Police seek murderer of 11-year-old girl
Germany

Police seek murderer of 11-year-old girl

German police are looking for a "young male, dressed in dark clothes" believed to have sexually assaulted and murdered an 11-year-old girl, who was found in a multi-story car park in Emden, northwestern Germany on Saturday night.

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Sweden

Fraudsters use loot to go on stamp-buying binge

A man and a woman from Sundsvall in northern Sweden are under suspicion for skimming bank cards of hundreds of thousands of kronor and buying postage stamps for the money.

Private school sued after bullying case
Sweden

Private school sued after bullying case

Prestigious Swedish boarding school Lundsberg has been sued for 178,400 kronor ($26,523) in damages for a boy who was allegedly continuously bullied by other students.

Business Brief: Casas do Barlavento – luxury villas in Portugal
Sweden

Business Brief: Casas do Barlavento – luxury villas in Portugal

Do you fancy heading to Portugal's beautiful Algarve? Casas do Barlavento can help find you somewhere to rent for a holiday - or to buy.

Fewer drugs deaths but more crystal meth
Germany

Fewer drugs deaths but more crystal meth

The number of Germans who died after taking drugs dropped 20 percent last year compared to 2010. But authorities warned that crystal meth was making inroads into German drug culture.

Royal Court releases new pics of Princess Estelle
Sweden

Royal Court releases new pics of Princess Estelle

The Royal Court on Monday released another three images of the latest addition to the Swedish Royal family, Princess Estelle.

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Norway

Norway closes embassy in Syria

Norway said on Monday it was closing its embassy in Damascus for security reasons, following other countries that have done the same for safety concerns or to protest against the regime's crackdown.

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Switzerland

Swiss customs seize Roman sarcophagus

A Roman sarcophagus, believed to have been excavated illegally from an archaeological site close to Turkey's Antalya, has been seized by authorities from a Swiss warehouse, a customs official said on Monday.

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Norway

Young Spaniard gets ten years for triple rape

A 19-year-old Spanish citizen was sentenced to ten years in jail for rape on Monday by Kristiansand district court in southern Norway.

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Norway

Mullah Krekar gets five years for death threats

A Norwegian court on Monday sentenced Mullah Krekar, the founder of a radical Iraqi Kurdish Islamist group, to five years in jail for issuing death threats against a former government minister and others.

Swedish snow golfing champs ‘hit the whites’
Sweden

Swedish snow golfing champs ‘hit the whites’

Golf enthusiasts in Kiruna, northern Sweden, took to the “whites” this weekend to compete for the unofficial title of Sweden’s best snow golfer.

Early summer weather ends at weekend
Germany

Early summer weather ends at weekend

Bad news for sunbathers, but good news for plants, as a cold front pushes back across Germany this week bringing chilly temperatures and bucketfuls of rain, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Monday.

An expat’s guide to retirement planning in Sweden
Sweden

An expat’s guide to retirement planning in Sweden

Saving for your financial future has never been more important - particularly for expatriates. But what options are open to you in Sweden?

Eight charged in ‘biggest ever’ Swedish drug bust
Sweden

Eight charged in ‘biggest ever’ Swedish drug bust

Eight people have been charged for their part in the “biggest ever” cocaine ring in Sweden, in which several tons of cocaine at a value of 4.5 billion kronor ($665 million) had been imported from Colombia.

Roche extends hostile $5.7 billion Illumina bid
Switzerland

Roche extends hostile $5.7 billion Illumina bid

Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche on Monday extended its hostile $5.7 billion bid for US gene mapper Illumina by four weeks.

Mother admits giving 3-year-old cigs and beer
Sweden

Mother admits giving 3-year-old cigs and beer

A mother from Malmö in southern Sweden, charged with forcing her 3-year-old son to smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol at a party last year, has confessed to all charges but was unable to offer the court any explanation why she acted the way she did.

Football legend blasts Sky TV ‘Muppet Show’
Germany

Football legend blasts Sky TV ‘Muppet Show’

German World Cup legend Rudi Völler has launched an extraordinary attack against the football coverage on Sky TV, saying the pundits were Muppets.

Norway footballer injured in late-night attack
Norway

Norway footballer injured in late-night attack

Norwegian international footballer Alexander Aas praised his girlfriend for intervening to help him after he was assaulted by two men in the south-eastern town of Skien on Saturday night.

Commuters, parents hit by public sector strikes
Germany

Commuters, parents hit by public sector strikes

Commuters were left struck at train stations and parents at home with their children on Monday as tens of thousands of public sector workers went on strike ahead of talks with employers this week.

