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Norway

Norway to contact UEFA over match fixing probe

Norway's football federation is set to approach UEFA over suspicions that the Europa League game between Aalesund and Albanian side Tirana was fixed following revelations of unusual betting patterns.

Baby dies after Stockholm suicide jump
Sweden

Baby dies after Stockholm suicide jump

A 3-month-old baby boy who was severely injured after his mother leapt from a bridge in central Stockholm with him in her arms last Saturday, has died in hospital.

Swedes throw away food worth billions: report
Sweden

Swedes throw away food worth billions: report

Every year Swedes discard over a million tonnes of food, worth billions of kronor, and the worst culprits are households, according to a new report by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (Naturvårdsverket).

Brokeback cyclist takes Olympic gold
Germany

Brokeback cyclist takes Olympic gold

German cyclist Kristina Vogel won Olympic gold on Friday three years after surviving a horrific crash which broke her back.

Wallenberg death still ‘shrouded in mystery’
Sweden

Wallenberg death still ‘shrouded in mystery’

As Sweden celebrates the centennial of the birth of one of its most loved heroes, Raoul Wallenberg, AFP's Stuart Williams reports how mystery and anger still shrouds the disappearance of the Swedish diplomat in 1945.

Teen trapped in train doors loses half a leg
Germany

Teen trapped in train doors loses half a leg

A teenager lost half a leg after getting stuck in the doors of a train and being dragged along a station in Berlin. An investigation has been launched into how safety mechanisms failed.

Belarus expels Swedish ambassador
Sweden

Belarus expels Swedish ambassador

Belarus has announced that it has expelled the Swedish ambassador for alleged contact with opposition groups, a decision described by Sweden's foreign minister Carl Bildt as "outrageous".

Government slates ‘Robin Hoods’ wealth tax
Germany

Government slates ‘Robin Hoods’ wealth tax

An alliance of non-profit groups and unions wants to see Germany's super-rich to pay more to keep the state from going broke.

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Switzerland

Mexico, Elvis’s granddaughter and Kylie feature at Locarno

One of a wave of Mexican films takes pride of place at the Locarno Film Festival on Thursday while Elvis Presley's granddaughter shines on the silver screen.

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Sweden

Swedish media muzzled by UK court: report

Swedish newspaper Expressen has revealed that it has been banned against reporting on an ongoing criminal case in the UK or risk facing legal action after being sent notice of a so-called super-injunction.

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France

Million euro watch thief gang blights Riviera

Police on the French Riviera are on the hunt for a gang who have, in the last two weeks, ripped more than a million euros' worth of luxury watches from the wrists of their wealthy owners.

Olympic ticket ‘scandal’ to Norway Supreme Court
Norway

Olympic ticket ‘scandal’ to Norway Supreme Court

A Norwegian ticket agent has appealed to the Supreme Court in a bid to reclaim 455 tickets to the London 2012 Olympics seized by police at Oslo's Gardermoen airport last month.

Three dead kids in fire ‘were victims of crime’
Germany

Three dead kids in fire ‘were victims of crime’

Three children who died on Friday – two found dead and one seriously injured in their burning home – were probably victims of a crime, say German investigators trying to find out what happened.

Women banned from water slide after ‘injuries’
Germany

Women banned from water slide after ‘injuries’

A German water park has banned women from a high-speed slide - claiming whooshing water was causing “intimate injuries”.

Thai jail vermin were my friends: Swedish ex-con
Sweden

Thai jail vermin were my friends: Swedish ex-con

A Swede incarcerated in a Thai prison after a lack of money made him turn to drug smuggling, has written a book about his experiences in Thai prison, in an isolation cell with only rats and cockroaches for company.

Bildt voices regret over Annan Syria decision
Sweden

Bildt voices regret over Annan Syria decision

Sweden's foreign minister Carl Bildt has expressed regret over former UN head Kofi Annan's decision to step down from Syria efforts, saying that splits in the Security Council "made political efforts impossible".

