1972 Olympic attack clues ‘were ignored’
Germany

1972 Olympic attack clues ‘were ignored’

German authorities not only ignored crucial warnings ahead of the 1972 Olympics attack on Israeli athletes which ended in a bloodbath – they also hid their errors for 40 years, according to newly uncovered documents.

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Switzerland

West Ham snap up Swiss keeper

West Ham United have signed teenage goalkeeper Raphael Spiegel from Swiss side Grasshopper Zurich for an undisclosed fee, the newly-promoted Premier League side announced on Monday.

More berry pickers could be exploited: expert
Sweden

More berry pickers could be exploited: expert

After reports of the mistreatment of foreign berry pickers in the Swedish forests, new guidelines were issued last year to make it harder for companies to take advantage of foreign labour - but these don't apply for workers from EU countries.

Shark kills surfer on Indian Ocean island
France

Shark kills surfer on Indian Ocean island

A surfer died on Monday on the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion after a shark bit off his leg, officials said.

Bergen gets wettest July day since 1938
Norway

Bergen gets wettest July day since 1938

Bergen in western Norway experienced its wettest July day in more than seven decades on Sunday as the summer sun remained conspicuous by its absence.

Many students ‘lack basic writing skills’
Germany

Many students ‘lack basic writing skills’

Students are increasingly starting university without the reading and writing skills needed for a degree, a recent survey of German professors revealed on Monday.

Wawrinka succeeds Federer as Swiss flag bearer
Switzerland

Wawrinka succeeds Federer as Swiss flag bearer

Stanislas Wawrinka will carry the Swiss flag at Friday's Olympic Games opening ceremony, taking over from 2008 gold medal winning teammate Roger Federer who performed the duty in Athens and Beijing.

Budget trains steam into Bahn monopoly
Germany

Budget trains steam into Bahn monopoly

A new train service challenged Deutsche Bahn's monopoly of the German rail network on Monday, hitting the rails to take passengers between Hamburg and Cologne for as little as €20.

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Sweden

Seven arrested for brutal Gothenburg diesel theft

Seven men have been arrested on suspicion of aggravated robbery and weapons crimes after a truck driver was beaten and robbed of 450 litres of diesel fuel at a rest area north of Gothenburg.

300-year-old skull found off Swedish coast
Sweden

300-year-old skull found off Swedish coast

A 300-year-old skull with traces of brain tissue has been located by divers excavating the royal ship Kronan in the waters off the Baltic Sea island of Öland.

Bed-sharing oil workers merit big money: union
Norway

Bed-sharing oil workers merit big money: union

Oil rig workers should be paid an extra 4,600 kroner ($750) a day for the inconvenience of having to share a cabin with an employee working another shift, a Norwegian labour union has argued.

Sweden calls on EU to take global responsibility
Sweden

Sweden calls on EU to take global responsibility

Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt has announced that Sweden has joined forces with Poland, Italy and Spain to work for Europe to assume its global security responsibility and to strengthen the EU's voice for peace.

Dentist ‘cut off own finger in fake robbery’
Germany

Dentist ‘cut off own finger in fake robbery’

A dentist in eastern Germany who said robbers cut off his index finger with garden shears may have done it himself for an insurance payment, police said on Monday.

Intel fiasco ‘scuppers neo-Nazi party ban’
Germany

Intel fiasco ‘scuppers neo-Nazi party ban’

The shredding of secret service files on the German far-right scene could well have ruined any hope of banning the neo-Nazi National Democratic Party (NPD), a government party spokesman said on Monday.

Swedish partygoer gets chased by bear
Sweden

Swedish partygoer gets chased by bear

A man attending a party in rural Jämtland in northern Sweden on Saturday was given a fright after getting lost in the woods and coming face to face with a hungry bear.

Swiss banks linked to $21-trillion tax fiddle
Switzerland

Swiss banks linked to $21-trillion tax fiddle

Switzerland has been implicated among an array of tax havens harbouring a staggering $21 trillion of offshore assets stashed by the super-rich worldwide, a new report charges.

‘In the north we do things – we don’t just watch’
Sweden

‘In the north we do things – we don’t just watch’

Northern skies, reindeer carpaccio and house-jumping parties; ex-Londoner Paul Connolly finds out that all is not always what it seems when relocating to northern Sweden.

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France

Young woman beaten for being a ‘bad Muslim’

Police in the south of France have launched an investigation after a woman claimed she was beaten up by seven men in Viviez for attending a party during Ramadan.

