Truck on tracks derails Thurgau regional train
Switzerland

Truck on tracks derails Thurgau regional train

A regional train derailed on Monday after crashing into a transport truck at a railway crossing in Kradolf, a community in the canton of Thurgau, eastern Switzerland.

Onion Johnnies sail back to Britain from Brittany
France

Onion Johnnies sail back to Britain from Brittany

Onion Johnnies, the travelling salesmen whose berets and bicycles inspired Britain and much of the world's classic image of the archetypal Frenchman, are setting sail for England once again.

Two-star chef loses recipes in Russia
France

Two-star chef loses recipes in Russia

While on a trip to Russia, Michelin two-star French chef Thierry Drapeau lost a precious book containing recipes he noted down over 20 years, a top Russian chef said Monday, offering a 10,000 euro reward for its recovery.

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France

Images emerge of man kidnapped in Mali

A Mauritanian news website on Monday published images of a French citizen kidnapped last week by one of the armed Islamist groups controlling the north of neighbouring Mali.

Moody’s says Swedish banks are stable
Sweden

Moody’s says Swedish banks are stable

Rating agency Moody’s revised its negative view of Swedish banks on Monday, citing low interest rates and Swedish households’ economic resilience.

Snow and winter’s chill set to grip Sweden
Sweden

Snow and winter’s chill set to grip Sweden

Snow and sub-zero temperatures are on their way toward Sweden's south, according to forecasters who predict Stockholm residents may need to break out their shovels as soon as Wednesday.

Fire kills 14 at workshop for disabled people
Germany

Fire kills 14 at workshop for disabled people

At least 14 people were killed on Monday when a fire spread through a workshop for people with disabilities in southern Germany. Seven more are said to have been injured.

Amazon adds fourth distribution centre
France

Amazon adds fourth distribution centre

Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, is opening a fourth distribution centre in France, creating 2,500 jobs.

Russians cruise to first place in tourist spending
Sweden

Russians cruise to first place in tourist spending

They might not be many, but Russian tourists are the ones to empty their pockets when visiting Sweden, a new report shows.

Cyclist ‘rear-ended’ by cheeky passenger
Sweden

Cyclist ‘rear-ended’ by cheeky passenger

A Swedish woman heading home after a Saturday night out with friends had her journey rudely interrupted when she was knocked off her bicycle by a rear end sticking out from a passing car.

Swedish cabbie flags unique London career
Sweden

Swedish cabbie flags unique London career

As London gets swept up in "Scandimania", one Swede has found himself in the driver's seat. The Local talks to the only licensed Swedish cab driver in London about his unique career, getting the Swedish PM in his cab, and Sweden’s presence in London.

Zurich voters back art museum expansion
Switzerland

Zurich voters back art museum expansion

Zurich’s Kunsthaus says it is set to become Switzerland’s largest art museum after city voters agreed to an expansion that will double its size.

Wary consumers still splash cash at Christmas
Germany

Wary consumers still splash cash at Christmas

Consumer confidence in Germany appears to be faltering, as fears about Europe's sovereign debt crisis and the slowing economy dents household sentiment, a poll found on Monday.

Wind, cold, snow herald start of winter
Germany

Wind, cold, snow herald start of winter

Brace yourself for a winter onslaught this week, as waves of wind, cold and even snow roll across the country, the German weather service DWD said on Monday.

Malmö Eurovision final sells out in 20 minutes
Sweden

Malmö Eurovision final sells out in 20 minutes

Tickets to Eurovision 2013 final went on sale on Monday, with music aficionados snaffling up seats to the Malmö shows in a mere 22 minutes.

UBS takes double-hit from regulators
Switzerland

UBS takes double-hit from regulators

Swiss banking giant UBS was hit twice over on Monday for allowing a rogue trader to commit massive fraud, with British regulators imposing a nearly $50-million fine and Switzerland banning its investment bank from staging takeovers.

Neo-Nazi Zschäpe breaks silence in jail
Germany

Neo-Nazi Zschäpe breaks silence in jail

Alleged neo-Nazi terrorist, Beate Zschäpe broke her lengthy silence to speak with officials about wanting to testify, life in prison and how she disliked her lawyers, it emerged on Monday.

Berlin firmly against debt ‘haircut’ for Greece
Germany

Berlin firmly against debt ‘haircut’ for Greece

Germany is hoping eurozone finance ministers can clinch a deal on unlocking vital funds for Greece later on Monday but strongly rules out accepting losses on its Greek debt holdings, a spokesman said.

Swedish envoy bashes Aussie press on Assange
Sweden

Swedish envoy bashes Aussie press on Assange

Sweden's ambassador to Australia took an Australian columnist to task for defending WikiLeaks-founder Julian Assange against rape allegations, documents recently released by the whistleblower website reveal.

