‘Tofu is gay meat’ slogan causes outrage
Germany

‘Tofu is gay meat’ slogan causes outrage

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.

Euro rescue bumps up German budget deficit
Germany

Euro rescue bumps up German budget deficit

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.

Swiss circus forces chubby elephants to diet
Switzerland

Swiss circus forces chubby elephants to diet

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.

Ex-Swiss central bank head joins Oxford Uni
Switzerland

Ex-Swiss central bank head joins Oxford Uni

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.

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Norway

Hungarian wins top mathematics prize

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.

Eva Joly gets ‘anti-greed’ prize
Norway

Eva Joly gets ‘anti-greed’ prize

French presidential candidate Eva Joly, who represents the Green Party, has won the environmental Sophie Prize, the eponymous foundation announced in Oslo on Wednesday.

The Top 5 German Money-Winners in Tournament Poker
Germany

The Top 5 German Money-Winners in Tournament Poker

Curious who the most successful German poker-tournament professionals are? Read on for the five players that have made the most money in tournament poker – and how they did it.

Globe-trotting gnome grades gravity
Germany

Globe-trotting gnome grades gravity

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.

Swedes fail at EPT Madrid
Sweden

Swedes fail at EPT Madrid

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 approves divisive EU data directive
Sweden

Sweden approves divisive EU data directive

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.

Sami women can be sexy too: photographer
Norway

Sami women can be sexy too: photographer

Norwegian photographer Iris Egilsdatter is challenging shopworn stereotypes with her exhibition in Oslo looking at Sami women’s strength and sexuality.

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Sweden

Men jailed for ‘accidental’ umbilical cord theft

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.

Nazi death camp guard’s body en route to USA
Germany

Nazi death camp guard’s body en route to USA

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.

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France

Profile: how petty criminal turned into suspected child killer

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 face written and practical tests
Germany

Dog owners face written and practical tests

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.

Saudis toured ‘top secret’ Swedish army bunker
Sweden

Saudis toured ‘top secret’ Swedish army bunker

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.

Shootings ignite presidential terror debate
France

Shootings ignite presidential terror debate

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.

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France

‘Gunman’: I’ll post videos of shooting on web

 

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.

 

Damien Hirst row leaves holes in art magazine
Germany

Damien Hirst row leaves holes in art magazine

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.

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Switzerland

Pig heads fly in grisly Swiss choc attack

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.

Big baby girls become fat mums: Swedish study
Sweden

Big baby girls become fat mums: Swedish study

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.

Police raid Blocher’s house and office
Switzerland

Police raid Blocher’s house and office

Criminal proceedings have been instigated against Christoph Blocher, the controversial ex-leader of the Swiss People’s Party.

Terrorism will not divide France: Sarkozy
France

Terrorism will not divide France: Sarkozy

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.

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Switzerland

Swiss move closer to US crime data deal

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.

Immigrants harassed after Oslo bomb attack
Norway

Immigrants harassed after Oslo bomb attack

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.

Swedish MP charged with drugs offences
Sweden

Swedish MP charged with drugs offences

Independent Swedish MP William Petzäll, who left the Sweden Democrats amidst a battle with substance abuse, has been charged with drugs crimes.

Sweden’s foreign tourist figures fail to impress
Sweden

Sweden’s foreign tourist figures fail to impress

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.

Islamic chief: Don’t stigmatise Muslims
France

Islamic chief: Don’t stigmatise Muslims

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.

Court: young workers deserve more holidays
Germany

Court: young workers deserve more holidays

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.

Swim champ in Twitter row over Toulouse
France

Swim champ in Twitter row over Toulouse

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.

Volvo confirms Jeremy Lin endorsement deal
Sweden

Volvo confirms Jeremy Lin endorsement deal

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.

Deutsche Bank reduces ‘hunger trade’
Germany

Deutsche Bank reduces ‘hunger trade’

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.

Inmates tortured prisoner with potato peeler
Sweden

Inmates tortured prisoner with potato peeler

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.

Spate of window jumpings in Paris suburb
France

Spate of window jumpings in Paris suburb

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.

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Switzerland

Three bus crash survivors ‘out of danger’

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.

Petrol firms ‘sneak profits into price rises’
Germany

Petrol firms ‘sneak profits into price rises’

German petrol prices are at record highs – and nearly half the increase has been funnelled directly into industry profits, a new study shows.

Pirate Bay to launch fleet of ‘aerial server drones’
Sweden

Pirate Bay to launch fleet of ‘aerial server drones’

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.

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France

Bomb explodes outside Indonesian embassy

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.

Residents evacuated as police surround house
France

Residents evacuated as police surround house

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.

Celebrity support for Chinese Nobel dissident
Germany

Celebrity support for Chinese Nobel dissident

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.

Swedish study warns of greenhouse gas threat
Sweden

Swedish study warns of greenhouse gas threat

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.