EPFL offers free online education with Coursera
Switzerland

EPFL offers free online education with Coursera

Lausanne’s Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) has become the first Swiss university to offer courses on an online learning platform that promises to revolutionize higher education.

German fencer skewers Olympic boards
Germany

German fencer skewers Olympic boards

German Olympic fencer Imke Duplitzer has launched an extraordinary attack on the Olympic governing bodies, calling the Games "a sales show with a funfair stall attached."

Jeweller kills thief in ‘self-defence’ shooting
France

Jeweller kills thief in ‘self-defence’ shooting

A Paris jeweller has been charged with manslaughter after shooting dead a man who attempted to steal from his city centre shop last week.

Swedish postcard delivered 50 years late
Sweden

Swedish postcard delivered 50 years late

Claes-Håkan Svensson of Varberg in western Sweden was surprised to find a postcard addressed to his deceased father amongst his morning mail, before realizing that the card had been sent by his sister some 50 years ago.

Fewer granted asylum on re-application: report
Sweden

Fewer granted asylum on re-application: report

It has become increasingly difficult for undocumented immigrants, whose application for permanent residence in Sweden has been rejected, to apply a second time, according to a new report by national broadcaster Sveriges Radio (SR).

Black panther mystery in Provence
France

Black panther mystery in Provence

A mysterious black cat has been spotted in Provence, south of France, with witnesses claiming it drank from their pool and ran by their legs while jogging.

Merkel unavailable: Romney avoids Berlin
Germany

Merkel unavailable: Romney avoids Berlin

Germans hoping to see US presidential candidate Mitt Romney on his European trip will be disappointed, as the Republican has cancelled a Berlin visit amid fears of failing to draw the crowds that President Obama did four years ago.

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Switzerland

Five injured in Lucerne festival food stall fire

Five people were injured from the shooting flames of a gas bottle that set afire a food stall at the Blue Balls music festival in Lucerne on Sunday night.

Thousands gather for memorial concert
Norway

Thousands gather for memorial concert

Some 50,000 people attended a concert in Oslo on Sunday evening to mark the first anniversary of the gun and bomb rampage by Norwegian right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik, which claimed 77 lives.

Swiss Raiffeisen to drop US clients amid tax row
Switzerland

Swiss Raiffeisen to drop US clients amid tax row

Retail bank Raiffeisen is Switzerland's latest institution to part with its US clients because of increasing red tape and amid an ongoing tax row with the United States, media reports said on Saturday.

Police told not to ‘waste’ bootleg booze
Sweden

Police told not to ‘waste’ bootleg booze

Police in western Sweden have been ordered to cease pouring seized alcoholic drinks down the drain due to the risk of poisoning the local water supply.

Libor fixing probe: Credit Suisse ‘cooperating’
Switzerland

Libor fixing probe: Credit Suisse ‘cooperating’

Switzerland's second bank Credit Suisse said it has not found any "significant problem", after cooperating with a Swiss investigation into the Libor interest rate-rigging scandal.

German taxes spent on training Saudi guards
Germany

German taxes spent on training Saudi guards

The federal police force has spent nearly a million euros of German taxpayer's money on training border guards in Saudi Arabia, the government has admitted.

History-maker Wiggins wins Tour de France
France

History-maker Wiggins wins Tour de France

Bradley Wiggins was crowned Britain's first Tour de France champion on Sunday after helping Sky team-mate Mark Cavendish to secure a fourth consecutive stage win on the world-famous Champs Elysees.

Gunmen rob World Heritage Site vicar
Germany

Gunmen rob World Heritage Site vicar

Three armed men robbed the vicar of a UNESCO listed church on Saturday night - waking him up at home and forcing him to hand over valuables. Around one million tourists visit the Wies Church in Bavaria every year.

Vice-chancellor: ‘horror’ of Greek exit has gone
Germany

Vice-chancellor: ‘horror’ of Greek exit has gone

German Economy Minister and Vice-Chancellor Philipp Rösler on Sunday reiterated his doubts about whether debt-mired Greece would be able to stay in the eurozone, saying the "horror" of a potential exit had worn off.

Swedish youth politician injured in Cuba car crash
Sweden

Swedish youth politician injured in Cuba car crash

Swedish politician Aron Modig, the current chair of the Christian Democrats youth wing (KDU), has been injured in a car crash on Cuba which claimed the lives of two renowned critics of the Castro regime.

Hercog defends Swedish Open title
Sweden

Hercog defends Swedish Open title

Slovenia's Polona Hercog successfully defended her Swedish Open title on Sunday after recovering from a set down to defeat French hope Mathilde Johansson.