Eight-vehicle Bern road crash leaves one dead
Switzerland

Eight-vehicle Bern road crash leaves one dead

A section of the A1 highway between Zurich and Bern was closed for almost five hours on Tuesday following an eight-vehicle crash that killed one man and injured four other people.

Novartis chemical spill injures 13 near Basel
Switzerland

Novartis chemical spill injures 13 near Basel

Six people were rushed to hospital and seven others needed medical attention on Tuesday after a toxic chemical leak at a Novartis plant in the canton of Basel Country.

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Switzerland

Tsarist treasures set record at Swiss auction

Items linked to Russia's imperial family, including four letters penned by Tsar Nicholas II, fetched 1.3 million francs on the auction block, a Geneva auction house says.

Berlin bats back Berlusconi barbs
Germany

Berlin bats back Berlusconi barbs

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday that reforms carried out by Prime Minister Mario Monti had put Italy on a good path, dismissing Silvio Berlusconi's criticism he had been too "German-centric."

Blizzard to move north along Swedish coast
Sweden

Blizzard to move north along Swedish coast

Stockholmers and northern coastal residents can expect the snow storms currently pummelling southern Sweden to reach them by Wednesday as the blizzard sweeps up along the Baltic coast.

‘Unforgettable’ Swiss opera legend dies
Switzerland

‘Unforgettable’ Swiss opera legend dies

Swiss opera singer Lisa Della Casa, renowned for her interpretations of Mozart and Richard Strauss's works, has died aged 93, the Vienna Opera where she performed for many years announced on Tuesday.

Authorities scramble to kill off fictional Swede
Sweden

Authorities scramble to kill off fictional Swede

The Swedish Tax Authority (Skatteverket) scrambled this week to block a personal identification number, linked to Wednesday's date, which could have given a newborn boy a lengthy and somewhat confusing health record.

Rogue metal sparks mass pizza recall
Germany

Rogue metal sparks mass pizza recall

A German food company on Tuesday recalled nine million frozen pizzas, after a man bit into one and broke his tooth on a piece of metal. Customers are being offered their money back.

School probed for failing to help narcoleptic child
Sweden

School probed for failing to help narcoleptic child

Sweden's School Inspectorate (Skolinspektionen) has launched an investigation to determine whether a school failed to offer enough support for a boy suffering from chronic narcolepsy.

Bonn bomb scare cops ‘hunting Salafists’
Germany

Bonn bomb scare cops ‘hunting Salafists’

German security officials on Tuesday said one man had been arrested amid a police investigation into a Salafist terrorist connection to a suspected explosive device found at the Bonn train station.

Swede to meet US penpal 36 years after first letter
Sweden

Swede to meet US penpal 36 years after first letter

Two women who have been exchanging hand-written letters between the United States and Sweden for more than three decades are set to meet in person for the first time, thanks in part to an innovative internet fundraising tool.

One dead as double-decker bus crushes car
Sweden

One dead as double-decker bus crushes car

One person has diead, at least two are seriously injured and as many as eight received lesser injuries when a car and a double-decker bus collided, with the bus pinning the car down as they both skidded off the road.

Ikea cranks up speed on hotel development
Sweden

Ikea cranks up speed on hotel development

The investment arm of Ikea, which in August unveiled plans for a budget hotel chain, has more than doubled its investment pace, a spokesman said on Tuesday.

Primary school children score well in global test
Germany

Primary school children score well in global test

German primary school children have been ranked in the upper third of a global study testing basic educational achievements – but one in five still has serious problems keeping up with his or her classmates.

Naked sauna rampage forces spa booze limit
Germany

Naked sauna rampage forces spa booze limit

Sick of booze-fuelled fights and uncontrollable guests in the saunas, Germany's largest leisure pool complex has put a three-drink limit on alcohol. The tipping point was when a drunk, naked guest bit two police officers.

Swiss positive despite eurozone crisis: survey
Switzerland

Swiss positive despite eurozone crisis: survey

Unemployment remains the number one concern, but despite the economic crisis in Europe, Swiss citizens are bullish about their prospects and proud about their country, a survey conducted for Credit Suisse shows.

