Jail for Pussy Riot sparks protests in Germany
Germany

Jail for Pussy Riot sparks protests in Germany

Hundreds of protesters gathered at the Russian embassy in Berlin on Friday, joining international outcry over a two-year prison sentence imposed on the Pussy Riot activists in Moscow. Some chained themselves to the railings.

Peevish pet spreads fear in Malmö neighbourhood
Sweden

Peevish pet spreads fear in Malmö neighbourhood

Police in southern Sweden, who were called out to apprehend a loose dog that was reportedly terrorizing a neighbourhood in the Käglinge district of Malmö, were surprised to find that the aggressive canine was a Chihuahua.

Hunt for soldier’s rapist continues
Germany

Hunt for soldier’s rapist continues

Military officials and police investigating the rape of a soldier who was left tied up and gagged in a locker in a Lower Saxony barracks, say they are no closer to finding the woman’s attacker.

Bildt ‘worried’ about UN withdrawal from Syria
Sweden

Bildt ‘worried’ about UN withdrawal from Syria

The UN's decision to pull back an observer force from Syria is "very worrying," Foreign Minister Carl Bildt told the TT news agency. The decision underlines the international community's inability to stem the violence, which continued to claim victims on Friday.

French MP brands Ashton ‘useless’
France

French MP brands Ashton ‘useless’

French sniping at EU foreign affairs supremo Catherine Ashton, a recurring feature of the diplomatic landscape in recent years, resumed Friday with a Socialist Party MP branding her as "useless."

Walker unearths doomed Cold War spying tunnel
Germany

Walker unearths doomed Cold War spying tunnel

A German man has dug up part of a Cold War spying operation which the US and UK ran for a year, unaware that a notorious MI6 double agent had betrayed them to the Soviets who ensured they didn’t hear anything important.

Humlegård named as new police chief
Norway

Humlegård named as new police chief

The head of Norway’s serious crimes unit (Kripos), Odd Reidar Humlegård, has been named as the new chief of the country’s police force after the resignation on Thursday of Øystein Mæland.

Sweden still ‘vague’ on topless sunbathing laws
Sweden

Sweden still ‘vague’ on topless sunbathing laws

As France and Spain’s laws against topless sunbathing continue to sting eager sun-seekers, Swedish laws reflect a more vague approach to the beachstyle choice.

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France

Syrian regime should be ‘smashed fast’ – Fabius

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Friday called for the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to be "smashed fast" as he visited Turkey's largest refugee camp near the Syrian border.

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France

Hollande to meet Merkel next week

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will hold talks on the eurozone crisis and Syria with French President Francois Hollande in Berlin next week, her spokesman said Friday.

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France

Firefighters struggle to control forest fire

A forest fire that has devastated 550 hectares (1350 acres) of coastal pine forest close to one of France's best surfing beaches continued to rage Friday.

Amnesty stages Oslo Pussy Riot protest
Norway

Amnesty stages Oslo Pussy Riot protest

The Norway branch of Amnesty International has delivered a petition containing 12,500 signatures to the Russian embassy in Oslo in support of the activist punk group Pussy Riot, who were found guilty of hooliganism by a Moscow court on Friday.

Man missing after rabid bat attack
Germany

Man missing after rabid bat attack

Police in Berlin are searching for a potentially rabid man, after discovering the rabies virus in a bat which bit him last weekend. He could become seriously ill if he has caught the disease, officials warned.

Berlin event hosting start-up goes global
Germany

Berlin event hosting start-up goes global

Internet start-ups come and go in Berlin, but one weathered its first nine months and launched globally this week. Thanks to some big name investors, the Gidsy event marketplace aims to change how people worldwide explore their area.

Swiss Life posts fall in first-half profits
Switzerland

Swiss Life posts fall in first-half profits

Insurance giant Swiss Life on Friday posted a first-half drop in net profit to 361 million francs ($371 million) that nonetheless beat market forecasts.

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France

Fake policeman wanted to be town ‘superhero’

A man who posed as a police officer in an attempt to be the town “superhero” has been sentenced to six months in prison by a court in Angers.

Sarkozy was an ‘absolute bastard’ to Hollande
France

Sarkozy was an ‘absolute bastard’ to Hollande

A new book has revealed President Hollande’s hatred towards Sarkozy during the battle to be head of state earlier this year.

