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Denmark Passes 'Burka Ban'

Critics say the new law will force Muslim women indoors

(Newser) - Denmark’s center-right governing coalition has passed a law banning full-face veils in public places, starting Aug. 1, reports NPR . The ban makes it illegal for Muslim women to wear a burka (a head-to-toe garment) or a niqab (a face covering) in public. Justice Minister Soren Pape Poulsen has said... More »

Teen Stumbles on Treasure Tied to King Bluetooth

Pearls, jewelry, coins unearthed by archaeologists in weekend dig

(Newser) - "Bluetooth" may strike you as an entirely modern word, but it's one found in the pages of history by way of Danish king Harald Gormsson, or "Harry Bluetooth", as he was known—and treasure connected to him has reportedly just been found. The Guardian reports 13-year-old Luca... More »

Discovery of Nazi Sub Dispels a Hitler Myth

The U-boat was sunk and did not reach Argentina, as conspiracy theorists have argued

(Newser) - When one of Germany's most advanced U-boats vanished the day after Nazi forces surrendered in parts of Europe, some speculated that it had carried leaders, maybe even Adolf Hitler, to safety in Argentina, reports CBS News . The conspiracy theory, repeated after World War II, is now officially debunked, according... More »

Cultural Center Crushed as Demolition Goes Wrong

Nearby silo toppled in the wrong direction

(Newser) - Demolition experts successfully destroyed a 173-foot silo in the town of Vordingborg, Denmark, on Friday. Unfortunately, they also wrecked the adjacent cultural center after the demolition went spectacularly wrong, the Guardian reports. In video of the botched demolition , onlookers can be heard shouting in alarm as the silo topples the... More »

Sub Owner: I Tried to Save Kim Wall, Not Kill Her

Peter Madsen denies murdering journalist as his trial opens

(Newser) - Prosecutors say all the evidence shows that Danish inventor and submarine owner Peter Madsen tortured, murdered, and dismembered Swedish journalist Kim Wall last summer, but Madsen could not have been any clearer as his trial started in Denmark on Thursday: "I deny that I am guilty of the murder... More »

Husband Who Refused to Be Buried With Queen Has Died

Denmark is in mourning for Prince Henrik

(Newser) - Prince Henrik, the French-born husband of Danish monarch Queen Margrethe who publicly vented his frustration at not being the social equal of his wife or their son, who is in line to become Denmark's king, died late Tuesday. He was 83. He was diagnosed with dementia last year and... More »

Prosecutors Present Grisly Theory on Submarine Killing

Peter Madsen is accused of bringing aboard tools to brutalize Kim Wall before her death

(Newser) - Prosecutors have outlined what they think happened to journalist Kim Wall last year aboard a submarine, and it makes for grisly reading. The indictment released Tuesday in Copenhagen accuses Danish entrepreneur Peter Madsen of brutalizing his 30-year-old victim with tools including a saw and screwdrivers that he brought aboard for... More »

Facebook Sex Video Triggers Child Porn Charges for 1,004

Sex between 15-year-olds is legal, but sharing video of it is considered distributing child porn

(Newser) - The two videos tallied up to 59 seconds and could "ruin my life," says one 19-year-old. She doesn't appear in the footage, but was one of 1,004 people—996 of them between the ages of 15 and 24—notified Monday that they face preliminary charges for... More »

Someone Stole Bottle of Vodka Valued at $1.3M

It's said to be the world's most expensive bottle of vodka

(Newser) - The owner of Denmark's Cafe 33 could probably use a drink. Brian Ingberg says someone broke into his bar this week and stole a bottle of vodka valued at $1.3 million, Radio Free Europe reports. According to the AP , Ingberg says the bottle of Russo-Baltique was on loan... More »

The Pill, IUDs Raise Risk of Breast Cancer

Especially after prolonged use, say Danish researchers

(Newser) - For years, birth control pills have been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer, though newer drugs containing smaller doses of estrogen and progestin were assumed to be safer. A new study suggests they aren't. Researchers in Denmark reviewed public health records for 1.8 million women, using... More »

