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France

France demands urgent Syria meeting at UN

France, which is taking over the UN Security Council's rotating presidency in August, will call an emergency ministerial meeting on Syria, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Monday.

Hollande visits London Olympic Park
France

Hollande visits London Olympic Park

French President Francois Hollande visited the Olympic Park in London on Monday following a golden night for France in the swimming pool.

Madonna lashes out at Paris concert ‘thugs’
France

Madonna lashes out at Paris concert ‘thugs’

Madonna has blamed a handful of "thugs" for an rowdy outbreak that marred the end of a concert in Paris last week when the star bowed out after barely 45 minutes on stage.

Young men launch pro-circumcision petition
Germany

Young men launch pro-circumcision petition

Two young Jewish men and a Muslim man from Berlin have united to launch a joint petition against a German court's recent decision criminalise non-medical circumcision.

CNN mix-up crowns Whitney drag act
Germany

CNN mix-up crowns Whitney drag act

A male Berlin-based Whitney Houston impersonator says he has never been so busy – thanks to a mix-up which saw broadcaster CNN use a photograph of him within a series of pictures of the dead singer.

Are you a Social Traveller?
Sweden

Are you a Social Traveller?

When you travel abroad, how much do you actually experience? We all come back with pictures of ourselves in front of world famous sites and buildings, but we often see little beyond the tourist clichés and samey hotel rooms. Now a new trend, social travelling, is changing all of this.

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Sweden

Woman dead after Malmö apartment brawl

A woman has been found dead after what is suspected to be an apartment brawl in Malmö on Monday afternoon.

Drunk man ‘too drunk’ for drunk tank
Norway

Drunk man ‘too drunk’ for drunk tank

Police at Gardermoen airport in Oslo opted against detaining a man on Sunday evening because he was 'too drunk for his own well being' and instead took him straight to hospital.

‘Diesel dine-and-dash’ on the rise
Germany

‘Diesel dine-and-dash’ on the rise

More German motorists than ever before are filling up at petrol stations and driving off without paying, a recent study revealed. In 2011 alone there were 85,000 thefts reported – and the majority of culprits were men.

Organ transplant scandal suspicions ‘date to 1990s’
Germany

Organ transplant scandal suspicions ‘date to 1990s’

The donor organ waiting list scandal unfolding in a German hospital, where it seem doctors changed medical records to push patients up the lists, could date back nearly 20 years, it emerged on Monday.

Princess Victoria cancels ‘tough’ Olympic trip
Sweden

Princess Victoria cancels ‘tough’ Olympic trip

Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria has cancelled a planned trip to the Olympic Games in London to stay at home and take care of her daughter Princess Estelle.

Lifestyle changes vital for cancer patients: study
Sweden

Lifestyle changes vital for cancer patients: study

Men diagnosed with prostate cancer die more commonly of other causes such as heart disease, indicating that lifestyle changes affect prognosis, according to a new Swedish-American study.

Mud Olympics shows gold where there’s muck
Germany

Mud Olympics shows gold where there’s muck

Hundreds of Germany's dirtiest athletes gathered on the banks of the North Sea on Sunday for the Mud Olympics, where competitors squelched around to raise money for a counselling service for cancer patients.

Drunk car thief foiled in lake swimming escape
Sweden

Drunk car thief foiled in lake swimming escape

A young Swede's attempt to steal a car on Saturday night ended in a lake near Falun in central Sweden after the teenager attempted to swim away from pursuing police officers.

US, German finance ministers ‘confident’
Germany

US, German finance ministers ‘confident’

US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said on Monday they were confident Europe could overcome its debt woes.

Swede ‘too heavy’ for disabled transport
Sweden

Swede ‘too heavy’ for disabled transport

A 63-year-old disabled woman from southern Sweden has expressed outrage after being denied by a transportation service for being “too heavy”.

