Two held as debate on Malmö Jews’ safety rages
Sweden

Two held as debate on Malmö Jews’ safety rages

Two 18-year-olds have been detained in connection with an explosion that damaged a Jewish community centre in Malmö early Friday morning in an incident that has rekindled debate about the safety of Jews in Sweden's third largest city.

Builders dig up 100,000 D-Marks
Germany

Builders dig up 100,000 D-Marks

Bavarian labourers stumbled upon an unusual booty on Thursday when they unearthed a bag they feared could contain a dead pet – and found 100,000 Deutsche Marks instead. The old money can still be swapped for current currency.

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Sweden

Fraudster caught on film gives up: ‘I felt watched’

A Swedish man suspected of using a fake driver's licence to defraud a bank of 1.8 million kronor ($273,000) has turned himself in after seeing his picture in the newspaper.

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France

French launch full probe into topless Kate pics

A French judge will lead a probe into how topless photos were obtained of Prince William's wife Catherine and will seek to identify the photographer, sources close to the inquiry said Friday.

Stockholm man set on fire in robbery torture
Sweden

Stockholm man set on fire in robbery torture

A man has been charged with aggravated robbery and assault after he and several accomplices tortured another teenager in southern Stockholm, setting the victim on fire and demanding the pin code to his personal bank card.

Royal fumes over Hollande snub
France

Royal fumes over Hollande snub

Ségolène Royal, the mother of French President Francois Hollande's four children, has rekindled the country's favourite gossip saga by voicing fury at being snubbed by her former partner.

Drivers could save €1,000 a year by ditching cars
Germany

Drivers could save €1,000 a year by ditching cars

Drivers who don’t use their cars often could save up to €1,000 a year by getting rid of their vehicle and signing up to a car-sharing scheme, a German consumer organisation said on Friday.

Rich face ‘brunt of pain’ in Hollande’s budget
France

Rich face ‘brunt of pain’ in Hollande’s budget

France on Friday unveiled action to plug a €37 billion hole in its public finances with the toughest package of tax rises and spending cuts the country has known in an economic downturn.

France and Germany: support banking levy
France

France and Germany: support banking levy

France and Germany want to revive a controversial financial transactions tax (FTT), seeking support from the European Commission and enough EU partners to get a limited deal through.

Assange ‘guarantees’ spark Amnesty spat
Sweden

Assange ‘guarantees’ spark Amnesty spat

The Swedish division of human rights group Amnesty International said on Friday that it doesn't support demands from its parent that the Swedish government guarantee WikiLeaks-founder Julian Assange would not be extradited to the US should he come to Sweden.

‘I wanted to kill the king’: bodyguard attacker
Sweden

‘I wanted to kill the king’: bodyguard attacker

A tourist from Brazil has spoken out after he attacked a security guard in Stockholm in early August, in what he revealed was a “crazy” attempt to steal the guard’s gun and kill the king of Sweden.

Israeli PM’s Iran bomb cartoon ‘confusing’: Bildt
Sweden

Israeli PM’s Iran bomb cartoon ‘confusing’: Bildt

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's cartoon-like drawing of a bomb that he held up at the United Nations General Assembly left pundits bewildered, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said Friday.

Fire harms theatre used by Austrian empress
Switzerland

Fire harms theatre used by Austrian empress

A fire has damaged a 19th century building housing the historic Alcazar theatre in Montreux for the second time in 30 years.

Schumacher to be replaced by Hamilton
Germany

Schumacher to be replaced by Hamilton

German Formula 1 veteran and seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher has been replaced by British driver Lewis Hamilton, who signed a three-year deal to drive for Mercedes from 2013, the firm announced on Friday.

Season’s ‘first’ snowfall hits northern Sweden
Sweden

Season’s ‘first’ snowfall hits northern Sweden

Residents in some areas of northern Sweden woke up to white lawns this morning, as the first snow of the season outside the mountain areas started falling over Sweden on Thursday evening.

France to ban closure of profitable plants
France

France to ban closure of profitable plants

The French parliament will within three months vote on a law banning profitable firms from closing down a plant and laying off workers without first seeking another company to take over the site, a minister said Friday.

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France

Marseille residents set fire to Roma camp

Around fifty residents of a Marseille neighbourhood took the law into their own hands when they expelled a group of Roma and burned their encampment on Thursday night.

