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Norway

Breivik to appear in court via video link

A court in Oslo ruled on Friday that Anders Behring Breivik, the gunman behind the twin attacks in Norway, will make his next court appearance via video link, despite opposition from defence lawyers.

Havens like Switzerland will be shunned: Sarkozy
Switzerland

Havens like Switzerland will be shunned: Sarkozy

French President Nicolas Sarkozy warned on Friday that tax havens will be shunned by the international community, naming countries including Switzerland he said had not done enough to end banking secrecy.

World leaders put Italy under watch
France

World leaders put Italy under watch

Leaders of the world's top economic powers on Friday pushed Europe into acting to stop Italy following Greece into a debt vortex and undertook measures to boost sluggish global growth.

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Rights group slams Facebook for Muhammad weekly censorship

Rights group Reporters Without Borders slammed Facebook on Friday for threatening to terminate the account of a French weekly whose offices were firebombed after publishing images of the Muslim prophet Muhammad.

Merkel disappointed with G20 commitment
Germany

Merkel disappointed with G20 commitment

German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned on Friday that the G20 summit may break up without agreeing a much needed financial boost for Europe's rescue fund for indebted countries.

Swiss economy hits the brakes
Switzerland

Swiss economy hits the brakes

Switzerland's economic outlook has worsened in almost all sectors, according to a survey carried out by the KOF Swiss Economic Institute.

A video look at All Saints in Sweden
Sweden

A video look at All Saints in Sweden

For anyone curious to know how Swedes mark All Saints (Allhelgonahelg), check out this beautiful video that captures the scene at a cemetery near Stockholm.

‘She didn’t take abuse claims seriously’: sister
Sweden

‘She didn’t take abuse claims seriously’: sister

In a case that has caused huge reactions across Sweden, the woman who reported her sister and sister's husband to social services for allegedly sexually abusing their daughters has told her version of events.

Germany to enjoy bumper tax revenue
Germany

Germany to enjoy bumper tax revenue

This year promises to be a bumper year for Germany in terms of tax revenues, allowing the eurozone's powerhouse economy to make further progress in bringing down its deficit, new data showed Friday.

German team offered big bonus for Euro2012 win
Germany

German team offered big bonus for Euro2012 win

The German Football Association (DFB) has increased its win bonus for the European Championships in Poland and Ukraine next year. Each player will get €300,000 should Germany carry home the title.

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Sweden

Young Swedish workers abandon unions

Only one in three young Swedes are union members, compared to 80 percent in the same age group only 15 years ago, according to a new report.

Helga, the blue lobster, receives police escort
Sweden

Helga, the blue lobster, receives police escort

Police in western Sweden responded to an unusal call this week when a local fisherman requested a police escort for a rare blue lobster caught off Sweden's west coast.

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France

One year’s worth of rain in four days

Heavy rain and strong winds have caused major disruption across many parts of southern France with almost a year's worth of rain falling on the Hérault department, home to the Mediterranean towns of Montpellier and Béziers.

Djokovic ups his game with quick Basel win
Switzerland

Djokovic ups his game with quick Basel win

Novak Djokovic crushed Lukasz Kubot 6-1, 6-2 as the top seed at the Swiss Indoors showed on Thursday that his untouchable form is rapidly returning after six weeks out with injury.

Swedish woman loses breast after misdiagnosis
Sweden

Swedish woman loses breast after misdiagnosis

A 32-year-old woman in Gävle in eastern Sweden had her breast removed following a faulty diagnosis, even though her mammogram showed no signs of a tumor.

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Switzerland

Iran summons Swiss envoy over US ‘threats’

Iran made a formal protest Thursday over military experts' remarks to a US Congressional committee last week urging the targeted assassination of members of its elite Quds Force military special operations unit.

New law eases job market for immigrants
Germany

New law eases job market for immigrants

A new law designed to force German employers to recognize foreign qualifications passed its final hurdle in the German parliament, the Bundesrat, on Friday.

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Switzerland

Mubarak lawyer says millions frozen by Swiss ‘legal’

The lawyer for the family of Hosni Mubarak has said $340 million held in Swiss banks by the two sons of the ousted Egyptian president, and frozen there, are "legal profits" from consulting abroad.

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France

Heart attack kills man trying to save heart attack victim

A man in France dropped dead from a heart attack as he was calling emergency services to tell them that a neighbour had just suffered the same fate, police said Friday.

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Switzerland

Swiss girl’s bunnies found beheaded after Halloween

An expert says followers of occultist practices could be behind the killing of pets belonging to a 13-year-old girl in Kaiseraugst, in the north of Switzerland.

Website offers cow killing options for tastier beef
Germany

Website offers cow killing options for tastier beef

A German website is offering its carnivorous customers the option of having cows slaughtered in the field while they graze for supposedly more delicious beef.

Nordea defends costly CEO flat purchase
Sweden

Nordea defends costly CEO flat purchase

Swedish bank Nordea has been embroiled in an executive compensation controversy after it was revealed that the company purchased Danish CEO Christian Clausen a 22.5 million kronor ($3.4 million) flat so he could live in Stockholm.

Sarkozy and Obama to give joint interview
France

Sarkozy and Obama to give joint interview

US president Barack Obama will appear alongside French president Nicolas Sarkozy on both main 8pm nightly news programmes in France on Friday evening for a 15-minute interview.

