Swiss return corrupt judge’s millions to Brazil
Switzerland

Swiss return corrupt judge’s millions to Brazil

Switzerland has returned to Brazil $4.8 million stashed in Geneva by a senior judge found guilty of a string of corruption offences.

Tougher boating rules set to discourage boozing
Switzerland

Tougher boating rules set to discourage boozing

Drunken sailors in Switzerland who take the helm will soon fall foul of the same anti-alcohol rules as their counterparts on land, the country's transport authorities announced on Tuesday.

Flash flood soaks resort village in the Vaud Alps
Switzerland

Flash flood soaks resort village in the Vaud Alps

Flash floods hit villages in the Vaud Alps and parts of the Bernese Oberland following a rainstorm late Tuesday afternoon.

‘The Spanish PM should resign’: Socialists
Spain

‘The Spanish PM should resign’: Socialists

Spain's opposition socialist PSOE party on Tuesday again called for the country's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to resign in the wake of allegations he accepted illegal under-the-table payments while a minister in the 1990s.

World-beating France greets most tourists ever
France

World-beating France greets most tourists ever

France is still world number one when it comes to attracting tourists, according to an official report on Tuesday. With 83 million foreign visitors in 2012, an increasing number of them Asian, the home of the Eiffel Tower and Mont Saint Michel had its best year on record.

Dogs used as drug mules to Italy
Italy

Dogs used as drug mules to Italy

South American drug gangs in Milan have been using dogs to smuggle cocaine from Mexico to Italy, the police said on Tuesday after an operation that found at least 48 dogs had been killed to retrieve the drugs.

Migrants storm fences on Spain’s African border
Spain

Migrants storm fences on Spain’s African border

Around 100 African migrants stormed a border fence from Morocco into Spanish territory on Tuesday, leaving five police officers injured, Spanish authorities said.

Tour de France stage 10: Kittel wins sprint finish
France

Tour de France stage 10: Kittel wins sprint finish

Marcel Kittel won stage 10 of the 2013 Tour de France on Tuesday after a 197-km race from Saint-Gildas-des-Bois across to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast. Britain's Chris Froome, who races for Team Sky managed to hold on to the yellow jersey.

Care home workers held over patient abuse
Italy

Care home workers held over patient abuse

Three health care workers have been put under house arrest after footage emerged of them abusing elderly people in their care, Italian media has reported.

Austerity puts brakes on Bastille Day parade
France

Austerity puts brakes on Bastille Day parade

With France in the tight grip of the economic crisis, it seems not even the country’s oldest, proudest traditions are to be spared. On Tuesday it was reported the government plans to cutback on the festivities surrounding this year’s Bastille Day parade.

Italy’s first spacewalker filmed live by NASA
Italy

Italy’s first spacewalker filmed live by NASA

Astronaut Luca Parmitano became the first Italian to walk in space on Tuesday, nearly six weeks after arriving at the International Space Station.

Germany ‘Europe’s biggest worrier’
Germany

Germany ‘Europe’s biggest worrier’

Germans are the most worry-prone nation in Europe, a study released on Tuesday suggested. On the whole, Europeans fret more about unemployment and inflation than they do terrorism or the environment.

Italy’s top court to debate Berlusconi tax fraud
Italy

Italy’s top court to debate Berlusconi tax fraud

Italy's top court will meet on July 30th to debate a request by former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to have a tax fraud conviction reviewed because some of the charges it relates to are due to expire.

Spain ‘would apologize’ to Bolivian president
Spain

Spain ‘would apologize’ to Bolivian president

Spain's Minister for Foreign Affairs, José Manuel García-Margallo, said on Tuesday he has no objection to apologizing to Bolivia "if there has been any misunderstanding" over last week's incident which saw Bolivian President Evo Morales's jet refused permission to fly over a number of European countries.

Youth mob tries to drown cop on French beach
France

Youth mob tries to drown cop on French beach

(VIDEO) Prosecutors in the French city of Marseille have opened an investigation into attempted murder after a group of around 20 young troublemakers reportedly tried to drown a police officer in the Mediterranean Sea earlier this week.

Brit dies after fall from tenth floor in Majorca
Spain

Brit dies after fall from tenth floor in Majorca

Police in Majorca are investigating the death of a 35-year-old British man who died after falling from the tenth floor of a building in the popular resort area of Magaluf, local press reported on Tuesday.

