Lausanne scientists in brain map breakthrough
Switzerland

Lausanne scientists in brain map breakthrough

Researchers in Switzerland said on Monday a new computerized model of part of a rat's cortex predicts connections between neurons, which could help explain how the brains of mammals -- including humans -- work.

Locked-out NHL stars eye Swiss hockey teams
Switzerland

Locked-out NHL stars eye Swiss hockey teams

Swiss ice hockey teams look set to benefit from a lockout of players in North America’s National Hockey League over a wage dispute.

Dog shoots man
France

Dog shoots man

A 55-year-old French hunter who had to have his right hand amputated after his dog accidentally shot him said Monday he didn't blame the pet, which he still considered "adorable".

Moscovici: Arms firm merger will need scrutiny
France

Moscovici: Arms firm merger will need scrutiny

French finance minister Pierre Moscovici said Monday that the merger of British arms maker BAE Systems and European aerospace giant EADS must be "examined thoroughly" in a process that "will take time".

Teen girl ill after eating raw animal heart
Norway

Teen girl ill after eating raw animal heart

A 16-year-old girl is recovering in hospital from a life-threatening infection after she was forced to eat a raw animal heart during an initiation ceremony for a high school sorority in south-eastern Norway.

Diplomat reversal on Dag Hammarskjöld death
Sweden

Diplomat reversal on Dag Hammarskjöld death

Newly released evidence on the death of UN chief and renowned Swedish statesman Dag Hammarskjöld, including previously unseen pictures of his corpse, has caused the author of an official inquiry to question his own claims that the death was an accident.

Dad, 88, fined for hitting son, 65, with broom
Germany

Dad, 88, fined for hitting son, 65, with broom

An 88-year-old pensioner has accepted a fine of €2,000 for hitting his son - also a pensioner - with a broom. The judge told the pair, "I'd be ashamed of coming to court with this nonsense."

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France

Leclerc supermarket founder dies at 85

Edouard Leclerc, the founder of French hypermarket chain E. Leclerc, died on Monday aged 85, officials in his native region of Brittany said.

Preparing students for a globalized world

Germany

Preparing students for a globalized world


Schoolchildren in Germany have the chance to be exposed to an international learning environment in a local setting. Phorms offers bilingual teaching in German and English with an emphasis on educational excellence that embraces cultural diversity within the classroom.

Germans less than ecstatic on EU and euro
Germany

Germans less than ecstatic on EU and euro

Nearly two thirds of Germans think they would be better off if they had not swapped the deutschmark for the euro while about half say they would be doing better without the European Union.

Swedes like the US more than the EU: study
Sweden

Swedes like the US more than the EU: study

Swedes have a more favourable opinion of the United States than they do of the European Union, according to a new study, which also found Sweden to have the lowest opinion of Israel of any EU country.

Paris mayor slams bishop for gay incest jibe
France

Paris mayor slams bishop for gay incest jibe

Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe, one of France's few openly gay politicians, said Monday a Catholic Church leader had "flipped his lid" by saying that same-sex marriage would bring polygamy and incest.

VW call in ‘Mr Truck’ to overtake Daimler
Germany

VW call in ‘Mr Truck’ to overtake Daimler

German automaker Volkswagen aims to replace rival Daimler as the world's leading truck manufacturer. Three Swedes - one of whom is nicknamed "Mr Truck" - have been tasked with making VW the king of the road giants.

Teen drinking down – but still high
Germany

Teen drinking down – but still high

The number of teenagers regularly drinking themselves into a stupor is dropping, according to new figures, although around 700,000 say they get smashed once a month.

Greece won’t use stolen Swiss data: report
Switzerland

Greece won’t use stolen Swiss data: report

Attempts by Greece to identify account holders in Switzerland ran into difficulty on Monday with the Greek finance ministry ruling out the use of stolen data and Swiss banks refusing to name lawmaker clients.

Swedish jobs agency can’t fill own vacancies
Sweden

Swedish jobs agency can’t fill own vacancies

Sweden's public employment agency, tasked with helping unemployed Swedes find work, has been forced to hire a staffing agency to fill vacancies on its own staff.

Merkel: austerity not my idea, not my fault
Germany

Merkel: austerity not my idea, not my fault

Chancellor Angela Merkel defended her role in the eurozone crisis Monday against angry citizens of debt-mired nations, saying her tough austerity course was the only way to win back trust.

Cat ‘arrested’ after home break-in attempt
Sweden

Cat ‘arrested’ after home break-in attempt

A “fat and aggressive” cat named Oscar was arrested by police at the weekend for trespassing into a home in northern Swedish home and stealing food.

Ikea denies reports of founder’s retirement
Sweden

Ikea denies reports of founder’s retirement

Swedish furniture giant Ikea denied Monday that its 86-year-old founder Ingvar Kamprad had formally handed over the running of the business to his three sons, as a company official told a Swedish daily.

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France

French send mixed messages on euro

Conflicting messages are emerging about French acceptance of the Maastricht Treaty, 20 years after the accord created the euro, a single currency now used by 23 European countries.

Centre-left opposes ban on anti-Islam film
Germany

Centre-left opposes ban on anti-Islam film

The German government is intent on stopping a far-right group from screening the anti-Muslim film that has sparked riots around the world. Opposition politicians have come out against a ban, but police say they can't stop a screening.

