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Sweden

Untranslated document postpones bomber trial

The trial against Stockholm suicide bomber Taimour Abdulwahab's suspected accomplice Nasserdine Menni, set to open in Glasgow on Monday, was delayed until Wednesday due to a document needing to be translated to Swedish.

Horny Jesus hits cop with massive butt
Norway

Horny Jesus hits cop with massive butt

After Jesus chased a family up a tree and got pepper-sprayed by the police, a Norwegian farmer now feels he has little option but to chuck the offending goat on the barbecue.

Google cars ‘meant to collect internet info’
Germany

Google cars ‘meant to collect internet info’

Google has admitted that it deliberately took people's internet surfing information with cars it sent round Germany taking pictures for its Street-View service.

Star striker Podolski takes aim for Arsenal
Germany

Star striker Podolski takes aim for Arsenal

German international striker Lukas Podolski will leave Cologne for English Premier League side Arsenal at the start of next season, the Bundesliga club confirm on Monday.

Walpurgis Night: Why are Swedes dancing around bonfires?
Sweden

Walpurgis Night: Why are Swedes dancing around bonfires?

Been invited to a bonfire party this weekend? Wondering what on earth is going on? Swedes are celebrating the spring. Valborgsmässoafton (Walpurgis night in English) takes place every year on the last day of April. Here's The Local's guide to the festivities.

Stockholm car chase follows axe robbery
Sweden

Stockholm car chase follows axe robbery

Stockholm police were in hot pursuit of three men armed with an axe and a pistol who attempted to rob a money transport vehicle outside a galleria in the chic Stockholm district of Östermalm around lunchtime on Monday.

High-tech water cannon ready for Berlin May Day
Germany

High-tech water cannon ready for Berlin May Day

The Berlin police force is preparing to break in its new high-tech water-cannon monster-truck for the annual May Day protests in the German capital, with demonstrations and clashes expected to begin on Monday night.

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Switzerland

Trio in court over gruesome triple murder

Two men and a woman go on trial on Monday for the gruesome killing of an older couple and their 35-year-old daughter.

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Sweden

Swedish Wrapp’s virtual gift cards launched in US

Wrapp, a Swedish virtual gift card company, was launched in the United States on Monday, with founder Hjalmar Winbladh keen to see further success in the world’s Mecca for gift cards.

Baby Estelle celebrates King’s birthday
Sweden

Baby Estelle celebrates King’s birthday

Stockholm is currently aflutter with the celebrations for the Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf’s 66th birthday, with a crowd gathered at the Royal Palace’s courtyard to get a glimpse of the King and the new princess celebrating her grandfather.

Sarkozy to sue over Qaddhafi cash claim
France

Sarkozy to sue over Qaddhafi cash claim

Nicolas Sarkozy vowed on Monday to sue a website that claimed Muammar Qaddhafi financed his 2007 presidential election, seeking to spin the charge in the crucial final week before France goes to the polls.

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Switzerland

Swiss hold Canadian linked to ‘Qaddhafi plot’

A former executive at a Canadian engineering firm who has been linked to a plot to smuggle Muammar Qaddhafi's son into Mexico has been arrested in Switzerland, officials said.

Calls for Ukraine Euro 2012 boycott grow louder
Germany

Calls for Ukraine Euro 2012 boycott grow louder

Ukraine accused Germany of "Cold War" methods on Monday as German ministers threatened to boycott the Euro 2012 Championships amid fears for the health of imprisoned former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

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Norway

Norway-bound booze vans stopped in Sweden

Police in western Sweden are being kept busy by illegal shipments of alcohol and cigarettes, believed to be bound for Norway.

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Sweden

Sweden’s defence ‘not fit for battle’: expert

Sweden’s armed forces would not be able to defend Sweden should the need arise, according to experts, who point to the lack of protection against radiation, chemical and biological warfare, and the needs for field hospitals and helicopter training.

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Norway

Telenor writes off rest of India mobile business

Norwegian telecom giant Telenor on Monday wrote off the rest of its mobile business in India worth 3.9 billion kroner ($680 million) after New Delhi scrapped licences in a massive fraud probe.

Woman arrested after kids’ football brawl
Sweden

Woman arrested after kids’ football brawl

A woman was arrested for attacking six people on Sunday, after a boys’ football match in western Sweden ended in a brawl.

Swiss teen is Germany’s new superstar
Switzerland

Swiss teen is Germany’s new superstar

Germany’s new superstar is 17-year-old Swiss singer Luca Hänni, who beat out the competition on Saturday evening in the popular Deutschland Sucht den Superstar ("Germany Seeks a Superstar") television show.

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France

Woman and child fall from fourth-floor flat

A mother and her two-year-old son are both in hospital with serious injuries after falling from their fourth floor apartment in Ivry sur Seine, south east of Paris.

