members appearing to implicate Israel in the July 22nd massacre that left 77 people dead.

A musical celebration of Swedish Lucia
Sweden

A musical celebration of Swedish Lucia

For people unable to attend a Lucia concert this year, contributor Fern Scott Olsson offers some video footage from one of the biggest Lucia concerts in the world.

Supermodel Auermann fined for tax evasion
Germany

Supermodel Auermann fined for tax evasion

A court fined German former supermodel Nadja Auermann €90,000 ($118,600) for tax evasion Tuesday over a villa she owned in Berlin.

‘Millennium’ publisher launches Salander app
Sweden

‘Millennium’ publisher launches Salander app

Swedish publishing house Norstedts, publisher of Stieg Larsson's 'Millennium' trilogy, released an English-language “Chasing Salander” iPhone app on Tuesday, just days ahead of the world première of the Hollywood version of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo".

Scientists step up hunt for ‘God particle’
Switzerland

Scientists step up hunt for ‘God particle’

Decades of work have been devoted to the quest for a sub-atomic particle called the Higgs Boson, which may at last have been detected, scientists announced on Tuesday.

Mortgage lender trip included Rio brothel visit
Germany

Mortgage lender trip included Rio brothel visit

German financial services company Wüstenrot & Württembergische (W&W) has suspended two senior contractors after being accused of sponsoring a 2010 trip for top workers to Brazil that included visits to prostitutes.

Nestlé best employer in Switzerland: survey
Switzerland

Nestlé best employer in Switzerland: survey

Nestlé, Credit Suisse and Google are the best companies to work for in Switzerland, according to a survey by Sweden's Universum Communications.

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Sweden

Convicted killer jailed for raping 12-year-old girl

Rocco Jensen, a 41-year-old previously convicted of murder, was on Tuesday convicted and sentenced to four years in prison after raping a 12-year-old girl in a stairwell in Stockholm in July.

Lars, 49, solves UK couple’s Swedish photo mystery
Sweden

Lars, 49, solves UK couple’s Swedish photo mystery

The mystery surrounding several decades-old pictures found in a vintage camera purchased last August by a UK couple at an auction in south central Sweden has been solved.

Stavanger braces for ’embarrassing’ footage
Norway

Stavanger braces for ’embarrassing’ footage

A Norwegian documentary film maker is predicting a mortifying evening for many Stavanger residents this Saturday when state broadcaster NRK provides a candid insight into the city’s weekend nightlife.

Incest family was village’s ‘open secret’
Germany

Incest family was village’s ‘open secret’

An incestuous relationship between a man and his daughter was an open secret in a Bavarian village since at least 1982, according to testimony Tuesday in the trial of Adolf B. – accused of raping and fathering three disabled kids with his victim.

French ex-minister arrested over arms deals
France

French ex-minister arrested over arms deals

A former French minister was detained Tuesday for questioning over alleged kickbacks on arms deals said to have funded the presidential campaign of a key ally of President Nicolas Sarkozy.

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France

France slams Canadian Kyoto withdrawal

Canada's decision to withdraw from the Kyoto protocol is "bad news" for global efforts against climate change, the French foreign ministry said on Tuesday.

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France

Rampaging camel causes Christmas market chaos

A camel wreaked havoc in the town of Sarlat in Dordogne after escaping during a Christmas market.

Shopping centre blaze was ‘gang initiation’
Sweden

Shopping centre blaze was ‘gang initiation’

The four teenagers under suspicion for an arson attack on a shopping centre in southern Sweden in October claim that they did as a test to join a local teenage gang.

Saab limps along after new Chinese payout
Sweden

Saab limps along after new Chinese payout

The first share of the money promised to Saab by Chinese Youngman has arrived into the cash-strapped carmaker's accounts, according to Saab's head of information, Eric Geers, who was unwilling to disclose how much money was involved.

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Switzerland

Anti-Islam groups fights Fribourg ban

The Swiss Movement against Islamisation (MOSC) has said it will appeal a Fribourg district court decision blocking it from setting up a stand in the western town.

