Cantons seek ankle bracelets to track crooks
Switzerland

Cantons seek ankle bracelets to track crooks

Following tests in the city and country cantons of Basel, cantonal police directors want to introduce electronic ankle bracelets equipped with GPS (global positioning systems) to track known criminals across Switzerland.

Cancellara wins third Paris-Roubaix race
Switzerland

Cancellara wins third Paris-Roubaix race

Switzerland's Fabian Cancelllara on Sunday won the prestigious Paris-Roubaix Spring Classic cycling race for the third time.

Cahuzac ‘tried to invest millions in Swiss fund’

Cahuzac ‘tried to invest millions in Swiss fund’

Disgraced former French budget minister Jérôme Cahuzac tried to invest some €15 million ($19.4 million) in a Swiss fund in 2009, Swiss public television network RTS reported on Sunday.

Bildt urged to help stop torture of Eritreans
Sweden

Bildt urged to help stop torture of Eritreans

Pressure is mounting on Sweden's foreign minister Carl Bildt to take action against the torture of Eritreans in Egypt and the blackmailing of their relatives in Sweden and other European countries.

Runaway camels cause traffic chaos
Sweden

Runaway camels cause traffic chaos

A flock of camels escaped from a circus in southern Sweden on Saturday, blocking traffic before wandering off to a nearby parking lot where they took a leisurely stroll around the cars.

SPD calls for action on neo-Nazi trial seats row
Germany

SPD calls for action on neo-Nazi trial seats row

The government must get involved in the current controversy over which newspapers are allowed to attend a neo-Nazi trial in Munich later this month, Social Democratic Party chief Sigmar Gabriel said on Sunday.

Nearly half of hospital infections ‘avoidable’
Germany

Nearly half of hospital infections ‘avoidable’

German internists said on Sunday they were pushing for better hygiene in the country’s hospitals, noting that as much as 40 percent of the roughly 500,000 infections annually caused by contagious germs in hospitals are avoidable.

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Sweden

24-year-old lit a man on fire just ‘for fun’

A 24-year-old who lit a sleeping man on fire was convicted of assault after a video of the incident was posted on Facebook.

Battle for new Spiegel chief heats up
Germany

Battle for new Spiegel chief heats up

The fight as to who will lead Germany’s well known Der Spiegel news magazine appears to be turning into a battle of the sexes, as the company’s men and women reportedly back different candidates, it emerged over the weekend.

Radical German Muslims join fight in Syria
Germany

Radical German Muslims join fight in Syria

German Muslims are increasingly traveling to Syria to join radical Islamic groups fighting the Syrian government, a top German security official told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.

Researchers find arsenic in German beers
Germany

Researchers find arsenic in German beers

Beer is still brewed in Germany according to centuries-old purity laws, but despite this German beer often contains arsenic, a study published on Sunday revealed.

Human rights group releases activists’ alarm
Sweden

Human rights group releases activists’ alarm

The Stockholm-based organization Civil Rights Defenders has developed a high-tech plastic bracelet which uses GPS technology and social media to protect human rights activists around the world.

Three drown while ice fishing in west Sweden
Sweden

Three drown while ice fishing in west Sweden

In two separate incidents, two women between 60 and 70 years old and a man in his sixties fell through the ice and died while fishing on the Swedish west coast on Saturday.

‘World’s best chef’ Adrià plans culinary Wiki
Spain

‘World’s best chef’ Adrià plans culinary Wiki

Two years after closing the beachside Spanish restaurant elBulli - repeatedly lauded as the world's best - celebrity chef Ferran Adrià is putting together an online culinary encyclopedia entitled "La Bullipedia".

‘Jamón Jamón’ director Bigas Luna dies aged 67
Spain

‘Jamón Jamón’ director Bigas Luna dies aged 67

Jose Juan Bigas Luna, a Spanish director and screenwriter who gave Penelope Cruz her first big screen break in the raunchy comedy "Jamón Jamón", has died aged 67 after a long struggle with cancer.

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France

French agency censored article: Wikimedia

The foundation behind Wikipedia has accused the French DCRI domestic intelligence agency of forcing a volunteer to remove an article because it was deemed to contain military secrets.

Grand Rabbi of France in plagiarism scandal
France

Grand Rabbi of France in plagiarism scandal

France's highest Jewish religious authority, Grand Rabbi Gilles Bernheim, was hunkering down away from the media on the weekend after admitting to plagiarism in a book he authored.

50 Auschwitz guards face investigation
Germany

50 Auschwitz guards face investigation

Germany will open an investigation into some 50 Nazi guards at the former Auschwitz death camp for complicity in murder, media reports said over the weekend.