Stockholm archipelago stabbing injures three
Sweden

Stockholm archipelago stabbing injures three

Three people were stabbed after a local man went berserk with a knife in what police believe to have been an “unprovoked attack” in the Stockholm archipelago on Wednesday.

First report against rabbi for circumcision
Germany

First report against rabbi for circumcision

A rabbi in Bavaria who has been reported to the authorities on suspicion of committing bodily harm because he carries out circumcisions, says he will not stop.

Lab awaits go-ahead in Arafat poison probe
Switzerland

Lab awaits go-ahead in Arafat poison probe

A Swiss radiation lab is awaiting a decision from Yasser Arafat's widow on whether it should conduct tests on the remains of the former Palestinian leader to see if he was poisoned, its spokesman said on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Swedish man stabbed to death in Taiwan

A Swedish man in his fifties has been found stabbed to death in his apartment in Taiwan, with the man’s girlfriend detained by police on the suspicion of murder.

Police arrest scantily clad Swede on moped
Sweden

Police arrest scantily clad Swede on moped

A man from western Sweden, found driving around on a moped wearing only his underwear, has been detained by police who suspect he may have been inebriated.

World’s oldest panda dies a lifelong bachelor
Germany

World’s oldest panda dies a lifelong bachelor

Bao Bao, the oldest male captive panda bear in the world, and the last one in Germany, died on Wednesday aged 34 in Berlin. His was a tale of frustration for those who waited in vain for the patter of little paws.

‘Other Swedes in the Gulag complicate Wallenberg search’
Sweden

‘Other Swedes in the Gulag complicate Wallenberg search’

Was a “Swedish Prisoner” who was seen in Lwow in 1946 held in Vladimir Prison a decade later? And was this prisoner Raoul Wallenberg or an unidentified Swedish Red Cross official? Contributor Susanne Berger explains how the confusion about other Swedish prisoners in the Gulag complicates the search into Wallenberg’s fate.

Wolf hunt authorized in southern France
France

Wolf hunt authorized in southern France

The prefect of the Var in south-eastern France has authorized the hunting of a wolf following a spate of attacks on sheep herds in the region.

Madonna drops swastika after Le Pen row
France

Madonna drops swastika after Le Pen row

Madonna removed the use of a swastika in her show in Nice in southern France on Tuesday following a row with far-right leader Marine Le Pen, and instead used the gig to call for the release of jailed Russian punk band Pussy Riot.

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France

Lyon Rabbi sent Holocaust photo threat

French anti-terrorist authorities have been alerted after the Chief Rabbi of Lyon was sent a threatening letter accompanied by images of Jewish children being marched to World War II concentration camps.

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Switzerland

Swiss implement 48-hour asylum procedure

The vast majority of asylum requests to Switzerland from certain European countries are bogus and from now on will be processed within 48 hours, Swiss authorities said on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Somali community under threat by local gang

A Somali community in Foresrum, in southern Sweden, is being terrorized by a local gang to such an extent that the local Somali association has urged all its members to move away.

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France

French intellectuals slam prostitution ban plan

Some of France's leading intellectuals have poured scorn on the government's goal of eradicating prostitution.

Billion-dollar price tag for new government HQ
Norway

Billion-dollar price tag for new government HQ

Construction on Norway's new government offices to replace those bombed by Anders Behring Breivik last year will take up to ten years and cost more than $1 billion, officials said on Wednesday.

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Norway

Breivik prepares remarks for verdict hearing

Norwegian gunman Anders Behring Breivik has prepared remarks he hopes to read out in court after the verdict is given in his trial for killing 77 people, his lawyer said.

Breivik returns to Ila prison
Norway

Breivik returns to Ila prison

Confessed mass killer Anders Behring Breivik returned to Ila prison on Wednesday after spending a month in another facility amid renovations at the jail in south-eastern Norway.

US to retake top investor in Germany crown
Germany

US to retake top investor in Germany crown

The US is set to overtake China as champion investor in Germany, new figures show. Last year Chinese companies invested significantly more than American ones did, with those two nations leading Switzerland and France.

Ayrault: French fuel tax to be cut ‘temporarily’
France

Ayrault: French fuel tax to be cut ‘temporarily’

French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault promised on Wednesday a modest and temporary cut to the taxes on petrol and diesel in order to reduce pump prices for drivers.

Minister blocks energy plan, coalition fuming
Germany

Minister blocks energy plan, coalition fuming

Consumer Minister Ilse Aigner has annoyed the rest of the cabinet by blocking the plans to make consumers help pay compensation to energy companies for lost income from wind park delays.

House-breakers thrive in wealthy Norway
Norway

House-breakers thrive in wealthy Norway

The number of burglaries in Norway rose by eight percent in the first six months of 2012 compared to the same period last year, new figures show.

Swiss bank workers to appeal US data transfer
Switzerland

Swiss bank workers to appeal US data transfer

A lawyer is vowing to appeal a federal decision not to pursue a complaint filed by Swiss employees of HSBC against the bank over its transfer to the US of documents naming them in suspected tax evasion cases.