Germany ditches rower over ‘neo-Nazi lover’
Germany

Germany ditches rower over ‘neo-Nazi lover’

A female rower on Germany's Olympic team has left London after rumours surfaced that she was in a relationship with a neo-Nazi.

Swiss population set to hit 8 million mark
Switzerland

Swiss population set to hit 8 million mark

The Federal Statistics Office has reported that the population of Switzerland is set to hit the 8 million mark at some point over the summer.

Swiss climbers find plane remains after 66 years
Switzerland

Swiss climbers find plane remains after 66 years

Three eighteen-year-old climbers have discovered a piece of a US Dakota airplane that crashed on the Gauli Glacier in the Swiss Alps in 1946.

Hail storm kicks off bad-weather weekend
Germany

Hail storm kicks off bad-weather weekend

A violent hail storm on Thursday night left cars dented and plants smashed up across Berlin after a hot and humid day transformed into meteorological violence and ice-cube sized chunks of ice fell from the sky.

French military to be spared cuts
France

French military to be spared cuts

France's defence budget has been spared the severe cuts expected to be enforced in other areas of government spending next year, defence ministry sources said on Thursday.

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Switzerland

Many Swiss ‘would sleep their way to a new flat’

A survey has shown that finding a place to live in Switzerland can cause so much desperation that one third of men say they would consider offering sex in order to secure somewhere.

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France

Woman in baby-killing probe is released

A French mother charged with killing eight of her newborns was released from prison Thursday under court supervision, according to a judicial source.

Sweden’s Dahlby claims shooting silver
Sweden

Sweden’s Dahlby claims shooting silver

Sweden's Håkan Dahlby went a long way to expunging the failure of Beijing 2008 when he claimed the silver medal in the double trap on Thursday, coming in behind Britain's Peter Wilson.

Hollande: we have to stay vigilant
France

Hollande: we have to stay vigilant

French President Francois Hollande admitted on Thursday he is braced for further market turbulence this summer following a stocks sell-off on Thursday.

General Motors vows no plant closures at Opel
Germany

General Motors vows no plant closures at Opel

General Motors said Thursday it hopes to soon reach a "comprehensive" deal with its German unions to restructure its troubled Opel subsidiary as union leaders insisted plant closures were off the table.

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Sweden

Police detain hooligans after Stockholm clash

Several clashes between supporters of Stockholm football team AIK and Polish team Lech Poznan were reported on Thursday evening in the capital after the Swedish side beat the Poles 3-0 in a European league qualifier.

‘Apewoman’ to leave Norway for Mexico burial
Norway

‘Apewoman’ to leave Norway for Mexico burial

The remains of Julia Pastrana, the so-called 19th century "apewoman", are set to be returned by Oslo University to Mexico where she will finally be laid to rest.

Academy of the Arts joins Pussy Riot protest
Germany

Academy of the Arts joins Pussy Riot protest

Berlin’s Academy of the Arts has added its voice to growing international calls demanding the immediate release of the imprisoned Russian punk band Pussy Riot.

Rail power outage leaves 3,000 Swedes stranded
Sweden

Rail power outage leaves 3,000 Swedes stranded

Some 3,000 people were delayed in southern Sweden on Thursday night when a power outage stopped all traffic between Höör and Hässleholm, leaving passengers stranded.

Thousands head-bang their way to Wacken
Germany

Thousands head-bang their way to Wacken

Black-clad music fans flocked the world's biggest open air heavy metal festival on Thursday – while it also emerged that the Rock am Ring would continue at the Nürburgring for the next two years after months of worry.

‘Norwegians bad at queuing’: Swedish poll
Sweden

‘Norwegians bad at queuing’: Swedish poll

In a show of neighbourly discord, a majority of Swedes polled by a tabloid Thursday said they thought Norwegians were poor at queueing amid a host of other gripes.