Norway sells salmon eggs to North Korea
Norway

Norway sells salmon eggs to North Korea

With exports to China still struggling in the wake of the Nobel prize debacle, Norway’s salmon industry is making inroads into an unlikely Asian market: North Korea.

Sale of US general’s watch exceeds estimates
Switzerland

Sale of US general’s watch exceeds estimates

Seventy years after the end of the Second World War, a watch worn by legendary US five-star general Douglas MacArthur sold at a Geneva auction on Sunday for 70,000 francs ($75,000), far above the estimate.

Norway kids’ show teaches sex in style
Norway

Norway kids’ show teaches sex in style

“It’s quite slow to start, but after a while, it get a bit quicker." A Norwegian kids show has shown how to do sex education properly, with the aid of a tomato, a vacuum cleaner and life-like rubber genitals.

Rain storms cost 300 million francs a year
Switzerland

Rain storms cost 300 million francs a year

Bad weather cost Switzerland almost 14 billion francs over the past 42 years — an average of around 300 million francs a year, according to a new report.

Black boxes of crashed military plane found
Spain

Black boxes of crashed military plane found

Spanish authorities on Sunday found the two cockpit recorders of the Airbus A400M military plane that crashed near Seville airport, killing four people, as Britain, Germany and Turkey grounded their models of the aircraft.

Swedish police called over airport luggage row
Sweden

Swedish police called over airport luggage row

A dispute that erupted over a family’s refusal to pay for excess luggage at a check-in counter at Stockholm’s Arlanda airport on Sunday spiralled out of control to the point that police had to be called to the scene to try to mediate.

Merkel meets Putin for talks, snubs WWII parade
Germany

Merkel meets Putin for talks, snubs WWII parade

Angela Merkel on Sunday met Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in Moscow for talks on the situation in Ukraine. Ahead of the meeting, she paid tribute to Soviet soldiers killed in WWII in an apparent compromise for snubbing Russia’s mammoth military parade a day earlier.

Hideout of ex-mob boss becomes police station
Italy

Hideout of ex-mob boss becomes police station

The hideout of former Cosa Nostra boss Toto Riina was inaugurated Saturday as Palermo's new station for Italy's carabinieri armed police force, in an event attended by Interior Minister Angelino Alfano.

NSA asked Germany ‘to spy’ on Siemens
Germany

NSA asked Germany ‘to spy’ on Siemens

The US intelligence agency NSA asked its German partner service BND to spy on the European country's engineering and technology giant Siemens, a German newspaper reported Sunday.

Security firm red-faced after address miss
Sweden

Security firm red-faced after address miss

Thieves targeting a farm in southwestern Sweden were over the weekend left to loot the property in peace after the security firm alerted to the burglary turned up at the wrong address.

France’s Varda to get honorary Palme d’Or
France

France’s Varda to get honorary Palme d’Or

French arthouse movie director Agnes Varda is to receive an honorary Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes film festival, the first female handed the coveted award, organisers said Saturday.

Cuba’s Castro thanks pope for better US ties
Italy

Cuba’s Castro thanks pope for better US ties

Cuban President Raul Castro met with Pope Francis at the Vatican Sunday, thanking the pontiff for his role in brokering the recent rapprochement between Havana and Washington, a papal spokesman said.

Is this Sweden’s cheapest house?
Sweden

Is this Sweden’s cheapest house?

A charming late 19th century house located in the centre of the small southern village of Ingatorp has come up for sale at a cost of just one month’s salary, possibly making it Sweden’s cheapest house.

Shooting in Switzerland leaves five dead
Switzerland

Shooting in Switzerland leaves five dead

UPDATED: A Swiss man killed three in-laws and a neighbour in a town near Zurich before turning his gun on himself, police said on Sunday, sending shockwaves through the normally tranquil nation.