Arctic oil drill ban would be ‘irresponsible’: Bildt
Sweden

Arctic oil drill ban would be ‘irresponsible’: Bildt

As Greenpeace activists' fight to prevent further oil exploration in the Arctic hits Swedish waters, foreign minister Carl Bildt argues that a general ban on drilling in the Arctic would be "irresponsible".

Poker World Championships Expands to Australia
Sweden

Poker World Championships Expands to Australia

Hundreds of Swedes go to Las Vegas every year to play in the World Series of Poker, the unofficial world championships. As of next year they will be able to play for gold bracelets and huge prizes in Melbourne, Australia as well.

EPT – the Grand Final in Monaco
Germany

EPT – the Grand Final in Monaco

The beginning of the week saw the finale of the European Poker Tour season – it came very close to a sensation.

Rude biker gave speed cameras the finger
Germany

Rude biker gave speed cameras the finger

Munich police have caught a biker who was caught 26 times by the same speed camera – and often photographed giving traffic cops the finger.

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France

Renault deal means Lada could soon be French

Renault and its Japanese subsidiary Nissan announced a big step in the Russian market on Thursday, heading for control of the Lada brand to become the third-biggest auto force in the world.

Qaddafi ‘funded Sarkozy’s election campaign’ – claim
France

Qaddafi ‘funded Sarkozy’s election campaign’ – claim

Muammar Qaddafi's regime funded French President Nicolas Sarkozy's 2007 election campaign, lawyers for former Libyan prime minister Baghdadi al-Mahmudi said on Thursday, quoting their client.

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France

Frenchman dies in India after train fight

A Frenchman died on Thursday four days after being beaten up on an Indian train for allegedly harassing a pregnant woman, police said.

Witnesses recall killer’s ruse to get to Utøya
Norway

Witnesses recall killer’s ruse to get to Utøya

A guard and a ferry captain told an Oslo court Thursday how a uniform-clad Anders Behring Breivik had tricked them last July 22nd into allowing him to go to Utøya island, where he massacred 69 people.

Do robot lawyers dream of electric briefs?
Germany

Do robot lawyers dream of electric briefs?

Can you put a robot in the dock? Not yet, but we need to think about it – as artificially intelligent robots step from fantasy into daily life, legal and ethical questions emerge which require answers, says one German legal professor.

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Sweden

‘Trust us or sell your shares’: Lundin CEO

The CEO of Sweden-based Lundin Petroluem rejected calls for an independent probe into the company's activities in Africa, telling owners to "sell your shares" if they don't trust Lundin's actions.

Bumblebee researchers ‘threatened’ by bee fans
Sweden

Bumblebee researchers ‘threatened’ by bee fans

British researchers who have come to Sweden to take bumblebees back to England have been threatened by bee-enthusiasts, who believe that Sweden’s bee population risks extinction.

Wet weekend won’t stop warming trend
Germany

Wet weekend won’t stop warming trend

After last weekend’s balmy temperatures, this week looks set for a disappointingly damp conclusion, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Thursday.

State-funding for ‘fare-dodgers’ sparks outrage
Sweden

State-funding for ‘fare-dodgers’ sparks outrage

The Swedish Arts Council (Kulturrådet) has come under fire for providing public funds to help an organization that encourages Swedes to dodge paying fares on public transit systems around the country.

Ikea also used Cuban prison labour: report
Sweden

Ikea also used Cuban prison labour: report

As Swedish furniture retailer Ikea probes revelations about the use of East German prisoners labour, new allegations emerged Thursday indicating the home furnishings giant also used Cuban prisoners to build furniture in the 1980s.

Foreign students ‘should learn German’
Germany

Foreign students ‘should learn German’

International students at German universities should be made to learn at least some German - even if their courses are largely taught in English - the new representative of higher education leaders has said.

Swiss must stop helping tax cheats: top banker
Switzerland

Swiss must stop helping tax cheats: top banker

Switzerland must shed its role as a bank haven for tax cheats and end disputes with foreign tax authorities, the chairman of the country's biggest bank UBS said on Thursday.

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Switzerland

Nespresso to open new Swiss factory

Coffee capsule company Nespresso said on Thursday it intends to open a new factory in western Switzerland costing 300 million francs ($329 million) to meet growing global demand.

Greenpeace protesters occupy Arctic-bound ship
Sweden

Greenpeace protesters occupy Arctic-bound ship

Six Greenpeace activists have been arrested in Sweden after they attached themselves to a ship off the southern coast of Sweden in an attempt to prevent Shell’s proposed drilling for oil in the Arctic region.

Ikea ‘also used Cuban prison labour’
Germany

Ikea ‘also used Cuban prison labour’

As Ikea investigates claims that East German prisoners were forced to make its furniture in the 1980s, allegations emerged on Thursday that Cuban prisoners were also made to build the furniture giant’s products in the 1980s.

