How to join Scotland’s landed gentry
Germany

How to join Scotland’s landed gentry

Thousands of people from around the world have become Scottish landowners - and Lairds, Lords and Ladies in the process - thanks to a scheme that combines conservation with satisfying people's interest in Scottish history and culture.

Cops follow dogfight organiser’s tracks
Germany

Cops follow dogfight organiser’s tracks

German police hunting organisers of an illegal dog fighting den set up in the cellar of a house have issued an international arrest warrant after the property owner disappeared.

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Sweden

Russia ‘blocks’ Stockholm property sale

The Swedish Enforcement Authority (Kronofogden) was about to seize and sell a property in Stockholm belonging to the Russian Trade Delegation when a letter to the agency from the country’s embassy stopped the proceedings, according to a report in trade and business paper Dagens Industri (DI).

German ship ‘carrying guns for Assad’ stopped
Germany

German ship ‘carrying guns for Assad’ stopped

A German freighter thought to be taking Iranian weapons to the Syrian government – in violation of the European embargo - has been stopped. The shipping firm has denied all reports of the ship having arms on board.

British Mini workers in tea break row with BMW
Germany

British Mini workers in tea break row with BMW

German bosses at BMW trying to increase efficiency at the Mini factory in Britain have run into opposition from disgruntled workers - after they wanted to shorten tea and toilet breaks.

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Sweden

Killer who dumped body in sewer gets 12 years

A man was sentenced to 12 years prison on Monday for murdering his best friend, who was found a month later in a lake in southern Sweden.

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France

Strong demand for French bonds in auction

France raised more than €7.9 billion ($10.3 billion) via the sale of short-term bonds on Monday at lower rates than during the previous comparable sale and amid strong demand, the body charged with carrying out the sales said.

‘Swedes’ debts cost society billions’: minister
Sweden

‘Swedes’ debts cost society billions’: minister

According to minister for EU affairs, Birgitta Ohlsson, Swedes have too many debts. She has therefore launched an enquiry to map out the extent of the problem and come up with possible solutions, planned to be completed by 2013.

Sweden slashes 2012 growth forecast
Sweden

Sweden slashes 2012 growth forecast

The Swedish economy is set for a major slowdown in 2012, according the spring budget presented on Monday by finance minister Anders Borg, who warned for the "downside risks" amid the continued economic uncertainty.

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France

The shuttered French ‘ghost factory’ where staff still turn up for work

Every morning the employees of the Sodimedical hospital supplies company in the small town of Plancy L'Abbaye in eastern France show up for work in their shuttered factory.

Chilly sunshine and showers continue
Germany

Chilly sunshine and showers continue

The long wait for springtime sunshine looks set to continue, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Monday - as cool temperatures and occasional showers will frustrate those hoping to consign their coats to the cupboards.

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France

Sarkozy rallies troops for final election battle

France's President Nicolas Sarkozy and his Socialist challenger Francois Hollande staged rival street rallies for tens of thousands of supporters Sunday, one week from their presidential election.

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Switzerland

Asylum requests surge in Switzerland

Some 7,150 people sought asylum in Switzerland in the first three months of the year, up 63 percent from a year ago, according to data released Monday by the Federal Migration Office.

American tattooist admits Berlin axe killing
Germany

American tattooist admits Berlin axe killing

A US tattoo artist who chopped up another tattooist with an axe could be locked up for life as a German court heard on Monday that he killed with "particular savagery."

Cops ‘can’t fit in’ fancy new patrol cars
Germany

Cops ‘can’t fit in’ fancy new patrol cars

A German police force that spent €25 million on new sporty cars found that not only was the visibility rubbish for chases - the fancy seats were so narrow the cops could not get in while wearing their guns, truncheons and other equipment.

Breivik’s tears flow on first day of trial
Norway

Breivik’s tears flow on first day of trial

Norwegian gunman Anders Behring Breivik's tears in court Monday as prosecutors showed a film he made to explain his anti-Islam ideology were linked to his fears over an ongoing war in Europe, his lawyer said.

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Switzerland

Swiss woman kidnapped in Timbuktu: confirmed

Switzerland on Monday confirmed that a female national had been kidnapped in Mali's Timbuktu, the fabled city seized by Islamists after a coup in the west African nation.

Kurds try to hijack Rhine pleasure boat
Germany

Kurds try to hijack Rhine pleasure boat

Ten members of the Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) attempted to hijack a pleasure boat on the Rhine in Cologne, western Germany, on Sunday, hoping to use loudspeakers to propagate their manifesto.

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France

Free petrol at pump sparks ‘oil rush’

Drivers near Strasbourg rushed to an automated petrol station to fill up their tanks free of charge after pumps started to malfunction. Police had to battle angry drivers away.

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France

GDF buys up rest of British power company

International Power on Monday said it had agreed to an improved multi-billion-pound bid from French energy giant GDF Suez for the 30 percent of the British company it does not own.

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France

Sarkozy caught hiding watch from ‘pickpokets’ at rally

French president and candidate Nicolas Sarkozy held a massive rally in Paris on Sunday. The French press say he was caught on camera hiding his watch in fear of pickpockets.

Father wanted for family murder: ‘I’m superior’
France

Father wanted for family murder: ‘I’m superior’

A man believed to have killed his wife and four children last year considered himself to be part of an elite group of intelligent people, superior to 'the masses', newly discovered emails and writings show. 

