One month, 36,000 kilometres: Europe’s Interrail champion
Switzerland

One month, 36,000 kilometres: Europe’s Interrail champion

Twenty-five years ago this year Manfred Weis travelled 36,030 kilometres by train in the space of just one month. This gave him a place in the Guinness Book of Records and a whole new perspective on the world.

One month, 36,000 kilometres: Europe’s Interrail champion
France

One month, 36,000 kilometres: Europe’s Interrail champion

Twenty-five years ago this year Manfred Weis travelled 36,030 kilometres by train in the space of just one month. This gave him a place in the Guinness Book of Records and a whole new perspective on the world.

One month, 36,000 kilometres: Europe’s Interrail champion
Germany

One month, 36,000 kilometres: Europe’s Interrail champion

Twenty-five years ago this year Manfred Weis travelled 36,030 kilometres by train in the space of just one month. This gave him a place in the Guinness Book of Records and a whole new perspective on the world.

Norway imports blood amid donor shortfall
Norway

Norway imports blood amid donor shortfall

With blood donors thin on the ground, Norway currently has little option but to import blood from elsewhere in Europe.

Assange ‘will not comply’ with UK police orders
Sweden

Assange ‘will not comply’ with UK police orders

Julian Assange will stay in Ecuador's embassy in London, having decided not to comply with a British police order to turn himself in for extradition to Sweden, a spokeswoman for the WikiLeaks founder said Friday.

Sweden’s ‘top eight’ travel destinations
Sweden

Sweden’s ‘top eight’ travel destinations

Sweden's main travel industry association has released the 2012 nominations for the "best travel experience" based on what foreign tourists want to see when they visit Sweden.

Nightclubs pull plug in license fee protest
Germany

Nightclubs pull plug in license fee protest

Up to 600 clubs and bars in Germany will turn off the music for five minutes on Saturday in protest at plans to increase music licensing fees.

Last coal marks end of Saarland mining
Germany

Last coal marks end of Saarland mining

An era quietly ended on Friday when the last coal was brought up from the west German Saarland region.

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Switzerland

UBS manager charged over tax evasion: source

French authorities have charged a manager with the local affiliate of Swiss bank UBS in connection with a probe into alleged tax evasion, a judicial source told AFP on Friday.

Julius Bär hands 2,500 names to US: report
Switzerland

Julius Bär hands 2,500 names to US: report

Swiss private bank Julius Bär handed over to US authorities information on 2,500 of its employees as part of Washington's efforts to clamp down on tax evasion, a newspaper reported on Friday.

Sweden to lend Gripen fighters to Switzerland
Sweden

Sweden to lend Gripen fighters to Switzerland

Sweden could loan a fleet of Gripen fighter jets to Switzerland as it awaits delivery of the craft's next generation model, Swiss Defence Minister Ueli Maurer said on Friday.

Heat and storms continue in see-saw summer
Germany

Heat and storms continue in see-saw summer

The German Weather Service (DWD) released a severe weather warning for areas of western Germany on Friday, with the Express regional paper even saying that tornadoes were possible alongside heavy rain, thunder and lightning.

Swiss could borrow Swedish fighter jets
Switzerland

Swiss could borrow Swedish fighter jets

Sweden could loan a fleet of Gripen fighter jets to Switzerland as it awaits delivery of the craft's next generation model, Swiss Defence Minister Ueli Maurer said on Friday.

Abba replaced by Loreen at Stockholm airport
Sweden

Abba replaced by Loreen at Stockholm airport

Loreen, the winner of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest, will soon have her portrait hung in Stockholm's Arlanda airport to fill a gap left when a picture of Abba was taken down after Benny Andersson demanded it be removed.

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Sweden

Sweden’s ‘Negro Village’ unveils new name

After 40 years, there is no longer a 'Negro Village' in southern Sweden as the suburb of Mjällby on Friday unveiled its new name following an outcry about the name's racist overtones.

Man ‘paid €1,000 to have girlfriend killed’
Germany

Man ‘paid €1,000 to have girlfriend killed’

A man who planned to use his girlfriend’s life insurance to start up a riding school, paid another man €1,000 to kill her – using a love-struck woman as a go-between to arrange the murder, German police said on Friday.

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Norway

Norwegian aid worker abducted in Kenya

Gunmen kidnapped four foreign aid workers and killed their driver on Friday in Kenya's Dadaab refugee camp complex near the border with war-torn Somalia, police and officials said.

Swedish man, 65, told by doctor: ‘you’re pregnant’
Sweden

Swedish man, 65, told by doctor: ‘you’re pregnant’

A 65-year-old man from northern Sweden was shocked recently when doctors explained that the results from a urine test revealed he was pregnant.

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France

Bus driver ‘dragged’ cyclist down Paris street

A Paris bus driver has been accused of dragging a man whose bike was caught in the wheels of his vehicle 100 metres, leaving him badly hurt.

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Switzerland

Ski star kills boy in tragic tractor mishap

Authorities have confirmed that former Swiss alpine ski star Paul Accola was behind the wheel of a tractor that struck and killed an eight-year-old boy earlier this week.

