Stone Age erotic art found in Bavaria
Germany

Stone Age erotic art found in Bavaria

Researchers in Bavaria have discovered the first examples of German Stone Age cave art including carvings of nude women that may have been used in fertility rites, officials said Wednesday.

ECB says Greek bond purchase plan plausible
Germany

ECB says Greek bond purchase plan plausible

The European Central Bank's German chief economist said Wednesday that a proposal for an EU rescue fund to buy Greek bonds might work but that markets would likely still feel Athens had defaulted on its debt.

Presidential hopeful quizzed in DSK case
France

Presidential hopeful quizzed in DSK case

Top French presidential hopeful Francois Hollande turned up for questioning by detectives on Wednesday in a probe into an alleged attempted rape by his fellow Socialist Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

Swedes to remain in Ethiopian custody
Sweden

Swedes to remain in Ethiopian custody

An Ethiopian court ruled on Wednesday to keep the two jailed Swedes in custody, according to information from the foreign ministry.

New generation of Arctic scientists flourish at Stockholm University
Sweden

New generation of Arctic scientists flourish at Stockholm University

The wild and mysterious polar regions - planet Earth's last relatively unexplored areas - have long struck a cord with the adventurous side within many of us.

Bildt praises Serbia after Hadzic arrest
Sweden

Bildt praises Serbia after Hadzic arrest

Sweden's foreign minister and former mediator in the Balkan conflict, Carl Bildt has congratulated Serbia for the arrest of suspected war criminal Goran Hadzic.

Passengers shun airports after flight tax
Germany

Passengers shun airports after flight tax

Passenger statistics for this year’s first six months appear to show that Germany’s new flight tax is driving thrifty flyers away from German airports and to neighbouring countries.

TeliaSonera earnings hit by strong krona
Sweden

TeliaSonera earnings hit by strong krona

Swedish-Finnish telecoms firm TeliaSonera's reported earnings on Wednesday below analyst expectations on the back of a strong Swedish currency and problems in its Turkish operations.

Niebel says arms sales ‘compatible’ with human rights
Germany

Niebel says arms sales ‘compatible’ with human rights

Development Minister Dirk Niebel has waded into the controversy surrounding a deal to sell tanks to Saudi Arabia, saying German weapons exports can be compatible with human rights by stabilizing an entire region.

Anders Holst: A musical journey from Malmö to the Big Apple
Sweden

Anders Holst: A musical journey from Malmö to the Big Apple

Anders Holst, a Swedish jazz singer based in New York, talks to contributor Oliver Gee about his new album, his upbringing in Southern Sweden, and his unusual journey into the world of music.

Southeast braces for heavy rains and flooding
Germany

Southeast braces for heavy rains and flooding

A broad swath of southeastern Germany has been warned to brace for potentially torrential rains and flooding for the rest of the week.

Father in custody after wedding stabbing
Sweden

Father in custody after wedding stabbing

A 52-year-old man, suspected of stabbing his son at his daughter’s wedding last weekend, was remanded into custody on Wednesday by the district court in Lund.

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France

DSK accusers’ lawyers meet with prosecutor

Attorneys for the two women who have filed sexual assault charges against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn met on Tuesday with the team of the prosecutor for the New York case.

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France

Qaddafi could stay in Libya if he quits: France

France accepts Muammar Qaddafi could stay in Libya if he quits politics, under a ceasefire deal to end a conflict with rebels backed by Paris, the French foreign minister said on Wednesday.

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France

France honours 7 troops killed in Afghanistan

President Nicolas Sarkozy on Tuesday attended a remembrance ceremony for seven French soldiers killed in Afghanistan last week, including five who died in the deadliest attack on French forces since 2008.

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France

Strauss-Kahn’s daughter heard in French case

French police probing an attempted rape accusation against ex-IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn questioned his daughter Camille, a friend of his alleged victim, a judicial source said on Tuesday.

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France

Tour de France: technician found dead

A Tour de France technician found dead on Monday morning has been named as Patrick Guay.

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Switzerland

Health ‘checkpoints’ launched to help gay men

A series of health centres specifically catering to the needs of gay men are being planned across Switzerland to help homosexuals deal with HIV issues, fear and psychological discomfort.