Danish Mom Who Infamously Left Baby Outside Eatery Speaks

Anette Sorensen says American parents 'live in fear'

(Newser) - A Danish mother whose 1997 arrest for leaving her baby outside a New York eatery sparked an international debate about parenting styles says she still feels she was unjustly vilified. My "case that happened 20 years ago is even more relevant today," Anette Sorensen tells the New York ... More »

Police in Kim Wall Case Looking for Orange Turtleneck

Journalist's torso was found unclad

(Newser) - Danish police said Thursday that the headless torso of Swedish reporter Kim Wall, who is believed to have died on a submarine that sank, was found naked and they are now also searching for her clothes. Copenhagen police spokesman Steen Hansen said investigators found a "clothes-less" torso. He said... More »

Woman's Torso Found as Police Investigate Sub Sinking

It's not clear whether remains belong to Kim Wall

(Newser) - The body of a woman has been found in the Baltic Sea near where a missing Swedish journalist is believed to have died on a privately built submarine, Danish police said late Monday. A female torso without legs, arms, or a head was found by a passer-by, said the head... More »

Cops: Sub Owner Confesses Journalist Died in 'Accident'

Peter Madsen also reportedly admitted he 'buried [Kim Wall] at sea'

(Newser) - The mystery of what happened to a Swedish journalist who vanished after a ride on a Danish inventor's submarine is slowly becoming clearer. Though details are still scarce, Copenhagen police say Peter Madsen, after changing his story , has confessed that Kim Wall died in "an accident" on board... More »

She Vanished After Boarding His Sub. Now, His Story Changes

The whereabouts of Kim Wall remain unknown

(Newser) - There are far more questions than answers in the disappearance of journalist Kim Wall, who hasn't been heard from since she boarded Peter Madsen's now-sunken submarine Thursday night on Denmark's Refshaleoen island. The sub has since been raised, and Wall's body wasn't in it . Madsen... More »

Famous Submarine Sinks, Inventor Accused of Murder

Journalist is missing after Peter Madsen's sub goes down

(Newser) - A strange murder case out of Denmark: The owner of an amateur-built submarine was arrested on suspicion of murder Friday after his vessel sank off the coast and a journalist who had joined him for what was supposed to be a short voyage was reported missing, per the AP . Police... More »

Prince Who Won't Be Buried Beside Queen Has Harsh Words

'My wife does not give me the respect a normal wife must give her spouse'

(Newser) - Denmark's Prince Henrik made waves last week when he announced he was bucking tradition and would not be buried beside his wife. Queen Margrethe may not be so bothered by that after reading her husband's comments to the gossip magazine Se og Hør . The Local reports on... More »

Danish Queen's Husband Refuses to Be Buried With Her

He's unhappy about 'unequal treatment'

(Newser) - The husband of Denmark's Queen Margrethe is so fed up with what he sees as unequal treatment that he has rejected a royal burial spot next to his wife. Prince Henrik, 83, has been married to the Danish royal for 50 years, gaining the title prince consort, but he... More »

Little Mermaid Statue Doused With Paint ... Again

It appears to be a protest against hunting whales

(Newser) - Danish officials on Tuesday hosed down Copenhagen's famed Little Mermaid after the statue was found doused with red paint, the AP reports. On the ground in front of the statue was written in red, in English, "Denmark defend the whales of the [Faeroe] Islands"—likely a reference... More »

US Students Killed Just Before Planned Return From Denmark

They died when a jet ski crashed into their boat: police

(Newser) - Two American college students have died in a tragic boating accident while studying abroad in Denmark. Linsey Malia, 21, of Easton, Mass., and Leah Bell of Covington, La., were killed Saturday when a jet ski crashed into a boat carrying them in Copenhagen Harbor, reports Mass Live . Six others, including... More »

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