Solar impulse to head to Africa
Switzerland

Solar impulse to head to Africa

The Swiss sun-powered aircraft Solar Impulse will on Thursday attempt its first intercontinental flight, travelling from Switzerland to Morocco without using a drop of fuel, organisers said.

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Switzerland

Gunter Sachs’ art fetches $56 million

The art collection of the late St-Moritz-based playboy Gunter Sachs, featuring works celebrating his obsession with his former wife Brigitte Bardot, on Tuesday fetched over $56 million at a London sale.

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France

Google’s ‘Jew’ suggestion leads to judge order

A French judge on Wednesday asked a mediator to resolve a dispute pitting Internet giant Google against anti-racism groups who object to the search engine suggesting users add "Jew" to name searches. 

‘I was forced to eat manure’: ex-student
Sweden

‘I was forced to eat manure’: ex-student

Former students of prestigious Swedish boarding school Lundsberg have shared tales of "Lord of the Flies" bullying including forced oral sex and eating manure amid a battle over the school's refusal to acknowledge certain claims.

The audience? They’ll soon be dead: director
France

The audience? They’ll soon be dead: director

Video: Who cares about the audience? They'll soon all be dead anyway: French auteur Leos Carax told Cannes without a blush on Wednesday, saying he makes his films for himself.

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France

Greece needs a haircut: Hollande advisor

Greece and other southern European states will need new so-called debt "haircuts" or write-offs, Philippe Aghion, an advisor to French President Francois Hollande, said on Wednesday.

Frugal Hollande takes train to Brussels summit
France

Frugal Hollande takes train to Brussels summit

French President François Hollande and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy jumped on a train to travel from Paris to Brussels for an EU summit on Wednesday, their entourages told AFP.

Bavaria threatens Merkel over energy policy
Germany

Bavaria threatens Merkel over energy policy

In a direct challenge to Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday, Bavarian State Premier Horst Seehofer warned that his state will go it alone if the government doesn’t speed up the nuclear phase-out.

Nine of ten tourists ‘happy’ with Sweden
Sweden

Nine of ten tourists ‘happy’ with Sweden

Nearly 17 million foreign tourists visited Sweden in 2011, and almost all of them enjoyed their stay, according to a new report.

Most Germans view Israel as ‘aggressive’
Germany

Most Germans view Israel as ‘aggressive’

A large majority of Germans view Israel as "aggressive" and think Germany no longer has a special obligation to the Jewish nation, according to an opinion poll released Wednesday ahead of a state visit by Germany's president.

Huge Zurich factory to be moved 60 metres
Switzerland

Huge Zurich factory to be moved 60 metres

The largest building to be moved in Europe, by Oerlikon Station in Zurich, is in the process of being slid 60 metres to one side.

 

 

City ‘sold empty houses without finding owners’
Germany

City ‘sold empty houses without finding owners’

The eastern German city of Leipzig is being rocked by a property scandal after the local council allegedly sold homes without tracking down the rightful owners, pocketing over €6 million.

German ambassador: ‘Sweden feels like home’
Sweden

German ambassador: ‘Sweden feels like home’

Harald Kindermann, the German ambassador to Sweden, talks to The Local about the importance of the German language, nuclear power, and the legacy of the Stasi.

Streetside taken down after privacy complaints
Germany

Streetside taken down after privacy complaints

Microsoft has said it will put Google Street View rival Bing Streetside back online in Germany as soon as possible, just days after the panorama-view map service was deactivated due to data protection concerns.

How Bergman blazed a trail for Swedish film
Sweden

How Bergman blazed a trail for Swedish film

How did a small country like Sweden come to produce so many brilliant film directors? In part, at least, because one particularly talented man led the way.

Non-EU students drop Swedish unis as fees bite
Sweden

Non-EU students drop Swedish unis as fees bite

Enrollment of non-European students in Swedish universities decline drastically following the introduction of tuition fees last year, with engineering students from Asia being among those most affected by the change, a new analysis has found.

UK court sets Assange extradition ruling date
Sweden

UK court sets Assange extradition ruling date

Britain's Supreme Court said on Wednesday it will give its judgement in the case of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's long-running fight against extradition to Sweden on May 30th.

Exec ‘made fortune selling stolen Lego’
Germany

Exec ‘made fortune selling stolen Lego’

A German software executive has been charged with four counts of burglary in California after he was caught switching bar codes on seven of boxes of Lego to give himself large discounts.

