Federer comes from behind for Ohio advance
Switzerland

Federer comes from behind for Ohio advance

Swiss tennis star Roger Federer battled back from a disastrous start to beat Germany’s Tommy Haas and move into the quarterfinals of the Cincinnati Masters tournament in the US on Thursday.

ETH Zurich ranked among world’s top unis
Switzerland

ETH Zurich ranked among world’s top unis

The Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH) vaulted into the top 20 highest ranked universities in the world, according to the Shanghai Jiao Tong university list issued on Thursday.

Zurich unveils ‘sex boxes’ for prostitutes
Switzerland

Zurich unveils ‘sex boxes’ for prostitutes

The city of Zurich on Thursday unveiled a sex drive-in which local authorities say will enable them to keep closer tabs on prostitution, a year after voters backed the plan.

James Bond stuntman’s death jolts wing-divers
Switzerland

James Bond stuntman’s death jolts wing-divers

This week's death in Switzerland of a British stuntman who thrilled spectators by parachuting into the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremonies as James Bond has left the extreme sports community reeling.

Swede: Alicia Keys’ band sexually harassed me
Sweden

Swede: Alicia Keys’ band sexually harassed me

Members of Alicia Keys' band have been accused of sexually harassing a Swedish woman following the R&B star's recent performance at the Way Out West festival in western Sweden.

Capri hits back over French beachwear jibe

Capri hits back over French beachwear jibe

Capri’s tourism authority has hit back at French newspaper Le Monde after a columnist published an article criticizing the “oafish” beachwear of the island’s visitors, with one tourism operator even accusing the paper of “foul play”.

Barrier-breaking writer celebrates film premiere
Germany

Barrier-breaking writer celebrates film premiere

As one of Germany's most controversial modern authors, Charlotte Roche celebrated the premiere of the film of her sexually explicit debut novel, Wetlands, on Tuesday. We made her our German of the Week.

Air Berlin cuts losses by flying fewer routes
Germany

Air Berlin cuts losses by flying fewer routes

Germany's second biggest airline said on Thursday it had narrowed its losses by reducing its number of routes.

Marion Bartoli urged to reconsider quit decision
France

Marion Bartoli urged to reconsider quit decision

French tennis star Marion Bartoli's decision to retire from the game just weeks after winning Wimbledon caused shock at home on Thursday and also calls to reconsider.

Injuries from metal rods prompt Ikea bed recall
Sweden

Injuries from metal rods prompt Ikea bed recall

The world's leading furniture chain Ikea on Thursday issued a recall of two models of children's beds after several reported cases of a broken metal rod that exposed sharp edges.

Italy ‘can cope’ with huge boat migrant wave
Italy

Italy ‘can cope’ with huge boat migrant wave

More than 24,000 immigrants landed on Italy's shores in the last year, the interior minister said on Thursday, but insisted the situation had not reached a crisis point.

Basel trades Argentina striker to German team
Switzerland

Basel trades Argentina striker to German team

German football team Augsburg have brought bad-boy Argentinian striker Raul Bobadilla back to the Bundesliga on a three-year contract from Swiss champions FC Basel.

Pope Francis urges reconciliation in Egypt
Italy

Pope Francis urges reconciliation in Egypt

Pope Francis said on Thursday he was praying for the victims of the violence in Egypt that has left more than 500 people dead and appealed for "peace, dialogue and reconciliation".

Judge jails six men for fatal Berlin beating
Germany

Judge jails six men for fatal Berlin beating

A court sentenced six men to prison on Thursday after a 20-year-old man was beaten to death in Berlin city centre.

Swedish prince hunts for wedding church: report
Sweden

Swedish prince hunts for wedding church: report

Sweden looks set to host yet another royal wedding with Prince Carl Philip reportedly scouting out locations for a church.

Is it time to bring back Swedish folk costume?
Sweden

Is it time to bring back Swedish folk costume?

The Local's Victoria Hussey considers Swedish minimalism versus a new hybrid of high-fashion folk and whether it is time for Swedes to dip into the history archives to come up with a new type of old-school cool.

