2 Chinese pandas to arrive in Denmark in April
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Copenhagen Zoo says two giant black-and-white visitors are heading to Denmark as part of China's so-called "panda diplomacy."
2021 Tour de France race to start in Denmark
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Tour de France will start in Denmark in 2021, beginning with a ride in Copenhagen followed by two more stages around the country.
Shares in world’s top shipping firm sink on US tariffs risk
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Shares in the world's biggest shipping company, Denmark's A.P. Moller-Maersk, plunged Thursday after it warned of the commercial damage it would suffer from a U.S....
Michael Jackson is back: Danish mall reverses removal
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark's oldest shopping mall has reversed its decision not to exhibit a statue of Michael Jackson.
Jesper Andreasen, manager of the Roedovre Centrum mall in suburban Copenhagen, says on Facebook it was "an overreaction" to remove the statue, adding the late singer "has never been found guilty of any of the accusations against him."
Danes test out ski slope on top of incineration plant
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Alps it's not. But Danish skiers and snowboarders are testing out an artificial ski slope above an incineration plant that doesn't emit toxins and rises 85 meters (279 feet) above the flat landscape of Copenhagen.
The lower half of the slope at the Amager Resource Center opened to the public on a snow-less Tuesday for two days of test runs to coincide with the week-long winter Danish school holiday.
Michael Jackson wax statue removed by Danish mall
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark's oldest shopping mall has removed a wax statue of Michael Jackson out of fears it could offend customers and may be vandalized because of accusations that the...
Danes erect fence on German border to stop swine fever
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark has begun erecting a 70-kilometer (43.4-mile) fence along the German border to keep out wild boars in an attempt to prevent the spread of African swine fever, which could jeopardize the country's valuable pork industry.
Denmark: Syrian charged with planning terror goes on trial
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A trial has started against a 31-year-old Syrian man who is charged with planning to explode one or more bombs in Copenhagen and stabbing random people with kitchen knives.
The suspect, who was not identified, arrived Tuesday at the Copenhagen City Court in handcuffs.
The man had an accomplice, Dieab Khadigah, who was sentenced by a German court in July 2017 to six-and-a-half years in prison.
EU’s antitrust cop lays groundwork for more tech scrutiny
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Silicon Valley's notorious nemesis, Margrethe Vestager, plans to end her term as the European Union's antitrust enforcer this year with a bang, laying out a long-term plan to intensify scrutiny of the world's big tech companies.
Danish newspaper, chief editor fined for ex-spy boss book
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A major Danish newspaper and its chief editor were fined 150,000 kroner ($22,900) on Friday for publishing a book based on interviews with Denmark's former domestic intelligence agency chief that the spy service had claimed could contain secrets.
The Copenhagen City Court says Politiken boss Christian Jensen violated a ban by publishing the book, which is based on Jakob Scharf's seven years as head of the Denmark's Security and Intelligence Service, known as PET.
6 die in Denmark’s worst train accident since 1988
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Six passengers were killed when a Danish train sustained damage while crossing a bridge that was closed to cars because of high wind Wednesday, and authorities investigated if falling cargo from a freight train caused Denmark's deadliest railway accident in 30 years.
The Latest: Falling cargo suspected in Denmark train crash
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Latest on the train accident in Denmark (all times local):
A Danish passenger train apparently hit cargo that fell from a passing freight train, killing six people and injuring 16 others as the two trains crossed a bridge linking the country's islands.
It was the worst train accident in Denmark in more than 30 years.
Denmark charges man for plotting terror attack
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A 31-year-old man has been charged with planning to explode bombs in Copenhagen and stabbing random people with kitchen knives, Danish prosecutors said.
Prosecutor Anders Riisager says the man, who was not identified, "had participated in ordering components that would be used to produce one or more bombs."
The man was charged with attempting to carry out acts of terrorism and, if found guilty, he faces up to life in prison.
Brazil warns against sidelining poorer countries on climate
KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — Brazil warned Wednesday against freezing developing nations out of negotiations at the U.N. climate summit, suggesting this could lead to an acrimonious collapse in talks seen in Copenhagen nine years ago.
