Women discover thrill of the hunt
Germany

Women discover thrill of the hunt

Germany has seen a tenfold jump in the number of women who hunt over the last 15 years, according to the German Hunting Association, heralding the fall of another male bastion. AFP’s Kate Millar reports.

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France

Sarkozy: Europe faces ‘unprecedented crisis’

French President Nicolas Sarkozy warned Monday that Europe faces an "unprecedented crisis" but urged calm in the face of Standard & Poor's multiple eurozone credit rating downgrades.

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Sweden

Mother and baby found dead in flat

A 38-year-old Norwegian woman and her 9-month-old baby were found dead on Monday in an apartment in Arboga in central Sweden.

Germans’ fuss for bubbly ‘forces plane to land’
Germany

Germans’ fuss for bubbly ‘forces plane to land’

A German couple allegedly forced a Delta Airlines jet to make an unscheduled stop in Florida on Sunday – after making inordinate demands for champagne and food and refusing to sit down despite being told to by plane staff.

Swedish town struck by ‘copy-cat’ bunny burglar
Sweden

Swedish town struck by ‘copy-cat’ bunny burglar

Rabbit owners in Säffle in western Sweden are hopping mad after the media attention given to their stolen pets seems to have caused even more bunny burglaries.

‘Upper-class safari’ angers Stockholmers
Sweden

‘Upper-class safari’ angers Stockholmers

Plans for a sightseeing trip to Saltsjöbaden to “see how the other half lives,” have been reported to police after coming under fire from residents of the well-to-do Stockholm suburb.

French actress’s Golden Globe tumbles out
France

French actress’s Golden Globe tumbles out

The internet was buzzing on Monday afternoon with footage of a slight dress malfunction of the excited wife of Golden Globe winner Jean Dujardin.

Expert: kill more seals in Stockholm’s waters
Sweden

Expert: kill more seals in Stockholm’s waters

A leading fisheries consultant has warned that killing more seals and cormorants is the only way to reverse the trend of ever diminishing fish stocks in the Stockholm archipelago.

Criminal found in attic after dramatic jail break
Germany

Criminal found in attic after dramatic jail break

German police launched and then called off a manhunt on Monday after a dangerous criminal sawed through the bars of his prison window and disappeared over the roof – only to be found hiding in an attic room.

German dairy king buys British milk giant
Germany

German dairy king buys British milk giant

German dairy Müller Group has bought Britain's biggest supplier of fresh milk, Robert Wiseman Dairies, for almost £280 million (€338 million), the pair said on Monday.

Racism row mars Norwegian music awards
Norway

Racism row mars Norwegian music awards

Norwegian singer Lars Erik Blokkhus angered audience members and TV viewers on Saturday night with an ill-judged remark he made while picking up an award from two black artists at the national music awards.

Norway oil production to shrink in 2012
Norway

Norway oil production to shrink in 2012

Oil output in Norway, one of the world's leading exporters of the black gold, is expected to fall further this year following a 5.6-percent drop in 2011, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate said on Monday.

Fashion Week turns Berlin into runway
Germany

Fashion Week turns Berlin into runway

Berlin Fashion Week kicks off on Tuesday, with an array of shows throughout the city during the week, runway shows at the Brandenburg Gate and the three-day Bread and Butter trade fair at Tempelhof Airport.

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Switzerland

Sexual abuse on the rise among Swiss teens

In 2010, 24 percent of all defendants in cases involving sex crimes were minors themselves, police statistics show.

Zlatan brushes off Inter fans’ racist taunt
Sweden

Zlatan brushes off Inter fans’ racist taunt

A huge banner mocking Swedish AC Milan star Zlatan Ibrahimovic as a ”gypsy” in his native language was unfurled in the San Siro stadium by fans of Inter Milan during the local derby between the two Italian giants on Sunday evening.

Online sale of free school permit sparks outrage
Sweden

Online sale of free school permit sparks outrage

A permit to run a publicly-funded, privately-managed free school is being sold on a popular Swedish buy-sell site, exploiting a legal loophole and angering politicians.

Radical Muslims plan biggest Swiss mosque
Switzerland

Radical Muslims plan biggest Swiss mosque

The Islamic Central Council of Switzerland (ICCS) is trying to raise enough funds in the Gulf states to enable the construction of a 20-million franc ($21 million) prayer centre in the capital Bern.

Suspected terror Swede charged in Thailand
Sweden

Suspected terror Swede charged in Thailand

A man carrying a Swedish passport who was arrested on terror suspicions in Thailand last week was indicted on Monday after leading police to a massive stash of bomb-making materials.

Let cops wear Muslim headscarves: committee
Norway

Let cops wear Muslim headscarves: committee

A government-appointed committee is set to make recommendations that will allow police and judges in Norway to wear clothing and personal effects with religious overtones, including the Muslim hijab.

