Rescue workers fight rising flood levels
Sweden

Rescue workers fight rising flood levels

Emergency services in southern Sweden were concentrating their efforts on Tuesday evening on preserving "important societal functions" as flood-levels continue to rise.

Missing Costa Rican snowboarder found dead
Switzerland

Missing Costa Rican snowboarder found dead

The body has been found of missing Costa Rican snowboarder Jorge Mario Brenes Jaikel, who disappeared near the Matterhorn on July 4th.

Former prostitute murdered ‘saviour’ hubby
Germany

Former prostitute murdered ‘saviour’ hubby

A German prostitute and drug addict whose marriage to a customer enabled her to kick her habit and become a doctor was jailed for 15 years on Tuesday – for murdering her husband.

Pope blocks magazine over ‘leaks’ stain picture
Germany

Pope blocks magazine over ‘leaks’ stain picture

Pope Benedict was obviously not amused when he saw himself pictured with yellow stains down his cassock on a German satire magazine in a nod to the Vatican leaks scandal. He has taken legal action to stop publication.

Woman ‘too fat’ for Swedish theme park ride
Sweden

Woman ‘too fat’ for Swedish theme park ride

A Swedish woman was denied entry on to a roller coaster at an amusement park in western Sweden after ride attendants told her she was too wide to ride.

Norway footballers get their kit off for fans
Norway

Norway footballers get their kit off for fans

Taking a break from training, players in Narvik in northern Norway put their balls to one side to send a cheeky summer greeting to their fans on Facebook.

Stefan Löfven finally crosses the water
Sweden

Stefan Löfven finally crosses the water

Stefan Löfven delivered his first speech at Almedalen as Social Democrat party leader, and while the rhetoric was solid, he has a tough road ahead to bring the party back to the pinnacle of Swedish politics, argues correspondent and commentator David Linden.

Swedish zoo in awe over ‘adorable’ baby pandas
Sweden

Swedish zoo in awe over ‘adorable’ baby pandas

Two red panda cubs have been born at a Swedish wildlife park, having been specially bred for reintroduction into the Indian wilderness, zoologists confirmed Tuesday.

Four Germans arrested in snatched baby case
Germany

Four Germans arrested in snatched baby case

A three-week-old baby who was snatched from her pram as her mother was walking down the road in the Czech Republic last week has been found in Germany. A man and three women have been arrested.

Cyclist arrested in Tour de France raid
France

Cyclist arrested in Tour de France raid

Tour de France team Cofidis have suspended Frenchman Remy Di Gregorio over doping allegations, the team announced on the race's first rest day on Tuesday.

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Norway

Telenor told 16-year-old girl to ‘burn in hell’

Just minutes after Maiken Fredriksen Iversen phoned Telenor to make a complaint, a disgruntled customer service agent sent her a text message to say he hoped she would burn in hell.

Motorway mop up after salad dressing spill
Germany

Motorway mop up after salad dressing spill

Police arrived early Tuesday morning at a crash in western Germany to find the autobahn drenched in a salad dressing-style spill after a truck loaded with mustard and vinegar skidded and crashed.

Stockholm sixth ‘most livable’ city in the world
Sweden

Stockholm sixth ‘most livable’ city in the world

Stockholm has come in sixth place in a new ranking of the best cities in the world, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) global "livability" ranking.

Businesses to Merkel: stick to guns on euro
Germany

Businesses to Merkel: stick to guns on euro

Nearly nine out of 10 top managers in Germany support Chancellor Angela Merkel's strategy for tackling the eurozone debt crisis, according to a new survey published on Tuesday.

Prison for man who cut off and ate wife’s lip
Sweden

Prison for man who cut off and ate wife’s lip

A 52-year-old academic at Stockholm's Karolinska Institute who cut off his wife's lip and ate it to prevent her from kissing another man was sentenced on Tuesday to five years in prison for the attack.

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Switzerland

Health insurance costs to rise next year

Health insurance premiums will rise by about three percent in Switzerland next year, according to price comparison site Comparis.ch.

Constitutional Court mulls euro bailout fund
Germany

Constitutional Court mulls euro bailout fund

Germany’s Constitutional Court began considering the permanent euro bailout fund on Tuesday - while politicians have been so openly pushing for a positive verdict, the justice minister told them to stop.

