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Switzerland

Gomez grabs four as Bayern spank Basel

Mario Gomez found the back of the net four times as Bayern Munich scored seven goals without reply on Tuesday night to ease past Basel and into the quarter finals of the Champions League.

Cop fined for filming female colleagues naked
Sweden

Cop fined for filming female colleagues naked

A Swedish police commissioner has been convicted for secretly filming female officers in the nude by hiding a video camera inside a locker in the station's changing room.

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Switzerland

Swiss climber missing in Pakistan

Three climbers -- a Swiss, an Austrian and a Pakistani -- have gone missing during an expedition to the highest peak in the Karakoram range on the Pakistan-China border, a tour operator said on Tuesday.

Sweden mulls legalizing surrogate motherhood
Sweden

Sweden mulls legalizing surrogate motherhood

Sweden took a step toward a possible lifting of its ban on surrogate motherhood on Tuesday, despite impassioned opposition from political parties on both the left and right.

Carmakers fill boots after record year
Germany

Carmakers fill boots after record year

German carmakers are swimming in money – selling more vehicles and earning more than ever before, filling their coffers ahead of what managers are warning could be a difficult year.

Sweden Democrats face ‘honour violence’ ad fury
Sweden

Sweden Democrats face ‘honour violence’ ad fury

The Sweden Democrats’ Women's Association (SD-Kvinnor) presented a new internet commercial last week, meant to “highlight honour related violence”, an issue they feel is not getting enough media attention.

Most kids’ food products ‘too sweet and fatty’
Germany

Most kids’ food products ‘too sweet and fatty’

Most food products aimed at German children is too sweet and fatty, making it “practically impossible” to give kids a healthy diet based on food designed for them.

Half of Oslo dwellers immigrants by 2040
Norway

Half of Oslo dwellers immigrants by 2040

Immigrants are set to make up almost half of Oslo’s population by 2040, according to Statistics Norway, new figures show, prompting an immediate call for more restrictive immigration policies from Progress Party leader Siv Jensen.

Young people block mum and dad on Facebook
Norway

Young people block mum and dad on Facebook

More than a third of Facebook users under the age of 22 take steps to prevent their parents from seeing what they are up to on the social media site, a Norwegian study has found.

Sexy Volvo, clever Saab, and Swedish massage
Sweden

Sexy Volvo, clever Saab, and Swedish massage

The Local catches up with British car show Top Gear host James May, soon to be taking Top Gear Live to the Stockholm Ericsson Globe Arena, and finds out more about his views on Sweden, Saabs… and elk.

German playboy’s Bardot art to go on sale
Germany

German playboy’s Bardot art to go on sale

The art collection of the late German playboy Gunter Sachs, featuring works celebrating his obsession with his former wife Brigitte Bardot, is to go on auction in May, it was announced today.

Swedish woman’s hairy armpit hurrah goes viral
Sweden

Swedish woman’s hairy armpit hurrah goes viral

Sweden’s online community has been whipped into a frenzy – and it’s all due to one woman’s hairy armpit which appeared for mere seconds on a live television broadcast of the Melodifestivalen finals on Saturday.

‘Wedding’ reported for lack of bride and groom
Sweden

‘Wedding’ reported for lack of bride and groom

A wedding that lacked a bride or groom has landed an event hall in Södertälje south of Stockholm in hot water for suspected alcohol law violations.

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Switzerland

Giant killers Basel scent Bayern blood

Bayern Munich host FC Basel on Tuesday needing to overturn a 1-0 deficit from their Champions League round of 16 first-leg match, while the Swiss side are looking to claim another major scalp.

Second home vote could stall Egyptian magnate
Switzerland

Second home vote could stall Egyptian magnate

The future of a high-profile luxury resort in Andermatt has been called into question after voters on Sunday opted to restrict the construction of second homes in Switzerland.

 

Smoking ban ‘has cut heart attacks’
Germany

Smoking ban ‘has cut heart attacks’

The smoking ban in German pubs and cafes, even patchily implemented, has clearly reduced the number of heart attacks over the last few years, a report published on Tuesday says.

Online music platform Spotify hits Germany
Germany

Online music platform Spotify hits Germany

The long-awaited launch of online music streaming service Spotify in Germany arrived on Tuesday – positive news for the country’s music lovers, who can now enjoy 16 million tracks for free.

NPD leader admits using Nazi terrorist as driver
Germany

NPD leader admits using Nazi terrorist as driver

A top far right politician in Germany has admitted using one of the neo-Nazi terrorists responsible for up to ten murders, as his driver.

