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France

France calls on Burma to resolve ethnic conflict

France called Monday for Burmese authorities to protect civilians of all ethnic groups "without discrimination" after reports of renewed deadly violence between Buddhists and Muslim Rohingya.

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France

French police arrest ETA terror suspect

Police arrested a suspected member of the armed group ETA in the southwestern French city of Hendaye, near to the Spanish border on Monday, Spain's interior ministry said.

German rower: ‘It was my decision to quit’
Germany

German rower: ‘It was my decision to quit’

Germany's ex-Olympic rower Nadja Drygalla has spoken out for the first time after being sent home from the Olympic Games for her relationship with a neo-Nazi. Her boyfriend has also left the far-right National Democratic Party (NPD).

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Switzerland

Swiss banker’s children quizzed by US officials over tax

US attempts to clean up on tax evasion took a new twist when a Geneva banker's two teenage children were detained when they arrived on US soil, it was reported Monday.

Swede wins sailing bronze despite protest
Sweden

Swede wins sailing bronze despite protest

Swedish sailor Rasmus Myrgren's bronze medal win was tainted on Monday afternoon as a complaint about his boat threatened to see him being stripped of the medal.

Clearing begins at Frankfurt ‘Occupy’ camp
Germany

Clearing begins at Frankfurt ‘Occupy’ camp

A handful of anti-capitalism protesters were evicted Monday from the makeshift village of tents at the foot of the European Central Bank (ECB) in Frankfurt where they have held vigil for the past 10 months.

Lööf sacks agency head after lavish spending
Sweden

Lööf sacks agency head after lavish spending

Christina Lugnet, head of the Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (Tillväxtverket), who was recently slammed after spending millions on expensive internal entertainment, will be relieved of her responsibilities, the government announced on Monday.

Saab owner makes $3bn claim against GM
Sweden

Saab owner makes $3bn claim against GM

Dutch car-maker Spyker said Monday it has filed a three-billion-dollar claim in a US court against General Motors, whose actions it said lead directly to Swedish Saab's bankruptcy last year.

Squirrel dies despite police olive oil rescue
Germany

Squirrel dies despite police olive oil rescue

The week got off to an emotional start for police officers in a small German town after they poured energy - and olive oil - into freeing a squirrel with its head stuck in a manhole cover, only to find it had died of stress a couple of hours later.

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Sweden

Ticket company fraud investigation closed

The investigation against the CEO of ticket resellers Biljett Nu, arrested on suspicion of fraud after selling tickets to Springsteen concerts and then failing to deliver, has been closed after prosecutors found no intent to commit a criminal act.

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Sweden

Man held for shooting woman in Stockholm

A man has been arrested and a woman has been taken to hospital after a shooting in Sollentuna, north of Stockholm, on Monday afternoon.

Half of Germans approve of euthanasia businesses
Germany

Half of Germans approve of euthanasia businesses

Nearly half of Germans are in favour of legalising euthanasia businesses, a recent survey revealed. The German parliament is still divided over proposed changes to assisted suicide laws.

‘Fake’ grandkids charged after conning seniors
Sweden

‘Fake’ grandkids charged after conning seniors

Two men were formally charged on Monday after conning, or attempting to con, over 100 elderly people in Sweden by pretending to be their grandchildren and asking for money.

Germany: Signs of regime erosion in Syria
Germany

Germany: Signs of regime erosion in Syria

Germany said on Monday that the defection of Syrian prime minister Riad Hijab pointed to the rapid "erosion" of the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

‘No ignoring Bundestag’ Berlin tells EU
Germany

‘No ignoring Bundestag’ Berlin tells EU

German leaders warned Monday against bypassing national parliaments in eurozone crisis-fighting after Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti urged government chiefs to defend powers to take quick decisions.

German vicar goes limp in ‘erotic service’
Germany

German vicar goes limp in ‘erotic service’

A much-hyped "erotic church service" failed to be the taboo-breaking celebration of sex that the media had hoped for on Sunday. The sermon featured neither practical demonstrations nor adult language, but did have Elvis.

French petition: Queen must ‘hand back’ Crown Jewels
France

French petition: Queen must ‘hand back’ Crown Jewels

A petition to 'reclaim' the British crown jewels has been signed by 2500 people in the town of Angers, and the man behind it says he is ready to go to trial over the issue.

Water leak leads police to Oslo flat cannabis farm
Norway

Water leak leads police to Oslo flat cannabis farm

A water leak exposed a major cannabis farm in an apartment in central Oslo on Friday leading to the arrest of two people.

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Norway

Norway mulls mass prison closures

Norway Correctional Services has proposed closing some 27 of the 60 prisons in Norway saying that the smaller institutions are inefficient.

Homesick Swede planned stoned 600 kilometre ride
Sweden

Homesick Swede planned stoned 600 kilometre ride

Police in Hudiksvall in central Sweden received a call on Sunday morning from a passer-by who had spotted a man lying on the side of the highway, near a bus stop, seemingly unconscious, according to local paper Norrländska Socialdemokraten.

Police delete Facebook account after viral post
Sweden

Police delete Facebook account after viral post

A police posting on Facebook detailing the arrest of a drunken teen received so much attention over the weekend that police chose to deactivate their account.

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Switzerland

Swiss con insurance firms to pay for boob jobs

An increasing number of Swiss people are faking cancer or serious injuries in order to con insurance companies into coughing up for foreign cosmetic operations.

Police expand search for missing Sigrid, 16
Norway

Police expand search for missing Sigrid, 16

Police in Oslo plan to deploy a helicopter and forensic detection dogs as the search continues for 16-year-old Sigrid Giskegjerdet Schjetne who was reported missing on Saturday night.

Bolt thanks his German doctor ‘Mull’
Germany

Bolt thanks his German doctor ‘Mull’

Olympic 100-metre champion Usain Bolt, who confirmed his rank as the fastest man on the planet on Sunday night, thanked the Munich orthopaedist who treated his back a month before the Games as he celebrated.

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Switzerland

Top Swiss police officer: let Syrian refugees in

Switzerland's top police officer, usually thought of as an immigration hard-liner, says the country should open its doors to refugees from Syria.

Festivalgoer accidentally gases himself
Germany

Festivalgoer accidentally gases himself

A 22-year-old died from carbon-monoxide poisoning at a German heavy metal festival on Saturday, a newspaper reported. He is thought to have fallen asleep near a power generator.

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Switzerland

City of Bern the Swiss favourite

A recent survey has found Bern to be the most popular city in Switzerland, followed by Lucerne and then Zurich.

Stockholm battles ‘smart’ rat invasion: report
Sweden

Stockholm battles ‘smart’ rat invasion: report

Compared to last year, the number of pest control call-outs in Stockholm for mice has almost doubled and for rats increased by a third, according to experts.

Autobahn network ‘needs a face lift’ at 80
Germany

Autobahn network ‘needs a face lift’ at 80

The German autobahn system will be 80 years old on Monday - and some say the road network is starting to show its age.

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Sweden

Swedes wake up to Monday earthquake

An earthquake in the sea between Sweden and Denmark woke Swedes in southwestern Sweden early on Monday morning.

Sailors snag Sweden’s first gold medal
Sweden

Sailors snag Sweden’s first gold medal

Sweden’s Fredrik Lööf and Max Salminen won the men's Star sailing event at the Summer Olympics in London on Sunday.