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Switzerland

Basel seeking to knock out United

Manchester United could turn to Danny Welbeck to solve their injury problems in attack as they tackle Basel on Wednesday needing a draw to reach the Champions League last 16.

Drunken trucker hits house – then bar
Germany

Drunken trucker hits house – then bar

A panicked home-owner in Thuringia found a truck smashed into his house with the engine still running. The police discovered the driver had gone to the pub.

Three charged for plot to murder Lars Vilks
Sweden

Three charged for plot to murder Lars Vilks

Three men were charged in Sweden on Tuesday with plotting the murder of a Swedish cartoonist who depicted the Prophet Muhammad as a dog, a prosecutor said.

Norwegian football players trained with electric shocks
Norway

Norwegian football players trained with electric shocks

Shocking scenes unravelled before the eyes of Norwegian television viewers last week during a football match between rival television stations.

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Norway

Norway fund blacklists FMC, Potash over ethics

Norway's state pension fund, one of the biggest sovereign wealth funds in the world, has blacklisted investment in US chemicals firm FMC Corporation and Canadian fertiliser maker Potash over ethics concerns, Oslo said on Tuesday.

Donna, 26, Sweden’s first police recruit in hijab
Sweden

Donna, 26, Sweden’s first police recruit in hijab

Sweden’s first veiled police recruit, Donna Eljammal, 26, does not regard her traditional Muslim hijab as a hindrance but rather an asset for her future career within the Swedish police force.

Wintry weather causes road chaos
Germany

Wintry weather causes road chaos

This winter's first snap of snowy and icy weather led to dozens of car accidents throughout Germany Monday night and into Tuesday morning, leaving one woman seriously injured.

New breed of crazy Swedish chefs ride wave of YouTube fame
Sweden

New breed of crazy Swedish chefs ride wave of YouTube fame

A loud-mouthed YouTube cooking show featuring dishes like 'meatloaf mayhem' and 'furious fishdicks' may soon dethrone the famed Swedish Chef as the pinnacle of Swedish culinary insanity, The Local's Joel Linde discovers.

H&M defends marketing lingerie with fake models
Sweden

H&M defends marketing lingerie with fake models

Swedish clothing retailer H&M has defended its use of computer-generated bodies adorned with the heads of real models in order to sell swimwear and lingerie.

German raids on France Nazi massacre suspects
France

German raids on France Nazi massacre suspects

German authorities said Monday they had raided the homes of six men suspected of taking part in a Nazi massacre of 642 mainly women and children in a French village in 1944.

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Norway

EU opposition hits record high in Norway

A record four out of five Norwegians, or 79.8 percent, are opposed to their country hypothetically joining the European Union, currently embattled in the euro crisis, a public opinion poll showed on Tuesday.

Police hunt man who shot teen daughter
Germany

Police hunt man who shot teen daughter

An armed man is on the run in Germany a day after shooting his 13-year-old daughter to death in broad daylight on the street – reportedly in front of the rest of their family.

Journalists deny being trained by rebels
Sweden

Journalists deny being trained by rebels

Two Swedish journalists on trial in Ethiopia Tuesday admitted contact with an outlawed rebel group but rejected accusations they received weapons training.

Stealthy snake in Santa sack shocker
Sweden

Stealthy snake in Santa sack shocker

A Swedish woman was shocked when an ornamental Santa Claus she had recently bought turned out to have more than presents in his sack, revealing a sheltering snake curled up inside.

Swiss are Europe’s masturbation champs: study
Switzerland

Swiss are Europe’s masturbation champs: study

Swiss men and women enjoy the upper hand in a global masturbation league, a new study has found. 

Industrial orders soar despite euro crisis
Germany

Industrial orders soar despite euro crisis

Industrial orders in Germany rose sharply in October, official data showed on Tuesday, raising hopes that Europe's top economy is standing up to the ongoing turmoil in the eurozone.

Americans find statue Nazis ‘borrowed’ in WWII
Germany

Americans find statue Nazis ‘borrowed’ in WWII

A sculpture of the artist Dürer as a boy, thought lost during the chaos of World War II, has been rediscovered – in the garden of the American Academy in Berlin.

Swedish euroscepticism at record high: poll
Sweden

Swedish euroscepticism at record high: poll

Close to nine out of ten Swedes are keen to remain outside the eurozone and retain the krona, according to a new poll published on Tuesday in the wake of renewed problems afflicting the European single currency.

