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Switzerland

Djokovic crushes Federer to reach Paris final

Novak Djokovic moved to within one victory of Grand Slam history Friday, crushing Roger Federer 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 to reach a first French Open final and a clash with six-time champion Rafael Nadal.

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Norway

Business as usual at airports as strike ends

Security staff at airports around the country will end their strike and return to work on Saturday after the government intervened to bring an end to the week-long conflict.

Breivik has Asperger’s and Tourette’s: expert
Norway

Breivik has Asperger’s and Tourette’s: expert

A Norwegian psychiatrist proposed another diagnosis for gunman Anders Behring Breivik on Friday, adding to the confusion over the extremist's mental state after two teams reached contradictory opinions.

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France

French tourists killed as bus hits train

Three French tourists died and 23 more were injured when the bus they were traveling on collided with a train in the Dominican Republic, officials said Friday.

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France

Europe’s oldest woman dies in France

The oldest known woman in Europe, French national Marie-Therese Bardet, died Friday days after celebrating her 114th birthday, her retirement home in the western village of Pontchateau said.

Sweden’s shirts may be key to Euro success
Sweden

Sweden’s shirts may be key to Euro success

A Swedish research group has revealed good news for Sweden's Euro 2012 prospects, after a series of tests on each team's uniform proved that the Swedish side's ranked highly.

Google wins Swiss Street View privacy appeal
Switzerland

Google wins Swiss Street View privacy appeal

Google welcomed on Friday a ruling by Switzerland's highest court that it does not have to blur all faces and car registrations on its Street View service in the country.

Bhopal waste will be flown to Germany
Germany

Bhopal waste will be flown to Germany

A German environmental agency will fly more than 350 tonnes of toxic waste from the Bhopal factory in India to Germany for disposal, it was announced on Friday.

Norwegian okays order for 100 Airbus planes
Norway

Norwegian okays order for 100 Airbus planes

Low-cost airline Norwegian has confirmed its order of 100 Airbus A320neo planes with a list price of $9.6 billion, Airbus said on Friday.

More young people going bankrupt
Germany

More young people going bankrupt

Germany's robust economy has reduced the number of private bankruptcies in the first quarter of the year -but the number of young people going bankrupt has jumped by over a third, new statistics show.

‘He was carrying a long knife’: shooting witness
Sweden

‘He was carrying a long knife’: shooting witness

Police officers shot a man threatening passers-by with a knife, in the Gamla Stan area of Stockholm on Friday afternoon.

Lloyds TSB International increases Euro fixed-term savings rate
Switzerland

Lloyds TSB International increases Euro fixed-term savings rate

In the latest of a series of rate increases for international savers, Lloyds TSB International has raised the interest rates on its one-year Euro fixed-term deposit (FTD) account by more than 1.7 per cent to 2.65 per cent.

Lloyds TSB International increases Euro fixed-term savings rate
France

Lloyds TSB International increases Euro fixed-term savings rate

In the latest of a series of rate increases for international savers, Lloyds TSB International has raised the interest rates on its one-year Euro fixed-term deposit (FTD) account by more than 1.7 per cent to 2.65 per cent.

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Switzerland

Swiss ramp up Syria sanctions

Switzerland announced on Friday a toughening of sanctions against Syria, hitting the country's finance, oil and precious metal sectors.

Lloyds TSB International increases Euro fixed-term savings rate
Germany

Lloyds TSB International increases Euro fixed-term savings rate

In the latest of a series of rate increases for international savers, Lloyds TSB International has raised the interest rates on its one-year Euro fixed-term deposit (FTD) account by more than 1.7 per cent to 2.65 per cent.

Ikea’s product names too ‘sexy’ for Thailand
Sweden

Ikea’s product names too ‘sexy’ for Thailand

While perfectly normal to Scandinavian ears, Swedish furniture giant Ikea’s product names often make Thai customers blush, sounding just a little bit too close to “sexy” slang.

Fickle weather promises warm and wet weekend
Germany

Fickle weather promises warm and wet weekend

After a sodden Corpus Christi day for much of Germany, the threat of rain will continue into the weekend, though there will be some decent temperatures and fair intervals, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Friday.

Cleaner in hospital after giant otter attack
Germany

Cleaner in hospital after giant otter attack

A cleaner is in hospital after being attacked by a giant otter that escaped from its zoo enclosure in Hamburg. Two men who tried to pull the nearly-six-foot-long animal off her were also bitten.

New ‘blingon’ berry found in Sweden
Sweden

New ‘blingon’ berry found in Sweden

A new type of berry has been found in the forests of western Sweden and has been given the name "blingon" - a result of the natural union of the lingon and blueberry.

Einstein was right: CERN scientists
Switzerland

Einstein was right: CERN scientists

Scientists on Friday said that an experiment which challenged Einstein's theory on the speed of light had been flawed and that sub-atomic particles -- like everything else -- are indeed bound by the
universe's speed limit.

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Switzerland

Swissmedic issues allergy drug alert

Allergy sufferers in Switzerland who use the emergency injection Anapen for relief are being warned not to use the drug due to a product defect.

Segway Polo World Cup comes to Stockholm
Sweden

Segway Polo World Cup comes to Stockholm

Whilst most sports fans may be paying closer attention to the European football championships or the upcoming London Olympics, Stockholm boasts its own prestigious world sporting event this week with the Segway polo World Cup.

Should Schufa trawl your Facebook page?
Germany

Should Schufa trawl your Facebook page?

Germany’s biggest credit bureau Schufa has been planning to poke around in your Facebook profile to find out if you're creditworthy. Is this just part of its job, or an intolerable violation? Have your say!