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France

Police arrest ‘grandad’ drug dealers

A gang of middle-aged 'old school gangsters' in Marseille has been caught with a stash of firearms, a drugs lab and two kilos of cocaine.

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Switzerland

US-Swiss tax deal ‘may never happen’

Top Swiss bankers have voiced doubts that the tax deal with the USA will be completed before the end of the year, with some saying agreement may never be reached.

Swedish economy continues to grow: report
Sweden

Swedish economy continues to grow: report

The Swedish economy grew a faster-than-expected 1.4 percent in the second quarter, compared with the first three months of the year, official data showed Monday.

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France

French boss in hunger strike over taxes

The owner of a security company has gone on hunger strike outside a French tax collectors office, in protest at taxes that he says threaten to sink his firm.

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Sweden

Woman crushed at Swedish paper factory

A 26-year-old woman was crushed to death at a paper mill in Iggesund in northern Sweden on Saturday evening after getting stuck between two rolls of paper.

Lack of medals in London ‘a false start’
Germany

Lack of medals in London ‘a false start’

"Even the Kazakhs are laughing at us," the Bild mass circulation newspaper screamed on its front page under an Olympics medal table showing sporting powerhouse Germany with nothing to show for its efforts.

Germans ‘probe possible KKK link’ in cop killing
Germany

Germans ‘probe possible KKK link’ in cop killing

German authorities are said to be investigating a potential link between a former Ku Klux Klan-member police officer, and a neo-Nazi terror group in the killing of a German policewoman. Hers was the last in a string of ten killings.

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Switzerland

Swiss fears over new Down syndrome test

A controversial new test to detect Down syndrome in unborn babies will come onto the Swiss market in August, something campaigners fear will lead to further stigmatization of sufferers.

Dale Oen honoured by record-breaking rival
Norway

Dale Oen honoured by record-breaking rival

South African swimmer Cameron van der Burgh pointed to the heavens in a tribute to deceased Norwegian swimmer Alexander Dale Oen after claiming Olympic gold and new world record in the 100 metre breaststroke on Sunday.

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France

Brit ‘tried to swim from France to America’

A 34-year-old Londoner has been plucked to safety on the French Atlantic coast after making an impromptu bid to swim across the Atlantic to New York.

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Switzerland

Girl escapes with bullet in head

An 18-year-old girl has survived after being shot in the head in an apparently unprovoked attack in a Swiss village late on Saturday night.

‘Naive to believe that oil will always save us’
Norway

‘Naive to believe that oil will always save us’

Norway's prime minister Jens Stoltenberg has expressed confidence that Norway will be able to ride out the crisis in the event of a collapse of the euro, but warned against complacency based on the country's oil wealth.

Syrian charged with spying from embassy
Germany

Syrian charged with spying from embassy

German prosecutors have charged a man employed at Syria’s embassy in Berlin with spying. He allegedly passed information about dissidents living in Germany to the Assad regime.

‘The euro is still a brilliant notion’
Germany

‘The euro is still a brilliant notion’

In the first instalment of The Local’s exclusive interview with US Ambassador Philip Murphy, America’s top diplomat in Germany stresses the need for a European growth agenda to help stem the euro crisis.

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Sweden

Man held for setting former partner on fire

A man in Dalarna in central Sweden has been detained for pouring petrol over his former partner and setting her alight after she told him that she had met a new partner.

Afghan ISAF interpreters seek Sweden asylum
Sweden

Afghan ISAF interpreters seek Sweden asylum

Afghan interpreters working for the Swedish armed forces in Mazar-i-Sharif have sought asylum in Sweden, claiming that they will suffer reprisals from the Taliban after the withdrawal of troops in 2014.

Swedish agency partied for millions: report
Sweden

Swedish agency partied for millions: report

Since January 2010 the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (Tillväxtverket) has spent some 7.5 million kronor ($1.1 million) on internal entertainment such as luxury dinners and ski trips, equating to 25,000 kronor per employee.