Health insurers caught wasting contributions
Germany

Health insurers caught wasting contributions

A government report released on Tuesday has uncovered huge wastage in Germany's health care system - one state insurer spent €10,719 on detectives to follow someone who may have illegally claimed €15 per day.

Footballers charged over teen prostitute
France

Footballers charged over teen prostitute

French international footballers Franck Ribéry and Karim Benzema are to face trial for allegedly soliciting an underage prostitute, judicial sources said on Tuesday.

Jailed: man who stabbed sausage dog with fork
France

Jailed: man who stabbed sausage dog with fork

A 51-year-old man has been given an eight-month prison sentence for killing a dachshund by repeatedly stabbing it with a fork, a court spokesman in the northern French city of Chartres said on Tuesday.

Norway seeks to wrestle old Olympic gold medals from US
Norway

Norway seeks to wrestle old Olympic gold medals from US

Norwegian sports historians have unearthed documentation seeming to prove that two American gold medals in wrestling at the 1904 Olympic Games should in fact have been attributed to Norway.

Sweden ‘less prepared’ than Norway: report
Sweden

Sweden ‘less prepared’ than Norway: report

Sweden would not be able to mobilize as many ambulance helicopters or specialized medical staff as Norway did during the 2011 attacks, according to a new report by the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen).

Elderly climber survives week stuck in glacier
Germany

Elderly climber survives week stuck in glacier

A senior citizen claims he was trapped in the crevice of an Austrian glacier for a week before nearby climbers heard his cries for help and alerted emergency services on Tuesday.

Former Swiss MP calls asylum seekers ‘scum’
Switzerland

Former Swiss MP calls asylum seekers ‘scum’

Zurich prosecutors are set to investigate former Swiss People’s Party parliamentarian Ulrich Schlüer over claims he breached anti-racism laws in a searing article in which he likened Palestinian asylum seekers to animals.

‘Doubtful’ if Zlatan can play Brazil friendly
Sweden

‘Doubtful’ if Zlatan can play Brazil friendly

Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic is doubtful for the midweek international friendly against Brazil because of a bruised foot, the Swedish Football Federation (Svenska Fotbollsförbundet, SvFF) said on Tuesday.

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Sweden

‘Come to Sweden’: Swedish PR firm to Aleksander Lukashenko

Four-year-old boy back in daycare after horror bridge fall
Norway

Four-year-old boy back in daycare after horror bridge fall

A four-year-old boy who was hit by a car and sent flying into a fjord under the 37-metre high Andøy Bridge in northern Norway is back in his daycare class just a month after suffering serious injuries in the traumatic accident.

Teddy-drop team invites Lukashenko to Sweden
Sweden

Teddy-drop team invites Lukashenko to Sweden

The founders of the Swedish PR firm which dropped pro-free speech teddy bears over Belarus have written another open letter to President Alexander Lukashenko, declining his offer of a meeting in Minsk, and instead inviting him to their house in Skåne, southern Sweden.

Ex-Chancellor’s wife’s office attacked
Germany

Ex-Chancellor’s wife’s office attacked

Unknown attackers broke the windows at the office of ex-Chancellor Gerhard Schröder’s wife Doris, for the second time, just five months before the state election in which she is standing.

Berlin airport worker ‘may have planned attack’
Germany

Berlin airport worker ‘may have planned attack’

A man who security forces said could have been planning a terror attack has been working in security at the construction site of Berlin’s new airport, an intelligence report has revealed.

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France

Lille Roma evictions slammed by campaigners

French police on Tuesday expelled 46 Roma, including 25 children, from a squat in central Lyon in a move denounced as unnecessary persecution by rights groups.

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France

Hollande vows to fight the riots

French President François Hollande on Tuesday promised a tough response to a riot that devastated a deprived neighbourhood in the northern city of Amiens overnight.

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Sweden

Germans speculate over ‘fake’ Swedish author

A new crime thriller called "The Storm", which is allegedly written by a Swedish crime writer called Per Johansson and recently published in Germany, seems to have thrown up at least as many intrigues, malicious plots, and mysteries as it contains.

Several detained after Syrian embassy protest
Sweden

Several detained after Syrian embassy protest

Some ten people have been arrested after breaking into the Syrian embassy in Danderyd just outside Stockholm on Tuesday morning.

