Hacker held in Bangkok over Swiss bank fraud



Switzerland

Hacker held in Bangkok over Swiss bank fraud




Law enforcement officials in Thailand have detained a computer hacker suspected of stealing four to five million francs from Swiss online bank accounts.

Credit Suisse pressured by US over tax evasion
Switzerland

Credit Suisse pressured by US over tax evasion

Credit Suisse is expected to face criminal charges, according to an American official, as US Attorney General Eric Holder warned on Monday that no financial institution should consider itself "above the law".

Half of young Spaniards have no money coming in
Spain

Half of young Spaniards have no money coming in

Almost half of all Spaniards aged 16 to 29 receive neither a salary nor government benefits while only one in five can afford to fly the family coop, the startling results from a new study reveal.

Priest shocks Spain with wife-beater sermon
Spain

Priest shocks Spain with wife-beater sermon

A sermon by a Spanish priest during a holy communion has caused a storm after he spoke of how men wouldn't beat their wives to death thirty years ago because they had Christian values.

‘Nationalist promises are a lie’: liberal EU head candidate
Sweden

‘Nationalist promises are a lie’: liberal EU head candidate

The liberal pick to head the next European Commission, Guy Verhofstadt, tells Oliver Gee why he understands disillusioned voters. The Belgian slams the union's crisis management, but warns that nationalists make false promises.

‘French embassy guard’ gunned down in Yemen
France

‘French embassy guard’ gunned down in Yemen

A Frenchman was killed Monday and another was wounded when gunmen fired on their car in a diplomatic district in Sanaa. The victim was reported to ba guard at the French embassy.

WHO sounds warning about new polio cases
Switzerland

WHO sounds warning about new polio cases

The Geneva-based World Health Organization warned on Monday that polio has reemerged as a public health emergency, after new cases of the crippling disease began surfacing and spreading across borders from countries like Syria and Pakistan.

May the 4th be with you: Star Wars Day in Rome
Italy

May the 4th be with you: Star Wars Day in Rome

The Colosseum is traditionally associated with gladiator fights but on Sunday it was given a futuristic makeover when it was invaded by hundreds of Star Wars fans wielding lightsabers for the annual Star Wars Day.

‘We don’t want our kids to go on migrant bus’
Italy

‘We don’t want our kids to go on migrant bus’

A group of parents from Sicily refused to let their children go on a school trip because the bus they would have travelled on had previously transported migrants “suffering from diseases”.

Paedophile ring used girl, 5, to entice victims
Germany

Paedophile ring used girl, 5, to entice victims

Eleven people arrested on Saturday for running an international paedophile ring have been released. The group is accused of distributing child porn as well as using a five-year-old girl to entice victims.

Hells Angels banned from buses and beer
Germany

Hells Angels banned from buses and beer

Members of the Hells Angels gang are seen as violent and secretive, but according to one former member their lives are governed by strict rules - including no buses or alcohol.

Austrian bishop fights for indigenous Brazilians
Austria

Austrian bishop fights for indigenous Brazilians

The Austro-Brazilian bishop Erwin Kraeutler has warned against attacks on the rights of the indigenous Indios people of Brazil.

QUIZ: Who should you vote for in EU elections?
Germany

QUIZ: Who should you vote for in EU elections?

Who should you vote for in the European Parliament elections? The poll is just three weeks away but if you’re unsure which party deserves your vote try these interactive quizzes.

Finmeccanica settles row over faulty Belgian trains
Italy

Finmeccanica settles row over faulty Belgian trains

Italian industrial giant Finmeccanica said on Monday it was paying €2.5 million ($3.5 million) to Belgium's national railway to avoid being sued over a now-cancelled order of faulty high-speed trains.

‘Police software’ sent drugs to ambassador
Sweden

‘Police software’ sent drugs to ambassador

A clerk working for the Swedish police accidentally sent a package of seized narcotics not to the forensic lab, but to the Albanian embassy in Stockholm. A review has pinned the blame on a software glitch.

French rugby legend Chabal set to retire
France

French rugby legend Chabal set to retire

The iconic former French international Sebastien Chabal, or "The Beast" as he was more affectionately known, anounced on Monday that he will retire from the sport next weekend. See some of his best moments in these videos.

