Norway killer Breivik inspired by al-Qaeda
Norway

Norway killer Breivik inspired by al-Qaeda

The gunman behind the Norway massacres said he was inspired by al-Qaeda as he took the stand on Tuesday at his trial, after a judge who called for him to face the death penalty was dismissed.

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Switzerland

Centuries-old wine for sale in Switzerland

A bottle of French wine dating back to 1774 and dubbed "the wine of kings and the king of wines" is expected to fetch between 40,000 and 50,000 francs ($44,000 and $55,000) at auction next month.

Breivik: I was created like German neo-Nazi killers
Germany

Breivik: I was created like German neo-Nazi killers

The Norwegian extremist on trial for killing 77 people told a court on Tuesday he had been ‘created’ by the same forces which had led to the German National Socialist Underground (NSU) cell, suspected of nine race-based murders.

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Norway

Breivik’s world view on show at Oslo court

In an hour-long diatribe, Anders Behring Breivik portrayed his July car bomb attack and shooting spree as a selfless sacrifice and compared himself to the Americans who decided to drop nuclear bombs on Japan to end World War II.

‘I was in survival overdrive’: victim
Sweden

‘I was in survival overdrive’: victim

On Tuesday it was the 25-year-old kidnapping victim’s turn to tell his version of events in the abduction drama which took place in Uppsala at the end of last year.

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France

Strong tourist trade boosts Eurostar

Channel Tunnel train operator Eurostar saw sales surge in the first quarter, thanks to customers using their services for leisure.

Sky wins new bid for Bundesliga rights
Germany

Sky wins new bid for Bundesliga rights

German pay TV channel Sky has won the rights to show live Bundesliga matches for a total of €2.5 billion ($3.3 billion) in a four-year package starting in 2013, the league said Tuesday.

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France

Paris Ritz shuts down for massive refurb

Paris's luxury Ritz hotel, owed by Mohamed Al-Fayed, is set to close its doors to customers this summer for a €140 million renovation.

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Norway

Two other terrorist cells at large: Breivik

Anders Behring Breivik, who is on trial for killing 77 people in twin attacks in Norway in July, told the court on Tuesday that "two other cells" exist, each consisting of just one person.

Pet death grief ‘does not count’ – court
Germany

Pet death grief ‘does not count’ – court

A German federal court has ruled that owners whose pets are killed are not legally entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, it announced Tuesday.

Five things you should know about Stockholm
Sweden

Five things you should know about Stockholm

Think you know Stockholm? Check out The Local's list of five things you should know about the Swedish capital.

Minister in ‘racist circumcision outrage’
Sweden

Minister in ‘racist circumcision outrage’

Swedish minister of culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth's participation in a "racist spectacle" in which she carved up a cake depicting a naked black woman has sparked outrage and prompted calls for the minister's dismissal.

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Sweden

Court frees ‘exorcized’ teen girl’s parents

The father and step-mother of a 14-year-old girl from western Sweden, charged with repeatedly beating and burning the girl because they “thought she was a witch”, were freed of all charges on Tuesday.

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Norway

Jealous ex-lover chases naked rival with axe

A young man’s amorous advances were cut short on Tuesday morning as he was chased naked through the streets of Trondheim by an axe-wielding love rival.

No-name job letters ‘help women and migrants’
Germany

No-name job letters ‘help women and migrants’

Women and foreigners in Germany are more likely to get a job interview if they send in anonymous applications which do not include details of age, gender or name, a new survey shows.

‘No <i>Bild</i> in my house’ idea gathers strength
Germany

‘No Bild in my house’ idea gathers strength

A massive promotion campaign by the publisher of Europe’s best-selling newspaper Bild, sending a copy to every household in Germany to mark its 60th anniversary, has prompted a campaign of rejection.

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Switzerland

Trial begins for ‘honour killing’ of teen daughter

A 53-year-old Pakistani man known as Scheragha R goes on trial on Tuesday for the vicious murder in 2010 of his 16-year-old daughter, Swera.

Bare breasts and a great summer
Switzerland

Bare breasts and a great summer

Two topless panty-clad women raced through the crowd at the Sechseläuten parade in Zurich on Monday afternoon, as an exploding snowman's head brought the promise of fine summer weather.

Hospital mix-up causes post-funeral autopsy
Sweden

Hospital mix-up causes post-funeral autopsy

A family in eastern Sweden was devastated to learn that their deceased loved-one would have to be autopsied after the funeral due to a hospital snafu.

