Heavy rains strike north of Sweden
Sweden

Heavy rains strike north of Sweden

On Tuesday torrential rain flooded many roads in Sundsvall on the eastern coast of Sweden, a major power outage in the area was caused by the ensuing thunderstorms and a man in his sixties was taken to hospital after being struck by lightning.

Italy jails Duisburg mafia massacre mastermind
Germany

Italy jails Duisburg mafia massacre mastermind

An Italian court on Tuesday handed a life sentence to the mastermind of a mafia massacre outside a pizzeria in the German city of Duisburg that killed six rival clan members in 2007.

Group refuses to rescind Quadriga award to Putin
Germany

Group refuses to rescind Quadriga award to Putin

The organization responsible for a prestigious German political award, the Quadriga Prize, is standing by its decision to honour Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, despite withering criticism and the resignation of a key board member from the Green party.

Women’s football coach considers resigning after shock defeat
Germany

Women’s football coach considers resigning after shock defeat

Germany coach Silvia Neid said Tuesday she will consider stepping down following her team's shock quarter-final exit from the women's World Cup.

A Wurst-case scenario for the summer
Germany

A Wurst-case scenario for the summer

Germans love a good barbecue as much as Americans and Australians. Jeff Kavanagh explores a unique grilling culture where the Wurst is the best.

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Sweden

ONOFF staff left reeling after bankruptcy: union

Swedish home electronics chain ONOFF's bankruptcy came as a surprise to employees who were ‘shocked’ to hear the news of the chain’s demise on Monday.

IMF urges ‘locomotive’ Germany to pull Europe
Germany

IMF urges ‘locomotive’ Germany to pull Europe

The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday forecast 3.2 percent growth for Germany this year but said it was failing to act as an economic locomotive for Europe because of low domestic demand.

Storms followed by cooler end to week
Germany

Storms followed by cooler end to week

After a warm but stormy middle of the week, temperatures will drop across Germany on Thursday for the cooler but drier end to the week, according to the German Weather Service (DWD).

The Women’s World Cup is not over
Germany

The Women’s World Cup is not over

Now that Germany have been tossed out of the World Cup and the black, red and gold flags are being packed away, we'll see whether women's football has really caught on, writes Robert Ide from Der Tagesspiegel.

Harry Potter ‘quidditch‘ phenomenon hits France
France

Harry Potter ‘quidditch‘ phenomenon hits France

University students in Nantes have taken up “quidditch,” or at least a non-wizarding version of the sport made popular in the Harry Potter books and movies. The last instalment of the saga hits the big screen in France on Wednesday.

Schäuble strives to calm markets over Italy
Germany

Schäuble strives to calm markets over Italy

German Finance Minster Wolfgang Schäuble sought to quell panic on the financial markets Tuesday, as fears about the debt crisis spreading to Italy battered the DAX and fuelled fears of a crisis contagion.

Sweden demands Facebook info answers
Sweden

Sweden demands Facebook info answers

Data protection authorities in the Nordic countries have posed a number of questions to social networking giant Facebook regarding the company’s handling of users' personal details.

Sex and the human form – Robert Mapplethorpe raises eyebrows
Sweden

Sex and the human form – Robert Mapplethorpe raises eyebrows

Controversial US photographer Robert Mapplethorpe is the subject of a major new exhibition at Stockholm’s Fotografiska museum which recently fell foul of the social media censor, contributor Katherine Dunn paid a visit to see what all the fuss is about.

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France

Peugeot-Citroen logs stable first-half sales

France's biggest car maker CSA Peugeot Citroen logged stable worldwide sales of 1.86 million vehicles in the first half of 2011, with a weakened performance in Europe, it said on Tuesday.

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France

France ‘in contact, not negotiating’ with Libya

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said Tuesday that France had had "contacts" with the Libyan regime concerning the departure of leader Muammar Qaddafi but no real negotiations had taken place.

France cracks down on illegal downloading
France

France cracks down on illegal downloading

The agency charged with implementing France’s tough digital piracy laws has sent out third-strike warnings to people accused of illegally downloading or sharing copyrighted material. Those targeted could face the loss of their internet connections and fines.

Werder Bremen players slapped with tattoo ban
Germany

Werder Bremen players slapped with tattoo ban

Bundesliga side Werder Bremen has banned players from getting tattoos during football season, citing health risks such as infection.

‘Angels’ welcome holidaymakers to Geneva
Switzerland

‘Angels’ welcome holidaymakers to Geneva

Groups of two-member teams of “angels” are taking to the streets of Geneva to help tourists get familiar with the city’s treasures.

Father remanded into custody over son’s death
Sweden

Father remanded into custody over son’s death

The 53-year-old man suspected of murdering his 7-year-old son in Umeå in northern Sweden on Sunday has been remanded into custody.

SBB seeks to slash Zurich-Bern travel time
Switzerland

SBB seeks to slash Zurich-Bern travel time

A planned expansion of Switzerland's rail network could shorten travel time between Zurich and Bern to 45 minutes, a report said.

