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Norway

Witnesses relive Breivik’s pitiless murders

Anders Behring Breivik, who is on trial for killing 77 people in Norway last year, mercilessly murdered youths on Utøya island, ignoring their pleas for him to spare their lives, witnesses testified Thursday.

Resistance hero Gunnar Sønsteby dies aged 94
Norway

Resistance hero Gunnar Sønsteby dies aged 94

Norway’s most decorated citizen, Gunnar Sønsteby, has died at the age of 94.

Finance Minister OKs three percent inflation
Germany

Finance Minister OKs three percent inflation

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said on Thursday that a German inflation rate of up to three percent was tolerable, despite eurozone rules setting a target of around two percent.

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Sweden

Skanska profits double but fail to beat forecasts

Swedish construction and civil engineering group Skanska announced Thursday its net profit doubled in the first quarter year-on-year, but its residential sector performed poorly.

Statue scares public, angers art buffs
Germany

Statue scares public, angers art buffs

Firefighters in central Germany rushed to what they thought was a man about to jump off a church tower only to find a statue which is now causing a row in the art world.

H&M apologizes for super-tan bikini model ad
Sweden

H&M apologizes for super-tan bikini model ad

Swedish cheap-and-chic fashion giant H&M on Thursday apologized over a swimwear campaign featuring a deeply tanned model that sparked outrage among cancer groups.

Ten essential German etiquette tips
Germany

Ten essential German etiquette tips

Pee sitting down and make eye contact while clinking glasses and you can't go far wrong. For this week's Local List, we've come up with some essential etiquette tips for those on their first sojourn through Germany.

Sadist ‘sorry’ for offering cannibals mum and girl
Switzerland

Sadist ‘sorry’ for offering cannibals mum and girl

A Swiss sadist who offered his friend’s wife and daughter to cannibals for slaughter, apologized in court to his would-be victims while citing his poor relationship with his mother as the trigger for his actions.

Temperatures rise, rain to keep falling
Germany

Temperatures rise, rain to keep falling

Summer may finally on its way, but those venturing outside should still keep an eye out for stubborn rainclouds, the German Weather Service (DWD) warned on Thursday.

Pregnant reindeer death shock: ‘they all exploded’
Sweden

Pregnant reindeer death shock: ‘they all exploded’

The remains of an entire herd of pregnant reindeer were found on Thursday near the bottom of a 1,200 metre-high cliff in northern Sweden, having all apparently plummeted to their death.

Irish invasion as Gaelic football hits Stockholm
Sweden

Irish invasion as Gaelic football hits Stockholm

The first round of the Nordic Gaelic football championship takes place this weekend in Stockholm, and with more Irish people coming to Sweden to escape the economic gloom in their homeland, the event promises to be the biggest yet.

Angry Alpine tour guide chopped down crosses
Switzerland

Angry Alpine tour guide chopped down crosses

A mountain guide who vandalized three wooden crosses on the mountainside has been sentenced in court.

Rare Nazi report details deportation horror
Germany

Rare Nazi report details deportation horror

A rare Nazi police report on the deportation of nearly 1,000 Jews from Düsseldorf has been unearthed in a London archive. It is only the second of its kind ever found, as most such records were destroyed towards the end of the war.

German drops Mayan skull, endangers mankind
Germany

German drops Mayan skull, endangers mankind

An ancient Mayan skull stolen from Tibet by Nazis - said to have magical powers to enable humanity to survive the December 2012 apocalypse - has been dropped by a lab assistant in eastern Germany, chipping its chin.

Kebab chaos in Oslo as hungry punters fight over free food
Norway

Kebab chaos in Oslo as hungry punters fight over free food

Fighting broke out on the streets of Oslo on Wednesday, as hundreds of mostly young people gathered outside a new fast food restaurant promising free kebabs to its first customers.

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Sweden

‘Immature’ kids more likely to get ADHD drugs

Children in Sweden diagnosed with attention deficit disorders like ADHD may simply be immature in comparison to their peers, according to new statistics.

Doctor jailed for sexually molesting patients
Sweden

Doctor jailed for sexually molesting patients

A Swedish doctor has been jailed for molesting his female patients after 11 women reported him for his sexual advances during examinations.

