Germans Win Close to $1m in PokerStars Micro Millions
Germany

Germans Win Close to $1m in PokerStars Micro Millions

One of the most popular poker series ever played on PokerStars was launched last month and German players came out in force, taking home close to $1 million over 10 days of online tournaments.

Viktor Blom set for most expensive European Poker Tournament ever
Sweden

Viktor Blom set for most expensive European Poker Tournament ever

The most expensive poker tournament in Europe ever will be played in Monte Carlo April 23-25, and one of the players will be 21-year-old Swede Viktor Blom.

Tourists evacuated from beaches in tsunami scare
Germany

Tourists evacuated from beaches in tsunami scare

German tourists on holiday in Thailand were among thousands evacuated from the beaches and taken to high ground after an enormous undersea earthquake in the Indian Ocean prompted a tsunami alarm.

‘Sweden has betrayed the Arab struggle for democracy’
Sweden

‘Sweden has betrayed the Arab struggle for democracy’

Revelations that Sweden has helped the regime in Saudi Arabia enhance its military capabilities amount to a betrayal of the Arab spring and support for a Saudi-backed Arab counter-revolution, argue a group of Arab and Swedish pro-democracy activists.

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Sweden

Seven convicted in brutal gang rape case

Seven of the eight men charged with the aggravated rape of a woman at a housing facility for asylum seekers in Småland, southeastern Sweden, last year were convicted and sentenced to prison on Wednesday in the Eksjö District Court.

Viking-era ‘piggy bank’ yields silver treasure
Sweden

Viking-era ‘piggy bank’ yields silver treasure

A bronze, Viking-era "piggy-bank" containing thousands silver coins dating from the 11th century has been unearthed on the Baltic island of Gotland in what Swedish archaeologists have described as a "fantastic" treasure find.

Retiring man admits he ‘did nothing for 14 years’
Germany

Retiring man admits he ‘did nothing for 14 years’

A German state employee got one last hurrah when he sent a farewell email to 500 colleagues detailing how he had been paid €745,000 for “doing nothing”.

Iran cuts oil exports to Germany
Germany

Iran cuts oil exports to Germany

Iran has stopped oil imports to Germany and reduced its consumption of EU products as the European Union moves towards a total embargo on Iranian oil, Iranian media reported on Wednesday.

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France

Italians block motorway in French rail link demo

Protesters in northern Italy held rallies and staged sit-ins on Wednesday against land seizures for the construction of a controversial high-speed rail link between Lyon and Turin.

Global challenge to make canteen food art
Germany

Global challenge to make canteen food art

A German student who found the food at his university canteen so inspiring he created art on his plate, has launched what he hopes will become a global challenge to make boring lunches more exciting.

Blue the green parrot calls ‘papa’, finds mother
Sweden

Blue the green parrot calls ‘papa’, finds mother

A family from eastern Sweden who feared their missing pet parrot had perished in freezing cold temperatures could hardly believe their ears when they heard squawks of "paaaapaaa" emanating from a nearby forest.

Réunion issues tsunami alert after quake
France

Réunion issues tsunami alert after quake

The French island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean issued an orange tsunami alert on Wednesday after a massive earthquake struck off Indonesia's Sumatra island, the local prefect's office said.

Swedish tourists weather Thai tsunami scare
Sweden

Swedish tourists weather Thai tsunami scare

The tsunami scare that followed an earth quake in the Indian Ocean on Wednesday, measuring 8.7 on the Richter scale, had tourists fleeing the beaches of Thailand and Indonesia for higher grounds.

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Norway

Breivik’s strategy: secure a jail term

How to defend a mass-murderer whose guilt is not in question? Anders Behring Breivik's defence will take the unusual approach of trying to prove he is criminally responsible and should be sent to prison.

Basic jobless support cut nearly a million times
Germany

Basic jobless support cut nearly a million times

German authorities imposed more punishments than ever before on people living on the country’s basic unemployment support last year for breaking the system’s rules, it was reported on Wednesday.

Elderly Germans ’cause more trouble than Turks’
Germany

Elderly Germans ’cause more trouble than Turks’

Germans are more annoyed by old people and teenagers in their area than their Turkish neighbours a new study shows – contradicting the image of communities consumed by ethnic strife.

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Sweden

High-schooler vies for spot on Investor board

A 20-year-old Swede who has yet to graduate from high school has nominated himself to the board of Investor, one of Sweden's most powerful investment companies.

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France

Fears for Spain overstated – French minister

French Budget Minister Valérie Pécresse said on Wednesday that market fears over Spain's finances were "excessive".

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France

Sarkozy: vote for me or face financial crisis

French President Nicolas Sarkozy declared on Wednesday that a win for his Socialist rival Francois Hollande in next week's presidential vote would plunge France into financial crisis.

French Resistance hero dies at 97
France

French Resistance hero dies at 97

Raymond Aubrac, one of the last surviving senior leaders of the French Resistance, has died aged 97 in Paris, his family said on Wednesday.

