Jail Krekar for five years: Norway prosecutor
Norway

Jail Krekar for five years: Norway prosecutor

A Norwegian prosecutor called Tuesday for Mullah Krekar, the founder of radical Iraqi Kurdish Islamist group Ansar al-Islam, to be sentenced to five years in prison for issuing death threats against a former government minister, media reported.

German objections stop euro firewall talks
Germany

German objections stop euro firewall talks

German reluctance to boost funds to prevent debt contagion pushed the EU on Tuesday into cancelling eurozone talks on the matter despite pressure from G20 ministers.

Nazi salutes aimed at Israeli footballer
Germany

Nazi salutes aimed at Israeli footballer

Both the Israeli embassy in Berlin and the German Football Federation (DFB) have condemned the racist insults and Nazi salutes aimed at Kaiserslautern striker Itay Shechter during a training session.

Germany revs up traffic violations system
Germany

Germany revs up traffic violations system

German Transport Minister Peter Ramsauer on Tuesday unveiled a new system of traffic violation points which could mean 10 percent more drivers lose their licences in the land of the high-speed autobahn each year.

Naming princess Estelle a ‘political statement’ by Swedish Royal Family
Sweden

Naming princess Estelle a ‘political statement’ by Swedish Royal Family

In naming Sweden's newest princess Estelle, the Royal Family is trying to revive the legacy of Folke Bernadotte, the Swedish royal and diplomat who was assassinated in Israel, argues biographer Göran Burén.

Stockholm men ranked ‘world’s sexiest’
Sweden

Stockholm men ranked ‘world’s sexiest’

Stockholm men are the best looking in the world, according to a new ranking, taking home the number one spot in a category Swedes have dominated in the past.

Skirt-wearing cyclists beware: women warned
France

Skirt-wearing cyclists beware: women warned

A cycling association in Toulouse has warned women cyclists that wearing a skirt while on a bike can be dangerous.

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Sweden

Police bust massive sex trafficking ring

Six men are set to be charged on Wednesday in the Gothenburg District Court on suspicions of operating a comprehensive human trafficking operation which brought young women from Romania to Sweden to sell sex.

House of Prussia sells historical diamond
Germany

House of Prussia sells historical diamond

The House of Prussia is selling one of the world’s largest and most historically-significant diamonds, the Beau Sancy, which has only been put on public display four times in the last half-century.

‘<i>Jag älskar dig</i>‘: American parakeet learns Swedish
Sweden

Jag älskar dig‘: American parakeet learns Swedish

A parakeet in New York has been learning Swedish – in order to console a feathered Facebook friend from Malmö in southern Sweden who was feeling a bit under the weather.

Turkish firm pulls Saab bid over GM ‘rebuff’
Sweden

Turkish firm pulls Saab bid over GM ‘rebuff’

Turkish private equity firm Brightwell Holdings has withdrawn a bid to buy bankrupt Swedish carmaker Saab owing to a lack of cooperation from former owner GM, a Swedish daily reported Tuesday.

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Norway

Uncle will get custody of Indian kids: agency

In a case that has reached the highest diplomatic levels, Norway's child welfare service said on Tuesday that two Indian children taken into its care will be handed over to their uncle pending a court ruling.

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Switzerland

Switzerland sees defence sales boom

Switzerland boosted its exports of military equipment, mainly training aircraft and air-defence systems, by 36 percent last year from the 2010 level, official data showed on Tuesday.

Consumer confidence hits year high
Germany

Consumer confidence hits year high

German consumer confidence hit its highest level in a year, data showed on Tuesday, fuelled by households' rising income expectations despite the eurozone debt crisis.

Police raid shutters Swedish file sharing site
Sweden

Police raid shutters Swedish file sharing site

Swepiracy, one of Sweden's largest file sharing sites, has been closed down following a coordinated raid by authorities in Sweden and the Netherlands.

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Switzerland

Swiss army opens doors to asylum seekers

The Swiss military is making more than 5,000 beds available on a temporary basis to handle an overflow of asylum seekers in Switzerland.

‘Young Norwegians are lazy’: tyre baron
Norway

‘Young Norwegians are lazy’: tyre baron

The number of young Norwegians on disability benefits has risen rapidly in recent years, prompting some commentators to wonder if the country has lost its work ethic.

Müller and Pepsi unite to bring Yanks yoghurt
Germany

Müller and Pepsi unite to bring Yanks yoghurt

The Theo Müller company, Germany’s biggest dairy, has announced it was joining forces with American beverage giant Pepsi to sell yoghurt products in the United States.

