‘We will likely appeal’: defence lawyer
Sweden

‘We will likely appeal’: defence lawyer

The 26-year-old man and the 23-year-old woman who were charged with the abduction of a wealthy Uppsala student in December last year were on Tuesday convicted of eight years each in prison, yet lawyers point to contradictory evidence as a reason to appeal.

Gauck talks of ‘special’ relationship with Israel
Germany

Gauck talks of ‘special’ relationship with Israel

German President Joachim Gauck said on Tuesday that his first state visit to Israel should underline the "always special relationship" between the two countries.

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Sweden

Over 20,000 ‘fake’ sandals to be destroyed

Tens of thousands of imitation sandals stored at a Swedish outlet will have to be destroyed after the district court deemed them to be too similar to the popular sandals “Crocs", yet shoe-sellers have protested that it is a waste of a useful product.

Bieber fever grips Oslo
Norway

Bieber fever grips Oslo

Hundreds of girls thronged outside Oslo’s Grand Hotel on Tuesday afternoon as they awaited the arrival in the city of Canadian teen superstar Justin Bieber.

Expanding electric grid to cost €20 billion
Germany

Expanding electric grid to cost €20 billion

Expanding Germany's electricity grid to cope with the country's planned exit from nuclear power will cost about €20 billion over the next decade, a network operator warned on Tuesday.

Elephants on the loose in Gothenburg park
Sweden

Elephants on the loose in Gothenburg park

Three elephants escaped from a travelling circus in Gothenburg on Tuesday afternoon, and went wandering through a nearby park.

Breivik had nose job to look ‘more Aryan’
Norway

Breivik had nose job to look ‘more Aryan’

Anders Behring Breivik, on trial for killing 77 people in Norway last year, was "tolerant" and "nice" when he was young and had a nose job to make himself look more Aryan, his childhood friend said on Tuesday.

‘Swedish is now our kids’ dominant language’
Sweden

‘Swedish is now our kids’ dominant language’

The other day, I noticed a new dynamic in our family. Actually, if I look back, the change has been gradual, but I never really thought too much about it until last week when the kids came home from school.

Dad faces poaching charge for fake fishing
Germany

Dad faces poaching charge for fake fishing

A German dad who tried to impress his kids while on holiday by “catching” a couple of fish that he had actually bought at a supermarket - could face prison after being prosecuted for poaching.

Anti-Semitism common in Norway: study
Norway

Anti-Semitism common in Norway: study

Some 12.5 percent of Norwegians hold clear prejudices against Jews, according to the country’s first ever comprehensive survey of anti-Semitism.

One in nine German children ‘missing basics’
Germany

One in nine German children ‘missing basics’

Nearly one in nine German children go without essentials such as warm food or somewhere to do their homework, despite living in one of Europe's richest countries, the United Nations Children's Fund said on Tuesday.

Brave dad chases bear away from curious kids
Sweden

Brave dad chases bear away from curious kids

A man from far northern Sweden saved three young girls from a fully grown bear in which was "eyeing them up" in their back garden from just metres away.

Germany expels Syrian envoy over massacre
Germany

Germany expels Syrian envoy over massacre

Germany expelled the Syrian ambassador to Berlin on Tuesday in protest over the weekend massacre of at least 108 people in the town of Houla.

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Switzerland

Two Swiss dead in German plane crash

Two Swiss died and another was left fighting for his life after a light aircraft crashed shortly after take-off in northern Germany, police said on Tuesday.

Germans – ‘hardest working, most admired’
Germany

Germans – ‘hardest working, most admired’

Europeans and Americans see Germans as the hardest-working in the continent, and admire the country more than any other, according to a new study.

Muslim women can be religious leaders: study
Switzerland

Muslim women can be religious leaders: study

A new Swiss study has found that some Muslim women have more say in their communities than many Christian or Jewish women.

Connyland eyes dolphin semen import
Switzerland

Connyland eyes dolphin semen import

Animal park Connyland is considering importing dolphin semen in order to circumvent a proposed prohibition on importing new animals.

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Switzerland

Switzerland sees spike in cross-border crime

Cross-border crime is on the rise, and becoming ever more violent, in western Switzerland and the Ticino, according to new statistics. 

