Security tight at Batman film screenings
Germany

Security tight at Batman film screenings

Two German cinema chains said on Tuesday that they would beef up security at screenings of the latest Batman movie following the deadly shooting rampage during a midnight show in Colorado.

Swedes hail long-awaited summer sunshine
Sweden

Swedes hail long-awaited summer sunshine

After weeks of mild temperatures, forecasters are finally promising some summer heat for the sun-starved Swedes, as warmer winds are en route for the country.

Many Thai wives end up as prostitutes: report
Norway

Many Thai wives end up as prostitutes: report

Every year some 670 Thai women marry Norwegian men, but many end up working as prostitutes after their husbands leave them, a church charity has found.

Sinti Auschwitz victim’s widow denied pension
Germany

Sinti Auschwitz victim’s widow denied pension

An Auschwitz victim’s widow has been denied a pension after authorities questioned medical reports from more than 40 years ago which said his ill-health was caused by the two years in Nazi camps.

Half of field birds gone, modern farms to blame
Germany

Half of field birds gone, modern farms to blame

Intensive farming methods have halved the number of field birds in Europe over the last three decades, with more than a million skylarks gone from German skies since 1990, new figures show.

Solar plane on final leg of intercontinental flight

Solar plane on final leg of intercontinental flight

The Swiss sun-powered aircraft Solar Impulse took off from south-western France on Tuesday on the final leg of its first intercontinental trip that took it from Europe to North Africa and back.

French police recover paralympian’s stolen limb
France

French police recover paralympian’s stolen limb

French police have saved the day for a long jumper planning to take part in the London Paralympics after the athlete had his prosthetic arm stolen by a pair of assailants, officials said Tuesday.

Swedbank CEO demands amortization law
Sweden

Swedbank CEO demands amortization law

Swedbank CEO Michael Wolf has proposed that Sweden adopts a law requiring mortgage amortization to ward off the threat of spiralling household debt to the Swedish economy, according to a report in the Dagens Industri (DI) daily.

Pickers ‘dumped’ in forest after poor harvest
Sweden

Pickers ‘dumped’ in forest after poor harvest

Many foreign berry pickers want to return home after the scant berry harvest has caused employers to simply dump them in the woods. Many haven't eaten for days.

Swedish police apologise for Roma tweet
Sweden

Swedish police apologise for Roma tweet

Stockholm police have apologised for tweeting the words "Romani appearance" on an official Twitter account in connection with a reported theft on Sunday.

Men’s rights campaigner quits amid child porn row
Switzerland

Men’s rights campaigner quits amid child porn row

The head of a Swiss local government department promoting men's rights has resigned in the wake of a newspaper interview in which he appeared to call for children to be shown pornography.

Aldi gets just desserts in pudding war
Germany

Aldi gets just desserts in pudding war

German discount supermarket chain Aldi scored a victory against food manufacturer Dr Oetker Tuesday in what has being dubbed as a "pudding war".

‘Zlatan can have my shirt, if he asks me in French’
Sweden

‘Zlatan can have my shirt, if he asks me in French’

Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is set to claim his favoured number 9 jersey at his new club PSG on one condition - that he asks for it in French.

Naked key hunt lands groom-to-be in jail
Norway

Naked key hunt lands groom-to-be in jail

A hunt for the keys to a booze-filled shed led a naked Norwegian all the way to the drunk tank last weekend after a hankering for a snack got him out of bed and into trouble.

Berlin tenders local train service contracts
Germany

Berlin tenders local train service contracts

Berlin authorities have issued a Europe-wide tender to operate a chunk of the capital's suburban train system in the hope of reducing costs and improving the heavily criticised service in the impoverished city-state.

Afghan Bundeswehr aides ‘must get help’
Germany

Afghan Bundeswehr aides ‘must get help’

Hundreds of Afghans who have been working for German police officers and soldiers in Afghanistan must be offered the chance to come to Germany when the mission ends in 2014, a government politician says.