French rockers hail ‘win’ over Candy Crush maker
France

French rockers hail ‘win’ over Candy Crush maker

A French rock band hailed victory this week claiming the makers of the hugely popular video game Candy Crush Saga have withdrawn a demand for them to either find a new name or face a court battle.

‘We must persuade Putin against force’: Hollande
France

‘We must persuade Putin against force’: Hollande

As the crisis in the Ukraine intensifies French President François Hollande insisted on Monday that the election set for May 25th must go ahead "in all of the country" and Russia must be persuaded fom using violence.

Police fear serial killer in ‘crucifixion’ killing
Italy

Police fear serial killer in ‘crucifixion’ killing

The naked body of a woman was discovered tied to a horizontal bar under a bridge in Florence on Monday, in what police fear could be the work of a serial killer.

Spanish team makes key breast cancer find
Spain

Spanish team makes key breast cancer find

Scientists in Barcelona and the UK have discovered a key mechanism in the development of breast cancer, a finding they say could up new avenues for treatment of various types of cancer.

‘They called me a monkey so I danced like one’
Spain

‘They called me a monkey so I danced like one’

A new racism scandal erupted in Spanish football after fans made monkey chants at Levante's Senegalese midfielder Pape Diop, just a week after Barcelona defender Dani Alves denounced a banana-thrower.

‘AstraZeneca won’t withstand Pfizer’: expert
Sweden

‘AstraZeneca won’t withstand Pfizer’: expert

Losing Astra-Zeneca to Pfizer appears inevitable, because Sweden has a bad track record of withstanding short-sighted investors, warns industry expert Torun Nilsson.

Italian football-playing ‘granny’ goes viral
Italy

Italian football-playing ‘granny’ goes viral

An elderly woman who was filmed playing football with some children on a street in the suburbs of Rome has shot to internet fame after the video was shared thousands of times on Facebook.

Vatican faces new UN grilling over sex abuse
Switzerland

Vatican faces new UN grilling over sex abuse

A Geneva-based UN anti-torture watchdog on Monday began a two-day grilling of the Vatican over its efforts to stamp out child sex abuse by priests.

Chinese tycoon keen to buy chunk of Norway
Norway

Chinese tycoon keen to buy chunk of Norway

A Chinese property tycoon shut out by Iceland after he sought to buy a vast tract of the country is turning his attention to Norway, he told AFP on Monday.

France and EU at odds over economic targets
France

France and EU at odds over economic targets

France and Europe were once again at odds on Monday over whether Paris will really achieve its EU target to cut its deficit as well as its predictions over the growth of its economy and a fall in unemployment.

Ten things you should do in a German office
Germany

Ten things you should do in a German office

What are the most important unspoken rules of the German office? JobTalk this week gives you ten tips to help you navigate office etiquette in Germany properly.

France is mocking Picasso: Artist’s son
Spain

France is mocking Picasso: Artist’s son

The son of Spanish painter Pablo Picasso said he was "scandalized" after France's culture minister put back the opening of the Picasso museum in Paris until September, accusing the French government of not caring.

In Pictures: Swedes flock to dog grooming show
Sweden

In Pictures: Swedes flock to dog grooming show

Barking mad dog lovers descended on southern Sweden for the first ever Swedish International Grooming Competition (Swedgroom). Check out some of the best shots of the show, which drew a strong crowd in Malmö.

German reunification bill hits €2,000,000,000,000
Germany

German reunification bill hits €2,000,000,000,000

Researchers estimate that 25 years of financial support flowing from the former West into East Germany has cost just under €2 trillion.

Gravediggers slammed for mocking the dead
Spain

Gravediggers slammed for mocking the dead

A leaked video showing how Spanish cemetery workers made fun of the bodily remains they were exhuming has turned into a social media success despite its inappropriate content.

Brussels cautious on Spain’s ‘mild recovery’
Spain

Brussels cautious on Spain’s ‘mild recovery’

Spain will grow faster than previously forecast in the next two years, but unemployment won't come down below 24 percent and public deficit will remain high, the European Commission said on Monday.

Swedes targeted in new ‘Microsoft’ phone scam
Sweden

Swedes targeted in new ‘Microsoft’ phone scam

Elderly Swedes are falling victim to a new scam being perpetrated by English-speaking fraudsters claiming to work for Microsoft.

UN watchdog grills Vatican over child abuse
Italy

UN watchdog grills Vatican over child abuse

A UN anti-torture watchdog on Monday began a two-day grilling of the Vatican over its efforts to stamp out child sex abuse by priests.

