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Switzerland

Xstrata hikes cost estimate for copper mine

Swiss mining giant Xstrata said on Monday it would cost $300 million more than previously expected to develop the Frieda River copper and gold mine in Papua New Guinea.

Vets warn of Christmas pet perils
Sweden

Vets warn of Christmas pet perils

Ribbons, dark chocolate, bun dough and tree lights are just some of the seasonal items that Swedes' pets have swallowed so far this Christmas.

Sweden looks to send skulls back to Polynesia
Sweden

Sweden looks to send skulls back to Polynesia

Uppsala University wants to return three human skulls that researchers collected in French Polynesia in the 19th century.

British ship in distress near Gotland
Sweden

British ship in distress near Gotland

Sweden and Latvia launched a rescue operation today after a British ship got in trouble in the waters between Gotland and Latvia.

Westerwelle: Egypt must check fraud claims
Germany

Westerwelle: Egypt must check fraud claims

Germany urged Egypt to get to the bottom of allegations of fraud levelled by the opposition after the adoption of a new, Islamist-backed constitution in a referendum.

Bishop: Jesus would be your Facebook friend
Germany

Bishop: Jesus would be your Facebook friend

Had he been alive today, Jesus would have spread his fishing net for souls across the internet, using social media such as Facebook and Twitter to find people, the head of Germany's Catholic Church said on Monday.

Santas for hire keep kids believing
Sweden

Santas for hire keep kids believing

It's not easy to get kids to believe in Santa these days, so instead of having grandpa or the neighbour deliver the presents in disguise why not hire a complete stranger?

Warm weather wipes out white Christmas wishes
Germany

Warm weather wipes out white Christmas wishes

Most of Germany is in the midst of a warm, damp Christmas Eve, with temperatures of up to 18 Celsius in places having replaced the heavy snowfall which hit the country a couple of weeks ago.

‘Swedes did not commit crime against America’
Sweden

‘Swedes did not commit crime against America’

Mystery enshrouds the trial against two Swedish citizens charged with a series of terror crimes in a New York court, with no connections established between the alleged crimes and the United States.

Germany warns Britain not to ‘blackmail’ Europe
Germany

Germany warns Britain not to ‘blackmail’ Europe

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble has warned Britain against "blackmailing" its EU partners in a bid to bring powers back home from Brussels.

Poles breathe new life into Brandenburg
Germany

Poles breathe new life into Brandenburg

Though many Germans have left the eastern state of Brandenburg in search of better job prospects, an influx of Polish immigrants from across the border is breathing life into the Uckermark region.