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Switzerland

Zurich cops probe bizarre tram death

Zurich police are investigating an unexplained death after making a macabre find in a streetcar tunnel on Monday night.

Court rules rapid euro crisis group illegal
Germany

Court rules rapid euro crisis group illegal

Germany's top court ruled on Tuesday that a small fast-track committee set up to approve emergency steps for fighting the eurozone crisis was illegal.

France hit by third earthquake in two days
France

France hit by third earthquake in two days

For the third time in 48 hours, the south of France was hit by an earthquake.

Socialist surprises with plans for 75% tax rate
France

Socialist surprises with plans for 75% tax rate

Socialist presidential candidate François Hollande showed he plans to hit high income earners by announcing plans to introduce a tax rate of 75 percent for those earning more than €1 million a year ($1.34 million).

Geneva cabinet minister quits over bar fight
Switzerland

Geneva cabinet minister quits over bar fight

After facing mounting pressure to resign following his involvement in a fight with a bar tender on New Year’s Eve, Geneva cabinet minister Mark Muller said he is quitting his post, effective Wednesday.

 

Pippa Middleton to ski in Sweden’s Vasaloppet
Sweden

Pippa Middleton to ski in Sweden’s Vasaloppet

Philippa "Pippa" Middleton, sister-in-law to Britain's Prince William, is set to compete in Sweden’s annual Vasaloppet cross-country ski race in a bid to raise money to fight children’s hunger.

WikiLeaks probed Swedish journos: report
Sweden

WikiLeaks probed Swedish journos: report

Swedish journalists were the subject of a secret probe by WikiLeaks aimed at exposing what leaders of the whistleblower website are convinced is a conspiracy by Sweden against founder Julian Assange.

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Norway

Palestinian man admits hijacking bus

A 24-year-old Palestinian man has admitted he was behind the hijacking of a bus on Monday evening in an incident that left passengers terrified in Skien, south-eastern Norway.

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France

Two children die from scarf strangling

Two children, in separate incidents, were discovered dead in their bedrooms on Monday. Both were found hanging with scarves around their necks.

Kohl: Europe still about war and peace
Germany

Kohl: Europe still about war and peace

Former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl has warned against losing confidence in the benefits of a united Europe, saying “the bad ghosts of the past” were not gone and that the continent remained, “a question of war and peace.”

GM to take five percent stake in Peugeot: report
France

GM to take five percent stake in Peugeot: report

US auto giant General Motors is in talks to buy out five percent of France's biggest car builder PSA Peugeot Citroën, business daily Les Echos reported on Tuesday citing several sources.

Single Swedes set for insemination go-ahead
Sweden

Single Swedes set for insemination go-ahead

The Centre Party, Liberals (Folkpartiet) and the Moderates want single women to have access to artificial insemination treatment, and are proposing a change to current laws despite opposition from coalition partners the Christian Democrats.

Frankfurt Airport union aims for total shut-down
Germany

Frankfurt Airport union aims for total shut-down

The union organising the strike at Frankfurt Airport is mobilising air traffic controllers on Wednesday to force a complete shut-down of Germany’s busiest air hub.

Art dissects Tunisia’s revolution, one year on
France

Art dissects Tunisia’s revolution, one year on

From bold portraits to wry cartoons on the Islamist resurgence at the polls, a Paris show explores the roots and branches of Tunisia's revolution, one year on, as seen by home-grown artists.

Strauss-Kahns owe US back taxes
France

Strauss-Kahns owe US back taxes

Disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn and his journalist wife owe more than $16,000 (€12,000) in back taxes on the Washington home they are trying to sell, city tax records showed Monday.

Herring fleet nets record catch despite seals
Germany

Herring fleet nets record catch despite seals

Germany’s herring fleet is netting record catches, pulling in five times as many fish than normally seen at this time of year, despite complaints from fishermen about hungry seals.

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Sweden

Nude TV contestant charged for violence

A Swedish TV show contestant was charged with violently resisting arrest on Monday after he had caused trouble while naked at a hotel room when the day's filming was complete.

Sweden’s ‘snow man’ to be documentary film
Sweden

Sweden’s ‘snow man’ to be documentary film

The 44-year-old man who was trapped in his snowed-in car in Umeå, northern Sweden, for over two months is set to become the basis of a documentary by the Discovery Channel.