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Sweden

Top ice stars skate into Stockholm’s Globe

Some of the world’s top figure skaters are sliding into Sweden’s capital to take place in the European figure skating championships which get underway in Stockholm's Ericsson Globe on Wednesday.

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Switzerland

Right-wing group seeks national face veil ban

The same group that launched the initiative to ban the construction of new minarets in Switzerland is now seeking a national law to prohibit the wearing of veils and other face-covering headgear.

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Denmark

Be careful what you say about Danish royals

With Crown Prince Frederik outraging Danes by ignoring the storm closure of the Storebælt Bridge and driving across it "as if he pretty much owned the thing", Michael Booth hopes that Danes might finally start to fall out of love with their royals.

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Switzerland

Swiss docs ‘worst’ for leaving items in patients

Swiss hospitals may have a good reputation but doctors from Switzerland have the worst record in Europe for leaving medical instruments or “foreign bodies” inside patients after operations, according to an OECD report.

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Germany

Survivors call leaders to remember Auschwitz

"We must all remember" former Auschwitz inmate Roman Kent told more than 300 assembled survivors and 50 heads of state and government at a commemoration ceremony at the former Nazi death camp in Poland on Tuesday.

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Austria

Transsexual asylum seeker’s body found

The naked and bound body of a Turkish citizen found on Sunday afternoon after police broke down the door to her apartment has been reported as being a 35-year-old transsexual asylum seeker.

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Italy

Jail for Italy high-speed rail link protesters

An Italian court on Tuesday convicted 47 opponents of a high-speed rail link to France of public order offences following violent clashes in 2011.

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France

Sleeping woman raped on Paris train

A young woman was raped by two men on Sunday morning after she fell asleep while riding an RER commuter train near Paris. A recent study reports that half of French people feel unsafe when using public transport.

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Germany

Sharp-eared grandma spots phone con

The fight against confidence tricksters got a boost thanks to a sharp-minded senior and a dim-witted caller asking for €10,000, Dortmund police reported on Tuesday.

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Spain

Spain planned to invade Australia in 1790s

Spain planned to invade British colonies in Australia in the 1790s with a 100-ship armada, recently unearthed Spanish naval documents reveal.

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Sweden

Sweden heading for coldest weekend of 2015

It's only Tuesday, but meteorologists are already warning that the weekend could the coldest this year, with temperatures dipping below -10C in the south of the country.

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France

Euro 2016 in France ‘faces real terror threat’

The threat of a terror attack at next year's Euro 2016 football championships in France is now a reality in the light of the shootings in Paris earlier this month, organizers admitted on Tuesday.

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France

‘Midriff the new cleavage’ at Paris fashion show

Chanel's haute couture view of the coming spring-summer season, revealed on Tuesday, is distinctly storybook -- but with midriff-baring outfits proudly declaring that "the stomach is the new cleavage".

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Italy

Italy wrong to take child born to surrogate: ECHR

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has condemned the Italian state for removing a child, who was born to a surrogate mother in Russia, from an Italian couple and ordered it to pay thousands of euros in compensation.

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Spain

The five strangest things about Spaniards

One from the archives: After two years at the helm of The Local Spain, George Mills is moving on. Here he reflects on some of the most puzzling aspects of life in a country he believes is one of the greatest places to live in the world.

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Switzerland

UN rights chief alarmed over Egypt clashes

The United Nations human rights chief in Geneva voiced deep concern on Tuesday over the killing of at least 20 people in clashes between demonstrators and security forces in Egypt in recent days.

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France

France told to repay €1 billion in EU farm aid

France must repay the EU €1.07 billion ($1.2 billion) in agricultural aid paid to farmers due to fraud and mistakes over a four-year period, the European Commission said on Tuesday.

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Norway

Police seek boy, 7, abducted in Norway

Police in Norway have put out an international appeal after a seven-year-old boy was abducted from a bowling alley.

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Sweden

Sweden ‘soon’ to return missing Maori skulls

Maori skulls taken from a burial cave and later used as part of attempts to scientifically justify racism by Swedish scientists are set to be returned to New Zealand in the near future, despite 'red tape' stalling the process.

‘Sweden’s healthcare is an embarrassment’
Sweden

‘Sweden’s healthcare is an embarrassment’

For this week's debate article, Johan Hjertqvist, president of Health Consumer Powerhouse, an organization which compares global healthcare systems, reacts to a new report which reveals that waiting times in Sweden's hospitals are among the worst in Europe.

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Germany

‘Blackfacing’ is Anglicism of the Year

"Blackfacing", used by Germans to describe white people painting their skin dark to mimic black people, has been named Anglicism of the Year by a jury of linguists.

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Italy

Dad jailed for making daughters diet and ski

A father in Turin, northern Italy, has been sentenced to nine months in prison after he forced his teenage daughters to go on a macrobiotic diet and do intensive skiing, telling them they were “too fat”.

