Job centre employee stabbed to death at work
Germany

Job centre employee stabbed to death at work

Questions were raised across Germany about safety for officials on Wednesday, after a woman working in a job centre was stabbed to death by a client in her office – despite having taken a de-escalation course the day before.

Top judge slammmed for Palme probe meet up
Sweden

Top judge slammmed for Palme probe meet up

Swedish Supreme Court justice and former Chancellor of Justice Göran Lambertz has drawn fire from the high court's Chief Justice over an apparent attempt to get involved in the ongoing investigation into the assassination of Prime Minister Olof Palme.

Foreign degree validation benefits vary: study
Sweden

Foreign degree validation benefits vary: study

While two thirds of those who've had foreign university degrees formally validated in Sweden still don't work in their fields of expertise, the process nevertheless helps jobseekers in other ways, according to a new study presented Wednesday by the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education (Högskoleverket).

Total chief warns against Arctic drilling
France

Total chief warns against Arctic drilling

Oil companies should not drill for oil in Arctic waters, the head of French oil group Total, Christophe de Margerie, told the Financial Times in an interview published on its website on Wednesday.

TeliaSonera Uzbek deal prompts bribery probe
Sweden

TeliaSonera Uzbek deal prompts bribery probe

The Swedish prosecution authority has launched a preliminary corruption probe into TeliaSonera's licence acquisition in Uzbekistan, the Finnish-Swedish telecom operator said on Wednesday.

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France

French student caught in Turkish terror trial

A French-Turkish university student went on trial on Wednesday accused of links to an outlawed far-left extremist group in a case that has sparked criticism from human rights groups.

Swedish toddler steals mum’s keys, crashes car
Sweden

Swedish toddler steals mum’s keys, crashes car

The mother of a four-year-old boy from southern Sweden was stunned to learn that the toddler had stolen the keys to her car while she slept before crashing the vehicle into a pick-up truck.

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France

French police raid home of Toulouse gunman’s brother

French police Wednesday raided the home of the brother of Islamist gunman Mohamed Merah who shot dead seven people in the country's south, to try to establish if he was linked to the killings.

Player death threat puts Swedish hooliganism back in focus
Sweden

Player death threat puts Swedish hooliganism back in focus

With football officials still reeling from a match in southern Sweden in which supporters called for the death of an opposing player, contributor Patrick Reilly takes a first-hand look at football hooliganism in Skåne.

Talent and growth head for the cities
Germany

Talent and growth head for the cities

The depressed rural areas of eastern Germany where economic growth is practically nil, should be taken as a stark warning for western regions of the country, an economic institute said on Wednesday.

French handball hit by corruption allegations
France

French handball hit by corruption allegations

The French professional handball scene was thrown into turmoil Wednesday after an investigation was ramped up into giants Montpellier over alleged match-fixing and illegal betting.

DNA tests offer hope in 1984 French murder
France

DNA tests offer hope in 1984 French murder

French authorities Wednesday ordered new DNA tests in the hope of finding fresh evidence in the 28-year-old murder of a little boy that remains one of the country's most long-running unsolved mysteries.

Granny grabs wheel after driver passes out
Germany

Granny grabs wheel after driver passes out

A German pensioner saved a bus-load of her friends when she grabbed the steering wheel from the driver who had collapsed.

Strauss-Kahn wants pimp charge dropped
France

Strauss-Kahn wants pimp charge dropped

Lawyers for Dominique Strauss-Kahn on Wednesday asked a French appeal court to dismiss charges that the disgraced former IMF chief helped procure prostitutes for sex parties.

Lausanne man uses social media to flush out drug dealers
Switzerland

Lausanne man uses social media to flush out drug dealers

Frustrated over a lack of action to counteract drug dealers in downtown Lausanne, a city resident has launched a Facebook page to combat the illegal activity.

Liquidation beckons for Neckermann online
Germany

Liquidation beckons for Neckermann online

Around 2,400 people working at bankrupt mail order business Neckermann were preparing to lose their jobs Wednesday, after insolvency administrators said they were going to liquidate the company.

Berlin underground scares passengers
Germany

Berlin underground scares passengers

Although the German capital has a punctual and speedy metro system, people using it complain they do not feel safe, particularly at night – a number of well-publicised attacks have failed to result in increased security.

Swiss director stages Breivik murder speech
Switzerland

Swiss director stages Breivik murder speech

The words of Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik explaining the thinking behind his killing spree will be read in Berlin theatres next month. The aim: to shock the audience with the familiarity of his arguments.

Mayor painted as Roman soldier with public funds
Sweden

Mayor painted as Roman soldier with public funds

A mayor from southern Sweden has been slammed for paying an artist friend 600,000 kronor ($91,584) in public funds to paint a depiction of the mayor dressed as a Roman legionary as part of a mural in the local council's building.

