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Norway

Breivik: I’m sorry I didn’t kill more people

Norway's mass-killer Anders Behring Breivik on Friday dismissed his sentence of 21 years by declaring the Oslo court "illegitimate", adding that he wanted to apologize to sympathizers for not killing more people.

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Norway

Live video: What’s inside the 100-year-old package?

One hundred years ago, the mayor of a small Norwegian town sealed an envelope that he said could only be opened a century later. We're about to find out what's inside the mystery package.

As it happened: Norway’s mystery package
Norway

As it happened: Norway’s mystery package

Follow the action live from the grand opening of the mystery package that has captured the world's imagination.

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Sweden

Swedish base-jumper dies in Norway

A Swedish man died on Friday after base-jumping from a mountain in Norway, although the exact circumstances of the incident remain unclear.

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Norway

Why Norway’s maximum sentence is just 21 years

Norway's maximum prison sentence is 21 years, after it abolished life in prison in 1971 as part of its goal of rehabilitating and reintegrating criminals into society, a Norwegian law professor told AFP.

How to avoid fraud in the Stockholm house-hunt
Sweden

How to avoid fraud in the Stockholm house-hunt

With apartments in Stockholm harder than ever to find, desperate house-hunters are easy prey for con-artists. The Local’s Oliver Gee finds out more about how the fraudsters operate and how to avoid them.

Swedish police seek unknown garbage buff
Sweden

Swedish police seek unknown garbage buff

A 35-year-old rubbish enthusiast is wanted by police in Motala, in southern Sweden, after hiding on the town’s garbage trucks and secretly filming the bin men at work.

Stricken cargo ship heading for Germany
Germany

Stricken cargo ship heading for Germany

A burning cargo ship which has been floating around the Atlantic for several weeks is heading for Germany after an international row over where it could dock. But a politician says the German MSC Flaminia is a "ticking time-bomb."

Street prostitutes ‘accept sex meters’
Germany

Street prostitutes ‘accept sex meters’

A “sex meter” scheme, taxing prostitutes €6 a night to work the streets of Bonn has raised more than €35,000 for public coffers in its first year, authorities said this week.

Flying fish-eating dinosaur unveiled
Germany

Flying fish-eating dinosaur unveiled

A new kind of flying, fish-eating dinosaur has left German palaeontologists waving their trowels in glee. After a year of examining, dusting and head-scratching, they are putting the fossil on show this Saturday.

Swedish couple wins Ryanair court case
Sweden

Swedish couple wins Ryanair court case

A Swedish couple has received a 36,000 kronor ($5,450) payout from budget airline Ryanair after being left stranded in Brussels in 2006 and forced to make their own way home.

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France

Sports stars and former boss back Armstrong

Lance Armstrong, who is poised to be stripped of his seven Tour de France titles after relinquishing his fight against drug charges, has received backing from his former team boss Johan Bruyneel.

Amiens police cleared of provoking riots
France

Amiens police cleared of provoking riots

Police in riot-hit Amiens have been cleared of provoking two nights of unrest that devastated part of the northern French city earlier this month.

Norway hails Breivik verdict
Norway

Norway hails Breivik verdict

Relieved survivors of Anders Behring Breivik's massacres took to Twitter on Friday to express their delight moments after he was sentenced to 21 years in prison for killing 77 people last year.

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France

France strips Galliano of Legion d’Honneur

Disgraced British designer John Galliano has been stripped of the Legion d'Honneur, the top French medal he was awarded in 2009 for services to haute couture.

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Norway

Breivik smiles smugly as he is sent to prison

A smug smile crossed the face of Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik as an Oslo court on Friday found him legally sane and sentenced him to 21 years in jail.

Ullrich tight-lipped on retroactive Tour wins
Germany

Ullrich tight-lipped on retroactive Tour wins

German cyclist Jan Ullrich on Friday refused to speculate whether he would be handed three Tour de France titles which seem certain to be withdrawn from US rider Lance Armstrong over doping claims.

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Norway

Breivik won’t appeal his verdict: lawyer

Norway mass killer Anders Behring Breivik will not appeal an Oslo court's verdict on Friday finding him sane and sending him to prison for 21 years, his lawyer said after the conviction was handed down.

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Norway

Key events since the Norway massacre

Following are the key events since Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 people in twin attacks in Norway last year, culminating with the Oslo court's verdict Friday finding him sane and sentenced to 21 years in prison.

Breivik verdict ‘a relief’: Swedish Utøya survivor
Sweden

Breivik verdict ‘a relief’: Swedish Utøya survivor

Ali Esbati, a Swede who was on the Norwegian island of Utøya during the massacre last summer, has spoken out about his “relief” to hear that Anders Behring Breivik was sentenced to prison and not psychiatric care on Friday.

Swiss muscles vie for Highland Games glory
Switzerland

Swiss muscles vie for Highland Games glory

Tossing the caber and blowing the bagpipes while cavorting in kilts may seem like incongruous activities in the heart of Switzerland, but they're all part of an annual ritual in St. Ursen.

