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Sweden

Terror suspect ‘Swede’ held in Kenya was Swiss

The “Swedish” national who was arrested in Kenya on suspicions of having links to the Somali Islamist militia al-Shabaab turned out not to be Swedish at all but Swiss.

Hollande arrives in Berlin after lightning strike
Germany

Hollande arrives in Berlin after lightning strike

New French President Francois Hollande arrived at German Chancellor Angela Merkel's office on Tuesday evening for talks set to be dominated by the eurozone crisis and Greece's political woes.

‘Send him to hell’: rapper in hiding after Fatwa
Germany

‘Send him to hell’: rapper in hiding after Fatwa

An Iranian rapper is in hiding in Germany after religious leaders said his songs were capital crimes and money was offered for his execution. It is said a song he wrote was offensive to Islam – he says it was critical of the Iranian regime.

Hollande names new prime minister
France

Hollande names new prime minister

French President Francois Hollande named Jean-Marc Ayrault, the head of the Socialist bloc in parliament and mayor of Nantes, as his prime minister on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Fire ravages exclusive Stockholm address

The guests at an exclusive hotel in central Stockholm were forced to leave on Tuesday afternoon, with six fire engines currently fighting the blaze in the adjacent building.

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Switzerland

Vintage wine sells for $49,000 in Geneva

A bottle of French wine dating back to 1774 fetched 46,000 francs ($49,200) at auction in Geneva
on Tuesday.

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Norway

Soaring oil prices swell Norway’s surplus

The Norwegian government pointed to the strength of the national economy on Tuesday in presenting a revised 2012 budget with a larger surplus, but it revised down growth prospects for the year.

Retracing the tracks of a Cold War institution
Germany

Retracing the tracks of a Cold War institution

The British Military Train ferried soldiers between Berlin and West Germany throughout the Cold War. It took to the rails for one last time last weekend, laden with former regulars and their memories. James Gheerbrant was on board.

Malmö sniper suspect denies murder charges
Sweden

Malmö sniper suspect denies murder charges

On Tuesday the suspected serial killer Peter Mangs denied the court’s charges of the murder of 20-year-old Trez West Persson and the attempted murder of 22-year-old Xhafer Dani.

Court: Bin man’s knee injury like athlete’s
Germany

Court: Bin man’s knee injury like athlete’s

A German bin man who developed chronic knee pain from jumping out of rubbish collection trucks was told by a court his work-related injury was comparable to those suffered by top athletes.

King of kitsch Jeff Koons brings ’empty’ art to Basel
Switzerland

King of kitsch Jeff Koons brings ’empty’ art to Basel

Dubbed the ‘king of kitsch,’ Jeff Koons is perhaps the world’s most famous living artist – or to quote the Fondation Beyeler in Basel that has dedicated its summer exhibition to his work, “one of the most influential artists of all time.”

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Sweden

Örebro man held over spying allegations

An African citizen was arrested in central Sweden on Monday on the suspicion of intelligence gathering activities against Sweden's national security.

Man in flames tried to enter Oslo court
Norway

Man in flames tried to enter Oslo court

A man set himself on fire on Tuesday outside the Oslo courthouse where Anders Behring Breivik is on trial for killing 77 people last year, but there was no evidence the two events were linked, police said.

Swedish teen victim of shopping cart ‘assault’
Sweden

Swedish teen victim of shopping cart ‘assault’

A Swedish teenage girl, who was shopping at a discount department store in southern Sweden, was allegedly the victim of shopping cart rage when a 40-year-old woman rammed her with her trolley after a perceived insult.

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Switzerland

More money laundering after Arab Spring

Switzerland's Money Laundering Reporting Office has attributed a major increase in the number of reported cases in 2011 to the Arab Spring.

Merkel awaits crunch first meet with Hollande
Germany

Merkel awaits crunch first meet with Hollande

Germany and France test their historic bond on Tuesday with new French President Francois Hollande due in Berlin early on Tuesday evening in search of compromise over the eurozone crisis.

Reinfeldt slammed for ‘ethnic Swedes’ comment
Sweden

Reinfeldt slammed for ‘ethnic Swedes’ comment

Swedish prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt is facing a storm of criticism from several quarters after using the term "ethnic Swedes" in response to a question about Sweden's high level of unemployment.

German investor confidence tumbles
Germany

German investor confidence tumbles

German investor confidence fell sharply in May, following five straight months of increase data showed Tuesday, while a poll of Financial analysts showed growing concern about the eurozone debt crisis.