Venice policeman kills himself
Italy

Venice policeman kills himself

A 53-year-old policeman committed suicide on Sunday at a police station in Venice.

Paris: Coq-walking artist guilty of exhibitionism
France

Paris: Coq-walking artist guilty of exhibitionism

A Paris court on Monday found a South African artist guilty of sexual exhibitionism after a performance in Paris that saw him dance with a rooster tied to his penis.

Paris tourist taken for a €400 ride by fake cabbie
France

Paris tourist taken for a €400 ride by fake cabbie

Let this be a lesson for all tourists arriving at airports in Paris. A visitor, who was picked up at Charles de Gaulle airport by a fake cabbie had to endure a 200km/h high-speed chase with police, before being stung for a €400 fare.

Norway to appoint Citi to hold $865bn fund: FT
Norway

Norway to appoint Citi to hold $865bn fund: FT

Norway is to award US banking giant Citigroup the lucrative contract to hold its giant $865bn oil fund, after the bank convinced the fund's managers that it would be better able to manage its shift into emerging markets.

‘Masked man’ faces life for attacking millionaires
Germany

‘Masked man’ faces life for attacking millionaires

A homeless man who attacked two wealthy Berlin families and kidnapped a millionaire appeared before court on Monday. Known as the “Masked man of Storkow”, he evaded police capture for two years.

Stockholm train crash ‘not the cleaner’s fault’
Sweden

Stockholm train crash ‘not the cleaner’s fault’

Investigators looking into the runaway train that crashed into a family home last year have cleared the cleaner on board of all responsibility. The train operators at first named her a likely culprit.

Ninety-year-old renter turfed for pigeon feeding
Switzerland

Ninety-year-old renter turfed for pigeon feeding

A 90-year-old Geneva man has been ordered evicted from the apartment he has been renting for more than 50 years for allegedly feeding pigeons on his balcony, according to a news media report.

Violence on rise across France, but not Marseille
France

Violence on rise across France, but not Marseille

Levels of violence committed against individuals has risen across France, according to new statistics revealed this week and in particular in Paris where 100 attacks a day have been recorded in recent months.

Napoli fan arrested after life-saving operation
Italy

Napoli fan arrested after life-saving operation

A 30-year-old Napoli fan, who was shot outside Rome’s Olympic Stadium ahead of a football match on Saturday night, was arrested shortly after having a life-saving operation.

China pushing Norway for Nobel guarantee
Norway

China pushing Norway for Nobel guarantee

China is pressuring Norway's government to guarantee never to congratulate a Chinese dissident who wins the Nobel Peace Prize, the country's NRK news channel has reported.

‘Shameful’ teen mums taken out of school
Spain

‘Shameful’ teen mums taken out of school

The Spanish region of Murcia has approved a motion that will see teenage girls who fall pregnant be taken out of high school to stop them from being shunned.

Networking key to seven in ten Swedish jobs
Sweden

Networking key to seven in ten Swedish jobs

Labour-market training, meant to prep job seekers for work, no longer has the desired effect, Sweden's jobs agency said on Monday. Networking was still the best way to find a job last year.

Two Spanish ‘poachers’ arrested in Iran
Spain

Two Spanish ‘poachers’ arrested in Iran

Two Spanish citizens have been arrested in Iran for allegedly hunting reptiles in a protected area, state-run IRNA news agency reported on Sunday.

Rolling Stones fans warned over fake tickets
Sweden

Rolling Stones fans warned over fake tickets

Swedish Rolling Stones fans may not get any satisfaction from their tickets to see the rockers in action, after police announced that scores of fake ones were being circulated.

Norway’s Crown Prince is a ‘lefty’: Populist leader
Norway

Norway’s Crown Prince is a ‘lefty’: Populist leader

Per Sandberg, the deputy leader of Norway's Progress Party, has attacked Norway's Crown Prince and Princess for being "on the left", in a new book in which he calls for the country to become a monarchy.

Young Spaniards turn left in lead-up to EU poll
Spain

Young Spaniards turn left in lead-up to EU poll

The majority of Spain's crisis-hit young voters are planning to vote for the country's opposition left-wing parties in the upcoming European elections, a new poll shows.

