Swedish ‘porn king’ set for ‘Boogie Nights’ biopic
Sweden

Swedish ‘porn king’ set for ‘Boogie Nights’ biopic

Swedish porn mogul Berth Milton is set to be the subject of a forthcoming feature film billed as a cross between "The Godfather" and "Boogie Nights" that will lift the lid on the smut business's dirty secrets.

Daughter implicated in murder of parents
Germany

Daughter implicated in murder of parents

State prosecutors have applied for an arrest warrant for a 17-year-old girl and her 21-year-old boyfriend on suspicion of murdering her parents. Two bodies were found in the garden of a house in a small Bavarian village on Sunday night.

Store detective jumps on car to save leather jacket
Germany

Store detective jumps on car to save leather jacket

Having possibly seen one too many action movies, a middle-aged German store detective went beyond the call of duty on Saturday when he jumped on the bonnet of a getaway car to prevent the theft of a leather jacket.

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Switzerland

Swiss drop probe against Turkish minister

Swiss prosecutors said on Monday they would drop a probe into alleged remarks by Turkey's EU affairs minister denying the Armenian genocide, as the official enjoyed diplomatic immunity.

‘Berserk’ Norwegian halted off Chile coast
Norway

‘Berserk’ Norwegian halted off Chile coast

Norwegian adventurer Jarle Andhøy, leader of two unauthorised expeditions to Antarctica, was intercepted by the Chilean navy on his latest return from the icy continent, his spokesman said on Monday.

Lights go out at leading German solar firm
Germany

Lights go out at leading German solar firm

Germany’s leading maker of solar cells, Q-Cells, said Monday it was ready to file for bankruptcy as it no longer saw any secure financial basis for a continuation of its business.

Coffee giant in hot water over African grounds
Germany

Coffee giant in hot water over African grounds

A German coffee producer has come under attack for allegedly taking advantage of a brutal land-grab in Uganda that made way for a "sustainable" plantation.

Mum fined for giving toddler son cigs and beer
Sweden

Mum fined for giving toddler son cigs and beer

A Swedish mother who encouraged her three-year-old son to drink beer and filmed as he was given cigarettes was convicted on Monday and fined for her actions.

Swedes bake up success with online pizza site
Sweden

Swedes bake up success with online pizza site

Three Swedes have struck online (and pepperoni covered) gold after the online pizza service they created was bought by a German company

Cancellara breaks collar bone in Flanders fall
Switzerland

Cancellara breaks collar bone in Flanders fall

Swiss champion Fabian Cancellara has had an operation on his broken right collar bone after his fall this weekend in the Tour of Flanders classic, the SportInformation agency said.

Condom campaign lists ways of ‘wanting it’
Germany

Condom campaign lists ways of ‘wanting it’

Germans are being urged to use condoms with a new campaign which features people saying how they want sex – romantic, tender, exciting and even “at last.”

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France

Titanic centenary dominates Cannes TV fest

From documentaries to high-end costume dramas, the centenary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic has sparked a tidal wave of TV shows, up for grabs at this week's MIPTV international trade show in Cannes.

Green candidate leaves hospital after fall
France

Green candidate leaves hospital after fall

The Green candidate in France's presidential election, Eva Joly, was allowed to return home on Monday after being hospitalised overnight following a fall as she left a cinema, officials said.

Black metal star’s family says no to Norwegian tailfin honour
Norway

Black metal star’s family says no to Norwegian tailfin honour

In line with the wishes of his family, murdered black metal musician Øystein Aarseth will not have his picture painted on the tailfin of a Norwegian airline plane despite topping an online poll.

‘Limping’ cat shot dead and dumped by police
Sweden

‘Limping’ cat shot dead and dumped by police

A cat which was discovered in central Sweden "with a limp" was taken by police and shot dead, and then dumped on a roadside.

Military intervention ruled out in Mali
France

Military intervention ruled out in Mali

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppé said on Monday that the situation in Mali was "rapidly deteriorating" but ruled out sending French soldiers to the former colony.

Malmö mayor’s remarks ‘wrong’: party head
Sweden

Malmö mayor’s remarks ‘wrong’: party head

Social Democrat head Stefan Löfven called recent "anti-Semitic" comments by Malmö mayor Ilmar Reepalu "wrong" following what Jewish leaders called a "constructive" meeting to discuss the issue on Monday.

Merkel hails ‘democratic election’ in Burma
Germany

Merkel hails ‘democratic election’ in Burma

German Chancellor Angela Merkel congratulated Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi Monday on winning her first bid for a seat in parliament, calling the election a victory for democracy.

