HBO brings Norway streaming into the future
Norway

HBO brings Norway streaming into the future

Just two weeks after US company Netflix announced plans to expand to the Nordic countries, TV hit maker HBO on Thursday said it was preparing to launch an internet-streaming service in the region later this year.

HBO takes on Netflix in battle for Nordic viewers
Sweden

HBO takes on Netflix in battle for Nordic viewers

Just two weeks after US company Netflix announced plans to expand to the Nordic countries, TV-hit maker HBO on Thursday revealed plans to launch an internet-streaming service in the region later this year.

Watchdog slams McDonald’s book scheme
Germany

Watchdog slams McDonald’s book scheme

A German consumer group has criticised McDonald’s and a reading promotion campaign for a scheme to give children a book with every Happy Meal they are bought this month.

‘Eating posture’ tax codes to be scrapped
Germany

‘Eating posture’ tax codes to be scrapped

Germany wants to change confusing laws that subjects fast food stands to differing amounts of tax depending on whether their customers sit or stand to eat.

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Norway

Norway oil workers threaten strike action

Some 160 workers in Norway's oil sector will walk off the job on Sunday unless they reach a wage negotiation deal with employers, their union said on Friday, though production would not be affected.

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Sweden

Sweden pledges millions to boost Syria aid effort

Sweden said Friday it would donate 25 million kronor ($3.7 million) to the UN refugee agency to help the humanitarian aid effort in Syria.

Man snatches child ‘to increase contact with ex’
Germany

Man snatches child ‘to increase contact with ex’

Police commandos on Thursday stormed a call-shop to rescue a five-year-old girl who had been snatched by her mother's former partner. He kidnapped the child in hope of having more contact with his ex.

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Norway

Norway’s jobless rate falls to 2.6 percent

With major oil investments and low interests rates helping to fuel the job market, Norway’s unemployment rate dropped to 2.6 percent in August.

Swedish unis in foreign student scholarship plea
Sweden

Swedish unis in foreign student scholarship plea

With foreign student enrollment down after the introduction of tuition fees, Swedish universities are urging the government to provide more scholarships to help attract non-European students to Sweden.

Germany’s original teen sex advice writer dies
Germany

Germany’s original teen sex advice writer dies

The man who gave millions of German teenagers their first information about sex and love has died at 85. Bravo magazine's original “Dr Sommer” Martin Goldstein gave frank advice to readers after spending his own childhood dodging Nazis.

Dozens of Swedish cold cases ‘solvable’: expert
Sweden

Dozens of Swedish cold cases ‘solvable’: expert

Hundreds of unsolved cases of deadly violence in Sweden deserve further investigation, criminology professor and crime fiction writer Leif GW Persson said in a new report released on Friday.

Frankfurt airport strike creates flight chaos
Germany

Frankfurt airport strike creates flight chaos

Air traffic in and out of Frankfurt airport, Europe’s third busiest, struggled to normalise on Friday afternoon after hundreds of flights were cancelled due to a Lufthansa cabin crew strike. The effects were felt throughout Europe.

Dane sought after Swede’s bulls hit
Sweden

Dane sought after Swede’s bulls hit

A Dane who thought he had felled two massive wild boars on a recent hunting trip in southern Sweden is facing criminal suspicions after it turned out the animals were actually Highland bulls.

Vilks cites KKK to defend talk to anti-Muslim group
Sweden

Vilks cites KKK to defend talk to anti-Muslim group

Swedish artist Lars Vilks has defened his decision to speak at an anti-Islamic conference in New York on September 11th, claiming he would also accept an invitation from the Ku Klux Klan.

Zoo chief threatened after shooting attack tiger
Germany

Zoo chief threatened after shooting attack tiger

The Cologne zoo director received so many threats since shooting dead a tiger which had killed a keeper that the zoo has removed its Facebook page from the internet.

Wintry weekend warning for Swiss Alps
Switzerland

Wintry weekend warning for Swiss Alps

After a warmer than usual August and a heatwave that ended last week, Switzerland is suddenly bracing for a hint of winter.

Tech-hungry visitors flood IFA electronics fair
Germany

Tech-hungry visitors flood IFA electronics fair

Europe's largest consumer electronics fair welcomed thousands of visitors to Berlin on Friday morning, where more than 1,400 exhibitors were displaying their latest and greatest products.

Swedish woman missing from holiday in Egypt
Sweden

Swedish woman missing from holiday in Egypt

The failure of a 25-year-old Swedish woman to return home from a recent trip to an Egyptian resort in Sharm el Sheikh has sparked concern among relatives and prompted police to issue missing persons appeal.

