Daddy dog adopts lion
Germany

Daddy dog adopts lion

A male dog has adopted a white lion cub which was rejected by its mother because German zoo keepers had to give it daily veterinary care.

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Switzerland

Stradivarius violin handed in at Swiss station

A Stradivarius violin – possibly worth several million euros – was handed in at a Swiss lost-property office after a hapless musician left it on a train, police said Monday.

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Switzerland

Order-loving Swiss to host anarchist convention

Switzerland, a country known for order, will be host to an unlikely crowd of over 1,000 global anarchists for a gathering in early August.

Swiss murder suspect arrested in Norway
Norway

Swiss murder suspect arrested in Norway

A man suspected of stabbing a 23-year-old man to death in Zurich in Switzerland two weeks ago has been arrested in Norway

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Switzerland

Koreans defend Swiss player after race row

South Korean netizens have expressed sympathy for Swiss footballer Michel Morganella, after he was sent home from the Olympics for racially abusing South Korea's players on Twitter.

UBS profits slump in second quarter
Switzerland

UBS profits slump in second quarter

Swiss banking giant UBS said Tuesday that its second quarter net profit slumped more than 58 percent and it intended to sue over the botched listing of the world's biggest social network site Facebook.

Algotsson Ostholt claims Sweden’s first medal
Sweden

Algotsson Ostholt claims Sweden’s first medal

Sweden's Sara Algotsson Ostholt claimed the country's first medal of the 2012 London Olympics by winning the equestrian individual eventing silver medal after narrowly missing out on the gold to Germany's Michael Jung.

Germans take double gold in eventing
Germany

Germans take double gold in eventing

Horse rider Michael Jung claimed two gold medals for Germany on Tuesday, leading the eventing team to victory to claim the first German gold of the Games – and then taking the individual title.

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Sweden

Stockholm driver refused to let 13-year-old on bus

A Stockholm bus driver didn’t let a 13-year-old boy on the bus, despite having a valid ticket, after trying to board with an invalid mobile ticket twice.

Eco-car drivers set to pay Stockholm road tolls
Sweden

Eco-car drivers set to pay Stockholm road tolls

From August 1st eco-cars will no longer enjoy a tax exemption from road tolls in Stockholm and drivers will have to begin paying the fee just like other road users.

US embassy ‘bomb’ was a training dummy
Norway

US embassy ‘bomb’ was a training dummy

The bomb scare at the US embassy in central Oslo on Tuesday was caused by forgetful embassy staff leaving a dummy bomb under a parked vehicle, according to Oslo police.

Foreign Minister: play nice over euro crisis
Germany

Foreign Minister: play nice over euro crisis

Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle called for European partners to remain friendly despite the eurozone crisis, warning against the “axe of the hasty word" being used to “chop down what was built up over the course of decades."

Berlin mayor: we are fit to host Olympics
Germany

Berlin mayor: we are fit to host Olympics

Still reeling from the relentless rolling scandal of the new airport that refuses to be finished, the ever ambitious Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit, said on Tuesday he wanted to make a bid for the capital to host the Olympic Games.

The Local’s Guide to Stockholm Pride 2012
Sweden

The Local’s Guide to Stockholm Pride 2012

As Scandinavia’s biggest Pride festival kicks off in Stockholm, contributor Salomon Rogberg takes a look at some of the highlights of the week-long celebration.

Swedish youth politician free to leave Cuba
Sweden

Swedish youth politician free to leave Cuba

Aron Modig, the Swedish youth politician involved in the car crash that killed Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya, has been authorized to leave Cuba.

Police out in force for Pride as hate crimes rise
Sweden

Police out in force for Pride as hate crimes rise

Stockholm police are out in force this week to ensure that the Stockholm Pride festival passes off without incident at the same time as a recent report indicated that hate crimes are on the rise in Sweden.

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Norway

US embassy in Oslo evacuated in bomb scare

Norwegian police have evacuated buildings in the vicinity of the US embassy in Oslo on Tuesday after a suspect package was found under a parked car nearby.

Police suspect woman’s ex for Malmö death
Sweden

Police suspect woman’s ex for Malmö death

The 52-year-old woman who died from her injuries after an apartment brawl on Monday was most likely killed by her ex-partner, police revealed during a press conference on Tuesday morning.

Police evacuating for bomb disposal find body
Germany

Police evacuating for bomb disposal find body

German police kicked in doors on Monday to force uncooperative residents to take shelter while a World War II bomb was being defused. One man who refused to open his door turned out to be dead.