Cowboy hat courier nabbed in Norway
Norway

Cowboy hat courier nabbed in Norway

A smuggler travelling across Sweden's western border recently baffled customs officials who found over 500 cowboy hats stashed in the back of his car along with a large quantity of booze and cigarettes.

What’s on in Germany:  May 10 – 16
Germany

What’s on in Germany: May 10 – 16

This Week's Highlights: Cuban film in Frankfurt, vintage pop-up shops in Berlin and Hamburg harbour's birthday party!

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France

Journalist fired over first lady ‘shag’ tweet

A radio journalist has been fired over an offensive tweet about the partner of president-elect François Hollande, Valérie Trierweiler. 

Cowboy hat smuggler jailed at Norway border
Sweden

Cowboy hat smuggler jailed at Norway border

A smuggler travelling across Sweden's western border recently baffled customs officials who found over 500 cowboy hats stashed in the back of his car along with a large quantity of booze and cigarettes.

Foreigners fleeced on Swiss rental market
Switzerland

Foreigners fleeced on Swiss rental market

The Swiss Tenants' Association wants to stop homeowners from arbitrarily raising rents for rich foreigners.

Merkel braces for biggest state election
Germany

Merkel braces for biggest state election

Voters in Germany's most populous state go to the polls Sunday in a closely watched gauge of Chancellor Angela Merkel's political fortunes ahead of a national vote next year in Europe's top economy.

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France

Sarkozy cabinet meets for last time

Outgoing French leader Nicolas Sarkozy's cabinet met for a last session on Thursday as president-elect François Hollande began talks with EU leaders on his plans to refocus European policy on growth.

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France

Man ‘killed neighbour over dead goldfish’

A man is being held by the police over suspicions he might have killed a 55-year-old neighbour in a village near Le Mans over an incident involving dead goldfish. 

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France

Zero growth forecast for France

The Bank of France on Thursday forecast zero growth in the French economy for the second quarter of 2012 – the second quarter in a row of stagnation.

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Switzerland

Insurer Zurich sees net profit soar

Swiss insurer Zurich Financial Group on Thursday said net profit in the first quarter to March surged 78 percent to a better-than-forecast $1.1 billion (1 billion francs).

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Switzerland

Swiss edged by Canada at ice hockey worlds

Olympic champions Canada regained top spot in the Helsinki group of the world ice hockey championship on Wednesday following a tight 3-2 win over Switzerland.

Thieving postman: ‘I’m a gambling addict’
Germany

Thieving postman: ‘I’m a gambling addict’

A German postman was convicted in Dresden on Wednesday of stealing 5,998 letters over several years, so he could fish out cash to fund his gambling habit.

Swedish woman swallows scalpels – dies
Sweden

Swedish woman swallows scalpels – dies

A patient at a Swedish psychiatric ward in Helsingborg, in the south of Sweden, has recently died after swallowing two surgical implements while visiting the Växjö hospital Centrallasarettet.

Opposition: ‘EU should ratify pact on same day’
Germany

Opposition: ‘EU should ratify pact on same day’

Germany's two main opposition parties called on Wednesday for the EU's fiscal pact to be ratified on the same day in Berlin, Paris and Rome, seeking to send a strong signal of unity against the crisis.

Drunken airline pilot stopped at Arlanda
Sweden

Drunken airline pilot stopped at Arlanda

A Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) pilot scheduled to fly a plane out of Stockholm's Arlanda airport on Tuesday afternoon was stopped from leaving after failing a breathalyzer test.

Swedish metal star hurt in head-banging mishap
Sweden

Swedish metal star hurt in head-banging mishap

Some inadvertent head-banging involving a pair of red underpants left the lead singer of a Swedish death metal band bloodied and in hospital, forcing the band to cancel a show in the United States.

Foreigners can’t change name ‘just to integrate’
Germany

Foreigners can’t change name ‘just to integrate’

Foreigners who want to change their names to Germanic ones have been told by a court that wanting to fit in is not a good enough reason to choose new monikers.

Sweden beat Germany in fourth world hockey win
Sweden

Sweden beat Germany in fourth world hockey win

Sweden on Wednesday night outscored Germany 5-2 in the Globen arena in Stockholm to remain their group's table-toppers with four wins in as many matches.