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France

France defends jail terms for pro-terror tweeters

UPDATED: France’s justice minister said on Tuesday the country's culture demanded punishment, not 'de-radicalization', for returning jihadists, and denied French courts had trampled on freedom of speech in the aftermath of the Paris terror attacks.

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Denmark

Nearby supermarket tops Danes’ housing wishlist

Danes put distance to the nearest supermarket above all other considerations when deciding on where to live, according to a new poll by YouGov, far ahead of proximity to friends, family, nature, or cultural centres.

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Germany

Cocaine-cop trial stuns Bavarian town

For years no-one noticed that the head of the drug squad in Kempten, Bavaria, was on a personal rampage of narcotics- and domestic abuse - until his wife shopped him for the €250,000 brick of cocaine he had stashed. But the local population isn't buying the story.

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Italy

Writer on trial pleads freedom of expression

An Italian writer sent to trial for saying an environmentally controversial train link should be "sabotaged" plans to make freedom of expression the centre of his defence.

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France

French film industry to honour Sean Penn

US actor Sean Penn is to win an honorary French film award in Paris next month, with officials recognizing him for being a "living legend" of cinema.

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Sweden

Ericsson profits drop as US demand slumps

Swedish telecoms giant Ericsson's profit plunged by over a third in the fourth quarter of 2014, dragged down by falling demand in its key market North America, the company announced on Tuesday.

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Germany

Refugees suffer over 200 attacks in 2014

Refugee NGOs' first annual report on violence against asylum seekers found that there were over 200 attacks on people and accommodation in 2014.

‘The age of financial privacy is over’

‘The age of financial privacy is over’

Jonathan Weiss hasn’t lived in the US for 25 years. But that didn’t keep his foreign bank account from being frozen in the wake of new US tax laws. Find out how you can avoid the same fate at the hands of FATCA.

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Spain

Fight against fanaticism not over: Spanish PM

On the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has warned about the dangers of religious intolerance and fanaticism.

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Sweden

Sweden’s public radio blocked by ‘Nazi’ tape

Staff at P4 Dalarna radio, which is part of Sweden's national public radio broadcaster Sveriges Radio, discovered tape put up by neo-Nazis blocking the entrance to their office's main entrance on Tuesday morning.

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Denmark

Denmark passes new anti-radicalisation plan

Denmark’s parliament near unanimously voted through the country’s new anti-radicalisation plan on Tuesday, pledging to spend nearly 60 million kroner ($9.2m) on planned projects.

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Austria

‘Extinct’ wildcat spotted in Tyrol

A hunter from Paznauntal caught a wildcat - thought to be extinct in Austria - in a trap at an altitude of 1,100 metres in the mountains of Tyrol.

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Austria

Celebrating immigration with fashion

Iulia Mugescu is a young entrepreneur from Romania, who has lived in Vienna for over five years. Together with fellow Romanian Andra Slaats she founded Younited Cultures, a Vienna-based social enterprise that designs and produces fashion accessories to raise awareness about the value immigrants bring to Austrian society.

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Sweden

Record ‘Oscar’ win for Sweden’s Ruben Östlund

Sweden's hottest director of the moment, Ruben Östlund, was celebrating on Tuesday after his movie Turist scored a record number of awards at Sweden's Guldbagge 2015 ceremony, the country's version of the Oscars.

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Switzerland

Novartis notches higher profit on strong sales

Swiss pharmaceuticals giant Novartis said on Tuesday that strong sales of new products helped push its net profit up 12 percent in 2014 from the previous year despite harsh competition from cheaper copycat generic drugs.

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Austria

Family upset over ‘missing body’ mystery

The body of an elderly man apparently “went missing” from an undertakers in Innsbruck, Tyrol, for five days last July - but the undertaker is refusing to say where it was, much to the annoyance of the man's daughter.

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Sweden

Islamism ‘threat’ greater than Nazism: SD leader

Acting Sweden Democrat leader Mattias Karlsson has said Islamism is "a greater threat than Nazism", sparking a strong response from Jewish and Muslim communities as the world marks 70 years since the liberation of Nazi concentration camps.

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France

Hollande to French Jews: ‘France is your home’

French president François Hollande told the nation's Jewish community on Tuesday that France is their "homeland", as he announced a set of plans to fight racism and anti-Semitism in France.

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Germany

Handball! Neuer blows whistle on wax double

Madame Tussauds' hottest new effigy was unveiled to the public in Berlin on Tuesday, costing a euro for each of the 150,000 hairs on keeper Manuel Neuer's head. Pity about the handball goal frame though…

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Italy

Anti-Semitism mars Holocaust Memorial Day

A banner with an anti-Semitic slur daubed on it was hung outside a park in Rome, on the night before Holocaust Memorial Day.

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Switzerland

Swiss ski resorts offer exchange rate deals

Certain Swiss ski resorts are offering European tourists discount exchange rates for the euro to offset the impact of the strong franc, although some critics are not happy about the practice.

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Switzerland

Wikileaks slams Google ‘attack on journalism’

A controversial Spanish former magistrate slammed Google in Geneva for handing over emails from Wikileaks staff to the FBI without informing the whistle-blowing website.

