Sweden deserter ‘still a wanted man’: US military
Sweden

Sweden deserter ‘still a wanted man’: US military

Officials with the US Air Force have said they still want to apprehend a former US airman who claims he has been living a secret life in Sweden for 28 years after deserting from a US military base in Germany.

Poor marks expected for teacher parking fee idea
Germany

Poor marks expected for teacher parking fee idea

Cologne authorities are bracing themselves for a telling off after suggesting teachers in the city pay up to €50 a month to park their cars at school, it was reported on Monday.

Sleep walker locks self out in naked nightmare
Germany

Sleep walker locks self out in naked nightmare

A German man who locked himself out of his house while sleep walking naked grabbed a doormat to hid his privates before flagging down a car and calling the police.

‘Gypsies not allowed’ in UK Ikea car park
Sweden

‘Gypsies not allowed’ in UK Ikea car park

An Ikea store near London has come under fire for its policy of questioning drivers about whether or not they are “gypsies” before allowing them entry to the store's car park.

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France

Stolen painting worth €13,000 found in bush

A Camoin painting worth about €13,000 has been found in a bush in Isère, near Lyon, five years after it was stolen from a Fedex truck.

Breivik ‘gets love letters from 16-year-old girls’
Norway

Breivik ‘gets love letters from 16-year-old girls’

Confessed mass killer Anders Behring Breivik has shown his psychiatrists some of the love letters and messages of support he has received since killing 77 people in dual terrorist attacks last July.

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Sweden

Man didn’t kill friend but did dump body: court

A 28-year-old man sentenced to 12 years in prison in April for murdering his best friend has had his conviction overturned on appeal, but was nevertheless found guilty of having thrown the victim's body in a sewer.

Reinfeldt: eurobonds ‘totally wrong’
Sweden

Reinfeldt: eurobonds ‘totally wrong’

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt repeated on Monday his opposition to so-called eurobonds, insisting it was the wrong way to go in fighting the crisis crippling the eurozone.

Priests rebel to include remarried divorcees
Germany

Priests rebel to include remarried divorcees

German priests are rebelling over accepting remarried divorcees into their churches, forcing a confrontation between their bishop and Catholic authorities.

Top economist predicts Greek exit in five years
Germany

Top economist predicts Greek exit in five years

The chief economist at Germany's second largest bank, Commerzbank, said on Monday he thinks Greece will no longer be using the euro in five years time.

Gratitude and laughs as Suu Kyi meets Bono
Norway

Gratitude and laughs as Suu Kyi meets Bono

She wore red roses in her hair, he donned his huge orange sunglasses -- Burma's democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday met one of her biggest fans, U2 frontman and activist rock star Bono.

Centre Party swaps out cabinet ministers
Norway

Centre Party swaps out cabinet ministers

The Centre Party on Monday morning replaced two of its cabinet members in the governing red-green coalition in a move party leader Liv Signe Navarsete said was aimed at freshening up her team ahead of the 2013 elections.

‘Extraordinary’ shipwreck found off Swedish coast
Sweden

‘Extraordinary’ shipwreck found off Swedish coast

An 800-year-old shipwreck has been found by divers off the south coast of Sweden, prompting archaeologists to ponder the potential treasures inside.

Energy giant pulls plug on nuclear power
Germany

Energy giant pulls plug on nuclear power

German power giant RWE will build no more nuclear power stations - not only in Germany, where nuclear power is to be phased out by 2022 - but anywhere in the world, the company announced on Monday.

Police make huge khat haul in Paris
France

Police make huge khat haul in Paris

French police have seized 140 kilograms of khat in Paris, foiling an attempt to smuggle the drug between Holland and the United States.

Teenager arrested for raping 83-year-old
France

Teenager arrested for raping 83-year-old

A 15-year-old boy has been arrested following the violent assault and rape of an 83-year-old woman in the centre of Marseilles.

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Sweden

Man still in crashed car two days after wreck

A 37-year-old man who crashed his car in a ditch in central Sweden on early Saturday morning has refused to leave his vehicle, causing passing drivers to believe they had seen a corpse in a stranded car.

