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Switzerland

Three-year-old girl crushed by delivery van

A three-year-old girl died on Tuesday in Wil, a small city in the canton of Saint Gallen, after a delivery van ran over her.

Hells Angels take the stand after party attack
Sweden

Hells Angels take the stand after party attack

Tuesday saw the opening day of the hearing for the 19 members of the Swedish Hell’s Angels motorcycle club who stand accused of violently attacking a group of party-goers in southern Sweden in May.

Stolen van – and 12 bodies – found in Poland
Germany

Stolen van – and 12 bodies – found in Poland

Police in Poland looking for a van stolen from Berlin have found it – and the 12 bodies which were in coffins in the back.

Norwegian ex-cyclist Kjærgaard admits doping
Norway

Norwegian ex-cyclist Kjærgaard admits doping

Another former US Postal teammate of disgraced Lance Armstrong, Steffen Kjærgaard, on Tuesday admitted to using banned blood booster EPO when racing the Tour de France alongside the American.

Top ten words you didn’t know came from Sweden
Sweden

Top ten words you didn’t know came from Sweden

The Vikings didn't only bring tools, trade and violence to Britain over 1,000 years ago - they also brought language and The Local has collected the ten most common English words with "Swedish" roots.

Factory fire firm offers less than €1,500 a death
Germany

Factory fire firm offers less than €1,500 a death

German discount clothing firm Kik, which was the main contractor at a Pakistani factory where more than 259 people died in a fire last month, has set up a fund for the victims – offering less than €1,500 per dead worker.

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Sweden

Moderates make early push for 2014 election

Together with its coalition partners, the Moderate Party is starting early in its bid for electoral victory, branding itself as Sweden’s new workers’ party and unveiling a "Hello Sweden" campaign nearly two years ahead of the 2014 elections.

Swiss want Berlin to pay for German students
Switzerland

Swiss want Berlin to pay for German students

The Swiss government has called on Germany to pay for the 10,000 German students who study in the country and are costing its universities up to €40,000 (48,000 francs) per degree.

‘I couldn’t stop laughing the whole day’: director
Sweden

‘I couldn’t stop laughing the whole day’: director

As beer commercials filmed in Sweden featuring US comedian Will Ferrell continue to make waves on YouTube, a Stockholm-based director involved with the project sheds light on the mystery behind the guerrilla marketing campaign.

Construction firm banned from Switzerland
Germany

Construction firm banned from Switzerland

A leading German construction company that underpaid its workers by nearly €75,000 has been banned from operating in Switzerland for two years, a Swiss court said on Tuesday in the first ruling of its kind.

Drunken airline pilot cleared by district court
Sweden

Drunken airline pilot cleared by district court

A Scandinavian Airlines pilot who failed a breathalyzer test prior to be scheduled to fly a plane out of Arlanda airport in May this year, has been cleared by the Attunda District Court.

Swedish hunter baffled by naked sculpture find
Sweden

Swedish hunter baffled by naked sculpture find

A hunter made a macabre find in the forest on an island off the east coast of Sweden at the weekend, stumbling across several life-sized wooden sculptures depicting tied-up naked women.

Police stumped by third Bernese bank robbery
Switzerland

Police stumped by third Bernese bank robbery

An investigation is continuing after a bank in the Bernese Jura was held up for the third time in six months.

Germany ‘should shell out for Swiss study’
Germany

Germany ‘should shell out for Swiss study’

The Swiss government has called on Germany to pay for the 10,000 German students who study there and are costing its universities up to €40,000 per degree.

UK: Germany alienates by pushing EU too hard
Germany

UK: Germany alienates by pushing EU too hard

Britain’s Foreign Secretary William Hague accused Germany of alienating many from European ideas by pushing too hard for too much integration. “Sometimes less is more,” he said at a policy forum in Berlin.

All the presidents’ women: adultery site blocked over spoof
France

All the presidents’ women: adultery site blocked over spoof

French police on Monday blocked a Canadian adultery website from posting spoof ads casting presidents Francois Mitterrand, Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande as womanizers, the site said.

