Former ‘Swede of the Year’ wanted by Interpol
Sweden

Former ‘Swede of the Year’ wanted by Interpol

Egyptian-Swedish businessman Refaat el-Sayed, who was once named "Swede of the Year" before being jailed for fraud, is wanted by Interpol for suspected fraud in Egypt.

Mother suspected of killing own infant
Sweden

Mother suspected of killing own infant

The mother of a two-month old infant who was found dead in a home in a small community near Nyköping in eastern Sweden on Thursday is suspected of killing her own child before injuring herself.

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France

France vows response to Marseille shootings

The French government rejected calls on Thursday for the army to be sent in to crack down on drug dealers in Marseille, but promised a tough response to a wave of deadly shootings.

Major Arctic quake rocks Norwegian island
Norway

Major Arctic quake rocks Norwegian island

A powerful 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Norway’s Jan Mayen island in the Arctic Ocean on Thursday afternoon.

First medal for Paralympians in shooting
Germany

First medal for Paralympians in shooting

Germany won its first medal in this year's Paralympic Games on Thursday after triumphing in the air rifle shooting. Manuela Schmermund had already bagged a silver medal in the Beijing Paralympics, and gold in Athens.

Swede’s deadly cocktail prompts murder claim
Sweden

Swede’s deadly cocktail prompts murder claim

The family of a 28-year-old Swede who died after drinking a "poison mojito" while holidaying on an Indonesian island wants to warn others about the dangers of downing moonshine-tainted drinks.

German scientists find ‘internet-addiction gene’
Germany

German scientists find ‘internet-addiction gene’

German scientists say they have found a link between Internet addiction and a specific genetic mutation that also plays a role in nicotine addiction.

Foreign students set to lose housing guarantee
Norway

Foreign students set to lose housing guarantee

International students should not be given top priority for student housing in Oslo at the expense of first-year students from other parts of Norway, a student council has ruled.

More Swedish women addicted to gambling
Sweden

More Swedish women addicted to gambling

Increasing numbers Swedish women are becoming compulsive gamblers according to a new report, results which have left experts surprised and demanding new regulations.

Rainy days signal summer’s end
Germany

Rainy days signal summer’s end

It may be time for Germany to begin putting away the Birkenstocks, as rain clouds will begin rolling in over the coming few days to signal the end of a fickle summer, national weather service the DWD said on Thursday.

‘Healer’ infected students with HIV: prosecutor
Switzerland

‘Healer’ infected students with HIV: prosecutor

A Swiss music teacher has been charged with infecting at least 16 people, mostly his students, with HIV – after telling them he was a healer and the blood injections would “open their third eyes”.

German label launches €190 brown paper bag
Germany

German label launches €190 brown paper bag

German fashion house Jil Sander has launched a men’s hand bag which is not only designed to look like an ordinary brown paper bag – it is a brown paper bag. But at a price of €190, throwing it away after one use would be a mistake.

Swedish team launches UFO retrieval mission
Sweden

Swedish team launches UFO retrieval mission

A research team set off for northern Sweden on Thursday to get to the bottom a "Ghost Rocket" sighting from 1980 that has been labelled as “the biggest UFO mystery in the world” and which the Swedish military kept classified for years.

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Sweden

Dead baby found in Nyköping home

A dead infant and a seriously injured woman were found at a home in Nyköping in eastern Sweden on Thursday.

Zurich hosts Christian Marclay’s masterful time piece
Switzerland

Zurich hosts Christian Marclay’s masterful time piece

Swiss-American artist Christian Marclay likes nothing more than to shred things up and then splice them back together in unexpected ways, writes contributor George Mills.

Woman’s tumour as heavy as four babies
Germany

Woman’s tumour as heavy as four babies

Surgeons in Cologne have removed a 14-kilo tumour from a woman, whose internal organs were being squashed so badly she was in danger of serious complications. It was about the weight of four newborn babies.

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Switzerland

Crucial DNA results due on Semhar’s death

Results of an analysis of DNA samples due next week are expected to be crucial in the ongoing probe into the suspected murder of Semhar, a 12-year-girl found dead in her Geneva home last week.

Sex offender lied to us in missing girl case: police
Norway

Sex offender lied to us in missing girl case: police

A man with a history of sexual offences lied to police when questioned about his whereabouts in the case of the disappearance of 16-year-old Sigrid Giskegjerde Schjetne, according to reports.