North Korea’s leader was no whizz at Swiss school
Switzerland

North Korea’s leader was no whizz at Swiss school

North Korea's young leader Kim Jong-Un, who was schooled in Switzerland, obtained poor grades in school and was often absent, according to a Swiss newspaper report.

Cool weather to make Easter comeback
Switzerland

Cool weather to make Easter comeback

The fabulous weather of recent weeks will not last over Easter, say weather forecasters.

Merkel’s party revolts over childcare subsidy
Germany

Merkel’s party revolts over childcare subsidy

Chancellor Angela Merkel's majority in the German parliament is under threat over child care subsidies for those who care for kids at home, after 23 of her own MPs wrote an open letter in revolt at the idea.

Megaupload boss ‘records music album’
Germany

Megaupload boss ‘records music album’

File-sharing site Megaupload boss Kim Schmitz, who was accused of massive online piracy which cost copyright owners more than $500 million, is recording a music album.

‘We need border checks to combat crime’
Switzerland

‘We need border checks to combat crime’

A top Swiss security official has called for the country to reintroduce border checks in a bid to combat a spike in burglaries committed by organized foreign crime gangs. 

Foreign women opt to be ‘own boss’ in Sweden
Sweden

Foreign women opt to be ‘own boss’ in Sweden

Increasing numbers of foreign-born women are taking the plunge into self-employment in Sweden in order to overcome the difficulties of finding a job, new statistic show.

Woman burned boyfriend with boiling water
Sweden

Woman burned boyfriend with boiling water

Police in northern Sweden are hunting for a woman who allegedly threw a pot of scalding hot water on her boyfriend in a fit of jealous rage.

Boss forced to live on streets starts new business
France

Boss forced to live on streets starts new business

A successful businessman who fell on hard times and ended up homeless has been telling how he got back on his feet to start up a new enterprise.

Tattoo convention leaves a mark on Frankfurt
Germany

Tattoo convention leaves a mark on Frankfurt

Frankfurt buzzed with the sound of electric needles over the weekend as tattoo artists from all over the world gathered for the 2012 International Convention, to enjoy colourful body art and a healthy dose of naked flesh.

Toulouse father: ‘my son was liquidated’
France

Toulouse father: ‘my son was liquidated’

The lawyer for the father of the man police shot dead in Toulouse claims to have video proof that Mohamed Merah was needlessly killed.

Green Norwegian Eva Joly hurt in France fall
Norway

Green Norwegian Eva Joly hurt in France fall

The Green candidate in France's presidential election, Eva Joly, was admitted to hospital overnight after a fall on Sunday, but would resume campaigning on Tuesday, her party said.

‘I’m too sexy’: drinkers think they’re hotter
France

‘I’m too sexy’: drinkers think they’re hotter

The beer goggles theory that people look more attractive after a few drinks is true, at least when it comes to how sexy we feel about ourselves.

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Switzerland

Swiss seek to arrest German tax inspectors

Three tax inspectors who bought a stolen CD in their chase for German tax evaders have been told they must stay out of Switzerland or face arrest, after a cross-border tax spat turned nasty.

Why the hunt for North Sea oil is getting harder
Norway

Why the hunt for North Sea oil is getting harder

The North Sea has some way to go before running out of oil but faced with falling output, unlocking new reserves is proving technologically complex and expensive, according to experts.

Swedes held for NATO HQ break-in attempt
Sweden

Swedes held for NATO HQ break-in attempt

More than two dozen Swedes were arrested in Brussels on Sunday for attempting to break into NATO headquarters along with hundreds of other peace activists.

Roche could withdraw hostile Illumina bid
Switzerland

Roche could withdraw hostile Illumina bid

Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche could withdraw its takeover bid for US gene mapper Illumina, the SonnatgsZeitung reported on Sunday, citing sources close to the deal.

Pirates set sail for national election treasure
Germany

Pirates set sail for national election treasure

The German upstart Pirate Party could get as much as nine percent in a national election, comfortably putting it into parliament, a new survey shows.

Cop fined for unlawful arrest of ‘cocky’ man
Sweden

Cop fined for unlawful arrest of ‘cocky’ man

A police officer has been convicted of professional misconduct after forcing a man described as "cocky" into a police vehicle in central Stockholm and dropping him on the outskirts of town even though he had broken no laws.

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France

96-year-old WWII resistance fighter dies

Former resistance fighter Lise London, the widow of Arthur London who wrote "The Confession" about his 1951 Stalinist show trial, died on Saturday, aged 96, the French Communist party said Sunday.

Man held for setting his wife on fire
Sweden

Man held for setting his wife on fire

A man in Malmö in southern Sweden is suspected of having set his wife on fire following a domestic dispute stemming from her request for a divorce.