Munich bid for 2018 Winter Olympics fails
Germany

Munich bid for 2018 Winter Olympics fails

Munich will not host of the 2018 Winter Olympics, with games officials announcing Wednesday that the South Korean city of Pyeongchang's bid had been successful.

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Sweden

Ethiopians deny charges against jailed Swedes

The information that an Ethiopian foreign ministry official had confirmed that the two Swedish reporters held in custody after being arrested in the Ogaden province will be charged with terrorism crimes, has been repudiated but the authority.

Victim asks for Germany to help save racist killer
Germany

Victim asks for Germany to help save racist killer

Nearly slain by a racist killer in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Rais Bhuiyan is now hoping to prevent the man's execution on Texas' death row. On Wednesday, he even asked for the German government for help.

Liberals in favour of more immigration
Sweden

Liberals in favour of more immigration

If you have a Master's degree you should be welcome to Sweden to apply for work, without already having secured employment, suggest the Liberals in a bid to attract "hard-working and well-educated people" to Sweden

iPhone tax fraud scheme sparks huge raid
Germany

iPhone tax fraud scheme sparks huge raid

Frankfurt prosecutors announced Wednesday that nationwide police raids had brought down a major fraud scheme based on buying the latest mobile phones overseas without paying sales tax and then reselling them in Germany.

French firm fined €32M over Spike Lee film
France

French firm fined €32M over Spike Lee film

A Paris court has ordered private French television station TF1 to pay €32 million ($46 million) in compensation for failing to distribute a war film by US director Spike Lee.

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Sweden

Nurse pressed vomit down patient’s throat

Elderly patients at a nursing home had their own vomit pressed down their throats and were given hard pinches and slaps.

The Archipelago Festival – a celebration of the archipelago
Sweden

The Archipelago Festival – a celebration of the archipelago

It's the early 1900’s and a heavy smell of tar hangs over the market square near the port of Västervik. The market stalls are full of life as curious eyes and finely tuned taste buds feast themselves on freshly caught fish, meatballs, smoked sausages, fried Baltic herring, smoked salmon, freshly baked sour bread, and roasted almonds.

Schäuble wants to ‘break’ ratings agencies’ power
Germany

Schäuble wants to ‘break’ ratings agencies’ power

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said on Wednesday he wanted to "break" the power of ratings' agencies and "limit" their influence after controversial decisions in the eurozone debt crisis.

Duisburg mayor apologises to victims of Love Parade tragedy a year later
Germany

Duisburg mayor apologises to victims of Love Parade tragedy a year later

Nearly a year after 21 people were killed in a crowd crush at Germany's Love Parade music festival, the mayor of the host city Duisburg has apologised to victims and families, and acknowledged some blame for the tragedy.

Merkel’s cabinet backs budget and tax cuts
Germany

Merkel’s cabinet backs budget and tax cuts

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet on Wednesday signed off on budgetary plans that would see Germany’s deficit drop to €27.2 billion next year and cut taxes and social security contributions in 2013.

Björn Borg shares his underwear with McEnroe
Sweden

Björn Borg shares his underwear with McEnroe

Swedish tennis-legend-turned-designer Björn Borg will be sharing his underwear with former rival John McEnroe.

French company shuts down Lady Gaga’s YouTube channel
France

French company shuts down Lady Gaga’s YouTube channel

The official YouTube channel belonging to Lady Gaga was shut down temporarily on Wednesday after a French production company complained that a video by the star was being used without permission.

 

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Switzerland

Muslims get rough ride in Swiss media: study

An unfavourable bias in the Swiss media has led to the creation of a negative, stigmatizing image of Muslims in Switzerland, a new study has found.

Building a better house
Germany

Building a better house

What does Germany’s modernist Bauhaus movement have to do with the housing estate down your street? Siobhan Dowling heads to Dessau to find out.

Court fines family over adopted fox
France

Court fines family over adopted fox

A French court has ordered a family to give up the wild fox they adopted over a year ago. A judge fined them €300 for "keeping a non-domestic animal without authorization."

 

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France

DSK and wife venture out for first time in three days

Dominique Strauss-Kahn and his wife Anne Sinclair left their New York residence Tuesday night for the first time in three days.

