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France

Thieves undone by pics taken on stolen camera

A group of teenagers were caught out after photos of themselves were found on a digital camera a man claimed was stolen from him while taking a nap on a park bench in Montpellier.

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Norway

Al-Qaeda’s Norwegian ‘was left-wing radical’

A Norwegian jihadist thought to have received Al-Qaeda training in Yemen was previously a left-wing radical who refused to believe that Osama Bin Laden’s network carried out the September 11th terrorist attacks, a newspaper said.

Kerber defeat dashes hopes of Wimbledon final
Germany

Kerber defeat dashes hopes of Wimbledon final

Whispered German hopes of a place in the Wimbledon tennis final for the first time since Steffi Graf got there in 1999 were dashed on Thursday when Angelique Kerber lost the semi-final.

Elite student group ‘could split over extremism’
Germany

Elite student group ‘could split over extremism’

A hidden struggle for the soul of Germany’s traditional student fraternities emerged in court this week, exposing a deep conflict over extremism which could split the ancient group. One former member spoke to The Local.

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Sweden

School to bullied lesbian teen: don’t be so gay

A school in southern Sweden told a female student to "tone down" her homosexuality as a remedy to bullying from other students for being gay, prompting the girl to report the school for discrimination.

Borg warns of ‘likely’ Greece default
Sweden

Borg warns of ‘likely’ Greece default

Attempts to help Greece avoid bankruptcy appear doomed to fail, Swedish Finance Minister Anders Borg said Thursday, adding however that Athens might still manage to cling to the euro.

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Switzerland

Switzerland ramps up sanctions on Iran

Switzerland announced tougher sanctions against Iran on Thursday but refused to implement an outright ban on oil imports "for policy reasons".

Gunman who killed four was French national
Germany

Gunman who killed four was French national

The gunman who shot dead four hostages during a flat eviction and then killed himself in western Germany was French, it emerged on Thursday. Police say he had been planning the bloodbath for some time.

‘Ghostrider’ biker speaks out: ‘don’t even try it’
Sweden

‘Ghostrider’ biker speaks out: ‘don’t even try it’

A daredevil motorcyclist known as the “Ghostrider” has spoken out about his latest video in which he reaches speeds of nearly 300 kilometres as he dodges traffic on a road in northern Sweden.

Johnny Hallyday’s guitar stolen before gig
France

Johnny Hallyday’s guitar stolen before gig

A guitar given to Johnny Hallyday for his 69th birthday was stolen before he was due to go on stage for a concert in Bordeaux.

‘Angry birds’ strike fear in Swedish golfers
Sweden

‘Angry birds’ strike fear in Swedish golfers

A golf club in southern Sweden is planning to hunt the crows on their course after a violent spate of attacks and thieveries have left golfers in fear.

ThyssenKrupp fined €103 million for price-fixing
Germany

ThyssenKrupp fined €103 million for price-fixing

The German Cartel Office has slapped one the world's largest steel producers with an enormous fine for fixing railway track prices with three other companies.

Swiss outlaw underage prostitution
Switzerland

Swiss outlaw underage prostitution

The Swiss government has amended the criminal code to make it illegal to pay for sex with 16 and 17-year-old prostitutes.

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France

Fugitive teen found joyriding in Toulouse

A 14-year-old boy, who was supposed to be locked up in a detention centre for previous crimes, was found joyriding a stolen car in Toulouse last night.

Statoil to halt production amid lockout
Norway

Statoil to halt production amid lockout

Norwegian state oil group Statoil said on Thursday it was preparing to shut down all production on the Norwegian continental shelf (NSC) after the industry employers' organisation announced a lockout starting next week.

Was Reinfeldt’s ‘boring’ speech the ‘best’ so far?
Sweden

Was Reinfeldt’s ‘boring’ speech the ‘best’ so far?

While expectations were high ahead of Fredrik Reinfeldt's speech at Almedalen, correspondent and commentator David Linden reports that it remains unclear whether Sweden's prime minister really wowed the crowd – or voters.

Sweden to offer prostitutes sick pay
Sweden

Sweden to offer prostitutes sick pay

Prostitutes in Sweden who pay taxes should have the right to sick pay, according to new guidelines being drawn up by the National Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan).

Three injured in vicious dog attack
Norway

Three injured in vicious dog attack

A two-year-old boy and two young adults were badly bitten by three dogs on Wednesday after an escaped French Mastiff tried to drag the child from a playground into the nearby woods in Mandal, southern Norway.