‘Max the stork’ captured for new satellite tracker
Switzerland

‘Max the stork’ captured for new satellite tracker

Experts have finally managed to capture Switzerland’s most famous bird in order to replace a faulty tracking device.

Sweden looks to boost ‘cutting edge’ research
Sweden

Sweden looks to boost ‘cutting edge’ research

The Swedish government has announced plans to spend three billion kronor ($451 million) for advanced research over the next ten years, explaining the country’s current output lacks a “cutting edge”.

Prostitute-orgy insurer had a sex habit
Germany

Prostitute-orgy insurer had a sex habit

The German insurance company that rewarded its top-sellers with a prostitute sex party in Hungary also paid for employees to visit brothels and swingers clubs in Majorca and Jamaica, according to a new report.

Boy safe after Malmö hostage drama
Sweden

Boy safe after Malmö hostage drama

A five-year-old boy who was caught up in a hostage situation in Malmö in southern Sweden on Thursday morning is safe after a man who barricaded himself in an apartment emerged voluntarily.

Lufthansa strikes to hit on Friday
Germany

Lufthansa strikes to hit on Friday

Lufthansa passengers could face delays and cancellations on Friday, as the airline’s cabin staff are due to go on strike. They are not announcing any details until six hours beforehand, in order to try to hinder countermeasures.

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France

Lion cub escapes from tamer’s home

A lion cub of four and a half months escaped from its owner in a town in western France, prompting a search party of police and firemen to gather to ensure her safe return.

What’s on in Germany:  August 30 – September 5
Germany

What’s on in Germany: August 30 – September 5

This Week's Highlights: Classical music in Berlin, Indian dance in Munich, and a mediaeval festival stomps through Hamburg.

MP appeals for ‘shoot-up rooms’ across France
France

MP appeals for ‘shoot-up rooms’ across France

A socialist politician has made an appeal for supervised “shoot-up rooms” to be made available to drug users in towns across France.

Sarkozy offered €250,000 for Morgan Stanley talk
France

Sarkozy offered €250,000 for Morgan Stanley talk

Former president Nicolas Sarkozy has been offered €250,000 to speak at a Morgan Stanley conference, according to weekly satirical paper Le Canard Enchainé.

Chinese ‘will invest to help boost euro’
Germany

Chinese ‘will invest to help boost euro’

German leader Angela Merkel said Thursday there was "absolute political will" to strengthen the euro, as she held talks with China's premier Wen Jiabao on the eurozone crisis.

Adams crushes Zurich rivals with meet record
Switzerland

Adams crushes Zurich rivals with meet record

New Zealand's Valerie Adams crushed her rivals in the women's shot put in the Diamond League meeting in Zurich on Wednesday.

Medieval tombs found in major Geneva dig
Switzerland

Medieval tombs found in major Geneva dig

Archaeologists digging in an area being renovated in Geneva’s Old Town recently stumbled upon a major find.

Ex-family ministers: child care cash humiliating
Germany

Ex-family ministers: child care cash humiliating

Four former family ministers have joined forces to warn against the controversial child care payment which their successor plans to pay to parents who do not send their toddlers to state-subsidised day care.

Ecuador doubts a fair US trial for Assange
Sweden

Ecuador doubts a fair US trial for Assange

Ecuador's president fears Julian Assange would not get a fair trial in the United States and has insisted that Britain and Sweden guarantee they will not extradite the WikiLeaks founder.

Call boosted for boys to get cancer jab
Germany

Call boosted for boys to get cancer jab

German Nobel laureate Harald zur Hausen received significant support on Thursday for his call for boys to get vaccines given to girls to protect against cervical cancer. A report in the journal Nature says everyone should get the jabs.

Chocolate leads to lower stroke risk in men: study
Sweden

Chocolate leads to lower stroke risk in men: study

Men who eat chocolate enjoy a lower risk of stroke according to a new Swedish study, which tested 37,000 men and the long-term results of their sweet-toothed habits.

Swedish railways to get 55 billion kronor boost
Sweden

Swedish railways to get 55 billion kronor boost

The Swedish government on Wednesday announced plans to invest 55 billion kronor ($8.2 billion) to improve its railway network, after a summer marked by a series of technical problems.