 

French soda Orangina marks 75 years of ad fizz
France

French soda Orangina marks 75 years of ad fizz

Orangina, a Mediterranean soft drink story from post-war France and now a global brand with decades of powerful advertising, is marking 75 years of fizz.

Pet abuse on the rise in Sweden: agency
Sweden

Pet abuse on the rise in Sweden: agency

Hundreds of cats being kept in a small apartment, lame horses kept unwatered and battered and bruised pooches - the number of pet-owners losing their right to keep animals on the grounds of abuse is increasing steadily in Sweden.

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Switzerland

Swiss to open office in Libyan rebel stronghold

Switzerland said on Tuesday it is dispatching a diplomat to the rebel-held Libyan city of Benghazi to open an office aimed at strengthening its ties with the Libyan National Transitional Council.

Lawyer: Assange a victim of judicial mismatch
Sweden

Lawyer: Assange a victim of judicial mismatch

WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange arrived at the High Court in London on Tuesday to open his appeal against a ruling to extradite him to Sweden to face allegations of rape.

‘Boost sex ed in Swedish schools’: minister
Sweden

‘Boost sex ed in Swedish schools’: minister

The Swedish government plans to boost sexual education in schools, announcing a 10 million kronor ($1.5 million) investment to expand the subject from biology classes into history, social studies and religion.

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Switzerland

Mother jailed for forcing daughter into prostitution

 

The mother of a 17-year-old girl has been sentenced to three years in prison for forcing her daughter into prostitution.

 

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France

Sarkozy attacker apologizes to president

Hermann Fuster, the man who assaulted Nicolas Sarkozy in June, has apologized in the media, saying he never meant to attack the president. He has said the incident has convinced him to stop smoking marijuana.

Stray US Army bullets hit Bavarian buildings
Germany

Stray US Army bullets hit Bavarian buildings

Authorities are investigating how shots fired during a training exercise at the Grafenwöhr US military installation in Bavaria ended up hitting a school and residential building in the nearby town on Friday.

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France

France says 1,000 troops to leave Afghanistan

President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Tuesday that France would withdraw a quarter of its 4,000 troops from Afghanistan by the end of next year, becoming the latest NATO power to downsize its combat mission in the war-torn country.

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France

France to open liaison office in N. Korea: report

France will open a cooperation bureau in North Korea, Le Monde newspaper said on Tuesday, but underscored that Paris was not launching diplomatic relations with the reclusive Stalinist state.

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France

US, French officials press on with DSK probes

Police questioned a French writer on Monday over her claim that Dominique Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her in 2003, while the former IMF head's next court appearance in his New York sex assault case was delayed until August 1st.

Rhinoceros head stolen from French museum
France

Rhinoceros head stolen from French museum

Thieves stole a rhinoceros head from a museum in France, the latest in a string of raids thought to be fuelled by an international trade, police and museum sources said on Monday.

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France

Angry mob storms French embassy in Syria

Angry mobs stormed the French and American embassies in Syria on Monday, after the two Western envoys visited the city of Hama, a flashpoint for protests against President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

Liza Minnelli awarded French Medal of Honour
France

Liza Minnelli awarded French Medal of Honour

France left Liza Minnelli awestruck on Monday when it presented its Legion of Honour medal to the veteran American entertainer in Paris.

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France

Air France to launch cheap provincial flights

Air France said on Monday it was to launch cheap medium-haul flights from French provincial cities in a bid to boost passenger figures and reclaim market share from low-cost carriers.

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France

Renault sales slide in Europe, rise worldwide

French automaker Renault reported that first-half vehicle sales fell 7.4 percent in Europe but it expected record sales worldwide thanks to booming emerging markets, it said on Monday.

Eastern workers still lag badly on wages
Germany

Eastern workers still lag badly on wages

Twenty-one years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, many workers in the former East German states are earning one-third less than their peers in the former West, according to a Tuesday media report.

Hollywood scraps filming after Malmö Jews alert
Sweden

Hollywood scraps filming after Malmö Jews alert

A Hollywood film company was planning to set a movie with a Jewish theme in Skåne in southern Sweden but changed its mind due to concerns over anti-Semitism in Malmö.

France ponders how to slay US Goliath in World Cup semi-final
Germany

France ponders how to slay US Goliath in World Cup semi-final

As the women's World Cup gets down to the last four, France coach Bruno Bini believes his side will have to call on all their giant-killing skills to get past the United States in the semi-finals on Wednesday.

Former CSU boss slams Merkel’s leadership
Germany

Former CSU boss slams Merkel’s leadership

Erwin Huber, former chairman of Bavaria's conservative Christian Social Union, has launched an unusually sharp attack on Chancellor Angela Merkel for her weak leadership.

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Sweden

Teen stabbed to death on Stockholm football pitch

An inebriated 29-year-old man attacked a group of teenagers playing football in Hässelby in western Stockholm on Monday night, leaving an 18-year-old dead from stab wounds.

Sweden wary of Japan World Cup challenge
Sweden

Sweden wary of Japan World Cup challenge

Sweden coach Thomas Dennerby is hoping his side can continue to dance their way into the women's World Cup final, but is wary of the threat posed by semi-final opponents Japan.