Court blows off prisoner’s erection beef
Switzerland

Court blows off prisoner’s erection beef

A regional prison inmate in Bern suffering from priapism has failed in a legal bid to win damages for the alleged failure of prison staff to deal with his medical condition in a timely manner.

Quebec separatists cheer as French line softens
France

Quebec separatists cheer as French line softens

President François Hollande said Monday that France would return to its policy of "non-interference, non-indifference" on the question of the independence of the Canadian province of Quebec.

Assets of Telia’s Uzbek partner frozen in Sweden
Sweden

Assets of Telia’s Uzbek partner frozen in Sweden

A Stockholm court on Monday ordered that more than $30 million held in a Swedish bank by an Uzbek company with ties to Swedish-Finnish telecoms giant TeliaSonera be frozen as part of an ongoing money-laundering probe.

Robbing unconscious man ‘a bad idea’: suspect
Sweden

Robbing unconscious man ‘a bad idea’: suspect

The man who admitted to mugging an unconscious man and leaving him on the tracks at a Stockholm metro station where he was later hit by a train said in court on Monday he robbed the victim because he "needed the money".

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Norway

Norway court ups sentence in cartoon case

A Norwegian appeals court on Monday tacked an extra year onto the seven-year sentence of a man convicted of Al-Qaeda ties and plotting to bomb a Danish newspaper that published cartoons deemed offensive to the prophet Muhammad.

Police Taser ‘didn’t cause immigrant’s death’
France

Police Taser ‘didn’t cause immigrant’s death’

A French judge has absolved police of blame for the death of a Malian immigrant who was shot twice with a Taser gun, saying he died of a genetic blood disorder.

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France

‘Drug money’ was Jewish donations: lawyer

The main Swiss suspect in what is believed to be a vast drug money laundering ring claims the large sums handed to Parisian clients came from Jewish community donations, his lawyer said in an interview with the Le Temps daily published Monday.

Edwardian England on display in Stockholm
Sweden

Edwardian England on display in Stockholm

One of the most expensive homes ever built in Sweden now has a set of elegant new residents after Hallwyl House in Stockholm opened its grand doors to display a collection of costumes from the popular British television drama Downton Abbey.

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Sweden

Swede admits to killing missing Norway woman

A 26-year-old woman who had been reported missing together with her one-year-old son has been found dead in a wood near the home of her former Swedish partner.

Tiny TV channel hits new heights on space jump
Germany

Tiny TV channel hits new heights on space jump

Extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner not only broke three world records on Sunday when he skydived from the edge of space to earth – he also helped German news broadcaster n-tv to rack up its best ever viewing numbers.

‘Turkey right to stop Syrian arms planes’
Germany

‘Turkey right to stop Syrian arms planes’

Germany supported Turkish moves to stop planes travelling in its airspace suspected of taking weapons to government forces in Syria, Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said on Monday as a second such operation was carried out.

Outrage over Stockholm school butter ban
Sweden

Outrage over Stockholm school butter ban

Parents are concerned after some Stockholm schools have chosen to stop serving students real butter on their sandwiches due to new stricter guidelines from the National Food Agency (Livsmedelsverket).

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Switzerland

‘Drug money’ was Jewish donations: lawyer

The main Swiss suspect in what is believed to be a vast drug money laundering ring claims the large sums handed to Parisian clients came from Jewish community donations, his lawyer told the Le Temps daily.

TV host gropes woman in on-air ‘prank’
Germany

TV host gropes woman in on-air ‘prank’

German state TV broadcaster ZDF came under fire on Monday for airing a "joke" sequence in which a host poked an unwitting woman’s breast and patted her backside as part of a dare.

Netflix launches film streaming in Sweden
Sweden

Netflix launches film streaming in Sweden

Netflix launched its film streaming service in Sweden on Monday, offering a special deal to current Spotify subscribers in an otherwise low-key entry into the Nordic region for the US company.

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Norway

Kidnapped Russian mum found dead

A 26-year-old woman reported missing with her one-year-old son has been found dead in a wood near the home of her former Swedish partner.

Sweden summons Israeli envoy over Iran report
Sweden

Sweden summons Israeli envoy over Iran report

Sweden's foreign ministry said it had summoned Israel's ambassador on Monday after an Israeli official was quoted as saying Stockholm would oppose more EU sanctions on Iran to protect a business deal.

US duo awarded Nobel economics prize
Sweden

US duo awarded Nobel economics prize

The 2012 Nobel Prize in Economics has been awarded to US economists Alvin E. Roth and Lloyd S. Shapley for the research that helps explain market processes, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced on Monday.

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France

Drunk driver in slippers: it was my birthday

A man who was found drunk-driving in slippers, and had owned a car for 42 years despite not having a licence, has been given a suspended month-long sentence and had his car confiscated.

US takeover likely for Douglas perfume chain
Germany

US takeover likely for Douglas perfume chain

Founders of German perfume and cosmetics retailer Douglas said on Monday that they would be teaming up with US private equity group Advent International to launch a €1.5 billion takeover of the group.

Divine rumblings? Lourdes hit by quake
France

Divine rumblings? Lourdes hit by quake

Inhabitants in and around the French pilgrimage town of Lourdes felt the earth move early Saturday morning, when the area experienced a light earthquake.

