Napolitano re-elected to tackle deadlock
Italy

Napolitano re-elected to tackle deadlock

Italy's 87-year-old President Giorgio Napolitano was re-elected by lawmakers on Saturday in a desperate bid by right and left to end a two-month deadlock, a move slammed as a "coup" by a protest party that staged a rally in front of parliament.

French artist makes art of faulty breast implants
France

French artist makes art of faulty breast implants

Nestled inside flimsy black fishnet stockings drooping from the ceiling, breast implants made by a firm whose faulty products sparked a global health scare have been turned into an art installation in the French city of Marseille.

Swiss will have to give up bank secrecy: expert
Switzerland

Swiss will have to give up bank secrecy: expert

Switzerland will likely have no choice but to give up its cherished bank secrecy practices amid mounting international pressure to fight tax evasion, a top scholar of banking law said in an interview published on Saturday.

Italy’s centre-left leader Bersani to resign
Italy

Italy’s centre-left leader Bersani to resign

Italy's centre-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani on Friday told members of his party he would step down after failing to push through his preferred candidate for president.

Man kidnaps 7-year-old boy in ‘revenge’
Germany

Man kidnaps 7-year-old boy in ‘revenge’

A 7 year-old boy who was kidnapped on his way to school on Friday has been returned safely to his family after a six-figure ransom was paid to his abductor. The incident occurred in the town of Fellbach in the southern state of Baden-Württemberg.

15,000 expected at Hamburg Marathon
Germany

15,000 expected at Hamburg Marathon

Hamburg Marathon organisers have said there are few security fears for Sunday's race, only plenty of solidarity for the victims of the Boston Marathon bomb blast.

Merkel ‘hangs out’ online to discuss integration
Germany

Merkel ‘hangs out’ online to discuss integration

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has taken part in her first Google “Hangout” session in which she discussed integration with seven carefully-selected guests.

Sweden’s spring floods look set to intensify
Sweden

Sweden’s spring floods look set to intensify

Sweden's weather agency SMHI has warned that the floods that caused severe disruptions in and around Uppsala on Friday will intensify, and weather warnings were issued for the north and south, too.

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Sweden

Clinic recruited teenage patients at nightclub

A newly opened health clinic in Ängelholm, south Sweden chose an unconventional marketing technique by recruiting patients among young revellers at a nightclub.

No new investigation into RAF prison deaths
Germany

No new investigation into RAF prison deaths

German prosecutors have rejected a request for a new investigation into the 1977 prison deaths of three members of extreme-left militant group the Red Army Faction (RAF), citing a lack of fresh evidence.

Neo-Nazi NPD party ‘weak and in tatters’
Germany

Neo-Nazi NPD party ‘weak and in tatters’

Germany’s neo-Nazi NPD party is holding its national conference this weekend - on Adolf Hitler's birthday. Facing an attempt to have it banned, an expert believes financial strains, internal conflicts and dwindling support are already crippling the far-right extremists.

Hotel owner trapped in lift for four days
Sweden

Hotel owner trapped in lift for four days

A 58-year-old Swedish-born hotel owner in Austria said skills acquired during Swedish military training helped him survive after he was trapped for four days in the lift of his abandoned hotel without food, water or central heating.

Halal salami ‘pork free’: Slovenian authorities
Sweden

Halal salami ‘pork free’: Slovenian authorities

Slovenia's National Veterinary Institute has cleared a local food producer of accusations that its halal-labelled salami contained pork, as Swedish authorities had claimed, and the food producers behind the sausage claim innocence, too.

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Switzerland

UN rights chief calls Iraq executions ‘obscene’

UN human rights chief Navi Pillay on Friday slammed a new wave of executions in Iraq, saying the country's justice system was seriously flawed.

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Norway

Norway’s Statoil in major North Sea oil find

Norwegian oil group Statoil announced Friday the discovery of significant new oil resources in its Gullfaks licence in the Norwegian waters of the North Sea.

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France

French man jailed in Algeria for ‘debauchery’

An Algerian court jailed a French businessman and four Algerians on Friday on charges including rape, running a pornography ring and inciting debauchery, in a case that had gripped the country.

Breast implant scandal boss denies risking lives
France

Breast implant scandal boss denies risking lives

The founder of a firm whose faulty breast implants sparked a global health scare told a French court on Friday that he had not put any lives at risk.

Del Bosque: Casillas’ Spain squad spot is safe
Spain

Del Bosque: Casillas’ Spain squad spot is safe

Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque said Friday that goalkeeper and skipper Iker Casillas will definitely go to the Confederations Cup in Brazil in June even if he does not regain his starting place with Real Madrid.

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Sweden

Asylum seekers’ hunger strike growing in Sweden

Eleven Afghanis and Iranians have gone on hunger strike in the north of Sweden after their asylum applications were turned down.

Hamburg voted most attractive German city
Germany

Hamburg voted most attractive German city

Hamburg has come out top in a survey asking Germans to choose the city where they would most like to live. More than one in six Germans listed the country’s second largest city as the best place to settle down.