Fish allowed to ‘come and go as they please’
France

Fish allowed to ‘come and go as they please’

A court in Nantes has ruled that fish should have the right swim in rivers freely, outlawing the use of man-made devices to control their movements.

Most Germans ‘have had an office romance’
Germany

Most Germans ‘have had an office romance’

Germans are more than happy to mix work with pleasure – more than half say they have had an office romance, according to recent survey. Getting amorous in the actual office was still a no-no, though.

Malmö sniper Peter Mangs found guilty
Sweden

Malmö sniper Peter Mangs found guilty

Peter Mangs has been found guilty of two counts of murder and several other charges, Malmö District Court announced on Tuesday.

Toddler found out alone while mother parties
France

Toddler found out alone while mother parties

A three-year-old boy was found wandering round the town of Valence, near Lyon, and his one-year-old brother was left home alone while his mother was at a party this weekend.

Mass killer Breivik moved to different jail
Norway

Mass killer Breivik moved to different jail

Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people in Norway last July, has been temporarily transferred to another prison while work is done on the facility he is normally held at, a prison official said Tuesday.

Our meat could be next: Minister fights California foie gras ban
France

Our meat could be next: Minister fights California foie gras ban

France has ruled out going to the World Trade Organisation but will continue to oppose a ban on French speciality foie gras, a minister said on Monday.

Swarm of homeless bees claims woman’s bike
Sweden

Swarm of homeless bees claims woman’s bike

A swarm of relocating bees in southern Sweden chose to leave an overcrowded hive to squat on a bicycle parked on a central square in Kristianstad.

Swiss hospitals shun Zurich circumcision ban
Switzerland

Swiss hospitals shun Zurich circumcision ban

A decision by a Zurich hospital to stop performing circumcisions is not finding any followers at other Swiss healthcare facilities.

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France

Summer gigs pull crowds to French wine country

Fresh air, fine wine and world-class performers are pulling the crowds to Bordeaux's wine country for an ever-rising number of summer jazz and classical concerts in the French region.

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Sweden

Fake cop jailed after failed pick up attempt

A man who in April pretended to be a policeman and asked a “cute” Swedish woman for her phone number was jailed for 16 months on Monday for impersonating a police officer.

Swedish man falls off Finland-bound ferry
Sweden

Swedish man falls off Finland-bound ferry

A Swedish man had to be saved from the bracing Baltic Sea waters after falling overboard while travelling on a Finland-bound ferry out of Stockholm.

Hoopla called off for Swiss Batman premiere
Switzerland

Hoopla called off for Swiss Batman premiere

The new Batman movie premiered at cinemas around Switzerland on Monday under heightened security following the mass shooting in the US at a midnight screening of the film in Colorado.

Offices empty as firms flee Zurich’s city centre
Switzerland

Offices empty as firms flee Zurich’s city centre

Large companies are abandoning offices in the centre of Zurich in favour of cheaper, more modern premises in the suburbs, where land prices are lower.

New wave of arson attacks hits Ystad
Sweden

New wave of arson attacks hits Ystad

A fire broke out on Tuesday morning in a house in Ystad in southern Sweden, the fifth of a spate of suspected arson attacks in the past week which have raised fears of a new "dusk and dawn" pyromaniac.

Fake kidnapping stunt sparks police hunt
Germany

Fake kidnapping stunt sparks police hunt

German police launched a hunt for a pair of balaclava-clad kidnappers who were seen bundling a bound woman into their car, and called on the public for help, only for one of those involved to confess it was all a stunt.

Moody’s cuts Germany’s outlook to ‘negative’
Germany

Moody’s cuts Germany’s outlook to ‘negative’

The eurozone crisis took a fresh turn for the worse on Tuesday after ratings agency Moody's threatened to cut Germany's coveted top credit rating amid fears the bloc's difficulties could pull it apart.

Munich opera defends Nazi tattoo singer
Germany

Munich opera defends Nazi tattoo singer

The Munich opera hit out on Monday at the organisers of the Bayreuth Festival over their handling of a row about a Russian singer with a Nazi tattoo who had been scheduled to perform.