IOC’s Ljungqvist irked by dope test ‘delay’ claims
Sweden

IOC’s Ljungqvist irked by dope test ‘delay’ claims

Swedish International Olympic Committee (IOC) anti-doping crusader Arne Ljungqvist has responded to criticism from World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) head Dick Pound over testing procedures after the 2004 Athens Olympics.

Sweden at the 2012 Olympics: the lowdown
Sweden

Sweden at the 2012 Olympics: the lowdown

As Sweden prepares for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, The Local's Salomon Rogberg asks some of the country's top sports journalists what fans can expect from its athletes.

Luftwaffe escort startles holidaymakers
Germany

Luftwaffe escort startles holidaymakers

Holidaymakers on their way to Majorca got a fright on Wednesday morning when out of the blue two Luftwaffe Phantom jets showed up right next to their plane and escorted it for 15 minutes.

Three brothers defy odds to share birthday
France

Three brothers defy odds to share birthday

Three little boys are set to share their birthday parties for the foreseeable future after a French family welcomed its third son born, like his brothers, on July 19th - a unique occurrence with odds of more than 48 million to one.

Etiquette in Switzerland: tips and pitfalls
Switzerland

Etiquette in Switzerland: tips and pitfalls

From punctuality and personal space to food and kids, Catherine McLean looks at some of the fondues and don'ts of living in Switzerland.

Düsseldorf ‘terror cell’ in court over bomb plot
Germany

Düsseldorf ‘terror cell’ in court over bomb plot

Four suspected al Qaida members went on trial in Düsseldorf on Wednesday accused of planning to set off a shrapnel bomb in a crowd to cause a blood bath – and then to detonate another one once rescue services arrived.

Luftwaffe fighters pursue Swedish charter plane
Sweden

Luftwaffe fighters pursue Swedish charter plane

Swedish tourists on board a Mallorca-bound charter plane were shocked to see two German Luftwaffe fighter planes appear beside them, after the aircraft had temporarily lost radio contact with air traffic control.

Woman busted whipping smack from her knickers
France

Woman busted whipping smack from her knickers

A woman was arrested on Sunday afternoon in Gaillard in south-eastern France after trying to throw away a bag of heroin which she had concealed in her underpants.

Two dead as car plunges into river
Norway

Two dead as car plunges into river

Two people died on Wednesday morning when the car they were travelling in overshot a curve and careered into the Nitelva river in south-eastern Norway.

Sea Shepherd hauls anchor, skips bail
Germany

Sea Shepherd hauls anchor, skips bail

Environmental activist Paul Watson has fled Germany, breaking bail conditions, his lawyer confirmed on Wednesday. A court promptly reissued a warrant for his arrest and extradition to Costa Rica.

Muslim groups face threats in Sweden: study
Sweden

Muslim groups face threats in Sweden: study

Some 40 percent of Muslim congregations in Sweden have been exposed to some form of criminal attack, according to a recently published study at Mid Sweden University.

Drunkard demands police lift to sobering up cell
Sweden

Drunkard demands police lift to sobering up cell

Officers in a police vehicle in a central part of Stockholm were on Monday afternoon surprised to see a highly inebriated man jump in the back of the vehicle demanding they take him to a drunk tank.

Voters favour Merkel but neither major party
Germany

Voters favour Merkel but neither major party

German voters have no great appetite to get rid of Chancellor Angela Merkel at the next general election – but are not hungry for either main political party to dominate the next government.

Notorious booze baron nabbed at border
Norway

Notorious booze baron nabbed at border

After a dramatic car chase, Swedish police on Tuesday afternoon apprehended the well-known Norwegian smuggler Erik Fallo with hundreds of litres of vodka stowed in his vehicle.

Assange hires Spanish lawyer Baltasar Garzón
Sweden

Assange hires Spanish lawyer Baltasar Garzón

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has hired Spanish celebrity jurist Baltasar Garzón to assist his bid to seek asylum in Ecuador and avoid extradition to Sweden to face rape charges.

Court: new election law needed pronto
Germany

Court: new election law needed pronto

Germany’s highest court told the government to re-do its homework and do it properly this time, saying a new voting law was against the constitution.

Live wolves in dance show ‘the latest shock’
Germany

Live wolves in dance show ‘the latest shock’

Two wolves will be the stars of a modern dance performance in front of a live audience in Germany it emerged this week, prompting outrage among animal rights activists.

