Iraqi mullah faces new charges in Norway
Norway

Iraqi mullah faces new charges in Norway

The Iraqi founder of the Iraqi Kurdish Islamist group Ansar al-Islam is being prosecuted in Norway for inciting terrorist acts, the public prosecutor's office said on Wednesday.

Dramatic drug raid at Stockholm school ‘failed’
Sweden

Dramatic drug raid at Stockholm school ‘failed’

Police have admitted that none of the more than a dozen Stockholm school students nabbed in a high-profile drug raid tested positive for drugs and no charges were filed, raising questions about the police's methods in the case.

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Norway

Cop teaser clean after cheeky bum wipe insult

A 26-year-old motorist who advised a policeman to wipe his bottom with a traffic ticket has been cleared of any wrongdoing by a court in northern Norway.

Should Germany hit the rich with a wealth tax?
Germany

Should Germany hit the rich with a wealth tax?

A respected economics institute has suggested a one-off tax for the wealthiest in Germany, to raise €230 billion to shore up national debt. Would such a measure kill investment in the country or is it a fair idea? Have your say.

Prime Minister Reinfeldt files for divorce
Sweden

Prime Minister Reinfeldt files for divorce

Fredrik Reinfeldt filed a formal divorce application on Wednesday at the Stockholm District Court, seeking to ending what had been a 20 year marriage with his wife Filippa.

Third official resigns over neo-Nazi intel gaffes
Germany

Third official resigns over neo-Nazi intel gaffes

A scandal over a botched probe of ten murders blamed on German neo-Nazis felled the third top official this month as the head of a state intelligence service stepped down Wednesday.

Kill stray cats: Swiss environment official
Switzerland

Kill stray cats: Swiss environment official

Animal lovers have expressed outrage after an official at the Swiss environment ministry said all stray cats should be killed.

Three jailed after ‘grass’ scam turned violent
Sweden

Three jailed after ‘grass’ scam turned violent

Three men were jailed Tuesday after they savagely attacked a man involved in a cannabis scam where ordinary grass was sold instead of marijuana.

Dolphins need new home as small, old one closes
Germany

Dolphins need new home as small, old one closes

Three German dolphins are looking for a new home after zoo officials in Münster said they were closing the dolphinarium because they did not have enough money to upgrade it.

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Switzerland

Swiss officials sidestep procurement law: report

The Swiss federal administration awarded 361 contracts last year without first putting the requests out to tender, a newspaper report says.

Death of Tetra Pak heir’s wife a ‘mystery’: police
Sweden

Death of Tetra Pak heir’s wife a ‘mystery’: police

British police were on Wednesday investigating the mysterious death of Eva Rausing, wife of the heir to the Tetra Pak packaging fortune, after arresting a man reported to be her husband.

Secret files revealed in Hollande TV feature
France

Secret files revealed in Hollande TV feature

A TV report into the daily work of President François Hollande revealed secret files by mistake. 

One in six cigarettes smuggled into France
France

One in six cigarettes smuggled into France

Over 15 percent of cigarettes in France are fake or have been smuggled into the country, a recent survey reveals. 

Teacher jumps down mineshaft to save boy
Germany

Teacher jumps down mineshaft to save boy

A German kindergarten teacher is being hailed as a heroine for leaping down a mineshaft after a three-year-old and then holding him above water, keeping him warm with her body heat until they could be rescued.

Probe turns up heat in state energy deal row
Germany

Probe turns up heat in state energy deal row

The former leader of a German state has been accused of breach of trust over a multi-billion-euro buy-back of energy company shares - for nearly a billion euros too much - bypassing parliament just before an election.

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Sweden

Malmö preschool rocked by sex abuse claims

A male employee at a preschool in southern Sweden previously held on remand following accusations that he sexually assaulted several children at the school was released on Wednesday, but suspicions against him remain.

Oslo mayor wants begging banned
Norway

Oslo mayor wants begging banned

Oslo Mayor Fabian Stang wants to ban begging in the Norwegian capital amid a controversy over the erection this week of a temporary Roma camp outside a city church.

