T-Rex babies were ‘fluffy’
Germany

T-Rex babies were ‘fluffy’

The mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex may have been the king of the dinosaurs – but its skin was downy, rather than scaly, and the babies were positively fluffy with feathers, latest fossil examinations show.

Swedes have ‘little faith’ in jobs agency: survey
Sweden

Swedes have ‘little faith’ in jobs agency: survey

Swedes have a low-level of confidence in the agency tasked with helping their out of work compatriots find jobs, according to a new survey.

‘Sweden’s manga-child porn case is reminiscent of the Eastern bloc’
Sweden

‘Sweden’s manga-child porn case is reminiscent of the Eastern bloc’

In the aftermath of the Supreme Court case which examined whether manga cartoon images constituted child pornography, Swedish journalist and columnist Ola Tedin ponders the morality of the court's ruling.

Top court will rule on euro rescue next week
Germany

Top court will rule on euro rescue next week

Germany's highest court will decide whether the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) and the EU's new fiscal compact conform to the country's constitution on July 10.

UN censors Norwegian girls’ despot song: report
Norway

UN censors Norwegian girls’ despot song: report

The dreams of dozens of Norwegian girls ended in disenchantment on Saturday when organizers axed part of their show at the UN General Assembly in New York, citing concerns over lyrics listing some of history’s worst tyrants.

Immigrants boost German population
Germany

Immigrants boost German population

The German population has grown for the first time in eight years, according to the latest estimates from the Federal Statistical Office – but only thanks to an influx of immigrants, mainly from eastern Europe.

Woman stabbed at Stockholm youth hostel
Sweden

Woman stabbed at Stockholm youth hostel

A woman was stabbed more than twenty times early Monday morning while staying at a central Stockholm youth hostel, with police crediting another guest for saving the victim's life.

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

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.

Swedish summer music festival preview: July
Sweden

Swedish summer music festival preview: July

With Midsummer now a distant memory, Swedes will be looking to grab every opportunity to get out in the summer while it lasts. The Local's Joe Lynskey takes a look at the stand-out festivals that are sure to draw the crowds this month.

Paris landmarks attract tourist hoardes
France

Paris landmarks attract tourist hoardes

Thirteen Paris landmarks attracted more than one million visitors last year but the Nôtre Dame Cathedral was top choice and far ahead of the emblematic Eiffel Tower, the city's tourism office said on Monday.

Supermarket thieves tear down wall, but leave cash
Germany

Supermarket thieves tear down wall, but leave cash

A gang of thieves in Germany upped the ante when planning a ram-raid on a supermarket – they used a mechanical digger to tear off half the roof and pull down a wall to get to the safe.

Gotthard rail link reopens after landslide
Switzerland

Gotthard rail link reopens after landslide

Trains were set to run again on Switzerland's main north-south rail line from Monday after it was closed for more than a month following a landslide that killed a worker.

Swedish journos decry ‘unnecessary’ jail time
Sweden

Swedish journos decry ‘unnecessary’ jail time

Two Swedish journalists in Ethiopia jailed on terrorism charges say they are being detained unnecessarily, one year into their 11-year sentence, Swedish diplomats said Monday.

Almedalen: a bonfire of Swedish vanity
Sweden

Almedalen: a bonfire of Swedish vanity

As Almedalen, the Swedish political pow-wow held annually on the Baltic Island of Gotland, gets into full swing, correspondent David Lindén uses his first dispatch to explain what it is and how it came to be.

Germany joins call for arms trade treaty
Germany

Germany joins call for arms trade treaty

Being the world's third biggest arms exporter did not prevent Germany from joining France, Britain and Sweden to call on the United Nations to draw up a new arms trade treaty to reduce what they called "a growing threat to humanity."

Intelligence chief resigns over mistakes
Germany

Intelligence chief resigns over mistakes

The head of Germany’s domestic intelligence service resigned on Monday following revelations of mistakes made by his office relating to the neo-Nazi terror group that claimed the murder of nine immigrants and a policewoman.

Footballers ‘should be forced to sing anthem’
Germany

Footballers ‘should be forced to sing anthem’

Conservative politicians in Germany have come up with a novel way to inspire the national football team after their dismal defeat in Euro 2012 - force them to sing the national anthem.

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Sweden

Sweden joins call for UN arms trade treaty

France, Britain, Germany and Sweden called Monday on the United Nations to quickly draw up a comprehensive arms trade treaty that will reduce what they called "a growing threat to humanity".

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France

Homeless man’s dog chews football fan’s face

A man had his face chewed by a dog in a bar in Nice after watching the Italy-Germany Euro 2012 semi-final last week.

