‘No foul play’ in teen girl’s hanging death
Sweden

‘No foul play’ in teen girl’s hanging death

The 17-year-old girl who was found hanged in a tree in in southern Stockholm last Thursday was most likely not the victim of a crime, medical examiners concluded on Monday.

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Norway

Philip Morris sues Norway over tobacco display ban

Global tobacco giant Philip Morris began a suit on Monday against Norway, claiming that the Scandinavian country's ban on the display of cigarettes in stores violates European competition rules.

Hertha player gets record ban for attacking referee
Germany

Hertha player gets record ban for attacking referee

Hertha Berlin player Levan Kobiashvili has been banned for seven-and-a-half months for attacking a referee – the most severe punishment for an act of violence in Bundesliga history.

Wartime leader ‘hated’ Sweden for Nazi help
Norway

Wartime leader ‘hated’ Sweden for Nazi help

As Norwegian fighters battled the Nazis in Narvik, Sweden let Hitler’s army use its rail network to transport much larger numbers of troops than previously realized to the strategically important port, a new book reveals.

Global arms spending flat in 2011: Swedish think tank sees
Sweden

Global arms spending flat in 2011: Swedish think tank sees

World military spending failed to rise last year for the first time since 1998 in what could herald a major trend break, but the global nuclear threat remains strong, think tank SIPRI said Monday.

‘Canadian Psycho’ tells Berlin police ‘You got me’
Germany

‘Canadian Psycho’ tells Berlin police ‘You got me’

Berlin police have arrested the murder suspect dubbed the "Canadian Psycho" - a former gay porn actor accused of chopping up his lover, filming the attack and posting bits of the body to politicians.

Euro crisis hits DAX index hard
Germany

Euro crisis hits DAX index hard

The stock market index DAX, which represents Germany's 30 biggest companies, felt the sting of Europe's economic fears on Monday, when it dropped below 6,000 points for the first time in five months.

UK probes Swede’s brutal boss beheading
Sweden

UK probes Swede’s brutal boss beheading

The beheading of a golf club manager by a Swedish citizen in the UK has prompted a letter to Swedish justice minister Beatrice Ask inquiring why the man was allowed to leave Sweden despite being charged with a crime.

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Sweden

Sweden Democrat ‘set own home on fire’: report

A local Sweden Democrat politician who was targeted in an alleged arson attack at her home in Södermanland south of Stockholm in late August is now suspected of having lit the fire herself.

Swedish military raises terror threat level
Sweden

Swedish military raises terror threat level

The Swedish Armed Forces (Försvarsmaketn) on Monday raised its terror threat level to "elevated" citing the "general development" of threats in recent years.

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Norway

Breivik judge caught playing cards during trial

A judge in the trial of confessed mass killer Anders Behring Breivik was caught on camera on Monday morning playing cards on his computer while a witness provided details about the defendant’s anti-Islamic ideology.

Jewish leader slams Auschwitz visit
Germany

Jewish leader slams Auschwitz visit

The president of Germany's Council of Jews has accused the German Football Association (DFB) of "colossal insensitivity" for only sending three players to take part in Friday's Auschwitz visit.

Berlin man ‘beheads wife’
Germany

Berlin man ‘beheads wife’

A Berlin man was arrested on Monday on suspicion of killing his wife and cutting her body to pieces after a row in a flat where police later found six children, authorities said. Witnesses said they saw him throw her head from the roof.

Man over board in party boat brawl
Germany

Man over board in party boat brawl

Around 80 mostly drunk passengers were involved in a mass brawl on a steamboat on a Berlin lake, it was reported Sunday. One man ended up in the water after jumping through a window to escape.

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Norway

Norwegian student fined for subtitle piracy

A Norwegian student has been fined 15,000 kroner ($2,450) after he admitted to making large numbers of subtitle files available for download from the internet.

700,000 enjoy Japan Day in Düsseldorf
Germany

700,000 enjoy Japan Day in Düsseldorf

Over 700,000 people celebrated Japan Day in Düsseldorf during the weekend, transforming the city into an anime-style celebration of the country's culture - complete with food, fireworks and music.

French expats to get their own MP
France

French expats to get their own MP

French citizens living as expats across northern Europe will for the first time be given the chance to elect their own member of parliament in the upcoming elections, in one of 11 new expat constituencies.

Stockholm’s Beethoven fest closes with a bang
Sweden

Stockholm’s Beethoven fest closes with a bang

After taking in the final concert of the Beethoven Festival series in Stockholm on Saturday night, ex-orchestral musician Louise Ling gives her review of the performance for experts and run-of-the-mill music fans alike.