Norway faces lemming explosion: Scientist
Norway

Norway faces lemming explosion: Scientist

Scientists expect an explosion of lemmings in southern Norway this summer, after a mild winter allowed the arctic rodents to breed rapidly under the snow.

Coca-Cola launches new soft drink in France
France

Coca-Cola launches new soft drink in France

Coca-Cola has launched a new sparkling fruit-flavoured drink "Finley", in France, which the soft drinks giant hopes will finally convert the notoriously coffee-crazy French to fizzy drinks.

Sweden has third lowest child death rate
Sweden

Sweden has third lowest child death rate

Sweden has the third lowest infant mortality rate in western Europe, with just 2.7 deaths per 1,000 births, a comprehensive new study revealed.

Hundreds mourn student shot in US
Germany

Hundreds mourn student shot in US

More than 500 people gathered in Hamburg on Sunday to mourn the death of a student shot in the US during a school exchange.

Paris: Picasso museum becoming a ‘fiasco’
France

Paris: Picasso museum becoming a ‘fiasco’

The son of Spanish painter Pablo Picasso has hit out at the French government after the culture minister put back the opening of the Picasso museum in Paris until September. Claude Picasso said he was "scandalised" and accused the French government of not caring.

Madrid bike scheme faces uphill battle
Spain

Madrid bike scheme faces uphill battle

Politicians say Madrid's shared electric bicycle scheme, due to launch this month, can change the lives of citizens — but others are less excited about the proposal, warning it will put their lives in danger.

Income taxes ‘to be cut from 2016’
Germany

Income taxes ‘to be cut from 2016’

Income tax in Germany could be slashed by two percent from 2016, saving taxpayers €3 billion a year, according to reports on Sunday.

Tax-return stragglers told to hurry up
Sweden

Tax-return stragglers told to hurry up

With a midnight deadline looming to file your taxes, more than two thirds of income earners in Sweden have chosen to verify their information electronically.

Alitalia-Etihad airline tie-up hangs in the air
Italy

Alitalia-Etihad airline tie-up hangs in the air

The fate of stricken Italian airline Alitalia is set to be decided this week by the outcome of talks for UAE carrier Etihad to buy up to 49 percent of the company.

‘Napoleon’ sent back into exile 200 years on
France

‘Napoleon’ sent back into exile 200 years on

"Napoleon" returned to the Italian island of Elba on Sunday as part of a historical re-enactment to mark the 200th anniversary of the defeated French emperor's exile. He was joined by hundreds of enthusiasts from across Europe.

Elba marks Napoleon exile anniversary
Italy

Elba marks Napoleon exile anniversary

"Napoleon" returned to the Italian island of Elba on Sunday as part of a historical re-enactment to mark the 200th anniversary of the defeated French emperor's exile.

Ukraine hostage release sparks coalition row
Germany

Ukraine hostage release sparks coalition row

German hostages captured in Ukraine returned home over the weekend, but their release has sparked a row within the country’s coalition government about what they were doing in the crisis-hit country.

Burkhalter heads to Moscow for Ukraine talks
Switzerland

Burkhalter heads to Moscow for Ukraine talks

The head of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Swiss President Didier Burkhalter, will visit Moscow on Wednesday for talks on the crisis in Ukraine, the Kremlin said.

Norway ski star trashes car after drink binge
Norway

Norway ski star trashes car after drink binge

Double Olympic gold-winning skier Petter Northug has admitted to drunk driving after crashing his Audi A7 into a road barrier at some 80 km/hr in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Big boom over west France leaves residents shocked
France

Big boom over west France leaves residents shocked

France was forced to scramble an a fighter jet on Sunday after an United Airlines plane lost radio contact over the west of the country. The fighter jet alarmed a fair few residents across a swathe of western France.

Norway party puts Oslo Olympics at risk
Norway

Norway party puts Oslo Olympics at risk

Oslo's bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics was in the balance on Sunday as a governing coalition party announced it would not support state funding for the event.

Swedish study sheds light on autism cause
Sweden

Swedish study sheds light on autism cause

A study of over 2 million Swedes has found that environmental factors are equally as important as genes in determining whether a child will be born with autism.

UK’s Froome retains Tour de Romandie title
Switzerland

UK’s Froome retains Tour de Romandie title

Tour de France cycling champion Chris Froome said he was bang on track to defend his Grand Boucle crown after retaining his Tour de Romandie title by winning Sunday's final stage time-trial.