Menni guilty of funding Stockholm bombing: jury
Sweden

Menni guilty of funding Stockholm bombing: jury

Nasserdine Menni, accused of being an accomplice to Stockholm suicide bomber Taimour Abdulwahab, has been found guilty by a Scottish jury of funding the attack.

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Norway

Car sends four-year-old boy flying into sea

A four-year-old boy was flown to hospital on Friday afternoon after he was hit by a car and knocked over the edge of a bridge in northern Norway from a height of up to 40 metres.

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Sweden

Malmö man admits to beating wife to death

The 42-year-old Malmö resident under suspicion of the killing of his 33-year-old wife after he was found trying to stow her lifeless body into a van has admitted to causing her death, but claims that it wasn't murder.

Sick controllers lead to flight delays
Norway

Sick controllers lead to flight delays

Air passengers in eastern Norway can expect delays of up to two hours on Friday due to staffing shortages at a regional control centre.

IOU ‘worth trillions’ gives mayor headache
Germany

IOU ‘worth trillions’ gives mayor headache

The mayor of a German town who threatened to cash in a medieval IOU now worth trillions of euros from the city of Berlin is regretting his wild claims after the publicity stunt ran out of control.

Oslo roads flooded in summer storm
Norway

Oslo roads flooded in summer storm

A torrential summer downpour wreaked havoc on roads in the Oslo area on Friday afternoon as motorists were caught off guard by flash floods.

German travel agents ‘only happy when it rains’
Germany

German travel agents ‘only happy when it rains’

Good weather for ducks - and travel agents. Germany's rainy summer has turned into a windfall for operators offering package holidays in the Mediterranean, it was reported Friday.

Swede’s bottom impaled in freak funfair mishap
Sweden

Swede’s bottom impaled in freak funfair mishap

A 31-year-old father of two is in hospital struggling against blood poisoning after a freak accident at a Swedish theme park on Sunday where a tow hitch on a children’s ride penetrated his rectum.

Man held for smuggling berry pickers to Sweden
Sweden

Man held for smuggling berry pickers to Sweden

A man was arrested and detained by police Thursday on suspicion of people-smuggling after berry pickers in eastern Sweden claimed they were tricked into coming to the country.

Only albino fur seal in zoo takes to the water
Germany

Only albino fur seal in zoo takes to the water

The world’s only albino fur seal in captivity took his first bow in public at a German zoo on Friday, complete with pink nose and flippers.

Former national goalie faces court over cocaine
Germany

Former national goalie faces court over cocaine

Former German national football goalkeeper Eike Immel will face court in October charged with 78 counts of buying cocaine and other drugs. Immel was part of the 1980 European Champion winning squad.

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Switzerland

‘Brutal’ pimp’s sentence upped to 14 years

A 43-year-old Hungarian pimp was sentenced to 14 years in jail after being found guilty by a Zurich court of rape, forced abortion, threats and forcible confinement.

Swedish grocers revel in Ramadan profits boost
Sweden

Swedish grocers revel in Ramadan profits boost

Swedish food retailers are expecting a record turnover in the weeks to follow, with Muslim fasting month Ramadan beginning on Friday, a festival only bested by Christmas in terms of turnover for Malmö grocers.

Tolkien fans descend on spa town for ‘Middle-earth’ festival
Switzerland

Tolkien fans descend on spa town for ‘Middle-earth’ festival

Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf, Gollum and company will be feted this weekend in Leukerbad in an event billed as Switzerland’s largest fantasy festival.

Pilot swims for hours in Borneo river after crash
Germany

Pilot swims for hours in Borneo river after crash

A German pilot whose helicopter crashed in a river in deep jungle in Borneo swam for four hours through crocodile territory before being found by fishermen, it was reported locally.

Monaco to nudists: No butts on beach
France

Monaco to nudists: No butts on beach

Stripped of their hopes of a permit, Monaco nudists fear city authorities want to keep them away from a beach they have used for decades.

No honour for new intel chief over Gitmo scandal
Germany

No honour for new intel chief over Gitmo scandal

The man due to take over Germany’s intelligence service has been denied an honorary degree by a Berlin university because he was involved in leaving an innocent man in the Guantanamo prison camp.

