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Sweden

‘I saw a lifeless woman’s bloodied head’: witness

A woman who died after being found battered and bleeding on a street in Malmö on Wednesday morning is believed to have been fatally beaten by her husband, who is now being held on suspicion of murder.

Base jumper dies in Norway mountain crash
Norway

Base jumper dies in Norway mountain crash

A Brazilian base jumper has died after crashing into the side of a mountain in western Norway on Wednesday.

Gothenburg pub hit with Jack Daniel’s headache
Sweden

Gothenburg pub hit with Jack Daniel’s headache

The makers of Jack Daniel's are suing a popular Gothenburg bar over a logo that they claim is too close for comfort to that of the popular Tennessee whiskey.

Zlatan at PSG unveiling: ‘I came here to win’
Sweden

Zlatan at PSG unveiling: ‘I came here to win’

Ambitious French club Paris Saint-Germain moved into a new dimension on Wednesday as they presented Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic to the media as their latest signing.

Schlecker homes raided on suspicion of foul play
Germany

Schlecker homes raided on suspicion of foul play

The collapse of drug store chain Schlecker became the focus of a criminal investigation on Wednesday after police raided more than 20 homes and offices, including the villa of company founder Anton Schlecker.

Intel warns of neo-Nazi copycats, pledges reform
Germany

Intel warns of neo-Nazi copycats, pledges reform

Germany could be in danger of neo-Nazi copycats emulating the gang which claimed to have killed ten people over several years, the domestic intelligence service warned on Wednesday.

‘Intellectual Bad-Ass’ plots Tolkien universe
Sweden

‘Intellectual Bad-Ass’ plots Tolkien universe

A 21-year-old student from Gothenburg has drawn the adulation of Lord of the Rings fans across the world by plotting the entirety of the books' family tree, most recently adding a timeline and map to the “eternal” project.

U r sacked: Supermarket fires worker via SMS
Norway

U r sacked: Supermarket fires worker via SMS

A supermarket boss in northern Norway has angered labour groups after sacking an employee via a mean-spirited text message.

‘Love immigrants’ need more support adjusting to life in Sweden
Sweden

‘Love immigrants’ need more support adjusting to life in Sweden

Those who immigrate to Sweden for love can run into trouble if they become too dependent on their Swedish partners, argue Liberal Party ministers Nyamko Sabuni and Erik Ullenhag, who propose expanding the availability of society orientation courses as a first step toward improving the situation.

Man’s leg sliced by ‘hidden’ bus seat scalpel
Sweden

Man’s leg sliced by ‘hidden’ bus seat scalpel

A man in northern Sweden needed stitches after sitting on bus seat that contained a hidden scalpel, something the man believes was purposely fitted to the seat to cause passengers harm.

Grave error: woman finds skull at mum’s headstone
Germany

Grave error: woman finds skull at mum’s headstone

A grieving woman who went to tend her mother’s grave in Cologne got the shock of her life when she found a skull, complete with a set of teeth, in the mud by the headstone.

Europcar fined for tracking rental customers
Germany

Europcar fined for tracking rental customers

People hiring luxury cars from Europcar in Hamburg were being tracked as they drove around, in what data protection officials have called "a serious breach of the right to privacy." The firm has been fined more than €50,000.

‘Love immigrants need help to adjust’: Liberals
Sweden

‘Love immigrants need help to adjust’: Liberals

The government wants to increase support for vulnerable female “love immigrants” who may not know their rights with the aim of helping them better adjust to life in Sweden.

Close Norway’s borders to keep out crime: Klinge
Norway

Close Norway’s borders to keep out crime: Klinge

Centre Party MP Jenny Klinge has called for Norway to tackle organized crime by reasserting control over its own borders and leaving the Schengen border union.

Football hooligans could be banned for a decade
Germany

Football hooligans could be banned for a decade

German football hooligans could be banned from matches for up to 10 years, although a crackdown on violence and sports security stopped short of making all stadiums in the country all-seaters.

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France

Villagers set up lottery to help killer

The village of Vezet, north of Besançon, has set up a lottery to help electrician Charles Beau, who was convicted for killing a disabled neighbour.

Subterranean hotel sold for rock bottom price
Switzerland

Subterranean hotel sold for rock bottom price

In what may be the deal of the century so far, a surprised buyer paid just 1,000 francs ($1,020) at an auction last week for a luxury underground hotel in Switzerland with an estimated value of 3.7 million francs ($3.8 million).

