Solar plane completes 72-hour simulated flight
Switzerland

Solar plane completes 72-hour simulated flight

Swiss pilot André Borschberg completed a 72-hour non-stop flight Friday -- but in a simulator for the new Solar Impulse aircraft planned for a 2014 world tour using only solar energy.

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Switzerland

Police identify brain behind diamond theft

Swiss police say they have identified the man who organized a spectacular 8 million franc ($8.9 million) diamond robbery last year from the world's biggest watch and jewellery event in Basel.

Mayan ‘apocalypse’ codex goes on display
Germany

Mayan ‘apocalypse’ codex goes on display

The famous Dresdner Codex, one of the original Mayan books that set the end of the Mayan calendar on December 21, 2012, went on display in Dresden on Friday as part of an exhibition on the apocalyptic prophecy.

Parents charged for ‘exorcizing’ teen girl
Sweden

Parents charged for ‘exorcizing’ teen girl

The father and step-mother of a 14-year-old girl from western Sweden were charged on Friday with repeatedly beating and burning the girl because they “thought she was a witch”, according to the prosecutor.

VW more than doubles net profit in 2011
Germany

VW more than doubles net profit in 2011

Volkswagen, Europe's biggest car maker, said on Friday it more than doubled net profit last year as worldwide sales topped the eight-billion mark for the first time.

Suspect’s prints found at 98-year-old’s home
Norway

Suspect’s prints found at 98-year-old’s home

Police revealed on Friday they had found the fingerprints of an 18-year-old suspect at the home in Os, western Norway, of 98-year-old murder victim Hilda Feste.

Cuche wins World Cup super-G
Switzerland

Cuche wins World Cup super-G

Didier Cuche of Switzerland won the men's alpine skiing World cCp super-G race on homer snow at Crans-Montana on Friday ahead of Jan Hudec of Canada and Benjamin Raich of Austria.

French pop song attacks downloading sites
France

French pop song attacks downloading sites

French pop group Les Rois de la Suède (The Kings of Sweden) have recorded a controversial song criticising downloading sites such as Megaupload.

German-Iranian friction boosts Bratwurst prices
Germany

German-Iranian friction boosts Bratwurst prices

The beloved Nürnberger Bratwurst is the latest victim of escalating tensions over Iran's nuclear programme. German butchers complained Friday that the diplomatic crisis was driving up the price of sausage casing.

Live Blog: Sweden celebrates new princess
Sweden

Live Blog: Sweden celebrates new princess

Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria gave birth to a daughter in the early hours of Thursday morning. The Local brings you all the latest news, reactions, and details surrounding Sweden's first royal birth in more than three decades.

Swede’s parked car damaged in elk attack
Sweden

Swede’s parked car damaged in elk attack

Princess Victoria delivered in terms of Swedish news this week and therefore many other stories slipped under the radar. Here is a selection of our favourites, from elk attacks to bird-brained intruders.

Swiss environmentalists want nuclear plant shut
Switzerland

Swiss environmentalists want nuclear plant shut

Switzerland's Beznau nuclear plant will soon boast the "dubious record" of being the oldest nuclear plant in the world and should be shut down, a group of environmental organisations said on Thursday.

Policeman attacks motorist: video
France

Policeman attacks motorist: video

A police officer has been suspended after video footage emerged of an apparently unprovoked attack on a motorist.

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Switzerland

Switzerland probes national news agency

Switzerland's competition watchdog said on Thursday it has launched an investigation into the Swiss news agency, SDA-ATS, due to evidence of illegal competition restrictions.

‘Her name is Estelle’: King Carl XVI Gustaf
Sweden

‘Her name is Estelle’: King Carl XVI Gustaf

Sweden's new princess will be called Estelle Silvia Ewa Mary, Duchess of Östergötland, announced King Carl XVI Gustaf on Friday in Stockholm.

Swiss to go after domestic tax cheats
Switzerland

Swiss to go after domestic tax cheats

The Federal Council is seeking to put tax evasion on a par with tax fraud so that both offences become criminal in Switzerland.

Apple seeks ‘geniuses’ in Stockholm
Sweden

Apple seeks ‘geniuses’ in Stockholm

Apple is set to open their first official store in Stockholm soon, and the company has put out the call for “geniuses” to apply for vacant positions.

Pay-what-you-like hotels in Fribourg
Switzerland

Pay-what-you-like hotels in Fribourg

Hotels in Fribourg, western Switzerland, are offering customers the chance to determine the prices they want to pay for their rooms.