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Switzerland

Swiss-bashing hits new highs in EU: ambassador

The Swiss ambassador to the EU has warned that the union is taking an increasingly aggressive stance against Switzerland amid deteriorating relations between Bern and some its closest allies.

Soros: Merkel has three months to save euro
Germany

Soros: Merkel has three months to save euro

Billionaire US investor George Soros has said that German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her government must solve the ongoing euro crisis in the next three months - or Europe will fall into a "lost decade."

‘Lock up criminal asylum seekers’: SVP
Switzerland

‘Lock up criminal asylum seekers’: SVP

Swiss People’s Party politician Toni Brunner has caused uproar with his proposal for the establishment of a special centre for asylum seekers who have broken the law.

Police: ‘Canadian psycho’ is hiding in Paris
France

Police: ‘Canadian psycho’ is hiding in Paris

French police are reported to be certain that Luka Rocco Magnotta, the man dubbed the 'Canadian psycho' due to suspicions of him having dismembered his male lover and mailed his body parts across Canada, is hiding in Paris.

 

Swedish terror suspects convicted in Denmark
Sweden

Swedish terror suspects convicted in Denmark

Four men from Sweden were convicted by a Danish court on Monday for plotting a terror attack on the Jyllands-Posten daily in Copenhagen in December 2010 that was meant to "kill as many as possible".

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France

Jewish youths targeted in anti-Semitic attack

Three French Jewish youths were attacked by assailants carrying hammers and iron bars in Lyon on Sunday in what the interior minister has described as an "extremely serious" anti-semitic attack.

Illegal Bern street party attracts 10,000 revellers
Switzerland

Illegal Bern street party attracts 10,000 revellers

Over 10,000 people gathered in the streets of Bern on Saturday for the largest unauthorized demonstration in Switzerland since the 1980s.

Sweden’s Olsson looks to shine on Euro stage
Sweden

Sweden’s Olsson looks to shine on Euro stage

Having spent the last few seasons making a name for himself in the Premier League, Martin Olsson will now get the chance to show his credentials on the international stage.

Airport security strike widens as talks collapse
Norway

Airport security strike widens as talks collapse

Air passengers in Norway can expect widespread disruptions on Monday as 1,200 more security personnel go on strike after wage negotiations collapsed on Sunday evening.

Berlin man ‘beheads wife’
Germany

Berlin man ‘beheads wife’

A Berlin man was arrested on Monday on suspicion of killing his wife and cutting her body to pieces after a row in a flat where police later found six children, authorities said. Witnesses said they saw him throw her head from the roof.

Appeal hearing opens for French rogue trader
France

Appeal hearing opens for French rogue trader

Jérôme Kerviel, the rogue trader whose misplaced gambles almost brought the leading French bank Société Générale to its knees, began his appeal Monday against a 2010 conviction for breach of trust and forgery.

Sweden Democrats third largest party: poll
Sweden

Sweden Democrats third largest party: poll

The far-right Sweden Democrats are Sweden's third largest political party, according to a new poll, while another survey shows the three centre-left parties have enough support to command a majority in parliament.

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Switzerland

Swiss freeze millions more in Syrian assets

Switzerland has frozen another 20 million francs ($20.7 million) in assets belonging to members of President Bashar al-Assad's regime, a government spokesman said.

Armed thieves in dramatic ferry robbery
Sweden

Armed thieves in dramatic ferry robbery

Two masked and armed thieves performed a dramatic robbery on a moored ferry in southern Sweden on Sunday night, firing shots and stealing a six-figure sum from the currency exchange office before escaping on a motorcycle.

Hillary Clinton ‘thrilled’ with Sweden visit
Sweden

Hillary Clinton ‘thrilled’ with Sweden visit

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spent a busy Sunday in Stockholm, meeting with politicians and members of the Swedish royal family and discussing climate change, global warming, and the thrill of being in Sweden.

Foreign Minister visits Syria’s neighbours
Germany

Foreign Minister visits Syria’s neighbours

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle will visit Syria's neighbours this week in a bid to help stop the bloody strife threatening regional stability, a spokeswoman said on Sunday.

Sleeping tourist raped on Stockholm park bench
Sweden

Sleeping tourist raped on Stockholm park bench

A man who fell asleep on a Stockholm park bench on early Saturday morning woke up as he was being raped by an unknown assailant.

Unemployed ‘to work in kindergartens’
Germany

Unemployed ‘to work in kindergartens’

Germans receiving welfare benefits should be retrained as nursery workers, the labour minister said on Sunday. She said 5,000 people would be deployed to fill the gaps in the country's understaffed kindergartens.