Ferry group raising cash for Norway-England line
Norway

Ferry group raising cash for Norway-England line

A secret consortium is continuing to work behind the scenes to raise capital for a planned resumption of ferry services between western Norway and Newcastle, a spokesman said.

Top Hells Angel gets four years in jail
Germany

Top Hells Angel gets four years in jail

A German court has jailed a top Hells Angel for more than four years for a series of crimes including human trafficking and grievous bodily harm. His testimony sparked raids across the country and a hunt for a body cemented into a building.

Storks get high-tech bling for epic trek
Germany

Storks get high-tech bling for epic trek

White storks are about to leave Germany for Africa for the winter. A common sight in the marshy north of the country, the birds remain rare around the Rhine. Kate Hairsine took to the heights to see some young ones being ringed.

Fake suicide vest prompts Salafist raids
Germany

Fake suicide vest prompts Salafist raids

The discovery of a fake suicide vest at a Berlin flat used by an extremist Salafist Islamist rapper prompted raids of around 70 addresses across the country by more than 1,000 police officers, it emerged on Thursday.

UK court refuses to reopen Assange appeal
Sweden

UK court refuses to reopen Assange appeal

Britain's Supreme Court said on Thursday it has rejected an application by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to reopen his appeal against extradition to Sweden.

Babies often in same bed when Swedes have sex
Sweden

Babies often in same bed when Swedes have sex

Three in ten Swedish mothers have sex with their partners while their infant babies are lying in the same bed, a new survey has found.

Germans agree on fiscal pact vote this month
Germany

Germans agree on fiscal pact vote this month

The German government and opposition agreed on Thursday that parliament would vote on ratifying the EU fiscal pact and the bloc's new bailout fund on June 29, the ruling parties said.

Four held as cops target fascist web masters
Germany

Four held as cops target fascist web masters

Police arrested four people suspected of running an international far-right extremist website after early morning raids on 24 addresses in 11 of Germany’s 16 states – and one in Britain – on Thursday.

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France

Family knife attack delays ferry

Moments after a ferry had set sail from Marseille it had to make an emergency stop after a man on board was attacked with a knife by his brother-in-law yesterday.

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France

French Afghan pullback to start ‘within weeks’

French President Francois Hollande said on Thursday the withdrawal of the country's troops from Afghanistan would begin within weeks, as he paid tribute to four soldiers killed at the weekend.

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Sweden

Zlatan Sweden’s weapon against the English

Having lost to Ukraine in their opening Euro 2012 match, Sweden have a do-or-die Group D encounter with England on Friday - just the sort of scenario which ought to be meat and drink to the Scandinavians' top striker.

Tupac Shakur can teach us a lot: Oslo professor
Norway

Tupac Shakur can teach us a lot: Oslo professor

By studying gangsta rap we can learn a lot about society, according to a professor planning to lecture about Tupac Shakur at the University of Oslo.

Norway puts trolls’ path on national tourist trail
Norway

Norway puts trolls’ path on national tourist trail

One of Norway’s most spectacular mountain roads, Trollstigen (Trolls’ Path), will be unveiled this Saturday as an official National Tourist Route.

Swedish royal jewels missing after daring theft
Sweden

Swedish royal jewels missing after daring theft

A 19-year-old man has admitted to the theft of over 850,000 kronor ($120,675) worth of royal jewels that were taken from Princess Christina’s apartment near the Royal Palace over the past two months.

Gang member held after Malmö hit-and-run drama
Sweden

Gang member held after Malmö hit-and-run drama

A 20-year-old member of the Black Cobra criminal gang is under arrest in Malmö following a wild car chase through the city that left a 61-year-old cyclist dead and has raised questions about how police handled the incident.

‘No nationalism please, we’re Swedish’
Sweden

‘No nationalism please, we’re Swedish’

Following the celebrations of Sweden’s National Day on June 6th, a somewhat recent invention, Swedish journalist and columnist Ola Tedin reflects that there is nationalism and nationalism.

Blood money – is it okay to pay donors?
Germany

Blood money – is it okay to pay donors?

The German Red Cross (DRK) has called for new blood donors to keep stocks filled, but say private institutes offering cash could deprive them of the precious red stuff. Is paying for blood okay or should it remain an honour system? Have your say.

Nazi camp guard’s son: ‘docs killed my dad’
Germany

Nazi camp guard’s son: ‘docs killed my dad’

The son of former Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk accused German doctors Wednesday of performing a "medical execution" and called for an investigation into his father's death at a nursing home.

Vattenfall blows life into Europe wind projects
Sweden

Vattenfall blows life into Europe wind projects

Swedish power group Vattenfall said Thursday it was moving ahead with four new European wind farm projects and would invest €4.2 billion ($5.2 billion) in the field over the next five years.