Eurozone deal boosts investor confidence
Germany

Eurozone deal boosts investor confidence

The outcome of last week's EU euro crisis summit has given German investor confidence an unexpected boost, data showed on Tuesday, but the positive surprise could prove short-lived, analysts warn.

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France

Diver finds arms cache near Marseille

A diver off the coast near the southern city of Marseille found several weapons left under water. Police suspect the arms might be linked to a spike in shootings on the Riviera in recent weeks.

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France

Woman risks jail for wearing full veil in France

A 32-year-old woman, Hind Ahmas, has been sentenced 15 days of 'citizenship service' after she was caught wearing a full-face veil in public and refused to remove it.

Man in hiding after wife’s ‘antifreeze cocktail’
Sweden

Man in hiding after wife’s ‘antifreeze cocktail’

A Swedish man has gone into hiding in Norway after claiming that his wife tried to kill him by serving him antifreeze in a glass of Coca-Cola.

Scorn for ‘Googleberg’s’ new EU internet role
Germany

Scorn for ‘Googleberg’s’ new EU internet role

Former German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, who was dubbed Dr. Googleberg when caught plagiarizing his PhD thesis, has been appointed EU advisor on internet freedom, inviting much derision.

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Switzerland

Switzerland cuts 2012 growth forecast

The Swiss government on Tuesday cut its 2012 growth forecast to 0.5 percent from 0.9 percent, as the eurozone crisis was expected to accelerate a slowdown in the country's economy.

Swiss charge three in nuclear weapons case
Switzerland

Swiss charge three in nuclear weapons case

Swiss prosecutors said on Tuesday they had charged a father and his two sons for helping an unknown state build up an illegal nuclear weapons programme, after they admitted the crime.

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Norway

Norway a ‘pimp’ for my prostitute client: lawyer

Norway’s tax office risks facing pimping charges if it insists on taxing a 29-year-old Lithuanian prostitute, the woman’s lawyer has said.

Why Sweden should stay out of the EU budget pact
Sweden

Why Sweden should stay out of the EU budget pact

European leaders have failed to help solve the current debt crisis, and Sweden shouldn't think of signing on to a plan that amounts to an attempt to remake Europe into a super-bureaucratized dream, argues Swedish liberal commentator Johan Norberg.

EON takes €3-billion charge as prospects dim
Germany

EON takes €3-billion charge as prospects dim

EON, Germany's biggest power supplier, has taken a charge of some €3 billion ($4 billion) due to the diminished value of its assets because of the dim economic outlook in southern Europe.

Scientists create world’s smallest steam engine
Germany

Scientists create world’s smallest steam engine

German researchers have developed a super-tiny steam engine that’s just a few thousandths of a millimetre wide.

Ikea founder mourns death of his wife
Sweden

Ikea founder mourns death of his wife

Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad's wife Margaretha Kamprad-Stennert has died at the age of 71.

German president grilled over private loan
Germany

German president grilled over private loan

German President Christian Wulff is facing questions over a private loan of €500,000 he received in February 2010, during his time as state premier of Lower Saxony. He is accused of deceiving the state parliament about it.

Swedish ‘sex school founder’ admits faking it
Sweden

Swedish ‘sex school founder’ admits faking it

A Swedish artist recently named as head of “the world’s first international sex school” in Austria has admitted the project was an elaborate hoax.

Five dogs found skinned
Germany

Five dogs found skinned

Police in Viersen, near Düsseldorf in western Germany, are searching for the killer of five dogs that were skinned, had their stomachs slit open and their ears cut off before being dumped into a river.

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Sweden

Stockholm council ignores Abba great’s pleas on Slussen renewal

Despite protests by citizens and celebrities including former Abba star Benny Andersson, Stockholm’s city council voted on Monday night to move forward with a massive renovation of the city’s Slussen area following a lengthy and at times heated debate.

Priceless medieval armour up for sale
Germany

Priceless medieval armour up for sale

A German octogenarian puts his lifelong fascination with armour under the hammer Tuesday when the largest private collection of medieval weapons goes on sale for millions of euros.

Swedish school rocked by daytime stabbing
Sweden

Swedish school rocked by daytime stabbing

Two people were arrested Monday afternoon following the stabbing of a 19-year-old man in connection with a fight at a high school in southern Sweden.