Swiss charge Canadian for money-laundering
Switzerland

Swiss charge Canadian for money-laundering

Swiss authorities have charged a former SNC-Lavalin executive with money laundering over mysterious payments by the Canadian engineering firm, according to Canada's and Switzerland's public broadcasters.

Germany attracts better-educated immigrants
Germany

Germany attracts better-educated immigrants

Immigrants to Germany are better educated and find it easier to get a job than earlier arrivals, a new survey showed on Monday. But male newcomers from other EU countries have the best employment chances.

Industry minister calls for ArcelorMittal’s ouster
France

Industry minister calls for ArcelorMittal’s ouster

French Industrial Renewal Minister Arnaud Montebourg does not want steel giant ArcelorMittal in France anymore and is looking for an industrial partner with which to take the group's operations there over on a temporary basis, he said Monday in an interview.

Protest continues at Nantes airport site
France

Protest continues at Nantes airport site

Around 100 protesters on Monday occupied land at Notre-Dame-des-Landes where work is slated to begin on the construction of a new airport near Nantes.

Brother on trial for stabbing sister to death
Sweden

Brother on trial for stabbing sister to death

The murder trial of a 17-year-old boy suspected of fatally stabbing his 19-year-old sister more than 100 times with two knives and a pair of scissors started in southern Sweden on Monday.

Missing Dog to help find Swedes’ lost pooches
Sweden

Missing Dog to help find Swedes’ lost pooches

Following the success of Missing People, a group that helps find Swedes that have been reported missing, a dog lover in central Sweden has launched a similar project for missing family members of the canine variety.

English ‘YOLO’ voted top German youth word
Germany

English ‘YOLO’ voted top German youth word

"YOLO," short for "you only live once" has been voted the most popular new German youth expression of the year, the second time in four years that a word derived from English has won.

Swiss Re faces hefty Sandy storm claims
Switzerland

Swiss Re faces hefty Sandy storm claims

Swiss reinsurance group Swiss Re estimates that it will have to pay around $900 million in claims stemming from damage done by Hurricane Sandy to the east coast of the United States.

Man who tortured stepson to death set free
Sweden

Man who tortured stepson to death set free

A man convicted for fatally abusing his 10-year-old stepson Bobby and then dumping the boy's body in a lake in one of the most high-profile criminal cases in Sweden in the last decade has been released after serving six years in prison.

Leadership dispute tears apart UMP opposition
France

Leadership dispute tears apart UMP opposition

France's main right-wing opposition party was close to collapse on Monday after talks failed to resolve a bitter leadership dispute and an ex-prime minister vowed to take the battle to the courts.

Man sets pregnant wife on fire in cafe
Germany

Man sets pregnant wife on fire in cafe

German police have arrested a man after he allegedly set his pregnant wife on fire in a cafe in Dortmund. Both the woman and her unborn baby survived, but the attacker faces attempted murder charges.

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Switzerland

Voters give Bern powers to fight animal disease

Swiss voters backed by a wide margin on Sunday changes that give the federal government stronger powers to order vaccinations of farm animals to control disease.

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Norway

Admunsen ship to return to Norway next year

Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen's three-mast ship Maud, long abandoned in the Canadian Arctic ice, will be salvaged and repatriated mid-2013, a Norwegian group announced Sunday.

Britain fines UBS for ‘defective’ controls
Switzerland

Britain fines UBS for ‘defective’ controls

Britain's financial regulator has fined Swiss bank UBS £29.7 million ($47.6 million) for failings that allowed trader Kweku Adoboli to commit the country's biggest fraud.

Swedish elk hunter dead after partner’s misfire
Sweden

Swedish elk hunter dead after partner’s misfire

A hunter in southern Sweden died on Sunday after a member of his hunting team shot him in the head while aiming for an elk.

Vettel takes Formula One crown in São Paulo
Germany

Vettel takes Formula One crown in São Paulo

Germany’s Sebastian Vettel became the youngest driver to become a three-time Formula One champion after a dicey race in Brazil.

Suicide bomber pic mars Green’s integration site
Sweden

Suicide bomber pic mars Green’s integration site

An online integration campaign by Sweden’s Green Party has been marred by "racists", who uploaded images of criminals with foreign backgrounds including one picture of Stockholm suicide bomber Taimour Abdulwahab.

Merkel soothes Jewish ire over circumcision row
Germany

Merkel soothes Jewish ire over circumcision row

Angela Merkel has tried to ease the concerns of Germany's Jews over a disputed court ruling against circumcision, becoming the first chancellor to address the Jewish community's annual council meeting.

Football fans dismantle stadium for souvenirs
Sweden

Football fans dismantle stadium for souvenirs

Swedish football fans descended upon the Råsunda stadium in northern Stockholm on Sunday to take home souvenirs before the grounds are officially demolished.

Germany plans to ban bestiality
Germany

Germany plans to ban bestiality

The German government is reportedly planning to reinstate a ban on bestiality, with fine of up to €25,000 for all forms of sex with animals.