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Spain

Wikileaks slams Google ‘attack on journalism’

A controversial Spanish former magistrate has tackled Google over its handing of data from Wikileaks, the secrets-spilling website, to the FBI.

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Austria

Survivors mark Auschwitz anniversary

Seventy years after the liberation of Auschwitz, ageing survivors and dignitaries are gathering at the site synonymous with the Holocaust to honour the victims.

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Sweden

Stepping into the role of NFGL ambassador

SI NFGL member Diana Imamgaiazova was invited as a guest speaker to the seminar ‘Higher Education in Europe’ held in Ufa, Russia. Diana shares her impressions of being in a new role of SI’s ambassador in her home city.

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Germany

‘No German identity without Auschwitz’

President Joachim Gauck on Tuesday warned Germans against drawing a line under the Holocaust as the Bundestag (parliament) opened a day of commemorations on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

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Spain

Prison staff accused in sex abuse scandal

Four members of staff at a Spanish prison, who are accused of sexually abusing seven inmates as well as bringing alcohol and drugs into the prison illegally, are set to appear before a judge on Friday.

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Denmark

Pollution may shrink polar bear penises

Arctic pollution may be weakening male polar bears’ penises, leaving them at risk of fracturing them during energetic bouts of mating, according to new research from Denmark’s Aarhus University.

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Spain

PM denies knowledge of party slush fund

The Spanish Prime Minister has once again denied accusations made by the former treasurer of his ruling Popular Party that he knew about the existence of a secret party slush fund and even received under-the-table payments from the pool of money.

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France

At least five held in ‘anti-jihadist’ raid in France

UPDATED: At least five people have been arrested after an anti-jihadist operation in southern France, which is still ongoing.

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Austria

Report calls for reform of contentious Saudi centre

A government report into a Saudi-financed religious dialogue centre which has its headquarters in Vienna has found that the centre is “flawed” and recommended reforms, but warned that closing it could violate international law.

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Transsexual Spaniard meets Pope in Vatican

A transsexual Spanish man met with the Pope over the weekend, it emerged on Tuesday, according to Spanish press reports.

11 dead as F-16 jet explodes at Spain base
Spain

11 dead as F-16 jet explodes at Spain base

Updated: Nine French and two Greek nationals were killed on Monday when a fighter jet crashed on takeoff at a military base in Spain housing a NATO training centre for elite pilots.

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France

Anti-Semitic acts double in France

There were twice as many anti-Semitic incidents recorded in France in 2014 compared to the year before, the country's main Jewish group announced on Tuesday.

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Denmark

Islamists deride Danish anti-radicalisation plan

The Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir has rejected Denmark's new anti-radicalisation strategy, arguing it is not Muslims who need help, but young Danes who need rescuing from a "sad Western culture" and its "capitalist existential void".

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France

French police to get more guns and vests

The French government has announced that it will send out an additional 4,000 handguns and 8,000 bulletproof vests to aid the national police force as the dust settles after the Paris terror attacks.

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Spain

Nadal knocked out of Australian Open

Rafael Nadal did not look for excuses after a limp Australian Open exit to Tomas Berdych in the quarter-finals on Tuesday, one of the worst Grand Slam performances in his long career.

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Germany

Railway union threatens strike over €2

As railway operator Deutsche Bahn (DB) continues negotiations with train drivers' union GDL, its other major union EVG has threatened a strike over pay differences between employees.

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Denmark

Baby rhino born at Copenhagen Zoo

Copenhagen Zoo on Saturday celebrated the first baby rhino born on its grounds for 35 years.

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Italy

Italians among injured in Greek fighter jet crash

A Greek fighter jet crashed on Monday on takeoff at a military airbase in Spain housing a Nato training centre for elite pilots, killing 11 people and injuring 13, including nine Italians, the defence ministry said.

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Italy

Fears for Italian family after Peru boat sinks

Nine people including a four-year-old Italian boy and his parents were feared drowned when their boat capsized in northern Peru after its engine failed, officials said on Monday.

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Sweden

Sweden Democrat head to remain on sick leave

Jimmie Åkesson, the leader of Sweden’s nationalist Sweden Democrats, will remain on sick leave until the end of March 2015.

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Germany

Dresden tolerance concert draws 22,000

As Pegida supporters and opponents clashed in Hanover, musicians threw a free concert in central Dresden on Monday evening to show another side to the city famous for spawning the anti-Islam movement.

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Germany

Merkel wishes Tsipras ‘strength and success’

Chancellor Angela Merkel congratulated Greece's new Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Tuesday and wished him "much strength and success" after his anti-austerity party's election victory.

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Sweden

Sweden remembers Holocaust victims

Events are taking place across Sweden to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps.

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Austria

Nazi secret weapons site claims refuted

A panel of experts in Austria on Monday refuted claims of an undiscovered network of tunnels and bunkers built by the Nazis possibly for rocket or even nuclear weapons research.