American-Swiss scientist wins ‘Swiss Nobel Prize’
Switzerland

American-Swiss scientist wins ‘Swiss Nobel Prize’

An American-Swiss molecular biologist has been named as the winner of the 2012 Marcel Benoist Prize, regarded as the most prestigious Swiss award for science and humanities research.

France loans Jordan €150 million
France

France loans Jordan €150 million

The French Development Agency inked a deal with the Jordanian government on Monday to provide the kingdom with a soft loan of €150 million ($193 million) to support its battered budget.

Right wing extremists threaten press watchdog
Sweden

Right wing extremists threaten press watchdog

Sweden’s Press Ombudsman (Allmänhetens Pressombudsman – PO) Ola Sigvardsson has been subjected to threats after publishing a text where he questioned the publication of the images of the subway robber in Swedish media.

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Norway

Danish sperm bank scandal reaches Norway

Eighteen children in Norway and Sweden are among dozens conceived with sperm from a donor who carried a genetic disease - a fact that a Danish sperm bank, Nordisk Cryobank, failed to disclose.

France isolated against US ‘château’ imports
France

France isolated against US ‘château’ imports

Famed for its wines labelled after a local château, France was isolated among EU partners on Monday over its insistence that US wines bearing the same distinction be kept out of the European market.

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Sweden

Telia backtracks on Skype ‘block’ in Sweden

Swedish telecom operator Telia has backtracked on a proposal from March to implement technologies that would have blocked mobile phone users in Sweden from making free calls using services like Skype and Viber, but has announced a hike in data prices.

Peugeot and BMW break hybrid car partnership
France

Peugeot and BMW break hybrid car partnership

French auto group PSA Peugeot Citroen confirmed on Monday that it was no longer collaborating with German luxury carmaker BMW on a venture to develop hybrid vehicle technology.

UK MPs to probe aerospace merger
France

UK MPs to probe aerospace merger

A group of British deputies tasked with scrutinising defence policy announced on Monday an inquiry into the possible merger of BAE Systems with EADS.

French editor sent death threats over Kate pics
France

French editor sent death threats over Kate pics

French magazine Closer on Monday said its editor Laurence Pieau had received death threats for publishing pictures of Prince William's wife Catherine sunbathing topless.

Swedish ‘serial killer’ cleared in Norway deaths
Norway

Swedish ‘serial killer’ cleared in Norway deaths

Thomas Quick, once convicted of eight murders, has been cleared by a Swedish court of killing two Norwegian women, Trine Jensen and Gry Storvik, in Oslo in the 1980s.

British nuclear fuel rods arrive from Sellafield
Germany

British nuclear fuel rods arrive from Sellafield

British nuclear fuel rods arrived on Germany's North Sea coast for the first time since the 1980s on Sunday. The ship delivering them attracted some protesters on land and sea, but the journey was generally peaceful.

Euro rescue of €2 trillion ‘an illusion’
Germany

Euro rescue of €2 trillion ‘an illusion’

Germany on Monday dismissed as "completely illusory" a press report suggesting that the eurozone's bailout fund could be leveraged up by a factor of four to around €2 trillion euros ($2.6 trillion).

Suspect held over fatal haemophiliac attack
Norway

Suspect held over fatal haemophiliac attack

After three years on the run, a man has been arrested in Copenhagen over an attack that – combined with a fatal linguistic mix-up – led to the death in 2009 of a 25-year-old Norwegian who suffered from haemophilia.

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France

Total subsidiary ex-head jailed over lethal blast

A French appeals court Monday sentenced a former boss of a subsidiary of oil giant Total to a year in prison for a 2001 chemical plant blast that killed 31 people.

Local bakeries left with crumbs in bread wars
Germany

Local bakeries left with crumbs in bread wars

The trip to the local bakery to pick up fresh German bread in the morning is likely become longer, as an industry association expects more than a third of all small bakeries will close by 2020.

Swedes hail opening of lobster fishing season
Sweden

Swedes hail opening of lobster fishing season

Sweden’s lobster fishing season kicked off on Monday morning with eager fishermen taking to the seas early in the hopes of snagging themselves a traditional Swedish delicacy.

Swedish ‘killer’ cleared of Norway murders
Sweden

Swedish ‘killer’ cleared of Norway murders

Thomas Quick, who had at one time been convicted of eight murders, has been acquitted in the killings of two Norwegian women, Trine Jensen and Gry Storvik, in Oslo in the 1980s.

Sweden hit by Danish sperm bank scandal
Sweden

Sweden hit by Danish sperm bank scandal

Nearly 20 children in Sweden and Norway are among dozens conceived with sperm from a donor that carried a genetic disease which a Danish sperm bank, Nordisk Cryobank, failed to disclose.

‘Vampire’ man sentenced for blood attack
Germany

‘Vampire’ man sentenced for blood attack

A man who thought he was a vampire and attacked his father to drink his blood was given a three-year suspended sentence on Monday. If he bites anyone again he will have to go to a psychiatric hospital.

Court upholds acquittals in Vilks murder plot case
Sweden

Court upholds acquittals in Vilks murder plot case

A court of appeal in Gothenburg has upheld the acquittal of three men charged with having plotted to murder Swedish artist Lars Vilks.

Man shot dead at roadside motel
Norway

Man shot dead at roadside motel

Three people have been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a 30-year-old man at a motel in south-eastern Norway in the early hours of Monday morning.

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France

Teacher flees to France with pupil half his age

British police were liaising with French colleagues on Monday in an effort to track down a missing 15-year-old girl said to have fled across the Channel with a married teacher twice her age.