Replica of Amundsen’s seaplane goes on show
Norway

Replica of Amundsen’s seaplane goes on show

A hand-crafted replica of the plane which took Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen on the first airborne mission to the North Pole will be unveiled in Germany on Wednesday after two years of painstaking work to create it.

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Sweden

Swedes catch notorious Norway smuggler

After a dramatic car chase, Swedish police on Tuesday afternoon apprehended the well-known Norwegian smuggler Erik Fallo with hundreds of litres of vodka stowed in his vehicle.

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Switzerland

Plumber arrested after burning ex with acid

A 44-year-old Italian plumber is behind bars after being arrested for pouring sulfuric acid over his former girlfriend and her partner in a Geneva suburb.

Bulgarian berry pickers evacuated to Stockholm
Sweden

Bulgarian berry pickers evacuated to Stockholm

Some 100 hundred Bulgarian berry pickers left stranded in the forests near Svabensverk in northern Sweden have been transported by coach to the Bulgarian embassy in Stockholm.

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France

Firefighters bring Spain blaze under control

Spanish firefighters, aided by weaker winds and cooler temperatures, on Tuesday brought under control a huge wildfire which killed four people, three of them French, and charred thousands of hectares.

Cows attack woman hiking in Alpine meadow
Switzerland

Cows attack woman hiking in Alpine meadow

A woman is being treated in hospital for injuries after being attacked by cows while hiking through a pasture above Saint-Gingolph, a Valais town on the south bank of Lake Geneva.

Solar plane returns home after historic flight
Switzerland

Solar plane returns home after historic flight

The Swiss sun-powered aircraft Solar Impulse landed back home in Switzerland late Tuesday after completing the final leg of its historic transcontinental flight.

Endeavour astronauts make Geneva landing
Switzerland

Endeavour astronauts make Geneva landing

The team of astronauts from the last flight of the US space shuttle Endeavour touched down in Geneva on Tuesday.

French worms colonise Irish farm
France

French worms colonise Irish farm

A community of French earthworms has been unearthed trying to eat their way through the soil on an Irish farm, some 1,000 kilometres north of their natural habitat.

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France

France rejects Spain eurozone pact claim

The French government on Tuesday angrily denied claims that it had issued a joint statement with Spain and Italy calling for the immediate implementation of measures agreed at a June eurozone summit.

Rehab patients beat staff member with baseball bat
Sweden

Rehab patients beat staff member with baseball bat

A medical orderly was beaten and relieved of his keys to the medicine cabinet at a rehabilitation centre in northern Sweden on Tuesday night.

Finance Minister: Spain stronger than its debt
Germany

Finance Minister: Spain stronger than its debt

German and Spanish finance ministers sought to contain fears for the eurozone on Tuesday, saying that Spain's soaring borrowing costs did not correspond to its economic strength or the "sustainability of its public debt."

Prosecutors probe voyeur gynaecologist
Germany

Prosecutors probe voyeur gynaecologist

German prosecutors said on Tuesday they had opened an investigation into a gynaecologist who allegedly took intimate pictures of women in his care using James Bond-style mini-cameras hidden in a watch and a pen.

Continued rise in TBE cases in Sweden
Sweden

Continued rise in TBE cases in Sweden

An unusually large number of Swedes have so far this year been reported infected with TBE, or tick borne encephalitis, according to the Institute for Communicable Disease Control (Smittskyddsinstitutet, SMI).

Sunbed tanning kills 800 per year: study
France

Sunbed tanning kills 800 per year: study

Sunbed tanning causes 800 melanoma deaths in Europe every year, with indoor tanners running a 20 percent higher risk of developing skin cancer, according to a new French-Italian study.

Zlatan joins new team PSG on US tour
Sweden

Zlatan joins new team PSG on US tour

Swedish star striker and Paris Saint-Germain's most recent signing, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, arrived in the US for the team's summer training camp on Tuesday.

A beer costs three minutes’ work – like 1991
Germany

A beer costs three minutes’ work – like 1991

It takes the average German three minutes to earn enough to buy a beer, exactly the same as 20 years ago, according to a study on Tuesday showing the euro has not eroded Germany's purchasing power.

Unique North Pole seaplane replica unveiled
Germany

Unique North Pole seaplane replica unveiled

A hand-crafted replica of the plane which took Roald Amundsen on the first airborne mission to the North Pole will be unveiled in Germany on Wednesday after two years of painstaking work to create it.