8-year-old boy attacks police with pepper spray
France

8-year-old boy attacks police with pepper spray

An eight-year-old boy in Nantes in western France greeted two police officers with pepper spray and a hammer blow after they were called out to intervene in a routine neighbourhood dispute.

ABB blames strong dollar for dip in profits
Switzerland

ABB blames strong dollar for dip in profits

Swiss engineering group ABB on Thursday reported a 26 percent drop in second quarter net profit to $656 million, blaming a stronger dollar for lower earnings.

Roche profits tumble in first six months of 2012
Switzerland

Roche profits tumble in first six months of 2012

Swiss pharma giant Roche on Thursday said it was on course to meet its objectives despite a 17-percent drop in first half profits to 4.4 billion francs ($4.5 billion).

Crop circle feud leaves farmer fuming
Germany

Crop circle feud leaves farmer fuming

A feud between crop circle aficionados left a furious German farmer with a huge internet address squashed into his wheat field.

Olympic debutante to carry Norway flag
Norway

Olympic debutante to carry Norway flag

After much speculation, Norway's Olympic committee finally announced on Thursday that canoe sprinter Mira Verås Larsen will carry the Norwegian flag at the opening ceremony of the Summer Games in London on Friday.

Sweden’s Alshammar faces fitness fight
Sweden

Sweden’s Alshammar faces fitness fight

Swedish swimming star Therese Alshammar has confirmed that she has a shoulder injury and that her participation in a fifth Olympics could be in threat.

Hot weather hit by storms by Sunday
Germany

Hot weather hit by storms by Sunday

Germany may be enjoying the hottest weather of the year so far, but storms are set to wreck barbecues across the whole country by Sunday.

Boys who cried ‘Tiger’ say sorry for scare
Germany

Boys who cried ‘Tiger’ say sorry for scare

Four Bavarian boys who cried “Tiger” and sparked a huge police hunt for an escaped big cat have been told off by a judge. Three of the four will spend time in youth detention.

Lukashenko confirms Swedish teddy bear flight
Sweden

Lukashenko confirms Swedish teddy bear flight

After weeks of denial, Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko has admitted that a light airplane crossed into the country's airspace on July 4th, reported to have been piloted by a Swedish PR firm in a pro-democracy stunt.

Blogger cleared of cop killer threats
Norway

Blogger cleared of cop killer threats

A Norwegian court has set free an extremist blogger arrested earlier this month on charges of threatening to kill police officers.

Stockholm commuters suffer train disruption
Sweden

Stockholm commuters suffer train disruption

A major power outage brought train traffic to a total standstill between Stockholm and Uppsala on Thursday and normal service was not resumed until after 6 pm

Elderly Swede sought after sex with sheep
Sweden

Elderly Swede sought after sex with sheep

A man reported to be in his 60s is suspected of animal cruelty after having been caught red-handed having sex with a tied up sheep in a field in southern Sweden, according to the Sydöstran daily.

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Norway

Families angry as Breivik speech appears online

Lawyers for the families of Anders Behring Breivik's 77 victims protested on Thursday that a recording of the killer's closing trial statement had been posted online, violating an Oslo court order.

Sexy, violent ‘Swiss Miss’ flick spoofs horror genre
Switzerland

Sexy, violent ‘Swiss Miss’ flick spoofs horror genre

With its graphic mix of sex and violence, the new Swiss movie Das Missen Massaker is one of the most eagerly awaited flicks to premiere at the Locarno Film Festival, launching next week.

Jude Law co-star dies aged just 51
Germany

Jude Law co-star dies aged just 51

Actress Susanne Lothar has died, just after finishing shooting British film “Anna Karenina” with Keira Knightley and Jude Law. She was married to celebrated actor Ulrich Mühe who starred in the Oscar-winning film “The Lives of Others.”

Giant rubbish fire sends smoke over Cologne
Germany

Giant rubbish fire sends smoke over Cologne

People in Cologne were told to keep their windows closed on Thursday, despite the hot weather, as a fire swept through a rubbish sorting plant overnight, sending a smoke cloud over the city.

Swedish pastor admits to serving as Stasi spy
Sweden

Swedish pastor admits to serving as Stasi spy

A Church of Sweden pastor in the diocese of Luleå has admitted to having worked as an "elite spy" for the East German Stasi during the Cold War, according to a report in the Dagens Nyheter (DN) daily.