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France

Amiens police boast massive heroin find

Authorities in Amiens, northern France have seized 18 kilograms of heroin, with a market value of €350,000, from the back seat of a car.

German investors feel surge of Christmas cheer
Germany

German investors feel surge of Christmas cheer

Investors in Germany are increasingly feeling some Christmas cheer, with sentiment topping a seven-month high this month on hopes that Europe's top economy will dodge recession, data showed Tuesday.

Food in Sweden third most expensive in EU
Sweden

Food in Sweden third most expensive in EU

A review of European statistics shows Swedes pay among the highest food prices, clocking in at 20 percent more expensive than the EU average and only topped by prices in neighbouring Norway and Denmark.

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Sweden

Swedish weapons used in Burmese fighting

Burmese rebels have gained access to Swedish-designed weapons after government forces reportedly left them behind following conflict in the mountains of the country's far north.

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Switzerland

Dutch skier dies on off-piste run at Wengen

An investigation is continuing into the death of a 39-year-old man from Holland following a skiing accident at Wengen in the Bernese Oberland over the weekend.

Swedish 10-year-olds’ literacy slips again
Sweden

Swedish 10-year-olds’ literacy slips again

Young Swedish students have become worse at reading but slightly better at the natural sciences, according to the results of two key international comparisons of student achievement released on Tuesday.

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France

French police crack Romanian vice ring

Police said on Monday they have cracked a suspected ring of pimps in central France that forced young women from Romania into prostitution, and made several arrests.

Snow fall leads to criminal charge
Germany

Snow fall leads to criminal charge

A Bavarian man who got his grandmother to clear the snow outside his house faced charges of causing actual bodily harm through negligence after a woman fell on ice.

DSK settles with New York maid
France

DSK settles with New York maid

Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn on Monday agreed a financial settlement with a New York hotel maid who had accused him of sexual assault.

Zurich misplaces over 5,000 works of art
Switzerland

Zurich misplaces over 5,000 works of art

Switzerland's largest city Zurich acknowledges it has lost trace of 5,176 works of art, including an original painting by Swiss-born architect Le Corbusier.

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Sweden

Gallery pulls Swede’s Holocaust ash paintings

An art exhibit featuring works by a Swedish artist claiming he used paint mixed from the ashes of Holocaust victims has been closed following a storm of criticism.

Internet porn king probed for alleged tax fraud
Germany

Internet porn king probed for alleged tax fraud

A German internet porn mogul behind the website YouPorn has been arrested at Brussels Airport and is awaiting extradition to Germany over allegations of tax fraud.

ThyssenKrupp posts massive €4.7 billion loss
Germany

ThyssenKrupp posts massive €4.7 billion loss

German heavy industry giant ThyssenKrupp said on Monday it would not pay any annual dividends after it posted a loss of €4.7 billion for the year following a write-down of two loss-making steel plants.

Over 800 new species colonize Germany
Germany

Over 800 new species colonize Germany

Over 800 non-native plant and animal species have settled in Germany over the past few decades, while several species which disappeared long ago are returning home, according to the Federal Office for Nature Conservation (Bfn).

New winter storm batters southern Sweden
Sweden

New winter storm batters southern Sweden

Heavy snow and blustery winds prompted new weather warnings for southern Sweden on Tuesday morning as a winter storm brought some rail traffic to a halt and left roads treacherous.

Dresden kicked out of German Cup after rioting
Germany

Dresden kicked out of German Cup after rioting

Second division Dynamo Dresden have been banned from next season's German Cup as punishment after their fans rioted at Hannover 96 in October, a year on from similar trouble at Borussia Dortmund's ground.

Forgotten speech fails to mar Nobel banquet
Sweden

Forgotten speech fails to mar Nobel banquet

Royals, laureates, and diplomats were among the more than 1,300 guests that feted the 2012 Nobel Prizes at Stockholm's City Hall on an evening when not even a forgotten speech by literature winner Mo Yan could dampen high spirits.

Vintners harvest bumper ice wine crop
Germany

Vintners harvest bumper ice wine crop

Fans of ice wine can rejoice over a bumper crop of the German specialty after this weekend’s deep freeze, according to the nation’s vintners.