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France

Hollande jabs Brits over ‘red carpet’ welcome

French president François Hollande has thanked the British for giving French athletes a red carpet welcome, in a thinly-veiled reference to a jibe from British Prime Minister David Cameron last month.

Car parts supplier fined millions for price fixing
Germany

Car parts supplier fined millions for price fixing

A US auto parts supplier has become the latest company to plead guilty to fixing prices of parts sold to German automakers following an international probe, US prosecutors said on Monday.

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France

Daring French firm bags Anonymous logo

A French Web agency has risked the wrath of activists by registering the logo and motto of the Anonymous group of hackers.

‘Who gains from immigrants being unable to speak Swedish?’
Sweden

‘Who gains from immigrants being unable to speak Swedish?’

A report suggesting a two-year limit to the Swedish for immigrants language programme, (SFI), has got journalist Kajsa Ekis Ekman pondering the potential consequences of this move and just who benefits from new arrivals to Sweden not learning the language.

Ski resort calls it a day as snow recedes
France

Ski resort calls it a day as snow recedes

A modest ski area in the French Alps is ready to unbolt its chairlifts and rope off slopes as the local mayor concludes that climate change means the trails ahead will be rocky.

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Switzerland

Vigan murder suspect arrested in Norway

A man suspected of stabbing 23-year-old Vigan M to death on his birthday two weeks ago has been arrested in Norway.

Skippy the French kangaroo woos village
France

Skippy the French kangaroo woos village

A village in western France has acquired an unlikely new resident: a kangaroo called Skippy.

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Sweden

Mum and baby in suicide jump from bridge

A 33-year-old woman is suspected of attempted murder after jumping from a bridge holding her 3-month-old baby in central Stockholm on Saturday morning in an apparent suicide attempt.

91-year-old Swede sends would-be burglar packing
Sweden

91-year-old Swede sends would-be burglar packing

A would-be thief in Gävle, on the east coast of Sweden, who was trying to pry a nonagenarian’s jewellery off her fingers, was surprised to find the woman unfazed by his attempts.

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Switzerland

Ban religious circumcision: Swiss

A new survey has shown that some 64 percent of Swiss think that religious circumcision should be banned.

US ‘murder’ gran ‘had problems from WWII’
Germany

US ‘murder’ gran ‘had problems from WWII’

A German grandmother who was to be tried on Monday in Florida accused of drowning her grandson, was insane – at least partly due to an injury she suffered in World War II, her defence has argued, delaying the trial.

Swiss unis ‘should raise fees and become elitist’
Switzerland

Swiss unis ‘should raise fees and become elitist’

Swiss universities and colleges should become more elitist, raising fees and entrance requirements, the principal of one of the country's most prestigious institutions has said.

Deutsche Bank cuts 1,900 jobs as profits halved
Germany

Deutsche Bank cuts 1,900 jobs as profits halved

Deutsche Bank, Germany's biggest lender, said on Tuesday that it would slash 1,900 jobs, mainly in its corporate banking and securities division, as the eurozone crisis cut second quarter profits nearly in half.

First German medal: a contested fencing silver
Germany

First German medal: a contested fencing silver

Germany collected its first Olympic medal on Monday when Britta Heidemann won silver in fencing – but not until after a last-second result in the semi-final which her opponent’s coach furiously contested.

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Norway

Norwegian teen claims rape by Swedes in Turkey

A 19-year-old Norwegian girl has reported that she was raped on Saturday night by four Swedish tourists in the holiday resort of Alanya in Turkey.

Berry picker groups clash in Gävle street brawl
Sweden

Berry picker groups clash in Gävle street brawl

Two groups of berry pickers were involved in violence in central Gävle in northern Sweden over the weekend as tensions reached boiling point following the poor berry harvest.

‘We can’t take the next generation for granted’
Germany

‘We can’t take the next generation for granted’

In the second instalment of The Local’s exclusive interview with US Ambassador Philip Murphy, he discusses the impact of American base closures in Germany and rejects special political representation for US citizens abroad.

Ecuador moots Assange interview in London
Sweden

Ecuador moots Assange interview in London

Ecuador has asked Sweden to take WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's testimony regarding accusations of rape and sexual harassment, in London, the South American nation's top diplomat announced Monday.

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Sweden

Man held for stabbing ex-wife after barbecue

A man has been arrested in Tyresö near Stockholm on suspicion of stabbing his ex-wife to death following a barbecue with the couple's four children.