Five feared dead in military plane crash
Norway

Five feared dead in military plane crash

A Norwegian military transport plane with five people on board remained missing late on Thursday despite a massive search operation after the Hercules aircraft disappeared over Sweden's far north earlier in the day.

Norwegian Hercules plane missing in Sweden
Sweden

Norwegian Hercules plane missing in Sweden

A Norwegian Hercules C-130 military transport plane with five people on board lost contact on Thursday afternoon with the airport in northern Sweden where it was scheduled to land

Norwegian Hercules plane missing in Sweden
Norway

Norwegian Hercules plane missing in Sweden

A Norwegian Hercules C-130 military transport plane with five people on board lost contact on Thursday afternoon with the airport in northern Sweden where it was scheduled to land.

Unknown Swedish prisoner may provide clues to Wallenberg mystery
Sweden

Unknown Swedish prisoner may provide clues to Wallenberg mystery

A so far unidentified Swedish prisoner in Soviet captivity in the 1950s may provide historians with more clues as to the fate of missing WWII diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, argues historian Susanne Berger.

Swedish court disallows teen’s Sharia marriage
Sweden

Swedish court disallows teen’s Sharia marriage

A Swedish court has ruled that a 17-year-old girl's marriage by a Sharia court in the West Bank is invalid in Sweden, overturning a lower court's decision.

Swedish cops bash at-work breakfast ban
Sweden

Swedish cops bash at-work breakfast ban

Plans to put a stop to the cherished tradition of eating casual breakfasts at the police station in Västmanland County, central Sweden, has hungry officers up in arms at the prospect of having munch their morning meals on their own time.

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Switzerland

Driver ‘wanted to play DVD’ just before crash

The driver of a bus that crashed in Switzerland, killing 22 schoolchildren and six adults, had wanted to play a DVD just before the crash, Swiss and Belgian papers reported on Thursday.

SPD head ‘sorry for Israel apartheid comment’
Germany

SPD head ‘sorry for Israel apartheid comment’

Germany’s Social Democratic Party leader Sigmar Gabriel has apologised after calling Israeli policy towards Palestinians an “apartheid regime” following a visit to Hebron in the West Bank.

Hells Angels hired hash plant horticulturalists
Germany

Hells Angels hired hash plant horticulturalists

Police raiding a Hells Angels hide-out in Düsseldorf entered a World War II bunker to find a huge cannabis plantation – complete with a round-the-clock team of professional gardeners.

Norway police sorry for massacre delay
Norway

Norway police sorry for massacre delay

Norwegian police apologized on Thursday for failing to stop Anders Behring Breivik sooner on his shooting rampage last July that left 77 people dead, admitting lives were lost as a result.

Chancellor rejects personal Twitter invite
Germany

Chancellor rejects personal Twitter invite

The co-founder of microblogging site Twitter left a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel a disappointed man after she turned down his personal invitation to join the trend for public expression in 140 characters.

Norwegians slam ‘typical Swedish megalomania’
Norway

Norwegians slam ‘typical Swedish megalomania’

Frustration over Stockholm's claim to be the "Capital of Scandinavia" has reached new levels, as angry Norwegian delegates tore up entrance cards bearing the slogan at a recent trade show in France.

‘Fake’ grandkids defraud elderly Swedes
Sweden

‘Fake’ grandkids defraud elderly Swedes

Two men have been apprehended by police after a long search for the fraudsters who had been duping elderly Swedes into believing they were giving money to their grandchildren.

China biggest foreign investor in Germany
Germany

China biggest foreign investor in Germany

China was the top foreign investor in Germany last year, ahead of the United States, Switzerland and France, the government development agency Germany Trade & Invest said on Thursday.

Swiss bank giant UBS slashes staff bonuses
Switzerland

Swiss bank giant UBS slashes staff bonuses

Swiss banking giant UBS said on Thursday it had slashed overall 2011 staff bonuses by 40 percent to 2.6 billion francs ($2.8 billion) due to weaker profits in a tough market.

