Norway police chief quits over Breivik report
Norway

Norway police chief quits over Breivik report

The head of Norway's police resigned on Thursday after publication of a damning report on the handling of last year's twin attacks by right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik, which left 77 dead.

Swiss absinthe makers get protected status
Switzerland

Swiss absinthe makers get protected status

Swiss absinthe was given protected status in Switzerland on Thursday, effectively tying the hands of foreign manufacturers who are no longer allowed to sell the spirit in Switzerland under the same name.

Speeding bus driver ‘was on cocaine’
Germany

Speeding bus driver ‘was on cocaine’

Terrified Berlin bus passengers who clung to their seats during a hair-raising race through the city until police stopped the vehicle were not surprised to hear their driver was high on cocaine.

Pilots: Ryanair pushes us to run on empty
Germany

Pilots: Ryanair pushes us to run on empty

Budget airline Ryanair is putting its pilots under so much pressure to save money that they are flying with just enough fuel on board to reduce costs – a practice that forced three planes to make emergency landings in Spain recently.

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France

France braces for 40-degree heatwave

Temperatures in some parts of France will reach 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) this weekend, forecasters predicted on Thursday, triggering an alert system set up after 15,000 people died in a heatwave in 2003.

Sweden slams Ecuador’s asylum decision
Sweden

Sweden slams Ecuador’s asylum decision

Sweden rejected Ecuador's claim that Julian Assange would not get a fair trial as a basis for granting asylum, and summoned the Ecuadorian ambassador to explain Quito's decision.

Parliament must pay €50,000 to neo-Nazi party
Germany

Parliament must pay €50,000 to neo-Nazi party

The German parliament will have to pay €50,000 to the extreme right NPD party after a court ruled that just because it merged with another party, it should not be responsible for that other party’s finances.

Fabius: Assad is butchering his people
France

Fabius: Assad is butchering his people

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Thursday President Bashar al-Assad was "butchering his own people" as Syrian refugees urged Paris to help them fight.

Local authorities prepare to hunt Swedish beavers
Sweden

Local authorities prepare to hunt Swedish beavers

Local authorities in Skaraborg, central Sweden, have been granted permission to shoot some of the beavers in the area, blamed for a flooding problem which has been plaguing the town.

Nestlé fails to stop copycat coffee capsules
Germany

Nestlé fails to stop copycat coffee capsules

Nestlé was left steaming by a court which said on Thursday it could not stop competitors from selling coffee capsules for its Nespresso machines in Germany.

Police cuts reversed after Amiens riots
France

Police cuts reversed after Amiens riots

France's Socialist government pledged on Thursday to reverse the recent shrinkage of police numbers in the wake of rioting that devastated part of the northern city of Amiens.

New Saab owners will not get rights to logo
Sweden

New Saab owners will not get rights to logo

Truck maker Scania announced Thursday that the new owners of Saab will not get the rights to the iconic Saab logo.

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Norway

Telenor strikes back in Vimpelcom control battle

Norway's Telenor said on Thursday it would again be the largest shareholder in mobile phone operator Vimpelcom after acquiring additional shares, surpassing the stake owned by a Russian businessman.

Nestlé suffers setback in coffee capsule war
Switzerland

Nestlé suffers setback in coffee capsule war

A German court rejected on Thursday an application by Swiss food giant Nestlé to ban the sale of unlicensed coffee capsules for its Nespresso coffee machines in Germany.

Julian Assange granted asylum by Ecuador
Sweden

Julian Assange granted asylum by Ecuador

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, after having waited in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for weeks, will be granted asylum to Ecuador, the country's authorities announced on Thursday.

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France

Roma in France ‘could be allowed to work’

France will consider giving migrants from Romania and Bulgaria the right to work, the Interior Minister said Thursday in a move triggered by tensions over the treatment of an estimated 15,000 ethnic Roma living in illegal camps.

Lithuania to probe Swedish teddy-drop stunt
Sweden

Lithuania to probe Swedish teddy-drop stunt

Lithuanian prosecutors said Thursday they had launched an official probe into a stunt by Swedish activists who flew a plane into Belarus from Lithuania to drop hundreds of "freedom teddy bears."

German seas ‘among best in the world’
Germany

German seas ‘among best in the world’

Germany's seas are deemed far above average for natural and human considerations – the seventh best in the world according to the most comprehensive health check of national waters.

Half of young prisoners attacked each month
Germany

Half of young prisoners attacked each month

Nearly half of young prisoners are physically attacked in jail in an average month a new study shows. The authors said violence in prisons must be reduced if those returning to society are to be reasonable neighbours.

Insurer Zurich sees first-half profits surge
Switzerland

Insurer Zurich sees first-half profits surge

Swiss insurer Zurich Insurance Group said on Thursday net profit rose 13 percent in the first half of 2012 to $2.2 billion due to activities in emerging countries.

