Norway government calls talks to end oil strike
Norway

Norway government calls talks to end oil strike

Norway's government on Friday called talks between employers and striking unions after the energy industry ordered a lockout next week that threatens to halt output in Western Europe's top oil exporter.

Drunk man misses flight despite bomb threat ploy
Sweden

Drunk man misses flight despite bomb threat ploy

A drunk man who was late for his flight from Stockholm's Arlanda airport told security staff there was a bomb on board in hopes the ensuing delay would give him time to make the flight.

Court jails ex-RAF member for 1977 murder
Germany

Court jails ex-RAF member for 1977 murder

A former member of the Red Army Faction (RAF), which terrorised Germany in the 1970s and 1980s, was jailed for four years on Friday for accessory to the murder of a top official 35 years ago.

Sweden’s ‘sexiest politicians’ exposed
Sweden

Sweden’s ‘sexiest politicians’ exposed

A gay entrepreneur and an outspoken woman whose Iraqi politician father was once imprisoned in the notorious Abu Ghraib prison have been revealed as Sweden's sexiest politicians of 2012 in a new ranking published on Friday.

Unborn baby causes car smash
Germany

Unborn baby causes car smash

An unborn baby girl gave her German mother such a sharp kick in the belly that the woman lost control of her car, left the road and crashed, writing off the vehicle.

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Norway

Pro-Breivik blogger held over cop killer threats

Police in Bergen have arrested 34-year-old blogger Eivind Berge after he made repeated calls for deadly attacks on police officers.

Girl drinks herself to death in ‘water poker’
Sweden

Girl drinks herself to death in ‘water poker’

A 12-year-old girl died due to brain complications caused by the consumption of too much water in a game of "water poker" she played with classmates.

The most famous and infamous German kisses
Germany

The most famous and infamous German kisses

In celebration of International Kissing Day on Friday, the latest Local List collects some of the most famous German smackers - historical, embarrassing, or just a bit slurpy. Pucker up.

‘Re-open probe into Raoul Wallenberg’s fate’
Sweden

‘Re-open probe into Raoul Wallenberg’s fate’

Official claims from Russia about when Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg died appear ever more doubtful as new evidence emerges, argues historian Susanne Berger, who has called for the investigation in Wallenberg's fate to be re-opened.

Germany braces for stormy weekend
Germany

Germany braces for stormy weekend

Violent storms caused damage across Germany on Thursday, downing trees onto cars, flooding basements, and causing drivers to abandon their vehicles on submerged roads. And it's not over yet.

Sweden’s Left: singing the same old song?
Sweden

Sweden’s Left: singing the same old song?

Jonas Sjöstedt, the fresh face of the Left Party, was expected to use Almedalen to show he was taking the party in a new direction, but correspondent and commentator David Linden was left unconvinced the new party leader managed to do so.

Rammstein singer: I hate noise, prefer nature
Germany

Rammstein singer: I hate noise, prefer nature

The frontman of outrageous German metal band Rammstein says he "hates noise" and likes to withdraw to the country to listen to the "phenomenal" sounds of nature, in an interview published on Friday.

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France

France must return €4.6 million to Jehovah’s Witnesses

France must return almost €4.6 million it seized from Jehovah's Witnesses for taxes on donations, the European Court of Human Rights ruled on Thursday.

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France

Toulouse Jewish school student attacked on train

A teenage student from a French Jewish school that was targeted by an Islamist serial killer this year was assaulted on a train in an attack condemned by the Jewish community.

Snake expert in agony after Swiss viper bite
Switzerland

Snake expert in agony after Swiss viper bite

A reptile specialist in Fribourg was rushed to hospital after being bitten by a snake he was displaying for a team of journalists in the Neirivue region.

Swiss mansion of Phil Collins’ ex-wife for sale
Switzerland

Swiss mansion of Phil Collins’ ex-wife for sale

Tongues are wagging over the reported departure from Switzerland of Orianne Collins, the former wife of British rock star Phil Collins.

