Swiss ban on UFO posters was legal: court
Switzerland

Swiss ban on UFO posters was legal: court

More than a decade after Swiss police barred a UFO religious group from putting up posters depicting aliens, Europe's top rights court ruled Friday the sect's free speech had not been violated.

Police watched as brothel visitors drugged, robbed
Germany

Police watched as brothel visitors drugged, robbed

Police watched for nearly a year while customers at a German brothel were regularly drugged so their bank accounts could be raided, and photographed naked with prostitutes so they could be blackmailed.

Anthrax outbreak kills cows, 50 people treated
Germany

Anthrax outbreak kills cows, 50 people treated

An anthrax outbreak has left at least nine cows dead and 50 people on antibiotics in eastern Germany, authorities said on Friday. Experts fear the cause was infected dead animals buried where the cows were grazing.

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France

Three Americans killed in France private jet crash

Three Americans were killed on Friday when their private jet broke up and burst into flames on landing at an airport in the south of France, a police source told AFP.

Stockholm plagued by giant swarm of bees
Sweden

Stockholm plagued by giant swarm of bees

Thousands of bees swarmed into central Stockholm on Friday afternoon causing major panic among pedestrians until an expert was called in who removed the offending insects.

‘Millions and billions’ mix-up confuses MPs
Germany

‘Millions and billions’ mix-up confuses MPs

In comforting news for German learners everywhere, civil servants at the Finance Ministry accidentally replaced the word Milliarden (billions) with Millionen (millions) in a recent official paper, considerably slashing Spain's bailout.

Somali pirates kidnap aid workers: Swedish NGO
Sweden

Somali pirates kidnap aid workers: Swedish NGO

Sweden's International Aid Services (IAS) confirmed Friday that three of its employees kidnapped in Somalia this week were in the hands of pirates and called for their release.

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Sweden

Man jailed for 18 years after brutal knife killing

A 39-year-old man has been sentenced to 18 years imprisonment for murder after a frenzied knife attack at a restaurant in Gothenburg in March.

Sweden’s top nine spooky superstitions
Sweden

Sweden’s top nine spooky superstitions

As another Friday the 13th is upon us, The Local takes a look at the top nine superstitions that Swedes swear by.

Canadian firm buys Helly Hansen sports clothing
Norway

Canadian firm buys Helly Hansen sports clothing

A Canadian public sector pension fund said on Friday that it had bought Norwegian sports clothing firm Helly Hansen for an undisclosed amount.

Escaped snake terrifies tenants
Switzerland

Escaped snake terrifies tenants

An escaped snake has finally been caught after striking fear into tenants in a Basel apartment this summer.

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Norway

Four players charged over match-fixing

Four players in the Norwegian football league have been charged in connection with match-fixing allegations that plunged the national football association (NFF) into turmoil this week.

Syrian team denied visas for Sweden’s Gothia Cup
Sweden

Syrian team denied visas for Sweden’s Gothia Cup

One of four Syrian teams due to participate in Sweden's Gothia Cup - the world's largest youth football tournament - has been denied entry visas after assessment of the country's security situation and the applicants' flight risk.

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Sweden

Almedalen reflections: more English, please

With the 2012 installment of Almedalen having come and gone, correspondent and commentator David Linden reflects on what makes the event so Swedish and why having more in English might not be such a bad thing.

Police baffled by Swiss crop circles
Switzerland

Police baffled by Swiss crop circles

Police in eastern Switzerland were left scratching their heads on Thursday as a new set of crop circles appeared in a wheat field near Schaffhausen.

Tetra Pak heir suspected of murdering wife
Sweden

Tetra Pak heir suspected of murdering wife

Hans Kristian Rausing has been arrested on the suspicion of murdering his wife Eva Rausing, who was found dead on Monday in the couple’s luxury London home.

Swedish PM told: don’t munch birds in Cyprus
Sweden

Swedish PM told: don’t munch birds in Cyprus

Swedish prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and other government officials expected to flock to Cyprus during the country's EU presidency have been told to avoid the "dark side of Cypriot cuisine".

Neo-Nazi acquitted after driving into leftists
Germany

Neo-Nazi acquitted after driving into leftists

A German neo-Nazi who drove into a group of leftists, leaving one with a brain injury, has been acquitted of attempted manslaughter. The judge found he was acting in self-defence.