Where to go in Sweden: Stockholmers’ views
Sweden

Where to go in Sweden: Stockholmers’ views

With the summer holiday season in full swing, The Local scoured the streets of Stockholm for tips about Swedes' favourite domestic travel destinations outside the Swedish capital.

German economists: make the rich buy bonds
Germany

German economists: make the rich buy bonds

A respected German economics institute has suggested that wealthy people be hit with a capital tax, some of which they could get back with interest. Such a move could raise around €230 billion, it said.

Indonesia tank deal on cards after Merkel trip
Germany

Indonesia tank deal on cards after Merkel trip

Chancellor Angela Merkel did not rule out selling tanks to the Indonesian government, while on a trip there talking with top politicians there about close political and economic cooperation.

First lady denied meeting with queen
France

First lady denied meeting with queen

French first lady Valérie Trierweiler has not joined her partner François Hollande on official visits abroad since she caused uproar over an indiscreet tweet last month.

Failed Ikea bribe leaves man jailed in Moscow
Sweden

Failed Ikea bribe leaves man jailed in Moscow

A Turkish national was convicted in a Moscow court on bribery and extortion charges and sentenced to five years behind bars for helping a Swedish executive at retail giant Ikea extort a bribe, Russian police said.

Penguins get stressed by humans: Swiss study
Switzerland

Penguins get stressed by humans: Swiss study

Humans make king penguins stressed, but the regal birds chill out over time as they get more used to people's presence, a Swiss study shows.

Star Wars director loses Sweden ‘droid battle’
Sweden

Star Wars director loses Sweden ‘droid battle’

Lucasfilm, the production company of Star Wars director George Lucas, has lost its bid to prevent a Swedish firm from registering the trademark "Brandroid" despite concerns it is too similar to other Lucasfilm "droid" trademarks.

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Sweden

Swedish safari guide ‘let out’ of African prison

The Swedish company boss jailed in the Central African Republic on murder suspicions has been temporarily released, claiming that judges have realized they have no proof against him.

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Norway

World oil prices slump after Norway strike ends

Global oil prices slid on Tuesday after Norway halted an oil workers' strike that threatened production and news of weak Chinese crude imports raised demand concerns.

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France

Tea time with the queen for France’s Hollande

French President Francois Hollande took a cup of tea with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle on Tuesday, with both heads of state speaking in each others' languages.

Hollande and Cameron laugh off differences
France

Hollande and Cameron laugh off differences

French President Francois Hollande and British Prime Minister David Cameron tried Tuesday to laugh off a rocky start to their relationship despite lingering differences over the eurozone crisis.

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Switzerland

German raids on homes of Credit Suisse clients

German authorities investigating suspected tax fraud have started nationwide raids of many Credit Suisse bank clients, the Handelsblatt financial daily reported Wednesday.

Alcohol reduces risk of arthritis in women: study
Sweden

Alcohol reduces risk of arthritis in women: study

Women who consume moderate amounts of alcohol can lower their risk of contracting rheumatoid arthritis, according to a new Swedish study.

Death of boy found on beach ‘an accident’
Germany

Death of boy found on beach ‘an accident’

The death of a 10-year-old boy who was found buried under sand on a German island has been declared an accident. Experts believe the hole he was digging collapsed, a newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Ecuador ‘won’t yield’ to pressure: president
Sweden

Ecuador ‘won’t yield’ to pressure: president

Ecuador's President Rafael Correa vowed Tuesday his government would not yield to pressure from Britain, Sweden or the United States in deciding whether to grant asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

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Sweden

Tetra Pak heir held after wife found dead

British police on Tuesday arrested a 49-year-old man, reported to be the heir to the Tetra Pak packaging fortune, after his wife was found dead at their luxury London home.

Tax raids target Credit Suisse investors
Germany

Tax raids target Credit Suisse investors

German tax authorities searched the homes of Credit Suisse bank clients across Germany after a bank worker tipped them off about a tax fiddle used by thousands of people, a financial newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Chess referee recalls ‘Cold War clash’
Germany

Chess referee recalls ‘Cold War clash’

The 1972 World Chess Championship between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky was almost abandoned but for a timely intervention from German arbiter Lothar Schmid. He tells the story on its 40th anniversary.