Switzerland buys 22 Swedish fighter jets
Switzerland

Switzerland buys 22 Swedish fighter jets

The sale of 22 Gripen fighter jets from Sweden to Switzerland was confirmed on Tuesday for a price of more than 3 billion francs ($3.1 billion).

Merkel to court Chinese help for euro crisis
Germany

Merkel to court Chinese help for euro crisis

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to make her second trip of the year to China this week, with her eyes on getting Chinese support for the European debt crisis.

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France

France aims to boost competitiveness

French officials said Tuesday they will present an action plan next month to improve the country's export competitiveness and reach the government's goal of eliminating the non-energy trade deficit.

‘I know who killed Palme’: Eva Rausing
Sweden

‘I know who killed Palme’: Eva Rausing

Billionairess Eva Rausing claimed to know who killed Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme. Rausing, who died last month, made the claims in emails to an expert on the murder, adding she feared for her life.

France opens Arafat assassination enquiry
France

France opens Arafat assassination enquiry

French prosecutors have opened a murder enquiry into Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's 2004 death near Paris, sources close to the matter told AFP on Tuesday.

Sweden confirms sale of Gripen to Switzerland
Sweden

Sweden confirms sale of Gripen to Switzerland

The sale of 22 Gripen fighter jets from Sweden to Switzerland was confirmed on Tuesday for a price of more than 3 billion Swiss francs ($3.1 billion).

German hockey champs face €500,000 party bill
Germany

German hockey champs face €500,000 party bill

Not only did the German national hockey team win Olympic gold this summer – they proved themselves champions in destructive partying – and are now facing a bill for half a million euros for their post-victory celebrations.

Berlin to mark 100 years since Nefertiti find
Germany

Berlin to mark 100 years since Nefertiti find

Berlin's Egyptian Museum said on Monday it will celebrate the centenary of the discovery of the 3,400-year-old fabled bust of Egypt's Queen Nefertiti amid an ongoing feud with Cairo over its ownership.

Fake work permits a growing problem: police
Sweden

Fake work permits a growing problem: police

The sale of false work permits to immigrants is causing more problems for Swedish police, who claim that the documents are being sold for up to 250,000 kronor ($38,100) by criminals who are proving very difficult to catch.

Swiss skier Feuz hurt in Argentina training
Switzerland

Swiss skier Feuz hurt in Argentina training

Swiss skier Beat Feuz has had to return home after injuring his knee during a fall in super-G training in the Argentinian resort of Ushuaia.

Swedish lesbians see red over sperm fee
Sweden

Swedish lesbians see red over sperm fee

A lesbian couple in County Östergötland has reported the county council to the Swedish Equality Ombudsman (Diskrimineringsombudsmannen, DO), for making them pay 3,000 kronor ($457) for two inseminations.

Stoltenberg sets out new anti-terror plans
Norway

Stoltenberg sets out new anti-terror plans

Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg announced new anti-terror measures Tuesday to improve shortcomings highlighted by Anders Behring Breivik's twin attacks, and said he would not resign despite criticism.

Lufthansa cabins crews to strike ‘any day now’
Germany

Lufthansa cabins crews to strike ‘any day now’

Lufthansa cabin crews will go on an open-ended strike any day now – but will not say when for tactical reasons, their trade union said on Tuesday.

Pensioners working more ‘to avoid old-age poverty’
Germany

Pensioners working more ‘to avoid old-age poverty’

The number of German pensioners working “mini-jobs” to supplement their income has risen by 60 percent since 2000, it was revealed on Tuesday. The figures prompted warnings of an old-age poverty epidemic.

Clooney helps raise cash for Obama in Geneva
Switzerland

Clooney helps raise cash for Obama in Geneva

Hollywood superstar George Clooney made a brief public appearance on Monday in Geneva's Old Town, where he helped raise $625,000 from expat Americans for the re-election of US President Barack Obama.

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Norway

Teacher admits having sex with boy

A teacher from Halden in south-eastern Norway has admitted to having abused her position to convince a 16-year-old pupil to have sex with her.

Swedish pro golfer sells shares in himself
Sweden

Swedish pro golfer sells shares in himself

The Local catches up with 22-year-old Swedish golf pro Alexander Björk, Sweden’s first sportsman – and the world’s first golfer – to be listed on a stock exchange.

WWII bomb forces central Munich evacuation
Germany

WWII bomb forces central Munich evacuation

Thousands of people were evacuated from their homes in Munich on Monday night after the disposal of a 250-kilo World War II bomb proved more complicated than expected. “It could go off at any time,” said a fire department spokesman.

Turkish president cancels Sweden visit
Sweden

Turkish president cancels Sweden visit

Turkish President Abdullah Gül has cancelled a planned visit to Sweden on health grounds following his hospitalization for an ear infection, Sweden said on Tuesday.