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France

Chopper crash kills six Eurocopter staff: sources

All six people on board a helicopter owned by the chopper manufacturer Eurocopter died on Wednesday when the aircraft plunged into a mountain in south-eastern France, sources said.

Ecclestone ‘in talks to buy Nürburgring’ circuit
Germany

Ecclestone ‘in talks to buy Nürburgring’ circuit

Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone may be under investigation for corruption in Germany, but that is not stopping him making plans to buy the bankrupt Nürburgring race track and complex, it was reported Thursday.

Swiss tackle first Olympic football game since 1928
Switzerland

Swiss tackle first Olympic football game since 1928

It's been a long wait: Switzerland's first Olympic football match in 84 years kicks off on Thursday as men's soccer gets under way at the 2012 London Summer Games.

Young Swedes nab jobs from Norwegian youth
Sweden

Young Swedes nab jobs from Norwegian youth

A steady stream of keen young Swedes over the border has made it more difficult for young people in Norway to get part-time or summer jobs, according to a new study.

Swedes keep young Norwegians out of work
Norway

Swedes keep young Norwegians out of work

A rapid influx of young Swedes is making it difficult for their Norwegian counterparts to get part-time work and summer jobs, according to a new study.

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Sweden

Couple freed of aiding Uzbek imam shooter

The Uzbek couple charged with aiding the attempted murder of an imam from northern Sweden, in what prosecutors believe may be a political assassination attempt, was freed on Thursday after the court found the evidence against them lacking.

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Switzerland

New Geneva fire truck burns in hay field blaze

City of Geneva fire and rescue department officials are fending off embarrassment after one of its flagship water pumping trucks went up in flames.

Assange case will ‘not affect’ Olympics: Quito
Sweden

Assange case will ‘not affect’ Olympics: Quito

Ecuador said Wednesday it would reach a decision on whether to grant asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange that would not alienate Britain, where he is holed up at the Ecuadorian embassy.

Retailer calls on ‘grey strike-force’ of retirees
Germany

Retailer calls on ‘grey strike-force’ of retirees

A German online retail firm has set up a “grey strike-force” of retired employees to work on special projects when regular staff cannot cope. They will work for up to 50 days a year, but unions warned of a dangerous precedent.

Moody’s downgrades 17 German banks
Germany

Moody’s downgrades 17 German banks

Moody's on Wednesday downgraded the outlook for 17 German banks after a similar move against the government's credit rating earlier this week.

Madonna to broadcast Paris show on YouTube
France

Madonna to broadcast Paris show on YouTube

US singer-superstar Madonna has announced that her Thursday night show at the Olympia arena in Paris will be broadcast live on YouTube.

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Sweden

Two injured in suspected Malmö arson attack

Two people had to be taken to hospital after a serious fire broke out in a Malmö parking garage on Thursday morning in an incident described by witnesses as an “explosion”.

Cyborg ‘Dutchman’ booed in Bayreuth
Germany

Cyborg ‘Dutchman’ booed in Bayreuth

The production team of the new staging of "The Flying Dutchman" that opened this year's Bayreuth Festival was loudly booed at the opening night, while the cast received rapturous applause.

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France

French Senate adopts ‘transphobia’ legislation

The French parliament has voted to make the harassment and discrimination of transgender people a criminal offence, as part of a bill addressing sexual harassment.

Stranded pickers to be bussed home: official
Sweden

Stranded pickers to be bussed home: official

Bulgaria has agreed to bring home hundreds of its nationals stranded in Sweden by false promises of jobs as seasonal berry-pickers, the city of Stockholm said Wednesday.

What’s on in Germany: July 26 – Aug 1
Germany

What’s on in Germany: July 26 – Aug 1

This week’s highlights: Wagner’s legacy lives on at the Bayreuther Festspiele, a trip to the Middle Ages in Bielefeld, and Bon Iver makes a stop in Stuttgart.

Swedish women crush South Africa 4-1
Sweden

Swedish women crush South Africa 4-1

Sweden beat South Africa 4-1 in their opening game of the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament on Wednesday evening.

Fishy demand for North Sea seal cull
Germany

Fishy demand for North Sea seal cull

The head of a German coastal fishing association failed to make many friends by calling for thousands of seals to be shot to conserve fish stocks in the North Sea. Conservationists were outraged, while politicians rejected the proposal.