Bank cited for noting client’s bank heist past
Sweden

Bank cited for noting client’s bank heist past

The Swedish Data Protection Board (Datainspektionen) has criticised Swedbank for registering the fact that a customer had a prior conviction for robbing one of it branches.

Tobacco giant infiltrated Lausanne uni: report
Switzerland

Tobacco giant infiltrated Lausanne uni: report

Philip Morris, the world’s biggest producer of cigarettes, infiltrated the University of Lausanne as part of a campaign to make smoking “socially acceptable,” according to a Swiss newspaper.

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Sweden

Teen’s fall ‘probably an accident’: police

Police investigating the death of a young woman in the Stockholm suburb of Hässelby, believed at first to have been pushed off a balcony, are now saying it is most likely she fell by accident.

German freelancers on the march
Germany

German freelancers on the march

The number of people working without an employer in Germany has risen to a record high, according to new figures which come with a claim that freelancers and the self-employed generate 10 percent of Germany's GDP.

Norway presents new intelligence chief
Norway

Norway presents new intelligence chief

Marie Benedicte Bjørnland, 47, has been named the new head of Norway's domestic intelligence service, PST.

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Switzerland

Killer amphetamines surface in Switzerland

A lethal new form of the drug ecstasy has surfaced in Switzerland, raising concerns about the risks it poses for young people.

Swiss bus crash report due this month
Switzerland

Swiss bus crash report due this month

The families of the Swiss coach crash that killed 22 children and six adults are to hear the findings of two expert reports on the accident later this month, ATS news agency reported on Friday.

France plans ‘boob job tax’ to restore balance
France

France plans ‘boob job tax’ to restore balance

France's wealthy could take it on the nose if the French tax man gets his way and cosmetic surgery becomes subject to the value added tax.

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France

Man ‘attacked Jewish youths with hammer’

A young man suspected of having attacked a group of Jewish youths with a hammer turned himself over to police on Thursday but denied involvement in the assault in Lyon, a police source said.

Le Pen: ‘I’ll sue Madonna over Nazi video’
France

Le Pen: ‘I’ll sue Madonna over Nazi video’

Far-right former leader Jean-Marie Le Pen wants to sue pop star Madonna over a video that features a photomontage of Hitler and his daughter Marine Le Pen with a swastika. 

 

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France

Hollande: ‘I’m the president of kisses’

During a visit in a French nursery school, President Francois Hollande was greeted with requests for kisses. 


 

Shoe lovers camp out for new Kanye sneakers
Sweden

Shoe lovers camp out for new Kanye sneakers

Shoe enthusiasts have been camping on the streets of Stockholm in the hopes of snagging a limited edition pair of American rapper megastar Kanye West’s new line of sneakers.

Trade surplus drops as eurozone crisis bites
Germany

Trade surplus drops as eurozone crisis bites

German exports and imports fell sharply in April as Europe's biggest economy begins to feel the effects of the long-running eurozone debt crisis, data showed on Friday. Analysts said the monthly data were worse than expected.

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France

France nears recession as growth outlook cut

The Bank of France cut its growth estimate for French growth on Friday, saying the eurozone's second biggest economy would now likely contract by 0.1 percent in the second quarter.

Drunken deer forces driver off the road
France

Drunken deer forces driver off the road

A driver in northern France was forced off a country road after a drunken deer stumbled in front of his car.

Minister hits turbulence over flying carpet affair
Germany

Minister hits turbulence over flying carpet affair

A German minister with a taste for soft-furnishings has hit turbulence after he got a carpet flown home from Afghanistan free – on an intelligence service plane, avoiding import tax.

Robyn slams minister over ‘racist’ cake cutting
Sweden

Robyn slams minister over ‘racist’ cake cutting

Swedish pop star Robyn has criticised the culture minister Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth for her part in the 'racist' cake controversy which drew criticism from afro-Swedish groups and led to calls for her to resign her post.

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Norway

Strike could force more airport closures

As security personnel continue to strike, airport ground staff and flight technicians are considering joining their ranks this weekend, a move that could force several airports to close.

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Switzerland

Swiss banks dispute Madoff liquidator claims

Swiss banks targeted by liquidators seeking claims on behalf of investors duped in the Bernard Madoff fraud scandal on Thursday disputed their involvement in the affair.

Bolt edges Powell in Oslo thriller
Norway

Bolt edges Powell in Oslo thriller

Usain Bolt made it three out of three on his European tour of 100m outings with a thrilling victory over Jamaican teammate Asafa Powell in the Diamond League meeting in Oslo on Thursday.

Outraged octogenarian fined for stone tipping
Sweden

Outraged octogenarian fined for stone tipping

An 82-year-old man in the southern Swedish town of Hässleholm has been fined after flying into a rage and tipping over two gravestones in the local cemetery.

Ex-Schlecker staff to be offered care training
Germany

Ex-Schlecker staff to be offered care training

The 25,000 ex-employees of insolvent German drug store chain Schlecker could be offered training to fill gaps in Germany's workforce – such as in kindergartens or care homes - the labour minister said on Thursday.

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Sweden

Fleeing burglar dives into canal to escape police

A man in his twenties attempting to break into a hotel in western Sweden got spooked by police officers arriving and tried to escape by jumping in the canal.

Swede reported missing in Andes chopper ‘crash’
Sweden

Swede reported missing in Andes chopper ‘crash’

A helicopter carrying 14 people including a Swede, eight South Koreans and citizens from the Czech Republic and the Netherlands has gone missing in the mountains of southern Peru, officials said Thursday.

Stuka WWII dive bomber to be hauled from seabed
Germany

Stuka WWII dive bomber to be hauled from seabed

Eighteen metres beneath the Baltic Sea, ten kilometres east of the island of Rügen, lies a piece of German World War II history - and now it's ready to rise again.