‘Drug squirrel’ fear ahead of Dutch dope ban
Germany

‘Drug squirrel’ fear ahead of Dutch dope ban

Police in the German border town of Viersen are stepping up patrols, worried that drug tourists travelling to the Netherlands will buy cannabis in bulk ahead of a Dutch clampdown on May 1.

‘I would do it again’: Breivik
Norway

‘I would do it again’: Breivik

Anders Behring Breivik, on trial for the massacre of 77 people in Norway, Tuesday told the court he would do it again if he could, while a judge was removed for calling for the death penalty.

Ikea to enter home electronics market
Sweden

Ikea to enter home electronics market

Swedish electronics chains, already battling a sinking market, will be forced to compete on a whole new scale as Swedish furniture giant Ikea launches plans to enter the market with a new range of furniture with built-in electronics.

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France

Man charged for Paris killing spree

The main suspect in the murders of four people in the southern suburbs of Paris over five months was charged with murder on Monday and is being held in custody, prosecutors said.

Murder suspect posts ‘did you see me?’ advert
Germany

Murder suspect posts ‘did you see me?’ advert

An ex-mayor accused of murdering his wife has taken out an advert in a local paper asking if anyone saw him on the day he reported her missing.

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Switzerland

Swiss top European skin cancer league

Switzerland holds the record for the highest number of new cases of skin melanoma per year in Europe, according to the latest figures,

 

Judge dismissed over death penalty comment
Norway

Judge dismissed over death penalty comment

One of five judges in the Breivik trial was removed Tuesday by the court following revelations he had called for the death penalty for the man who killed 77 people in Norway last July.

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France

People with tattoos ‘more likely to be boozers’

 

French scientists said on Monday they have found evidence proving the stereotype that people who sport tattoos and piercings are heavier drinkers.

 

Man who killed two nieces jailed for life
Germany

Man who killed two nieces jailed for life

A man who murdered his young two nieces to try to get his hands on a family fortune was jailed for life in Germany despite his desperate claims of a set-up.

Chirac ‘will vote for Hollande’ – claim
France

Chirac ‘will vote for Hollande’ – claim

France's former right-wing president Jacques Chirac will vote for the Socialists' Francois Hollande in Sunday's first-round presidential vote, a newspaper Tuesday quoted a source close to him as saying.

Sweden Democrats ‘unchanged’ in wake of Breivik terror: expert
Sweden

Sweden Democrats ‘unchanged’ in wake of Breivik terror: expert

While the far-right Sweden Democrats initially distanced themselves from the deadly attacks by Anders Behring Breivik, currently on trial in Norway, the party hasn't undergone a major transformation, the AFP's Nina Larsson discovers.

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Norway

Breivik judge called for death penalty

Anders Behring Breivik's trial in Oslo was suspended Tuesday after both the prosecution and defence called for a judge to be removed for calling for the defendant to be given the death penalty.

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Norway

Breivik takes the stand at Norway massacre trial

Anders Behring Breivik will get a chance to explain himself in court on Tuesday in testimony that his lawyer said will be hard to listen to.

Siemens losing puff on off-shore wind parks
Germany

Siemens losing puff on off-shore wind parks

The difficulties of connecting wind-parks in the high seas to the national grid are harming Siemens' balance books. The technology giant is expecting to set aside a huge reserve for technical difficulties, eating into this year's profits.

‘People have a duty to make themselves hirable’
Sweden

‘People have a duty to make themselves hirable’

Social Democrat leader Stefan Löfven has admitted that his party has done a poor job emphasizing individuals' own responsibility for making themselves employable.

China’s Youngman bids anew for Saab: report
Sweden

China’s Youngman bids anew for Saab: report

Chinese automaker Youngman has offered to buy bankrupt Swedish carmaker Saab for 3.2 billion kronor ($470 million), according to a report in Swedish business daily Dagens Industri (DI).

Grass hospitalised with heart scare
Germany

Grass hospitalised with heart scare

German author and Nobel laureate Günter Grass was hospitalised in the port city of Hamburg Monday following heart problems, a hospital spokesman said confirming a newspaper report.

Sweden visit to ‘boost China’s Arctic profile’
Sweden

Sweden visit to ‘boost China’s Arctic profile’

China will seek a larger role in the Arctic region during an upcoming visit by Premier Wen Jiabao to Iceland and Sweden and wants observer status in the Arctic Council, a senior official said Monday.