Belarus accuses Swedish envoy of collaboration
Sweden

Belarus accuses Swedish envoy of collaboration

The president of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has spoken out about July’s teddy bear drop, claiming that the Swedish PR agency behind the stunt was collaborating with Sweden’s ambassador in Minsk – allegations the PR group has labelled as “baseless”.

Double double gold for German kayakers
Germany

Double double gold for German kayakers

Two German pairs paddled to Olympic glory within an hour of each other on the Dorney Lake on Thursday, which meant that Germany leapfrogged France in the medals table to take 6th place.

Drunk Norwegian falls asleep on luggage belt
Norway

Drunk Norwegian falls asleep on luggage belt

An inebriated Norwegian tourist managed to fall asleep and travel over a hundred metres on a baggage belt at Rome airport before being spotted on an x-ray.

‘It was an accident’: teenage murder suspect
Sweden

‘It was an accident’: teenage murder suspect

The 18-year-old suspected of having shot a 17-year-old girl dead in Sollentuna on Monday has been remanded into custody on the suspicion of murder and aggravated weapons crimes.

Olympic rower’s lover could be jailed for attack
Germany

Olympic rower’s lover could be jailed for attack

The alleged neo-Nazi boyfriend of German Olympic rower Nadja Drygalla faces a criminal investigation and possible jail sentence for his part in an attack on a memorial service where a police officer was injured.

Child ‘stabbed to death by mum’s boyfriend’
Germany

Child ‘stabbed to death by mum’s boyfriend’

An eight-year-old boy was killed on Wednesday night after his mother’s boyfriend apparently stabbed him to death and then tried to kill himself, German police said on Thursday.

Sarkozy slammed after call for action on Syria
France

Sarkozy slammed after call for action on Syria

Former president Nicolas Sarkozy has infuriated the current French government with a call for "rapid international action" to end the crisis in Syria.

Burned cargo ship hunting for a port
Germany

Burned cargo ship hunting for a port

A stricken German cargo ship that was on fire for several weeks is now being towed aimlessly around the Atlantic Ocean because no European port will allow it to dock. The German owners are losing patience.

Swedish charity seeks to employ ‘beggars’
Sweden

Swedish charity seeks to employ ‘beggars’

A Swedish charity has placed an ad in a magazine, looking to hire beggars to work the streets of Stockholm. The idea is that it will be lucrative for both the charity and the employees.

Cameron: Brits are fast because they pedal hard
France

Cameron: Brits are fast because they pedal hard

Prime Minister David Cameron said Thursday that Britain's Olympic cycling glory has driven France "mad", and rejected claims of cheating by pointing out that the riders' wheels are made across the Channel.

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Sweden

Uppsala man charged with child porn crimes

A 26-year-old man from Uppsala is being charged with child pornography crimes after being accused of talking some 60 young girls into posing naked on the internet.

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France

French vote ‘could delay euro pact for months’

France was set to decide Thursday whether its constitution must be amended to adopt the EU's fiscal pact, a move that could call ratification of the euro-saving deal into question for months.

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Switzerland

First Swiss showjumping gold since 1924

Steve Guerdat, riding Nino des Buissonnets, won the Olympic Games individual show jumping gold at Greenwich Park on Wednesday for Switzerland's first title in the event in 88 years.

Deadly air strike colonel to be promoted
Germany

Deadly air strike colonel to be promoted

The German officer who ordered an air strike that killed more than 100 Afghan civilians and cost the jobs of the defence minister, the head of the army and a senior state secretary, is to be promoted to general next year.

Fans cry foul on soccer team’s poultry ‘kit deal’
Germany

Fans cry foul on soccer team’s poultry ‘kit deal’

Fans of top German football club Werder Bremen have called foul after the club seemed set to sign a €5-million kit sponsorship deal with a chicken producer accused of cruelty.

Ikea brand sold for 75 billion kronor
Sweden

Ikea brand sold for 75 billion kronor

The Ikea brand has been sold for 75 billion kronor ($11.2 billion) to one of the Swedish furniture giant’s daughter companies, with experts saying that the price tag is "reasonable".

