Malmö jail inmates angry over playing cards ban
Sweden

Malmö jail inmates angry over playing cards ban

Prisoners at Kirseberg prison in Malmö have complained to the Parliamentary Ombudsman (Justitieombudsmannen - JO) after prison authorities banned card playing, saying that excessive gambling has lead to violence.

Teen to face trial for rape and murder of Hilda, 98
Norway

Teen to face trial for rape and murder of Hilda, 98

A 19-year-old man has been charged with the rape and murder of 98-year-old Hilda Feste, who was found bludgeoned to death in her home in Os in western Norway in January.

Gold and silver on water, wheels and foot
Germany

Gold and silver on water, wheels and foot

German athletes brought home more medals on Wednesday, with the rowing eight claiming gold, Judith Arndt claiming silver in the cycling time trial, Tony Martin taking silver in the men’s event and Kerstin Thiele winning silver in judo.

Swedish supermarket sold full strength beer
Sweden

Swedish supermarket sold full strength beer

19-year-old friends Jesper and Martin in the Stockholm suburb of Åkersberga received a happy surprise when the beer they were about to purchase at a local supermarket turned out to be full strength and not light beer.

Minister completes security service shake up
Germany

Minister completes security service shake up

New leaders for Germany’s federal police force and its domestic intelligence service were appointed to their respective authorities on Wednesday - after weeks of resignations, sackings and bad feeling.

Elk at large – The Local’s guide to spotting Sweden’s iconic wildlife
Sweden

Elk at large – The Local’s guide to spotting Sweden’s iconic wildlife

Despite elk having become the stereotypical wildlife symbol of Sweden, spotting such iconic creatures can often be an imposing challenge for city-dwelling tourists. The Local's Joe Lynskey has a look at where to find them.

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France

Pigs’ heads dumped outside French mosque

Muslims attending morning prayers Wednesday were confronted by two pigs' heads in the entrance to their mosque in a French town where an Islamist gunman killed two paratroopers in March.

Haribo fined for sour business practices
Germany

Haribo fined for sour business practices

German antitrust authorities said on Wednesday they had fined sweet maker Haribo more than €2 million for the banned swapping of sales information with rival producers.

Assisted suicide law splits government
Germany

Assisted suicide law splits government

A row has blown up within the government about possible changes to German assisted suicide laws, after the justice minister said she wanted to enable not just relatives but also doctors and friends to help people to die.

Parisians warned off sex on the beach
France

Parisians warned off sex on the beach

French police have warned Parisians to keep their clothes on or face fines and even imprisonment as residents began flocking to parks and the banks of the River Seine to bask in the summer sun.

18 guilty in Södertälje ‘gang-war’ case
Sweden

18 guilty in Södertälje ‘gang-war’ case

The 31-year-old leader of the Nätverket ('The network') gang was on Wednesday convicted along with 17 other men in connection with a slew of offences committed in a gang-war in Södertälje south of Stockholm.

Israeli group calls for Interpol probe into Raoul Wallenberg case
Sweden

Israeli group calls for Interpol probe into Raoul Wallenberg case

An Israel-based group has asked the Swedish government to request for Interpol assistance to try to track possible witnesses to the fate of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg.

Day care missing for hordes of toddlers
Germany

Day care missing for hordes of toddlers

Germany’s often cash-strapped local authorities have a year to create at least 130,000 day care places – or they will be breaking the law.

Tetra Pak heir given suspended jail term
Sweden

Tetra Pak heir given suspended jail term

Tetra Pak heir Hans Kristian Rausing has pleaded guilty to the UK charges of preventing the burial of his wife, whose body was found rotting under refuse bags at their mansion a few weeks ago.

How chemicals are poisoning us: Stockholm professor raises the alarm
Sweden

How chemicals are poisoning us: Stockholm professor raises the alarm

The spread of dangerous chemicals could lead to a global human catastrophe, Stockholm University Professor Åke Bergman believes. Bergman played a major role in the film Submission, which did for this issue as Supersize Me did for the issue of fast foods.