Live Blog: 2012 Nobel Prize announcements
Sweden

Live Blog: 2012 Nobel Prize announcements

The winners of the 2012 Nobel Prizes are being announced this week in Stockholm. The Local brings you all the latest news, reactions, and details surrounding the winners and why they won.

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France

Vivendi aims to offload SFR

French media and telecom group Vivendi is in talks to merge its embattled mobile and internet unit SFR with cable operator Numericable, news media reported.

Man dies after gang beat him up in Berlin
Germany

Man dies after gang beat him up in Berlin

Police are appealing for witnesses after a young man was beaten to death by a gang in the centre of Berlin early on Sunday morning, in what appears to have been a completely unprovoked attack.

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France

Education Minister ‘for legalization’ of cannabis

French Education Minister, Vincent Peillon, revealed on French radio this weekend he was leaning towards supporting the legalization of cannabis, and would welcome open debate on the issue in parliament.

Swiss photographer sues Apple over ‘eye’ image
Switzerland

Swiss photographer sues Apple over ‘eye’ image

A Zurich-based photographer has sued Apple for allegedly using one of her copyrighted photos for commercial purposes without a proper licence.

Electricity bills to increase by €60 a year
Germany

Electricity bills to increase by €60 a year

Germany's transition to renewable energy is likely to cost a three-person household €60 a year as the so-called EEG reallocation charge will rise from 3.6 euro cents to 5.3 cents per kWh in 2013, it emerged Monday.

Three hurt in scramble off smoke-filled plane
Norway

Three hurt in scramble off smoke-filled plane

Three people were injured Sunday when a Norway-bound plane at an airport on Turkey's Mediterranean coast was evacuated after fire broke out in the cockpit, a travel agency and television reports said.

Volvo halts production at Swedish plant
Sweden

Volvo halts production at Swedish plant

Volvo Cars, part of China's Geely group, said on Monday that production at one of its main plants would be suspended for a week due to a slowdown in the European auto market.

Genevans back new political charter
Switzerland

Genevans back new political charter

Voters in Geneva on Sunday accepted a new political constitution for the canton to replace one dating from 1847.

Swedes cheesed off over import tariffs
Norway

Swedes cheesed off over import tariffs

Swedish dairy producers fear that massive hikes in tariffs on the import of cheese and meat into Norway will put an end to exports.

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Norway

Investors seek safe haven in Nordic banks

Swedish and Norwegian banks say they have seen an influx of foreign investors looking for a safe haven from the turmoil of the troubled eurozone.

Ancient tomb found at ‘Sweden’s Stonehenge’
Sweden

Ancient tomb found at ‘Sweden’s Stonehenge’

Swedish archaeologists have unearthed what is presumed to be a dolmen, or a portal tomb, that is believed to be over 5,000 years old near the megalithic monument Ale’s stones in southern Sweden.

Education Minister: I didn’t copy my thesis
Germany

Education Minister: I didn’t copy my thesis

Education Minister Annette Schavan has reacted angrily to accusations from the University of Düsseldorf that she plagiarised her doctoral thesis, which she wrote in 1980. "I won't accept that," she said.

Congo causes tension at Francophone summit
France

Congo causes tension at Francophone summit

Canadian Premier Stephen Harper defended his attendance at the Francophonie summit in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday while slamming the country's failure to abide by "democratic standards."

More Greek firms eye low-tax Switzerland
Switzerland

More Greek firms eye low-tax Switzerland

More Greek firms could follow Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling and move their headquarters to Switzerland or elsewhere to avoid higher taxes at home, Swiss media reports said on Sunday.

Germany honours dissident Chinese author
Germany

Germany honours dissident Chinese author

Chinese dissident author Liao Yiwu described his homeland as an "inhuman empire with bloody hands" as he scooped a prestigious German book prize on Sunday.

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Swiss and French cops swoop over drug money

French police have arrested 17 people, including the deputy mayor of a Paris district, in an operation with Swiss police into the suspected laundering of about €40 million (48 million francs, $52 million) of drug money.

UBS could shed 10,000 jobs: report
Switzerland

UBS could shed 10,000 jobs: report

The Swiss banking giant UBS could shed 10,000 jobs in the near future, according to a report on Saturday in the Tages Anzeiger daily.

Swedish captain missing after falling overboard
Sweden

Swedish captain missing after falling overboard

A 70-year-old Swedish man went missing after he fell overboard from a small tanker in the Greek Islands on Sunday, with authorities and private boats joining forces to search for the man.

Captain Ballack yearns for swan song
Germany

Captain Ballack yearns for swan song

Retired ex-Germany captain Michael Ballack has said he is hoping to have a farewell game organised for him and has revealed he plans to get his coaching licence.

Sweden’s Blixt blitzes US PGA in first tour win
Sweden

Sweden’s Blixt blitzes US PGA in first tour win

Swedish rookie Jonas Blixt earned his first US PGA victory after rolling in a four-foot par putt on 18 to capture the $5 million Frys.com Open by one stroke on Sunday.

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Sweden

Swedish backpacker found dead in India

A 24-year-old Swedish woman has died in India after she reportedly became ill following a meal with friends while on holiday.