‘Taxi ride with PM made my bad back worse’
Norway

‘Taxi ride with PM made my bad back worse’

One of the passengers carried by Norwegian Prime minister Jens Stoltenberg in a taxi-driving election stunt has complained that her bad back was made worse by his terrible driving.

Sweden to share Obama with Nordic neighbours
Sweden

Sweden to share Obama with Nordic neighbours

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt announced on Thursday that he has invited his Nordic counterparts to Stockholm to participate in talks with Barack Obama during the US president's September visit to Sweden.

Hollande calls for action to avoid Egypt ‘civil war’
France

Hollande calls for action to avoid Egypt ‘civil war’

French President François Hollande said on Thursday that "everything must be done to avoid a civil war" in Egypt, after a crackdown by security forces on supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi left over 460 people dead.

Roma group: ‘Gypsy sauce’ is offensive
Germany

Roma group: ‘Gypsy sauce’ is offensive

A Sinti and Roma group are calling for German food companies to change the name of popular Zigeunersauce, “gypsy sauce”. But manufacturers are not rushing to reprint labels.

Swede finds mouse teeth in morning muesli
Sweden

Swede finds mouse teeth in morning muesli

A Swedish woman who bit off more than she could chew when part of a mouse jaw showed up in her morning muesli has been left infuriated by retailer Ica offering her only 20 kronor ($3) in compensation.

Germany urges Egypt to stop deadly crackdown
Germany

Germany urges Egypt to stop deadly crackdown

The German government summoned the Egyptian ambassador on Thursday morning over the deadly crackdown on protest camps of supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

Tourist ‘beaten to death’ as he queues for ticket
Italy

Tourist ‘beaten to death’ as he queues for ticket

Commuters watched in horror as a tourist was savagely beaten at Rome’s central Termini station on Wednesday morning as he waited in line to buy a ticket. The 70-year-old Moroccan died from his injuries later that day.

Sweden mulls renewed Egypt travel warning
Sweden

Sweden mulls renewed Egypt travel warning

As Swedish travel agencies struggle with a drop in bookings to Egypt in the wake of recent violence there, the foreign ministry is looking at extending a warning urging Swedes to avoid travel to the country.

Artist wins Hitler salute court battle
Germany

Artist wins Hitler salute court battle

A German court has acquitted a controversial artist for performing the outlawed Hitler salute, arguing it was a form of artistic expression.

Holcim’s earnings leap despite lower sales
Switzerland

Holcim’s earnings leap despite lower sales

Swiss cement group Holcim recorded a jump in earnings for the first half of 2013 of almost 50 percent compared to the same period a year earlier but also reported that sales fell.

Chess prodigy to take own food to India
Norway

Chess prodigy to take own food to India

Norwegian chess prodigy Magnus Carlsen plans to bring his own food and chef to the coming World Chess Championships in India in case a bout of 'delhi-belly' puts him off his game.

Hollande summons Egypt envoy over crackdown
France

Hollande summons Egypt envoy over crackdown

French President Francois Hollande has summoned the Egyptian ambassador to France for a meeting on Thursday, sources at the presidency said, a day after a bloody crackdown on supporters of the country's ousted Islamist president.

Natural disasters dent Zurich Insurance profits
Switzerland

Natural disasters dent Zurich Insurance profits

Swiss insurer Zurich Insurance Group on Thursday said net profits fell by 17 percent to $1.85 billion in the first half of the year on the back of weather-related disasters.

VIDEO: Divers swim with whale off Norway
Norway

VIDEO: Divers swim with whale off Norway

Two intrepid Norwegian free divers swum for two hours underwater next to the whale which strayed into a bay near Bergen last week, shooting some amazing video footage.

Police hunt father who ‘shot daughter and wife’
Germany

Police hunt father who ‘shot daughter and wife’

Police launched a nationwide man hunt on Wednesday night for a fugitive who is suspected of killing his daughter and shooting his wife.