Road fatalities up – eleven die each day
Germany

Road fatalities up – eleven die each day

An average of 11 people died on German roads each day last year – an increase of nearly 10 percent over the year before, and the first rise in traffic fatalities for two decades, it was reported on Friday.

Rowdy unborn girl causes Basel car crash
Switzerland

Rowdy unborn girl causes Basel car crash

An unborn baby girl gave her German mother such a sharp kick in the belly that the woman lost control of her car, left the road and crashed, writing off the vehicle.

Swedish ski legend Anja Pärson becomes a mum
Sweden

Swedish ski legend Anja Pärson becomes a mum

Swedish alpine skiing star Anja Pärson revealed on Thursday she has become a mother to a baby boy after ending years of rumours last month when she revealed she had a long-term girlfriend.

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Sweden

Transgender woman appeals rape acquittal

A transgender woman who was the victim of an attempted rape has appealed a Swedish court’s decision to clear the offender of the charges after the court argued the rape was "impossible" because the victim was still biologically a man.

Foreigner death toll mounts in Swiss Alps
Switzerland

Foreigner death toll mounts in Swiss Alps

Bern cantonal police are launching an investigation after two foreign climbers died on the celebrated Eiger mountain in the Bernese Alps.

Romney ‘plans to visit Berlin this summer’
Germany

Romney ‘plans to visit Berlin this summer’

US presidential candidate Mitt Romney will reportedly visit Berlin this summer, echoing President Barack Obama’s trip shortly before the 2008 election. But the Republican candidate is unlikely to generate the enthusiasm that his rival did.

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Norway

Al-Qaeda trainee living on benefits: report

A 33-year-old Norwegian suspected of receiving terrorist training from an Al-Qaeda affiliate in Yemen has continued to receive welfare benefits for the duration of his stay in the Middle Eastern country, a newspaper said.

Jews, Muslims increase calls for circumcision law
Germany

Jews, Muslims increase calls for circumcision law

Germany is coming under increasing pressure over the court decision that ruled circumcision was bodily harm and thus a crime – with the Wiesenthal Centre quoting Hitler, and a Muslim group saying it was a blow against integration.

Harmony restarts work on Hamburg opera house
Germany

Harmony restarts work on Hamburg opera house

German city Hamburg ended a row Thursday with the firm building a concert hall intended to rival the Sydney Opera House, already years behind schedule and millions over budget.

Clinton rounds on Russia and China
France

Clinton rounds on Russia and China

A world meeting on Syria urged the UN on Friday to use the threat of sanctions to force change in Syria as President Bashar al-Assad was rocked by the defection of one of his most senior generals.

‘The teddy bear’s back!’: Stockholm police
Sweden

‘The teddy bear’s back!’: Stockholm police

A little girl's lost teddy bear was found in Stockholm on Thursday and reunited with its owner, according to local police, following a public police plea on Facebook that made headlines around the world.

Exercise best cure for chronic headaches: study
Sweden

Exercise best cure for chronic headaches: study

The ultimate cure for tension headaches is not medicine, rest, or patience, but physical exercise, according to a new study in Sweden.

Man blames ‘blackout’ for savage hostel stabbing
Sweden

Man blames ‘blackout’ for savage hostel stabbing

The man who stabbed a woman 20 times in a Stockholm youth hostel has blamed a blackout for the incident and has been held on remand on the suspicion of attempted murder.

Deutsche Bank’s ‘hunger trade’ in spotlight again
Germany

Deutsche Bank’s ‘hunger trade’ in spotlight again

The United Nations head of nutrition has criticised Deutsche Bank for pushing up food prices by speculative trading. His scolding comes months after the bank promised to reduce commodity betting, acknowledging that it increased prices.

Belarus teddy bear ‘bombers’ unmasked
Sweden

Belarus teddy bear ‘bombers’ unmasked

The Swedes who say they dropped hundreds of 'pro-free speech' teddy bears over Belarus on Wednesday have come forward amid reports of stuffed bears being found on the ground in Belarus and a confirmed airspace violation.