Zurich unveils plans for new football stadium
Switzerland

Zurich unveils plans for new football stadium

Zurich voters will decide next year on the fate of a proposed new football stadium and a related residential development budgeted at 230 million francs ($247 million).

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France

Profile: the Frenchman who nearly broke the bank

Jérôme Kerviel, who lost his appeal Wednesday against a three-year jail term and a €4.9-billion fine for his part in France's biggest rogue-trading scandal, casts himself as a simple soul caught up in an orgy of greed.

French PM: I want Obama to win
France

French PM: I want Obama to win

French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has broken with diplomatic protocol by openly expressing his hope that Barack Obama wins the upcoming US presidential election.

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France

Gold necklace thieves plague Paris

A new trend has hit the streets of Paris: ripping gold chains from their owners' necks, according to new crime figures.

Greece hones in on Swiss account data
Switzerland

Greece hones in on Swiss account data

Greece has asked France to re-send it a list of Greeks with Swiss bank accounts, Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras said on Wednesday, after an original list delivered in 2010 apparently went missing.

ECB head: bond buying won’t cause inflation
Germany

ECB head: bond buying won’t cause inflation

The head of the European Central Bank (ECB) launched a fierce defence of his euro-crisis strategy in front of German MPs on Wednesday, telling them the bank's bond-buying plan was neither inflationary nor covert aid to governments.

Nordea profit rise fails to meet forecasts
Sweden

Nordea profit rise fails to meet forecasts

Swedish bank Nordea announced a nearly 70 percent rise in third-quarter profits on Wednesday mainly thanks to higher lending and a tighter control on costs, but nevertheless failed to meet analysts' expectations.

Swede in freak coffee break with Finnish killer
Sweden

Swede in freak coffee break with Finnish killer

A 63-year-old Finnish man calmly walked into a petrol station in northern Sweden on Tuesday night and confessed to a double murder in his home country, prompting the surprised station owner to ring the police before inviting the self-confessed killer to coffee.

Kids of illegal immigrants can go to school: Sweden
Sweden

Kids of illegal immigrants can go to school: Sweden

Undocumented immigrant children in Sweden will be allowed to go to school as of July 1st next year, the Swedish government announced on Wednesday after striking a deal with the opposition Green Party.

Knut the polar bear back at Berlin Zoo – in bronze
Germany

Knut the polar bear back at Berlin Zoo – in bronze

Berlin Zoo on Wednesday unveiled a bronze memorial to Knut the polar bear, who captured hearts worldwide when he was raised by hand – and left fans devastated when he died from a suspected brain seizure last March.

Skier Feuz to make late fitness call
Switzerland

Skier Feuz to make late fitness call

Switzerland's Beat Feuz, considered one of the main contenders for the overall World Cup crystal globe, will make a late call on whether he competes in the season-opening giant slalom in Sölden, Austria, on Sunday.

‘Swedish crowds are too polite’: Stockholm comic
Sweden

‘Swedish crowds are too polite’: Stockholm comic

A new weekly stand-up comedy competition has hit Stockholm where audience members vote for their favourite comics. The Local chats to comedian Eric Bamberg about the show, the contestants, and why Swedish crowds should heckle more often.

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France

Soc Gen rogue trader Kerviel loses appeal

A French court rejected an appeal Wednesday by rogue trader Jérôme Kerviel against the three-year jail term and €4.9 billion fine he got in a fraud case that nearly ruined Société Générale bank.

Jail for ‘fake’ grandkids who conned pensioners
Sweden

Jail for ‘fake’ grandkids who conned pensioners

Two men have been jailed after tricking a series of elderly Swedes into giving them money by acting as their grandchildren, earning the pair over one million kronor ($149,000).

Men better multi-taskers than women: study
Sweden

Men better multi-taskers than women: study

Working mothers may have to juggle more tasks than their husbands, but the long-held belief that women are better than men at multi-tasking is a myth, according to new Swedish research.

Clothing firm increases fire compensation offer
Germany

Clothing firm increases fire compensation offer

German discount clothing retailer Kik has agreed to pay more than $1.2 million compensation for victims of a Pakistan factory fire, a union leader said Wednesday, after an initial offer worked out to less than €1,500 per life lost.

Bern slaps down Geneva beaver road signs
Switzerland

Bern slaps down Geneva beaver road signs

Authorities in Bern have infuriated an animal protection group by ordering the removal in Geneva of two road signs warning motorists of beavers.

