Ewald and Stjernberg nab song fest final spots
Sweden

Ewald and Stjernberg nab song fest final spots

Pop starlets Anton Ewald and Robin Stjernberg claimed the two remaining spots in the final of Sweden's Melodifestivalen, coming out ahead of the field in the "Second Chance" play off in Karlstad on Saturday.

Norway mulls tolerating heroin smoking
Norway

Norway mulls tolerating heroin smoking

The Norwegian government said on Friday it wants to decriminalize the inhalation of heroin, a method considered less dangerous than injecting it, to reduce the number of overdoses in the country.

Top Tips for landing a job in Spain
Spain

Top Tips for landing a job in Spain

Looking for work in Spain? Seriously? Well, there are thousands of young foreign professionals who have taken up the challenge and beaten Spain's chronic unemployment problem. So why not give it a go?

Record-breaking Maze wins Garmisch downhill
Germany

Record-breaking Maze wins Garmisch downhill

Tina Maze won the women's downhill in the Alpine Skiing World Cup event held in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria on Saturday, breaking Hermann Maier's 13-year-old record for the most World Cup points collected in a season.

Study reveals shocking scale of Nazi camps
Germany

Study reveals shocking scale of Nazi camps

New research documenting the existence of tens of thousands of Nazi ghettos and camps in German-occupied wartime Europe has shocked Holocaust historians, who until now were only aware of a fraction of them.

Cops gather new tips on Palme murder hotline
Sweden

Cops gather new tips on Palme murder hotline

More than a 100 calls came through on a hotline set up to gather tips on the 1986 assassination of then Prime Minister Olof Palme, set up to coincide with the 27th anniversary of the shooting in central Stockholm.

Roland Garros expansion plans put on hold
France

Roland Garros expansion plans put on hold

Plans to extend the home of the French Open, Roland Garros, have been suspended follow the opposition of residents in the capital's plush 16th arrondissement.

Thieves unload trucks in high-speed robberies
Germany

Thieves unload trucks in high-speed robberies

Prosecutors are investigating at least four suspected modern-day highwaymen said to have repeatedly surrounded moving trucks on autobahns in the dead of night and made off with loot worth over €250,000.

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Switzerland

UN chief: Syrian ‘dissolution’ in sight

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned Friday that the escalating conflict in Syria, which has claimed some 70,000 lives in the past two years, was breaking the country apart.

Minister regrets tone of ‘whiny’ soldiers comment
Germany

Minister regrets tone of ‘whiny’ soldiers comment

Defence Minister Thomas de Maizière said on Saturday he regretted the tone of his comments about German soldiers needing constant approval, which prompted a spat with the head of the Bundeswehr Association.

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Sweden

Two men arrested after pre-school gate shooting

Two men have been arrested in connection with the shooting of a man outside a pre-school in Norrköping in central Sweden on Friday.

Milk banned from cows given carcinogenic feed
Germany

Milk banned from cows given carcinogenic feed

Hundreds of farms in Lower Saxony have been banned from selling milk in the latest food scandal to hit Germany, after authorities discovered thousands of cows had been given carcinogenic animal feed.

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Sweden

Skier breaks leg, crawls to safety

For a 49-year-old Swedish man a late night routine cross-country trip turned into an 18 hour ordeal after he fell and broke his leg and was forced to crawl to safety.

Losing coach accuses rival of ‘Chinese’ copying
Germany

Losing coach accuses rival of ‘Chinese’ copying

A war of words broke out between rival Bundesliga coaches Jupp Heynckes of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund's Jürgen Klopp when the latter accused the former of copying his coaching ideas.

Police warn drivers over snow and hard winds
Sweden

Police warn drivers over snow and hard winds

The police and meteorologists have warned drivers returning from half-term ski holidays that they are set to face treacherous conditions after a snow storm and strong winds pulled in over northern Sweden.

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France

Al-Qaeda leader reported dead in Mali

Abou Zeid, Al-Qaeda's top leader in Mali and responsible for the kidnapping and murder of several French tourists, has been reported killed by Chadian troops taking part in the French-led intervention in the country.

Armstrong faces loss of top French honour
France

Armstrong faces loss of top French honour

Disgraced US cyclist Lance Armstrong could be stripped of the prestigious Legion d'Honneur, following his admission of long-term drug use while securing his record seven Tour de France victories.