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Switzerland

WTO favours Caribbean nations in online gambling dispute with US

The Geneva-based World Trade Organization on Monday gave the green light for Antigua and Barbuda to impose sanctions on the United States in a long-running dispute over online gambling.

Swiss tape recorder pioneer Kudelski dies
Switzerland

Swiss tape recorder pioneer Kudelski dies

Stefan Kudelski, founder of the Kudelski Group, died over the weekend at the age of 84, the Vaud-based company announced on Monday.

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France

Nigerian extremists issue threats against France

Nigerian extremists have issued direct threats to France in retaliation for military action in Mali, the French consulate here said Monday, while warning its citizens against travel to northern Nigeria.

France calls in EU to review contraceptive pills
France

France calls in EU to review contraceptive pills

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Monday said it would review safety data for third- and fourth-generation birth control pills, responding to French concern that these contraceptives may cause dangerous blood clots.

French and Malian troops seize Timbuktu
France

French and Malian troops seize Timbuktu

French and Malian troops seized control of the fabled city of Timbuktu on Monday, a bastion of radical Islamists occupying northern Mali since last April, military and government sources said.

Swedish voters flock to fringe parties: report
Sweden

Swedish voters flock to fringe parties: report

The Left Party and the Sweden Democrats are the only parties in Sweden's parliament that are attracting new members, while the more centrist parties all face dwindling membership numbers, a new report shows.

‘Swedish reality shows violate patients’ rights’
Sweden

‘Swedish reality shows violate patients’ rights’

Swedish reality television shows featuring hospitals and emergency services fail to protect patients' rights, according to a complaint filed on Monday that accuses public health authorities of breaking privacy law by allowing filming.

French rogue trader handed €315 million fine
France

French rogue trader handed €315 million fine

A court in Paris has ordered a former trader at French bank Caisse d’Epargne to repay an eye-watering €315 million in damages and costs to his former employers after he cost them a mammoth €751 million in failed deals.

‘I decided I had to chase down a job myself’
Sweden

‘I decided I had to chase down a job myself’

In our series profiling careers of foreigners who've moved to Sweden, The Local catches up with Australian Mel Todaro whose wanderlust saw him end up in Sweden and settle down at a job with Universal Pictures in Stockholm.

Tourists warned about rising baggage thefts on Swiss trains
Switzerland

Tourists warned about rising baggage thefts on Swiss trains

Switzerland’s fast and efficient rail service may be the envy of the world but while the trains still run to time they are no longer as safe as they once were. Foreign visitors are being warned to mind their bags.

Daimler teams up with competition for fuel cells
Germany

Daimler teams up with competition for fuel cells

German carmaker Daimler said on Monday it had teamed up with Franco-Japanese automakers Renault-Nissan and US giant Ford to develop a fuel cell for electric cars by 2017.

Star-studded Berlinale to explore crisis fallout
Germany

Star-studded Berlinale to explore crisis fallout

Next month's 63rd Berlin film festival will comb through the 'collateral damage' of the global economic crisis with Hollywood movies and independent releases vying for prizes, organisers said on Monday.

Crashed train removed from Stockholm house
Sweden

Crashed train removed from Stockholm house

Two cranes and a crowd of curious onlookers were on hand on Monday as crews successfully removed a train car that had been lodged in a house in the Stockholm suburb of Saltsjöbaden after crashing into the building nearly two weeks ago.

Cyprus: German politics and ‘envy’ hurt bailout
Germany

Cyprus: German politics and ‘envy’ hurt bailout

Cypriot officials are hitting back at Germany with charges that German domestic politics and "envy" over the island's role as a financial hub are damaging efforts to seal an EU bailout before the eurozone nation sinks into bankruptcy.

Old lady stuck on eighth floor for three months
Germany

Old lady stuck on eighth floor for three months

An elderly woman has been trapped on the eighth floor of a housing block in the eastern German city of Jena for three months due to the long-delayed repair of the building's broken lift.

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Switzerland

Former WHO director general dies in France

Hiroshi Nakajima, a Japanese doctor and former director general of the World Health Organization, died at the weekend in France at the age of 84, the UN body said on Monday.

Famed Paris Left Bank closes to traffic
France

Famed Paris Left Bank closes to traffic

A controversial project by the Socialist mayor of Paris to pedestrianize a section of the River Seine's Left Bank came into force on Monday when part of a highway was permanently closed to cars.

Bullet kills driver after ‘freak rebound’ off boar
France

Bullet kills driver after ‘freak rebound’ off boar

A French motorist has been killed in an apparent freakish accident, after a bullet fired by a hunter ricocheted off a wild boar, before travelling almost 2 km across fields, through the driver's window and eventually striking the driver in the head.