Smart pedal tells driver when to ease off gas
Germany

Smart pedal tells driver when to ease off gas

Mercedes is developing a smart accelerator pedal which pushes back against drivers who threaten to ruin fuel efficiency by putting their foot down too hard. It promises to reduce fuel consumption by 10 percent, the firm said.

Speed hating: Zurich set to unleash the fury
Switzerland

Speed hating: Zurich set to unleash the fury

Zurich residents with reservoirs of pent-up anger will soon be able to vent spleen in a controlled environment as speed hating, a variation on the popular dating events for singles, makes its debut in the city.

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Sweden

Manga images ‘not child porn’: police expert

The Supreme Court (Högsta Domstolen) will discuss a case on Wednesday concerning whether the Japanese manga images found on a man’s computer should be viewed as child porn.

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Norway

Woman abused husband for 40 years: prosecutors

A 72-year-old woman from northern Norway has been charged with abusing her husband for more than 40 years.

Red-faced politician stuck in ceremony digger
Germany

Red-faced politician stuck in ceremony digger

A German politician ended up trapped in a toppled-over 40-tonne digger at a ground-breaking ceremony to mark the beginning of a new road project. His minders pulled him out through a smashed window.

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Norway

Norwegian farmers launch bread blockade

Norwegian farmers went on strike on Tuesday morning, as they sought to keep bread off supermarket shelves by blocking entrances to mills across the country in protest against the collapse of agricultural policy negotiations at the weekend.

Astra Zeneca slashes 400 more jobs in Sweden
Sweden

Astra Zeneca slashes 400 more jobs in Sweden

Another 400 jobs will be cut from Anglo-Swedish pharmaceutical manufacturer Astra Zeneca, the company has announced, with the majority of the redundancies in Södertälje, south of Stockholm.

Patient blackmails doc after affair turns sour
Sweden

Patient blackmails doc after affair turns sour

A doctor in southern Sweden has reported a woman to the police after she blackmailed him for over one million kronor ($149,059) following their love affair.

Anti-German rant ‘worse than euro crisis’
Switzerland

Anti-German rant ‘worse than euro crisis’

The Swiss tourist trade is continuing to suffer the ill effects of a far-right politician's claim there are too many Germans in Switzerland.

Boy missing after river jump to flee police
France

Boy missing after river jump to flee police

A 13-year-old boy is still missing after he jumped into the river Loire while trying to escape police after a dramatic crash in a stolen car with a road block.

Rich French head for the exits
France

Rich French head for the exits

On the day Socialist president Francois Hollande takes power, there are signs that wealthy French citizens are thinking about moving abroad to escape tough new tax rules.

‘Made in Germany’ goods help dodge recession
Germany

‘Made in Germany’ goods help dodge recession

Germany has avoided recession despite the resurgent eurozone debt crisis, official data showed on Tuesday, confirming the resilience of Europe's top economy to the surrounding turmoil.

Wedding-gift thief filled flat with presents
Germany

Wedding-gift thief filled flat with presents

Police who caught a serial wedding-gift thief found three truck-loads of stolen goods in his house, many of them presents destined for brides and grooms around southern Germany.

Hollande to take over French presidency
France

Hollande to take over French presidency

Socialist Francois Hollande will be sworn in as France's president on Tuesday before naming a prime minister and dashing to Germany to battle with Berlin over how to tackle Europe's debt crisis.

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France

Fire brigade disbands display team after ‘rape’

The Paris fire brigade on Monday disbanded its elite gymnastics display team, which recently performed for the nation at the annual Bastille Day parade, following allegations that a recruit had been raped.

Swedish man charged for Central African slaughter
Sweden

Swedish man charged for Central African slaughter

A Swedish professional hunter and 10 members of his safari firm have been charged with murder after 13 miners were found dead in the northeast of the country, police said Monday.

Hamrén unveils Sweden’s Euro 2012 line-up
Sweden

Hamrén unveils Sweden’s Euro 2012 line-up

Swedish coach Eric Hamrén took a gamble on Monday by naming Johan Elmander in his 23-man squad for Euro 2012 despite the veteran striker having broken a bone in his foot on Saturday.

Swede held in Kenya over suspected terror links
Sweden

Swede held in Kenya over suspected terror links

Kenyan police arrested a Swedish national suspected to have links with the Somali Islamist militia al-Shabaab, a senior police officer told AFP on Monday.

UN climate change talks begin, opinion splits
Germany

UN climate change talks begin, opinion splits

A new round of global climate talks opened in Bonn on Monday with rich and poor countries squaring off over greenhouse gas reduction targets to halt the pace of planet warming.