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Norway

‘I was cursed by a Sami politician’: deputy mayor

A deputy mayor plagued by sleeping problems and infections in the throat, ears, eyes and sinuses believes a Sami politician cast a spell on him over local school closures in the far north of Norway.

Broke west German towns eye savings banks
Germany

Broke west German towns eye savings banks

Broke west German towns are preparing to break open their piggy banks – by getting the savings banks that they partly own, to contribute to public budgets.

Swedish cop sacked and fined for flashing staff
Sweden

Swedish cop sacked and fined for flashing staff

A police chief in southern Sweden found guilty of sexually molesting several women, after he allegedly exposed himself to them and touched their breasts, at a police station in Malmö has lost his job and will be forced to pay a hefty fine.

iPad-hungry Swedes make tablet sales double
Sweden

iPad-hungry Swedes make tablet sales double

Sales of Apple’s iPad and other tablet computers have more than doubled in the past year in Sweden, where tablets are now selling better than ordinary desktop computers.

Germans warned of Toulouse-style terror
Germany

Germans warned of Toulouse-style terror

As France takes stock after a shoot-out on Thursday which killed the man believed to have murdered seven, including three Jewish children and a rabbi, Germans were warned they could face the same horror on their streets.

Man charged with abuse of disabled students
Sweden

Man charged with abuse of disabled students

A teaching assistant who allegedly sexually molested students 15 times at a school for children with learning difficulties in Sweden was charged on Wednesday.

Twitter storm over ‘official’ Swedish breasts
Sweden

Twitter storm over ‘official’ Swedish breasts

A Swedish woman serving as the curator of Sweden's official Twitter account has posted pictures of herself breastfeeding and whipped up an online storm just days after her takeover of the account.

Germans will all face organ donor question
Germany

Germans will all face organ donor question

In an exceptionally emotional debate, characterized by unusual unity across party lines, the German parliament took a first step Thursday toward approving an organ donation law.

Biological fathers denied right to paternity
Germany

Biological fathers denied right to paternity

Biological fathers do not have the right to legal paternity if their kids already have a daddy, the European Court for Human Rights ruled on Thursday, rejecting the pleas of two German men.

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Switzerland

Nursery chief arrested for child abuse

Investigations into allegations of child abuse have been launched against the director and an employee of a nursery in Neuchatel.

Unemployment to keep falling in 2012
Germany

Unemployment to keep falling in 2012

The number of people out of work in Germany will continue to fall this year, even if not so sharply as in the past two years, the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) forecast on Thursday.

France suspect dead after resisting assault
France

France suspect dead after resisting assault

The alleged Al-Qaeda militant believed responsible for a killing spree is dead, interior minister Claude Guéant confirmed on Thursday, after he resisted a raid on his besieged home in southern France.

Blocher seeks immunity after raid on home
Switzerland

Blocher seeks immunity after raid on home

In a video address recorded at his home and aired on Wednesday, ex-Swiss People's Party leader Christoph Blocher insisted he should be entitled to parliamentary immunity from prosecution.

Charles and Camilla hit Stockholm
Sweden

Charles and Camilla hit Stockholm

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, arrive in Sweden shortly after lunch on Thursday, after spending a few days in Norway on their official trip to Scandinavia.

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Norway

Norway won’t place Indian kids with uncle

Norwegian social workers, who sparked a diplomatic row by removing two Indian children from their parents, said on Wednesday they were calling off a deal to place the kids with their uncle in India due to a spat inside the family.

Video: Hunky Norwegians have sex with city landmarks
Norway

Video: Hunky Norwegians have sex with city landmarks

Gyrating wildly in the great outdoors, an energetic team of unidentified naked beefcakes has startled a Norwegian city by having rampant sex with some of its most famous sites.

Ex-Chancellor’s wife mounts political stage
Germany

Ex-Chancellor’s wife mounts political stage

Former German chancellor Gerhard Schröder is facing a future as a house-husband after his wife Doris was elected to stand for his Social Democratic Party in their home city of Hannover on Wednesday night.

