Report slams denied ambulance call death
Sweden

Report slams denied ambulance call death

Health authorities in northern Sweden have come in for scathing critique for the death of 22-year-old Jill Söderberg, whose repeated calls for an ambulance were denied because she was “still talking”.

An international school for a cosmopolitan city
Sweden

An international school for a cosmopolitan city

Stockholm is an increasingly popular destination for expatriate workers, and a major effort is underway to accommodate international arrivals. The new International School of the Stockholm Region (ISSR) aims to give foreign children the support they need to thrive in the Swedish capital.

Nigeria arrests five over kidnapped German
Germany

Nigeria arrests five over kidnapped German

Nigerian authorities are holding five men, including a Mauritanian, believed linked to al Qaida's north African branch over the January kidnapping of a German, two security sources said on Tuesday.

Mullah Krekar arrested over new threats
Norway

Mullah Krekar arrested over new threats

A day after he was sentenced to five years in jail for issuing death threats, radical Kurdish Islamist Mullah Krekar was arrested at his home in Oslo on Tuesday by Norwegian security police.

Thieves cut off dentist’s finger in robbery
Germany

Thieves cut off dentist’s finger in robbery

Police in the eastern German state of Brandenburg are hunting for two men who robbed a dentist on Monday in broad daylight and cut off his finger with a pair of garden shears.

Swedish Jewish leader: ‘Enough is enough’
Sweden

Swedish Jewish leader: ‘Enough is enough’

The head of the Jewish community in Stockholm said on Tuesday she welcomes a planned meeting with top Social Democrats to discuss "anti-Semitic" remarks made by Ilmar Reepalu, but warned that "enough is enough".

Layoffs hit Sony Mobile workers in Lund
Sweden

Layoffs hit Sony Mobile workers in Lund

Sony Mobile in Lund announced it was laying off 149 employees on Tuesday, after initial warnings that staff numbers would have to be cut down following Sony's purchase of its joint venture with Swedish telecom giant Ericsson in February.

Al-Jazeera ‘won’t air’ French killer’s videos
France

Al-Jazeera ‘won’t air’ French killer’s videos

Al-Jazeera news channel said on Tuesday it has decided not to air a video shot by an Islamist extremist of shootings in southwest France that it had received by mail.

Uproar over French traffic fine database
France

Uproar over French traffic fine database

The French Interior Ministry is launching a new database to keep track of car owners who challenge fines. A group of French lawyers say the move is illegal and a violation of the rights of citizens. 

Stockholm iPad ‘magic’ a surprise YouTube hit
Sweden

Stockholm iPad ‘magic’ a surprise YouTube hit

A YouTube video of Swedish magicians promoting Stockholm using iPads and trickery has taken the internet world by storm, leaving audiences baffled and event organizers beaming.

Tailfin trauma for Norwegian as dead black metal star leads poll
Norway

Tailfin trauma for Norwegian as dead black metal star leads poll

A picture of murdered black metal musician Øystein Aarseth could soon grace the tailfin of a Norwegian airline plane, as the controversial guitarist leads an online poll just a day before voting closes.

Germans in more danger of poverty than Czechs
Germany

Germans in more danger of poverty than Czechs

Germans are in greater danger of falling below the poverty line than their closest European neighbours, the German Statistics Office announced Tuesday.

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France

Police seek ‘third man’ over Toulouse shootings

French police said Tuesday they were seeking a third person who may have been involved in the theft of the scooter that the Toulouse killer Mohamed Merah used to carry out seven murders.

Talks called over ‘anti-Semitic’ Malmö mayor
Sweden

Talks called over ‘anti-Semitic’ Malmö mayor

Concerns expressed by Sweden's Jewish community over the "anti-Semitic" rhetoric of Malmö mayor Ilmar Reepalu have prompted Social Democrat head Stefan Löfven to call a meeting to discuss the issue.

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Switzerland

81-year-old Swiss arrested for child sex

An 81-year-old Swiss former magnet therapist has been arrested in Cambodia for the third time for sexually abusing children.

Blood-sucking mite kills a third of German bees
Germany

Blood-sucking mite kills a third of German bees

Nearly a third of Germany’s bees died this winter due to parasitic mites thriving in the mild weather and causing greater damage than normal. Experts say the Varroa destructor could threaten the entire bee population.

Court: skin colour good reason for cop ID check
Germany

Court: skin colour good reason for cop ID check

German police have been told they can continue to single out black train passengers on the basis of their colour to check their papers, prompting allegations of institutionalised racism.

