Last Red Army Faction prisoner freed
Germany

Last Red Army Faction prisoner freed

Birgit Hogefeld, the last member of the German leftist terror group the Red Army Faction behind bars, was freed prison on Tuesday after serving 18 years.

Outrage over Swedish gum’s ‘beauty’ claims
Sweden

Outrage over Swedish gum’s ‘beauty’ claims

A new Swedish chewing gum promising to keep users "looking their best" has nutrition experts and consumer watchdogs up in arms.

Banks demand incentives to back Greek bailout
Germany

Banks demand incentives to back Greek bailout

German banks indicated on Tuesday they want incentives before agreeing to take part in a bailout of Greece, saying they have €10 billion to €20 billion ($14 billion - $28 billion) invested in the country's bonds.

‘It really wasn’t that brutal’: murder suspect
Sweden

‘It really wasn’t that brutal’: murder suspect

A young man suspected of beating a 54-year-old Swedish school teacher to death in April tried to downplay the severity of the fatal assault in testimony on the second day of the against the three young adults who stand charged with the killing.

Big business makes plea to ‘save the euro’
Germany

Big business makes plea to ‘save the euro’

Dozens of Germany's leading business executives have made an impassioned defence of Europe's common currency in a newspaper ad campaign urging angry taxpayers to look beyond the cost of bailouts to the benefits the euro.

Condom firm seeks Swedes for ‘hard but satisfying job’
Sweden

Condom firm seeks Swedes for ‘hard but satisfying job’

The Swedish branch of condom giant Durex recently announced open positions for 1,000 happy Swedes of both sexes to act as condom testers.

Study finds alarming rise in sea levels
Germany

Study finds alarming rise in sea levels

Sea levels have risen faster since the industrial revolution than at any time in the past 2,000 years, a study co-authored by a prominent German climate scientist has found.

Nazi photo album sparks search for mysterious photographer
Germany

Nazi photo album sparks search for mysterious photographer

Seventy years after Adolf Hitler started his ill-fated invasion of the Soviet Union, a Nazi photo album offering a glimpse of events on the Eastern Front has surfaced in New York. But the person who took the pictures remains a mystery.

Angry birds in Swedish preschooler assault
Sweden

Angry birds in Swedish preschooler assault

Preschool-children at a day care centre in southern Sweden can no longer picnic al fresco due to hordes of hungry and intrepid rooks preying on their packed lunches.

Germany prepares to open doors to foreign professionals
Germany

Germany prepares to open doors to foreign professionals

German Education and Research Minister Annette Schavan said on Tuesday the government would soon ease restrictions on foreign doctors, engineers and other professionals in a bid to plug a yawning gap in the labour market of Europe's top economy.

Salafist threat growing, interior ministers say
Germany

Salafist threat growing, interior ministers say

German state interior ministers are warning of a rise in radical Salafist Islam that poses a risk of home-grown terrorism, with one politician calling for changes to residency laws so “hate preachers” can be more easily deported.

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Switzerland

Anti-nuclear camp cleared by police

A protest camp against the Mühleberg nuclear power plant in Bern has been cleared out by police, according to reports. 

Police swipe Swiss teen’s home-made bike car
Switzerland

Police swipe Swiss teen’s home-made bike car

A 17-year-old driver has been caught by a police patrol as he rode a home-made mix of a car and a motorbike, police said.

 

Government millions spent on PR help: report
Sweden

Government millions spent on PR help: report

The Swedish government spent 119 million kronor ($18.6 million) on PR and communications between 2007 and 2010, according to Swedish media reports.

Gran Canaria – Making waves in the Hawaii of the Atlantic
Sweden

Gran Canaria – Making waves in the Hawaii of the Atlantic

Surf's up!

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Sweden

Lydon hopes to show Sweden he’s not Rotten to the core

As John Lydon, better known as former Sex Pistols frontman Johnny Rotten, prepares to take the stage in Gothenburg with his new band, The Local's Geoff Mortimore learns about the rock legend's attempts to reinvent himself.

Versace to design H&M’s new autumn collection
Sweden

Versace to design H&M’s new autumn collection

H&M is teaming up with design legend Donatella Versace for the Swedish discount fashion retailer's special 2011 autumn collection.

Nine police injured in Stuttgart 21 clash
Germany

Nine police injured in Stuttgart 21 clash

Nine police were injured after clashes on Monday night between police and anti-Stuttgart 21 protesters who had stormed the controversial rail project, authorities announced.

Sweden’s Lidström signs with Red Wings for 20th NHL season
Sweden

Sweden’s Lidström signs with Red Wings for 20th NHL season

Swedish defenseman Nicklas Lidström said Monday he has agreed to a one-year deal worth $6.2 million to play a 20th National Hockey League season for the Detroit Red Wings.

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France

Eatery drops Michelin star ‘to attract guests’

The owners of the Nîmes eatery have decided to dispense with the famous award to attract more guests.

 

Bare-faced cheeks for Tsonga
France

Bare-faced cheeks for Tsonga

French tennis player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has appeared naked in this month's Cosmopolitan.

Pill popping French warned to cut back
France

Pill popping French warned to cut back

France's love of antibiotics is back on the rise, according to a new report, stoking fears that the medicines may lose their effectiveness.

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France

Schoolmates watch as 13-year old girl murdered

A schoolgirl was killed at lunchtime yesterday in Florensac near Montpellier in the south of the country as fellow pupils looked on.

 

Apps for kids ‘growing market’ in Sweden
Sweden

Apps for kids ‘growing market’ in Sweden

A growing market of applications for smartphones and electronic reading pads aimed at young children and toddlers is being created in Sweden, according to experts who fear there may be consequences.

Saab to staff: go home for two more weeks
Sweden

Saab to staff: go home for two more weeks

While production at cash-strapped Swedish automaker Saab's factory will be down for two more weeks, the company needs the 800 suppliers to accept their repayment scheme by today in order to re-start production in July.

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Sweden

Slain Swedish girl’s attacker stays in custody

The 30-year-old North African male who is under suspicion for murdering a Swedish girl in Fuengirola, Spain, will stay in custody after the friend of the dead Swedish girl was heard by the court on Monday.

Pipe bombs hidden in kids’ playground
Germany

Pipe bombs hidden in kids’ playground

A five-year-old boy in Germany found two home-made pipe bombs at a playground but escaped unscathed, police said after arresting three men who admitted to planting the explosives.

Mercedes to build greener Popemobile
Germany

Mercedes to build greener Popemobile

Mercedes-Benz is making a greener hybrid Popemobile for Benedict XVI based on its own M class car, according to a media report.