Basketball star’s sausage advert is the ‘Wurst’
Germany

Basketball star’s sausage advert is the ‘Wurst’

One of Germany’s biggest banks has appealed for calm from vegetarians after an advertising spot featuring Dirk Nowitzki eating a peace of meat unleashed a furore on Facebook.

Tighter ‘Made in Germany’ rules criticised
Germany

Tighter ‘Made in Germany’ rules criticised

New rules being planned by the European Union which would limit the use of the label “Made in Germany” could cause “immense damage”, Germany’s industry lobby group warned on Monday.

‘Tradition, culture, and religion are not a Swedish Bermuda triangle’
Sweden

‘Tradition, culture, and religion are not a Swedish Bermuda triangle’

Following the unofficial closure of the Christmas holiday season in Sweden, contributor Ruben Brunsveld reflects on the transformation of religious traditions into cultural ones.

Swedes more fearful of terror attacks: study
Sweden

Swedes more fearful of terror attacks: study

An increasing number of Swedes are worried about future terror attacks in the wake of the Stockholm suicide bombing and the Norway massacre on Utøya, a new survey has shown.

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Switzerland

Swiss teenager Rodriguez switches to Wolfsburg

Wolfsburg have completed the signing of Swiss international Ricardo Rodriguez from Zurich in a deal reportedly worth around €7.5 million, the German club confirmed on Friday.

How long can Dior thrive without a couturier?
France

How long can Dior thrive without a couturier?

Ten months after John Galliano was sacked over a racist outburst, Dior has yet to name a new chief designer -- but sales are booming. Which begs the question: how long can the French fashion house thrive without a couturier at the helm?

Sweden in bid to ‘define Swedish citizenship’
Sweden

Sweden in bid to ‘define Swedish citizenship’

The government plans to launch an inquiry to study Swedish citizenship in hopes of finding ways to boost its value and use it as a tool for integration.

Swiss team finds 3,000-year-old singer’s tomb
Switzerland

Swiss team finds 3,000-year-old singer’s tomb

Swiss archaeologists have discovered the tomb of a female singer dating back almost 3,000 years in Egypt's Valley of the Kings, Antiquities Minister Mohammed Ibrahim said on Sunday.

Merkel calls for more minority public servants
Germany

Merkel calls for more minority public servants

Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for more police officers, fire fighters and teachers in Germany with foreign roots, saying integration works in two directions, in comments roundly criticised by opposition parties.

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France

Woman set on fire by masked intruders

A 50-year-old woman was attacked by two men posing as police officers and then set on fire early on Sunday morning.

Davydenko weighs in on ‘perfect’ Federer
Switzerland

Davydenko weighs in on ‘perfect’ Federer

Russia's Nikolay Davydenko said Monday that "perfect" Roger Federer was distancing himself from problems in the men's game, weighing in after Rafael Nadal's surprise broadside against the Swiss.

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Norway

UN in contact with kidnapped Norwegian

The United Nations is in contact with a Norwegian UN worker kidnapped in Yemen and is negotiating his release with the tribe responsible for his abduction, a UN spokesman said Sunday.

Two French people die in cruise ship disaster
France

Two French people die in cruise ship disaster

Two French tourists died after the Italian cruise ship the Costa Concordia sank off the coast of Tuscany on Friday.

Westerwelle: Germany ‘still stands by Greece’
Germany

Westerwelle: Germany ‘still stands by Greece’

Greece and Europe belong together, Germany's foreign minister said Sunday after meeting the debt-crippled country's leaders ahead of a week of tough talks for Athens with its creditors.

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Sweden

Mom rescues daughter trapped under ice

The mother of 6-year-old girl who was trapped under the ice in a creek in southern Sweden made a dramatic rescue of her daughter on Sunday, but not before the girl sustained serious injuries.

France braces for downgrade fall-out as Sarkozy vows reform
France

France braces for downgrade fall-out as Sarkozy vows reform

France braced on Sunday for the fallout from its credit rating downgrade as President Nicolas Sarkozy appealed for calm and vowed to carry out more reforms to lead the country out of crisis.

Chinese pandas arrive for new life in France
France

Chinese pandas arrive for new life in France

Two Chinese pandas landed in Paris on Sunday for a new life in a French zoo in a loan sealed after years of top-level negotiations between China and France.

Twelve Germans missing from cruise liner
Germany

Twelve Germans missing from cruise liner

Twelve Germans are missing from the huge cruise liner which ran aground and partially sank off the Italian coast on Friday night, killing at least six passengers and leaving scores injured.

Silent film wins big at Golden Globes
France

Silent film wins big at Golden Globes

French film The Artist won three Golden Globe awards at Sunday night's ceremony.