‘Crime possible’ in death of five-year-old girl
Sweden

‘Crime possible’ in death of five-year-old girl

Swedish police said on Tuesday they had not ruled out foul play in the death of a five-year-old girl, whose body was found by a lake near Avesta in central Sweden on Monday.

More Italians turn to Milan soup kitchens
Italy

More Italians turn to Milan soup kitchens

The number of Italians turning to Milan's soup kitchens increased by 31.4 percent between 2008 and 2012, according to figures from Caritas Ambrosiana, the Catholic relief, development and social services organization.

50 arrested in Rome cocaine sting
Italy

50 arrested in Rome cocaine sting

Italian police said Tuesday 50 alleged drug traffickers have been arrested and 240 kilogrammes of cocaine seized in a joint operation with Albanian, Portuguese and Spanish officers.

Police nab naked man in accidental drug sting
Norway

Police nab naked man in accidental drug sting

The Oslo police tweeted on Tuesday that they had apprehended a man wearing only his birthday best, adding that the naked pedestrian was carrying a large box full of drugs.

US: freed death row German to be re-tried
Germany

US: freed death row German to be re-tried

The US state of Arizona ordered at the last minute the retrial of a German woman who was due to be released after spending decades on death row, despite there being no reliable evidence linking her to the crime.

Ex-Chancellor ‘hoards 38,000 cigarettes’
Germany

Ex-Chancellor ‘hoards 38,000 cigarettes’

Famous for his love of smoking, popular German ex-Chancellor Helmut Schmidt apparently has 38,000 menthol cigarettes stashed in his house. He is, a top politician let slip on Tuesday, scared the EU will ban them.

Knox murder appeal to begin in September
Italy

Knox murder appeal to begin in September

An appeal trial over the murder of a British student in Italy is to begin on September 30th after Italy's top court overturned the acquittal of American Amanda Knox and her former Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito.

Mountain railway offers 100th birthday fare deals
Switzerland

Mountain railway offers 100th birthday fare deals

Thanks to a special anniversary, travellers can benefit from a special deal on one of Switzerland’s most spectacular railways.

EU grants Swedes child support in Denmark
Sweden

EU grants Swedes child support in Denmark

Southern Swedes who cross the Öresund Bridge as part of their daily commute to work in Denmark are set to finally benefit from Danish child support, after the EU intervened to settle an ongoing dispute between the Scandinavian neighbours.

Sigrid witness wants cash for police treatment
Norway

Sigrid witness wants cash for police treatment

The 65-year-old man questioned by the Norwegian police over the murder of teen Sigrid Giskegjerde Schjetne wants compensation for having been placed under restrictions for several months. The prosecutor's office announced on Tuesday that it was set to charge a 38-year-old for her abduction and killing.

French Muslim groups dispute start of Ramadan
France

French Muslim groups dispute start of Ramadan

The date of the start of Ramadan in France was thrown into confusion on Tuesday after the Paris Mosque released a last minute statement saying the month long fast will begin on Wednesday. However another Muslim group had insisted the fast must begin on Tuesday.

‘It’s fashionable to speak badly in Spain’
Spain

‘It’s fashionable to speak badly in Spain’

The director of Spain's most important Spanish language teaching body, the Cervantes Institute, has bemoaned the current "limited vocabulary" of Spaniards, adding it has become "fashionable to speak badly".

France set for sharp rise in electricity prices
France

France set for sharp rise in electricity prices

The price of electricity in France is set for a steep five-percent rise in August, followed by a further increase of five-percent at the same time next year, France’s new environment minister announced on Tuesday.

Breadmakers: ‘we knead UNESCO recognition’
Germany

Breadmakers: ‘we knead UNESCO recognition’

German bakers are calling for their breadmaking to be recognized by the United Nations' cultural organisation, UNESCO, as "intangible cultural heritage," alongside Argentina's tango and carpet weaving from southwest Iran.

Spillage leaves Swedish motorway soaked in beer
Sweden

Spillage leaves Swedish motorway soaked in beer

Motorists taking the E18 between Arboga and Örebro got a free drink on Tuesday morning after a truck scattered thousands of beer cans, leaving the motorway soaked in alcohol.

GALLERY: France’s funniest village names
France

GALLERY: France’s funniest village names

Believe it or not last weekend saw the annual convention of the association of French villages with funny names. So to both entertain you and help you learn a little French slang here's a selection of some of its proud members. For some it's not always a laughing matter.