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Switzerland

Football fan loses fingers in firecracker blast

As FC Zurich players struggled at Lazio’s stadium in Rome on Thursday, panic swept the stands of the Swiss supporters when a firecracker exploded in the hands of a fan.

Planning blooper halts cathedral construction
Norway

Planning blooper halts cathedral construction

Residents of Alta in northern Norway had their faith in the authorities shaken by a planning blunder that has halted the construction of a 120 million kroner ($21 million) church.

Nails on chalkboard noise mystery solved
Germany

Nails on chalkboard noise mystery solved

A team of German and Austrian scientists say they’ve identified why the sound of fingernails on a chalkboard is so annoying. It’s a combination of the shape of the ear canal and the power of suggestion.

German TV boldly shows ‘Nazi’ Star Trek episode
Germany

German TV boldly shows ‘Nazi’ Star Trek episode

An episode of the original Star Trek series in which Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock dress up as Nazis to infiltrate a far-right alien regime is to be aired on public television in Germany for the first time ever Friday night.

Lufthansa agrees to sell British Midland
Germany

Lufthansa agrees to sell British Midland

German airline Lufthansa said on Friday it has agreed in principle to sell its loss-making unit British Midland to the International Airlines Group, the holding company of British Airways.

Finding a fab place for fika with a twist
Sweden

Finding a fab place for fika with a twist

As the daylight in Stockholm dwindles, finding a place to catch up with friends is all the more important for beating back the winter blues. Luckily, contributor Gwen Ramsey has put together a list of great options for your next fika.

Drug bust reveals poopy diaper surprise
Sweden

Drug bust reveals poopy diaper surprise

Customs officers acting on a tip about a case of alleged drug smuggling in southern Sweden were surprised to discover a stinking diaper full of baby poo instead of illegal drugs.

‘Misunderstanding’ over Le Pen meeting with Israeli ambassador
France

‘Misunderstanding’ over Le Pen meeting with Israeli ambassador

French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen seized on the attendance of an Israeli ambassador at a lunch she hosted on Thursday at the United Nations to counter her party's xenophobic image.

King slams Greece over referendum plans
Sweden

King slams Greece over referendum plans

Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf has taken a swipe at embattled Greek prime minister George Papandreou for proposing a referendum on a bailout plan to help the debt-laden Greek economy.

France slips in corruption rankings
France

France slips in corruption rankings

A survey of corrupt businees practices has put France in 11th place out of a total of 28 countries, a fall of two places since the last survey in 2008.

French actress to play new Bond girl
France

French actress to play new Bond girl

James Bond's next outing will see him grappling with a French Bond girl, or Bond "lady", as the film's director Sam Mendes described her.

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Norway

Industry’s green warriors fight losing battle

The market for large-scale carbon-capture and storage technology, or CCS — the petroleum industry’s “secret weapon” in the fight against climate change — is “finished”, Norwegian business leaders have said.

Commerzbank ditches targets on Greek losses
Germany

Commerzbank ditches targets on Greek losses

Germany's second-biggest bank Commerzbank abandoned on Friday its profit target for next year after writedowns on its Greek bond holdings pushed it deeply into the red in the third quarter.

UBS set to defend $80 million Madoff claim
Switzerland

UBS set to defend $80 million Madoff claim

Swiss bank UBS said on Thursday it would vigorously defend claims for $80 million in the Bernard Madoff affair after a $2 billion suit was thrown out of court earlier this week.

G20 partners in Cannes warn Europe to fix crisis
France

G20 partners in Cannes warn Europe to fix crisis

Leaders of the world's top economies urged Europe to put its house in order on Thursday as a G20 summit supposed to be about boosting fragile global growth was hijacked by the eurozone debt crisis.

Confidence in Juholt falls further: poll
Sweden

Confidence in Juholt falls further: poll

Only 12 percent of Swedes have confidence in Social Democrat head Håkan Juholt, according to a new poll showing that support for the party is continuing to dwindle.

Ai Weiwei ‘corpse’ causes arty uproar in small town
Germany

Ai Weiwei ‘corpse’ causes arty uproar in small town

Prosecutors will file no charges in the case of art exhibition featuring a mock corpse of Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei, which caused a commotion in a small Rhineland-Palatinate town.

School sued after pupil bullied on YouTube
Sweden

School sued after pupil bullied on YouTube

A school in southern Sweden might have to pay damages for failing to help a student who was subjected to kicks, punches and verbal abuse by fellow students for two years.

Germany to boost growth and balance trade flows
Germany

Germany to boost growth and balance trade flows

The world's most successful exporters, led by China and Germany, will take new measures to boost domestic consumer demand, according to a draft statement debated at the G20 summit Thursday.

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Sweden

Masked shooter arrested in northern Sweden

Swedish police have arrested the masked man, armed with a rifle, who went berserk in the early hours of Friday morning when he failed to gain entry into an elderly couple's home.

Kitting out babies the German way
Germany

Kitting out babies the German way

Motherhood in the Fatherland follows mum Sabine Devins as she navigates the cultural quirks of having a baby in Germany. In the latest instalment, she outfits her baby the German way.