Police in bid to break refugee hunger strike
Sweden

Police in bid to break refugee hunger strike

The Swedish Migration Board (Migrationsverket) has enlisted the help of police negotiators in a bid to try to break hunger strikes by asylum-seekers in Boden, Gävle and Holmsund in northern Sweden.

Female Swedish MPs subject to threats: report
Sweden

Female Swedish MPs subject to threats: report

Half of Sweden's female MPs have stated that they had been subjected to threats in the course of their political activities over the past year.

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France

Frenchman jailed in Morocco for paedophilia

A court in Casablanca has sentenced a 60-year-old French citizen to 12 years in prison for paedophilia, Moroccan police said on Saturday, confirming a verdict announced earlier in the week.

Sex workers learn to help disabled clients
Germany

Sex workers learn to help disabled clients

A centre in Nuremberg is offering a course to sex industry professionals on how to cater to the sexual needs of disabled clients. Those who complete training successfully attain a certificate in “sexual accompaniment and assistance.”

Westerwelle: Turkey’s success ‘breathtaking’
Germany

Westerwelle: Turkey’s success ‘breathtaking’

German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle has praised Turkey as a “success story” ahead of strategic talks on Sunday. But he said it was impossible to put a date on the country’s possible accession to the EU.

Pirates gather to steer election course
Germany

Pirates gather to steer election course

Germany's Pirate Party are meeting just over four months before general elections to chart a course out of a crisis that has seen its poll ratings sink amid internal squabbling.

Breivik fails in bid to create fascist group
Norway

Breivik fails in bid to create fascist group

Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik has been refused permission to found a fascist association, authorities said on Friday, due to missing paperwork and a lack of support.

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Sweden

Swedish teen hurt after fourth floor balcony fall

A 17-year-old boy was seriously injured on Friday night after falling from a balcony on the fourth floor of a block of flats in Lund in southern Sweden.

German home burgled every four minutes
Germany

German home burgled every four minutes

Burglaries rose sharply last year, according to new figures seen by the Welt am Sonntag newspaper. Daytime break-ins in particular have increased, with robberies becoming more violent. Critics say cutbacks mean crimes aren't being solved.

France confirms new SARS-like virus case
France

France confirms new SARS-like virus case

French health authorities said one person was suspected of contracting a deadly new SARS-like virus after coming into contact with a man confirmed to be infected, following tests that cleared another three patients.

Potato price-fixing costs consumers millions
Germany

Potato price-fixing costs consumers millions

Several potato processing plants in Germany are being investigated on the suspicion of illegally fixing prices for more than a decade, costing consumers and farmers more than €100 million.

Bus driver convicted for sleeping passenger theft
Sweden

Bus driver convicted for sleeping passenger theft

A Stockholm bus driver has been sentenced to community service after having been caught robbing a sleeping passenger on a night bus.

Bayern coach to bow out of Bundesliga
Germany

Bayern coach to bow out of Bundesliga

Jupp Heynckes on Friday admitted that he is unlikely to coach in the Bundesliga again once he departs champions Bayern Munich at the end of the campaign. The 68-year-old will hand over the hotseat to Pep Guardiola in the summer.

Iron Maiden beer stopped over skull label concerns
Sweden

Iron Maiden beer stopped over skull label concerns

Sweden's state run liquor store monopoly Systembolaget has halted the launch of a beer from hard rock band Iron Maiden due to legal concerns over the skull and crossbones motif on the label.

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Spain

Spanish banks seized 40,000 homes in 2012

Banks seized nearly 40,000 homes in Spain last year due to unpaid mortgages, official data showed Friday, as a sharp economic downturn and record unemployment took its toll.

Gibraltar hands Al-Qaeda suspect over to Spain
Spain

Gibraltar hands Al-Qaeda suspect over to Spain

Police in Gibraltar deported to Spain on Friday a Turkish suspected Al-Qaeda member accused of plotting bombing attacks, who entered the British territory illegally, an official said.

Eighty percent of Germans apply for jobs online
Germany

Eighty percent of Germans apply for jobs online

Looking for a new job? Applying over the internet is fast, simple and inexpensive. Germany's well-known platform - jobpilot.de - lends some sound advice for successful online applications.