Police nail screw thief
Germany

Police nail screw thief

Bavarian police have finally nabbed a man who spent months stealing screws from road signs. Officials, who were running out of the special screws needed, are said to be very relieved.

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Sweden

Libor scandal prompts calls for probe in Sweden

Calls are mounting in Sweden for a review of the country's interbank lending system following revelations about alleged manipulation of the London interbank offered rate (Libor).

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Switzerland

Berlin criticizes reported Swiss tax CD purchase

A spokesman for Germany's finance minister on Monday criticized the reported purchase of a disc by a German region containing the names of supposed tax evaders with Swiss bank accounts.

Fury as masterpieces make way for modern art
Germany

Fury as masterpieces make way for modern art

The planned move of a world-class collection of old masters from a purpose-built gallery in central Berlin to make way for modern surrealist art is causing uproar amid fears that many important paintings could end up in storage.

Ben Ali ready to hand Swiss-held ‘assets’ to Tunisia: lawyer
Switzerland

Ben Ali ready to hand Swiss-held ‘assets’ to Tunisia: lawyer

Tunisia's former president Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, toppled by a popular revolt in 2011, is ready to hand over his Swiss-held financial "assets" to the Tunisian state, his Lebanese lawyer said on Monday.

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Norway

Telenor sales rep hurled abuse at customer

A telesales agent in Norway has found that yelling ‘fuck you’ to a customer is not a successful recipe for staying in paid employment.

Police admit phantom croc was ‘a large beaver’
Germany

Police admit phantom croc was ‘a large beaver’

Police in Bavaria ended a week-long crocodile hunt empty-handed on Monday after experts concluded that their prey was probably a harmless beaver after all. A witness prompted a frantic search in and out of the water.

Rape suspect arrested following Facebook find
Sweden

Rape suspect arrested following Facebook find

A woman used Facebook to identify the man she believes raped her in a park in western Sweden on Saturday morning, one of three rapes reported in less than 24 hours in the area at the weekend.

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Switzerland

Allow porn in schools: Swiss men’s group

A Swiss organization for men and fathers is pressing for teachers to be given the freedom to show pornographic materials to children in class.

Helping keep entrepreneurs ticking along in Stockholm
Sweden

Helping keep entrepreneurs ticking along in Stockholm

The Stockholm School of Economics not only trains the next generation of executives, it also serves as a laboratory for budding entrepreneurs to get ventures like hi-tech watchmaker Mutewatch off the ground.

3-year-old Swede sings to YouTube stardom
Sweden

3-year-old Swede sings to YouTube stardom

Sweden’s latest YouTube sensation comes in the form of three-year-old Theo, whose version of Gotye’s “Somebody that I used to know” has more than 200,000 views after just a few weeks online.

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Switzerland

Brothers stabbed outside Zurich club

A young man celebrating his birthday was fatally stabbed while his brother was seriously injured after the pair were attacked outside a nightclub in Zurich on Saturday night.

Merkel ties own political future to Europe
Germany

Merkel ties own political future to Europe

Chancellor Angela Merkel has explicitly tied her political future to success in managing the eurozone crisis and keeping the European Union together, as she looked towards next autumn’s parliamentary election in an interview.

Beds, chairs and lifts grow as obesity rises
Germany

Beds, chairs and lifts grow as obesity rises

Safety inspectors have warned lift, bed and aeroplane manufacturers to think carefully about their products – because Germans are significantly heavier than they were a decade ago.

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Norway

Norwegian trade surplus grows despite oil strike

Norway's June trade surplus jumped 15.1 percent year-on-year, to 29.5 billion kroner ($4.82 billion), despite a fall in oil exports, the national statistics agency said on Monday.

Swede in new slimy slug slaughter: 27,000 killed
Sweden

Swede in new slimy slug slaughter: 27,000 killed

An elderly man armed with an ice-scraper in western Sweden has taken extreme measures after Spanish "killer" slugs took over his café.

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France

Wet weather dampens French lust: survey

Rain and low temperatures this summer have put a damper on French libidos in the northern half of the country, a recent survey reveals. 

Journalist arrested over Swedish teddy bear pics
Sweden

Journalist arrested over Swedish teddy bear pics

A journalist who posted pictures of "pro-free speech" teddy bears like those dropped by Swedes in Belarus in early July has been arrested by the country's security services as organizers of the stunt released more video footage of the flight.