‘Unlike Sweden, when you call an ambulance in the US, it comes’
Sweden

‘Unlike Sweden, when you call an ambulance in the US, it comes’

After her child suffered a serious injury in Sweden and no ambulance was sent, US-native and parent Rebecca Ahlfeldt was left feeling especially vulnerable.

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Norway

Norway whalers spear season’s first catch

Norwegian whale hunters have harpooned the first three whales of the year, nearly a month after the controversial hunting season began, the country's Fishermen's Sales Organisation said on Wednesday.

Teen goes berserk after arm wrestling loss
Sweden

Teen goes berserk after arm wrestling loss

A testosterone-charged party in southern Sweden turned violent after a teenager couldn’t accept that he’d lost an arm wrestling match.

What the papers say: last night’s debate
France

What the papers say: last night’s debate

Wednesday’s one and only presidential debate, three days before the second round of elections, saw heated discussion from incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy and hopeful Francois Hollande.

Bavaria lures city-folk with farm work holidays
Germany

Bavaria lures city-folk with farm work holidays

"The best remedy for burnout? Shovelling horse manure." That's the counterintuitive slogan for Bavaria's latest summer holiday campaign - to get jaded urban professionals doing some physical labour - and pay for the privilege.

Swiss air rescue flying injured US soldiers
Switzerland

Swiss air rescue flying injured US soldiers

Swiss air ambulance service Rega has been transporting injured US soldiers from Afghanistan and Iraq to the US base in Germany, it has emerged.

 

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Switzerland

Missing hiker found alive after three days

A 33-year-old German woman who was injured while hiking in eastern Switzerland has been found alive after three days in the wilderness.

 

Sarkozy calls Hollande ‘liar’ in bitter TV debate
France

Sarkozy calls Hollande ‘liar’ in bitter TV debate

Nicolas Sarkozy made a last-ditch effort to revive his struggling re-election bid Wednesday, branding Socialist frontrunner Francois Hollande a "liar" in the campaign's only live television
debate.

Man beats smuggling rap because he ‘drinks a lot’
Sweden

Man beats smuggling rap because he ‘drinks a lot’

A man who was caught taking thousands of litres of beer and other alcoholic beverages into Sweden has been acquitted of smuggling charges after a court ruled it's plausible the man simply "drinks a lot".

‘Employ women instead of immigrants’: minister
Switzerland

‘Employ women instead of immigrants’: minister

Justice Minister Simonetta Sommaruga wants Swiss employers to take on more Swiss women rather than bringing in workers from abroad.

The unrivalled power of the French president
France

The unrivalled power of the French president

The French president enjoys powers unequalled in the democratic world, a situation strengthened by a decade-old reform that reduced the chances of "cohabitation" with a government of a different political hue.

Lufthansa cuts 3,500 jobs to reduce costs
Germany

Lufthansa cuts 3,500 jobs to reduce costs

Germany's top airline Lufthansa said on Thursday that it intended to shed 3,500 administrative jobs in the next few years as part of a radical cost-cutting programme.

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Norway

Telenor chairman resigns as Oslo loses confidence

Norwegian telecom giant Telenor said on Wednesday its chairman would step down after losing the confidence of the government, the company's biggest shareholder.

Dairy farmers sour after Aldi slashes milk prices
Germany

Dairy farmers sour after Aldi slashes milk prices

German discount supermarket Aldi Süd sparked concern among dairy farmers on Wednesday by announcing it was slashing the retail prices of dairy products by up to ten percent.

Munch’s ‘Scream’ fetches world record price
Norway

Munch’s ‘Scream’ fetches world record price

The only privately owned version of Edvard Munch's "The Scream" -- one of the most recognizable paintings in history -- set a world record Wednesday when it sold for $119.9 million at Sotheby's in New York.

Professor reported for grading son’s exam twice
Sweden

Professor reported for grading son’s exam twice

A professor at Lund University has been reported to the Disciplinary Board after she graded her son’s exam paper and gave him a pass, one month after she was caught doing it the first time.

Stockholm bombing trial begins for ‘accomplice’
Sweden

Stockholm bombing trial begins for ‘accomplice’

A man went on trial in Scotland on Wednesday accused of conspiring with the man who carried out Sweden's first ever suicide bombing.

Merkel: Last-minute decision on Euro 2012
Germany

Merkel: Last-minute decision on Euro 2012

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she would be making a last-minute decision on whether to attend Euro 2012 in Ukraine, amid tension over the treatment of the country's jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

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Sweden

‘Sleeping’ patient was actually dead

A care home resident in western Sweden who was thought to be asleep on the floor was repeatedly ignored by nurses and eventually declared dead by an on-duty doctor.

Saxon scientists make ‘printable speaker’
Germany

Saxon scientists make ‘printable speaker’

Chunky, space-stealing speakers could become a thing of the past, thanks to scientists in eastern Germany who have made the world’s first printable speaker. Paper-thin, they promise to make noise in the tech world and beyond.