Top German firm banned over ‘wage dumping’
Switzerland

Top German firm banned over ‘wage dumping’

In the first ruling of its kind, a leading German construction company that underpaid its workers has been banned for two years from operating in Switzerland.

Advertisers spend more online than on TV
Germany

Advertisers spend more online than on TV

German online media overtook traditional television advertising revenue for the first time last year, while the entire industry is set on a path of steady growth, a new report shows.

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France

Pre-teen caught joyriding parents’ Ford Fiesta

A 12-year-old boy was caught joyriding his parents’ car with four of his cousins in Lot-et-Garonne, south-western France, on Monday night.

Subway robber gets 18 months in prison
Sweden

Subway robber gets 18 months in prison

A Swedish district court on Tuesday sentenced the thief who mugged and left an unconscious man on the subway tracks in Stockholm last month to 18 months in prison.

Top Green steps down over laundering scandal
France

Top Green steps down over laundering scandal

Green Party politician Florence Lamblin, questioned by police in relation to an international money laundering scandal, has resigned from politics and paid an outstanding €31,000 tax bill.

Federer wins opener in bid for sixth Basel title
Switzerland

Federer wins opener in bid for sixth Basel title

Roger Federer began his bid for a sixth title at the Swiss Indoors by beating substitute opponent Benjamin Becker 7-5, 6-3 on Monday to reach the second round.

Woman crowned ‘car parking champion’
Germany

Woman crowned ‘car parking champion’

A 45-year-old German woman has won a national car parking championship, beating four men and three other women to claim the crown, it was announced on Monday.

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France

Study eyes effects of new gay marriage law

A government study into France's gay marriage bill has detailed possible consequences of the new law, including an increase in divorce, more foreigners gaining French nationality and an increased workload for local councils.

Dogs save couple from burning country manor
Sweden

Dogs save couple from burning country manor

A Swedish couple were saved by their dogs when a fire ravaged through a large country manor near Landskrona in southern Sweden on Sunday night, completely destroying parts of the building.

Job programmes ‘unfair’ to foreign-born women
Sweden

Job programmes ‘unfair’ to foreign-born women

Foreign-born women are treated unfairly compared to newly arrived men when it comes to programmes to help them enter the Swedish labour market, according to an inquiry submitted on Tuesday to the integration minister, Erik Ullenhag.

Stockholm International School: colours on parade
Sweden

Stockholm International School: colours on parade

Decorative kimonos clash with the colours of a favourite football jersey when students from the Stockholm International School celebrate its multicultural make-up in the annual parade to mark United Nations Day on October 24.

Train station thieves take entire cash machine
Germany

Train station thieves take entire cash machine

Thieves made off with an entire cash machine from a Berlin suburban train station after ramming it with a stolen car and loading it into another vehicle. It was the eighth time this had happened in the capital this year.

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Sweden

Acquitted man admits to killing after 12 years

After 12 years, a 34-year-old man has confessed to killing a 51-year-old father of four in Skövde in central Sweden in 2000, telling police he needed to clear his conscience.

Traffic police plan huge blitz for speeders
Germany

Traffic police plan huge blitz for speeders

Drivers in north-western Germany should watch their speed on Wednesday, as two German states and the Netherlands will be launching a joint effort to crack down on speeders.

Police call for action after Dortmund football riots
Germany

Police call for action after Dortmund football riots

The German Football League (DFL) was on Monday facing pressure from politicians and the police union to act in the wake of rioting between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04 fans at the weekend.

EU shaken by Swedish Match ‘snus bribe’ probe
Sweden

EU shaken by Swedish Match ‘snus bribe’ probe

Claims by Swedish Match that a Maltese lobbyist offered to influence European Union tobacco policy in exchange for €60 million ($78 million) have sparked more questions about the tobacco lobby in Brussels, AFP's Claire Rosemberg explains.