German tax officers buy data on UBS clients
Switzerland

German tax officers buy data on UBS clients

Authorities in the western German region of North Rhine-Westphalia have bought data on German clients of a Swiss bank suspected of tax evasion, media reports said Wednesday.

Danish climber dies in mountain fall
Switzerland

Danish climber dies in mountain fall

A Danish climber fell to his death just after reaching the top of a 4,199 metre (13,776 feet) peak in the Swiss Alps on Wednesday, police said.

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Sweden

Swedish mothers rage against balcony flasher

A man in Sandviken in central Sweden has been warned by authorities on two occasions for masturbating naked on his balcony, a fact that is making local mothers demand his eviction.

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Switzerland

Anarchists convene for mass meeting in Jura

Some 3,000 anarchists are attending a conference in Saint-Imier, a small town in the Jura, which is credited with being the birthplace of the anarchist movement.

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France

Boar chargers towards holiday makers on beach

A couple got an unexpected holiday surprise on a beach near St Tropez, when a boar charged at them from the sea.

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France

Crown Jewels Petition gets an Olympic mention

A petition to 'return' the British Crown Jewels to France received a prime-time plug when famous commentator, Gérard Holtz, told viewers about it during Olympic coverage on France 2.

Guilt-stricken tax evader gives cash back
Germany

Guilt-stricken tax evader gives cash back

The tax office in the western German town of Siegen was delighted to receive a letter on Monday from an anonymous citizen plagued with guilt over unpaid tax from eight years ago. He or she enclosed €2,000 in cash.

‘Bank robbers are hiding in the woods’: police
Sweden

‘Bank robbers are hiding in the woods’: police

The three armed men who robbed a bank on Monday morning are believed to be hiding in the woods near the Norwegian border, with police revealing that they escaped with 100,000 kronor ($14,945) - in coins.

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Switzerland

Jealous lover to stand trial for woman’s murder

A 50-year-old man is standing trial for having fatally stabbed his girlfriend – her corpse was found days later by her children.

Firms: We need UN anti-corruption law
Germany

Firms: We need UN anti-corruption law

More than 30 German CEOs are demanding that parliament finally ratify the UN's Convention Against Corruption. The move has been blocked by MPs concerned about their own liability.

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France

Batum blames basketball punch up on Spain-Brazil game

French Olympic basketball player Nicolas Batum, after punching a Spanish player yesterday, has attacked the Spanish team once again - this time on Twitter.

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Switzerland

‘Dog hater’ spiking sausages with nails

Police are hunting a dog-hater in Solothurn, who has been sticking nails into pieces of sausage and leaving them for animals to find.

What the Stasi butler saw – terrible table manners
Germany

What the Stasi butler saw – terrible table manners

Erich Honecker, the little grey leader of socialist East Germany, ate with his mouth open, drank West German beer and had his favourite foods delivered to his servants to cook just so, his butler says in a new book.

Bears in beer-fuelled Norway cabin break in
Norway

Bears in beer-fuelled Norway cabin break in

A family of bears is suspected of having broken into a cabin in northern Norway and polished off over a hundred cans of beer.

Volunteers out in force in search for Sigrid, 16
Norway

Volunteers out in force in search for Sigrid, 16

Hundreds of volunteers continued to search for missing Oslo teenager Sigrid Giskegjerde Schjetne on Wednesday while police have stepped up their investigation into the girl's disappearance.

Sunny spell on the way after stormy week
Germany

Sunny spell on the way after stormy week

After a week of unsettled weather and roof-shaking storms, Germany has a sunnier spell in store over the next few days and into the weekend, according to the national weather service (DWD).

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Sweden

US ‘with Sweden’ in Belarus diplomacy spat

The United States said Wednesday it "stands with Sweden" in its efforts to promote human rights in Belarus, amid a spat that led Minsk to expel all Swedish diplomats and close its Stockholm mission.

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Sweden

Teen dies in hospital after Sollentuna shooting

The 17-year-old girl injured in the Monday shooting in Sollentuna in northern Stockholm has died in hospital, according to police.

Stockholm police seize record number of guns
Sweden

Stockholm police seize record number of guns

The number of illegal weapons in Stockholm is growing. So far this year 171 pistols and submachine guns have been reported, according to police, an increase of 25 percent since last year.