Rail police officer shoots himself in foot
Switzerland

Rail police officer shoots himself in foot

Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) police only started carrying guns three months ago but already an officer has hurt himself with a firearm.

‘Toxic’ powder sent to US embassy: police
Sweden

‘Toxic’ powder sent to US embassy: police

Police have confirmed that an envelope containing a “toxic and corrosive” white powder was sent to the US embassy in Stockholm on Wednesday, prompting the building to be evacuated for several hours.

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France

Firemen face probe over ‘group rape’ of girl

French prosecutors have extended a probe into allegations that about 20 firemen had sex with an under-age girl who was taken advantage of after calling for assistance, her lawyer said Wednesday.

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France

Hollande ‘recognizes’ Algerian repression

President François Hollande said Wednesday that France recognized the "bloody repression" of Algerian protesters in Paris that historians say left dozens, possibly hundreds, dead on October 17, 1961.

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France

Swinger harpoon murder reaches appeal court

The conviction for murder of a Madagascan woman who allegedly tricked one of her many lovers into killing her husband with a fishing harpoon goes to appeal here on Thursday.

Norway mum’s killer will be extradited: police
Sweden

Norway mum’s killer will be extradited: police

The 45-year-old man who abducted his son and murdered his Russian ex-girlfriend will be extradited to Norway, police reported on Wednesday.

Car thieves steal van full of bodies
Germany

Car thieves steal van full of bodies

Car thieves who stole a number of vans from a Berlin car park will get a shock when they finally open them up – one was stacked with 12 coffins complete with bodies, which were due to be driven to a crematorium.

Kidnapped teen escapes four-night rape ordeal
Germany

Kidnapped teen escapes four-night rape ordeal

A man with a long history of sexual violence was arrested in northern Germany after a teenage girl he had kidnapped and repeatedly raped managed to escape and raise the alarm.

Sunny skies bring brief relief from cold snap
Germany

Sunny skies bring brief relief from cold snap

Most of Germany can look forward to a brief Indian summer this week as mild sea winds from the Mediterranean brings sunny skies and warmer temperatures to the country said the national weather service DWD.

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Switzerland

Spanish savers move money to Switzerland

Crisis-hit savers in Spain are transferring their their money to Switzerland for safety, the head of Geneva's 80-strong banking association said on Wednesday.

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France

France vows to regain control of Corsica

France's Socialist government vowed Wednesday to restore order in Corsica after the slaying of a top lawyer, as interior minister Manuel Valls admitted that France looked 'impotent' in the face of mafia violence.

Swedes enlist Canadian’s novel in sex slavery fight
Sweden

Swedes enlist Canadian’s novel in sex slavery fight

Gripped by his novel about sex slavery, Swedish campaigners have enlisted a Gothenburg-based Canadian to help fight human trafficking, writes Sanne Schim van der Loeff.

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Sweden

Bus driver leaves 10-year-old on forest road

The parents of a 10-year-old schoolgirl in central Sweden were outraged after their daughter was kicked off the bus on a forest road some 20 kilometres from her home with an “invalid” bus pass.

Albania’s King Zog’s remains to be sent home
France

Albania’s King Zog’s remains to be sent home

Albania will repatriate the remains of its former self-proclaimed king Zog I from France, where he died in exile in 1961, government spokeswoman Erla Mehilli told AFP Wednesday.

Swedish press hails ‘miracle in Berlin’
Sweden

Swedish press hails ‘miracle in Berlin’

Sweden's stunning four-goal comeback to salvage a 4-4 draw against Germany in Berlin on Tuesday night prompted commentators to gush over what many considered an improbable footballing "miracle".

Arafat’s widow probed by French police
France

Arafat’s widow probed by French police

French investigators probing the death of Yasser Arafat questioned his widow Suha, who claims the veteran Palestinian leader may have been poisoned, in France in mid-September, according to a source.

Germany slashes 2013 growth prognosis
Germany

Germany slashes 2013 growth prognosis

The German government slashed its growth prognosis for next year from 1.6 percent to just 1.0 percent, Economy Minister Philipp Rösler said on Wednesday. He also marginally increased the forecast for the current year.

Security agent ‘warned KKK’ of phone tap
Germany

Security agent ‘warned KKK’ of phone tap

Connections between German domestic security services and the racist Ku-Klux-Klan (KKK) run deeper than previously thought, say media reports which point to a possible cover-up of foul play.

US embassy in Stockholm evacuated
Sweden

US embassy in Stockholm evacuated

The US embassy in Stockholm was evacuated on Wednesday with Swedish emergency services and police on the scene, investigating what media has referred to as a mystery letter containing "an unidentified white powder".

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Switzerland

Doctor found negligent in pensioner’s death

A 40-year-old doctor from SOS Médecins, a Geneva emergency medical response service, was found guilty on Tuesday of negligence in his response to a call for help from an 89-year-old woman who ended up dying.

Closer EU union ‘only after 2014’: Hollande
France

Closer EU union ‘only after 2014’: Hollande

President François Hollande said on Wednesday that France would support steps to closer political union in the European Union only after 2014 elections to the European Parliament.

