Court clears ‘Bookseller of Kabul’ author
Norway

Court clears ‘Bookseller of Kabul’ author

The Norwegian author of "The Bookseller of Kabul" has been cleared by an appeals court in Oslo of claims she violated the privacy of the real-life salesman on which it was based.

Commerzbank beefs up financial situation
Germany

Commerzbank beefs up financial situation

Commerzbank, Germany's second-biggest bank needing €5.3 billion in fresh funds, said Wednesday a repurchase of securities will beef up its core capital by more than €700 million.

Swedish seniors stay active through exercise
Sweden

Swedish seniors stay active through exercise

Swedish senior citizens, some well into their 90s, are staying fit and active by taking up regular exercise even long after reaching retirement age, the AFP's Pia Ohlin reports.

Sweden braces for EU-induced egg boom
Sweden

Sweden braces for EU-induced egg boom

A ban on bare cages for egg-laying poultry, which comes into effect in the new year, could mean an egg boom for Sweden if the demand rises quicker than the European poultry farmers have time to adjust.

India to get info on ‘black money’ in Swiss banks
Switzerland

India to get info on ‘black money’ in Swiss banks

India's finance minister on Wednesday said New Delhi will receive information from Swiss authorities on Indian nationals who have stashed funds in secret bank accounts in the country.

Merkel sees birth of ‘true political union’ in Europe
Germany

Merkel sees birth of ‘true political union’ in Europe

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday a "true political union" was emerging after European leaders backed tighter budget policing but she warned the euro crisis would take years to resolve.

Winter storm barrels towards Germany
Germany

Winter storm barrels towards Germany

A fierce winter storm is heading towards Germany, with gale force winds and rain forecast for the rest of the week, according the German Weather Service (DWD).

Fees bury Swedish unis in added work: report
Sweden

Fees bury Swedish unis in added work: report

The new fees for non-European students at Swedish universities have created a workload disproportionate to the number of fee-paying students, according to a new report from the National Agency for Higher Education (Högskoleverket).

Facebook trumps sex for Google-happy Swedes
Sweden

Facebook trumps sex for Google-happy Swedes

Pancakes, pop heartthrob Justin Bieber, and plain old questions about the time of day, kept Swedes busy on Google in 2011, Google Sweden said on Wednesday in presenting its trend lists for the most searched for topics of the year in Sweden.

Norway cuts key rate to fend off ‘turbulence’
Norway

Norway cuts key rate to fend off ‘turbulence’

Norway's central back cut its benchmark interest rate by half a point to 1.75 percent on Wednesday amid growing concerns over the impact of the eurozone debt crisis.

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Norway

Father jailed for rape of young daughters

A 62-year-old man from Drammen in southern Norway has received a 7-year jail sentence after he was found guilty of sexually abusing his two young daughters.

Knutby nanny who killed lover’s wife set free
Sweden

Knutby nanny who killed lover’s wife set free

Sara Svensson, the nanny convicted of killing the wife of a pastor with whom she was having an affair, in the village of Knutby, eastern Sweden, in 2004, has been ordered released from institutional psychiatric care.

Founder of famed Paris English bookshop dies
France

Founder of famed Paris English bookshop dies

George Whitman, the founder of the Shakespeare and Company bookshop in Paris – a famed writers' refuge and English-language literary hub in the French capital – died Wednesday aged 98, the shop said.

MPs vote in Widmer-Schlumpf as president
Switzerland

MPs vote in Widmer-Schlumpf as president

Switzerland ushered in a new government on Wednesday, with its popular finance minister and new president successfully fending off attempts by a far-right party to claim a second cabinet seat.

Texas, 4, strangled by 10-year-old boy: police
Sweden

Texas, 4, strangled by 10-year-old boy: police

A 10-year-old child was behind the death of 4-year-old Texas in Ljungby in south central Sweden, according to police who on Wednesday announced that that the crime has been solved.

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France

Old people’s home fire kills six

A fire that broke out in an old people's home in the southern French city of Marseille on Wednesday killed six people, police said in a statement.

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France

Crédit Agricole to slash jobs

French banking group Crédit Agricole is to cut 2,350 jobs around the world, including 850 positions in France, mainly at its Cacib investment bank, the Force Ouvrière (FO) union said on Wednesday.

Teen fined for sitting on train’s first class stairs
Germany

Teen fined for sitting on train’s first class stairs

A German teen has been fined by railway operator Deutsche Bahn for sitting on a set of stairs that technically was part of a train's first class section.

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Switzerland

Swisscom takes 1.2 billion franc hit

Telecoms firm Swisscom said on Wednesday it expected a drop in profit this year of 1.2 billion Swiss francs ($1.3 billion) owing to its struggling Fastweb subsidiary in Italy amid tough economic conditions.