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France

French Catholic prayer slams gay marriage

A prayer to be held in Catholic churches around France tomorrow for the Assumption has caused controversy by taking a shot at gay families.

Top journalist ‘murders former boss’ – in a book
Germany

Top journalist ‘murders former boss’ – in a book

A top German journalist has murdered and chopped up his disliked former boss – in the pages of a novel published under a fake name, a newspaper has claimed.

Subsidized student flats ‘not the answer’: minister
Sweden

Subsidized student flats ‘not the answer’: minister

With Stockholm's student housing crisis level at an all time high, the government is still unwilling to subsidize the building of thousands of new flats in the capital.

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France

Violent riots in Amiens leave 16 officers injured

Riots broke out in Amiens, northern France, in the early hours of Tuesday morning, leaving 16 police officers injured and several million euros of damage.

Report fuels calls for Stoltenberg’s resignation
Norway

Report fuels calls for Stoltenberg’s resignation

Norway’s Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg is coming under increasing pressure to resign after the publication of a report that slammed the state for its failure to prevent Anders Behring Breivik from killing 77 people last July.

Swedish MP dies after battling rare cancer
Sweden

Swedish MP dies after battling rare cancer

Swedish Moderate MP, editorial writer and author Johnny Munkhammar died on Monday, after suffering from a rare form of cancer for some years.

Do we need cops at minor car accidents?
Germany

Do we need cops at minor car accidents?

Are police needed at minor car accidents; a dent or a scratch? A German police chief says they are wasting their time on such matters. Is he right, or should a cop be there to ensure everything is done properly? Have your say.

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Switzerland

Official slams transfer of Swiss bank worker data

A top Swiss government official has condemned a move by several Swiss banks to hand over the names of banking employees to American authorities probing tax evasion cases.

The honeymoon is over: Hollande marks 100 days
France

The honeymoon is over: Hollande marks 100 days

François Hollande will celebrate 100 days since his election as French president on Tuesday knowing his honeymoon with the electorate is over and that life is not going to get easier any time soon.

Scientists search for stinky schnitzel solution
Germany

Scientists search for stinky schnitzel solution

New animal welfare laws ruling out piglet castration without anaesthetic could soon leave pork meat with a musky smell, prompting a scientific scramble to prevent stinky schnitzel and sausages.

Zero growth for France in second quarter
France

Zero growth for France in second quarter

France's economy managed zero growth in the second quarter of 2012, data showed Tuesday, beating expectations it would begin a slide into recession.

Man shot dead at Oslo petrol station
Norway

Man shot dead at Oslo petrol station

A 31-year-old man was shot and killed at a petrol station in Oslo on Monday night.

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Sweden

State research board spent millions on parties

The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (Stiftelsen för strategisk forskning - SSF) has spent several million kronor reserved for research on parties, with one million kronor going towards the foundation’s 15th birthday celebration.

Ticket prices set to soar as airlines chase profits
Germany

Ticket prices set to soar as airlines chase profits

The days of really cheap air travel are numbered, Germany’s air travel industry association has warned, saying that airlines needed to increase their profits to remain solvent.

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Switzerland

Youths admit beating pensioner to death

Residents in a small village in the canton of Zurich are reeling as more details emerge over the savage beating to death of an 85-year-old man.

Minor traffic accidents ‘waste police time’
Germany

Minor traffic accidents ‘waste police time’

Police officers are wasting their time dealing with minor road accidents, and should no longer have to go to record details of drivers whose cars have dents after small collisions, the head of Münster police says.

‘Free Bavaria!’ demands veteran politician
Germany

‘Free Bavaria!’ demands veteran politician

A respected old-timer in the conservative Bavaria-based Christian Social Union (CSU) has called for independence for his beloved state, arguing that its wealth is being fleeced by Berlin and Brussels.

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Sweden

Elderly man suspected of murdering wife

An arrest warrant has been issued for a 78-year-old man suspected of murdering his 76-year-old wife, who was found dead in their apartment in Kristinehamn, central Sweden on Monday morning.

Ecuador due to reveal Assange plans ‘this week’
Sweden

Ecuador due to reveal Assange plans ‘this week’

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa said he expects to respond to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's application for political asylum some time this week.