Sweden mulls ban on smoking outdoors
Sweden

Sweden mulls ban on smoking outdoors

The Swedish government is looking at extending a current ban on smoking to include several outdoor spaces in a bid to reduce children's exposure to the dangers of second-hand smoke.

Norwegian fury over Stockholm ‘propaganda’
Sweden

Norwegian fury over Stockholm ‘propaganda’

Frustration over Stockholm's claim to be the "Capital of Scandinavia" has reached new levels, as angry Norwegian delegates tore up entrance cards bearing the slogan at a recent trade show in France.

Biggest state election ‘critical for Merkel’
Germany

Biggest state election ‘critical for Merkel’

The early election in Germany’s biggest state due in May is being seen by analysts and some politicians as a vital pointer to what may happen in next year's general election.

Most fugitive neo-Nazis ‘hiding out in the west’
Germany

Most fugitive neo-Nazis ‘hiding out in the west’

Most neo-Nazis wanted for violent crimes have gone underground in western Germany, debunking popular assumptions that eastern regions are more hospitable to far-right extremists.

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France

84-year-old granny chases off burglar

An 84-year-old French retiree who discovered a burglar in her home, chased him away after ripping his t-shirt.

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France

Dati’s brother jailed for beating ex-girlfriend

The brother of France’s former justice minister Rachida Dati has been handed a two-year prison sentence for assaulting his ex-girlfriend. Dati rose to fame as the first politician of North African origin to hold a senior cabinet post in France.

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France

Christians throw dog poo at theatre director

Fundamentalist Christians threw dog dirt in the face of a top theatre boss in Nancy on Thursday, in protest against a controversial play on religion. 

‘Bern needs nap cabs for daytime dozers’
Switzerland

‘Bern needs nap cabs for daytime dozers’

Following the rejection of the six-week holiday initiative, one Bernese councillor is considering steps to alleviate stress and fatigue with the introduction of ‘nap cabs’.

No need for longer opening hours: Swiss
Switzerland

No need for longer opening hours: Swiss

The majority of Swiss are happy with the current shop-opening hours, a survey conducted in February shows. 

Swiss edge closer to gay adoption
Switzerland

Swiss edge closer to gay adoption

Switzerland's upper house of parliament, the Council of States, decided on Wednesday by 21 votes to 19 to give same-sex couples the right to adopt children.

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Switzerland

Swiss press question safety of crash tunnel

The Swiss press on Thursday raised questions about the safety of the tunnel where a coach crashed and killed 22 school children and six adults from Belgium as they returned from a
skiing holiday.

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Norway

Norway’s Svindal wins super-G World Cup globe

Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal won the super-G World Cup trophy in Schladming, Austria on Thursday, as Italy's Christof Innerhofer took the victory in the discipline's last race of the season.

Cameraman steps on budding bunny star
Germany

Cameraman steps on budding bunny star

A German TV cameraman had one of the worst days of his career on Wednesday - while filming a unique no-eared rabbit, he stepped on it. “Til” was killed instantly.

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Switzerland

Switzerland raises 2012 growth forecast

The Swiss government on Thursday revised its 2012 growth forecast slightly higher to 0.8 percent, while pointing to signs of improvement in the eurozone debt crisis.

Busty Swede ‘loses’ boob in mud wrestling mishap
Sweden

Busty Swede ‘loses’ boob in mud wrestling mishap

A buxom Swedish blonde blogger "lost a breast" after a rough-and-tumble reality show mud wrestling match dislodged one of her silicone implants.

Norway jets break sound barrier, brandy bottle
Norway

Norway jets break sound barrier, brandy bottle

Ørjan Nicolaisen, 21, spent Wednesday morning cleaning up the mess after a pair of supersonic fighter jets threw his home into disarray in the far north of Norway.

Sarkozy in mosque visit after halal row
France

Sarkozy in mosque visit after halal row

President Nicolas Sarkozy visited Paris's main mosque on Wednesday, a week after a row over halal and kosher slaughter led France's Muslims and Jews to complain they were being used as pawns in the presidential election.