Store manager smashes window to save baby
Switzerland

Store manager smashes window to save baby

A quick-thinking Valais supermarket manager is being credited with saving the life of a one-month-old baby boy locked in a car directly exposed to the sun.

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Sweden

Foreign diplomats owe huge parking fine debt

Foreign diplomats’ habits of parking on cycle paths and near bus stops have amassed almost 600 unpaid parking tickets so far this year, with the total amount of unpaid fines for the year reaching over 400,000 kronor ($59,642).

Hobbit-village planned for Stockholm island
Sweden

Hobbit-village planned for Stockholm island

An entire hobbit-like village will be built in the archipelago of Stockholm, on the island of Muskö, for people to live in just like the English author J.R.R. Tolkien's character Bilbo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings.

Court lifts ban on domestic military ops
Germany

Court lifts ban on domestic military ops

Germany's military was given the right to conduct combat operations within the country in case of a terror attack of "catastrophic proportions" after the country’s top court ended a post-war taboo.

Depardieu ‘punched motorist in the face’
France

Depardieu ‘punched motorist in the face’

French actor Gérard Depardieu has been reported to police after allegedly hitting a motorist in the face following a collision with his moped.

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Norway

Norway oil output down in July due to strike

Oil output in Norway, an important exporter, dipped in July due to a strike that paralyzed certain fields at the beginning of the month, official data showed on Friday.

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Switzerland

Rampaging bull kills Swiss farmer

A 71-year-old farmer was attacked and killed by a bull on Thursday night in the canton of Saint Gallen.

Vigilante pigeon hunter regains license to kill
Germany

Vigilante pigeon hunter regains license to kill

A vigilante pigeon killer has regained his license to capture and kill the birds, after a court ruled local authorities had imposed unreasonable restrictions on his activities.

Only one in four Swedes ‘trusts’ school policy
Sweden

Only one in four Swedes ‘trusts’ school policy

Only one in four Swedes has confidence in the Sweden’s school policies, according to a new survey, something experts put down to the recently changed schooling system.

Anti-Islam group targets mosques and leftists
Germany

Anti-Islam group targets mosques and leftists

Berlin police are preparing for possible violence at the weekend after an anti-Islam group was granted leave to display provocative cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed during demonstrations outside mosques.

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Switzerland

Police find explosives in Emmental village

Police are continuing an investigation after discovering a cache of firearms, munitions and explosives in a small village in the Emmental region of the canton of Bern.

Pilot starts whip-round to refuel diverted plane
France

Pilot starts whip-round to refuel diverted plane

Air France passengers on a flight which was diverted from Beirut and landed instead in Damascus were asked at one point to chip in and help pay to refuel the plane, a passenger said on Thursday.

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France

Prisoner severs finger and sends to minister

A French prisoner hacked off his own finger and sent it to Justice Minister Christiane Taubira in an attempt to accelerate his transfer to a different jail.

Sweden’s first ever ‘tiny’ mouse deer born in zoo
Sweden

Sweden’s first ever ‘tiny’ mouse deer born in zoo

A mouse deer, one of the world's smallest in the deer species, has been born at a Swedish wildlife park, after having been specially bred for conservation purposes.

Sweden’s Ipred law had little effect: report
Sweden

Sweden’s Ipred law had little effect: report

A recent review of Sweden's controversial Ipred law, giving copyright owners the right to request IP-addresses of suspected illegal file sharers, shows that there were only eleven cases between 2009 and 2012.

Merkel pushes EU free trade pact with Canada
Germany

Merkel pushes EU free trade pact with Canada

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday pressed for a quick wrap-up of talks on a free trade pact between Canada and the European Union, calling it crucial to much-needed global economic growth.

US denies pressuring UK in Assange case
Sweden

US denies pressuring UK in Assange case

The United States said Thursday it was not involved in the international row over WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange, denying charges it was pressuring Britain to seize him.

Workers with no weekend head for burn-out
Germany

Workers with no weekend head for burn-out

Millions of German employees are suffering depression and emotional imbalance because they fail to draw a line between their professional and private lives, a new study shows.

Uppsala man charged with exploiting 60 girls
Sweden

Uppsala man charged with exploiting 60 girls

The trial of a Swedish man accused of sexually exploiting nearly 60 young girls he met online through a photo-sharing website opened Thursday in the central city of Uppsala.