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Switzerland

Strong Swiss franc deters foreign students

Swiss universities are receiving significantly fewer applications from abroad due to the strength of the franc, according to reports.

Blatter hints Germany bought 2006 World Cup
Germany

Blatter hints Germany bought 2006 World Cup

The German Football Association (DFB) and football legend Franz Beckenbauer have reacted angrily to FIFA President Sepp Blatter's suggestion that Germany won the right to host the 2006 World Cup was won with a shady back room deal.

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France

Baby’s body found in plane toilet

The corpse of a newborn baby was found in the toilets of an Air France flight from the Ivory Coast on Sunday. 

Volleyball Olympians caught shoplifting
France

Volleyball Olympians caught shoplifting

Two Algerian volleyball players were caught shoplifting in the northern city of Lisieux, where the women were training for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Northern Norway hit by major flooding
Norway

Northern Norway hit by major flooding

Massive weekend downpours coupled with melting snow led to the worst flooding in Troms, northern Norway, since the 1940s.

Spain’s Ferrer claims Swedish Open title
Sweden

Spain’s Ferrer claims Swedish Open title

In-form Spaniard and top seed David Ferrer won his fifth ATP title of the year here on Sunday beating compatriot Nicolas Almagro 6-2, 6-2 at the Swedish Open in Båstad.

Court: no euro rescue decision until September
Germany

Court: no euro rescue decision until September

Germany's top court said Monday it would rule on September 12 on legal challenges to euro crisis-fighting tools, as financial markets nervously await a decision.

Bee swarms blamed on amateur beekeepers
Sweden

Bee swarms blamed on amateur beekeepers

Inexperienced beekeepers who have failed to appropriately tend to hives in Stockholm are being blamed by experts for the recent swarms that have plagued the city.

Minister condemns buying tax evader CDs
Germany

Minister condemns buying tax evader CDs

Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble has criticised the purchase of Swiss bank details of around 1,000 suspected German tax evaders by a western state which recently paid €3.5 million for a CD full of stolen information.

Peerless Federer back on top of the world
Switzerland

Peerless Federer back on top of the world

Roger Federer, already the holder of a record 17 Grand Slam titles, reached another landmark on Monday when he celebrated an unprecedented 287th week as world number one.

Germans arrested, wind farm seized in mafia raid
Germany

Germans arrested, wind farm seized in mafia raid

Two Germans were among 31 people arrested in a raid on the mafia in the southern Italian region of Calabria. Assets seized included a giant wind farm, the Italian police said.

Blatter defends stance on bribes case
Switzerland

Blatter defends stance on bribes case

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has defended his stance on bribery after Swiss court documents accused his predecessor Joao Havelange of taking bribes.

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France

Anger as nail-throwers take aim at Tour peloton

Police in southern France began their search for the roadside fans whose nail-throwing antics during the Tour de France caused mayhem at the end of the hilly 14th stage on Sunday.

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Switzerland

German region buys data on tax dodgers: report

Authorities in the west German region of North Rhine-Westphalia have bought data on German clients of a Swiss bank suspected of tax evasion, a report said on Saturday.

Le Pen’s party to sue Madonna over swastika
France

Le Pen’s party to sue Madonna over swastika

France's far-right National Front said Sunday it plans to sue Madonna over a video at the US pop star's concert in France showing party leader Marine Le Pen with a swastika on her forehead.

Puma expects swift sales with Bolt boost
Germany

Puma expects swift sales with Bolt boost

With the London Olympic games just days away, German sportswear giant Puma is pinning its hopes on sprint legend Usain Bolt to speed up sales and outpace its bigger competitors Adidas and Nike.

Wet weather set to continue in Sweden
Sweden

Wet weather set to continue in Sweden

More wet summer weather is on the way to Sweden this week as rain and thunderstorms have been predicted to continue into next week.

Use of ‘Barbie drug’ on the rise in Sweden: police
Sweden

Use of ‘Barbie drug’ on the rise in Sweden: police

More young Swedish people are using Melanotan, a drug that makes the user’s skin appear more tanned, despite health risks and unknown long term affects.

Man seeks payout after eight cows die from flash
Sweden

Man seeks payout after eight cows die from flash

A farmer in eastern Sweden is seeking compensation after eight of his cattle died in a single lightning strike during heavy thunderstorms on Thursday.