H&M defends bikini ad amid skin cancer worries
Sweden

H&M defends bikini ad amid skin cancer worries

Experts have slammed Swedish retail giant H&M's new swimwear campaign for its alleged glorification of super-tanned bodies.

Germany gives rights to tiny babies who die
Germany

Germany gives rights to tiny babies who die

A German law which meant that very small babies were not recognised as people – meaning that when they died due to miscarriage or after a premature birth, they could often not be buried – has been changed.

Michele Bachmann takes Swiss citizenship
Switzerland

Michele Bachmann takes Swiss citizenship

Fond of saying she's proud to be American, former presidential contender Michele Bachmann also frequently has spoken of her family's Norwegian ancestry.

Swedish teenage girl hurt in freak wolf attack
Sweden

Swedish teenage girl hurt in freak wolf attack

A fifteen–year-old girl who was visiting Sweden’s Kolmården Safari park a few weeks ago had to be rushed to hospital after one of the wolves suddenly attacked her and bit into her thigh.

Judge: Commerzbank must pay bonuses
Germany

Judge: Commerzbank must pay bonuses

Germany’s second-biggest bank, the Commerzbank, has been ordered to pay more than €50 million in bonuses to workers who had been promised the money by the Dresdner Bank before it was taken over by Commerzbank.

Breivik ‘whooped with joy’ on killing spree
Norway

Breivik ‘whooped with joy’ on killing spree

Anders Behring Breivik whooped with joy as he shot dead dozens of people on his murderous killing spree last July, a witness told an Osloo court on Wednesday.

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France

French trade gap narrows in March

France's trade deficit, which had increased sharply due to a cold snap in February, narrowed in March to hit €5.7 billion ($7.4 billion), customs data showed Wednesday.

Facebook party flop spares politician’s wallet
Germany

Facebook party flop spares politician’s wallet

Bavaria’s state premier was spared an enormous bar bill at his Facebook party in a swanky Munich nightclub on Tuesday night – because only a fraction of the guests he invited showed up.

Nine untranslatable Swedish words – caught on film
Sweden

Nine untranslatable Swedish words – caught on film

The Local put together a list of nine unusual Swedish words that simply don’t exist in English. We even asked a bunch of Swedes to make sure - and filmed their responses…

Secret diary reveals Swedish ‘snow man’ pain
Sweden

Secret diary reveals Swedish ‘snow man’ pain

Sweden’s mystery “snow man”, named in media reports as Peter Skyllberg, who survived for several months in a snowed –under car in the north of the country, kept a journal before isolating himself in the woods, in which he describes his desperate financial situation.

Germany ‘best EU state for migrant job hunters’
Germany

Germany ‘best EU state for migrant job hunters’

Germany is one of the easiest places for non-EU immigrants to find a job compared with other European countries, thanks to the language courses and low level of illegal employment, a study revealed on Wednesday.

‘Anonymous’ hackers expose Norway rivals
Norway

‘Anonymous’ hackers expose Norway rivals

Norwegian police have confirmed the arrests of two suspected hackers after members of the Anonymous collective revealed the identities of a group of young people believed to be behind a spate of recent attacks on major websites.

Killer neo-Nazis seen at play in holiday snaps
Germany

Killer neo-Nazis seen at play in holiday snaps

German police have published private holiday photos of the neo-Nazi terrorist cell known as the National Socialist Underground, whose series of racially-motivated murders was uncovered late last year.

‘Greece out of euro’ calls multiply in Germany
Germany

‘Greece out of euro’ calls multiply in Germany

German politicians have called for Greece to leave the eurozone and return to the Drachma, as the country fails to form a government following Sunday’s election in which mainstream parties were punished for EU austerity measures.

H&M bikini ads spark Swiss cancer concerns
Switzerland

H&M bikini ads spark Swiss cancer concerns

Swiss cancer experts have slammed Swedish retail giant H&M's new swimwear campaign for its alleged glorification of super-tanned bodies.

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France

Airport hunger strike ends after 28 days

Activists protesting against plans for a new airport near Nantes have stopped their hunger strike at 28 days.

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Sweden

Man arrested after tying 6-year-old to fence

A man in Uppsala, eastern Sweden, has been arrested by police after allegedly tying up his 6-year-old and locking him up in a dark room.