Calls for Madonna to witness in death trial
France

Calls for Madonna to witness in death trial

A French lawyer has asked a judge in a courthouse in Marseille to ask Madonna to testify as a witness. Two technicians died when a stage collapsed before one of her concert in 2009.

US military in Sweden to bring back AWOL airman
Sweden

US military in Sweden to bring back AWOL airman

US military officials were in Sweden this week in an effort to persuade a former US airman who has been living a secret life in Sweden for 28 years to return home to face trial for deserting from the US Air Force.

Norwegians sick of English in adverts: report
Norway

Norwegians sick of English in adverts: report

Growing numbers of Norwegians think the English language has become all too prevalent in advertising, according to a report from the Language Council of Norway.

Manure mishap kills 48 cows on Swedish farm
Sweden

Manure mishap kills 48 cows on Swedish farm

Dozens of cows were found dead on a farm in central Sweden on Thursday after having drowned in their own excrement, prompting veterinary officials to launch an investigation into the incident.

EU helps Spain, Italy, but still no eurobonds
Germany

EU helps Spain, Italy, but still no eurobonds

Chancellor Angela Merkel made some compromises during the EU summit on Thursday night, despite having sworn there would be no Eurobond sharing of debt while she lived.

Clooney to visit Geneva for Obama fundraiser
Switzerland

Clooney to visit Geneva for Obama fundraiser

Hollywood superstar George Clooney is returning to Geneva this summer to raise money from wealthy American expats for Barack Obama’s presidential re-election campaign.

Rare gangster-rapper T-shirt betrays robber
Germany

Rare gangster-rapper T-shirt betrays robber

A German man who allegedly took part in a shooting and robbery threw away the rare T-shirt he had used to cover his face during the crime – only for police to use it to track him down because only three had ever been sold in his town.

World Radio Switzerland for sale
Switzerland

World Radio Switzerland for sale

The Swiss Broadcasting Corporation, SRG SSR, plans to sell World Radio Switzerland, the country’s only national English-language radio station.

Sarkozy’s wives gang up on Hollande’s girlfriend
France

Sarkozy’s wives gang up on Hollande’s girlfriend

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy and Cecilia Attias, Sarkozy’s ex-wife, both slammed Hollande’s partner Valerie Trierweiler for her feisty attitude in the Elysee Palace.

Police asked for more cash after Breivik attacks
Norway

Police asked for more cash after Breivik attacks

Senior politicians have reacted furiously to revelations that the police labour union, in the immediate aftermath of last summer’s dual terror attacks, sought lucrative overtime deals for officers who had to break off their holidays.

Fans and footballers frustrated by Italian win
Germany

Fans and footballers frustrated by Italian win

Veteran striker Miroslav Klose may delay his retirement for two more years to play at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and help make amends for Germany's tearful exit from Euro 2012.

Ex-ABB head Barnevik cleared of sex crime allegations
Sweden

Ex-ABB head Barnevik cleared of sex crime allegations

Percy Barnevik, the former head of Swedish-Swiss industrial giant ABB and one of Sweden's most well-known business figures, was arrested in London on June 28th on suspicions of committing sex crimes.

Swede drafted by Michael Jordan’s NBA team
Sweden

Swede drafted by Michael Jordan’s NBA team

Jeffrey Taylor will become the second Swede ever to play professional basketball in the United States' National Basketball Association (NBA) after being drafted on Thursday by the Charlotte Bobcats.

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France

France rapped for raiding newspaper offices

France acted unconstitutionally when authorities searched the offices of two publications and homes of five journalists over coverage of a doping scandal, the European Court of Human Rights ruled on Thursday.

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France

Zero growth for France in first quarter

The French economy posted zero growth in the first quarter of this year following a weak 0.1 percent expansion in the fourth quarter of 2011, the INSEE national statistics institute said Friday, confirming an earlier estimate.

Sweden to host Barça and Man Utd in friendly
Sweden

Sweden to host Barça and Man Utd in friendly

Manchester United will play Barcelona in a pre-season friendly in Gothenburg on August 8th, the Premier League giants confirmed Thursday.

Most Germans do not want a more powerful EU
Germany

Most Germans do not want a more powerful EU

Nearly two thirds of Germans oppose giving more political control to the EU, a poll showed on Thursday. This is contrast to Chancellor Angela Merkel who has consistently said “more Europe” is needed to tackle the debt crisis.

Surfer lands in Sweden after Ryanair mix-up
Sweden

Surfer lands in Sweden after Ryanair mix-up

A professional surfer from the UK who thought he was on a flight to France was given a surprise when he realized he had somehow boarded the wrong flight, and was halfway to southern Sweden.

Choir face-off with Czech cops over bus driver
Germany

Choir face-off with Czech cops over bus driver

A German choir on the way home from an excursion to the Czech Republic got caught up in a two-hour stand-off with police who wanted to arrest their driver for bad parking.

Robyn gets Norwegian fans naked in new video
Sweden

Robyn gets Norwegian fans naked in new video

Swedish pop star Robyn was joined by some 70 naked Norwegians last summer for a long-delayed music video that has finally seen the light of day.