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Switzerland

Monasteries should take in asylum seekers: priest

Monasteries should offer accommodation to asylum seekers, Catholic priest Andreas Rellstab believes, but his proposal has met with resistence from other clerics.

Europe frets over strong le Pen performance
France

Europe frets over strong le Pen performance

Europe rang the alarm bell on Monday over the far-right National Front's historic score in the French presidential election, the latest anti-EU party to make big gains on the continent.

Woman poisons elderly neighbours’ yoghurt
Germany

Woman poisons elderly neighbours’ yoghurt

A 28-year-old woman in the southern German city of Munich has admitted trying to murder her elderly neighbours by mixing sleeping pills into their homemade breakfast yoghurt.

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France

French tourists ‘helped Indian Maoist rebels’

Ten French nationals have been thrown out of the Indian state of Bihar after they were alleged to be working with a charity linked to Maoist rebel fighters, officials said on Monday.

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Sweden

Swedish start-ups booming: investor

A record number of investors flocked to the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship Start-Up Day and have indicated that Sweden will be a hub for new start-ups in the wake of Spotify and Skype’s global success.

One dead in Norway gas blast
Norway

One dead in Norway gas blast

One person was killed on Monday, while three others were injured in a gas explosion at a dairy plant in Fredrikstad, south-eastern Norway.

New names on Sweden’s ‘most wanted’ list
Sweden

New names on Sweden’s ‘most wanted’ list

Two new names have recently been added to Sweden’s “most wanted” list, and authorities are hoping that closer international cooperation may aid the arrest of some 300 criminals believed to be at large abroad.

Fears for three missing Germans on Lake Garda
Germany

Fears for three missing Germans on Lake Garda

Italian rescue services have pulled two bodies out of Lake Garda after three Germans went missing on a sailing trip and were caught up in bad weather.

Uncle gets custody in Indian kids case
Norway

Uncle gets custody in Indian kids case

Two Indian children at the centre of an international row after authorities in Norway removed them from their parents' care can be placed with their uncle in India, a Norwegian court ruled on Monday.

Germans bosses fear French fiscal slackness
France

Germans bosses fear French fiscal slackness

German companies are concerned France will ease up on efforts to get its public finances in shape as close-run presidential elections enter a second round, the BDI industry federation said Monday.

Lithuanian torture victim still in coma
Norway

Lithuanian torture victim still in coma

A 30-year-old Lithuanian man remains in an induced coma more than two weeks after he was found hanging upside down in a stairwell at the farm where he worked in Nærøy, north-central Norway.

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Switzerland

Sion coach steps down as club’s crisis deepens

Frenchman Laurent Roussey on Monday announced his resignation as coach of Swiss outfit FC Sion following some virulent criticism of his efforts by chairman Christian Constantin, Sport Information news agency reported.

Fat cats advise each other to lay off the cream
Germany

Fat cats advise each other to lay off the cream

Two top managers have written personally to the leaders of Germany's top 30 companies, calling on them to control their own mushrooming salaries and bonuses.

Mother and daughter reconciled over lotto win
Sweden

Mother and daughter reconciled over lotto win

A mother and daughter who became estranged after winning three million kronor ($445,428) on a scratch lottery card were in court on Monday to determine the rightful owner of the winnings.

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France

Adios, Amigo: war chums split over lottery win

A friendship dating back over 35 years has been broken in an argument over a winning lottery ticket for €1 million.

First wolf in Rhineland for 120 years shot dead
Germany

First wolf in Rhineland for 120 years shot dead

The first wolf seen in the Rhineland for more than 120 years has been found shot dead, probably by a hunter, it emerged on Monday.

April showers set to stay despite warm weather
Germany

April showers set to stay despite warm weather

Germany is set for April showers this week, and this time the UK has a helping hand in the meteorological misery. A low pressure area over Britain will condemn Germany to rain, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Monday.

French drinking less than before
France

French drinking less than before

A new study has revealed that fewer than one in two customers in bars, cafés or restaurants in France drink alcohol, and those most likely to drink are over 55.

‘Laziness is not a disability’: council
Sweden

‘Laziness is not a disability’: council

Disability Council members of a Swedish town have had enough of “lazy” drivers who park their cars in the disabled spaces, and want the erection of signs stating that laziness is not a recognized form of disability.

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France

Tweeters conspire to skirt French election ban

Twitter turned to talking in code on Sunday night so as to not break the 8pm embargo on election results.

Swedish man wakes up during lung surgery
Sweden

Swedish man wakes up during lung surgery

A 22-year-old Swede undergoing surgery for a collapsed lung was shocked to find himself waking up while under the knife and unable to communicate with the surgeons.

SPD hails ‘huge success’ for centre-left in France
Germany

SPD hails ‘huge success’ for centre-left in France

Germany's centre-left Social Democrats moved swiftly on Monday to bask in the reflected glory of Socialist François Hollande's success in the first round of the French presidential election.

