One shot dead and two injured in Malmö
Sweden

One shot dead and two injured in Malmö

One man was shot dead and two were injured when a man wearing a Halloween mask opened fire on an industrial estate in southern Sweden on Monday evening.

Bavarians build church out of snow
Germany

Bavarians build church out of snow

Bavarians in a small village have almost finished their one-of-a-kind winter project: A Catholic church built entirely out of snow.

Thousands missing over the holidays
Germany

Thousands missing over the holidays

More than 5,000 people – and nearly 2,000 children – are registered with authorities as missing nationwide, according to statistics released on Monday.

Storm Dagmar leaves ‘chaos’ in its wake
Sweden

Storm Dagmar leaves ‘chaos’ in its wake

With the day after Christmas being one of the biggest travel days in Sweden, with holiday makers going home after spending time with family, many will be in for a nasty surprise as their trains are cancelled and roads are blocked in the wake of storm Dagmar.

Customs officers try to block Polish fireworks
Germany

Customs officers try to block Polish fireworks

As New Year’s celebrations approach, German customs officials are stepping up border inspections, hoping to stem the tide of powerful, but often illegal, Polish fireworks.

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Sweden

Man found murdered in Uppsala apartment

A 26-year-old man was found dead in an apartment in Central Uppsala, north of Stockholm, on Monday morning. According to police, the man was murdered and the body shows signs extensive injuries.

Most Germans don’t want president to resign
Germany

Most Germans don’t want president to resign

Most Germans do not want President Christian Wulff to resign despite the continuing scandal over his business dealings, although roughly half have lost confidence in the head of state, according to a new poll.

Swedish teenager makes surprise mushroom find
Sweden

Swedish teenager makes surprise mushroom find

Swedish teenager Emmy Nilsson was out for a horse ride through the forest, during the week leading up to Christmas, when she made a rather surprising find – a large bunch of chanterelle mushrooms growing in a blueberry patch.

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France

Genocide law MP receives death threats

The French parliamentarian who proposed a controversial genocide denial bill has received death threats and had her website attacked.

House explodes while family on holiday
Germany

House explodes while family on holiday

A family from North Rhine-Westphalia will come home from their Christmas holiday to find their house exploded while they were away, leaving nothing but a big pile of rubble.

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Sweden

Disabled at risk after assistance centre theft

A home assistance centre in Kronoberg county, central Sweden, was left reeling after a burglary on Christmas day, where thieves took off with both cars and computers after demolishing the centre's offices.

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France

Rush to offload unwanted Christmas gifts

More French people are putting unwanted Christmas gifts up for sale online, often barely before the wrapping paper has hit the floor, according to e-commerce sites.

Despite crisis, Germany benefits from euro
Germany

Despite crisis, Germany benefits from euro

Ten years after the introduction of the euro, and in the midst of its biggest crisis to date, the AFP’s Celine Le Prioux says there are many reasons Europe’s biggest economy has benefited from the single currency.

Drunken Christmas revelries lead to arrests
Sweden

Drunken Christmas revelries lead to arrests

Many people went overboard in their Christmas merriment this year, with arrests for public drunkenness up across Sweden over the weekend.

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France

South Korea to buy two French spy planes

South Korea will buy two French spy planes capable of intercepting radio messages from North Korea and detecting its missile launches, a state agency said Monday.

French auto sector facing ‘storm’ in 2012
France

French auto sector facing ‘storm’ in 2012

It is one of the key engines of the French economy and a historically vital industry, but France's auto sector is heading into 2012 amid dire forecasts for its future and warnings of major job losses.

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France

Three charred bodies found in car

Three charred bodies were found in a burning car on Christmas Day in a small southern town.