Doctor ‘cheated’ to get patients on organ list
Germany

Doctor ‘cheated’ to get patients on organ list

A leading German doctor is under investigation for allegedly changing medical records to make people appear sicker than they were – bumping them to the top of organ transplant lists ahead of desperately ill people.

Chinese tourist rescued in Seine
France

Chinese tourist rescued in Seine

A Chinese tourist was rescued by crew members on nearby boats after she fell into the river Seine in Paris on Thursday.

Zurich children’s hospital halts circumcisions
Switzerland

Zurich children’s hospital halts circumcisions

Zurich University Children’s Hospital has decided to stop performing circumcisions in the wake of a controversial German court decision.

Swim class reported: kids still can’t swim
Sweden

Swim class reported: kids still can’t swim

A Stockholm mother has reported the organizers of her 5-year-old daughter’s swimming course to the Swedish consumer ombudsman (Konsumentombudsmannen – KO) after none of the children learned how to swim.

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France

Police bust tractor trafficking network

French police have swooped on a gang caught stealing expensive tractors from car dealers across France before selling them off in Romania.

Sweden reveals myth of EU healthcare ‘freedom’
Sweden

Sweden reveals myth of EU healthcare ‘freedom’

Despite EU legislation about citizens' healthcare rights, the situation in Sweden reveals a system riddled with problems that create uncertainty about treatments and leave many with huge bills to pay, The Local's Salomon Rogberg discovers.

Owners agree to shut down Roma camp
Norway

Owners agree to shut down Roma camp

A temporary Roma camp in a stone quarry on the outskirts of Oslo is set to be dismantled on Friday after the two owners of the land reached an agreement to close the controversial site.

Woman stabbed during evening stroll with infant
Sweden

Woman stabbed during evening stroll with infant

A 20-year-old man has been arrested on suspicions of attempted murder after a young woman was stabbed while out walking with an infant in a pram in Malmö on Thursday night.

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France

‘Drink DSK’: French firm hijacks Strauss-Kahn’s initials

A fizzy drink with alleged aphrodisiac qualities carrying the initials of disgraced IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn will hit French night clubs this summer, its makers said.

McDonald’s denies attack on tech-specs Canadian
France

McDonald’s denies attack on tech-specs Canadian

McDonald's France said on Tuesday that employees at one of its Paris restaurants denied a Canadian inventor's claims they assaulted him for wearing a computer vision system.

One killed in hospital fire
Germany

One killed in hospital fire

One person was killed and several more injured in a fire in a hospital in the southern German state of Baden-Württemberg in the early hours of Friday morning. The dead patient has yet to be identified.

President issues tax deal warning to Germany
Switzerland

President issues tax deal warning to Germany

Switzerland warned on Thursday that there would be no new agreement with Germany on the thorny issue of tax evasion if the current deal fails to get parliamentary approval in both countries.

Police dog finds missing man trapped in crevice
Sweden

Police dog finds missing man trapped in crevice

A police dog is being hailed as a hero after tracking down a missing 78-year-old man, finding him stuck fast in a crevice in western Sweden.

Germany probes drone killing in Pakistan
Germany

Germany probes drone killing in Pakistan

The German federal prosecutor's office has opened a probe into the 2010 death of a German national in a drone strike in a Pakistan tribal district bordering Afghanistan, a spokesman said Thursday.

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Sweden

Northern Sweden hit by summer ‘snow storm’

Thursday afternoon saw thunderous storms in northern Sweden, with some areas covered in a blanket of white when the downfall subsided.

Europe’s fastest computer boots up
Germany

Europe’s fastest computer boots up

Europe's fastest supercomputer was set to be unveiled on Friday in Munich. Its three petaflops of processing power will be used to explore new worlds, from the wonders of the cosmos to mysteries of the earth's core.

Sweden praised for ‘stable’ financial outlook
Sweden

Sweden praised for ‘stable’ financial outlook

Ratings agency Fitch affirmed Thursday Sweden's long-term debt rating at AAA with a "stable" outlook, hailing the country's prudence and suggesting it was well placed to weather the eurozone debt crisis.