WWF launches miracle toilet power producer
Switzerland

WWF launches miracle toilet power producer

Swiss-based environmental organization WWF unveiled a revolutionary urinal on Monday, equipped with an electric turbine which could allow men to generate power while peeing.

PSG confident of defying odds against Barcelona
Spain

PSG confident of defying odds against Barcelona

Paris Saint-Germain are confident they can upset the odds at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday in their Champions League quarter-final first leg clash with red hot favourites Barcelona.

Court hammers prof for copying student’s work
Spain

Court hammers prof for copying student’s work

A professor from a university in Spain's Murcia province has been ordered to pay an ex-student €5,000 for copying her work.

Scientists set sail in search of ‘fire ice’
Germany

Scientists set sail in search of ‘fire ice’

A research vessel carrying German and Taiwanese scientists set sail for waters off the island's south-western coast over the weekend in search of methane hydrate, a potentially vast new energy source.

Volkswagen creates 50,000 jobs outside EU
Germany

Volkswagen creates 50,000 jobs outside EU

German car-making giant Volkswagen said on Monday it plans to create 50,000 jobs before 2018. But uncertainty in the eurozone will mean the majority of new employment opportunities will open up outside of Europe.

Swedish archaeologists find Thor’s Hammer
Sweden

Swedish archaeologists find Thor’s Hammer

Archeologists called to the depths of the Citybanan tunnel project in Stockholm were stunned to find what they believe to be Mjölnir, the hammer of Norse lightning god Thor.

Riot police use numbers shield in ID game
Spain

Riot police use numbers shield in ID game

Spain's anti-riot police will from now on have to wear bullet proof jackets bearing large numbers that clearly identify them but these numbers will change everyday to stop individual targeting of officers.

Masked teen girls rob hamburger joint
Sweden

Masked teen girls rob hamburger joint

Two masked and knife-wielding young girls robbed a fast-food restaurant on Sunday night, escaping with around 2,000 kronor ($300).

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Sweden

New trial in Landskrona honour killing case

A teenager convicted for killing his older sister has demanded to be freed and a new trial starts Tuesday.

MPs stall on German attack drones
Germany

MPs stall on German attack drones

German Defence Minister Thomas de Maizière's plan to buy armed drones for the Bundeswehr received a tempered response on Monday from politicians within his own party, who warned against knee-jerk decisions.

Thieves steal Virgin’s crown on procession eve
Spain

Thieves steal Virgin’s crown on procession eve

Locals in Pedrajas de San Esteban were shocked to find thieves had stolen the local Virgin Mary's golden crown the night before the village's annual pilgrimage.

Murray outlasts Ferrer to win Miami Masters
Spain

Murray outlasts Ferrer to win Miami Masters

British second seed Andy Murray won the ATP Miami Masters title on Sunday, saving a match point in the penultimate game in defeating Spanish third seed David Ferrer 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7/1).

Is Abba reuniting or were you fooled?
Sweden

Is Abba reuniting or were you fooled?

An Abba reunion concert scheduled at an Uppsala airfield, Malmö neighbourhoods to be renamed after Eurovision stars and lasagnes found in horse feed were among Sweden's April Fools' Day hoax stories on Monday.

Treasure hunt takes on modern GPS twist
Germany

Treasure hunt takes on modern GPS twist

It’s a traditional treasure hunt, with a twist. Across Germany, smart-phone owners are embarking on adventures to find objects hidden in GPS-specified locations.

Elevator row traps disabled sisters at home
Spain

Elevator row traps disabled sisters at home

A pair of disabled sisters could be trapped in their house after a neighbour complained that the lift they use to access the street is blocking his view.

‘Meet the love of your life a second time around’
Spain

‘Meet the love of your life a second time around’

A Spanish dating website is giving people the chance to meet the spitting image of their ex-lovers so that they can relive their past romances.

Cologne divided over Jewish artefacts
Germany

Cologne divided over Jewish artefacts

An archaeological dig in the western German city of Cologne has unearthed myriad traces of daily life in one of Europe's oldest and biggest Jewish communities. Yet opinion is divided on where to display the historical treasure trove.

Social Democrat support continues to climb
Sweden

Social Democrat support continues to climb

According to the latest polls, the Social Democrats are winning back voters from the ruling conservative Moderates and are gaining growing support among male and urban voters.

Bayern to wrap up Bundesliga in lederhosen
Germany

Bayern to wrap up Bundesliga in lederhosen

Bayern Munich stars including Mario Gomez and Thomas Müller could end up with sore thighs if all goes to plan - they've promised to play their last Bundesliga match in lederhosen if they win the title early.

Suspected serial cat killer arrested
Sweden

Suspected serial cat killer arrested

A man was detained Sunday on suspicion of animal torture after a series of brutal cat murders in the Högsbo area of Gothenburg.

Atlético miss chance to move into second
Spain

Atlético miss chance to move into second

Atlético Madrid manager Diego Simeone said he believes Valencia have the third best squad in Spain after his side could only manage a 1-1 draw with Los Che on Sunday.

Swiss dam fault kills thousands of trout
Switzerland

Swiss dam fault kills thousands of trout

Thousands of trout were killed in Switzerland after technical trouble at a hydroelectric dam stemmed the water flow in a national park, the Swiss news agency ATS reported.

Novartis loses as Indian court backs generics
Switzerland

Novartis loses as Indian court backs generics

India's Supreme Court rejected on Monday a patent bid by Swiss drug giant Novartis, in a landmark ruling that activists say will protect access to cheap generic versions of drugs in developing nations.

Feminists want ‘phallic’ Eiffel Tower torn down
France

Feminists want ‘phallic’ Eiffel Tower torn down

Several feminist groups in France have united to launch a campaign to have the country’s iconic Eiffel Tower torn down, saying the 124-year-old monument was a 'phallic' symbol of France's outdated male-dominated culture. One feminist group called 'Tour pour Tous' wants it replaced by a Tour 'Eiffelle'.

Corruption case taints Spanish princess
Spain

Corruption case taints Spanish princess

Spanish King Juan Carlos's youngest daughter, the Infanta Cristina, is in the front line of a legal storm engulfing her husband, Inaki Urdangarin, who is under investigation for allegedly embezzling millions of euros in public money.

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France

Former France scrum-half admits to doping

Former France international scrum-half Jean-Pierre Elissalde admitted on Sunday to having doped during his career.

Five children die in France house fire
France

Five children die in France house fire

Five children between the ages of two and 10 died when a fire ravaged their home in northern France overnight while their father was seriously burned trying to save them, officials said Sunday.