‘Mafia boss Merkel’ book makes waves
Germany

‘Mafia boss Merkel’ book makes waves

Chancellor Angela Merkel is portrayed as a mafia boss, accused of disempowering parliament and having an “East German neutrality of values” that is foreign to many westerners, in a new book by a former advisor to Helmut Kohl.

Drug-smuggling granny ‘did it to stay active’
Germany

Drug-smuggling granny ‘did it to stay active’

A German granny who smuggled a tonne of cannabis into the country over five years starts a jail sentence this weekend – despite her argument that the trips to Holland and back were keeping her active in her old age.

Sleepy French passenger misses Paris airport stop
France

Sleepy French passenger misses Paris airport stop

A French woman endured an 18 hour, 18,000 kilometre return trip from Lahore to Paris after sleeping through her stop in the French capital.

German cops trained Belarusian militia
Germany

German cops trained Belarusian militia

German police officers trained security forces in Belarus at the same time as the German foreign minister condemned militia crackdowns in what has been called Europe's last dictatorship, a newspaper reported.

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Switzerland

‘Napoleon’ admits to bayonet stabbing

A 44-year-old man is facing charges of attempted murder following a bizarre stabbing attack near Fribourg’s train station earlier this week.

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Switzerland

Lab to analyze Arafat remains for poisoning

A Swiss radiology lab said Friday it has received the go-ahead from the widow of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat to test his remains for poisoning by polonium, a highly radioactive element.

François Hollande suffers drop in support: poll
France

François Hollande suffers drop in support: poll

Voter support for French president François Hollande has fallen to below 50 percent for the first time since the election, a new poll published on Thursday showed.

World’s rarest crocodiles hatched in Swedish zoo
Sweden

World’s rarest crocodiles hatched in Swedish zoo

A litter of 16 Cuban crocodiles has been hatched in a Swedish zoo to parents that were previously owned by Fidel Castro and smuggled via Moscow to Stockholm in a zoo keeper's hand luggage.

Sweden’s fashion exports prosper despite crisis
Sweden

Sweden’s fashion exports prosper despite crisis

Swedish fashion exports are booming according to industry experts, who say that the upward trend is strong despite unstable European economies and the lingering financial crisis.

Live blog: Breivik verdict
Norway

Live blog: Breivik verdict

All the latest updates from Oslo district court, which on Friday morning ruled that Anders Behring Breivik was sane when he killed 77 people last July.

Breivik sane: Oslo court
Norway

Breivik sane: Oslo court

Norway's mass killer Anders Behring Breivik was found sane and sentenced to 21 years in prison on Friday for a bloodbath that left 77 people dead, traumatized the nation and shocked the world.

Blake clocks historic time in Lausanne
Switzerland

Blake clocks historic time in Lausanne

Usain Bolt eased to victory in the 200m at the Lausanne Diamond League meeting on Thursday as Jamaican teammate Yohan Blake became the second fastest 100m performer of all time.

Evil or crazy? Breivik faces sentence
Norway

Evil or crazy? Breivik faces sentence

Thirteen months after his killing spree -- a bomb attack and Europe's deadliest rampage by a lone gunman in peacetime -- Norwegian far-right extremist Anders Behring Breivik will Friday hear his sentence.

Two children in hospital after wasp attack
Sweden

Two children in hospital after wasp attack

A group of school children in Gothenburg who were playing outdoors had to be given medical attention with two taken to hospital on Thursday afternoon after being attacked by a swarm of wasps in a wooded area near their school.

Armstrong to lose seven Tour de France titles
France

Armstrong to lose seven Tour de France titles

The US anti-doping agency has said it will strip cycling legend Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles, following his decision to give up his fight against charges that he took performance enhancing drugs during his career.

Greece: we need more time for reforms
Germany

Greece: we need more time for reforms

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said on Friday his debt-wracked country was not asking for more cash, but needed more "breathing space" to carry out cuts and reforms. He had just met Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin.

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Sweden

Suspect freed in delayed Haparanda murder trial

The 24-year-old key witness in the trial against a man suspected of shooting dead axe-attack victim Esa Rano in northern Sweden, brought in by police for questioning on Thursday, has been released.

Four children killed in house fire
Germany

Four children killed in house fire

Four young children died in a house fire in western Germany early on Friday morning. Firemen did manage to rescue two adults presumed to be the parents and a baby, all of whom are said to have been injured.

Woman found dead in south Stockholm flat
Sweden

Woman found dead in south Stockholm flat

A 21-year-old woman was found dead in an apartment in Hallunda south of Stockholm on Thursday.

Pink stinks, says toy marketing campaigner
Germany

Pink stinks, says toy marketing campaigner

As Kinder Surprise launches a new egg wrapped in pink, containing fairies in push-up bras and labelled “just for girls”, a campaign is growing against such marketing. Pinkstinks Germany founder Stevie Schmiedel spoke to The Local.