Experts divided over Zlatan’s successes
Sweden

Experts divided over Zlatan’s successes

Few footballers divide opinion quite like the mercurially talented Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovic and until the AC Milan star delivers on the international stage, that is unlikely to change.

German fliers ignore carbon off-set schemes
Germany

German fliers ignore carbon off-set schemes

Germans may be green at home but not it seems, when they take to the air, with hardly any opting to pay extra to counteract their carbon footprint, Lufthansa says.

Stockholmers stranded after more train problems
Sweden

Stockholmers stranded after more train problems

More train delays plagued Stockholm commuters from Tuesday morning until three in the afternoon, as a power failure in Häggvik caused chaos for trains north of Stockholm.

Stop sending foreigners to Eurovision: politician
Norway

Stop sending foreigners to Eurovision: politician

Norwegian politician Tove Ovesen has provoked an angry reaction after writing on Facebook that the country should stop sending ”Russians, Africans, Swedes and Iranians” to represent Norway at the Eurovision Song Contest.

Barred student sues school for a million
Sweden

Barred student sues school for a million

A 20-year-old student at prestigious boarding school Sigtuna, the alma mater of King Carl XVI Gustaf, has sued his school for a million kronor ($139,500) after he has been barred from graduation due to suspicions of bullying, according to daily Aftonbladet.

Bundeswehr ‘needs wealthy southerners too’
Germany

Bundeswehr ‘needs wealthy southerners too’

The German army needs recruits from wealthy southern areas of the country as well as the poorer, eastern regions, the country’s defence minister said at the weekend.

Hells Angel: cop raid damaged my terrace
Germany

Hells Angel: cop raid damaged my terrace

The German Hells Angels leader whose house was raided last week by police abseiling from a helicopter has complained that his property was damaged – and was given room for his complaints in the country’s biggest newspaper.

Baby reindeer starving in Swedish mountains
Sweden

Baby reindeer starving in Swedish mountains

Sweden’s reindeer population is suffering due to a late spring in the north, with herders fearing that the lack of food will ruin this year’s calving season and leaving dead calves on the mountain.

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Switzerland

Tunisian president asks Swiss to give back funds

Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki on Monday urged Switzerland to accelerate the restitution of frozen assets belonging to ousted president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to his country.

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Sweden

Boy convicted for hitting his little sister

A spat between two siblings in southern Sweden has resulted in an assault conviction for a 15-year-old boy who was duly reported to police by his younger sister after he hit her in the face.

Couple’s house blown away by gas explosion
Germany

Couple’s house blown away by gas explosion

A retired couple who went to Berlin for the weekend came home to find their home literally blown away after a gas explosion not only destroyed their house but also buried their neighbour who had gone in to water the plants.

Sweden boosts spending on anti-terror battle
Sweden

Sweden boosts spending on anti-terror battle

The fight against terrorism is consuming ever larger portions of the budget allocated to Swedish security service Säpo, which has seen its allocation double in the last decade, according to a new report.

Third murder attempt on restaurant owner
France

Third murder attempt on restaurant owner

A restaurant owner in Corsica was shot several times as he lay in a hospital bed, despite being guarded by two police officers.

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France

Churchgoers pelted with stones

Around 150 people attending a service in a church in the southern city of Carcassonne had to take cover when they were attacked with stones.

Wealth managers toast wine funds
France

Wealth managers toast wine funds

In the midst of the eurozone debt crisis, some financial managers are touting alternative "passion" investments for the well-to-do who are turning their backs on stock and bond markets.

‘Proof of life’ of reporter held in Colombia
France

‘Proof of life’ of reporter held in Colombia

Colombian rebels on Monday sent a "proof of life" video of a French journalist held captive for a month in the jungle, days before his expected release.

Rail chaos as holiday weekend ends
France

Rail chaos as holiday weekend ends

The holiday weekend ended in long delays for thousands of train passengers on Monday night.

Swedish man bloodied in mystery axe attack
Sweden

Swedish man bloodied in mystery axe attack

A man in his twenties was attacked with an axe on Monday night, prompting police in central Sweden to launch a manhunt to apprehend the perpetrator.