Taking a hike is officially good for health
Germany

Taking a hike is officially good for health

Fresh air and a walk always feels good for you – now a study has proven it, with a study showing hiking can not only lead to weight loss but also lower blood pressure and increased stamina.

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Switzerland

Zurich bars flout city’s smoking ban

The application of Zurich's smoking ban has weakened progressively since its implementation exactly two years ago, according to media reports.

 

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France

Sarkozy’s party pal slams ‘puerile’ pink paint job

Windows reserved especially for President Nicolas Sarkozy’s UMP party campaign posters were painted pink by an anonymous decorator in La Rochelle this weekend.

Party plans Mohammed cartoons ‘election tactic’
Germany

Party plans Mohammed cartoons ‘election tactic’

A far-right party on the campaign trail in Germany's most populous state is threatening to put caricatures of Mohammed outside mosques in a string of cities, prompting fears of violence.

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Norway

Norwegian skier killed by France avalanche

A Norwegian cross-country skier caught up in an avalanche on Mont Blanc has died of his injuries, police said on Sunday.

Germans shopping more but growth still weak
Germany

Germans shopping more but growth still weak

Retail sales in Germany rose in March but not by enough to offset the declines seen in the preceding two months, official data showed on Monday.

‘Scream’ to make noise at New York art auction
Norway

‘Scream’ to make noise at New York art auction

The only privately owned version of Edvard Munch's "The Scream" is estimated to sell for at least $80 million at Sotheby's next week as the star of the New York spring art auctions.

First Miss Black France causes controversy
France

First Miss Black France causes controversy

Controversial beauty contest “Miss Black France” crowned a Senegalese student in Paris this weekend. But the event, picketed by far-right protesters, has divided opinion in France.

French workers targeted in Swiss hate campaign
Switzerland

French workers targeted in Swiss hate campaign

Residents of France who work across the border in Geneva have become the targets of a virulent anti-migrant campaign calling for their houses and cars to be burned.

French workers targeted in Swiss hate campaign
France

French workers targeted in Swiss hate campaign

Residents of France who work across the border in Geneva have become the targets of a virulent anti-migrant campaign calling for their houses and cars to be burned.

Germans cancel Swiss trips after MP’s outburst
Switzerland

Germans cancel Swiss trips after MP’s outburst

Many Germans are cancelling their holidays in Switzerland after a far-right politician said too many people from the neighbouring country were taking Swiss jobs.

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France

‘Turtle and hare’ in race for French presidency

They are both 57 years old, but few men could be more different than Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande, the rival candidates jockeying to win France's presidential election next Sunday.

Smugglers to Norway cause strain on Sweden
Sweden

Smugglers to Norway cause strain on Sweden

Police in western Sweden are kept busy by a large number of illegal shipments of alcohol and cigarettes, believed to be bound for Norway. Despite a great strain on the system, Sweden is obliged to stop the shipments before they reach the Norwegian border.

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France

French journalist ‘taken hostage’ in Colombia

A French journalist reported missing in Colombia after a gunbattle between government forces and leftist rebels has apparently been kidnapped, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said on Sunday.

Scandals hit candidates as polling day looms
France

Scandals hit candidates as polling day looms

French presidential frontrunner Francois Hollande headed into the last round of his battle with Nicolas Sarkozy on Sunday, with both candidates threatened by the shadow of scandal.

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Sweden

Two Swedes die in brutal ‘street race’ accident

A high-speed car crash late on Saturday night claimed the lives of two Swedish women from separate cars, in what witnesses have described may have been the result of a street race.

Man held after trying to pay taxi with cannabis
Germany

Man held after trying to pay taxi with cannabis

German police detained a man after he tried to pay for a taxi ride with cannabis - because he was fresh out of cash, police said Sunday.

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Switzerland

Rampant Basel seal Swiss title

FC Basel were crowned champions of Switzerland for the 15th time on Sunday after a 3-1 defeat of Lausanne which left the club with an 18-point lead over nearest rival Lucerne with five matches to go.

Police catch serial burglar – by his earprints
Germany

Police catch serial burglar – by his earprints

A suspected German serial burglar has been betrayed by his ears, after he left prints of his aural cavities on the doors of dozens of houses and flats.

Pirates try to clear name of ‘Nazi’ slurs
Germany

Pirates try to clear name of ‘Nazi’ slurs

Germany's upstart Pirate Party wrapped up a national congress Sunday aimed at distancing the powerful new political force from the far-right.

Woman’s fake breasts burst after knife attack
Sweden

Woman’s fake breasts burst after knife attack

A Swedish man who stabbed his girlfriend in the chest on Sunday night, causing her silicone implants to rupture and leak out, has been arrested by police.

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Sweden

Stockholm suicide bombing trial begins

Nazzedine Menni, the student who allegedly helped plan the suicide bomb attack in Stockholm in 2010, stands trial in Glasgow on Monday for what is anticipated to be a 12 week court case.