Sarkozy ‘jealous’ of Carla’s ex Mick Jagger
France

Sarkozy ‘jealous’ of Carla’s ex Mick Jagger

The former president refused to buy a flat with his wife Carla Bruni in Paris, because former boyfriend Mick Jagger owned one next door, a new book says. 

Uproar over Kalashnikovs in French rap video
France

Uproar over Kalashnikovs in French rap video

A rap video featuring young men firing Kalashnikovs has sparked controversy in the southern town of Nice. 

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France

Gay soldier: I was exluded after being raped

A young French man has filed a suit saying he was exluded from officer training when he failed to turn up for his exams after allegedly being raped. 

BMW, Porsche ‘quality drops’ as US sales soar
Germany

BMW, Porsche ‘quality drops’ as US sales soar

German carmakers are enjoying unprecedented success in the US, but while sales are exceeding CEOs' dreams, the number of recalls has shot up - particularly for exclusive brands BMW and Porsche.

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Switzerland

Murder suspect pledged to kill wife on Facebook

A 34-year-old man suspected of shooting his wife at a train station last week after she had left him, had previously sent Facebook and text messages promising to “finish her off”.

Body could be missing boater
Switzerland

Body could be missing boater

Police are investigating if a body found in Tuggen in canton Schwyz at the weekend could be that of a boat captain who went missing at the end of June.

Sweden’s Power Big Meet: hub caps, hair grease, and ‘Happy Days’
Sweden

Sweden’s Power Big Meet: hub caps, hair grease, and ‘Happy Days’

The Power Big Meet car show in Västerås is an annual tradition for Swedes with a passion for 1950s-era Americana cars and culture. Contributor Nathalie Rothschild offers up a stunning photo essay of this year's event.

‘Sexy’ sausage ad causes stir in Swedish town
Sweden

‘Sexy’ sausage ad causes stir in Swedish town

A street vendor's advertisement featuring the full, red lips of a woman wrapped around a thick sausage has caused a stir in a southern Sweden town, leaving gender experts outraged.

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France

Parent taken hostage at French school

An armed man Tuesday took a parent hostage at a French school in a south-eastern Paris suburb but released his captive after negotiations and was then arrested, police said.

Flood-hit Swedish towns brace for more rain
Sweden

Flood-hit Swedish towns brace for more rain

More rain is set to fall on Tuesday on parts of Sweden already struggling to deal with flooding caused by weekend downpours that have left many rivers swollen and turned backyards into lakes.

Hollande set for wrangles on British visit
France

Hollande set for wrangles on British visit

French President Francois Hollande will hold potentially combustible talks with Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday before meeting with Queen Elizabeth II during a one-day visit to Britain.

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Norway

Norwegian oil strike ends: Labour ministry

Norway's government intervened to end an offshore workers' strike just minutes ahead of a threatened lockout at the country's oil production sites, the labour ministry said on Tuesday.

German named head of permanent bailout fund
Germany

German named head of permanent bailout fund

Germany's Klaus Regling, head of the eurozone's temporary EFSF bailout fund, has been named to run its permanent successor, the European Stability Mechanism, the 17-nation group said Tuesday.

US man’s Volvo nears 3 million mile mark
Sweden

US man’s Volvo nears 3 million mile mark

A US motorist who bought a Volvo in 1966 and already holds a Guinness World Record is about to pass the 3 million mile (4.8 million kilometre) mark in the nearly 50-year-old Swedish brand car.

Assange asylum ‘may spark US smear tactics’
Sweden

Assange asylum ‘may spark US smear tactics’

Ecuador's ambassador to Washington expressed concerns Monday that granting political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange could be used to discredit Quito in the United States.

‘Crocodile sighting’ sparks Bavaria lake hunt
Germany

‘Crocodile sighting’ sparks Bavaria lake hunt

Police sealed off a Bavarian lake over the weekend after a sighting of what could be a crocodile – and then sent in divers to see if they could find it. A night-time hunt was being planned for Monday.

Scientists find fish ‘compass’ cells
Germany

Scientists find fish ‘compass’ cells

German scientists have identified the long-sought after magnetic “compass” cell which allows a number of animal species to navigate via the earth’s magnetic field.