One-legged Boris Becker endangers traffic
Germany

One-legged Boris Becker endangers traffic

Boris Becker nearly caused an accident in northern Germany last week after a cardboard cut-out of the former tennis starm with a leg missing, was left standing in a road in the middle of the night, causing cars to swerve to avoid him.

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France

Funeral for cyclist caught in Alps shooting

Sylvain Mollier, the French cyclist slain in the Alps shooting, has been buried in his home village close to the scene of an unexplained massacre that left four people dead.

Personal bankruptcies hit new Swiss highs
Switzerland

Personal bankruptcies hit new Swiss highs

Despite Switzerland’s relatively strong economy, residents are accumulating mountains of debt, according to a report that indicates personal bankruptcies are reaching record levels.

Norway’s Princess Ragnhild dies aged 82
Norway

Norway’s Princess Ragnhild dies aged 82

King Harald greeted with sorrow the news on Sunday of the death of his older sister, Princess Ragnhild.

Swedes left stranded as Ryanair flight goes empty
Sweden

Swedes left stranded as Ryanair flight goes empty

A Swedish family is outraged after being told to find their own way home from Croatia when their Ryanair flight was cancelled, despite the fact that it still flew back to Sweden without any passengers.

Sweden alters parental leave benefit rules
Sweden

Sweden alters parental leave benefit rules

The government wants to alter Sweden's system of parental leave benefits in an effort to get more immigrant women into the workforce.

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Switzerland

Biel cars burn in renewed arson strike

Bern cantonal police are seeking witnesses after five more vehicles were set afire in the city of Biel over the weekend.

Berlin police ‘lied’ over neo-Nazi terror info
Germany

Berlin police ‘lied’ over neo-Nazi terror info

The committee investigating how authorities failed to stop a neo-Nazi terror gang allegedly killing ten people while several people who had information about them were paid informants, have called the Berlin police liars.

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France

Boy suspected of killing baby at nursery

A judicial inquiry has been launched into the suspicious death of a one-month old infant in a municipally run Paris nursery on Sunday.

Germany will nix Swiss tax deal: Schröder
Switzerland

Germany will nix Swiss tax deal: Schröder

A pending German deal with Switzerland aimed at halting tax evasion does not go far enough and will likely be rejected by the German parliament, former chancellor Gerhard Schröder said in an interview published on Saturday.

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Switzerland

German euthanasia group moves to Zurich

A German assisted suicide organization said on Friday it had opened an office in Switzerland for fear of possible prosecution at home.

‘Swiss banking secrecy is over’
Switzerland

‘Swiss banking secrecy is over’

With their long-cherished secrecy practices increasingly under attack, Swiss banks are scrambling for a new way to attract wealthy foreign clients.

Sunday league footballer shot in Berlin
Germany

Sunday league footballer shot in Berlin

A quiet Sunday afternoon football match descended into panic in the German capital, after a mystery gunman began shooting at the players. One man was hit in the leg.

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Sweden

Ikea founder passes torch to three sons

Ingvar Kamprad, the 86-year-old founder of Ikea, has confirmed that the Swedish furniture giant has been handed over to his three sons, with each taking over a third of the company.

Federer leads Swiss to Davis Cup win
Switzerland

Federer leads Swiss to Davis Cup win

World number one Roger Federer won both his singles matches as Switzerland beat the Netherlands 3-2 in a Davis Cup play-off to secure a place in next year's World Group.

Pumpkin paddlers punt for vegetable victory
Germany

Pumpkin paddlers punt for vegetable victory

Possibly the world’s most eco-friendly boat race took place in southern Germany on Sunday, with the participants paddling giant pumpkins – and dining on the scooped out insides of their vessels afterwards.

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France

Royals head to French courts over Kate photos

Britain's royal family takes to the courts Monday to try to stop the spread of topless photos of Prince William's wife Catherine, but an Italian magazine plans to devote 26 pages to the grainy snaps.

Paramedics opt for shift change, patient dies
Sweden

Paramedics opt for shift change, patient dies

A heart patient died after ambulance drivers who received the high priority call just as their shift was ending decided to swing by the station to change drivers, delaying their arrival to the patient's home.

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Switzerland

Swiss man critically hurt in mob attack: police

A 20-year-old Swiss man is in critical condition after a mob of as many as 40 people brutally attacked him outside a Zurich bar, police said Sunday.

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France

Gang of 15 ambushes Alsace policeman

An off-duty police officer in southern Alsace was seriously injured after being attacked by a gang of around 15 masked men early Sunday morning.

Mystery blast blows doors off Lund restaurant
Sweden

Mystery blast blows doors off Lund restaurant

A powerful blast blew out the entrance of an Austrian restaurant in Lund in southern Sweden shortly after midnight on Sunday, with police still unsure of exactly what caused the explosion.

Hit-and-run driver collides with six cows
Switzerland

Hit-and-run driver collides with six cows

A drunken hit-and-run motorist swerved off the road and drove into six cows before fleeing the accident scene in a rural area of the canton of Vaud near Montreux over the weekend.

Suspect admits to ‘ruthless’ subway robbery
Sweden

Suspect admits to ‘ruthless’ subway robbery

A 28-year-old man under arrest for robbing an unconscious man and leaving him on the tracks of a subway station near Stockholm where the victim was later hit by a train confessed on Sunday to the crime as well as other thefts.