€2,000 bounty for ‘meatballs’ cat killer
Italy

€2,000 bounty for ‘meatballs’ cat killer

A €2,000 reward will be paid to the person who catches the Via Stamen “cat killer” in Foggia. Tests proved the cats were killed by "poisoned meatballs".

Spain revives plans to outlaw oil ‘drizzlers’
Spain

Spain revives plans to outlaw oil ‘drizzlers’

The traditional glass olive oil dispensers, or 'drizzlers', seen in Spanish restaurants could soon be a thing of the past as the Spanish government draws up new rules banning the use of refillable bottles, despite a recent EU veto of similar moves.

NSU trial deadline set for end of 2014
Germany

NSU trial deadline set for end of 2014

The trial of five alleged neo-Nazis, including key member of the National Socialist Underground (NSU) terror cell, Beate Zschäpe, could go on almost a year longer than thought, a Munich court said on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Man in custody in missing woman case

A 35-year-old man has been remanded into custody in connection with the case of the missing mother of two in Trollhättan in western Sweden.

More Swiss army recruits are overweight: study
Switzerland

More Swiss army recruits are overweight: study

An increasing number of recruits for the Swiss army are obese, research from the University of Zurich’s Institute of Anatomy shows.

Norwegians wary of ‘corrupt’ politicians
Norway

Norwegians wary of ‘corrupt’ politicians

Two in five Norwegians believe corruption taints both the country's political parties and the industry sector, according to a new Transparency International report.

Veteran newscaster slams ‘undemocratic’ TV2
Norway

Veteran newscaster slams ‘undemocratic’ TV2

Norwegian primetime veteran Per Ståle Lønning has dubbed the TV2 broadcaster's decision to bar smaller parties from televised debates "undemocratic". Norwegians head to the polls in September.

‘Counting immigrants’ worth in money is racist’
Sweden

‘Counting immigrants’ worth in money is racist’

Don't fall into the racist trap of measuring immigrants' value by how much they contribute to the treasury. How much do disabled people contribute to the balance sheet of society? Sick people? Such thinking opens the door to horrible follow-up questions, argues Swedish author Marcus Priftis.

Churchgoers outraged by semi-naked woman ad
Italy

Churchgoers outraged by semi-naked woman ad

A billboard featuring a bikini-clad woman hanging outside a church in Lecce, Salento, has sparked an outcry among churchgoers.

Spain ships ‘ghost tram’ off to Sydney
Spain

Spain ships ‘ghost tram’ off to Sydney

Transport operators in the southern Spanish town of Vélez-Málaga have come up with a novel way to make some money cash of their stranded trams — they are renting them out to Sydney, Australia.

Chinese ping Norway on their tourist radar
Norway

Chinese ping Norway on their tourist radar

The number of Chinese citizens applying for visas for Norway has increased by 49 percent in one year, despite Beijing's chilly attitude toward Oslo after the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Chinese human rights activist Liu Xiaobo in 2009.

Spaniards say reporting corruption is ‘pointless’
Spain

Spaniards say reporting corruption is ‘pointless’

Most Spaniards think the country's political parties are corrupt while almost half believe the private sector isn't on the straight and narrow, but many people say there is no point in reporting this corruption, a new report from German NGO Transparency International (TI) shows.

Road piracy on rise in Sweden as two detained
Sweden

Road piracy on rise in Sweden as two detained

A duo of thieves pretending to be stranded on the side of the road in western Sweden threatened a motorist with a blade when he stopped to help them.

Diet guru Dukan banned over ‘deadly’ pill
France

Diet guru Dukan banned over ‘deadly’ pill

French diet king Pierre Dukan has been given a ban and heavily criticized by France’s medical board for prescribing weight-loss pill Mediator, which has been linked to hundreds of deaths, to his patients and then lying about it, it emerged this week.

Floods likely Germany’s costliest natural disaster
Germany

Floods likely Germany’s costliest natural disaster

Floods that devastated parts of Germany in June could be the costliest natural disaster ever to hit the country, a top insurer said on Tuesday. The company is calling for an end to building in flood-prone areas.

Strike stalls Costa Concordia captain’s trial
Italy

Strike stalls Costa Concordia captain’s trial

The trial of Francesco Schettino, captain of the ill-fated Costa Concordia cruise ship, was adjourned to July 17th shortly after opening in the Italian city of Grosseto on Tuesday because of a national lawyers' strike.