Swiss ATM thieves in cash-trapping scam
Switzerland

Swiss ATM thieves in cash-trapping scam

ATM scammers in Switzerland have begun using the so-called 'cash-trapping' method to steal money from customers without them realizing they've been duped. 

Renault heirs sue France for nationalizing company
France

Renault heirs sue France for nationalizing company

The heirs of auto magnate Louis Renault are suing the French state over the nationalisation of his company in the aftermath of World War II. Historians today disagree about the extent of Renault’s collaboration with the Nazis.

Rail worker forced to bury dead colleague’s remains
France

Rail worker forced to bury dead colleague’s remains

Pascal Prou, a rail worker who was forced to bury the remains of a colleague, reaches a settlement deal with the rail company SNCF. He will receive €45,000 in compensation.

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France

The French really do hate their in-laws: report

85 percent of the French prefer to spend Christmas with their own family rather than with their spouse’s relatives, a recent report reveals. Is war brewing under the mistletoe?

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Switzerland

Swiss anger over spate of crosswalk accidents

Authorities in Zurich and Winterthur have recorded 13 accidents on crosswalks in just one month, leaving one woman dead and 12 others injured, some of them seriously.

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Sweden

Shock deportation leaves Swedish town reeling

A village in northern Sweden is in shock after all five members of a local family that had lived in the community for ten years were apprehended by police on Tuesday morning and deported to Armenia.

Stoltenberg unveils Amundsen ice sculpture 100 years on
Norway

Stoltenberg unveils Amundsen ice sculpture 100 years on

Norway's prime minister and several hundred scientists and adventurers gathered at the South Pole on Wednesday to celebrate its conquest 100 years ago, with a focus on climate change as a backdrop.

Breivik writing a book in jail: lawyer
Norway

Breivik writing a book in jail: lawyer

Anders Behring Breivik, the right-wing extremist behind the July 22nd massacre of 77 people, is in the process of writing a book from his prison cell, one of his lawyers has said.

Two dead after bus collides with truck
Sweden

Two dead after bus collides with truck

Two people are dead and several others injured following a collision between a truck and a bus in central Sweden on Wednesday morning.

FDP general secretary Lindner resigns
Germany

FDP general secretary Lindner resigns

Christian Lindner, the general secretary of Germany’s Free Democrats (FDP), resigned on Wednesday amid controversy surrounding a grassroots attempt to derail the euro rescue fund by party members.

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Switzerland

Madoff liquidator seeks $375 million from Credit Suisse

The liquidator of the Madoff pyramid scheme case is seeking $375 million from Credit Suisse to be used to repay investors duped of billions of dollars in the scandal.

Nine charged in US in Siemens corruption case
Germany

Nine charged in US in Siemens corruption case

Nine former Siemens executives and agents of the German industrial giant have been charged in the United States with allegedly bribing Argentine government officials, according to the US authorities.

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Switzerland

Swiss parliament votes for new cabinet

Switzerland's parliament is set to elect a new government cabinet on Wednesday, with the far-right Swiss People's Party (SVP) eager to boost its presence on the seven-member Federal Council.

Bavarian ski slopes open
Germany

Bavarian ski slopes open

Several ski resorts in Bavaria are preparing to open for the season this weekend after waiting patiently for enough snow.

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Sweden

Officer sacked for email threat to ‘hunt’ Reinfeldt

A 47-year-old officer in the Swedish military reserves, upset about high energy prices, has been sacked after sending a threatening email to prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt suggesting it was time to hunt down politicians.

English town ends twinning with Germany
Germany

English town ends twinning with Germany

The English town of Bishop’s Stortford has been caught up in Britain’s euro row when the council ended its twinning programme with Friedberg in the German state of Hesse just as Prime Minister David Cameron wielded his fateful veto in Brussels.

Beating the holiday bag blues at Frankfurt Airport
Germany

Beating the holiday bag blues at Frankfurt Airport

Long lines and lost luggage make travelling during the holidays as much fun as an eggnog hangover. Caitlan Carroll spoke with the experts at Frankfurt Airport to ensure you’ll at least arrive at your destination with your bag.

Swedish prof ‘insinuates’ Israel tie to Breivik attack
Sweden

Swedish prof ‘insinuates’ Israel tie to Breivik attack

A Swedish academic has come under fire in Norway after writing an article suggesting that Israel played a part in the July 22nd massacre carried out by Anders Behring Breivik that claimed 77 lives.

Dewani’s life ‘at risk’ if extradited: lawyer
Sweden

Dewani’s life ‘at risk’ if extradited: lawyer

The life of a British businessman accused of killing his Swedish bride on their honeymoon in Cape Town could be put at risk if he is extradited to South Africa, his High Court appeal heard Tuesday.

Wind energy leaders eye US expansion
Germany

Wind energy leaders eye US expansion

German energy companies, well-established leaders in harvesting wind power, are focusing on exporting turbines to the growing US market as European turf becomes scarce. Erin Huggins reports.