‘Burn in hell’ texter no longer employed: Telenor
Norway

‘Burn in hell’ texter no longer employed: Telenor

A Telenor customer service agent who told a 16-year-old customer she could burn in hell is no longer employed by the mobile network operator, the firm has revealed.

Head of GM Europe and Opel resigns
Germany

Head of GM Europe and Opel resigns

The head of General Motors in Europe, Karl-Friedrich Stracke, has resigned from this job as well as his role as head of Opel/Vauxhall, the firm said on Thursday.

Workers find gold bars in Swiss bushes
Switzerland

Workers find gold bars in Swiss bushes

Two council workers in Switzerland could be in for an unexpected windfall after finding gold ingots worth 124,000 francs ($126,000) behind a bush, it was reported on Thursday.

Firefighters dead after truck plunges into ravine
Sweden

Firefighters dead after truck plunges into ravine

Two firefighters are dead and three others have been injured after a fire engine drove off the road into a ravine in central Sweden after responding to a call.

Vattenfall sues Germany over nuke power move
Sweden

Vattenfall sues Germany over nuke power move

Swedish power group Vattenfall said Thursday it was joining bigger rivals E.ON and RWE in filing a complaint with Germany's top court seeking compensation for Berlin's decision to abandon nuclear power.

Lip-eater’s jail sentence ‘insufficient’: prosecutor
Sweden

Lip-eater’s jail sentence ‘insufficient’: prosecutor

The professor who ate his wife’s lip after cutting it off with a scalpel will have his conviction appealed after prosecutors claimed the five-year prison sentence was insufficient.

President ‘stunned’ by partner’s tweet, says son
France

President ‘stunned’ by partner’s tweet, says son

An incendiary tweet by French President Francois Hollande's companion ahead of parliamentary elections last month has "destroyed the normal image he has built up," his eldest son said.

Silver treasure found at Swedish shipwreck
Sweden

Silver treasure found at Swedish shipwreck

Divers have recovered a number of 16th century silver coins from the wreckage of the legendary Swedish warship Mars, which was discovered last year off the coast of the Baltic sea island of Öland.

Student victim of terrorist photo blunder
Germany

Student victim of terrorist photo blunder

A German man opened the paper one morning to find a photo of himself identified as a wanted terrorist, in what seemed like a thriller plot turned into sinister reality. He still does not know who took the picture of him.

Beggar in wheelchair got up for a stroll
Norway

Beggar in wheelchair got up for a stroll

Taking a break from begging for money to buy a battery for his wheelchair, a man whose pockets were loaded with cash astonished onlookers by getting up for a walk on Wednesday in Haugesund, south-western Norway.

Lone-living ladies ‘more likely to have top job’
Germany

Lone-living ladies ‘more likely to have top job’

Women who live alone are more likely to have leadership positions at work than those who live with others, while for men it is the other way around, a German survey shows.

Three Germans among nine killed in avalanche
Germany

Three Germans among nine killed in avalanche

Three Germans were among the nine mountain climbers killed on Thursday in an avalanche in the French Alps. A number of people, reportedly including five British climbers, are still missing amid fears that the death toll could rise.

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Switzerland

Two Swiss dead in French avalanche

Two Swiss climbers were killed in an avalanche in the French Alps that claimed at least nine lives on Thursday morning.

Woman not guilty in love-affair blackmail drama
Sweden

Woman not guilty in love-affair blackmail drama

A woman on trial for blackmailing a doctor after their love-affair turned sour has been acquitted by a Swedish court due to a lack of evidence.

Zurich Zoo celebrates new births
Switzerland

Zurich Zoo celebrates new births

Zurich Zoo presented its latest additions on Wednesday, including a baby snow leopard, a rare white owlet, and six baby coatis.

Berlin minister: smoke alarm in every home
Germany

Berlin minister: smoke alarm in every home

Berlin Interior Minister Frank Henkel has proposed installing a smoke alarm in all 1.6 million homes in the city - an idea that the opposition thoroughly approves of. But no-one is really sure who should pay for them.

Brigitte Bardot supports renegade cow
France

Brigitte Bardot supports renegade cow

A cow has escaped a slaughterhouse in the Alps and has been on the run since last week. Brigitte Bardot's animal welfare foundation says it wants to give the renegade cow a home. 

 

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France

Chinese cyber attacks hit Elysée Palace: report

Two cyber attacks have hit the presidential Elysée Palace in the last couple of months, daily Le Télégramme reports. Officials suspect the attacks originated in China. 

