Police ’embarrassed’ by continued violence
Sweden

Police ’embarrassed’ by continued violence

Police in Malmö say they see no clear connection between Tuesday's fatal shooting and the later bombing of a police station but that they are “embarrassed and irritated” that crime has continued to rise despite a recent increase in police presence.

Swedes to probe ‘pro-NATO’ peace prizes
Norway

Swedes to probe ‘pro-NATO’ peace prizes

Stockholm officials have begun investigating claims that Alfred Nobel's last wishes are routinely sidelined by a Norwegian Nobel Committee blinded by pro-NATO sentiment when selecting its annual peace laureate.

How Millennium films tap deep into Swedish angst
Sweden

How Millennium films tap deep into Swedish angst

Is there any truth in the image of Sweden portrayed in the Millennium books and films? Stockholm University ethnologist Jonas Engman argues that the stories have tapped into Swedish fears that their society’s success is not all they had been brought up to believe.

Swedish agency to probe peace prize selection
Sweden

Swedish agency to probe peace prize selection

Stockholm officials have begun investigating claims by a Norwegian author that the last wishes of Alfred Nobel are routinely sidelined by a Norwegian Nobel Committee, blinded by pro-NATO sentiments, when selecting its annual peace laureate.

Tub of lard found fit to eat after 64 years
Germany

Tub of lard found fit to eat after 64 years

A 64-year-old tub of American lard has been deemed fit for human consumption by food safety authorities in the eastern German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

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Switzerland

Swiss birdwatcher kidnapped in Philippines

Two European birdwatchers and their Filipino guide were abducted on Wednesday in the remote southern Philippines where Islamic militants frequently kidnap foreigners to extort ransoms, authorities said.

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Switzerland

Petroplus suitor not keen on Swiss refineries

Gary Klesch, head of the Swiss Klesch investment group, is interested in several assets of embattled oil refiner Petroplus but said he had no desire to snap up its Swiss operations.

Force clergy to report paedophiles: Swiss MP
Switzerland

Force clergy to report paedophiles: Swiss MP

The National Council Law Commission will consult on Thursday on whether to amend the Criminal Code to prevent people who have sexually abused children from relying on religious secrecy privileges.

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France

Sarko junior flown home on presidential jet

One of President Sarkozy's sons was allegedly flown home from Ukraine at the expense of the French taxpayer after he had a bout of food poisoning.

Indian grad student missing in Blekinge
Sweden

Indian grad student missing in Blekinge

Police in Ronneby are looking into the disappearance of a 25-year-old Indian graduate student who was last seen leaving his apartment on Thursday night last week.

Commandos arrest neo-Nazi terror suspect
Germany

Commandos arrest neo-Nazi terror suspect

A man accused of supplying a neo-Nazi terror group with weapons was arrested in Düsseldorf on Wednesday morning, accused of being an accessory to six of the ten racist murders said to have been carried out by the gang.

Sweden ‘an important partner’: US ambassador
Sweden

Sweden ‘an important partner’: US ambassador

Recently installed US ambassador to Sweden Mark Brzezinski speaks to The Local's David Landes about US-Swedish relations and taking Swedish lessons from his two-and-half year old daughter.

Freeze deepens to minus 20 Celsius and snow
Germany

Freeze deepens to minus 20 Celsius and snow

A deep freeze which sent thermometers plummeting and people across Germany reaching for their gloves this week is set to continue, hitting lows of minus 20 degrees Celsius in some areas.

Extradition ‘undermines’ legal principles: lawyer
Sweden

Extradition ‘undermines’ legal principles: lawyer

Julian Assange, head of WikiLeaks, has appeared at Britain’s Supreme Court, starting the new leg in his battle against his rape allegations and his potential extradition to Sweden.

Tongan luger uncovered as underwear PR hoax
Germany

Tongan luger uncovered as underwear PR hoax

The heart-warming story of a man from the South Pacific island of Tonga sharing his name with the German underwear company bankrolling his Olympic luge dreams has been exposed as an elaborate marketing hoax.

Singing star’s dad killed in Norway hit-and-run
Norway

Singing star’s dad killed in Norway hit-and-run

The father of popular Norwegian-Kenyan singer Stella Mwangi has died after a hit-and-run accident in the village of Dal, south-eastern Norway, on Tuesday.

Swedish schools aim to ditch books by 2013
Sweden

Swedish schools aim to ditch books by 2013

The Stockholm suburb of Sollentuna plans to get rid its schools of text books entirely by next year in favour of tablet computers like the iPad, but Sweden’s education remained sceptical about the proposal.

‘Underclass-safari’ post lands official in trouble
Sweden

‘Underclass-safari’ post lands official in trouble

Christian Democrat party official Patric Rylander, party secretary Acko Ankarberg's right hand man, has found himself in stormy weather after calling for a ”underclass-safari” on his Facebook page, featuring “people on welfare” as well as “screaming teens”.

