Woman killed in Basel bull attack
Switzerland

Woman killed in Basel bull attack

A 29-year-old farmer died on Monday after she was attacked by a bull in the canton of Basel-Country.

Glencore and Xstrata owners vote on merger
Switzerland

Glencore and Xstrata owners vote on merger

Shareholders in commodities giant Glencore and mining group Xstrata are to vote Tuesday on a proposed $33-billion mega merger at two extraordinary general meetings near Zurich.

French charge ex-UBS manager over tax case
Switzerland

French charge ex-UBS manager over tax case

French authorities have charged a former managing director of the French arm of Swiss bank UBS in connection with a probe into alleged tax evasion, a judicial source told AFP on Monday.

Bus driver ‘made €200,000’ on fake tickets
Germany

Bus driver ‘made €200,000’ on fake tickets

A Munich bus driver appeared in court on Monday to face charges of forging monthly public transport passes and selling them, raking in around a quarter of a million euros.

No future for SAS in Europe: expert
Sweden

No future for SAS in Europe: expert

Despite Scandinavian airline SAS announcing on Monday that all eight unions had signed deals to save the company from bankruptcy, one analyst has predicted that the company needs to change tack if it wants to stay airborne.

Study: Sweden ‘fails’ at job market integration
Sweden

Study: Sweden ‘fails’ at job market integration

Sweden is the second worst country in Europe when it comes to labour market integration, according to a new study from Stockholm University.

UMP leader election descends into farce
France

UMP leader election descends into farce

The battle to succeed Nicolas Sarkozy at the helm of France's right-wing opposition UMP party turned into a shambles Monday, with both candidates claiming victory and trading accusations of electoral fraud.

Child’s appendix bursts after 20 hour ER wait
Sweden

Child’s appendix bursts after 20 hour ER wait

A nine-year-old boy with appendicitis was made to wait more than 20 hours for surgery at the emergency ward of a Stockholm-area children's hospital before his appendix finally burst.

‘Ice cream parlour killer’ chopped up two men
Germany

‘Ice cream parlour killer’ chopped up two men

The owner of a Viennese ice cream parlour admitted on Monday to killing her German husband and then a lover - shooting them, cutting up their bodies with a chainsaw and concreting them into the basement of her shop.

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France

Afghan soldier faces death for French troop murder

A military court has rejected an appeal by an Afghan soldier sentenced to death for killing five French troops in an insider attack in January, an official said Monday.

Quarter of German firms ‘cutting jobs in 2013’
Germany

Quarter of German firms ‘cutting jobs in 2013’

More than a quarter of German companies have said they would likely be cutting jobs in the coming year, as business confidence plummets, a report published Monday revealed.

Swiss cinema starts English film nights
Switzerland

Swiss cinema starts English film nights

Rather than close the 60-year-old Cinema Leuzinger in Rapperswil-Jona, a charming town of 27,000 on the shores of Lake Zurich, new owner Kinoevent reopens its doors to the first event cinema screening, in English.

SAS chairman: ‘now it’s business as usual’
Sweden

SAS chairman: ‘now it’s business as usual’

With Scandinavian airlines SAS and unions working furiously to avoid potential bankruptcy, The Local brings you the latest news, reactions, and details surrounding the troubled airline.

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Sweden

Four charged over ‘mistaken’ Malmö murder

Three women and one man were charged in Malmö for their suspected involvement in the killing of a 48-year-old man who was gunned down in broad daylight on January 3rd, apparently by mistake.

SAS crisis sparks EuroBonus concerns
Sweden

SAS crisis sparks EuroBonus concerns

As SAS teeters on the edge of a possible bankruptcy, worried members of the airline's EuroBonus rewards programme remain concerned about whether their painstakingly accumulated points will retain any value.

Man ‘held for years over paranoia that was right’
Germany

Man ‘held for years over paranoia that was right’

A man who has been locked up in mental institutions for six years after saying his wife and her colleagues were involved in a fraud, was correct. Now the Bavarian justice minister is under pressure to review the case.

South African court finds Dewani hitman guilty
Sweden

South African court finds Dewani hitman guilty

A judge on Monday found a South African man guilty of killing Swedish newly-wed Anni Dewani while she was on her honeymoon in Cape Town two years ago, amid claims that her husband had organised the hit.

