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Sweden

Murder trial delayed after bomb threat

The court case against the man suspected of shooting dead 51-year-old axe-attack victim Esa Rano was interrupted on Thursday by a bomb threat.

Politician: gays biggest threat after euro crisis
Germany

Politician: gays biggest threat after euro crisis

A German politician is facing a barrage of criticism after denouncing gay couples as the biggest threat to the country’s prosperity after the euro crisis.

Breivik will not appeal a prison sentence: lawyer
Norway

Breivik will not appeal a prison sentence: lawyer

Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people in twin attacks in Norway last year, will not lodge an appeal if an Oslo court on Friday sentences him to prison in its much-awaited verdict, his lawyer said.

Hollande meets Merkel as Greece pleas for time
France

Hollande meets Merkel as Greece pleas for time

Angela Merkel and François Hollande will discuss debt-wracked Greece on Thursday after Athens' plea for more time to implement crucial but painful reforms to safeguard its eurozone membership.

Most expensive ‘A-hole’ costs man €60,000
Germany

Most expensive ‘A-hole’ costs man €60,000

A Hamburg man has been fined €60,000 for calling someone an Arschloch in a fight over a parking space, after he angered the judge by hiding his wealth.

Pussy Riot copycats could see church charges
Germany

Pussy Riot copycats could see church charges

The Catholic Church has pressed charges against a trio of Pussy Riot copycats who disrupted a service in Cologne Cathedral on Sunday – if charged and convicted they could be jailed for longer than their heroines.

Police find millions of kroner buried in woods
Norway

Police find millions of kroner buried in woods

Police in south-eastern Norway have found millions of kroner buried in the woods almost a year after four masked robbers intercepted a cash transport vehicle near Skedsmo.

Burglars target Royals’ summer residence
Sweden

Burglars target Royals’ summer residence

When Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia were fast asleep in the Royal family’s summer residence Solliden Palace on the Baltic island of Öland, a burglar struck against a property on the estate.

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Sweden

Drugs smuggler ends up in Swedish hospital

A man who swallowed capsules of cocaine to smuggle into Sweden has been jailed for five years after turning himself into border security at the airport “feeling unwell”.

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France

Man ‘shot toddler dead after cleaning row’

A man suspected of shooting his girlfriend's three-year-old daughter in a violent rage over the cleanliness of their flat has been charged with the toddler's murder, police said Thursday.

German airline to build igloo village in Sweden
Sweden

German airline to build igloo village in Sweden

A German airline has revealed plans to build an igloo village in northern Sweden, which a spokesman has labelled as an "alternative to Kiruna's Ice Hotel".

Sony cuts Sweden workforce by 15 percent
Sweden

Sony cuts Sweden workforce by 15 percent

Sony said Thursday it would chop 15 percent of the workforce at its struggling mobile phone unit and move its headquarters to Tokyo from Sweden as the Japanese consumer electronics giant slashes costs.

Stockholm enjoys six ‘summer’ days in 2012
Sweden

Stockholm enjoys six ‘summer’ days in 2012

Swedes were slightly shortchanged on summer this year, with Stockholm only enjoying six days of temperatures over 25 degrees Celsius, compared with 28 days in 2011.

Migrant group slams citizenship changes
Switzerland

Migrant group slams citizenship changes

Proposed changes to the law on Swiss nationality could lead to a ten percent drop in the number of residents who become “naturalized” citizens, a new study shows.

Pixelhead – the ultimate in anonymous?
Germany

Pixelhead – the ultimate in anonymous?

A German artist has created a pixellated balaclava, perfect for confusing street cameras in a nation where mistrust of public surveillance is widespread, even if the appetite for Facebook is unabated. Martin Backes spoke to The Local.

Opel puts cuts shifts to part-time
Germany

Opel puts cuts shifts to part-time

German carmaker Opel, a loss-making unit of US giant General Motors, said Thursday it will reduce working hours at two key plants as demand in the European car market slumps.

Switzerland delays holiday home restrictions
Switzerland

Switzerland delays holiday home restrictions

The federal government has decided to delay by four months the implementation of a law to limit the construction of holiday homes in Switzerland.

Town holds breath over 100-year-old package
Norway

Town holds breath over 100-year-old package

After a 100-year wait, a town in central Norway will learn on Friday what’s inside the mystery package left behind by a former mayor.

Police to question Tetra Pak heir on Palme: report
Sweden

Police to question Tetra Pak heir on Palme: report

Swedish police will be questioning Tetra Pak heir Hans Kristian Rausing about his alleged information about the murder of Prime Minister Olof Palme in the 1980s, according to a report in the Expressen newspaper.