Thieves dynamite ATM, blow up bank
Germany

Thieves dynamite ATM, blow up bank

German thieves made an explosive miscalculation on Sunday night when trying to blow open cash machine – they used so much dynamite they destroyed the bank – but managed to escape with the ATM.

Air Force calls for armed Euro-made drones
Germany

Air Force calls for armed Euro-made drones

Some German top Air Force brass want to expand their use of unmanned drones – and arm them in the future. Plans for European drone development are gaining support from those who want more independence from US military technology.

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France

Gran shot 13 times while waiting for pizzas

A 66-year-old grandmother was found dead in her car in St Quentin, near Amiens, after being shot 13 times while waiting for her granddaughter outside a pizza restaurant on Sunday afternoon.

Motorist survives van rollover into river
Switzerland

Motorist survives van rollover into river

A 43-year-old woman was rushed to hospital after facing double jeopardy when her vehicle flipped over a steep bank into a river in the canton of Valais over the weekend.

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France

Epinal radiation scandal goes to trial

A hospital accused of administering extra high doses of radiation to cancer patients - involving 500 victims, seven of whom died - goes to court today in Paris after six years’ investigation.

Ikea pulls Pussy Riot protest pic
Sweden

Ikea pulls Pussy Riot protest pic

Swedish furniture giant Ikea removed a picture from its Russian website of four youths wearing balaclavas, in an apparent reference to the punk band Pussy Riot, members of which were jailed in Russia in August in a much-criticized ruling.

Biggest Swiss urban square gets go-ahead
Switzerland

Biggest Swiss urban square gets go-ahead

The largest urban square in Switzerland will be redeveloped after a 17.2-million-franc project received the go-ahead from Zurich voters on Sunday.

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France

Leaked gay marriage law: no more Mum and Dad

A copy of the draft law to legalise gay marriage in France has been leaked to the press, revealing a plan to change all instances of “mother” and “father” in civil code to just “parents”.

France demands fresh EU sanctions against Iran
France

France demands fresh EU sanctions against Iran

Britain, France and Germany have officially called for new European Union sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, diplomats said on Sunday.

Power outage halts rail traffic near Stockholm
Sweden

Power outage halts rail traffic near Stockholm

A significant power outage is causing delays in all northbound rail traffic from Stockholm including the Arlanda Express trains, according to the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket), which predicts that the fault will be dealt with by 2pm.

Four feared dead among house fire wreckage
Germany

Four feared dead among house fire wreckage

Fire fighters have found the bodies of two women killed in a house fire on Monday morning. Two young girls are missing, presumed dead – but German police said the building was so dangerous they cannot be retrieved.

Dead priest delivers miracle
France

Dead priest delivers miracle

A French priest moved a step closer to sainthood Saturday when the Vatican acknowledged that the healing of an Ecuadoran boy amounted to a miracle.

Two arrested over threats to French cartoonists
France

Two arrested over threats to French cartoonists

An 18-year-old man who threatened on Facebook the editors of the French satirical weekly that published cartoons of a naked Prophet Muhammad was charged Sunday with terrorism-related activity, a judicial source said.

Oldest living Swede celebrates 110 years
Sweden

Oldest living Swede celebrates 110 years

Ruth Engström, Sweden's oldest citizen, celebrated her 110th birthday on Sunday, with cake, champagne, and a flurry of press photographer flashes.

Swiss split on vote to keep expat tax break
Switzerland

Swiss split on vote to keep expat tax break

A proposal to abolish special tax breaks for rich foreigners split Swiss voters on Sunday, with the canton of Basel-Landschaft approving it but the expat haven of Bern canton rejecting it.

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France

Four French amongst dead in Nepal avalanche

Four French mountain climbers were killed and three others were reported missing in an avalanche in Nepal that claimed at least nine lives, France's national union of mountain guides (SNGM) said Sunday.

Swiss voters say no to tougher smoking ban
Switzerland

Swiss voters say no to tougher smoking ban

Two-thirds of Swiss voters rejected a referendum Sunday to tighten a smoking ban, to the relief of hotels and restaurants, while two cantons split in a vote over keeping tax breaks for rich foreigners.

EU foreign ministers call for new Iran sanctions
Germany

EU foreign ministers call for new Iran sanctions

Germany, Britain and France officially called for new European Union sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, diplomats said Sunday.

Fake pilot sat in cockpit on commercial flight
Germany

Fake pilot sat in cockpit on commercial flight

A man who disguised himself as a pilot and sat in the cockpit of a commercial flight from Germany to Italy had a stash of fake uniforms and identity cards in his garage – just like the film “Catch Me If You Can”.

Migration Board delays toddler’s deportation
Sweden

Migration Board delays toddler’s deportation

In the face of mounting public pressure, the Swedish Migration Board (Migrationsverket) has decided that 2-year-old Haddile, an abandoned toddler facing deportation to France, can remain in Sweden with her foster parents until further notice.

Oktoberfest apps impress festival-goers
Germany

Oktoberfest apps impress festival-goers

Whether you want to know how long until you're sober, flirt with like-minded single revellers or where to stumble home after a few, help is only a click away at this year's Munich Oktoberfest.

Stroke sidelines Volvo Cars CEO Jacoby
Sweden

Stroke sidelines Volvo Cars CEO Jacoby

Stefan Jacoby, the CEO of Volvo Cars, has suffered a stroke that has forced him to take a leave of absence from running the Swedish automaker.