Wagner festival opens with taboo-shattering Israeli performance
Germany

Wagner festival opens with taboo-shattering Israeli performance

Germany's 100th Wagner opera festival kicked off in Bayreuth on Monday in an edition that will include a taboo-busting performance by an Israeli orchestra.

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Switzerland

Tattooed Swiss man on the run in Russia

Police in North Ossetia were hunting Monday for a Swiss national who fled prison days before his sentence expired.  

Tourists flock to Swiss B&Bs
Switzerland

Tourists flock to Swiss B&Bs

The number of overnight stays last year at Swiss B&Bs increased by 9.3 per cent compared to 2009, exceeding expectations, said the Bed and Breakfast Switzerland association.

 

Sweden’s gun laws would have stopped Norway killer: police
Sweden

Sweden’s gun laws would have stopped Norway killer: police

In Sweden, a person like Anders Behring Breivik wouldn't have been allowed to own a semi-automatic weapon built expressly for military purposes, according to Swedish police.

New York’s MoMA to toast Berlinale boss with foodie film fest
Germany

New York’s MoMA to toast Berlinale boss with foodie film fest

New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) will put on a culinary cinema series next month to honour the head of the Berlin film festival, Dieter Kosslick, organisers said Monday.

Germans court Syrian uprising amid crackdown
Germany

Germans court Syrian uprising amid crackdown

German diplomats have met with Syrian opposition figures in Damascus and Berlin in recent weeks as the EU demands an end to a crackdown on protesters, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said Monday.

Scout meet ups security after Norway attacks
Sweden

Scout meet ups security after Norway attacks

Some 40,000 scouts are pouring into southern Sweden as the World Scout Jamboree prepares to open, while Friday's twin attacks in Norway have meant that security has been tightened.

‘Male chauvinist’ mustard ads spark controversy
Sweden

‘Male chauvinist’ mustard ads spark controversy

Provocative adverts for a brand of mustard have prompted an outraged reaction from Swedish consumers, with some criticising the campaign for being "chauvinist".

Website deflates writers full of hot air
Germany

Website deflates writers full of hot air

A German computer whiz has created a website that he claims can determine whether a writer is full of hot air. Two texts that don’t pass the BS test: the Bible and the party platform of the pro-business Free Democrats.

Week gets off to a cool and rainy start
Germany

Week gets off to a cool and rainy start

Germany faces a cool and rainy start to the week, but the low pressure system interrupting summer is slowly starting to dissipate, according to the German Weather Service (DWD).

Saab plans to replace EIB loan to ease Antonov takeover: report
Sweden

Saab plans to replace EIB loan to ease Antonov takeover: report

Saab Automobile has plans to replace a 2.2 billion kronor ($346.6 million) loan facility from the European Investment Bank (EIB), allowing Russian businessman Vladimir Antonov to step in as owner, according to a report in the Dagens Nyheter (DN) daily.

Deutsche Bahn signs renewable energy deal with RWE
Germany

Deutsche Bahn signs renewable energy deal with RWE

Germany's national railway Deutsche Bahn (DB) and power company RWE on Monday signed a 15-year hydro-electric energy contract worth €1.3 billion ($1.9 billion).

Stockholm security hiked after Norway attacks
Sweden

Stockholm security hiked after Norway attacks

Stockholm police have increased their monitoring of key spots in the capital following Friday's twin terror attacks in Norway.

Berlin doubles aid to combat African famine
Germany

Berlin doubles aid to combat African famine

Germany is doubling its help to famine-plagued East Africa, offering €30 million in emergency assistance for food and other supplies.

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Switzerland

Angry Swiss gunman targets furniture

A 53-year-old man has been arrested in Schaffhausen, northern Switzerland, after he fired several gun shots at furniture in his house, police said. 

 

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Sweden

Court orders HIV-infected man into isolation

A Malmö man in his twenties is suspected of having had unprotected sex without informing partners about his HIV infection.

Holidaymakers get gun training at secret Swiss military facility
Switzerland

Holidaymakers get gun training at secret Swiss military facility

A new summer holiday programme for burned-out managers in the UK is taking participants to a secret military facility in Switzerland where they learn to shoot and handle dangerous weapons.