Jews call on Muslims to fight anti-Semitism
Germany

Jews call on Muslims to fight anti-Semitism

The daylight attack of a Berlin rabbi in front of his young daughter sparked fury in Germany, with some Jewish groups saying they feared a rise in anti-Semitic behaviour and calling for the country's large Muslim community to take action.

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France

Hidden toilet camera victims press charges

A camera hidden for one year in the ladies’ toilets of the Normandy Chamber of Agriculture is being investigated by the Caen police.

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France

Rural petrol stations struggle with 3-cent cut

Rural petrol stations in France are struggling to put in place a new three-cent reduction in fuel prices, claiming they cannot afford it.

Witness in Sigrid case insists he’s innocent
Norway

Witness in Sigrid case insists he’s innocent

A 29-year-old witness charged on Thursday with giving false testimony has said he regrets going to the police and has nothing to do with the disappearance of 16-year-old Sigrid Giskegjerde Schjetne.

Geneva ‘bird’s nest’ bridge named after Rolex founder
Switzerland

Geneva ‘bird’s nest’ bridge named after Rolex founder

A new Geneva bridge with an unusual design was officially inaugurated on Thursday after being entirely financed by the foundation that owns the Rolex watch company.

Assange: Sweden likely to ‘drop case’ against me
Sweden

Assange: Sweden likely to ‘drop case’ against me

Julian Assange expects to remain holed up in Ecuador's London embassy for up to a year as the two countries struggle to resolve a diplomatic row over the controversial WikiLeaks founder.

MP rating site is ‘wicked’: Socialist minister
France

MP rating site is ‘wicked’: Socialist minister

A French minister has criticised a website rating MPs’ performance across the country, calling it "dangerous" and "wicked".

Family stopped with dead dad in car
Germany

Family stopped with dead dad in car

German traffic police who stopped a car for driving erratically found the body of the driver’s father stuffed behind the back seat. It appears he starved to death.

Cause of fatal Swiss bus crash still unclear
Switzerland

Cause of fatal Swiss bus crash still unclear

The driver of a Belgian bus that crashed in a Swiss alpine tunnel in March killing 22 children and six adults had heart problems but it was impossible to say if they caused the accident, investigators said in a report on Thursday.

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France

France and Spain urge action to curb rates

France and Spain united on Thursday in calling for decisive eurozone action to curb crippling borrowing rates, which threaten to push Madrid into seeking a full bailout.

AIK boots Moscow giants in Europa League thriller
Sweden

AIK boots Moscow giants in Europa League thriller

Stockholm football club AIK achieved a stunning two goal away victory over CSKA Moscow to advance to the next round of the Europa League tournament.

Aman eclipses Rudisha as Bolt and Blake coast
Switzerland

Aman eclipses Rudisha as Bolt and Blake coast

Jamaican sprint duo Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake dominated the 100 and 200m at the Diamond League meet in Zurich on Thursday, but Kenyan 800m star David Rudisha was upstaged by Ethiopian novice Mohammed Aman.

Gaming industry decries work permit wait times
Sweden

Gaming industry decries work permit wait times

The long wait for Swedish work permits facing talented computer programmers from other countries has prompted the Swedish games industry to put pressure on the government to cut processing times.

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Switzerland

Gruyère cheese cellar blast kills worker

One man is dead and four others were injured on Thursday following an explosion at a brand new building for curing Gruyère cheeses in the canton of Fribourg.

Vatican drops injunction against satire magazine
Germany

Vatican drops injunction against satire magazine

Pope Benedict dropped an injunction against a German satire magazine for picturing him with yellow stains down the front of his cassock, just hours before the case was due to be heard in court.

Picasso and Duchamp face-off in Stockholm art exhhibit
Sweden

Picasso and Duchamp face-off in Stockholm art exhhibit

Modern art giants Pablo Picasso and Marcel Duchamp have been pitted directly against one another for the first time in a new exhibit which opened this week at the Stockholm's Moderna Museet, the AFP's Camille Bas-Wohlert explains.

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Sweden

Murder suspicions after woman dies in house fire

A dead woman was found by emergency crews battling a house fire in northern Sweden on Thursday, leading police to issue an arrest warrant for a man they believe murdered the woman.

Lufthansa strike grounds a third of Frankfurt flights
Germany

Lufthansa strike grounds a third of Frankfurt flights

Lufthansa cancelled "a large part" of its 360 scheduled flights in and out of Frankfurt on Friday morning owing to walkouts by cabin staff, the company said.