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France

Fake paraplegic slaps women’s bottoms

A man pretended to be paraplegic, using a wheelchair to slap women on their behinds and expose himself to others near Toulouse.

Woman cheats death as rock destroys car
Germany

Woman cheats death as rock destroys car

A woman narrowly missed being hit by a huge rock which fell from a cliff and completely wrecked the car she had just got out of. German police said she cheated death by a couple of steps.

Lööf summons agency heads after lavish parties
Sweden

Lööf summons agency heads after lavish parties

Swedish enterprise minister Annie Lööf has called in the heads of state agencies under her control for talks following revelations that the Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (Tillväxtverket) spent millions on expensive internal entertainment.

International diamond snatcher granny jailed
Germany

International diamond snatcher granny jailed

A granny who stole millions of euros worth of jewellery by snatching diamonds and replacing them with fakes while a beautiful young accomplice distracted the shopkeepers was jailed for five years in Germany on Tuesday.

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France

Senator ‘plots child sex scandal’ against rival

A French Senator has been caught on tape plotting to set up his rival Senator Jean-Louis Masson with an underage girl in Morocco.

Swedish biker gang member held in Germany
Sweden

Swedish biker gang member held in Germany

German police confirmed on Wednesday that they stopped a Swede and two Danes equipped with explosives, detonators and bullet-proof vests last month in an operation based on a tip from their Swedish counterparts.

Deutsche Bank ‘led by losers’, says ex CEO
Germany

Deutsche Bank ‘led by losers’, says ex CEO

As Deutsche Bank’s chief executives Anshu Jain and Jürgen Fitschen launch a cost-cutting plan to save €3 billion, and admit the firm’s involvement in the Libor-fixing scandal, their predecessor Joseph Ackermann has called them “losers”.

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France

French Muslim summer camp leaders fired for fasting

Tensions between French authorities and the country's Islamic community resurfaced on Tuesday after it emerged that four summer camp instructors had been sacked for fasting during Ramadan.

Biker gang war in Berlin ‘goes Scandinavian’
Germany

Biker gang war in Berlin ‘goes Scandinavian’

Police say they foiled a murderous revenge attack by one biker gang on another when they stopped three Scandinavia-based men heading for Germany equipped with explosives, detonators and bullet-proof vests.

Norway ships plutonium on commercial flights
Norway

Norway ships plutonium on commercial flights

The radioactive material plutonium is transportedout of Norway via Gardermoen Airport on commercial flights with unsuspecting passengers onboard, according to a media report.

Stasi pastor gives up licence to preach
Sweden

Stasi pastor gives up licence to preach

Aleksander Radler, the Church of Sweden pastor who was exposed as a spy for the feared East German intelligence service Stasi, has chosen to give up his licence to preach, he said in an interview with Christian newspaper Dagen.

Storms ‘getting stronger’ due to warmer ground
Germany

Storms ‘getting stronger’ due to warmer ground

Storms over Germany have been more intense over the past year, and are causing more damage, because the ground is warmer, weather experts said on Tuesday.

Snoop Dogg banned from Norway
Norway

Snoop Dogg banned from Norway

American hip hop star Snoop Dogg has been banned from entering Norway for two years following his arrest in June for possession of marijuana and bundles of cash upon his arrival in the country.

‘I will race on Friday’: Alshammar
Sweden

‘I will race on Friday’: Alshammar

Swedish swimmer Therese Alshammar said Tuesday she will race in her fifth Olympics despite a pinched nerve in her neck, and is set to compete in the women's 50m freestyle.

Berry picker trafficking suspect released
Sweden

Berry picker trafficking suspect released

The 43-year-old man held on suspicion of trafficking Bulgarian berry pickers to Sweden has been released as there was not enough evidence to prove his guilt, prosecutors announced Tuesday.