Diet crazes drive Swedes to ‘bad fats’
Sweden

Diet crazes drive Swedes to ‘bad fats’

Swedes are eating larger amounts of more dangerous fat than ever before, according to the Swedish Food Retailers' Federation (Svensk Dagligvaruhandel), something experts are attributing the growing support in Sweden of pro-fat diets.

Man who beheaded wife held in psych institute
Germany

Man who beheaded wife held in psych institute

A man who killed and then dismembered his wife, throwing some of her body parts off the roof of a building in central Berlin while their six children cowered in a nearby room, is to be held in a psychiatric institution.

Extremists decry ‘Islamization’ of Norway
Norway

Extremists decry ‘Islamization’ of Norway

Norwegian right-wing extremists decried the "Islamization" of their country as they took the stand Tuesday in what Anders Behring Breivik's defence hopes will help prove he was sane when he killed 77 people in Norway last year.

Cameron to Norway for meeting with Stoltenberg
Norway

Cameron to Norway for meeting with Stoltenberg

British Prime Minister David Cameron is set to arrive in Oslo on Wednesday evening for political talks with his Norwegian counterpart Jens Stoltenberg.

Drop in foreign demand hits industrial orders
Germany

Drop in foreign demand hits industrial orders

Industrial orders in Germany fell more sharply than expected in April, hit hard by a drop in foreign orders, new data showed on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Man held after ‘shooting’ near Malmö school

Police on Tuesday apprehended a man in Malmö, in southern Sweden, after he had reportedly been seen opening fire from a balcony nearby.

‘Canadian Psycho’ will accept extradition
Germany

‘Canadian Psycho’ will accept extradition

Luka Rocco Magnotta, the "Canadian Psycho" arrested in Berlin on suspicion of dismembering his lover and posting body parts to politicians, will not fight extradition to Canada, he told a court on Tuesday.

Mum reports midwife for computer work mid-birth
Sweden

Mum reports midwife for computer work mid-birth

A woman has reported a midwife to the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) after she was forced to go into childbirth on her feet while the nurse sat at a nearby table on the computer.

Google butchers Cologne Cathedral
Germany

Google butchers Cologne Cathedral

Cologne Cathedral, one of Germany's most magnificent architectural achievements, has been reduced to a grotesque stump by Google's new "World Wonders Project" - to the outrage of the cathedral officials.

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Sweden

Stockholm doctors prefer to prescribe exercise

Doctors in Stockholm are increasingly prescribing exercise in place of medication, according to a review by Stockholm’s county council health board, a trend which is likely to continue.

Breivik verdict expected in July or August: court
Norway

Breivik verdict expected in July or August: court

An Oslo court said on Tuesday it expected to hand down its verdict in the trial of Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people in Norway last year, on July 20th or August 24th.

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Switzerland

Worker missing after Swiss rail line landslide

One construction worker remains missing while two others were injured in a landslide on the Gotthard rail line on Tuesday morning.

Murder suspects ‘show no emotion’ at farm visit
Sweden

Murder suspects ‘show no emotion’ at farm visit

The two men suspected of a gruesome double murder of an elderly couple on a farm in southwestern Sweden last autumn reportedly showed no emotion during an inspection of the crime scene on Tuesday.

Polish smuggler nears Norway beer record
Norway

Polish smuggler nears Norway beer record

Norwegian customs officials made the country’s second largest ever beer seizure on Sunday afternoon after a 31-year-old Polish truck driver was stopped as he crossed into Norway from Sweden.

German subs key for Israel, says Netanyahu
Germany

German subs key for Israel, says Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told mass-circulation daily Bild on Tuesday that German-supplied submarines were "very important" for his country’s defence.

Merkel offers ‘trader tax’ for Fiscal Pact support
Germany

Merkel offers ‘trader tax’ for Fiscal Pact support

The German government is planning to introduce the much mooted and sometimes feared "financial transaction tax" by another name – to win opposition support for the Fiscal Pact, a press report said on Tuesday.

