Man and wife strangled in Geneva murder
Switzerland

Man and wife strangled in Geneva murder

A 66-year-old man and his 64-year-old wife recently found dead in a Geneva apartment were both strangled, according to the latest information released by authorities.

Two dead after plane crashes in Swedish river
Sweden

Two dead after plane crashes in Swedish river

Two people died on Tuesday afternoon when an ultra-light aircraft crashed near an airstrip in Arvika, western Sweden, after one of its wings fell off at 75 metres altitude as the plane was about to land.

SAS tickets still selling amid passenger concern
Sweden

SAS tickets still selling amid passenger concern

Despite a flurry of worried phone calls from travellers, ticket sales for Scandinavian airline SAS continued to sell on Tuesday as many passengers ignored the airline’s current financial turbulence.

‘Why bother with a <i>bastu</i> when you can pop into your local shop’
Sweden

‘Why bother with a bastu when you can pop into your local shop’

As temperatures plunge in northern Sweden, ex-Londoner Paul Connolly discovers that wearing shorts and t-shirts while everyone else pulls on their hats and gloves betrays a past spent in more temperate climes.

Nordic firms’ mobile lag ‘insane’: Google exec
Sweden

Nordic firms’ mobile lag ‘insane’: Google exec

Businesses in Sweden and the Nordic region are behind the curve when it comes to adapting to the explosion of mobile devices, a top Swedish executive at Google said in Stockholm on Tuesday.

Man finds roasted pig’s head in pram
Germany

Man finds roasted pig’s head in pram

Police on the Baltic island of Fehmarn have opened an investigation after a 31-year-old man found a roasted pig's head in the pram he left in the hallway of his building.

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Switzerland

Lawmakers probe Swiss banker data deal with US

A Swiss parliamentary commission said on Monday it would investigate a government decision earlier this year to allow banks to hand over data on their employees to Washington as part of a tax evasion probe.

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Sweden

‘No civil war in Somalia’: Migration Board

Somalis seeking a residence permit in Sweden will face tighter restrictions in the near future, after the Swedish Migration Board (Migrationsverket) judged that the country was no longer at war.

Disabled man barred from loo over safety fears
Germany

Disabled man barred from loo over safety fears

A man in a wheelchair was refused the use of the toilet in Düsseldorf town hall during the weekend's Karneval opening celebration, after a guard deemed him a "safety risk," a newspaper report said.

Lufthansa makes deal with cabin crews
Germany

Lufthansa makes deal with cabin crews

Germany's leading airline Lufthansa said on Tuesday that it had reached a deal with cabin crew representatives to end a bitter dispute that had led to work stoppages.

Mats Sundin inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame
Sweden

Mats Sundin inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame

Swedish ice hockey star Mats Sundin was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday, making him only the second Swede to ever receive the honour.

Ticino blast exposes grappa-making dangers
Switzerland

Ticino blast exposes grappa-making dangers

Two Ticino men were lucky to escape with their lives from an explosion in Bascia last week that illustrated the potential perils of making grappa, a popular brandy in the Italian-speaking canton.

German cash dries up for desert solar project
Germany

German cash dries up for desert solar project

A multi-billion-euro project to harness renewable energy in the Sahara Desert, known as Desertec, has lost another big partner: German tech giant Bosch says it is jumping ship by the year's end.

Anti-austerity strikes hit European train services
Germany

Anti-austerity strikes hit European train services

All high-speed Thalys rail services between Belgium and Germany will be cancelled Wednesday due to Europe-wide anti-austerity protests, with other connections to France and the Netherlands also disrupted.

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France

Search continues for missing French teen

Volunteers and police continued to search for Chloe Rodriguez, a French teenager who went missing on Friday afternoon in Barjac in south-western France.

Blogger gets the boot after gym ad attack
Sweden

Blogger gets the boot after gym ad attack

Celebrity blogger Katrin Zytomierska has been sacked from the Swedish lifestyle website Finest.se, after a vitriolic post about an advert by gym chain SATS made the public see red and advertisers abandon the site.