French spies to stage labour protest
France

French spies to stage labour protest

The main union representing French domestic intelligence officers, those charged with counter-espionage and anti-terror investigations, called Wednesday on its members to stage a protest.

Volvo ‘in talks’ with NBA superstar Jeremy Lin
Sweden

Volvo ‘in talks’ with NBA superstar Jeremy Lin

Swedish auto manufacturer Volvo Cars is reportedly in talks with Asian-American basketball star Jeremy Lin in hopes he will endorse their product and bring greater awareness of Volvo in China.

Central bank holds firm on key interest rate
Switzerland

Central bank holds firm on key interest rate

The Swiss National Bank said Thursday that it would continue to keep the Swiss franc from gaining too much in value against the euro, as the SNP kept its reference interest rate close to zero.

What’s on in Germany:  March 15 – 21
Germany

What’s on in Germany: March 15 – 21

This Week's Highlights: St. Patrick's Day in Berlin, Feist in Frankfurt, and Europe's biggest book fair begins in Leipzig.

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France

Sarkozy in new ‘Twitter tax’ threat

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Wednesday he wants "Internet giants" to pay tax in France, shortly before he was due to meet the founder of the micro-blogging site Twitter.

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Switzerland

Relatives identifying crash victims: police

Relatives of victims of the coach crash that killed 22 children and six adults in a Swiss alpine tunnel as they returned from a skiing holiday arrived at the morgue Thursday to identify the bodies.

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Switzerland

Rescuers recount ‘war scene’ at bus crash site

Seasoned rescuers and good Samaritans spoke of their shock Wednesday after battling through a "war scene" to free survivors trapped in the mangled wreckage of a school coach that crashed in Switzerland.

Gauck to be made president on Sunday
Germany

Gauck to be made president on Sunday

Former East German rights activist Joachim Gauck will be elected Germany's ninth post-war president on Sunday, putting easterners in the country's two most powerful offices for the first time.

Parents visit crash site after Alps coach tragedy
Switzerland

Parents visit crash site after Alps coach tragedy

Grieving parents laid flowers Thursday at the site of a bus crash in the Swiss Alps which killed 22 children as investigators tried to work out why the driver ploughed into a tunnel wall.

Swiss hostages ‘safe and sound’ in Pakistan
Switzerland

Swiss hostages ‘safe and sound’ in Pakistan

A Swiss couple held captive by the Pakistani Taliban for over eight months were flown back to the capital on Thursday, smiling and waving to the cameras and apparently in good health.

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Switzerland

Taliban release Swiss hostages: army

The Taliban have released two Swiss tourists kidnapped at gunpoint more than eight months ago while travelling through Pakistan's dangerous south-west, the army said on Thursday.

Authorities threaten to deport baby
Germany

Authorities threaten to deport baby

German immigration authorities are threatening to deport an eight-month old Serbian baby, sending the child a letter demanding it leaves the country within a week otherwise it would be forced to go.

Secret Saudi intelligence sent via Hotmail: report
Sweden

Secret Saudi intelligence sent via Hotmail: report

A high-ranking official at Sweden's defence ministry has been found to have sent notes on highly confidential negotiations with the Saudis regarding a controversial arms deal though a private email address, according to a report in daily Dagens Nyheter (DN).

Schlecker tells staff who will lose jobs, starts sale
Germany

Schlecker tells staff who will lose jobs, starts sale

Around half the people working at bankrupt drug store chain Schlecker discovered on Wednesday evening that their shops were to be closed down – and they were out of a job.

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Sweden

Gang leader fails to turn up for trial, found dead

A 49-year-old leader for Swedish motorcycle gang Outlaws in southern Sweden never turned up for his own trial on Tuesday. Six hours later he was found murdered.

Whiplash-injured Swede loads crates of drink
Sweden

Whiplash-injured Swede loads crates of drink

When officers from Försäkringskassan, the Swedish agency that deals with social benefits, did a spot check at a customs ferry control in Oskarshamn, in southern Sweden, they found more than thirty people on some form of invalidity benefit returning from an alcohol run to Germany.