Paper sorry for ‘cosy’ ad over Utøya story
Sweden

Paper sorry for ‘cosy’ ad over Utøya story

Swedish newspaper Sydsvenskan was forced to apologize to readers who were shocked after finding an ad for “Cosy Sundays” straight across the headline of a story on the tragic massacre at Norwegian island Utøya in July last year.

Klas the kitty survives harrowing 200km ride
Sweden

Klas the kitty survives harrowing 200km ride

A man in northern Sweden, who was taking a rest-stop after 200 kilometres of driving, got a shock after he heard a meow coming from the trailer of his car.

Vegan sex shop offers responsible romping
Germany

Vegan sex shop offers responsible romping

A Berlin sex shop has taken clear-conscience consumerism to an intimate new high, with organic, vegan sex aids.

Police arrest three over slain Malmö teen
Sweden

Police arrest three over slain Malmö teen

Three teenagers have been arrested in Malmö, in southern Sweden, under suspicion of the murder of 15-year-old Ardiwan Samir in the Rosengård district on New Year’s Eve.

Breivik pleads ‘not guilty’ at Oslo court
Norway

Breivik pleads ‘not guilty’ at Oslo court

Anders Behring Breivik pleaded not guilty for his massacre of 77 people in Norway, making a defiant far-right salute as his trial began Monday before being confronted by dramatic recordings of the slaughter.

Nordic populists search souls after July attacks
Norway

Nordic populists search souls after July attacks

Right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik's deadly attacks in Norway sent shock waves through the serene Nordic lands, rocking their populist parties and prompting at least one to clean up its act.

Parties move to muzzle rebel MPs
Germany

Parties move to muzzle rebel MPs

The German parliament is in uproar after three of the major parties unveiled plans to muzzle MPs who do not agree with party policies.

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Switzerland

Swiss banks may name staff in US spat: report

Switzerland is to allow banks to hand over to the United States the names of any employees who may have helped American clients evade taxes, a Swiss newspaper reported on Saturday.

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Switzerland

Four seriously hurt in Basel blast

Four people were seriously injured when a suspected gas explosion tore into an apartment block in a town near northern Switzerland's Basel on Saturday, Swiss media reported.

Why Zurich is waiting for a head to explode
Switzerland

Why Zurich is waiting for a head to explode

The Sechseläuten festival takes place on Monday, with ancient guilds parading through Zurich, women showering men with flowers, and a ritualistic burning to top it off.

Silence is golden for Social Democrats’ Löfven
Sweden

Silence is golden for Social Democrats’ Löfven

Stefan Löfven appears to have found a recipe for success as the head of Sweden's Social Democrats: keeping his mouth shut. The question remains, however, as to just how long the strategy can be a winning one, argues historian and commentator David Linden.

Hitler film writer scripts Kampusch movie
Germany

Hitler film writer scripts Kampusch movie

A movie about the eight-year-long kidnap of Natascha Kampusch is to begin shooting next month - based on a screenplay by Bernd Eichinger who wrote “Downfall” about Hitler’s last days.

‘I do not recognize the Norwegian court’: Breivik
Norway

‘I do not recognize the Norwegian court’: Breivik

Right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik made a defiant farright salute to an Oslo courtroom Monday as his trial opened for the killing of 77 people in twin attacks in Norway last July.

Breivik’s target wishlist: from Obama to royals
Norway

Breivik’s target wishlist: from Obama to royals

Anders Behring Breivik, who goes on trial on Monday for killing 77 people in twin attacks in Norway last year, had a long wishlist of targets and methods that he considered in the years he spent plotting his massacre.

Swedes’ tacos marred by grisly maggot-surprise
Sweden

Swedes’ tacos marred by grisly maggot-surprise

A Friday night taco dinner at the Lindström household in central Sweden didn't turn out as planned after hundreds of crawling brown maggots emerged from a container of canned corn.

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Switzerland

Pro-Palestinian activists halted in Geneva

Several dozen pro-Palestinian activists protested at Geneva airport on Sunday, saying authorities prevented them from boarding a Tel Aviv-bound flight as part of a "fly-in" that Israel has vowed
to block.

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Norway

Norway lifts economic sanctions against Burma

Norway has lifted economic sanctions against Burma following a series of reforms in the long-closed nation, Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre said on Sunday.

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Switzerland

Swiss woman abducted in Mali: local official

A Swiss woman has been abducted in the rebel-held northern Malian city of Timbuktu, now controlled by Islamist fighters, a local official and a resident of the town told AFP on Sunday.

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Norway

Trial begins of Anders Behring Breivik

The long-awaited trial of right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik, who massacred 77 people in twin attacks in Norway last July, opens on Monday with proceedings set to focus on whether or not he is sane.

One in four study at Swedish unis via the net
Sweden

One in four study at Swedish unis via the net

Earning college credit online is becoming increasingly popular in Sweden, where one in four university students now enrolls in a programme conducted over the internet.

First Bundesliga win in six games for Gladbach
Germany

First Bundesliga win in six games for Gladbach

Borussia Mönchengladbach took a step closer to the Champions League on Sunday with a 3-0 home win over Cologne, who are heading towards a German league relegation play-off.

Dogs attack Swedish women on horseback
Sweden

Dogs attack Swedish women on horseback

Three female horseback riders were attacked by a pair of loose dogs while out for a ride on Sunday afternoon in eastern Sweden, with one woman suffering severe bites in the face and neck.