Housing becomes more expensive nationwide
Germany

Housing becomes more expensive nationwide

The German government has acknowledged the increase in housing prices across the country, saying it is due to significant bottlenecks in construction. A report released on Wednesday suggests prices are rising in both depressed and booming areas.

‘A victory grotesquely given away’
Germany

‘A victory grotesquely given away’

The German media tore into the national football team after Tuesday's shock 4-4 draw against Sweden. The Local's media roundup has the choicest morsels of chiding.

Swedish zoo in animal killing ‘cover-up’
Sweden

Swedish zoo in animal killing ‘cover-up’

A zoo in eastern Sweden has come under fire for reportedly putting down animals and claiming they had simply been transferred to another zoo, misleading information the zoo now regrets sharing.

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France

Chinese student’s body found in forest

The body of a Chinese student living in Toulouse who went missing in July this year has been found in a forest 260 km away.

Hitzfeld’s team wins but finger issue lingers
Switzerland

Hitzfeld’s team wins but finger issue lingers

Switzerland’s football coach Ottmar Hitzfeld is in hot water these days but his team’s 2-0 victory against Iceland in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday has eased the tension.

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France

Green politician in drugs probe unmasked as sex shop owner

Green party politician Florence Lamblin, who is suspected of involvement in a money laundering affair linked to a drugs ring, is also a partner in an eco-friendly sex toy website, paper Le Canard Enchainé revealed this week.

Disabled Swedes in Gothenburg tram sit-in
Sweden

Disabled Swedes in Gothenburg tram sit-in

Some twenty disabled protesters from Gothenburg based group the Gothenburg Cooperative for Independent Living (Göteborgskooperativet för Independent Living, GIL), staged a wheelchair sit-in on a city tram on Tuesday, in protest against the difficulty for disabled passengers to use public transport in the area.

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France

Sex-change woman still a man on marriage certificate

A court in Rennes has ruled that a transsexual woman can now be officially recognised as female – but her new gender cannot appear on her marriage certificate.

Earth-sized planet found orbiting star
Switzerland

Earth-sized planet found orbiting star

Astronomers in Switzerland on Wednesday reported they had detected a planet with about the mass of Earth which orbits the closest star to the Sun.

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France

Autumn tests ‘pivotal’ to World Cup: Saint-André

France coach Philippe Saint-André says that despite being three years away the next World Cup was approaching fast and the three November tests would be pivotal in the "sprint" to the 2015 finals.

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France

Longchamp eyes China expansion

French luxury handbag maker Longchamp is eyeing a huge expansion in China despite the country's economic slowdown, its chief executive said as the firm opened a new store in Hong Kong Wednesday.

Zurich eyes halving corporate tax: minister
Switzerland

Zurich eyes halving corporate tax: minister

Zurich, Switzerland's largest city and financial hub, may cut its corporate tax rate nearly in half if foreign firms lose fiscal benefits amid EU pressure, the regional financial chief said on Tuesday.

Police offer €15,000 for deadly attack tips
Germany

Police offer €15,000 for deadly attack tips

Police hunting the gang who beat a young man to death in Berlin at the weekend are offering a reward of €15,000 for information leading to arrests. Details also emerged suggesting he was killed while trying to help a friend under attack.

TeliaSonera to cut 2,000 jobs as earnings fall
Sweden

TeliaSonera to cut 2,000 jobs as earnings fall

TeliaSonera will shed 2,000 workers as part of a 2 billion kronor ($300 million) savings package, the Swedish-Finnish telecoms giant announced on Wednesday along with its third quarter results.

Germany wastes huge lead to draw Sweden 4-4
Germany

Germany wastes huge lead to draw Sweden 4-4

Germany threw away a 4-0 lead over Sweden allowing four unanswered second-half goals in Tuesday's dramatic World Cup qualifier at Berlin's Olympic Stadium. It ended in a 4-4 draw, with the equaliser arriving in the 93rd minute.

Alcoholism ‘costs about 20 years of life’
Germany

Alcoholism ‘costs about 20 years of life’

German researchers have found that alcohol dependency lowers life expectancy by about two decades - and that women alcoholics are especially at risk of an early death.

Sweden shocks Germany with historic comeback
Sweden

Sweden shocks Germany with historic comeback

Sweden scored four unanswered second-half goals to seal a dramatic 4-4 draw with Germany in Tuesday's World Cup qualifier at Berlin's Olympic Stadium with the equaliser arriving in the 93rd minute.

Top EU official resigns after snus bribe probe
Sweden

Top EU official resigns after snus bribe probe

A complaint by Swedish Match about a suspected bribe meant to influence European tobacco policy has resulted in the resignation of EU health commissioner John Dalli, the European Union's top health official.

Reinfeldt, Merkel: ‘don’t rush EU bank oversight’
Sweden

Reinfeldt, Merkel: ‘don’t rush EU bank oversight’

The leaders of Germany and Sweden said Tuesday they agreed that the European Union should not rush into a new system to police the banking sector, calling for effectiveness over haste.