 

Court releases Thai prince’s impounded jet
Germany

Court releases Thai prince’s impounded jet

A German court on Wednesday ordered the release of an aircraft flown by the Thai crown prince impounded in Germany on receipt of a €20-million ($28.2-million) bank guarantee.

Man dies in savage lawn mower accident
Sweden

Man dies in savage lawn mower accident

A man in his mid-forties died following a lawn mowing accident early on Wednesday morning in Kungsbacka, in southern Sweden.

Justice minster rejects outing sex offenders as post-jail regime still unclear
Germany

Justice minster rejects outing sex offenders as post-jail regime still unclear

Germany will not name and shame sex criminals by putting their details on the internet, Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger has stated, knocking back a suggestion made by a police union leader.

Paris beach set to open under cloudy skies
France

Paris beach set to open under cloudy skies

For the tenth year running, the annual summer beach along the Seine known as Paris Plages is about to offer Parisians an escape from the city's usual sweltering heat.

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Switzerland

Pit bull victim’s mum wants owner charged

The mother of an 11-month-old baby who was attacked by a pit bull in Préverenges, near Lausanne, is appealing a ruling that cleared the animal’s owner of any wrongdoing. 

Animal collection causes stink after dog defecation complaints
Germany

Animal collection causes stink after dog defecation complaints

Authorities have removed more than 30 dogs, cats and other pets from a Ruhr Valley flat after the owners built up a collection, possibly in revenge for complaints about the toilet habits of their first two dogs.

Israel deports Swedish Gaza flotilla activist
Sweden

Israel deports Swedish Gaza flotilla activist

Swedish–Israeli artist and politician Dror Feiler is among the 15 activists apprehended by Israeli soldiers from the boat Dignité on course for the Gaza strip and is set to be deported today, Israeli immigration authorities have confirmed.

Saab suppliers seek Antonov contact
Sweden

Saab suppliers seek Antonov contact

Suppliers to cash-strapped Swedish car maker Saab have tired of the ongoing financing uncertainty and have sought direct contact with Russian financier and would-be Saab investor Vladimir Antonov.

Ratings boost for ‘more presidential’ Sarkozy
France

Ratings boost for ‘more presidential’ Sarkozy

President Sarkozy can be encouraged by new satisfaction ratings that show a jump of five percentage points, according to a new poll to be published on Thursday in Le Point.

Police to quiz Hollande over Strauss-Kahn case
France

Police to quiz Hollande over Strauss-Kahn case

French police will on Wednesday quiz Socialist presidential hopeful Francois Hollande as part of an investigation into an alleged attempted rape by Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Hollande told AFP.

Consumer food ingredient website crashes on launch
Germany

Consumer food ingredient website crashes on launch

A German internet site promising to serve up dialogue with food producers about their products has crashed immediately after launching after attracting a hailstorm of criticism.

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Sweden

Three dead in head-on collision

A 45-year-old father of two, a 64-year-old man and his 85-year-old mother died on Tuesday evening in a violent frontal collision between two vehicles outside Skene in southern Sweden.

Merkel meets Sarkozy ahead of Euro summit
Germany

Merkel meets Sarkozy ahead of Euro summit

Chancellor Angela Merkel is meeting French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Wednesday evening in a hastily-arranged meeting a day before the European summit which will look at formulating a second rescue package for Greece.

Authorities decline to report suspended nurses
Sweden

Authorities decline to report suspended nurses

Local authorities in Norrköping have elected not to report two assistant nurses suspected of maltreating elderly patients at a nursing home to the police, according to the local Folkbladet daily.

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Sweden

Rival chain plans ONOFF store takeover

Norwegian electronics concern Expert is planning to buy 30 of the 67 stores in Swedish electronics chain ONOFF, which filed for bankruptcy last week, as well as their central stock.

Stressful pregnancies lead to anxious children
Germany

Stressful pregnancies lead to anxious children

Severe emotional stress experienced by women during pregnancy can make their children more timid and prone to psychological problems later in life, according to new German research.