Swiss come last in global sex study
Switzerland

Swiss come last in global sex study

Despite being famed for their precision timing and accuracy, the Swiss are among the world's worst lovers, a study has found.

Pirate regrets ‘growing as fast as Nazis’ comment
Germany

Pirate regrets ‘growing as fast as Nazis’ comment

A leading member of the German Pirate Party has apologised for comparing the rise of the movement with that of the Nazi party in the 1930s.

Breivik offers apology to non-political victims
Norway

Breivik offers apology to non-political victims

Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people last July, said Monday he wanted to apologise for killing "innocent" people in his Oslo bombing, but offered no similar apology for the Utøya massacre.

Foreign flags hurt our feelings: Swiss patriots
Switzerland

Foreign flags hurt our feelings: Swiss patriots

Conservative nationalist party, the Ticino League, wants to make the raising of the Swiss flag mandatory for anybody hoisting a foreign flag in Switzerland.

Swedish farmer shoots and kills cow-eating bear
Sweden

Swedish farmer shoots and kills cow-eating bear

A farmer in western Sweden recently shot a bear dead after it attacked his cattle for the second time in one week.

Airport bus drivers postpone solidarity strike
Sweden

Airport bus drivers postpone solidarity strike

Monday's planned strike among airport and flight transfer bus workers was postponed despite no agreement having been met.

Switzerland home to Kim Jong-un ‘for nine years’
Switzerland

Switzerland home to Kim Jong-un ‘for nine years’

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un lived in Switzerland from the age of seven, arriving two years earlier than previously thought, the Swiss paper Le Matin Dimanche reported on Sunday.

US and EU attack Swiss in economic war: Ermotti
Switzerland

US and EU attack Swiss in economic war: Ermotti

Switzerland's financial industry could lose 20,000 jobs in the coming years due to the "economic war" being waged by the EU and US against its top banks, the head of UBS warned in an interview Sunday.

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Switzerland

Mali Islamists ‘ready to free’ Swiss hostage

A Swiss woman abducted last week in rebel-held Timbuktu in northern Mali has been snatched from her captors by armed Islamists who want to free her, several security sources said Sunday.

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Norway

Oslo Muslims pained by Breivik’s testimony

"He is evil. Pure evil. A robot," Sihen Naidja says, her voice trembling, when asked how she experienced the first week of Norwegian mass-murderer Anders Behring Breivik's trial.

Hooligans break Leverkusen player’s nose
Germany

Hooligans break Leverkusen player’s nose

German police are hunting two football hooligans who attacked a player from their rival team, hitting in him in the face as he left a disco and breaking his nose.

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Switzerland

Nestle pays billions for Pfizer infant food arm

Swiss food giant Nestle said on Monday it has agreed to pay $11.85 billion to acquire infant food maker Pfizer Nutrition, which generates about 85 percent of its sales from emerging markets.

Cop blames colleagues’ racist slurs on ‘stress’
Sweden

Cop blames colleagues’ racist slurs on ‘stress’

Racist slurs uttered by Malmö police officers while responding to disturbances in the city's Rosengård district can be attributed to "stress", according to an officer who was present at the December 2008 incident.

Hollande rejects debate challenge
France

Hollande rejects debate challenge

 

Socialist presidential candidate Francois Hollande on Sunday rejected President Nicolas Sarkozy's challenge to hold three televised debates with him before the second round vote on May 6.

 

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France

Sarkozy: I’m feeling confident

President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Sunday he was facing the second round of France's presidential vote with confidence despite his first-round loss to Socialist Francois Hollande.

Foreign press sees writing on the wall for Sarkozy
France

Foreign press sees writing on the wall for Sarkozy

European papers predicted Nicolas Sarkozy would struggle to keep his job after his Socialist rival drew first blood in Sunday polling but stressed far-right candidate Marine Le Pen could decide the May 6 run-off.

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France

Far-right scores big as Hollande wins first round

Duelling left-right rivals Francois Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy launched the race for the French presidential run-off on Monday, a race shaken up by the far-right's record first-round score.

Half of German firms ‘victims of spying’
Germany

Half of German firms ‘victims of spying’

Nearly half of all German companies have been victims of spy attacks, a new study shows, with one in five having lost information directly to competitors. The rest knew they were losing information, but did not know to whom.

‘United States losing its global influence’: Borg
Sweden

‘United States losing its global influence’: Borg

Sweden's finance minister Anders Borg warned at the weekend that the United States was losing its influence on the global economic stage.

Chinese PM opens Hannover trade fair
Germany

Chinese PM opens Hannover trade fair

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao officially opened the Hannover Messe, the world's biggest industry and trade fair, on Sunday evening.

Minister slammed for weapons export blunder
Sweden

Minister slammed for weapons export blunder

Sweden's enterprise minster Annie Lööf has come in for heavy criticism following a blunder about Sweden’s arms exports.