A picture of a steak branded with the slogan “Tofu is gay meat” is giving managers at a restaurant chain stomach-ache after it was designed as an advert for them but never used – and is now provoking outrage on the internet.
The German cabinet has approved a bigger-than-expected budget deficit for the current year to take into account the country’s increased contribution to a eurozone rescue fund.
Three overweight elephants at a Swiss circus will have to diet and work out in order to shed between 50 and 300 kilograms, Swiss newspaper Tages Anzeiger reported Wednesday.
Philipp Hildebrand, who quit as head of the Swiss central bank amid a scandal, is to become a senior visiting fellow at Britain's prestigious Oxford University, his school said on Wednesday.
Hungarian Endre Szemeredi has won the Abel prize, considered to be the "Nobel" for mathematics, the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters announced on Wednesday.
French presidential candidate Eva Joly, who represents the Green Party, has won the environmental Sophie Prize, the eponymous foundation announced in Oslo on Wednesday.
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A globe-trotting gnome has been sent to the far corners of the earth by a German company trying to show that the force of gravity varies depending on where you are.
The European Poker Tour stop in Madrid was a disappointment for Sweden, with not a single Swedish player making the money in the tournament.
Sweden's parliament voted in favour of the controversial EU data retention directive following a spirited debate on Wednesday, as some internet providers touted new measures to protect their customers' privacy.
Norwegian photographer Iris Egilsdatter is challenging shopworn stereotypes with her exhibition in Oslo looking at Sami women’s strength and sexuality.
Three men have been convicted after a witness saw them breaking into an apartment in southern Stockholm, whereupon the burglars filled their pockets with valuables – and an umbilical cord.
The body of former Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk, convicted of more than 27,000 counts of accessory to murder, will be returned to the US where his family lives, a German undertaker said on Wednesday.
Suspected jihadi serial killer Mohamed Merah is a 23-year-old French petty criminal of Algerian origin who spent time in Pakistan and Afghanistan and claims to be an Al-Qaeda militant.
Dog owners in Germany are bracing themselves for the introduction of a license which would require passing written and practical tests and could cost hundreds of euros.
The Swedish government approved a tour by a delegation from Saudi Arabia to a top secret military facility outside of Stockholm after the Armed Forces initially rejected the visit.
The self-declared Al-Qaeda fighter holed up in a besieged flat in southern France on Wednesday has forced the issue of Islamist terror to the heart of the French presidential race.
French police said Wednesday they were probing a call made to a news channel by a man claiming to be the killer of seven people, who said footage of the attacks would soon be on the Internet.
A fight with British art scene favourite Damien Hirst has left a German art magazine printing pages with blank spaces instead of images of his paintings.
A 41-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday evening on suspicion of having thrown bloodied pig heads onto chocolate displays at a famous confectioner’s in Luzern.
A study in Uppsala has concluded that overweight baby girls are more likely to become obese women, who in turn are more likely to have obese babies.
Criminal proceedings have been instigated against Christoph Blocher, the controversial ex-leader of the Swiss People’s Party.
President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Wednesday that acts of terror would not succeed in dividing France, home to the biggest Muslim and Jewish communities in western Europe.
The National Council’s Foreign Affairs Committee has voted by 15 votes to eight to continue negotiating with the United States over the release of Swiss police data requested by the US as aprt of a clampdown on serious crime and terrorism.
Many immigrants faced harassment on the streets of Oslo in the hours before it emerged that a Norwegian far-right extremist had set off the car bomb outside government offices that killed eight people last July, a new report reveals.
Independent Swedish MP William Petzäll, who left the Sweden Democrats amidst a battle with substance abuse, has been charged with drugs crimes.
Foreign tourists continue to visit Sweden, but not in the numbers expected by experts, who been forced to dial down their expectations for the future of Swedish tourism.
The rector of Paris' Grand Mosque urged France not to stigmatise its Muslim citizens on Wednesday in the wake of deadly shootings allegedly carried out by a man claiming to be an Al-Qaeda member.
Public workers under 30 should have the same amount of holidays as their older colleagues, and a clause which set up different entitlement should be abolished, a German court ruled on Tuesday.
French Olympic swimming champion Laure Manaudou suspended her Twitter account after receiving critical and sarcastic replies to remarks she made about the shootings in Toulouse.
American basketball star Jeremy Lin has officially signed a deal with Swedish car manufacturer Volvo, with the company hoping he will boost interest in their products among Chinese car buyers.
Germany's biggest bank, Deutsche Bank, says it will slow its food-price betting business after almost admitting trade in staple foods was linked to higher food prices and the growing number of hungry people.
Four inmates at a Swedish prison are suspected of using a television set, a broken plate, and a potato peeler to "torture" a fellow prisoner as part of an attempted extortion scheme.
A third person has jumped from a window in a Paris housing estate where two other people, including a nine-year-old girl, have leapt to their death in the last ten days.
Three girls who survived a Swiss bus crash that killed 22 children and six adults have woken from an induced coma and are no longer in danger, the hospital where they are being treated said Tuesday.
German petrol prices are at record highs – and nearly half the increase has been funnelled directly into industry profits, a new study shows.
Swedish file sharing site The Pirate Bay has said it wants to launch its servers into the skies using GPS-controlled drone aircraft in a bid to avoid further crackdowns on illegal file sharing.
A homemade bomb exploded outside the Indonesian embassy in Paris early on Wednesday, causing some serious damage but no injuries, a source close to the enquiry said.
Police have evacuated residents of a building in Toulouse where they are besieging a suspected Islamist holed up after a series of deadly shootings, an AFP reporter said.
A German literature festival organised a global reading on Tuesday in honour of imprisoned Chinese Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, supported by luminaries including Salman Rushdie and Doris Lessing.
Greenhouse gases are on track for inflicting costs of nearly $2 trillion annually in damage to the oceans by 2100, according to a Swedish study published on Wednesday.