Fury over Mein Kampf in Swiss bookshops
Switzerland

Fury over Mein Kampf in Swiss bookshops

Anti-racism groups have expressed indignation that Hitler’s book, “Mein Kampf” (“My Struggle”) is freely available in bookstores in the Swiss region of Romandie.

Siemens gets Athens contract after bribery fine
Germany

Siemens gets Athens contract after bribery fine

German engineering giant Siemens, which recently settled a bribery dispute with the Greek government, said on Wednesday it has won a €41 million contract for the Athens metro.

Swedish sex addict seeks help, molests therapist
Sweden

Swedish sex addict seeks help, molests therapist

A man in southern Sweden suffering from sex addiction, who recently sought help in order to combat his problems, has been sentenced to community service after sexually molesting his female therapist.

Hercules crash victims identified
Norway

Hercules crash victims identified

The five Norwegian officers who died in the Hercules crash on Sweden's highest peak Kebnekaise in March have been formally identified, Swedish police confirmed on Wednesday.

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Switzerland

‘Pay foreign convicts to quit Switzerland’

Foreign-born offenders in Geneva will in future be offered 4,000 francs ($4,634) to leave the country, as part of a plan to reduce the burden on Switzerland's prisons.

Homeless Swede wins tent subsidy battle
Sweden

Homeless Swede wins tent subsidy battle

A homeless Stockholm man has been granted a subsidy from local authorities to purchase camping equipment rather than stay in the “substandard” temporary accommodation provided for homeless people.

Anger as Swiss visa rules are relaxed
Switzerland

Anger as Swiss visa rules are relaxed

Switzerland has suddenly relaxed visa requirements for workers from 33 countries, including many Balkan nations, in a move that has angered anti-immigrant opposition politicians.

 

Air France fined over CityJet Irish contracts
France

Air France fined over CityJet Irish contracts

A French court on Tuesday fined Air France €100,000 ($131,000) and ordered it to pay compensation after its CityJet subsidiary paid employees based in France under Irish contracts.

Mega move to new Berlin airport begins
Germany

Mega move to new Berlin airport begins

The biggest move in recent German history has begun with staff at Berlin’s two airports starting to pack up 55,000 cubic metres of equipment ready to move to the capital’s new international airport.

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France

Pastor held over church deaths

The pastor of a church has been held by police after two people died following the collapse of part of the building during an Easter Sunday service.

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Norway

Police open fire after Oslo car chase

A car chase through the streets of the Norwegian capital Oslo in the early hours of Wednesday morning ended with police opening fire after having been threatened by a gun-toting suspect.

‘A Koran in every home’ project makes waves
Germany

‘A Koran in every home’ project makes waves

A project by Salafist Muslims to give away 25 million German-language Korans across the country – by post and in town centres, has been slammed by a conservative politician calling it a disturbance of the religious peace.

Skanska workers held hostage by rebels in Peru
Sweden

Skanska workers held hostage by rebels in Peru

Thirty-six workers who provide services to a gas transportation company are being held hostage in Peru by suspected Shining Path guerrillas, one of the companies that employ the workers reported Tuesday.

300 women fined under full-face veil ban
France

300 women fined under full-face veil ban

One year after France introduced a law banning women from wearing full-face veils in public, officials report that around 300 have been fined.

Texting behind the wheel ‘harmless’: agency
Sweden

Texting behind the wheel ‘harmless’: agency

There is no reason to ban texting and talking on mobile phones without hands-free while driving, according to a report from the Swedish National Road and Transport Institute (Statens väg- och transportforskningsinstitut - VTI), handed to the government on Wednesday.

Arab nudes defy taboos in Paris show
France

Arab nudes defy taboos in Paris show

The naked body in Arab art is the theme of a new Paris exhibit meant to broaden views of Arab culture, spotlighting the many artists willing to break taboos and depict nudity in all its forms.

McDonald’s tempts French with ‘McBaguette’
France

McDonald’s tempts French with ‘McBaguette’

The French branch of US fast food giant McDonald's said on Tuesday it was to introduce a "McBaguette" sandwich in a bid to cater to local tastes.

Policeman killed in shopping centre attack
France

Policeman killed in shopping centre attack

A 32-year-old policeman was killed early on Wednesday morning as he attended a burglary at a large electrical goods store.

‘Psychotic’ patients left with no running water
Sweden

‘Psychotic’ patients left with no running water

Patients in a psychiatric clinic in Lund have been without running water for two days after a nearby fire cut off their supply, leaving many mentally ill patients unable to shower or flush the toilet.

Students offer sex ‘to improve grades’
Germany

Students offer sex ‘to improve grades’

Three German students are offering to help female students improve their grades – by inviting them out of the library and into bed.

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Sweden

Man stabbed to death in Stockholm shelter

One man is dead and another seriously injured after an argument in a homeless shelter in Stockholm turned into a knife fight late on Tuesday night.