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France

Funeral for boy killed in washing machine

A three-year-old boy who was killed in a washing machine is to be burried on Tuesday in Germigny-l'Evêque near Paris. His 33-year-old father had stuffed him into a washing machine and switched it on.

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Switzerland

Italian speakers fare worst in student rankings

Fifteen-year-old students in the Italian-speaking region of Switzerland performed worst in tests for reading, mathematics and natural sciences, according to figures culled from an international education report.

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Sweden

Swedish town in fear of face-slapping ‘saviour’

A 40-year-old man in Hultsfred in southern Sweden, who likes to ”bless” people by laying his hands on them, recently got into trouble as he wandered into a local high school and slapped the teachers who asked him to leave.

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France

Beggars banned from Paris hot spots

Paris police have banned beggars from loitering in some of the city's busiest spots over the festive season.

World War II munitions litter Baltic and North Sea
Germany

World War II munitions litter Baltic and North Sea

More than 1.6 million tonnes of old war munitions remain at the bottom of the Baltic and North Seas in German waters, creating an ever-present danger for fishermen or workers laying pipeline in the region.

Greenpeace activists ‘should be shot’: youth politician
France

Greenpeace activists ‘should be shot’: youth politician

An official for the youth branch of France's ruling UMP tweeted on Monday that Greenpeace activists who broke into French nuclear plants should be shot. He has since been fired and has apologised.

Clinton to meet Syrian opposition in Switzerland
Switzerland

Clinton to meet Syrian opposition in Switzerland

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will meet Syrian dissidents in Switzerland on Tuesday, officials said, as Washington sees Damascus increasingly isolated over its crushing of pro-democracy protests.

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Norway

Panel proposes tighter gun laws after massacre

An independent panel on Monday unveiled proposals to tighten arms laws in Norway which suffered its worst peacetime attack in July when a right-wing extremist killed 77 people.

Video games ‘don’t make kids violent’: study
Sweden

Video games ‘don’t make kids violent’: study

While children who play violent computer games are more aggressive, there's no evidence to support claims that the games themselves cause kids' aggressive behaviour, the Swedish Media Council (Statens medieråd) has concluded.

‘Youth Word of the Year’ shows ‘problem’ of trendy English
Germany

‘Youth Word of the Year’ shows ‘problem’ of trendy English

An organisation promoting the proper use of German has slammed dictionary-maker Langenscheidt’s choice for the country’s “Youth Word of the Year” – because it is derived from English.

More Holocaust survivors qualify for pensions
Germany

More Holocaust survivors qualify for pensions

More than 16,000 Holocaust survivors who were told for decades they did not suffer for long enough to get German pensions, will now receive monthly payments after rules on qualification were changed.

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Sweden

Man charged with child rape after chlamydia test

A man has been charged with raping a child after he submitted to a test for chlamydia and one of his declared sex partners turned out to be a minor, according to a report in the Malmö City daily.

IMF chief cautious on French-German debt pact
France

IMF chief cautious on French-German debt pact

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde on Monday welcomed France and Germany's push for tough fiscal standards in the eurozone, but said more steps were needed to tackle the
region's crisis.

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France

France, Germany demand pact as S&P talks tough

France and Germany called on Monday for Europe's leaders to agree strict rules for fiscal discipline at their summit this week, as Standard and Poor's threatened the region with sweeping ratings downgrades.

Merkel pushes euro pact amid credit threat
Germany

Merkel pushes euro pact amid credit threat

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday she would press on with "important" reforms for the eurozone, following a downgrade threat by credit rating agency Standard and Poor's for Germany and 14 other eurozone countries.

Gang helping shoppers steal from Ikea
Sweden

Gang helping shoppers steal from Ikea

A criminal gang is helping customers shoplift items from an Ikea store in northern Sweden by offering to carry items out the store's main entrance, allowing shoppers to bypass cashiers.

Police ‘didn’t want’ pre-bomb video footage
Sweden

Police ‘didn’t want’ pre-bomb video footage

Swedish police weren't interested in a shop owner's offer of a month's worth of surveillance camera footage taken in the weeks before Taimour Abdulwahab blew himself up in central Stockholm last December.