Solskjær rules himself out of Aston Villa job
Norway

Solskjær rules himself out of Aston Villa job

Ole Gunnar Solskjær has ruled himself out of the manager's job at English Premier League side Aston Villa, after agreeing with his Norwegian club Molde that only his former club Manchester United could tempt him away.

Every third French person smokes: survey
France

Every third French person smokes: survey

The number of smokers in France is rising, and one in three people in France now puffs away - despite the ban on smoking in bars and restaurants. 

Truck strikes ‘yoga pose’ after massive crash
Sweden

Truck strikes ‘yoga pose’ after massive crash

Four tanker trucks crashed in a serial collision in central Sweden on Tuesday, causing one of them to rise up high in the air and resulting in major delays in traffic.

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France

Frenchwoman on plane: I’ve got a bomb in my body

A jumbo jet travelling from Paris to Charlotte in the United States was diverted after a Frenchwoman claimed she had a device implanted on her body. 

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France

Fraudster targets women with ‘granny names’

A swindler in Paris's wealthy western suburbs targetted wealthy grannies, using the phone book to spot potential victims with old-fashioned names. 

Study: net replacing drugs as youth habit
Germany

Study: net replacing drugs as youth habit

Young people are getting hooked on the internet more than drugs, a new report says. As many as 250,000 14 to 24-year-olds are now addicted to the internet, while drug abuse is dropping.

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Switzerland

Switzerland ‘one of Europe’s suicide capitals’

Between 15,000 and 25,000 people attempt to kill themselves in Switzerland every year, according to a new survey, confirming Switzerland's place as one of the suicide capitals of Europe.

 

Eirin, 20: ‘you’d think it was a bad horror film’
Norway

Eirin, 20: ‘you’d think it was a bad horror film’

A young survivor of self-confessed killer Anders Behring Breivik's massacre on a Norwegian island last July told his trial on Tuesday of her initial disbelief over the bloodbath unfolding in front of her eyes.

Merkel struggling to coax supporters to CDU
Germany

Merkel struggling to coax supporters to CDU

Voter confidence in German Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling party waned drastically last week, a new poll said. The slump is another blow for the Christian Democratic Union, darkening its prospects for next year's election.

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Norway

Norway’s economy up 1.1 percent in first quarter

Norway's economy grew by 1.1 percent in the first quarter 2012 on the back of a strong performance by manufacturing and industrial services, according to new official statistics published on Tuesday.

Octogenarian in 48-hour sun lounger ordeal
Sweden

Octogenarian in 48-hour sun lounger ordeal

An 84-year-old woman from Karlskrona in southern Sweden who had been enjoying the warm sunshine on her balcony unexpectedly fell through the seat and remained stuck there for two days before she was rescued by anxious friends.

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Sweden

Three women arrested for ‘mistaken’ Malmö killing

Three women have been arrested in Malmö for their suspected involvement with the killing of a 48-year-old man who was gunned down in broad daylight on January 3rd.

German playboy’s Bardot art fetches $56 million
Germany

German playboy’s Bardot art fetches $56 million

The art collection of the late German-born playboy Gunter Sachs, featuring works celebrating his obsession with his former wife Brigitte Bardot, on Tuesday fetched over $56 million at a London sale.

Doc fired for beating ‘drunk’ patient
Sweden

Doc fired for beating ‘drunk’ patient

A doctor in Malmö in southern Sweden has been fired after punching and refusing to treat a female patient he thought was drunk. The matter has also been reported to police.

Armed thieves escape after highway chaos
Sweden

Armed thieves escape after highway chaos

Police are searching for the men involved in a dramatic highway robbery in Stockholm on Tuesday night, in which one car was stolen at gunpoint and an armoured transport vehicle was rammed.

Schoolboy cracks age-old maths problem
Germany

Schoolboy cracks age-old maths problem

A 16-year-old schoolboy has solved a mathematical problem which has stumped mathematicians for centuries, a newspaper report said. The boy put the historical breakthrough down to “schoolboy naivety.”

Armed teen arrested after stand-off with police
Germany

Armed teen arrested after stand-off with police

Police arrested an armed 14-year-old boy Tuesday after he opened fire with at least one weapon at his school in southern Germany, authorities said.

Police share pic when chubby thief gets stuck
Sweden

Police share pic when chubby thief gets stuck

A man made police work easy on Tuesday after he got wedged into a fence while trying to make a getaway after an attempted robbery.