‘Hot’ nurse ad slammed by ‘wrinkly’ limping man
Sweden

‘Hot’ nurse ad slammed by ‘wrinkly’ limping man

The Swedish hospital that advertised for “hot” nurses has been forced to apologize after an international media frenzy and an official discrimination complaint from a 64-year-old man who claimed he was rejected because he was “too wrinkly” and has a "slight limp".

Youngsters deaf to town’s Beethoven tactics
Switzerland

Youngsters deaf to town’s Beethoven tactics

Heerbrugg station in canton St. Gallen has tried to put off groups of young people from hanging out on its premises by playing classical music.

Le Pen refuses to debate with far-left candidate
France

Le Pen refuses to debate with far-left candidate

Viewers were treated to a bizarre television confrontation last night between two presidential candidates, when one refused to respond to the remarks of the other.

Germans ditch Afghan base after Koran burning
Germany

Germans ditch Afghan base after Koran burning

Escalating unrest following the burning of the Koran by US soldiers has forced Germany to give up one of its Afghanistan bases earlier than planned.

Man admits giving gun to neo-Nazi terrorists
Germany

Man admits giving gun to neo-Nazi terrorists

A suspected associate of the National Socialist Underground (NSU) extremist gang that terrorized minorities between 2000 and 2007 has admitted to supplying the gang with a weapon it used in the killings, according his lawyer.

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Norway

Statoil makes major gas find off Tanzania

Norwegian oil group Statoil and US company ExxonMobil have together discovered a large natural gas field off the coast of Tanzania, Statoil announced on Friday.

Feminist funding woes mount for minister
Norway

Feminist funding woes mount for minister

Already weighed down by allegations of illegal funding, Norway’s equality minister, Audun Lysbakken, came under more pressure on Friday morning as records emerged of a potentially incriminating e-mail.

Robust growth, low joblessness slash deficit
Germany

Robust growth, low joblessness slash deficit

Robust growth and record low unemployment enabled Germany to slash its public deficit last year, even though the economy shrank slightly in the last quarter, official data showed on Friday.

‘Many great monarchs have been queens’
Sweden

‘Many great monarchs have been queens’

Leader pages across Sweden devoted space on Friday to congratulating Crown Princess Victoria and Sweden's newborn princess, while many also expressed the view that she should be able to choose her own path.

Bibliophile bureaucrat banged up for book burglary
Germany

Bibliophile bureaucrat banged up for book burglary

A German official from the Hesse state culture ministry has been arrested for stealing more than 13,000 precious books from libraries across the country. He was caught red-handed, weighed down by 53 books found on him.

Cut in solar power support sparks row
Germany

Cut in solar power support sparks row

Opposition parties accused Germany’s environment and economy ministers of endangering thousands of jobs as well as the country’s switch to renewables by cutting solar power subsidies.

Germany wants Serbia in European Union
Germany

Germany wants Serbia in European Union

Germany firmly supports Serbia's EU candidacy and would like to see it given a green light at next week's EU summit, Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said Thursday.

Company issued false ‘idiot tests’
Germany

Company issued false ‘idiot tests’

A German company has been accused of running fake “idiot tests” – special examinations drivers accused of driving under the influence have to take before being allowed back behind the wheel.

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Switzerland

Small quake shakes central Switzerland

A light earthquake shook Switzerland's central Zug region early on Friday, the Swiss Seismological Service in Zurich said.

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Sweden

Swedish cannibal blogs from behind bars

Isakin Jonsson, convicted of murdering and eating his girlfriend in 2011, is blogging from behind bars about his life, new love and the murder.

Löfven presents his ‘shadow government’
Sweden

Löfven presents his ‘shadow government’

New Social Democrat leader Stefan Löfven on Thursday presented the team he calls his new “shadow government”, featuring both new and old names.

Riksdag wants to halt Eritrean exile taxes
Sweden

Riksdag wants to halt Eritrean exile taxes

The majority of the Riksdag is against Eritrea collecting taxes from citizens resident in Sweden and MPs from the commitee on justice say that if current Swedish law is not enough to stop it, rules need to be tightened.

Bankruptcy hitting the young and elderly
Germany

Bankruptcy hitting the young and elderly

Despite Germany’s continuing economic strength, the number of people declaring bankruptcy is increasing among the young and the elderly – a worrying sign according to one of the country’s top credit rating agencies.

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France

France, China can learn from Fukushima: Minister

French Industry Minister Eric Besson said China and France could learn from Japan's nuclear disaster, during a Beijing visit on Thursday to discuss joint development of a medium capacity reactor.