‘Sex box’ initiative fails after paedophile scandal
Switzerland

‘Sex box’ initiative fails after paedophile scandal

A popular initiative seeking to shield children from “sexualization in pre-schools and primary schools” has failed to obtain sufficient signatures.

Newly-weds auction off wedding night sex
Germany

Newly-weds auction off wedding night sex

In a modified version of the film “Indecent Proposal,” a German couple have auctioned off their wedding night to a stranger – and been offered just €366 for it.

Man jailed for running online file-sharing site
Sweden

Man jailed for running online file-sharing site

A 34-year-old man has been sentenced to prison in Sweden after he was found to be behind an illegal file-sharing website.

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Switzerland

Swiss benefitting from euro crisis: economists

The Swiss economy is benefitting more than first thought from the euro crisis, economists believe.

Anti-racism chief slams SVP asylum seeker plan
Switzerland

Anti-racism chief slams SVP asylum seeker plan

The Swiss People’s Party’s idea to intern asylum seekers who break the law has found no favour with the Commission against Racism.

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Sweden

Man charged for running down refugee boy

A 25-year-old man from southern Sweden has been formally charged with reckless driving after running down a refugee boy with his pickup truck.

Sweden to spend millions on tourist destinations
Sweden

Sweden to spend millions on tourist destinations

Five Swedish locations will share over 60 million kronor ($8.4 million) to be turned into well rounded tourist destinations in a government effort to boost the Swedish tourist industry.

No widow’s pension for suicide pact survivor
Germany

No widow’s pension for suicide pact survivor

A woman who killed her husband on his wishes in a suicide pact – but survived – has been told she has no rights to a widow's pension, a German court ruling published on Monday revealed.

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Norway

Muslim man broke my bicycle: Breivik

Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people in twin attacks in Norway last year, on Monday detailed the childhood incidents he said had shaped his attitude towards Muslims.

Pensioner forgot he had gold bars in basement
France

Pensioner forgot he had gold bars in basement

A 90-year-old pensioner who moved into a retirement home suddenly remembered he had stored five gold bars and a booty of other jewels in his cellar, valued at 200,000 euros ($250,000).

Wedding crasher at Versailles Palace
France

Wedding crasher at Versailles Palace

An angry wedding chauffeur took his rage out on the ornate gates of the historic Chateau de Versailles after he was told he could not drive the bride and groom in for some scenic photographs.

Take-off for sun-fuelled intercontinental flight
Switzerland

Take-off for sun-fuelled intercontinental flight

A Swiss adventurer took off on Tuesday into the night skies above Madrid and headed for Rabat on the world's first intercontinental flight in a solar-powered plane.

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Sweden

‘World’s oldest fishing tools’ in Swedish waters

Swedish archaeologists believe they have discovered the world's oldest wooden fishing equipment on the Baltic Sea floor of the coast of southern Sweden.

Official presidential portrait spoofed online
France

Official presidential portrait spoofed online

Just a few hours after the release of the official portrait of France's new president, spoofs have appeared online.

German dead in Nigeria plane crash
Germany

German dead in Nigeria plane crash

A German aid worker is thought to be among the fatalities in Sunday’s plane crash in Nigeria when a twin-engine aircraft came down in the city of Lagos.

Lye mishap leaves water ‘unusable’ in Halmstad
Sweden

Lye mishap leaves water ‘unusable’ in Halmstad

Residents in western Sweden were warned not to drink the water or take showers on Monday night after an oversupply of caustic lye left municipal water supplies in Halmstad contaminated with pH values as high as 11.

Hamburg lets it be as Beatles museum closes
Germany

Hamburg lets it be as Beatles museum closes

The "Beatlemania" museum in the northern German city of Hamburg, where the Beatles famously played in nightclubs for two years, says it is closing because not enough people are visiting.

Norway PM ‘hated Sweden’ for Nazi help
Sweden

Norway PM ‘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.

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France

‘Canadian Psycho’ suspect arrested in Berlin

Police in Berlin on Monday arrested a porn actor suspected of dismembering a Chinese student and filming the grisly killing, ending a global manhunt for the man dubbed the "Canadian psycho."