Chilean man convicted for Oslo tram attacks
Norway

Chilean man convicted for Oslo tram attacks

A 38-year-old Chilean man has been sentenced to a year and three months in jail for stabbing three conductors on a tram at Solli Plass in central Oslo in January.

Sweden says no to Colbert Twitter takeover
Sweden

Sweden says no to Colbert Twitter takeover

Stephen Colbert will not be allowed access to Sweden's Twitter account, officials in charge of @sweden said on Wednesday, effectively rejecting the US comedian's long-running bid to tweet for Sweden.

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France

Google reaches deal over ‘Jew’ searches

Internet search giant Google has reached a deal under legal mediation with French anti-racism groups which objected to the search engine suggesting users add "Jew" to searches for prominent names.

Banker jailed for $44m Formula 1 bribe
Germany

Banker jailed for $44m Formula 1 bribe

A German banker who told a court he took a $44 million bribe from Formula 1 head Bernie Ecclestone, has been jailed for more than eight years after being convicted of corruption, tax evasion and fraud.

Swedish researchers in Parkinson’s drug ‘breakthrough’
Sweden

Swedish researchers in Parkinson’s drug ‘breakthrough’

Swedish scientists have come one step closer to finding a drug that will slow down symptoms in patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease.

Schlecker stores close doors for last time
Germany

Schlecker stores close doors for last time

Thousands of Schlecker shops, once Germany's largest drug store chain, closed its doors for the last time on Wednesday afternoon, pushing thousands of people out of work.

Cops put drugs bust on hold for snack break
Norway

Cops put drugs bust on hold for snack break

Amid a flurry of sirens and flashing blue lights, two Norwegian police officers pulled in to a petrol station on Friday evening to stock up on refreshments before speeding away again to hone in on their target.

One month, 36,000 kilometres: Europe’s Interrail champion
Sweden

One month, 36,000 kilometres: Europe’s Interrail champion

Twenty-five years ago this year Manfred Weis travelled 36,030 kilometres by train in the space of just one month. This gave him a place in the Guinness Book of Records and a whole new perspective on the world.

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France

Hollande’s bodyguards forget guns on Rio trip

French President François Hollande’s absent-minded bodyguards left their charge with less protection than usual on his recent trip to a climate conference in Brazil after leaving their guns in France.

Half of German teens ‘unsure Hitler a dictator’
Germany

Half of German teens ‘unsure Hitler a dictator’

About half of young Germans are unsure whether the Nazi state was a dictatorship – and even more are not sure whether the socialist East German regime was one, a new study shows.

Muslims, Jews denounce circumcision ruling
Germany

Muslims, Jews denounce circumcision ruling

German Muslims and Jews spoke with one voice on Wednesday – to denounce a court ruling which said circumcision was a crime of bodily harm. Both communities called for the criminalisation to be reversed.

Kamprad gives millions to house Swiss retirees
Sweden

Kamprad gives millions to house Swiss retirees

Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad is using some of the fortune he made helping people furnish their homes to help a small town in Switzerland build housing for elderly people.

Norwegian artist jailed for tax evasion
Norway

Norwegian artist jailed for tax evasion

A Norwegian appeals court has sentenced one of the country’s best-known artists, Odd Nerdrum, to two and a half years in jail for tax evasion.

US blasts Bern over underage prostitution
Switzerland

US blasts Bern over underage prostitution

A visiting US envoy has criticized Switzerland for its failure to ban the prostitution of minors.

Two Poles convicted for ‘brutal’ farm murders
Sweden

Two Poles convicted for ‘brutal’ farm murders

Two Polish nationals have been sentenced to life in prison by a Swedish court for the brutal double murder of an elderly couple on a farm in Långared in southwestern Sweden last autumn.

Swedish vet warned after cutting off cat’s penis
Sweden

Swedish vet warned after cutting off cat’s penis

A veterinary surgeon from southern Sweden has been issued with a warning after amputating a cat’s penis during a routine operation for urinary stones, resulting in complications that ultimately led to the cat’s death.

Schumacher could lose car if F1 boss corrupt
Germany

Schumacher could lose car if F1 boss corrupt

Corruption allegations against Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone could threaten the future of Michael Schumacher and his Mercedes race team, as majority owner Daimler has a strict policy of not dealing with crooks.