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Switzerland

Woman told to accept abuse or leave country

Switzerland's supreme court has intervened to stop a young Kosovan woman having to decide whether to remain with her abusive husband or lose her Swiss residency permit.

 

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Switzerland

Loved ones mourn at French avalanche site

Relatives of the nine climbers killed by an avalanche in the French Alps gathered at the nearby resort of Chamonix on Friday to pay their respects the day after the tragedy.

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France

Loved ones mourn at French avalanche site

Relatives of the nine climbers killed by an avalanche in the French Alps gathered at the nearby resort of Chamonix on Friday to pay their respects the day after the tragedy.

Swedes in new push to curb dog-on-dog violence
Sweden

Swedes in new push to curb dog-on-dog violence

A group in Sweden wants to put a stop to all involuntary dog encounters after Hubbe the Border Terrier was mauled to death by two rogue dogs in an “unplanned meeting”.

Wedding ring returned 70 years after Nazi arrest
Norway

Wedding ring returned 70 years after Nazi arrest

The daughter of a Norwegian resistance fighter has had her father’s wedding ring and pocket watch returned 70 years after the Gestapo arrested him and sent him to a concentration camp.

Quarter of Germans think bankers are criminal
Germany

Quarter of Germans think bankers are criminal

Nearly one in four Germans consider bankers to be “extremely criminal” in the light of the many recent scandals - interest rate fixing, for example - a new survey revealed.

Surprise boom for Swedish music industry
Sweden

Surprise boom for Swedish music industry

The Swedish music industry has seen an increase in sales in the first half of 2012, with digital services like Spotify to thank for the boost, new figures show.

E-coli contamination ‘false alarm’ sparks row
Germany

E-coli contamination ‘false alarm’ sparks row

A quarter of a million Germans have been boiling their water and emptying their supermarkets of the bottled wet stuff for the last week after an E-coli scare – which officials now say could have been a false alarm.

Top 10 German superstitions
Germany

Top 10 German superstitions

Do you pester chimney sweeps and bury dogs under doorsteps? No, you're not having a nervous breakdown, you're just a very superstitious German. This special Friday 13th Local List collects some of Germany's best old wives' tales.

Bum deal for courthouse toilet seat thieves
Sweden

Bum deal for courthouse toilet seat thieves

Two people have been arrested for attempting to steal several items, including coffee, tea – and a toilet seat – from a courthouse in southern Sweden.

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Switzerland

I can’t punish Havelange over bribes, says Blatter

FIFA president Sepp Blatter of Switzerland insisted on Thursday that he did not have the power to punish former supremo Joao Havelange after the 96-year-old Brazilian was accused of taking bribes.

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France

Four ‘missing’ climbers survive avalanche

An avalanche swept over a group of European climbers in the French Alps on Thursday, killing nine people on the slopes of a peak dubbed the "Cursed Mountain".

102 Brits rescued from burning riverboat
Germany

102 Brits rescued from burning riverboat

A leisure cruiser travelling along the River Rhine, western Germany, went up in flames in the early hours of Friday morning, with 102 British holidaymakers and 40 crew members on board.

German loses appeal to serve time back home
Germany

German loses appeal to serve time back home

A German diplomat's son who has spent 22 years in a US prison after being convicted of murder has been denied the right to be moved to a German prison. He still protests his innocence.

Boy dead after drowning at Swedish water park
Sweden

Boy dead after drowning at Swedish water park

A boy has died after life guards found him at the bottom of a pool at a waterpark in central Sweden on Thursday.

‘I have sold Zlatan’: AC Milan owner Berlusconi
Sweden

‘I have sold Zlatan’: AC Milan owner Berlusconi

AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi told Italian media Thursday that he had sold Swedish football megastar Zlatan Ibrahimiovic to French club Paris Saint-Germain, however this has yet to be confirmed by the footballer’s agent.

Merkel takes Romanian envoy to task over crisis
Germany

Merkel takes Romanian envoy to task over crisis

Germany summoned Romania's ambassador to Chancellor Angela Merkel's office on Thursday, her spokesman said, over fears democracy is under threat in the EU nation amid a constitutional crisis.

Sweden to be ‘protecting power’ for UK in Iran
Sweden

Sweden to be ‘protecting power’ for UK in Iran

Sweden will look after Britain's interests in Iran, while Oman will perform the reverse role, London announced Thursday following the ransacking of Britain's embassy last year.