US mag prints list of ‘top 10 German generals’
Germany

US mag prints list of ‘top 10 German generals’

A US military history magazine has published a controversial list of the "top ten German generals," including three who fought under Adolf Hitler, causing some consternation in Germany.

France demands €200m in tax from Amazon
France

France demands €200m in tax from Amazon

Online retailer Amazon revealed on Monday that it has been handed a bill for back taxes by the French authorities amounting to $198 million ($252 million), relating to its turnover in the country.

Woman, 73, dies in Solothurn house fire
Switzerland

Woman, 73, dies in Solothurn house fire

A 73-year-old woman died after a fire broke out on Tuesday morning in the attic of a two-family home in Solothurn.

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France

Guru jailed for French nobility ‘brainwash’ scam

Thierry Tilly was jailed for eight years by a Bordeaux court on Tuesday after being found guilty of robbing an aristocratic French family by convincing them they were the subject of a Masonic plot.

Hamburg’s deal with Muslims sparks concerns
Germany

Hamburg’s deal with Muslims sparks concerns

Hamburg has become the first German state to strike an historic agreement with Muslim community groups, but the deal has riled some members of the political establishment, who claim it undermines the separation of religion and state.

Missing Vaud woman left toddler behind
Switzerland

Missing Vaud woman left toddler behind

Vaud cantonal police have issued a new public appeal for information about a 36-year-old woman who went missing from a village north of Lausanne late last month.

Parents learn of teen’s crash on Facebook
Sweden

Parents learn of teen’s crash on Facebook

Parents of a 16-year-old girl taken to hospital after a car crash in central Sweden were shocked at having to find out about the incident through Facebook.

Zlatan in record seventh ‘Golden Ball’ triumph
Sweden

Zlatan in record seventh ‘Golden Ball’ triumph

Swedish star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic brought home a record seventh, and sixth consecutive, Golden Ball at Sweden's football gala on Monday evening, with Lotta Schelin claiming her first diamond ball for the women.

Church bans 9-year-old’s football gravestone
Germany

Church bans 9-year-old’s football gravestone

A German church has refused the parents of a nine-year-old boy who died of a brain tumour permission to put up a gravestone adorned with the logo of his favourite football team.

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France

Mexican monk jailed for abusing French teen

A Mexican monk was sentence to two years in prison by a French court on Monday for abusing a high school student, just nine months after a prior molestation conviction.

Germany gets on UN Human Rights Council
Germany

Germany gets on UN Human Rights Council

The United States and Germany won a closely contested race Monday among western nations for UN Human Rights Council seats, while the likes of Venezuela and Pakistan secured places without a competitive vote.

Sickness benefits claims break agency’s budget
Sweden

Sickness benefits claims break agency’s budget

Unexpectedly high sickness benefits claims have forced Sweden's social insurance agency to beg the government for an additional 2.5 billion kronor ($368 million) to ensure sick Swedes get paid while home from work.

It’s your funeral – burial culture changes
Germany

It’s your funeral – burial culture changes

The accidental theft of 12 bodies in a van exposed the now routine shipping of corpses around the country, and even abroad, for cheap cremation. Philippa Wentzel found changes afoot in Germany's burial culture.

Federer denied glory by resilient Djokovic
Switzerland

Federer denied glory by resilient Djokovic

Roger Federer insists his dramatic defeat against Novak Djokovic in the final of the ATP Tour Finals was exactly the kind of epic showdown that stops him thinking about retiring.

More men in Sweden sell sex than women: study
Sweden

More men in Sweden sell sex than women: study

More than twice as many young men in Sweden sell sex as do women, a study published Monday by the Swedish National Board for Youth Affairs (Ungdomsstyrelsen) said.

Sweden set to take on injury-ridden England
Sweden

Sweden set to take on injury-ridden England

Sweden will meet a much depleted England side for a friendly match at the new Friends Arena on Wednesday as Erik Hamrén's side looks to avenge last summer's loss to England at Euro 2012.