Swedish uni wins billion-euro EU science prize
Sweden

Swedish uni wins billion-euro EU science prize

The European Commission announced on Monday that researchers at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg would be granted 1 billion euros for their work in developing graphene.

English uni would attract best brains to Berlin
Germany

English uni would attract best brains to Berlin

Despite the global hype, Berlin can still be a provincial place – especially in higher education. Which is why one of the city's universities should switch to English in order to attract the skilled workers Germany so desperately needs, argues Der Tagesspiegel's Markus Hesselmann.

‘Black panther’ sighting sparks alert in France
France

‘Black panther’ sighting sparks alert in France

Hunters were out in force in the Alpes-Maritimes area of southern France on Monday after a member of the public claimed to have spotted a mysterious 'black panther.'

Swedish comic Petra Mede to host Eurovision
Sweden

Swedish comic Petra Mede to host Eurovision

Multilingual Swedish comedienne Petra Mede will host the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö, Sveriges Television (SVT) announced on Monday.

‘House of doom’ sees nine die in 15 years
Germany

‘House of doom’ sees nine die in 15 years

A building in the leafy suburbs of Berlin has been dubbed the house of doom after it emerged that nine people died unnatural deaths there in the last 15 years. Tabloid newspaper Bild dug up the details.

Action urged to combat global obesity ‘pandemic’
Switzerland

Action urged to combat global obesity ‘pandemic’

Obesity has become a global pandemic that could leave more than half of all adults worldwide overweight within two decades, say experts in Davos who are calling for urgent action beyond just blaming people for lacking willpower.

Swiss knew of Shoah in 1942, documents show
Switzerland

Swiss knew of Shoah in 1942, documents show

The Swiss government knew about the Nazi programme to wipe out Jews earlier than previously acknowledged, according to a report from SRF, the German-language public television broadcaster.

Clooney baffles Berliner by paying dinner bill
Germany

Clooney baffles Berliner by paying dinner bill

George Clooney confused a German man in a posh Berlin restaurant by paying for his dinner. The Hollywood star apparently feared he and his friends had been rude, but the baffled businessman didn't even notice the actor at the next table.

Malmö sniper appeals murder convictions
Sweden

Malmö sniper appeals murder convictions

Malmö's "serial sniper" Peter Mangs appeared in the local Court of Appeals on Monday as he battled to overturn two murder convictions, while prosecutors are looking to have him convicted for additional crimes.

Straight French MPs share kiss of solidarity
France

Straight French MPs share kiss of solidarity

Two French politicians caused a stir when they were caught on camera sharing a smack on the lips in Paris on Sunday. The gesture by the heterosexual, married men was "a kiss of solidarity" with the pro-gay marriage movement.

French troops reach the gates of Timbuktu
France

French troops reach the gates of Timbuktu

French-led troops in Mali on Monday controlled access to the city of Timbuktu after securing the airport of the fabled desert city as part of their push against Islamists, military officials in Paris and Bamako told AFP.

Deaths prompt probe into contraceptive pill
France

Deaths prompt probe into contraceptive pill

French health regulator ANSM has launched a probe into the drug Diane-35, used to treat acne and also as a contraceptive, after linking it to four deaths over the past 25 years.

‘I was asked to murder Palme’: weapons expert
Sweden

‘I was asked to murder Palme’: weapons expert

A Swedish man claimed on Sunday that the murder of then Prime Minister Olof Palme was a police conspiracy, and that he had turned down a police request to gun down Palme himself back in 1985.

Bavarian conservatives: Cameron is right on vote
Germany

Bavarian conservatives: Cameron is right on vote

British Prime Minister David Cameron has received support from Angela Merkel's Bavarian conservative allies, who said his idea of holding a referendum over European Union membership should not be dismissed.

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Sweden

Restaurant ‘explosion’ sends one to hospital

One person was seriously injured after a restaurant in central Sweden caught fire in the early hours of Monday, with witnesses reporting hearing a loud bang and seeing a fireball in the restaurant.

Winning Bayern ‘still need to up their game’
Germany

Winning Bayern ‘still need to up their game’

Although Bayern Munich's 2-0 win at VfB Stuttgart opened an 11-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga on Sunday, director of sport Matthias Sammer still wants the side to raise their game.

Swedish motorists battle more icy roads
Sweden

Swedish motorists battle more icy roads

Emergency services were kept busy on Sunday as slippery roads in western Sweden led to 60 traffic accidents over a seven-hour period, with meteorologists warning motorists of similar conditions on Monday.

‘Bonn is such a relaxed, laid-back place’
Germany

‘Bonn is such a relaxed, laid-back place’

Get The Local flavour of Germany with our series offering an insider's take on their hometown. This week, Clare Howes takes us behind the scenes in the Rhineland city of Bonn.