Thousands march at Zurich gay pride festival
Switzerland

Thousands march at Zurich gay pride festival

Some eight thousand demonstrators took to the streets of Zurich on Saturday for the Gay Pride march through the city.

Anglers chip fish to batter poaching attempts
Germany

Anglers chip fish to batter poaching attempts

Northern German fishermen are hiring private security guards and putting microchips into eels in an attempt to tackle poachers who are emptying their lakes of fish.

Police ‘break-in’ solves dangling hand mystery
Sweden

Police ‘break-in’ solves dangling hand mystery

After a “lifeless” hand was reported hanging from a balcony in eastern Sweden, police broke into the flat only to make an unexpected discovery.

‘Dallas comes to the Elysée’ as Royal kicked out
France

‘Dallas comes to the Elysée’ as Royal kicked out

 

Twin rivalries – one political, the other amorous – doomed Ségolène Royal, former partner of French President François Hollande, to suffer a humiliating defeat in Sunday's legislative polls.

 

 

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Switzerland

Swiss canton sanctions assisted suicide

The canton of Vaud has voted in favour of allowing assisted suicide to take place in nursing homes, making it the first formal Swiss law on the subject.

Referendum results: Nay, nay and thrice nay
Switzerland

Referendum results: Nay, nay and thrice nay

The national voting on Sunday resulted in a triple no to referendums on international treaties, managed care and extended shop opening times.

Zlatan: ‘I’ll keep playing football for Sweden’
Sweden

Zlatan: ‘I’ll keep playing football for Sweden’

Swedish captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic boosted his side's morale in timely fashion on Sunday by declaring he had no intention of retiring from international football despite their early exit from Euro 2012.

Germany play Greece in euro crisis showdown
Germany

Germany play Greece in euro crisis showdown

Of all the quarter-final clashes at Euro 2012, Germany versus Greece will be the most closely watched, with the tie being seen through the prism of the sovereign debt crisis threatening the eurozone.

Nobel prize ‘opened up a door in my heart’
Norway

Nobel prize ‘opened up a door in my heart’

Burma democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi said on Saturday that winning the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize while under house arrest "opened up a door in my heart," encouraging her to continue her struggle.

Thousands cheer Suu Kyi in Bergen
Norway

Thousands cheer Suu Kyi in Bergen

Aung San Suu Kyi received another hero's welcome as many thousands cheered the Burma democracy icon on Sunday in a Norwegian fjord town that has a long connection with her freedom struggle.

Hacker collective mocks cops after raids
Germany

Hacker collective mocks cops after raids

Internet activist collective Anonymous released a video on Sunday evening ridiculing the police's latest raids against the group across Germany.

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Norway

Suu Kyi to meet Bono at Oslo peace forum

Burma's democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi will meet on Monday one of her biggest fans at a Norwegian peace forum -- Bono, the U2 frontman and activist rock star who has written a song about her.

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France

Drama and upsets as Hollande secures win

The road was clear Monday for France's Socialists to push through their tax-and-spend agenda to battle the eurozone debt crisis after clinching an absolute majority in parliamentary polls. But the results included upsets for Ségolène Royal and Marine le Pen.

Zoo cuts off contact with wolves after fatal attack
Sweden

Zoo cuts off contact with wolves after fatal attack

Authorities at the Kolmården zoo have put a stop to any close contact with their park's wolves after a female zookeeper was mauled and killed by a pack of wolves on Sunday.

Munich votes against third runway
Germany

Munich votes against third runway

The people of Munich voted against the construction of a third runway in a referendum held on Sunday. The result is a sharp slap in the face for the leading parties in the Bavarian capital.

Police seek answers for nightclub explosion
Sweden

Police seek answers for nightclub explosion

Police and bomb technicians have launched an investigation into the explosion that rocked a busy nightclub in central Sweden in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Germany reaches out to compliant Greeks
Germany

Germany reaches out to compliant Greeks

Eurozone countries extended Sunday a hand of compromise to Greece after the victory of parties supporting the country's international bailout, signalling some flexibility on the painful reforms.

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Sweden

Murdered truck driver ‘had biker gang ties’

A 53-year-old Danish man reported to be a member of the Outlaws criminal gang was found dead in a truck in southern Sweden on Sunday.