Sunbathing woman shot in the leg
Switzerland

Sunbathing woman shot in the leg

A 46-year-old woman was shot in the leg on Saturday afternoon as she lay sunbathing by a small lake near St. Gallen.

 

Swiss men buying more ‘Viagra’ online
Switzerland

Swiss men buying more ‘Viagra’ online

More and more Swiss men are buying what they believe to be Viagra on the internet, but the pills can contain cement or even rat poison, consumer watchdogs warn.

French runner attacks 14-year-old mascot girl
France

French runner attacks 14-year-old mascot girl

Video: A French Olympic runner found an unusual way of celebrating after winning the 3,000 meters steeplechase race in the European athletics championships in Helsinki this weekend.

Two elk shot dead after chaos in Swedish town
Sweden

Two elk shot dead after chaos in Swedish town

Two elk that were causing havoc in a busy residential area in southern Sweden were shot dead by hunters in an effort to protect civilians in the area.

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France

Cars and yacht seized in laundering probe

A two-year investigation into a money laundering scheme, involving €1.7 million of goods being seized, has been concluded with the arrest of a 53-year-old local businessman in the Toulouse area.

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Switzerland

Asylum seekers should be shot: SVP politician

A far-right politician from the Swiss People's Party (SVP) is expected to resign on Monday after it emerged that he had called on social media sites for asylum seekers to be shot.

Justin Bieber-mania heading to Sweden
Sweden

Justin Bieber-mania heading to Sweden

Justin Bieber, the teenage heartthrob and pop music sensation, is set to perform in Sweden for the first time, concert arrangers have confirmed, with tickets set to go on sale later this week.

Paris haute couture ball kicked off by Versace
France

Paris haute couture ball kicked off by Versace

Versace got the haute couture ball off to a bold start on Sunday night in Paris, as the Italian house sent out creations of aerial chiffon, body-hugging leather and rich crystal embroidery.

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Norway

Scientists to make 3-D models of Arctic sea ice

Scientists working with Greenpeace will undertake an expedition to the Arctic that will produce the first 3D models of the Arctic sea ice, the group said on Friday.

Protesting pensioners squat seniors’ club
Germany

Protesting pensioners squat seniors’ club

Around 50 senior citizens, the oldest of whom is 89, are occupying their local social club in the Berlin district of Pankow after authorities said they were going to close the building - which used to belong to the head of the Stasi.

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Norway

Norwegian linked to Al-Qaeda plane plot

Al-Qaeda is plotting an attack on a US airliner using a Norwegian terrorist, Britain's Sunday Times newspaper reported, citing intelligence sources.

Astrid, 33, back in Kenya after kidnap ordeal
Norway

Astrid, 33, back in Kenya after kidnap ordeal

Four foreign aid workers kidnapped in Kenya's Dadaab refugee camp returned safely to Nairobi on Monday tired but smiling after being released overnight in southern Somalia following a short gunfight.

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France

French breathalyzer law takes effect

All vehicles travelling on French roads must carry a chemical or electronic breathalyzer test from Sunday, under new rules aimed at reducing alcohol-driven accidents.

Liechtenstein votes to keep royal veto
Switzerland

Liechtenstein votes to keep royal veto

Voters in Liechtenstein on Sunday rejected a move to limit the powers of the royal family in a controversial referendum seeking to abolish the ruling prince's right to veto legislation.

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Switzerland

Swiss reject refugee linked to Islamist group

Switzerland has refused to take back a Jordanian refugee who had been given asylum after he was charged with links to Islamist rebels in Somalia, officials announced on Saturday.

Malmö invites surfer back ‘to see the waves’
Sweden

Malmö invites surfer back ‘to see the waves’

Tourist officials in southern Sweden have invited a 19-year-old professional surfer back on a free trip to Malmö after he accidentally visited last week due to a Ryanair ticketing foul-up.

Revenge! Drunk man rams cop station
Germany

Revenge! Drunk man rams cop station

A 37-year-old man who was caught riding a bike with no lights on the wrong side of the road - whilst drunk - returned a few hours later in a car to ram the police station.

Fiat focuses truck production in Germany
Germany

Fiat focuses truck production in Germany

Italy's Fiat Industrial will close five European plants of its truck subsidiary Iveco before year end to concentrate production at one German site, the firm's director told the Ansa news agency Sunday.

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Sweden

Police watch as man dies in motorway crash

A man died early on Monday morning after a truck collided with his parked car on a motorway in eastern Sweden, with police witnessing the event live on video.

Three remanded after violent hospital brawl
Sweden

Three remanded after violent hospital brawl

Three men were remanded into custody on Sunday in connection with the recent spate of violence which has plagued Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg over the past week.