€1 million swiped from ATMs using bent forks
France

€1 million swiped from ATMs using bent forks

French police are looking for a gang of thieves after it was revealed that €1 million in cash has been stolen from ATMs across France using a novel technique.

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France

Amiens mayor warned of trouble two months ago

The mayor of Amiens alerted central government two months ago to “renewed delinquency” and a shortage of police officers in the city, a newly-released letter shows. Meanwhile five people have been arrested in connection to the violence.

Swede charged after drunken golf cart drive
Sweden

Swede charged after drunken golf cart drive

Officers in a police patrol car in Tylösand in southern Sweden were surprised to encounter a golf cart with a drunk man at the wheel, his grumpy old father beside him and a passenger standing at the back, waving.

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Switzerland

Doc convicted over fatal pregnancy

The head of gynaecology at a hospital in the canton of Saint Gallen was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter after a botched pregnancy killed both the mother, Julitta, and her child.

Police enter Ecuadorean embassy building
Sweden

Police enter Ecuadorean embassy building

Several police officers have reportedly entered the building in London, which houses the Ecuadorian embassy and where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is holed up, hoping to get asylum in the country.

What’s on in Germany:  August 16 – 22
Germany

What’s on in Germany: August 16 – 22

This Week's Highlights: Palace Night in Potsdam, a city festival in Dresden, and Berlin kicks off its annual celebration of Jewish culture.

One in three Swedes has ‘little’ faith in Lööf
Sweden

One in three Swedes has ‘little’ faith in Lööf

Confidence for Centre Party leader and minister for energy Annie Lööf has plummeted in a new survey carried out by research company Demoskop.

Switzerland braces for African heat
Switzerland

Switzerland braces for African heat

A heat wave is set to roll through Switzerland bringing searing temperatures across the country this weekend.

Minister: ban biofuel, it boosts famine
Germany

Minister: ban biofuel, it boosts famine

Biofuel containing corn should be banned from German petrol pumps, a minister has demanded, as droughts and a dramatic rise in food prices mean more of the world population is going hungry.

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Sweden

Human remains found at Stockholm campsite

Human remains were found by tourist mushroom pickers on Wednesday at a Stockholm achipelago campsite, with local police suspecting murder.

Motorist hits bear after avoiding elk
Norway

Motorist hits bear after avoiding elk

A motorist breathed a brief sigh of relief on Wednesday night after swerving to avoid an elk, only to instead collide with a bear moments later on a road in eastern Norway.

Sunshine, scorching temperatures on the way
Germany

Sunshine, scorching temperatures on the way

Another bout of baking weather is on the cards for Germany this weekend, as mediocre temperatures are set to soar and the chances of rain should dry up, the German Weather Service (DWD) said on Thursday.

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France

Yves Rocher buys Turkish cosmetics firm

French cosmetics group Yves Rocher has bought a 51 percent stake in Turkish beauty products company Flormar in a deal estimated at $150 million, the Turkish press reported Thursday.

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Norway

Pensioner dies after cow attack

An 87-year-old man in eastern Norway has died after he was attacked by a cow last weekend.

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Norway

Tycoon edges Telenor in Vimpelcom race

Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman's Altimo firm said Wednesday it had become the biggest shareholder in mobile phone operator Vimpelcom after a $3.6 billion deal with Egyptian tycoon Naguib Sawiris, beating out Norway's Telenor.

Germany crumble in Argentina friendly
Germany

Germany crumble in Argentina friendly

Germany found itself on the other foot on Wednesday when Argentina which, despite its World Cup ambitions dying in a four-goal thumping two years ago, turned the tables to win a friendly international 3 - 1 in Frankfurt.

British raid threat ‘hostile and extreme’: WikiLeaks
Sweden

British raid threat ‘hostile and extreme’: WikiLeaks

Whistleblowing website WikiLeaks on Thursday condemned a British threat to raid the Ecuador embassy in London where its founder is holed up as a "hostile and extreme" assault on asylum-seekers.

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Sweden

Model sues Volvo for millions over ‘escort’ ad

An American model is suing Swedish carmaker Volvo, her modelling agency and Hertz rental cars for $23 million over claims that she was made to look like an escort in a recent ad campaign.

Police hunt ‘Kermit the con-artist’
Germany

Police hunt ‘Kermit the con-artist’

German police are hunting for a con-artist who stole an electric bike after claiming he was organizing charity bicycle tours for the blind – and that he was Germany's dubbing actor for Kermit the Frog.

Brazil beat Sweden 3-0 in Råsunda friendly
Sweden

Brazil beat Sweden 3-0 in Råsunda friendly

Olympic silver medalist Brazil took home a comfortable 3-0 win over hosts Sweden on Wednesday in a friendly at the Råsunda stadium in Stockholm.