Ikea chief donates millions to Swiss town
Switzerland

Ikea chief donates millions to Swiss town

Ingvar Kamprad, the Swedish founder of furniture retail giant Ikea, will donate 10 million francs to a small Swiss town to build new apartments for the elderly, according to Swiss media reports.

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France

Teen phone hoax sparks missing corpse inquiry

Police in Toulouse launched a lengthy investigation after a fifteen-year-old sent a hoax text message about a missing person.

Sportswear giants ‘cutting off’ discounters
Germany

Sportswear giants ‘cutting off’ discounters

Major sportswear companies who cut off dealers who sell their products cheaply online have come to the attention of German competition authorities.

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Norway

Tourist’s Antarctic injury costs 1.5 million kroner

After breaking his collar bone during an Antarctic cruise, 70-year-old tourist Olaf Andre Birkeland had to pay 1.5 million kroner ($250,000) to get back to Norway.

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France

Cannes bans poll of OAP’s sex habits

The mayor of Cannes has stopped a survey on the sexual practices of old people living in nursing homes in the southern costal town, after interviewees complained the questions were too intrusive. 

 

Hollande assures Suu Kyi of support
France

Hollande assures Suu Kyi of support

Burmese pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi will meet with officials in France on Wednesday after winning assurances from President François Hollande that Paris will back her reform efforts.

Flood of email support for Assange asylum bid
Sweden

Flood of email support for Assange asylum bid

The Ecuadorian embassies in the United States and Britain have received over 10,000 messages in support of political asylum for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, Ecuadorian authorities announced Tuesday.

Mats Sundin elected to Hockey Hall of Fame
Sweden

Mats Sundin elected to Hockey Hall of Fame

Swedish ice hockey legend Mats Sundin was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame on Tuesday, making him only the second Swede to gain entry into the exclusive club of hockey greats.

French-speaking countries ‘must drop English obsession’
France

French-speaking countries ‘must drop English obsession’

The Francophone world should vigorously defend the language of Molière and abandon its "obsession" with the English language, an on online appeal declared Tuesday ahead of a major gathering here celebrating French language and culture.

Landowners get right to refuse hunting access
Germany

Landowners get right to refuse hunting access

Landowners have been told they have the right to refuse access to hunters, after the European Court for Human Rights (ECHR) stepped in and told the German government they must change the domestic rules.

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France

France ‘faces sluggish growth in 2012’

The French economy will grow only 0.4 percent in 2012, the INSEE national statistics institute said on Tuesday, slightly less than the 0.5 percent previously forecast and budgeted by the government.

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France

Teens trash villa in huge ‘Facebook party’

Two twenty-year-old men have been given a six-month jail sentence for using Facebook to invite hundreds of people to a party and smashing up an empty house in the south of France.

Helicopter rescues girl on Eiffel Tower
France

Helicopter rescues girl on Eiffel Tower

A French helicopter rescued a girl who climbed up the Eiffel Tower on Monday. This is the second incident at the Parisian landmark in two days.

Merkel: No eurobonds ‘as long as I live’
Germany

Merkel: No eurobonds ‘as long as I live’

Chancellor Angela Merkel swore there would be no eurobonds for, “as long as I live” ahead of what has been described as a last-gasp EU summit to save the currency on Thursday.

Seven hurt as funfair ride breaks up mid-spin
Germany

Seven hurt as funfair ride breaks up mid-spin

Seven women were injured, three of them seriously when a fairground ride span out of control throwing a car carrying three of them into a group of people in western Germany on Tuesday evening.

High protein diets ‘bad for women’: study
Sweden

High protein diets ‘bad for women’: study

Diets with high protein and low carbohydrate levels can cause long term health risks for women, according to a new Swedish study.

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Sweden

Sweden exploits factory workers in China: report

Swedish businesses with production facilities in China have been criticized for the poor conditions the Chinese workers suffer, according to a new report from the labour rights watchdog Swedwatch.

Stockholm set for rainiest June on record
Sweden

Stockholm set for rainiest June on record

Stockholm has seen record amounts of rain in June, more than four times the normal precipitation, meteorologists said on Tuesday.

Police mistake rogue vibrator for burglar
Germany

Police mistake rogue vibrator for burglar

German police called to a break-in on Sunday night found the “noisy intruder possibly armed with a drill” was a vibrator buzzing against the apartment's pipes.