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Switzerland

Pro-Swiss Einstein letter sells for $180,000

A letter by Albert Einstein extolling the virtues of Switzerland written has fetched far more than expected at an auction in Lucerne.

Swiss workers strip to combat exploitation
Switzerland

Swiss workers strip to combat exploitation

After a survey found that many Swiss uniforms are made in exploitative conditions, police and paramedics have posed half naked for a video shot to highlight the issue.

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France

French players to meet alleged rape victim

Lyon's French international striker Bafetimbi Gomis and Cesena player Yohan Benalouane will on Thursday be confronted with a woman who has levelled rape accusations at them, police said on Thursday.

Merkel: limits to German economic strength
Germany

Merkel: limits to German economic strength

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that the eurozone crisis would dominate next week's G20 summit but warned world leaders that her powers to act were limited.

Fake krona coin mocks ‘whorer’ Swedish king
Sweden

Fake krona coin mocks ‘whorer’ Swedish king

Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf and his rumoured womanizing are the subject of an apparent prank played out on the face of at least one forged one-krona coin that has left Swedes baffled and coin experts impressed.

Tough asylum laws ‘contrary to tradition’
Switzerland

Tough asylum laws ‘contrary to tradition’

Switzerland's left-wing parties and refugee support groups have reacted angrily to a raft of measures approved by the lower house on Wednesday that will place much tougher restrictions on asylum seekers.

What’s on in Germany:  June 14 – 20
Germany

What’s on in Germany: June 14 – 20

This Week's Highlights: An art festival in Berlin, a new ballet in Hamburg, and Munich celebrates its 854th birthday.

Politician jailed after sex with disabled woman
Sweden

Politician jailed after sex with disabled woman

A Swedish local politician who also worked driving vehicles to transport disabled people has been jailed for molesting a disabled woman after being caught having sex with the woman in the back of his van.

Hollande to Greeks: we could eject you from euro
France

Hollande to Greeks: we could eject you from euro

French President Francois Hollande Wednesday warned Greeks four days before elections that if Athens does not keep its bailout commitments, some of its eurozone partners will want it out of the bloc.

TGV stopped by hairdryer on the line
France

TGV stopped by hairdryer on the line

French train company SNCF offered an unusual explanation for a delay to one of its TGV services on Wednesday: the high-speed train was being held up by a hairdryer.

Cash ‘threatens search for fresh blood’
Germany

Cash ‘threatens search for fresh blood’

The German Red Cross (DRK) warned this week that private clinics offering money for blood could pose a threat to the country's national blood banks, who do not offer cash for donations.

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France

Trierweiler under fire over indiscreet Tweet

French President Francois Hollande faced his first political storm Wednesday as his rightwing opponents looked to exploit an incendiary tweet by his partner just days ahead of a parliamentary election.

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France

French police smash huge counterfeit ring

French police have smashed a vast cash counterfeiting ring that printed over nine million euros ($11 million) and is described as the biggest ever in France, a police source said on Thursday.

Headwinds force Swiss pilot to abort solar flight
Switzerland

Headwinds force Swiss pilot to abort solar flight

Strong headwinds Wednesday forced the Solar Impulse to abort its toughest flight yet across Morocco, a week after it made history with the world's first inter-continental solar-powered flight.

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Norway

Suu Kyi to give Nobel lecture after 21 years

More than two decades after she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will finally be free to give her long-awaited Nobel lecture in Oslo on Saturday.

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Switzerland

Suu Kyi makes historic visit to Switzerland

Burma democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi is due to address the International Labour Organization conference in Geneva on Thursday, kicking off the opposition leader's historic European tour.

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Switzerland

Switzerland tightens asylum laws

Swiss politicians voted for much tougher restrictions on asylum seekers on Wednesday in response to growing pressure for reform from right-wing parties.

Fit teens less likely to get adult blues: study
Sweden

Fit teens less likely to get adult blues: study

A low physical fitness level during teenage years doubles the likelihood of developing depression later in life, according to a new Swedish study from Stockholm’s Karolinska Institutet and Gothenburg’s Sahlgrenska Akademien.

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Sweden

Teen in Sweden convicted of child rape

A 15-year-old boy in Norrköping, eastern Sweden, has been charged with child rape after allegedly forcing a 13-year-old girl to sex after contacting her and her younger friend on Facebook.

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Sweden

Genocide suspect’s appeal denied in Europe

The Rwandan citizen, under arrest in Sweden for three years following genocide charges in Rwanda and currently residing in Denmark, will not have his extradition case reviewed further in the highest authority of the European Court of Human Rights; the Grand Chamber.