Protection stepped up for Green candidate after bullet sent in post
France

Protection stepped up for Green candidate after bullet sent in post

Police protection for presidential Green candidate Eva Joly has been stepped up after she received a threatening letter containing a bullet.

Will Bionade fizz go flat after Dr Oetker takeover?
Germany

Will Bionade fizz go flat after Dr Oetker takeover?

Trendy German soft drink maker Bionade could lose its cult cachet after being bought out by un-hip food giant Dr Oetker, a firm best known for cake mixes and frozen pizzas.

Lethal parasite killing dogs in Switzerland
Switzerland

Lethal parasite killing dogs in Switzerland

A deadly parasite that attacks the lungs and hearts of dogs is becoming increasingly prevalent in Switzerland, a Zurich researcher has discovered.

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Switzerland

Drug giant Roche posts strong profit rise

Swiss drug maker Roche posted a seven percent rise in its 2011 net profit to 9.5 billion francs ($10.3
billion) on Wednesday, despite the impact of the strong currency against the dollar and euro.

EU blocks Deutsche Börse merger with NYSE
Germany

EU blocks Deutsche Börse merger with NYSE

Deutsche Börse, which runs the Frankfurt stock market, said Wednesday that the EU Commission in Brussels had told it that its planned merger with NYSE Euronext has been blocked.

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Switzerland

Swiss in nuke zones to get disaster kits

In the coming days, some 630,000 households across Switzerland will receive information packs about what to do in the event of a nuclear disaster.

Bear attack was ‘like a slaughterhouse’
Sweden

Bear attack was ‘like a slaughterhouse’

A Swedish hunter, attacked and mauled by a fully grown bear over the weekend, woke in hospital on Tuesday after a nine-hour operation.

Arty Argentine meteorite exhibit falls to earth
Germany

Arty Argentine meteorite exhibit falls to earth

An unlikely alliance between an indigenous tribe and leading Argentine scientists has thwarted plans to ship the world's second largest meteorite to Germany's prestigious Documenta art show.

Supreme Court denies Pirate Bay right to appeal
Sweden

Supreme Court denies Pirate Bay right to appeal

The Swedish Supreme Court (Högsta Domstolen) will not grant the right to appeal in the Pirate Bay case, the court announced on Wednesday.

More young Norwegian girls on the pill
Norway

More young Norwegian girls on the pill

With the number of 12 to 14-year-old girls prescribed the contraceptive pill in Norway doubling between 2004 and 2010, experts worry that girls in their early teens are under increasing pressure to be sexually active.

Former minister denies affair with actor
France

Former minister denies affair with actor

The outspoken former justice minister, Rachida Dati, has denied she is in a relationship with the French actor Vincent Lindon after a weekly gossip magazine published photos of them together.

Wulff faces new claims of improprieties
Germany

Wulff faces new claims of improprieties

German President Christian Wulff's office was aware of alleged improprieties by his former spokesman as early as 2010, a magazine reported on Wednesday as pressure increased on the embattled head of state.

Teacher, 53, urged to take stripper job
France

Teacher, 53, urged to take stripper job

A 53-year-old former teacher was less than thrilled to receive an email from Pôle Emploi, the French government-run jobs agency, proposing a position stripping in a local nightclub.

Man dies after ambulance call went unanswered
Sweden

Man dies after ambulance call went unanswered

A woman whose boyfriend died after she was unable to get through to Swedish emergency response service SOS Alarm has reported the matter to health authorities.

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France

Watchdog bans ‘misleading’ L’Oréal ad

British regulators banned a magazine advert for an anti-ageing moisturiser by French cosmetics company L'Oréal on Wednesday after upholding a complaint that the image of the model, actress Rachel Weisz, was misleading.

India selects Dassault for major jet deal
France

India selects Dassault for major jet deal

India has selected the French firm Dassault over the Eurofighter consortium as the preferred bidder for 126 fighter jets in a major contract estimated to be worth $12 billion (€9 billion).

Government aims to hire more minorities
Germany

Government aims to hire more minorities

Chancellor Angela Merkel's government has unveiled a formal programme designed to increase the number of minorities in public service, calling integration “more urgent than ever.”

France seeks answers on journalist death
France

France seeks answers on journalist death

Foreign minister Alain Juppé pressed Syrian authorities on Tuesday to shed light on the death of French television reporter Gilles Jacquier, who was killed as he covered the country's 10-month-old uprising.

Convicted killer wants to ‘take a vacation’
Sweden

Convicted killer wants to ‘take a vacation’

A 31-year-old woman who is serving a life sentence for murder in a Swedish prison has demanded that she be allowed to take out holiday days.

Bomb attack rocks Malmö police station
Sweden

Bomb attack rocks Malmö police station

A police station in central Malmö was hit by a powerful explosion early Wednesday morning, leaving a hole in the building.

Manhunt after second Bochum prisoner flees
Germany

Manhunt after second Bochum prisoner flees

German authorities are investigating how a prisoner being held on suspicion of attempted murder and arson managed to escape a North Rhine-Westphalia prison on Sunday and remains on the run.