Berlin Fashion Week goes underground
Germany

Berlin Fashion Week goes underground

Berlin Fashion Week got off to a colourful start on Wednesday evening as models sporting outrageous wigs and dazzling costumes transformed one of the city's metro trains into its Underground Catwalk.

Volvo sells aerospace unit to Britain’s GKN
Sweden

Volvo sells aerospace unit to Britain’s GKN

Sweden's Volvo AB announced on Thursday it was selling its Volvo Aero aerospace engine subsidiary to British vehicle engineering group GKN for 6.9 billion kronor ($987 million).

Business Brief: save up to 75% on your deliveries and removals with Anyvan
Germany

Business Brief: save up to 75% on your deliveries and removals with Anyvan

If you haven’t yet come across ANYVAN then the chances are that you have been paying too much to get your things delivered from A to B. It is just such a simple idea that makes sense and really works too.

Mystery deepens – did agent aid murder?
Germany

Mystery deepens – did agent aid murder?

A German intelligence agent was suspected of being involved in one of the immigrant murders attributed to the neo-Nazi terrorist group, a newspaper has claimed. All attempts to figure out his story have failed.

Young man stabbed to death at Mandal party
Norway

Young man stabbed to death at Mandal party

Police have arrested a 21-year-old man in connection with the fatal stabbing of a young man at a party in Mandal, southern Norway, in the early hours of Thursday morning.

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France

France Telecom bosses face suicides probe

More former executives of France Telecom are to go before an investigating magistrate Thursday, a day after the ex-head of the company was placed under investigation over a spate of suicides there.

Rhine sulphuric acid spill threat averted
Germany

Rhine sulphuric acid spill threat averted

A tanker carrying 1,300 tons of sulphuric acid which ran aground in the Rhine early on Thursday morning, has been freed without incident.

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France

China snubs Paris Syrian summit

China said on Thursday it would not attend a "Friends of Syria" meeting in Paris that is aiming to coordinate Western and Arab efforts to stop violence in the country.

Air France crash: final report due for release
France

Air France crash: final report due for release

French investigators will release on Thursday a final report into what caused the mid-Atlantic crash of a Rio to Paris Air France flight that killed 228 people in 2009.

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Switzerland

Swiss grenades found in Syria: report

The Swiss government suspended arms shipments to the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday amid a report that hand grenades made in Switzerland had found their way to Syria.

Sweden hikes growth forecast for 2012
Sweden

Sweden hikes growth forecast for 2012

Sweden's finance ministry on Wednesday raised its growth forecast for 2012 but said the economy would grow slower than previously expected next year due to the deepening European debt crisis.

Trial over Swiss franc loans opens in Croatia
Switzerland

Trial over Swiss franc loans opens in Croatia

A trial began Wednesday of eight banks accused by a Croatian consumers group of failing to inform clients taking out loans in Swiss francs that currency fluctuations could prompt an increase in repayments.

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Sweden

Young man shot dead in Gothenburg

A man was found shot dead in a residential area of Gothenburg following reports of gunfire before shortly before 1am on Thursday morning.

New royalties charges threaten Berlin clubs
Germany

New royalties charges threaten Berlin clubs

New music licence fees could threaten the livelihood of Berlin's legendary all-night clubs, or drive them underground in a return to the heady post-Wall 1990s, the city's tourism body said Wednesday.

VW to complete Porsche takeover early
Germany

VW to complete Porsche takeover early

Europe's biggest automaker Volkswagen is to wrap up its takeover of German luxury sports car group Porsche two years earlier than planned in order to unlock hitherto untapped economies of scale.

Assange rape allegations ‘hilarious’: minister
Sweden

Assange rape allegations ‘hilarious’: minister

Ecuador's foreign minister has said that rape and sexual assault cases lodged in Sweden against Julian Assange are laughable, but no ruling has yet been made on the WikiLeaks founder's asylum application.

Germans hope to harvest Olympic gold on field
Germany

Germans hope to harvest Olympic gold on field

Germany's best Olympic gold medal prospects in London this month arguably lie with a small group of talented German field athletes – but swimmers, cyclists and horse riders are also heading to the UK hungry for medals.

Disputed US expert offers help in Mangs’s defence
Sweden

Disputed US expert offers help in Mangs’s defence

Adina Schwartz, a controversial US ballistics expert, gave testimony at the trial of Peter Mangs in Malmö on Wednesday in an effort to prove that bullets found at the crime scenes could not be tied to the weapon of the suspected Malmö sniper.

What’s on in Germany: July 5 – 11
Germany

What’s on in Germany: July 5 – 11

This week’s highlights: Open-air classics in Berlin, Senti Swing in Frankfurt and a Woodie Guthrie musical in Munich.