First-class education in Sweden’s second city
Sweden

First-class education in Sweden’s second city

With Sweden enjoying a reputable position in science and technology, one could be forgiven for thinking less attention is paid to other subjects. That would, however, be doing the University of Gothenburg a great disservice.

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Norway

Last-chance SAS wage talks near goal

Seven of eight unions have reached agreements with troubled Scandinavian airline SAS to cut salaries and pensions and raise working hours in a bid to turn the company's dire financial situation around, SAS said on Monday.

Wolves close in on Berlin
Germany

Wolves close in on Berlin

A pack of wolves has settled near Berlin and has become well established enough to have cubs. Researchers caught them on camera, just 25 kilometres from the capital.

Opposition demand vote on missiles for Turkey
Germany

Opposition demand vote on missiles for Turkey

Opposition parties have called for a parliamentary vote before any German troops or rockets are sent to the Turkish border with Syria, saying it was not yet clear whether Turkey as a NATO partner was really in danger.

Man refuses food over welfare cuts
Germany

Man refuses food over welfare cuts

An unemployed Berlin man who had his state welfare cut to nearly nothing is refusing to eat, in an attempt to make the government consider introducing a basic income.

‘Doctor’ steals taxi from Valais hospital
Switzerland

‘Doctor’ steals taxi from Valais hospital

A man dressed as a doctor fooled a taxi driver and made off with his cab from a hospital at Martigny in the canton of Valais over the weekend.

Swedish make-up firm launches in Middle East
Sweden

Swedish make-up firm launches in Middle East

Swedish cosmetics company Make Up Store is launching its first stores in the Middle East, the company announced on Monday.

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France

Priest beats up fellow cleric in street brawl

The man behind the attack of a 75-year-old priest has come forward – and is the former priest of a parish just 10 kilometres down the road.

Investors spy big bucks in day-care crunch
Germany

Investors spy big bucks in day-care crunch

As German authorities scramble to create thousands of day care places by a 2013 deadline, many investment firms are sensing opportunity and setting up "day care-facility funds" that promise solid returns over several years.

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France

French dad raped daughters and fathered baby

A man was sentenced to five years in prison for the rape of his two daughters, with one of whom he had a child, in a court in Amiens last Friday.

Stalemate in UMP leader battle
France

Stalemate in UMP leader battle

The battle to succeed former president Nicolas Sarkozy at the helm of France's main opposition party, the UMP, was left undecided early Monday after both candidates claimed victory amid allegations of ballot rigging.

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Switzerland

Woman held for shooting Brazilian bouncer

A 31-year-old Swiss woman was arrested at the weekend after a 34-year-old Brazilian bouncer and security guard was shot dead in a Zurich suburb.

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Sweden

21-year-old charged with driving in playground

A 21-year-old man from southern Stockholm has been charged with driving a motorcycle through a busy playground in September, millimetres away from crashing into a young boy.

Farmers prepare for EU subsidy cuts
Germany

Farmers prepare for EU subsidy cuts

As agriculture subsidies come under scrutiny at a European Union summit next week, some German farmers fed up with the paperwork needed to secure the payments - and fearful of cuts - are turning to other forms of income.

Young Swedes struggle with woeful job market
Sweden

Young Swedes struggle with woeful job market

With Sweden's youth unemployment statistics consistently high and more young Swedes forced to seek greener pastures in Norway, AFP's Soren Billing looks into the Swedish model and how it's leaving young Swedes jobless.

Mother-of-ten dead in church: husband held
Germany

Mother-of-ten dead in church: husband held

German police arrested the husband of a Catholic verger after she was found dead in the cellar of the church she worked in on Saturday morning. Some reports suggest the couple, who were separated, had ten children.

Seven of eight unions sign new deals with SAS
Sweden

Seven of eight unions sign new deals with SAS

Scandinavian Airlines representatives met with union officials throughout Sunday night, with all but one of the trade unions signing new collective agreements in an effort to stave off the company's bankruptcy.

Sweden’s Stenson claims SA Open win
Sweden

Sweden’s Stenson claims SA Open win

Sweden's Henrik Stenson won the SA Open at the Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate Sunday to celebrate a psychological break-through in his first victory in over three years.