Norway loses 4-2 after Zlatan hat-trick
Norway

Norway loses 4-2 after Zlatan hat-trick

A hat-trick from Sweden's star player Zlatan Ibrahimovic put paid to Norway's chances in Wednesday's friendly match at Stockholm's Friends Arena.

Fraud suspected in Swedish Iraq project
Sweden

Fraud suspected in Swedish Iraq project

Swedish aid money channeled to Iraq has gone missing, leading the government coalition partner the Centre Party to report the democracy project that its international wing managed to the police.

Switzerland stuns Brazil with 1-0 home victory
Switzerland

Switzerland stuns Brazil with 1-0 home victory

Swiss football fans are whooping it up after the “Nati” scored a shock victory on Wednesday over Brazil, five-time winners of the World Cup.

Hundreds gather to ‘scream’ in Munch tribute
Norway

Hundreds gather to ‘scream’ in Munch tribute

Men and women from across Oslo gathered on Thurday at a specially constructed vantage point in the city's Ekeberg sculpture park to "release their emotions by screaming".

Sweden seeks Norway’s help in Quick inquiry
Sweden

Sweden seeks Norway’s help in Quick inquiry

Sweden's justice minister has asked her Norwegian counterpart for assistance in getting to the bottom of how now-cleared Swedish "serial killer" Thomas Quick was tied to several murders.

Swedish police fail to catch speeding cyclists
Sweden

Swedish police fail to catch speeding cyclists

Swedish police set about clocking the speed of cyclists in central Stockholm this week, but as every single biker was over the speed limit the officers only managed to apprehend and fine 15 of them.

Gibraltar ‘happy’ Spain plans to take row to court
Spain

Gibraltar ‘happy’ Spain plans to take row to court

Gibraltar is pleased that Spain is "at last" thinking of taking its longstanding dispute over the sovereignty of the British outpost to international courts, Gibraltar Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said in an interview on Wednesday.

Marion Bartoli announces shock retirement
France

Marion Bartoli announces shock retirement

Wimbledon winner and France’s no.1 female tennis player Marion Bartoli made a shock retirement announcement on Wednesday, shortly after losing in the second round of the Cincinnati Masters to Romania's Simona Halep.

Norway to help Sweden in Quick inquiry
Norway

Norway to help Sweden in Quick inquiry

Sweden's Justice Minister has asked Norway to help investigate how a string of gruesome murders were pinned on psychiatric patient Thomas Quick, only for him to be completely cleared 20 years later.

Merkel launches election campaign in tiny town
Germany

Merkel launches election campaign in tiny town

Chancellor Angela Merkel chose a small, picturesque town to launch her election campaign on Wednesday ahead of Europe's biggest economy going to the polls in five weeks.

Rescued seal pups swim to freedom – pics
Germany

Rescued seal pups swim to freedom – pics

Keepers released a group of young seals into the North Sea on Wednesday, after spending six weeks rearing them back to health.

Salmon sales plummet as China punishes Norway
Norway

Salmon sales plummet as China punishes Norway

Norway's salmon industry is calling on politicians to untangle a diplomatic spat with China which has caused its market share to drop by two thirds in three years.

Paraguay draw ‘warning’ for jittery Germany
Germany

Paraguay draw ‘warning’ for jittery Germany

Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer insisted Germany's 3-3 friendly draw at home to Paraguay must serve as a warning ahead of next month's World Cup qualifiers.

Euro optimism rubs off on Swedish stock prices
Sweden

Euro optimism rubs off on Swedish stock prices

The Stockholm Stock Exchange took an upbeat 0.3-percent skip after news on Wednesday that the eurozone economy was recovering.

Teacher spreads word of giant butter knife
Sweden

Teacher spreads word of giant butter knife

Although he does not have the world's biggest tub of butter nor the world's biggest sandwich to prove his work's worth, Swedish school teacher Claes Blixt hopes the Guinness Book of Records will spread the news of his enormous butter knife.