TV ads to tackle ‘le binge drinking’
France

TV ads to tackle ‘le binge drinking’

A rise in the number of young people getting drunk has prompted the government to commission a series of adverts to tackle the problem.

What’s on in Germany:  March 22 – 28
Germany

What’s on in Germany: March 22 – 28

This Week's Highlights: English theatre in Munich, a “Dream House” in Berlin, and “the world's most glamorous opera star sings in Hamburg.

Criminal probe into ‘secret’ Saudi arms plant
Sweden

Criminal probe into ‘secret’ Saudi arms plant

Swedish prosecutors have launched a preliminary criminal investigation into suspicions that a Swedish military agency may have broken the law in connection with plans to help build a weapons plant in Saudi Arabia.

Far right leader calls for death penalty
France

Far right leader calls for death penalty

The leader of the far right Front National party, Marine Le Pen, has called for a referendum to be held on the death penalty, following the murders of soldiers, children and a teacher in southern France.

Snowmobile hunters run over wolverine five times
Sweden

Snowmobile hunters run over wolverine five times

Two men who deliberately killed a wolverine by repeatedly running it over with their snowmobile faced a court on Wednesday over allegations of aggravated hunting crimes and animal cruelty.

Megaupload boss asked for butler while on bail
Germany

Megaupload boss asked for butler while on bail

A New Zealand court granted Megaupload boss Kim Dotcom NZ$60,000 (€36,800) a month in living expenses Thursday as he awaits a US bid to extradite him on online piracy charges. His request for a butler and nannies was rejected.

Watch exports making Swiss trade tick
Switzerland

Watch exports making Swiss trade tick

Switzerland's trade surplus reached 2.7 billion francs ($3.0 billion) in February, up from the 1.6
billion francs in January, with the watch industry leading export growth.

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Switzerland

Bruno Giacometti dies aged 105

Swiss architect Bruno Giacometti, the younger brother of sculptor Alberto Giacometti, died on Wednesday at age 105, the Zurich art museum, of which he was a patron, announced.

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Norway

Swedes dismiss Nobel peace prize probe

A probe into the conduct of the Nobel Foundation following criticism of some of its choices for the Peace Prize has been dismissed, Swedish authorities said on Wednesday.

Minister: we need some neo-Nazi informants
Germany

Minister: we need some neo-Nazi informants

Removing all informants from the far-right NPD party would leave German investigators without enough insight on the neo-Nazi scene, Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich said Thursday amid pressure to stop all information payments.

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Sweden

Swedish school asks kids to translate ‘Negro’

A class of 13-year-olds at a Gothenburg school were given the word “negro” (neger) and “negroes” to translate as part of their English language education, which some of the students have found inappropriate.

Mexico denies French woman’s release
France

Mexico denies French woman’s release

A panel of Mexico Supreme Court judges ruled Wednesday against releasing French woman Florence Cassez, sentenced to 60 years for kidnap, but agreed to further study her appeal.

‘We hope gunman is still alive’: minister
France

‘We hope gunman is still alive’: minister

The man suspected of seven murders in and around Toulouse says he "wants to die holding his weapons", the country's interior minister told French radio on Thursday morning. "We hope he is still alive."

Bayern and Dortmund in German cup final
Germany

Bayern and Dortmund in German cup final

The two top teams in the Bundesliga will face off in Berlin's Olympic Stadium on May 12 for the German cup final, following a win Wednesday evening from Bayern Munich.

Candidate denounces Queen’s drugs money
France

Candidate denounces Queen’s drugs money

A fringe candidate for next month's French presidential election on Wednesday alleged that the Queen of England owes her fortune to drugs money laundered by "Jewish bankers in The City".

Authorities lay Nobel Peace Prize probe to rest
Sweden

Authorities lay Nobel Peace Prize probe to rest

A probe into the conduct of the Nobel Foundation following criticism of some of its choices for the Nobel Peace Prize has been dismissed, Swedish authorities said on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Swedish cops fooled by student ‘sniper’

Armed men were spotted on a roof in central Sweden on Wednesday afternoon, prompting five police cars to rush to the scene only to discover the supposed sniper was part a group of eager media students shooting a film.