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France

Maid in Strauss-Kahn case sues New York Post

The Guinean hotel maid who has accused former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of attempted rape is suing the New York Post for claiming that she was a prostitute.

‘Limit Sweden’s right of public access’: minister
Sweden

‘Limit Sweden’s right of public access’: minister

Environment minister Andreas Carlgren opens for the possibility of curtailing Sweden's traditional right of public access, the so-called "allemansrätten", in order to relieve commercial strain on woods and land.

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France

French protest boat heads for Gaza

A French motor yacht slipped out of Greek waters Tuesday in an attempt to break Israeli's naval blockade on Gaza, reviving an international campaign that appeared to have ground to a halt.

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France

Armani pays haute-couture homage to Japan

Giorgio Armani paid stylistic homage to Japan on day two of the fall-winter Paris haute couture shows on Tuesday, with sharp bustier dresses making up a big chunk of his collection.

Centre Party should leave alliance: members
Sweden

Centre Party should leave alliance: members

Sweden's Centre Party may face 2014's election without their colleagues in the centre-right Alliance.

Animals used for Swiss cosmetics tests
Switzerland

Animals used for Swiss cosmetics tests

The number of animals used for testing in scientific research rose last year by 7.9 percent to a total of 761,675, the Federal Veterinary Office said. A return to cosmetics testing contributed to the increase.

Luxury goods CEO is richest man in France
France

Luxury goods CEO is richest man in France

Bernard Arnault, the CEO of the LVMH luxury goods group, has been ranked the richest man in France by the magazine Challenges. His fortune is estimated at €22.76 billion.

Swedes increasingly dissatisfied with their jobs: report
Sweden

Swedes increasingly dissatisfied with their jobs: report

Swedes are getting less satisfied with their jobs. Many feel that their competence isn't being utilised, that they have insufficient education, or that they are unable to affect their work duties, shows a report published on Wednesday by Swedish Quality Index (Svenskt Kvalitetsindex).

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Switzerland

Actor Delon’s son indicted after girl shot

The son of French veteran actor Alain Delon has been indicted by a Swiss court after a teenage girl was shot at the actor's apartment, Delon's lawyer said Tuesday.

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France

Actor Delon’s son indicted after girl shot

The son of French veteran actor Alain Delon has been indicted by a Swiss court after a teenage girl was shot at the actor's apartment, Delon's lawyer said Tuesday.

Chinese should be taught in schools: minister
Sweden

Chinese should be taught in schools: minister

Learning Chinese at any elementary school in the country could become reality for children in Sweden within the next decade, if education minister and Liberal Party head Jan Björklund gets his way.

Kaiserslautern footballers arrested in brothel after alleged hit and run
Germany

Kaiserslautern footballers arrested in brothel after alleged hit and run

Three players from Bundesliga club 1. FC Kaiserslautern are reportedly being investigated by police on suspicion of drunk driving and committing a hit and run accident.

UN harshly criticizes German social policies
Germany

UN harshly criticizes German social policies

A United Nations report has ripped into Germany’s social policies, saying the nation's poor and immigrants continue to suffer greatly.

Swedes tan and burn the most: study
Sweden

Swedes tan and burn the most: study

Every year 2,800 people in Sweden are diagnosed with malignant melanoma, now one of the most common forms of cancer in Sweden, according to a report by Sveriges Radio (SR). Despite this, Swedes continue to use the least sun protection and suffer most sun damage of all nationalities.

Danes deploy increased border controls
Sweden

Danes deploy increased border controls

Denmark on Tuesday deployed 50 new customs officers at its borders with Germany and Sweden as part of a widely-criticised government plan to reintroduce permanent controls at border crossings.

Bundeswehr joins EU combat force
Germany

Bundeswehr joins EU combat force

Germany, France and Poland have joined forces to form a joint European combat group that will be ready to deploy in crisis zones from 2013.

Germany tops group with win over France
Germany

Germany tops group with win over France

Germany beat France 4-2 to finish top of Group A as French goalkeeper Berangere Sapowicz became the first player sent off at the Women's World Cup on Tuesday.