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Switzerland

Family friend raped and strangled girl: report

A 12-year-old girl found dead in an apartment in the canton of Geneva was raped before being murdered by a friend of her mother's, according to a news report.

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France

Body of Christian man given a Muslim burial

A Christian French man living in Morocco has been buried in a Muslim cemetery after the body was mistaken for a relative by another family.

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Norway

Colombia to meet with rebels in Oslo: ex-VP

Colombia's government and leftist FARC rebels have agreed to open peace negotiations October 5th in Norway and then shift the talks to Cuba, former vice president Francisco Santos said Monday.

Bengt, 80, left for a week with broken neck
Sweden

Bengt, 80, left for a week with broken neck

An 80-year-old man was left lying in bed for a week with a broken neck at a care home in western Sweden after his care assistants failed to notice that anything was amiss.

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France

Newborn baby taken from hospital in Marseille

Police are searching for a woman after a new born baby was taken from a hospital in Marseille early Tuesday morning.

Swiss propose del Ponte for Syria probe
Switzerland

Swiss propose del Ponte for Syria probe

Switzerland has proposed that former UN war crimes prosecutor Carla Del Ponte join the UN commission investigating rights abuses in conflict-torn Syria, the government said on Tuesday.

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France

Hollande: eurogroup must be strengthened

French President François Hollande called on Monday for strengthening the role of the eurogroup of finance ministers and more frequent summits of leaders to tackle the eurozone debt crisis.

Bavarian late night beer, juice, only for drivers
Germany

Bavarian late night beer, juice, only for drivers

A new interpretation of an old law means that only motorists can shop at late-night petrol stations in Bavaria – leading to the absurd rule that only people in cars can buy alcohol after the state’s 8pm compulsory store closing time.

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France

Hollande down 11 points in opinion polls

President François Hollande has lost 11 points in popularity with the French public in the last month, according to a new poll by Ipsos for weekly magazine Le Point.

Frenchman to take over as AstraZeneca CEO
Sweden

Frenchman to take over as AstraZeneca CEO

Anglo-Swedish drugs giant AstraZeneca on Tuesday named Frenchman Pascal Soriot, the current boss of Roche's pharmaceuticals division, as its new chief executive.

NATO names Norwegian ‘ambassador for women’
Norway

NATO names Norwegian ‘ambassador for women’

NATO named a female Norwegian diplomat on Tuesday in a new role created at the nuclear-armed military alliance to promote the role of women in ending conflict.

Paralympics founder’s dreams come true
Germany

Paralympics founder’s dreams come true

When German-born Eva Loeffler helped her father organise a sports tournament for wounded World War II soldiers in 1948, she had no idea the contest would grow into the Paralympic Games.

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France

Johnny Hallyday released after bronchitis treatment

French rocker Johnny Hallyday, a legend in his homeland, was treated in a Caribbean hospital Monday after being rushed there by helicopter but was quickly released.

Sweden looks to educate more engineers
Sweden

Sweden looks to educate more engineers

The government plans to budget for 400 new spots for engineering students at Sweden's universities next year in an effort to boost the country's corps of capable engineers.

Chinese vineyard buyer ‘passionate’ about wine
France

Chinese vineyard buyer ‘passionate’ about wine

A Chinese businessman who sparked a bout of anxious introspection in France with his purchase of an historic Burgundy vineyard is a low-profile casino executive with a passion for wine, friends and analysts said.

Police block activists at disputed mining site
Sweden

Police block activists at disputed mining site

Police moved in Tuesday morning to restrain dozens of environmental activists demonstrating against a planned limestone quarry on the Baltic island of Gotland.

Father ‘killed daughter’s boyfriend in flat fireball’
Germany

Father ‘killed daughter’s boyfriend in flat fireball’

A German teenager was killed on Tuesday when his flat blew up, throwing him from the third-floor window. Police have launched a murder investigation and arrested the father of the boy’s girlfriend.

Neuchâtel’s billion-franc rail plan draws flak
Switzerland

Neuchâtel’s billion-franc rail plan draws flak

Voters in the canton of Neuchâtel will decide next month on the fate of a controversial proposed regional train line and associated improvements costing almost one billion francs ($1 billion).

Swede launches site for net’s ‘top one percent’
Sweden

Swede launches site for net’s ‘top one percent’

Swedish social media entrepreneur Erik Wachtmeister on Monday announced the launch of a new social networking site targeting the "top one percent" of internet users, called Best of All Worlds.

Merkel: ‘nein’ to gay equality on tax and kids
Germany

Merkel: ‘nein’ to gay equality on tax and kids

Chancellor Angela Merkel has rejected calls to give tax breaks to gay couples equal to those available to married heterosexual couples.