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Norway

Forced genital exam on girl ‘was discrimination’

Norway’s child protection services broke the law when they ordered the genital examination of a Norwegian-Somali girl, the Norwegian Equality Tribunal has found.

Ikea to build ‘district’ in northern Germany
Sweden

Ikea to build ‘district’ in northern Germany

Swedish furniture giant Ikea announced plans on Wednesday to build a brand-new district with shops, flats and office space for thousands of people in the northern German city of Hamburg.

Man gives baby away then kills family and self
Germany

Man gives baby away then kills family and self

A man gave his baby girl to a hospital before killing his wife and their two other children – and some time afterwards committed suicide at their home near Berlin.

Bubble tea ‘contains all sorts of crap’
Germany

Bubble tea ‘contains all sorts of crap’

German scientists tackling the question on the lips of parents around the country – what exactly is in those gelatinous balls in the fashionable drink bubble tea – found traces of potentially carcinogenic chemicals.

High bacteria levels dog national sausage
Switzerland

High bacteria levels dog national sausage

Switzerland’s national sausage, the cervelat, has suffered a devastating blow to its reputation.

Experts reveal ‘whorer’ king coin mystery
Sweden

Experts reveal ‘whorer’ king coin mystery

Experts investigating the fake one krona coins which defame Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf have revealed the complex secrets behind the counterfeit change.

Swiss will press on with Swedish fighter jet deal
Sweden

Swiss will press on with Swedish fighter jet deal

Switzerland is planning to press ahead with its controversial purchase of 22 Swedish JAS Gripen fighter jets, despite a highly critical parliamentary report into the deal released on Tuesday.

Ikea planning ‘to build new district in Hamburg’
Germany

Ikea planning ‘to build new district in Hamburg’

Swedish furniture giant Ikea plans to build a whole housing and shopping district in Hamburg, it has admitted – and is on the hunt for a 50,000 square metre area of the north German city to develop.

‘Cancer is contagious’: Swedish teenagers
Sweden

‘Cancer is contagious’: Swedish teenagers

Nearly 50 percent of Swedish teenagers think that cancer is contagious and 70 percent didn’t know that it's possible to vaccinate against cervical cancer, according to a new study carried out by organization Ung Cancer (Young Cancer).

Customs seize million-dollar violin
Germany

Customs seize million-dollar violin

German customs seized a $1.2 million violin from a professional musician and are demanding she pay almost $500,000 to get it back, reports said on Wednesday.

Swiss to stick with under fire Swedish jets
Switzerland

Swiss to stick with under fire Swedish jets

Switzerland is to press ahead with its controversial purchase of 22 Saab Gripen fighter jets despite a highly critical parliamentary report into the deal released on Tuesday.

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France

French pilots offered Indonesia jobs

Regional French airline Britair, under pressure to reduce its workforce, is asking pilots if they want to work temporarily in Indonesia, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

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France

Ayrault promises cut in fuel prices

French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault promised on Wednesday a 'modest' and 'temporary' cut to the taxes on petrol and diesel in order to reduce pump prices for drivers.

Greece’s fate ‘hangs on Merkel-Hollande meet’
Germany

Greece’s fate ‘hangs on Merkel-Hollande meet’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande will try to present a united front when they meet Thursday ahead of a fateful few weeks for Greece's eurozone future.

Bern upset by ‘Romney Girl’ video
Switzerland

Bern upset by ‘Romney Girl’ video

An online music video that uses a “Swiss Miss” to mock US Republican Party presidential candidate Mitt Romney for his “taxless” wealth has drawn the ire of Switzerland’s diplomats.

Eiffel Tower worth €434 billion: study
France

Eiffel Tower worth €434 billion: study

The Eiffel Tower in Paris is the most valuable monument in Europe, worth some €434 billion, according to a new study.

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Sweden

Swedish hostage appeals for help in video

Three Westerners abducted nearly nine months ago by Al-Qaeda in Mali have urged their governments to help free them, Al-Jazeera television reported on Tuesday, airing footage of the hostages.

Playing IFK Gothenburg a ‘dream come true’
Sweden

Playing IFK Gothenburg a ‘dream come true’

Stockholm's international football club Långholmen lost their Swedish Cup draw against league superstars IFK Gothenburg on Monday night, in a fairytale opportunity the team captain called "a surreal dream come true".

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France

Toulouse toddler shooting ‘no accident’

The shooting of a four-year-old child in Toulouse in southern France on Monday was not an accident, according to the prosecutor.

Assange case relies on US guarantees: Sweden
Sweden

Assange case relies on US guarantees: Sweden

Sweden said Tuesday it was up to Washington to give WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who fears the US wants to prosecute him for divulging state secrets, the guarantees he has sought from Stockholm.

Underground workers face mammoth tusk
Germany

Underground workers face mammoth tusk

Workers on the underground network in the western city of Düsseldorf stopped work after digging up a 34-kilo woolly mammoth tusk more than 10,000 years old, city officials said on Tuesday.