Phone theft victim gets nude Facebook pic shock
Sweden

Phone theft victim gets nude Facebook pic shock

A woman from northern Sweden who had her mobile phone stolen at the weekend was later horrified to find naked pictures of herself posted on her own Facebook page.

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Switzerland

Dentist on trial for patient sex abuse

A dentist may receive a prison sentence and the suspension of his practice for sexually assaulting patients at his practice in Vevey, on Lake Geneva.

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Norway

Norway’s Telenor to seek Indian compensation

Norwegian telecom giant Telenor said Tuesday it was planning to seek compensation from India's government after a court last month decided to scrap its mobile phone licences.

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France

French worried about jobs – not terrorism

A recent poll shows that the shootings in Toulouse will not change the way the French vote in the upcoming elections. Buying power and unemployment remain top priorities, not national security.

No compensation for condiment catastrophe
Germany

No compensation for condiment catastrophe

A man who broke his arm after slipping in a puddle of salad dressing in a works canteen cannot claim compensation, a German court ruled on Monday.

Muslim girls must swim with boys: Swiss court
Switzerland

Muslim girls must swim with boys: Swiss court

A Muslim family in Basel has been fined 1,400 francs ($1,550) for refusing to let its daughters participate in mixed swimming classes.

Spy agency cash used for Saudi arms plant: report
Sweden

Spy agency cash used for Saudi arms plant: report

The shell company set up to carry out Sweden's secret plans to build a weapons factory in Saudi Arabia was financed with cash borrowed from the country's military intelligence agency, according to a new report.

Norway’s Jews want cops to track anti-Semitism
Norway

Norway’s Jews want cops to track anti-Semitism

Norway’s Jews are calling for the police to begin recording all anti-Semitic crimes reported in the country after noting eleven cases of harassment, vandalism and threats in a single month.

Al-Jazeera ‘could broadcast’ killer’s videos
France

Al-Jazeera ‘could broadcast’ killer’s videos

The Al-Jazeera news network has not ruled out broadcasting videos shot by an Islamist extremist killer in southern France and will decide Tuesday, its Paris bureau chief said.

‘Rapist’ mayor released after grandson’s plea
France

‘Rapist’ mayor released after grandson’s plea

A French court has ordered the release of Christian Iacono, who was given a nine-year prison sentence for raping his grandson Gabriel. For years, Gabriel maintained his grandfather raped him before spectacularly retracting his accusations.

Poison sausage plot targets Sweden’s wolves
Sweden

Poison sausage plot targets Sweden’s wolves

Poisoned chorizo sausages have been found laid out in the woods around Dalarna, in central Sweden, in what police believe was an attempt to bait and kill wolves in the area.

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France

French police: we have copies of gunman videos

French police said on Monday they had copies of videos shot by an Islamist extremist killer during a series of shootings in and near the southern city of Toulouse that shocked the country.

Drunk Spanish cop held on German cyclist death
Germany

Drunk Spanish cop held on German cyclist death

Police investigating a hit and run which left a German tourist dead on Majorca arrested the main suspect on Monday – a detective who was still drunk hours afterwards.

Strikers shut down German airports
Germany

Strikers shut down German airports

Nearly all of Germany's airports were shut down on Tuesday morning as the next round of public sector strikes took hold. Hundreds of flights have been cancelled.

Sweden secretly shipped plutonium to US: Bildt
Sweden

Sweden secretly shipped plutonium to US: Bildt

Sweden recently carried out a secret operation in which three kilogrammes of plutonium was shipped to the United States for disposal, foreign minister Carl Bildt divulged on Tuesday.

Strauss-Kahn charged in vice ring probe
France

Strauss-Kahn charged in vice ring probe

Disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was charged on Monday with involvement in an organised vice ring that procured prostitutes for top-class clients, lawyers said.

Merkel brushes off Sarko election snub
Germany

Merkel brushes off Sarko election snub

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday denied being annoyed over French President Nicolas Sarkozy's comment that she would not play a direct part in his re-election campaign.

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Sweden

Man arrested after bomb threat shuts train station

A man in his early twenties has been arrested on suspicion of calling in a bomb threat on Monday that prompted the evacuation of the central train station in Östersund, northern Sweden.

Compensation for abused East German kids
Germany

Compensation for abused East German kids

Thousands of survivors of abusive communist East German children's homes are to receive state compensation, after the Interior and Family Ministries announced a new €40 million fund on Monday.

212 cannabis plants found ‘dumped’ in lake
Sweden

212 cannabis plants found ‘dumped’ in lake

A man who was out walking near Asige, southern Sweden, came across an unusual sight in a popular swimming location when he discovered over 200 cannabis plants and gear for indoor cultivation dumped in the lake.