Filesharing no act of worship: agency
Sweden

Filesharing no act of worship: agency

Copying, remixing and spreading information cannot be considered an act of worship, even if participants fall into a meditative trance during the act.

Group wants to count American expats abroad
Sweden

Group wants to count American expats abroad

An organization is hoping to boost the political clout of Americans living in Sweden and elsewhere overseas by using technology to count them this summer. Moises Mendoza reports.

Make Sweden a ‘settler country’: minister
Sweden

Make Sweden a ‘settler country’: minister

At a press conference on Thursday, resigning Centre Party head and minister for enterprise and energy, Maud Olofsson, revealed that her speech at Almedalen later this evening will point out the three top priority challenges for the Centre Party to tackle in the future.

NYSE Euronext shareholders approve Deutsche Börse merger
Germany

NYSE Euronext shareholders approve Deutsche Börse merger

NYSE Euronext shareholders approved Thursday a merger with Deutsche Börse to form the biggest stock exchange operator in the world valued at some $25 billion (€17.4 billion).

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France

French trade deficit ‘very serious’: minister

France showed a record trade deficit for May, marking a "very serious" lurch in a trend of weak competitiveness, a trade minister said, in contrast to strong export-led growth in Germany.

Strauss-Kahn won’t plead guilty in any deal: report
France

Strauss-Kahn won’t plead guilty in any deal: report

Dominique Strauss-Kahn will not plead guilty to even a minor charge to reach a plea deal in the sexual assault case against him, the former IMF chief's defense team said in Thursday's New York Times.

Gene tests for IVF embryos legalised
Germany

Gene tests for IVF embryos legalised

Couples using in vitro fertilisation (IVF) can have embryos screened to ensure their child will not develop any serious hereditary disease or disability under a milestone law passed Thursday by Germany’s parliament.

Happy days for the ‘raggare’ of Sweden
Sweden

Happy days for the ‘raggare’ of Sweden

Wandering through the seemingly endless rows of classic American cars and stylish retro chic, you get an eerie feeling you’ve been transported onto the set of classic teen sitcom Happy Days.

UK soldiers in Paderborn hit by car killing one
Germany

UK soldiers in Paderborn hit by car killing one

A British soldier based in North Rhine-Westphalia was killed and five were injured when a car accidentally ploughed into them as they were walking, police said Thursday.

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Sweden

Jailed Swedes on the way to Ethiopian capital

The two Swedish journalists jailed in Ethiopia are headed for the capital Addis Ababa, according to recent reports from Sweden's Foreign Ministry.

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France

UMP official sues newspaper over outing

David-Xavier Weiss, a national secretary of the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP), has pressed charges against the satirical newspaper Le Canard enchaîné over an article that revealed his homosexuality.

Two North Korean footballers test positive for steroids
Germany

Two North Korean footballers test positive for steroids

The Women's World Cup in Germany was hit by a doping scandal on Thursday after North Korea defenders Song Jong-Sun and Jong Pok-Sim both tested positive for a banned anabolic steroid, football officials announced.

‘Record bust’ of hashish in southern Sweden
Sweden

‘Record bust’ of hashish in southern Sweden

A 43-year-old man has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for organising the smuggling of close to half a ton of hashish, and over nine kilogrammes of amphetamine.

Fuglesang survives homeopathic pill overdose
Sweden

Fuglesang survives homeopathic pill overdose

A group from a Swedish science organisation, with astronaut Christer Fuglesang in the lead, took an overdose of sleeping pills in Almedalen, at 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

Saudi tank deal may be dirty, Greens MP says
Germany

Saudi tank deal may be dirty, Greens MP says

Greens MP Hans-Christian Ströbele has raised the stakes in the political controversy over Germany’s tank sale to Saudi Arabia, suggesting bribe money may be involved in the deal.

Women’s rights activist disrobes for equality
Switzerland

Women’s rights activist disrobes for equality

A new campaign launched by a women’s organisation portrays the group’s young secretary general covered only by a banner as she seeks to lead the charge for more female representation in the upper echelons of Swiss society. 

Islamist charged for US airmen killings
Germany

Islamist charged for US airmen killings

German federal prosecutors said Thursday they had indicted a 21-year-old Islamic extremist from Kosovo over an attack on US troops at Frankfurt Airport in March that killed two airmen.