Sigrid’s blood found in suspect’s caravan: report
Norway

Sigrid’s blood found in suspect’s caravan: report

Traces of blood from the slain Norwegian teen Sigrid Giskegjerde Schetne have been located in the caravan home of a 37-year-old murder suspect, according to a media report.

Thousands of school kids ‘struck by virus’
Germany

Thousands of school kids ‘struck by virus’

More than 6,500 schoolchildren across several eastern German states have become sick from what federal health authorities say is likely a food-borne illness.

Mother of abandoned toddler ‘wants her back’
Sweden

Mother of abandoned toddler ‘wants her back’

The mother of a two-year-old girl, who faced deportation after being abandoned in Sweden and assaulted by her step-father, now reportedly wants to be reunited with her daughter.

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Switzerland

Two Romanians nabbed for 40 Valais robberies

In a case the Swiss press is using to illustrate Switzerland’s growing problem with break-ins, two Romanians, aged 40 and 23, were arrested in Valais for committing at least 80 known robberies.

New contemporary art museum opens in Oslo
Norway

New contemporary art museum opens in Oslo

A new museum of modern art designed by Italy's Renzo Piano was inaugurated by Norway's Queen Sonja in Oslo on Thursday housing works by big-name artists such as Damien Hirst and Jeff Koons.

Knives out as French village cuts name
France

Knives out as French village cuts name

Residents of Laguiole, a village synonymous with the manufacture of France's most famous knives, have symbolically 'unnamed' the place in protest at losing control of the name.

Airbus ‘nearly crashed’ when pilots fell ill
Germany

Airbus ‘nearly crashed’ when pilots fell ill

An airbus carrying around 150 people nearly crashed at Cologne airport, when both pilots were so badly affected by contaminated air in the cockpit they were almost unconscious – but details are only emerging now, two years later.

Couples who share housework divorce more: study
Norway

Couples who share housework divorce more: study

Norwegian researchers have concluded that the more work a man does in the home the higher the risk that a couple will get divorced, explaining the correlation as a sign of "modern" attitudes.

Bernadette Chirac: Sarkozy will be back
France

Bernadette Chirac: Sarkozy will be back

The wife of former French president Jacques Chirac is predicting a return to politics for Nicolas Sarkozy.

Germany demands parity with France in BAE-EADS
Germany

Germany demands parity with France in BAE-EADS

Germany has set out its demands over the proposal to create a merged BAE-EADS aerospace giant, insisting on a parity of power with France, Friday’s Die Welt newspaper reported.

Steinbrück: We want to remove this government
Germany

Steinbrück: We want to remove this government

Germany's main opposition party has decided on former finance minister Peer Steinbrück to lead its challenge to Chancellor Angela Merkel in next autumn’s general election. “We want to remove this government,” he said on Friday.

Drunk Norwegian man wakes up in Sweden
Norway

Drunk Norwegian man wakes up in Sweden

An Oslo man, napping in the back of his car after a boozy night out, was shocked to find himself dumped in Gothenburg in Sweden by two female car thieves.

Germany charges two alleged Russian spies
Germany

Germany charges two alleged Russian spies

Two suspected Russian spies alleged to have been operating in Germany for more than 20 years have been charged with espionage, federal prosecutors said Thursday in the first case of its kind since German unification.

Germany looking to China for nursing power
Germany

Germany looking to China for nursing power

Germany is so desperate to find people to care for its elderly, it is launching a campaign to recruit 150 health care assistants from China.

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Sweden

‘Sweden should make promises’: Amnesty

Human rights group Amnesty International on Thursday urged Sweden to give WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange assurances that it will not extradite him to the US if he goes to Stockholm for questioning.

Drunken Oslo man wakes up in Gothenburg
Sweden

Drunken Oslo man wakes up in Gothenburg

An inebriated Norwegian man, napping in the back of his car, was shocked to find himself dumped in Gothenburg by two female car thieves some hours later.

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France

Two more teachers attacked by students

Two teenage students face discipline after the latest in a string of violent attacks on teachers across France.

Explosion rocks Malmö Jewish centre
Sweden

Explosion rocks Malmö Jewish centre

Police were called out early on Friday morning after loud bangs were heard near the Jewish community centre in Malmö, southern Sweden.

Pretzel factory ‘failed hygiene tests’
Germany

Pretzel factory ‘failed hygiene tests’

Bavarian health authorities shut down last week an industrial bakery producing pretzels for the Oktoberfest after they found it did not comply with hygiene standards. Everything produced in the past five days has been recalled.