Danes plan to banish unwanted migrants to remote island
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A pro-government lawmaker acknowledged Tuesday that Danish plans to banish rejected asylum-seekers or those with a criminal record to a remote island may breach international law — but added that his party doesn't mind "challenging (international) conventions."
Former Denmark player Bendtner drops appeal, will serve time
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Former Denmark forward Niklas Bendtner will have to serve a 50-day jail sentence after dropping his appeal against an assault conviction.
Early this month, Bendtner was found guilty of beating and kicking a cab driver in the Danish capital on Sept. 9. The 30-year-old Dane admitted to hitting the man but said he had acted in self-defense after a quarrel over the fare.
Bendtner was sentenced to 50 days in prison and fined 1,500 kroner ($230).
Former gang member shot dead after book party
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish police say a former gang leader who repented and wrote a book about his experiences has been fatally shot by a lone gunman in dark clothes.
Joergen Ramskov, the chief editor of the Radio24syv radio station where Nedim Yasar had a talk show, says the 31-year-old was shot late Monday after he left a cocktail party in Copenhagen in connection with his book "Roedder" ("Roots"), which hit the streets Tuesday.
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Denmark says it’s sending ambassador back to Iran
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark is sending its ambassador back to Tehran after he was recalled over Copenhagen's allegations about an Iranian plot to kill an opposition activist in Denmark.
Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen says Ambassador Danny Annan is returning to Iran "to intensify diplomacy and coordinate closely with our European partners."
Samuelsen said on Tuesday the European Union had "a renewed discussion" about "common steps against Iran." He didn't elaborate.
Main suspect in Danish fraud case arrested on return home
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The main suspect in a huge fraud involving public money was arrested on her return to Copenhagen after she voluntarily left South Africa, a Danish prosecution authority said.
The Serious Economic and International Crime unit wrote on Twitter that Britta Nielsen had landed in Denmark Friday, a day after a South African court freed her after she was arrested on an international extradition request.
Danes arrest 3 Iranian activists accused of praising attack
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Three members of an Iranian opposition group were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of having praised those behind a Sept. 22 terror attack in Iran that killed at least 25 people.
Police spokesman Bjoerke Kierkegaard said that would violate Danish laws and they could face fines or up to two years in prison.
Former Denmark forward Bendtner jailed 50 days for assault
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Former Denmark forward Niklas Bendtner has been sentenced to 50 days in jail and fined 1,500 kroner ($230) after being found guilty of assault.
Bendtner was charged with beating and kicking a cab driver in Copenhagen on Sept. 9. The 30-year-old Dane admitted hitting the man but said he had acted in self-defense after a quarrel over the fare.
Denmark's TV2 channel says the Rosenborg forward immediately appealed Friday's ruling.
Norway summons Iranian ambassador over Denmark plot
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norway's foreign minister has summoned Iran's ambassador to Norway in for talks in connection with Danish allegations about an Iranian plot to kill an opposition activist in Denmark.
Minister Ine Eriksen Soereide said Thursday that Iranian Ambassador Mohammad Hassan Habibollah Zadeh was informed "that we look at the case with great concern," Norwegian broadcaster NRK said.
Iran summons Danish envoy over alleged deadly Tehran plot
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Wednesday summoned the Danish ambassador to Tehran over Copenhagen's allegations about an Iranian plot to kill an opposition activist in Denmark, the official IRNA news agency reported.
Iran expressed a "strong protest" to Ambassador Danny Annan over what it described as the Danish officials' "hasty, political" and "uncalculated actions" in the case.
Denmark alleges Iran plotted to kill activist on Danish soil
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A police operation last month that briefly cut off Copenhagen from the rest of Denmark stemmed from an alleged Iranian plot to kill an opposition activist, the head of Denmark's intelligence agency said Tuesday while announcing a suspect's arrest.
EU lists air pollution hotspots as UN warns on child health
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Air quality across Europe is slowly improving, but harmful emissions remain stubbornly high in some countries, according to a study released Monday by the European Environment Agency.
The Copenhagen-based agency calculated that air pollution caused more than half a million premature deaths across Europe in 2015 — mostly from tiny airborne particles known as PM2.5.