Pressure mounts for swim sweethearts
Germany

Pressure mounts for swim sweethearts

Swimming sweethearts Britta Steffen and Paul Biedermann could return from the London Olympics as Germany's golden aquatic couple, but only if they can turn around previous poor performances in the pool.

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Switzerland

Frauenfeld festival worker killed in storm

A 24-year-old woman has died after sustaining injuries when a powerful storm hit the post-party clean up operation at the Frauenfeld Festival site on Tuesday afternoon.

Sébastien Boudet: rolling in the ‘dough’ in Sweden
Sweden

Sébastien Boudet: rolling in the ‘dough’ in Sweden

Frenchman Sébastien Boudet, a Stockholm-based pastry chef and baker, speaks with The Local about learning Swedish, breads, and being selected as a celebrity "Swede" radio host.

Court gives investors glimmer of hope
Germany

Court gives investors glimmer of hope

More than 1,000 Germans who bought life insurance policies from British firm Clerical Medial were given hope that promises they bought into could be kept, after a court ruled in favour of five who sued when the investment turned sour.

Lightning strike kills 15 cows
Switzerland

Lightning strike kills 15 cows

A farmer in western Switzerland was left counting his losses last week after a single electric storm left 15 of his cows dead. 

Woman protests ‘sexy’ sausage ad removal
Sweden

Woman protests ‘sexy’ sausage ad removal

A local woman and Christian Democrat youth leader has protested the removal of a sexually-suggestive food stand advertisement in southern Sweden by taking to the streets with red lips and painted nails to deliver her own sausages.

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France

Nine dead in French Alps avalanche

An avalanche swept over a group of foreign climbers in the French Alps on Thursday, killing at least nine people in the deadliest such disaster in the region in a decade.

Crazy crow harasses French cleaning lady
France

Crazy crow harasses French cleaning lady

An aggressive crow has been harassing a cleaning lady in a town near Belfort in the east of France. Authorities have decided to hunt the bird down.

Peugeot Citroen job cuts spark union fury
France

Peugeot Citroen job cuts spark union fury

French auto group PSA Peugeot Citroen said on Thursday it would cut 8,000 jobs to cope with a very sharp downturn in the European market, sparking a fierce union response.

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Switzerland

Ex-FIFA chief Havelange took bribes: Swiss court

Former world football chief Joao Havelange received enormous bribes from FIFA's discredited former marketing company, court documents released in Switzerland reveal.

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Norway

US billionaire Black is ‘Scream’ buyer: report

US investment billionaire Leon Black is the mystery buyer who paid a record-breaking $119.9 million for Edvard Munch's "The Scream" at an auction in May, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

Flood threat passes as waters start to retreat
Sweden

Flood threat passes as waters start to retreat

The situation has stabilized for flood-hit areas in south central Sweden as promising weather forecasts and receding flood waters have the area breathing a collective sigh of relief.

Daughter sues mum over Facebook humiliation
Germany

Daughter sues mum over Facebook humiliation

A German court made a woman pay her daughter €600 in damages after she put photos of her daughter in a bikini on the internet – complete with mocking comments underneath, a radio station reported on Wednesday.

Man ‘missing’ for two weeks found in hospital
Sweden

Man ‘missing’ for two weeks found in hospital

A 62-year-old man who had been reported missing by his family nearly two weeks ago was found on Wednesday, having been lying in hospital in northern Sweden the entire time.

What’s on in Germany: July 12 – 18
Germany

What’s on in Germany: July 12 – 18

This week’s highlights: A long night of museums in Dresden, palace fireworks in Heidelberg and gay pride celebrations in Munich.

Apes escape from enclosure, roam zoo
Germany

Apes escape from enclosure, roam zoo

Five chimpanzees broke out from their enclosure at a German animal park Wednesday, injuring a five-year-old girl and sparking a temporary evacuation of 2,500 visitors, a zoo spokeswoman said.

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Sweden

Man gunned down in south Stockholm suburb

A 35-year-old man was shot dead in the south Stockholm suburb of Enskede on Wednesday night, with the suspected assailants fleeing the scene on a scooter.

Rubens copy returns after war booty odyssey
Germany

Rubens copy returns after war booty odyssey

German officials and the US ambassador celebrated the return of a painting to a Brandenburg palace on Wednesday – even though the work is just a copy of the Rubens original, it is highly valuable.