 

Sweden observes silent minute for Norway
Sweden

Sweden observes silent minute for Norway

Sweden's government called for the general public to observe a minute of silence at midday on Monday to honour the dead in Friday's twin attacks in Norway.

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Switzerland

Indians have $2.5 billion in Swiss banks: report

Rich Indians and companies hold about $2.5 billion in Swiss accounts, according to a report quoting the Swiss central bank, amid anger in India about the stashing of illicit funds abroad. 

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France

French lawyer in submarine probe deported from Malaysia

Malaysia has deported a French lawyer representing a human rights group in an inquiry into alleged corruption linked to Prime Minister Najib Razak, an activist said Saturday.

One of two Air France strikes called off
France

One of two Air France strikes called off

A planned four-day strike by cabin crew from this Friday, July 29th, has been called off after talks between Air France management and the unions.

 

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France

Maid speaks out, seeks jail for Strauss-Kahn

A Guinean woman who has accused former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of trying to rape her in a New York hotel broke her silence Sunday, saying she wants him to go to jail and to clear her name.

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France

Liliane Bettencourt ‘faces €30m tax bill’

 

Weekly magazine Marianne claims that L’Oréal heiress Liliane Bettencourt owes at least €30 million in taxes.

 

Stockholm bans street art festival adverts
Sweden

Stockholm bans street art festival adverts

The upcoming Stockholm graffiti and street art festival "Art of the Streets", organised by touring national theatre company Riksteatern, are being denied advertisement spots by Stockholm's city council.

France rediscovers love of Tour de France
France

France rediscovers love of Tour de France

After years of scandal during which many French seemed to fall out of love with the Tour de France, this year’s event has had excitement, suspense and enough local heroes to win them back.

 

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France

Over 300 passengers stranded at Paris airport due to storms

Storms and aircraft damage left over 300 XL Airways passengers due to fly to New York stranded at Paris' Roissy international airport over the weekend, the airline said on Sunday.

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France

Sarkozy condemns ‘odious’ attack on Norway

French President Nicolas Sarkozy condemned the deadly bombing in the Norwegian capital Oslo on Friday as an "odious and unacceptable act" of violence.

Runners suspended after post-race punch-up
France

Runners suspended after post-race punch-up

Two French athletes who provided some unexpected post-race entertainment when they started brawling on the track have been suspended by the French Athletics Federation (FFA).

 

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France

Norway killer’s father in ‘state of shock’

The France-based father of the Norwegian man accused of the Oslo bombing and a shooting spree at a youth camp has spoken of his shock at his son’s actions.

 

Scandal-plagued insurer accused of ethnic discrimination
Germany

Scandal-plagued insurer accused of ethnic discrimination

A subsidiary of a German insurance company under fire for a controversial company sex party has now been accused of denying auto insurance to foreigners.

Norway killer considered Merkel a target
Germany

Norway killer considered Merkel a target

The man responsible for killing nearly 100 people in Norway saw German politicians as possible murder targets, including Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Swedish security police analyse terror manifesto
Sweden

Swedish security police analyse terror manifesto

The Swedish Security Service (Säpo) are to conduct a "thorough examination" of the manifesto distributed by the man behind the Norway twin attacks, which included detailed instructions on how far-right terror can be spread to Sweden.

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Sweden

Train derailment causes week-long delays

A train derailed just south of Tanum in Bohuslän in western Sweden on Sunday, causing disruption to services which is expected to continue until at least Friday.

Super Swede Norén wins Scandinavian Masters
Sweden

Super Swede Norén wins Scandinavian Masters

Sweden's Alexander Norén cruised to his third European Tour title on Sunday with a comprehensive seven-shot victory in the Scandinavian Masters.

German expat helped save people fleeing Norway shooting
Germany

German expat helped save people fleeing Norway shooting

While Norway mourns the deaths of 93 people in one of the worst mass-murders in modern history, the country is honouring those who put their lives at risk to stop the killings – including a German man, Marcel Gleffe.