Denmark, Israel mark rescue of Danish Jews from Holocaust
HELSINKI (AP) — Israeli and Danish dignitaries on Thursday marked the 75th anniversary of the daring rescue of more than 7,000 Jews from Denmark by boat to neighboring Sweden during World War II.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen paid tribute to the events in 1943 in ceremonies at the small fishing town of Gilleleje, some 50 kilometers (31 miles) north of Copenhagen.
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Ferry stranded in Baltic Sea with 300 onboard reaches port
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A ferry stranded in the Baltic Sea for about six hours with an estimated 300 people on board safely reached its destination Tuesday night, the Lithuanian port of Klaipeda, port authorities said.
The ferry, operated by Copenhagen-based DFDS Seaways, was in international waters off Kaliningrad, a Russian coastal enclave between Poland and Lithuania, when the engine stopped working.
The Latest: Ferry carrying 300 makes port after malfunction
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Latest on stranded ferry in the Baltic Sea (all times local):
A ferry stranded in the Baltic Sea with about 300 people on board has reached a port in Lithuania with a navy escort.
The Regina Seaways ferry, operated by Copenhagen-based DFDS, got stuck Tuesday after a malfunction that led to smoke pouring from the engine room. The crew was able to restart the main engine after more than four hours.
Popular Danish singer-songwriter Kim Larsen dies at 72
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish rebel singer, songwriter and guitarist Kim Larsen, who enjoyed huge popularity in his home country, has died. He was 72.
Danish media dedicated many pages Monday to Larsen's career that started in the early 1970s. Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen said that despite Larsen's known opposition to mainstream society, "he was one of us."
Police say Copenhagen operation followed alleged threat
HELSINKI (AP) — Danish police say Friday's massive police operation around Copenhagen that caused traffic chaos was connected with an alleged threat on the lives of "specific individuals."
Copenhagen police spokesman Joergen Bergen Skov told reporters on Saturday that the operation was launched after an alert from the Danish security service. He said it had been working on a case "where certain people have had their lives threatened." He gave no details.
Manhunt in Denmark shuts down bridges, ferries to Copenhagen
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A nationwide police manhunt paralyzed Denmark on Friday after authorities briefly cut off the eastern island of Zealand, where the capital of Copenhagen sits, from the rest of the country as well as from Germany and Sweden.
The Latest: Danish police find car in nationwide manhunt
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Latest on a police operation in Denmark (all times local):
Police in Denmark say they "have found a vehicle that we believe is the right one," but declined to say what the nationwide manhunt was about or whether anyone has been arrested.
Copenhagen police spokesman Joergen Bergen Skov says Friday that police were "looking for people involved in serious criminality," but declined to elaborate.
Convicted Danish submarine killer loses appeal
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish submarine inventor Peter Madsen, convicted of torturing and murdering Swedish reporter Kim Wall last year, lost his appeal against his life sentence Wednesday, shortly after he apologized to the victim's family.
2 held in Denmark suspected of buying drones for IS
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish authorities arrested two people Wednesday under Denmark's anti-terror laws on suspicion of buying drones bound for the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq.
Copenhagen police and Denmark's security service, known as PET, carried out the arrests Wednesday. Police said the suspects were believed to be part of a network.
In a brief joint statement, police and PET said a series of raids were also carried out in greater Copenhagen.
Danish court: Man can be extradited to Rwanda for war crimes
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — An appeals court in Denmark says a man can be extradited to his native Rwanda where he is suspected of committing crimes against humanity in 1994.
The Eastern High Court in Copenhagen on Friday said Wenceslas Twagirayezu can be deported on suspicion of taking part in a massacre in a church and at a university where more than 1,000 people were killed.
Denmark quake slightly stronger that initially recorded
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Officials say that the rare earthquake that hit Denmark over the weekend was a tad stronger than first believed.
The Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, known by its acronym GEUS, says Sunday's quake, initially said to be magnitude 3.4, actually measured 3.5. The quake caused no damages or casualties, but was a rare occurrence in Denmark.
Danish bank CEO quits amid money laundering scandal
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The chief executive of Denmark's largest bank resigned Wednesday after an internal report into allegations of massive money laundering via an Estonian subsidiary showed that "the vast majority" of transactions were deemed to be "suspicious."