Sweden in the top of EU single market league
Sweden

Sweden in the top of EU single market league

Sweden is among the top performers in the EU single market, according to a new report from the European Commission published on Monday.

Oslo police detain seven in asylum residence raid
Norway

Oslo police detain seven in asylum residence raid

Norwegian police raided a residence for asylum seekers on Tuesday, detaining seven people who are suspected of pushing drugs.

Swiss doctor convicted for aiding man’s suicide
Switzerland

Swiss doctor convicted for aiding man’s suicide

A Neuchâtel doctor is considering an appeal after being fined 500 francs ($517) by a local court that found him guilty of helping an 89-year-old patient die without getting a proper diagnosis of the man’s condition.

‘We had no slush fund’: Spanish government
Spain

‘We had no slush fund’: Spanish government

Spain's ruling Popular Party (PP) issued a statement on Tuesday once again denying that the party's ex-treasurer Luis Bárcenas operated an illegal slush fund which was used to make under-the-table payments to party officials.

Did Springsteen’s 1988 Berlin gig rock the Wall?
Germany

Did Springsteen’s 1988 Berlin gig rock the Wall?

Bruce Springsteen played in Leipzig this weekend - a return to the former East Germany 25 years after what he said was one of his most important gigs - to people hungry for freedom just 16 months before the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Bear slaughtered at Italian national park
Italy

Bear slaughtered at Italian national park

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has called on Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta to quickly find and deal with the culprits behind the killing of a bear in a national park in central Italy.

VIDEO: Sarkozy greeted like ‘returning’ hero
France

VIDEO: Sarkozy greeted like ‘returning’ hero

(Video) Nicolas Sarkozy made a return of sorts to the political scene on Monday and was given a hero's welcome by supporters at crisis talks for his UMP party. Despite most headlines evoking a return to politics, Sarkozy himself denied he was making comeback, just yet.

Italian ‘Harry Potter’ killed by lightning
Italy

Italian ‘Harry Potter’ killed by lightning

A 12-year-old boy has died after being struck by lightning while playing football on a beach in southern Italy, local media reported.

David Villa set for move to Atletico Madrid
Spain

David Villa set for move to Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid have reached an in-principle deal to sign Spain striker David Villa from Barcelona, the Catalans said on Monday.

Corruption fears on the rise: Berlin group
Germany

Corruption fears on the rise: Berlin group

More than half of respondents in a global survey released on Tuesday think that political corruption has worsened over the past two years, and a quarter reported having paid officials a bribe in the last 12 months.

VIDEO: Tour de France Stage 10 preview
France

VIDEO: Tour de France Stage 10 preview

After a badly-needed rest day on Monday, riders will take on the 197-km journey from Saint-Gildas-des-Bois across to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast. Check out the video below for an expert preview of Stage 10 of the Tour de France.

France sells luxury cars in African graft probe
France

France sells luxury cars in African graft probe

France has raised €3.21 million from the auction of nine luxury cars seized in a corruption probe into the wealth of family of Teodoro Obiang Nguema, ruler of Equatorial Guinea, it emerged this week.

Sweden’s Marcus Berg signs for Greek side
Sweden

Sweden’s Marcus Berg signs for Greek side

Swedish international striker Marcus Berg has joined Greek side Panathinaikos for an undisclosed fee from Bundesliga side Hamburg, the Greek Super League club announced Monday.

Swedish town hall hit by horse manure attack
Sweden

Swedish town hall hit by horse manure attack

Employees of Grums municipality in western Sweden were forced to find their way past over 1,000 litres of horse manure on Monday which had been dumped outside the town hall in a suspected political protest.

The fresco-filled Würzburg Residence
Germany

The fresco-filled Würzburg Residence

As part of our tour of Germany's UNESCO World Heritage sites, we look around one of the country's most impressive palaces, the Würzburg Residence.

Swedish city indicted over parasite outbreak
Sweden

Swedish city indicted over parasite outbreak

The municipality of Östersund in northern Sweden has been charged for environmental crimes following the parasite outbreak which left half the population with the stomach flu in the winter of 2010.

Germany pulls plug on solar subsidies
Germany

Germany pulls plug on solar subsidies

Germany will stop subsidizing solar energy by 2018 at the latest, its environment minister said on Monday after last year initiating a scaling-back of generous state support for the faltering industry.