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Sweden

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: still hunting for European football glory

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a larger than life character and immensely talented but he is going to have to break a habit of a lifetime if he is to fulfill Paris Saint Germain sporting director Leonardo's prediction of "writing history" for the club.

Zlatan leaves Milan for lucrative deal in Paris
Sweden

Zlatan leaves Milan for lucrative deal in Paris

Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has signed with French club Paris Saint Germain, a team official said on Tuesday, in a deal that will make him the highest-paid player in France's top football league

Docs thought pneumonia was anxiety, woman dead
Sweden

Docs thought pneumonia was anxiety, woman dead

A hospital in southern Sweden has been reported to Sweden's National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) after a 55-year-old woman died from double pneumonia double pneumonia after doctors had diagnosed her for a panic attack.

Swedes windsurf to Germany in record time
Sweden

Swedes windsurf to Germany in record time

Two Swedish men have broken what they believe is a world record by windsurfing from Sweden to Germany in under five hours.

Restructuring expert takes the wheel at Opel
Germany

Restructuring expert takes the wheel at Opel

A former restructuring expert has taken the wheel at Opel to lead the ailing auto maker – as it released dismaying figures which showed a significant drop in turnover this year.

Stoltenberg saddened by insults aimed at Roma
Norway

Stoltenberg saddened by insults aimed at Roma

Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg has called on Norwegians not to discriminate against Roma people amid growing discontent over the establishment of temporary campsites in the capital Oslo.

‘Topless gender experts ride free’: go-kart track
Sweden

‘Topless gender experts ride free’: go-kart track

Following the recent backlash from a Swedish gender official about a “sexy” sausage ad, a go-kart company in southern Sweden has offered female gender experts a free pass on the condition that they ride topless.

Berlin doctors release first MRI film of birth
Germany

Berlin doctors release first MRI film of birth

German doctors have released extraordinary moving images of a baby being born – using an MRI scanner which shows the dynamic process of the child being pushed out into the world.

Sweden ‘at risk’ of losing global battle for talent
Sweden

Sweden ‘at risk’ of losing global battle for talent

More than three fourths of Swedish university graduates are ready to seek jobs abroad, according to a new study, raising concerns as to whether Sweden does enough to keep talented graduates in the country.

Germany urges China: treat our man better
Germany

Germany urges China: treat our man better

Germany's justice minister called on Tuesday for the fair treatment of a man who has been sat in Beijing prison for the past three months on suspicion of art smuggling.

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Norway

Bergen man attacks own reflection

Police in central Bergen arrested a man on Tuesday morning after he attacked his own reflection in a window.

Sun vouchers ‘could draw Germans to Greece’
Germany

Sun vouchers ‘could draw Germans to Greece’

Members of Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition called on Tuesday to create subsidies for holidays in the sun-kissed southern European countries hit hardest by the debt crisis.

Illegal marriage trick leaves woman hitched
Germany

Illegal marriage trick leaves woman hitched

A German woman who was tricked into an illegal marriage is fighting a tangle of bureaucracy to try to get it undone – but a court said if she was never properly married, she cannot get divorced.

Swedish teen caught in Obama Twitter crossfire
Sweden

Swedish teen caught in Obama Twitter crossfire

A 19-year-old Swedish woman has been caught in the middle of an internet storm after her Twitter account matched the name of US President Barack Obama's "Life of Julia" women’s rights campaign.

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Switzerland

Sleepy Zurich, boozy Valais: Swiss holiday habits revealed

A survey of Swiss holiday habits has revealed that the Zurich folk like to sleep, while those from the Valais want to drink.

Savoy separatists steal 38 French flags
France

Savoy separatists steal 38 French flags

Two separatists were arrested on July 14th after stealing 38 French flags in the Savoie department to mark their condemnation of the French state and the National Bastille Day.

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Sweden

‘Harder than ever’ to get student flat in Stockholm

An influx of foreign students is one of the factors behind the worsening shortage of student housing in Stockholm, with only 15 percent of university students in the Swedish capital this autumn having been allocated a student flat.

Swiss cops face charges over injured cat
Switzerland

Swiss cops face charges over injured cat

An animal-loving Swiss prosecutor has astonished the police force by launching criminal proceedings against two officers who failed to look after an injured cat.

Thousands of jobs to go at Karstadt and RWE
Germany

Thousands of jobs to go at Karstadt and RWE

Several thousand jobs are set to be lost across Germany, it emerged on Tuesday when department store chain Karstadt said it was cutting 2,000 positions, and energy giant RWE said it was targeting thousands more.

The French long to live… in France
France

The French long to live… in France

A large majority of French people say France is the best country to live, study and work in. Who said the French were dissatisfied with their own lot?

States split as Bavaria fights finance transfer
Germany

States split as Bavaria fights finance transfer

The southern German state of Bavaria is challenging the system whereby it sends more than €3 billion a year to less well-off states. The state government decided on Tuesday to take its complaint to the Constitutional Court.

You’ve got mail! In the future
France

You’ve got mail! In the future

French company Mailenium offers clients an unusual service: a delivery service stretching into the future.

Swedish team finds ‘first’ wild snow leopard cubs
Sweden

Swedish team finds ‘first’ wild snow leopard cubs

Swedish researchers have discovered a den of wild snow leopards in the Mongolian mountains, marking the first time young cubs have been found in their natural habitat.

Police put out warrant for Zurich stabbing suspect
Switzerland

Police put out warrant for Zurich stabbing suspect

Swiss police have issued an international arrest warrant for Shivan Mohamed, a 21-year-old Iraqi thought to have stabbed two brothers in Zurich on Sunday morning.

Cycling champ Hushovd out of Olympics
Norway

Cycling champ Hushovd out of Olympics

Norwegian Thor Hushovd, the 2010 world champion, on Monday announced that he was pulling out of the Olympic Games due to ill health.

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France

‘Illegal’ chess prodigy to play for France

Once threatened with expulsion for living in the country illegally, a Bangladeshi chess prodigy will now represent France at next month's European championships, chess officials said Monday.

Green light for needle exchange in Stockholm
Sweden

Green light for needle exchange in Stockholm

Swedish health officials have approved a request from Stockholm to launch a needle exchange programme for drug addicts in the Swedish capital.

Man lands job after threat to cut off boss’s fingers
Sweden

Man lands job after threat to cut off boss’s fingers

An out of work 26-year-old from eastern Sweden who threatened to cut off a business owner's fingers after being denied a job is facing criminal charges for the violent threat.

ECB ‘ready and waiting’ to oversee banks
Germany

ECB ‘ready and waiting’ to oversee banks

The European Central Bank (ECB) could take on the key role of supervising the eurozone's strained banking system very quickly if necessary, a German financial daily reported on Tuesday.

Olympic torch sponsor sends execs as runners
Germany

Olympic torch sponsor sends execs as runners

Several Germans have won a place as Olympic torchbearers on the relay trail in Britain – seemingly for no other reason than their good connections with – or jobs at - major sponsor Samsung.

Couple embark on Afghan circus road-trip
Germany

Couple embark on Afghan circus road-trip

A German woman and her Canadian partner set off last week to help bring a circus to children in Afghanistan. They will be braving the Taliban by taking a rickshaw on one of the world's most dangerous road trips.

Mangs deserves life for ‘ruthless’ sniper attacks
Sweden

Mangs deserves life for ‘ruthless’ sniper attacks

A Swedish man on trial for a shooting spree targeting immigrants that left three people dead and wounded many more should probably be given Sweden's harshest punishment, a prosecutor said Monday.