‘Relatives of patient’ attack hospital professor
Germany

‘Relatives of patient’ attack hospital professor

A world-respected cancer specialist is being treated in his own hospital in Germany after two men burst into his office and beat him with sticks. A colleague who tried to stop the attack was also hurt.

H&M slams claims of ‘low’ Cambodian wages
Sweden

H&M slams claims of ‘low’ Cambodian wages

After an investigative Swedish TV programme claimed H&M paid “low” factory wages in Cambodia, the clothing giant has blasted the show and the claims, explaining that they are in fact working hard to raise local salaries.

German gender gap ‘widens despite talk’
Germany

German gender gap ‘widens despite talk’

Germany is faltering in its attempts to improve equality between men and women in the workplace, falling from 11th to 13th place in the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual Global Gender Gap Report.

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France

Armed men chase boy onto school property

Two men armed with a gun and a knife entered a college in Marseilles looking for a student who had reportedly kicked their car door earlier in the day.

Business confidence falls for sixth month
Germany

Business confidence falls for sixth month

The eurozone crisis is increasingly hitting Germany, Europe's top economy, data suggested on Wednesday with business confidence falling for the sixth month in a row to the lowest level since February 2010.

Ticino vintner wins best winemaker prize
Switzerland

Ticino vintner wins best winemaker prize

Ticino's Claudio Tamborini was named Swiss winemaker of the year at the annual Swiss Wine Award ceremony held in Bern on Tuesday night.

Bavaria takes first step to scrap student fees
Germany

Bavaria takes first step to scrap student fees

Student fees could become a thing of the past in Bavaria, after a top court gave the go-ahead for the subject to be put to a referendum.

Kitten saved from wall of Avignon court
France

Kitten saved from wall of Avignon court

Lawyers in the Court of Justice of Avignon spent their afternoon saving a kitten trapped in the wall on Monday.

Right-wing MPs walk out over Ayrault jibe
France

Right-wing MPs walk out over Ayrault jibe

UMP members of parliament walked out of a question and answer session at the Assemblée Nationale on Tuesday after the socialist prime minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, accused them of wanting France to fail.

Swedish teen sectioned due to gaming ‘addiction’
Sweden

Swedish teen sectioned due to gaming ‘addiction’

A 16-year-old boy who was "addicted" to computer games has been involuntarily committed to institutional care after his parents were unable to get him to stop playing.

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Sweden

Man charged over hidden camera sex film scandal

A 22-year-old man who secretly filmed a staff-bathroom romp with a female colleague was charged with attempted blackmail on Tuesday after he threatened to show her family the video if she didn’t pay him.

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Norway

Telenor reports third-quarter profit leap

Norwegian telecom operator Telenor reported on Wednesday a 41-percent leap in third-quarter net profit to 3.65 billion kroner ($638 million), higher than analysts had expected.

H&M under fire for ‘low’ Cambodia wages
Sweden

H&M under fire for ‘low’ Cambodia wages

Swedish clothes giant H&M has been accused of using suppliers in Cambodia that underpay their textile workers. But the company counters the workers have unions and collective agreements.

Germany’s overseas gold ‘not monitored properly’
Germany

Germany’s overseas gold ‘not monitored properly’

German central bank, the Bundesbank, locked horns with the federal court of auditors on Tuesday over criticisms that it was not keeping proper track of the country's vast reserves of gold.

Nurses in care home scandal escape charges
Sweden

Nurses in care home scandal escape charges

The preliminary investigation against two Norrköping nurses, under suspicion of maltreating patients at a care home in central Sweden, has been dropped despite allegations that one pressed vomit down a patient’s throat.

Dewani ‘hitman’ names girlfriends as alibis
Sweden

Dewani ‘hitman’ names girlfriends as alibis

The man accused of killing Swedish honeymooner Anni Dewani told a South African court on Tuesday that his alibis for key times over the weekend she was shot dead included several women.

Young Germans ‘not getting enough sleep’
Germany

Young Germans ‘not getting enough sleep’

Young Germans are plagued by a lack of sleep, racking up an average of under seven hours per night during the week, a recent study showed.

Snow, sleet and fog signal start of winter
Germany

Snow, sleet and fog signal start of winter

Germans should wave goodbye to the last rays of autumnal sunshine this week and accept the whole country sliding into early winter. National weather service the DWD forecasts snow, sleet and dark, drizzly days for the next week.