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Switzerland

Austrian chef Claudia, 44, brutally murdered

Swiss police have identified the 44-year-old woman whose naked body was found by a group of young people turning up to play sport at the Dreifach Sports Hall in Lagenthal on Saturday morning.

Bayer loses patent in India test case
Germany

Bayer loses patent in India test case

Germany’s pharmaceutical giant Bayer has made history by being the first firm ordered to give up control of a patented drug after an Indian court said its cancer drug Nexavar was too expensive.

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France

Sarkozy ahead in poll for first time

French President Nicolas Sarkozy would beat Socialist rival Francois Hollande in the first round of the presidential election in April, according to a survey published Tuesday, the first time the incumbent has been ahead in opinion polls.

Norway church leaders don’t believe in Bible
Norway

Norway church leaders don’t believe in Bible

More than three quarters of Norway’s Christian leaders believe the creation story depicted in the Bible to be little more than a fairy tale, according to a new survey.

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Sweden

Thief hijacks cop car, steals back own vehicle

When police in western Sweden recently apprehended two suspected diesel thieves they were not prepared to find themselves chasing their own car and seizing the same vehicle twice.

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Norway

Triple rapist filmed victims: police

A man in his thirties has been charged with raping three women and filming the attacks in Elverum, eastern Norway.

France rapped by internet freedom report
France

France rapped by internet freedom report

France is the only European Union country to be placed "under surveillance" in a new report on internet freedom.

‘Cowboy’ police slammed after Stockholm shootout
Sweden

‘Cowboy’ police slammed after Stockholm shootout

Police who opened fire on robbers following a jewellery shop burglary in Stockholm last week have been branded as “American cowboys” by a criminologist after it came to light that the assailants never fired a single shot.

Football legend takes own life to beat cancer
Germany

Football legend takes own life to beat cancer

German football legend Timo Konietzka has died – with the help of the Swiss euthanasia association Exit – after writing his own death notice, drinking a beer and seeing his grandchildren for a last time.

Meat-eating animals lose taste for sweets: study
Switzerland

Meat-eating animals lose taste for sweets: study

European and US scientists said on Monday that many meat-eating animals appear to lose their ability to taste sweet flavours over time, a finding that suggests diet plays a key role in evolution.

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France

Nine-year-old girl jumps from 15th floor

A nine-year-old girl died after jumping from the 15th floor of her apartment block.

Le Pen gets backing to stay in race
France

Le Pen gets backing to stay in race

French far-right candidate Marine Le Pen has secured the backing of enough local government officials to run in the two-round presidential election, party sources said on Monday.

Germans each chuck out 82 kilos of food a year
Germany

Germans each chuck out 82 kilos of food a year

Germans chuck out nearly 82 kilos of food every year each, including fruit and vegetables that are the “wrong size” or do not look attractive, a new study has shown.

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Sweden

Swedish ministers profit from Lundin: report

Over half of Sweden’s government ministers have shares in investment funds that put money into Sweden-based oil giant Lundin Petroleum, a new report has revealed, prompting quick action by ministers who claimed they were "unaware" of the finer details of their portfolios.

Secretary confesses to murdering her boss
France

Secretary confesses to murdering her boss

There are still plenty of unanswered questions after the secretary of a murdered 47-year-old company boss admitted to shooting him.

Second Swede to appear in new Bond blockbuster
Sweden

Second Swede to appear in new Bond blockbuster

Jens Hultén has been announced as a cast member of the newest 007 installment, meaning two Swedes will be sharing the silver screen with James Bond this year.

Olivier Martinez to wed Halle Berry
France

Olivier Martinez to wed Halle Berry

French actor Olivier Martinez has confirmed that he and Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry are engaged to marry, a report said.

Wolves ‘dine on deer, shun sheep’
Germany

Wolves ‘dine on deer, shun sheep’

Wolves which have resettled in Germany are rarely hunting sheep, instead eating wild dinners of deer and boar, according to scientists who have been studying their poo.

Sarkozy denies Qaddafi funding allegations
France

Sarkozy denies Qaddafi funding allegations

French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Monday slammed as "grotesque" accusations in a document published by a left-wing investigative website that his 2007 presidential campaign allegedly received funds from deposed Libyan strongman Moamer Qaddafi.

Battle to be the next French first lady
France

Battle to be the next French first lady

In May, the supermodel third wife of one French presidential candidate or the journalist girlfriend of the other will walk triumphantly into the Elysée.