Kate’s diet guru faces legal threat
France

Kate’s diet guru faces legal threat

The French College of Physicians has filed complaints against Dr. Pierre Dukan, whose Dukan Diet is supposedly followed by the Duchess of Cambridge among others, for suggesting dieting should be included in the school curriculum.

 

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France

French parents boycott ‘useless’ homework

French parents and teachers are calling for a boycott of all homework in schools for a fortnight. They say homework is useless, tiring and increases inequalities between pupils. 

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France

Toulouse gunman divorces wife hours before assault

The self-confessed gunman Mohamed Merah divorced his wife one day before French police launched an assault on his flat in Toulouse. Merah claimed he shot seven people in the Toulouse area to "avenge" Palestinian children.

Sarkozy bans controversial cleric
France

Sarkozy bans controversial cleric

President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Monday that influential Qatar-based Sunni Muslim cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi was not welcome in France.

‘Give prostitutes the right to sue fee dodgers’
Switzerland

‘Give prostitutes the right to sue fee dodgers’

Federal Councillor Andrea Caroni is calling for prostitutes to be entitled to take action for unpaid fees.

Five walk away from helicopter crash
Germany

Five walk away from helicopter crash

Five Germans taking a pleasure flight at a spring fair were lucky to escape injury after their helicopter crashed. Their pilot was hurt and had to be taken to a nearby hospital – in a helicopter.

Cop shoots at cop in slapstick robbery
Germany

Cop shoots at cop in slapstick robbery

A bungling Berlin policeman called to a jewellery shop robbery fired his gun at a colleague in plain clothes who had also answered the call – but was such a bad shot that no-one was hurt.

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Sweden

Syria ‘monitoring’ exiles in Sweden: envoy

Former Syrian ambassador to Sweden, Mohammad Bassam Imadi, has revealed that the Syrian government was spying on Syrian exiles in Sweden during his time in office.

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Switzerland

Swiss abroad angry with ‘unfair’ Swiss banks

The Council of the Swiss Abroad has passed a unanimous resolution calling on Swiss banks not to discriminate against citizens living in foreign countries. 

Studying ‘unmanly’:  young Swedes
Sweden

Studying ‘unmanly’: young Swedes

A new Swedish study shows that young male high school students, enrolled in the science programme, often downplay their schoolwork in order to culture the social aspect of their future career through making friends and networking.

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Switzerland

Teen girl dies in police chase car crash

A powerful Audi crammed with teenagers crashed on Sunday morning in Zurich Altstetten after escaping from police, killing one 16-year-old girl.

Monaco royals revel in Norway visit
Norway

Monaco royals revel in Norway visit

Monaco’s Prince Albert and Princess Charlene continued their tour of Lapland on Monday as they prepared to visit an open air school for young reindeer herders in the far north of Norway.

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Sweden

Wanted man takes sleeping couple hostage

A wanted man took an unsuspecting couple hostage late Sunday night after entering their flat as they slept in an attempt to evade capture by police in the west Stockholm suburb of Bromma.

Twitter nests in Berlin
Germany

Twitter nests in Berlin

Twitter is setting up a specific Germany headquarters and has chosen to base it in Berlin – despite Chancellor Angela Merkel’s recent rejection of a personal invitation to join the microblogging network.

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Switzerland

Swatch plans car fuelled by hydrogen and oxygen

The world's biggest watch company Swatch is looking at building a car that runs on hydrogen and oxygen, its chief executive and chairman Nick Hayek said in an interview published on Sunday.

Huge rise in Swedish rape acquittals: study
Sweden

Huge rise in Swedish rape acquittals: study

The frequency of rape case acquittals in Sweden has increased dramatically in recent years, new research has shown, and scholars have a theory as to what lay behind the trend.

Merkel: We need a strong Britain in EU
Germany

Merkel: We need a strong Britain in EU

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said it would be "catastrophic" to allow Greece to leave the eurozone because of its debt problems, and underlined the need for Britain within the European Union.

Zebra crossings scene of fifth of road accidents
Germany

Zebra crossings scene of fifth of road accidents

Pedestrians heading for a zebra crossing may be making a bad decision. One in five people hit by cars or bikes are on the black-and-white stripes, figures released on Monday show.

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Sweden

Woman held after two women found dead

One woman is being held by police in northern Sweden after two women were found dead early Saturday morning in a flat in Piteå.