Police urge calm after brutal murder
Norway

Police urge calm after brutal murder

Police in Os are urging residents of the western town to go about their business as normal despite the authorities being no closer to finding the killer of 98-year-old Hilda Feste.

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Sweden

Arboga child murderer seeks right to appeal

Christine Schürrer, the German woman who was sentenced to life in prison for murdering 3-year-old Max and his 1-year-old sister Saga, and then attempting to kill their mother Emma Jangestig in 2008, is now applying for leave to appeal her verdict.

A voice for all of Germany’s Jews
Germany

A voice for all of Germany’s Jews

A brand-new English language newspaper hopes to shed new light on Germany’s burgeoning Jewish community. Moises Mendoza speaks to the man behind the Jewish Voice from Germany.

Germany braced for stormy start to 2012
Germany

Germany braced for stormy start to 2012

The first week of January will be wet and wild, as a low pressure system swirls towards the country, bringing wind of up to 120 kilometres an hour, according to the German Weather Service (DWD).

Randy cop sentenced for half-price brothel bribe
Germany

Randy cop sentenced for half-price brothel bribe

A policeman has received a two-year suspended sentence and a €3,000 fine in the eastern German state of Brandenburg for accepting a 50-percent rebate in an illegal brothel in exchange for police information.

SVP strongman Blocher linked to bank scandal
Switzerland

SVP strongman Blocher linked to bank scandal

A scandal that had threatened the standing of the Swiss central bank chief Philipp Hildebrand turned its focus Tuesday to a leading politician and critic of the banker.

One man dead after new Malmö shooting
Sweden

One man dead after new Malmö shooting

Yet another man has been gunned down on the streets of Malmö, making him the fifth in just over a month to be shot dead in Sweden's third largest city.

Fake invoice fraud on the rise in Sweden: report
Sweden

Fake invoice fraud on the rise in Sweden: report

The practice of sending fake invoices to companies and private citizens by fraudsters has increased to such an extent during the last six years that police have now labelled it Sweden's new "social problem".

Why Swiss gun love is coming under fire
Switzerland

Why Swiss gun love is coming under fire

Almost two centuries have passed since Switzerland last fought in a war, yet the country's gun ownership rate remains the highest in Europe. After a series of gun-related killings at the end of last year, The Local's Meritxell Mir looks at what's being done to get fingers off triggers.

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Sweden

‘Serial’ rapist charged in southern Sweden

A 23-year-old man from Blekinge, in southern Sweden, has been charged with six rapes on a total of five teenage victims, of which two are under fifteen years of age.

Swiss message in bottle found in Africa after 30 years
Switzerland

Swiss message in bottle found in Africa after 30 years

A 48-year-old Swiss man was astonished to receive a letter from South Africa this Christmas in response to a message in a bottle he first set adrift on the river Rhine 30 years ago.

Predators behind mass herring deaths: experts
Norway

Predators behind mass herring deaths: experts

Biologists believe that thousands of herring found dead on a beach in northern Norway last week may have been chased there by killer whales or other predators.

Lottery winner loses out on millions after mix-up
Sweden

Lottery winner loses out on millions after mix-up

A 32-year-old woman in Sweden recently lost out on winning a share of 80.5 million kronor ($11.7 million) due to the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket) having her registered at the wrong address.

Secrets behind the 1961 Nobel prize in Literature revealed
Sweden

Secrets behind the 1961 Nobel prize in Literature revealed

No outsider is privy to what goes on behind locked doors when the Nobel committee decides the winner of Sweden's prestigious literature prize - not until fifty years later when the documents become available to the public at the Nobel Library in Stockholm.

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Sweden

Swedish teen girl killed in tram accident

A 17-year-old girl was killed in a tram accident near Drottningtorget in central Gothenburg around 5am on Tuesday morning.

German firm sold cheap boob silicone
Germany

German firm sold cheap boob silicone

The industrial silicone used by disgraced French breast implant firm Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) came from a German distributor, it emerged Monday. The silicone is generally used as a construction sealant.

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France

Sarkozy vows to hike sales tax

French President Nicolas Sarkozy's government vowed on Tuesday to push through increases in sales tax to shift the burden of paying for social security from employers to consumers.

Unemployment falls to record low
Germany

Unemployment falls to record low

The German labour market is continuing to hold up against the crisis and unemployment dropped to its lowest level in 20 years in the whole of last year, new data showed on Tuesday.

Sea France: Sarkozy backs workers’ rescue
France

Sea France: Sarkozy backs workers’ rescue

A French court on Tuesday delayed its decision on a worker cooperative's bid to rescue the ailing cross-Channel ferry business SeaFrance after President Nicolas Sarkozy made a surprise U-turn to back the takeover.