Berlin set for Breivik murder monologue
Norway

Berlin set for Breivik murder monologue

The words of Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik explaining the thinking behind his killing spree will be read in Berlin theatres next month. The aim: to shock the audience with the familiarity of his arguments.

Tests underway for new Swiss ‘monster’ trains
Switzerland

Tests underway for new Swiss ‘monster’ trains

Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) is grappling with how to handle longer passenger trains than it has ever operated before.

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France

Pupils, 9, ‘accessed porn’ in history lesson

Pupils in a primary school in Marmande, near Bordeaux, reportedly accessed pornographic images during a history lesson this week.

Police slammed over ‘east European’ tweet
Sweden

Police slammed over ‘east European’ tweet

Officers in charge of the official Södermalm police Twitter account @YBSödermalm have found themselves in hot water again after tweeting a description of a suspected perpetrator with “east European” looks.

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France

Copé: anti-white racism exists in France

Jean-Francois Copé, candidate to be the next leader of the UMP, has published a paper in which he criticises “anti-white racism" in France.

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Norway

Stolen scooter found after 19 years

A one-time scooter rider in south-eastern Norway got a major surprise on Wednesday morning when he was reunited with his old motorcycle 19 years after it was stolen.

Hollande urges African intervention in Mali crisis
France

Hollande urges African intervention in Mali crisis

French President François Hollande on Tuesday urged the global community to help defuse a crisis in Mali by giving United Nations backing to a West African-led military intervention.

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France

Girl vows to catch pizza gran’s killer

The granddaughter of 64-year-old Renée Bertrand, shot dead on Sunday afternoon while waiting for a friend to pick up pizzas, has vowed she will “catch the dogs” who killed her grandmother.

Breivik’s mass murder speech hits the stage
Germany

Breivik’s mass murder speech hits the stage

The words of Norwegian mass-murderer Anders Breivik explaining the thinking behind his killing spree will be read in Berlin theatres next month - to shock the audience with the familiarity of his arguments.

Radioactive French artist evacuates Lyon court
France

Radioactive French artist evacuates Lyon court

A French painter and peace activist triggered a security scare Tuesday when he smashed a glass container with a slightly radioactive pigment in a courthouse, calling the act "performance art".

Merkel and Kohl to unite for party and euro
Germany

Merkel and Kohl to unite for party and euro

Chancellor Angela Merkel will publicly reunite with former mentor Helmut Kohl to mark the 30th anniversary of his first leading country on Thursday, using the occasion to firm up support for her euro strategy.

Malmö sniper Peter Mangs ‘not mentally ill’
Sweden

Malmö sniper Peter Mangs ‘not mentally ill’

Convicted serial killer Peter Mangs does not suffer from a mental disorder, a forensic psychiatric evaluation report revealed on Wednesday.

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Switzerland

Da Vinci buffs to show ‘early Mona Lisa’ in Geneva

What is believed to be an earlier version of Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" will be shown to journalists in Geneva on Thursday, according to the Mona Lisa Foundation.

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Switzerland

Swiss family freed in Libya nuke case

Switzerland's highest court on Tuesday sentenced a family of Swiss engineers accused of helping Libya in its failed efforts years ago to build up a nuclear weapons programme.

Norway study reveals reindeer rain fears
Norway

Norway study reveals reindeer rain fears

Arctic reindeer have no problems with snowstorms but are badly affected by rain, a finding that has implications for assessing how climate change affects wildlife, a Norwegian study says.

Patient waits eight hours in emergency ward, dies
Sweden

Patient waits eight hours in emergency ward, dies

A Gothenburg hospital has been reported to the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) after a seriously ill patient was forced to wait eight hours in the emergency ward, only to then suffer a stroke and die.

Two women assaulted at Munich Oktoberfest
Germany

Two women assaulted at Munich Oktoberfest

Two women were attacked and sexually assaulted at or near the Munich Oktoberfest over the first few days of the annual beer festival.

New law to set conditions on circumcision
Germany

New law to set conditions on circumcision

The German justice minister has drawn up the outlines of new legislation permitting the circumcision of boys, after a Cologne court controversially deemed the rite to be a crime.

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Sweden

Teens held for firing shots at bus, ambulance

Police have arrested two teenagers after shots were fired at three cars, a bus and an ambulance in central Sweden on Tuesday, resulting in extensive road blocks and 25 police officers on the scene.

Drunk survives fall under high-speed train
Germany

Drunk survives fall under high-speed train

A man on his way home from a German beer festival fell off a train station platform into the path of a speeding train – but landed between the tracks and escaped with a knock to the head from the fall.

Britain predicts long showdown over Assange
Sweden

Britain predicts long showdown over Assange

Britain and Ecuador face a prolonged showdown over the asylum bid by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in the South American nation's London embassy, Britain's foreign minister William Hague said Tuesday.