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France

Woman gives birth in Paris supermarket

A 31-year-old woman gave birth to her fifth child in a Paris supermarket on Wednesday after her waters broke while perusing the shelves in the luggage aisle.

French business activity contracts again
France

French business activity contracts again

French business activity continued to contract in August, but at the slowest pace in six months, according to preliminary data released Thursday by the survey firm Markit.

Police launch strike on western neo-Nazis
Germany

Police launch strike on western neo-Nazis

Authorities in western Germany banned three far-right groups on Thursday and raided around 150 properties in the biggest strike against neo-Nazis ever seen in the region.

Dresden test drives longest ever bus
Germany

Dresden test drives longest ever bus

Dresden has unveiled the Autotram Extra Grand, an unfeasibly long bus meant to revolutionize public transport systems - combining the capacity of a train with the manoeuvrability of a bus.

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Switzerland

Warehouse blaze disrupts trains in Vaud

A spectacular early morning fire at a warehouse in Morges led to a road closure and the cancellation of several trains on Thursday in the town west of Lausanne in the canton of Vaud.

Cannabis plants found in French prison garden
France

Cannabis plants found in French prison garden

Prison guards have discovered 15 cannabis plants growing amongst the tomatoes in garden plots used by inmates at Saint-Martin-de-Ré prison in western France.

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France

Hollande and Cameron: Syria situation ‘troubling’

President François Hollande and British Prime Minister David Cameron have spoken on the phone about the situation in Syria, in a bid to ensure that the issue remains high on the international agenda.

Bolt vows to put on show for Lausanne crowd
Switzerland

Bolt vows to put on show for Lausanne crowd

Six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt and his young Jamaican compatriot Yohan Blake will not race each other again this season, Blake's manager, Cubee Seegobin, indicated on Wednesday.

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Switzerland

Gatlin out of Lausanne meeting

US sprint star and Olympic 100m bronze medallist Justin Gatlin on Wednesday pulled out of Thursday's Diamond League meeting in Lausanne for health reasons, organizers announced.

Lawyer has ‘surprising’ news in Assange case
Sweden

Lawyer has ‘surprising’ news in Assange case

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's lawyer Thursday said he had key information relating to the rape claims his client was facing which would be surprising when revealed, a report said.

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Norway

Mass killer Breivik writes autobiography in jail

Norwegian gunman Anders Behring Breivik wants to address an Oslo court after it hands down its verdict against him, and is writing an autobiography detailing how he prepared for his horrific attacks, his lawyers said on Wednesday.

What’s on in Germany:  August 22 – 28
Germany

What’s on in Germany: August 22 – 28

This Week's Highlights: A family flashlight concert in Munich, poetry on the beach in Hamburg, and city festivals in Frankfurt and Berlin.

Breivik to stay at Ila – even if insane
Norway

Breivik to stay at Ila – even if insane

Regardless of whether an Oslo court sentences him to prison or closed psychiatric care on Friday, Norwegian gunman Anders Behring Breivik is set to spend his days at a specially-adapted high-security prison.

Merkel still world’s most powerful woman
Germany

Merkel still world’s most powerful woman

US business magazine Forbes has named German Chancellor Angela Merkel the world's most powerful woman for the second year running - and for the sixth time overall.

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France

Man kidnaps woman to force marriage

A 28-year-old man has been arrested after kidnapping a mentally handicapped 63-year-old woman in Bordeaux in south-western France in order to force her to marry him and obtain a residence permit.

Greek PM: Germans will get their money back
Germany

Greek PM: Germans will get their money back

Greece's prime minister vowed in a German newspaper interview Wednesday to repay the aid it has received to help keep the debt-stricken country afloat and to deliver on its commitments.

Rise in STDs among young Swedes: report
Sweden

Rise in STDs among young Swedes: report

Sexually transmitted diseases gonorrhea and chlamydia are continuing to rise among Sweden’s young according to fresh figures from the Swedish Institute for Communicable Disease Control (Smittskyddsinstitutet).

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France

EU demands swift French action on Roma

The European Commission on Wednesday called for action on French government pledges to ease Roma integration, such as abolishing a tax on employers.

Swedish towns to offer ‘night time’ childcare
Sweden

Swedish towns to offer ‘night time’ childcare

Over the course of 2012 a record number of childcare facilities catering for inconvenient hours will be opened across Sweden, according to a new survey carried out by news agency TT.

Two Germans die in Maasai Mara plane crash
Germany

Two Germans die in Maasai Mara plane crash

A German woman and her son died along with two pilots, while at least three others were badly injured when their plane crashed in Kenya's renowned Maasai Mara national park on Wednesday.