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Switzerland

Demand for Swiss bull sperm on the rise

The demand for Swiss bull semen is on the rise in world’s markets, a major industry player said.

 

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France

High-profile art dealer charged in investigation

Guy Wildenstein, art dealer and a government representative in New York for French citizens overseas, was charged on Wednesday in an investigation around missing artwork. He is accused of obtaining goods through an abuse of trust.

UMP backs tougher immigration rules
France

UMP backs tougher immigration rules

In the lead-up to presidential elections in 2012, the Union for a Popular Movement party has released its ideas for a more “muscular” stance on immigration, especially the illegal variety.

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Switzerland

Body of newborn found in waste compost

The body of a newborn baby has been found among cut branches at a composting centre near Solothurn in north-west Switzerland, reports said.

 

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France

French boat to Gaza blocked in Crete

A journalist onboard a French yacht carrying activists hoping to run the Israeli blockade on Gaza says protests will take place in Paris or Athens unless the boat is permitted to resume its journey.

Police raid Stuttgart 21 rail project opponents
Germany

Police raid Stuttgart 21 rail project opponents

Police raided the offices of Stuttgart 21 opponents on Thursday morning over violent protests against the controversial rail project, authorities have announced.

Group tries to count American expats abroad
Germany

Group tries to count American expats abroad

An organization is hoping to boost the political clout of Americans living in Germany and elsewhere overseas by using technology to count them this summer. Moises Mendoza reports.

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France

Sword-wielding man takes hostage on train

A 25-year-old man armed with a sword held a woman hostage on a train in southwest France for two hours on Wednesday before releasing her unharmed, police said.

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France

NY prosecutors pursue Strauss-Kahn case

Prosecutors insisted Wednesday they were still pursuing the sexual assault case against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn after a high-stakes meeting in Manhattan with his defense team.

Swedish stores shun “ugly” produce: report
Sweden

Swedish stores shun “ugly” produce: report

Swedes throw away food for 20-40 billion kronor ($3-6 billion) every year and the food tossed aside by households, stores and restaurants is just the tip of the iceberg. A new report from the Swedish Board of Agriculture (Jordbruksverket) reveals that vegetables considered unattractive never even reaches stores.

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France

Fairy-tale looks from Valentino, Elie Saab at Paris shows

Feathers met tutus in a ballet-themed show by Jean Paul Gaultier on the final full day of the fall-winter haute couture collections in Paris on Wednesday.

Swedish government approves Saab deal
Sweden

Swedish government approves Saab deal

The Swedish government has approved Saab’s property sale, according to a statement issued from the ministry for enterprise and energy on Thursday.

What’s on in Germany: July 7 – July 13
Germany

What’s on in Germany: July 7 – July 13

This Week's Highlights: Museum night in Dresden, Snoop Dogg in Hamburg, and a fashion show in Berlin.

Officer found dead after Bundestag post assault
Germany

Officer found dead after Bundestag post assault

A police officer suspected of attempting to rob a post office in a restricted area of a parliament building in Berlin on Wednesday night has been found dead after apparently committing suicide.

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Sweden

Swedish women make quarter-finals

Sweden stunned two-time winners the United States 2-1 in their final Group C game at the women's World Cup on Wednesday, but both teams march into the quarter-finals.

Nine ageing Germans sentenced over Nazi massacres in Italy
Germany

Nine ageing Germans sentenced over Nazi massacres in Italy

A court in Verona sentenced nine elderly Germans to life imprisonment on Wednesday evening for Nazi massacres of hundreds of people in the north of Italy in 1944, Italian media reported.

FDP tax revolt threatens Merkel’s budget
Germany

FDP tax revolt threatens Merkel’s budget

A growing revolt within Angela Merkel’s centre-right coalition is threatening to torpedo the chancellor’s budget, with members of the pro-business Free Democrats warning they will block the budget without deeper tax cuts.

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Sweden

Gaza flotilla group sets sail from Athens

A Swiss firm has cancelled a 3,000-tonne cement order by activists involved in the aid flotilla for Gaza largely thwarted by the Greek authorities, Swedish activists said Wednesday.

Spotify signs deal with Virgin Media
Sweden

Spotify signs deal with Virgin Media

Virgin Media said on Wednesday it had agreed a deal with Sweden's Spotify to offer music streaming services for the British company's television, mobile phone and Internet subscribers.