Sweden to get rock-and-roll ‘Hall of Fame’
Sweden

Sweden to get rock-and-roll ‘Hall of Fame’

A rock-and-roll museum is planned for Stockholm for some 400 Swedish music acts that have influenced the country’s music industry over the last nine decades.

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Switzerland

Green super-centre planned in Geneva

An ambitious environmental education centre for sustainable development and human rights is planned in Geneva.

‘They’re my dinner,’ says lizard smuggler
Germany

‘They’re my dinner,’ says lizard smuggler

A German man who was caught with nearly 50 live reptiles in his luggage at Munich airport told customs officials they were his "personal food supply" - and offered to bite off the head of one to prove it.

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Switzerland

World-weary Swiss seniors seek suicide help

New figures show that more and more Swiss seniors are taking advantage of assisted suicide even when they do not suffer from any terminal diseases.

‘Sweden isn’t a socialist hell hole after all’
Sweden

‘Sweden isn’t a socialist hell hole after all’

Sweden can be eye-opening for any foreigner, but for American Carmen Price, it took more time than she expected in Sweden to disarm her American cultural defense mechanisms.

Hairdressers avert strike with ‘daddy perm’ deal
Norway

Hairdressers avert strike with ‘daddy perm’ deal

Norwegian hairdressers have called off a planned strike after the parties in the dispute combed over their differences on Wedneday morning to sculpt a striking new deal.

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France

US Republicans uneasy over French Socialist win

Republican US lawmakers gave a cautious reaction Tuesday to Socialist Francois Hollande's presidential win in France, with one senator warning the result could mark an "unnerving" setback in Afghanistan.

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France

Man, 55, found head-first in a bin full of water

The body of a 55-year-old man, thought to have been beaten to death, has been found in a bin full of water in Bessé-sur-Braye, 55 km from Le Mans.

Swede solves 100-year-old pee disease mystery
Sweden

Swede solves 100-year-old pee disease mystery

Swedish doctors have finally solved the mystery behind an obscure and inconvenient illness that has forced sufferers to urinate up to 15 litres a day.

‘You are a bloody racist’: suspect’s mother
Sweden

‘You are a bloody racist’: suspect’s mother

The mother of suspected serial killer Peter Mangs was shocked when he was arrested for the Malmö shootings despite admitting to him having shown signs of xenophobia in the past.

Juppé: Greek situation ‘extremely worrying’
France

Juppé: Greek situation ‘extremely worrying’

 

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppé said Wednesday that the situation in Greece was "extremely worrying" after elections punished mainstream parties backing an EU-IMF bailout package.

 

‘Spiderman’ to scale Paris’s tallest building
France

‘Spiderman’ to scale Paris’s tallest building

A climber dubbed the French Spiderman is attempting to scale the tallest skyscraper in Paris tomorrow.

Driver hits group waiting for metro – kills one
Germany

Driver hits group waiting for metro – kills one

A 64-year-old man was killed and four people left injured after a driver lost control of his car and ploughed into a group of people waiting at a metro stop on Tuesday evening in Hannover, Lower Saxony, police announced.

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Sweden

Doc denies abortion after husband intervenes

A doctor who cancelled a woman's abortion against her wishes after talks with the husband raised concerns about her mental health has been taken to task by Swedish health authorities for overstepping her mandate.

Cop suspended for radical Islamist beliefs
Germany

Cop suspended for radical Islamist beliefs

Western German police chiefs have suspended an officer after they discovered he belonged to a branch of Salafist Muslim fundamentalists, and had been distributing radical religious material, it was reported on Tuesday.

Warrant issued for ‘tortured’ US Muslim seeking asylum in Sweden
Sweden

Warrant issued for ‘tortured’ US Muslim seeking asylum in Sweden

The United States has issued an arrest warrant for an American Muslim seeking political asylum in Sweden after he publicly claimed he was imprisoned and tortured at the behest the American FBI.

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Sweden

Illegal trash exports from Sweden put Africa at risk

The illegal export of Swedes' discarded washers, televisions, and other waste has police scrambling to prevent what is becoming a growing environmental problem for west African countries.

Germany faces inflated Nato drone bill
Germany

Germany faces inflated Nato drone bill

Germany’s bill for the Nato drone defence system seems set to rise by about a quarter to hit nearly half a billion euros, according to secret Finance Ministry documents.