Danske Bank commissioned the probe last year following reports that dirty money was flowing through the Baltic subsidiary including from family members of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Submarine murder appeal adjourned after juror collapse
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The last session of Danish submarine inventor Peter Madsen's appeal against his life sentence for the murder of Swedish reporter Kim Wall was abandoned Friday after a juror collapsed during closing remarks.
Officials at the Eastern High Court in Copenhagen adjourned the hearing without setting a new date.
The Latest: Kim Wall killer appeal adjourned in Denmark
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Latest on the appeal by convicted murderer Peter Madsen (all times local):
The last session of Danish submarine inventor Peter Madsen's appeal against his life sentence for the murder of Swedish reporter Kim Wall has been abandoned after a juror collapsed during closing remarks.
Officials at the Eastern High Court in Copenhagen adjourned Friday's hearing without setting a new date.
Former Denmark forward apologizes for Copenhagen episode
OSLO, Norway (AP) — Former Denmark international Niklas Bendtner has apologized for an episode over the weekend in which a cab driver in Copenhagen reportedly broke his jaw.
The Rosenborg forward says he had been "involved in a very unpleasant situation at around 2 a.m. Sunday. I am of course extremely sorry about that the outcome."
Bendtner's lawyer told Danish media that his client is innocent of any wrongdoing. The cab company says it has handed a video of the episode over to the police.
Convicted killer of Kim Wall appeals sentence
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish submarine inventor Peter Madsen, who was found guilty of the torture, sexual assault, murder and dismemberment of a Swedish reporter, challenged his life sentence before an appeals court Wednesday.
The three-day session at the Eastern High Court in Copenhagen before three judges and three jurors will not deal with the Apr. 25 guilty ruling.
Denmark issues nationwide ban on criminal gang
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish police say prosecutors have given them permission to issue a nationwide ban on a criminal gang, even before a court case aimed at dissolving it.
Prosecutor Ida Soerensen said Tuesday the Constitution enables a ban on Loyal to Familia (LTF), because it has "such violent and criminal behavior that (authorities) must intervene right away with an administrative ban."
LTF has been behind gang feuds, violence, robberies, extortion and drug sales in Copenhagen.
France’s Macron: Denmark can do more in European Union
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark can do more in Europe, French President Emmanuel Macron declared Tuesday as he pushed for a more closely united European Union and a continent that takes more responsibility for its own defense.
On the first day of a two-day visit, Macron pressed the case that the EU shouldn't rely so much on the United States for its own security.
Denmark: Man charged in record drug smuggling case
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish police say a 43-year-old man has been charged with illegally smuggling 1.3 tons (1.4 short tons) of amphetamine and about 13.8 tons (15.2 short tons) of hashish into Denmark, in one of the Scandinavian country's biggest cases.
The Copenhagen police say the man, who cannot be identified under a court order, has been in pre-trial jail since July 2017 and would face a trial in October.
World’s biggest shipping firm to test Russian Arctic route
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish shipping group A.P. Moller-Maersk said Thursday it will send a cargo vessel through the Russian Arctic for the first time as a result of melting sea ice.
Janina von Spalding, spokeswoman for the world's biggest shipping company, said the new ice class container vessel, Venta Maersk, would embark on trial journey in the Arctic route over Russia next month.
World cup sales, warm weather push up Carlsberg beer sales
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish brewer Carlsberg says its second-quarter sales were above expectations thanks to the World Cup and warm weather, allowing the Copenhagen-based company to raise its full-year outlook.
Carlsberg said Thursday that its reported net profit for the second half of 2018 was 2.47 billion kroner ($ 375 million), up 7.2 percent. It gave no profit figure for the second quarter.
NOT REAL NEWS: Polygamy not widespread among Danish Muslims
Polygamy is not becoming a common practice in Denmark due to an influx of Muslim immigrants, as some online outlets have reported.
The stories cite Fakti, a Copenhagen-based organization that offers services to immigrant and refugee women, as saying one-third of the women they assist are in polygamous relationships. The stories also say polygamy is being practiced more widely by Muslims who are immigrating to the country.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — An Iranian-born designer made more than a fashion statement in Denmark on Wednesday by showcasing models wearing the conservative Muslim niqab, and others dressed as police officers, days after a law banning the full-face coverings worn by a tiny number of women in Denmark took effect in the country.