Top Indian businessman mocks Davos
Switzerland

Top Indian businessman mocks Davos

Top Indian industrialist Rajiv Bajaj mocked the World Economic Forum in Davos on Tuesday, saying the annual power bash in the Swiss Alps was the source of half the world's problems.

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Switzerland

Swiss student missing in Philippines was killed

The parents of 24-year-old Alexander Reich have confirmed that their son, whose disappearance in the Philippines sparked a major international search operation, was murdered near the capital Manila in September.

Twins born: One white, one black
Germany

Twins born: One white, one black

A woman in the eastern German town of Leipzig has given birth to a white twin and a black twin – a phenomenon scientists say is a one-in-a-million occurrence.

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Sweden

Police question couple over missing man

Police have arrested a couple in their twenties on suspicion of being behind the kidnapping of a 25-year-old man who went missing from his home in Uppsala on the December 28th.

Jews ‘ashamed’ of Israeli Holocaust protest
Germany

Jews ‘ashamed’ of Israeli Holocaust protest

The head of Germany's Jewish community Tuesday expressed "shock" and "shame" after ultra-Orthodox protesters in Israel donned Holocaust symbols, including yellow stars, at a recent demonstration.

Ex-Progress Party chief loses licence after crash
Norway

Ex-Progress Party chief loses licence after crash

Former Progress Party leader Carl Ivar Hagen has had his driving licence revoked after he ran over two people in his car at a pedestrian crossing in Oslo on New Year’s Eve.

Borg ‘most popular’ minister in Sweden: poll
Sweden

Borg ‘most popular’ minister in Sweden: poll

Sweden's Minister of Finance, Anders Borg, scored the highest, leaving Fredrik Reinfeldt behind, when Swedes had their say on which ministers they like the best.

New law makes snus users pay more for less
Sweden

New law makes snus users pay more for less

Users of snus, or moist snuff, will get less for their money as manufacturers reduced pouch content by ten percent when the tax on tobacco was raised at the beginning of the year.

German arson suspect arrested in Los Angeles
Germany

German arson suspect arrested in Los Angeles

A 24-year-old German has been arrested in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles, suspected of setting fire to 52 cars in a four-day period over the New Year, mirroring similar attacks in Berlin.

Streep to be honoured at Berlin film festival
Germany

Streep to be honoured at Berlin film festival

The Berlin film festival said Monday it would award Oscar-winning US actress Meryl Streep an honorary Golden Bear next month in recognition of her decades-long career.

MasterChef winner loses children in house fire
France

MasterChef winner loses children in house fire

A fire at the home of the winner of television cooking competition MasterChef has claimed the lives of two of her six children.

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France

French tourist on murder charge in Australia

A 22-year old Frenchman backpacking around Australia has been charged with murder after a man was stabbed outside a nightclub on Christmas Day.

Socialist candidate tries to reignite campaign
France

Socialist candidate tries to reignite campaign

Socialist presidential candidate François Hollande relaunched his presidential bid on Tuesday with just over 100 days to go until the first round of voting on April 22nd.

Treasures on show again after building collapse
Germany

Treasures on show again after building collapse

Cologne's Historical Archive is putting original documents on show on Tuesday – the first display after the building collapsed nearly three years ago, burying countless valuable German cultural documents and books under a pile of rubble.

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Sweden

Swedish woman arrested in India with live bullet

Police in India have apprehended a Swedish member of the armed forces when she allegedly attempted to board a plane carrying a live bullet in her baggage.

French breast implant firm used fuel additive
France

French breast implant firm used fuel additive

French breast implant manufacturer PIP used a fuel additive in its now-banned implants which the company knew were defective as early as 2005, it was revealed on Monday.

Sarkozy ‘knew about’ arms commissions shell company: report
France

Sarkozy ‘knew about’ arms commissions shell company: report

President Nicolas Sarkozy knew about a shell company used to channel arms sales commissions in the 1990s, French media said on Monday, amid a probe into alleged illegal party funding in France.

Resistant bacteria kills baby in Swedish hospital
Sweden

Resistant bacteria kills baby in Swedish hospital

A prematurely born baby, being treated in a Swedish hospital, died after being subjected to multi resistant bacteria, according to a new report.

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Sweden

Small village shaken by suspected murder

Police in the small village of Voljakkala, north of Haparanda in northern Sweden, are investigating the suspected murder of a 55-year-old woman, found dead in her flat on Monday evening.

Diet guru: give extra marks to slim students
France

Diet guru: give extra marks to slim students

Popular diet expert Pierre Dukan, whose books have sold millions around the world, has written an open letter to the future president of France with advice on how to curb the country's obesity problem.