German scientists create world’s lightest material
Germany

German scientists create world’s lightest material

German scientists have invented the world's lightest material - which is also strong, regains its shape after being squashed and even conducts electricity. Scientists believe the material will have a wide range of uses.

Court: Refugees must have the bare minimum
Germany

Court: Refugees must have the bare minimum

Asylum seekers and war refugees in Germany have been promised a better level of state support by the Constitutional Court - which ruled on Wednesday morning they must get around the same as those on basic unemployment benefits.

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France

Father suspected of killing family, self

Five bodies have been found in a suburban house in the central town of Auxerre. Police suspect the father killed his family before committing suicide.

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Switzerland

Elderly priest rejects sex abuse claims

An 82-year-old priest who was recently accused of carrying out sexual acts and sadistic punishments on children has said he has nothing to hide.

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Switzerland

Credit Suisse boosted by recapitalization plans

Shares in Credit Suisse climbed higher as trading began on Wednesday after the Swiss bank announced steps to increase its capital base and cut costs.

McDonald’s staff kick out digital glasses inventor
France

McDonald’s staff kick out digital glasses inventor

A Canadian university professor has claimed he was kicked out of a McDonald’s restaurant on the Champs-Elysées in Paris because he was wearing a pair of computer-assisted glasses.

Ericsson shares down as profits plummet
Sweden

Ericsson shares down as profits plummet

Swedish telecommunications equipment maker Ericsson posted on Wednesday a sharp drop in its second-quarter profit owing in part to weaker network sales and challenges to its ST-Ericsson mobile platform unit.

Ticino clamps down on illegal prostitution
Switzerland

Ticino clamps down on illegal prostitution

Authorities in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland have taken significant action against illegal prostitution, closing down most of the region's brothels in the last few months.

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Switzerland

German state buys Swiss data on tax cheats

Authorities in Germany have bought new data on German clients of a Swiss bank suspected of tax fraud, a report said on Wednesday, the second such purchase in a month amid a growing fiscal spat between the two neighbours.

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France

French munching more burgers: study

France may consider itself the culinary capital of the world but a study released on Tuesday showed the French are increasingly chowing down on that most American of meals -- the hamburger.

Nordea’s second quarter profits beat expectations
Sweden

Nordea’s second quarter profits beat expectations

Nordea, the biggest Nordic bank, on Wednesday announced that its second quarter net profit jumped by 17 percent, beating market expectations.

Ibrahimovic leaves Milan for lucrative Paris deal
France

Ibrahimovic leaves Milan for lucrative Paris deal

Ambitious French club Paris Saint-Germain moved into a new dimension on Wednesday as they presented Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic to the media as their latest signing.

Swedish theme park sets Guinness World Record
Sweden

Swedish theme park sets Guinness World Record

A multicultural crowd in Gothenburg has set a new Guinness World Record after people from 72 different nationalities took a spin together on a Ferris wheel.

Thalidomide victim wins millions from drugs firms
Germany

Thalidomide victim wins millions from drugs firms

A woman born without limbs after her mother took thalidomide while pregnant won on Wednesday a landmark multi-million dollar settlement in her class action against drug firms - including Germany-based Grünenthal.

‘At least 400’ school massacre threats a year
Germany

‘At least 400’ school massacre threats a year

Each year at least 400 German schoolchildren threaten to attack their school or college, a new study based on previously unpublished data shows. Poor record keeping is probably keeping the figure artificially low, its author warned.

Mangs ‘should walk free’ due to lack of evidence
Sweden

Mangs ‘should walk free’ due to lack of evidence

The defense lawyer of suspected serial killer Peter Mangs has stated Tuesday in closing arguments that his client should walk free, based on what he claims is a lack of evidence and “strange” conclusions drawn from Mangs’ psychiatrist.

Rausing charged for preventing burial of wife
Sweden

Rausing charged for preventing burial of wife

Billionaire Hans Kristian Rausing, the heir to the Tetra Pak fortune, was on Tuesday charged with preventing the lawful and decent burial of his US-born wife Eva, British police said.

Legendary Nürburgring track to go bankrupt
Germany

Legendary Nürburgring track to go bankrupt

This year’s Rock am Ring music festival was likely the last at the legendary Nürburgring racing track – as the state-owned firm which owns it applied for bankruptcy on Wednesday.