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France

Frenchwoman jailed for killing her child

The Israeli grandfather and French mother of a four-year-old French girl were sentenced to life in prison on Monday for having murdered the child, public radio reported.

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France

Christine Lagarde: France’s ‘rock star’ finance minister

Silver-haired and silver-tongued, Christine Lagarde has cut an impressive figure as the first female finance minister of a G7 power, earning a reputation for grace under fire during the global economic crisis.

Support grows for Lagarde IMF bid
France

Support grows for Lagarde IMF bid

French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde, who has been on a whirlwind tour touting her credentials to head the International Monetary Fund, has won the backing of Egypt, Indonesia and the UAE.

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France

France condemns Syrian ‘brutality’

France accused the Syrian regime of using heavy weapons against its own people Sunday and warned that its brutal crackdown on a political revolt threatens regional stability.

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France

Algeria destroys thousands of French mines

The Algerian army has uncovered and destroyed 11,000 landmines last month along its eastern and western borders dating from its war of independence from France.

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France

Bettencourt brands daughter ‘disturbed’

The heiress to the L'Oreal cosmetics empire branded her estranged daughter mentally disturbed on Sunday, as their battle re-erupted over the family billions, entangled in political scandals.

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France

Strauss-Kahn trouble fails to boost Sarkozy

French President Nicolas Sarkozy's re-election hopes have failed to improve despite the sex scandal that felled his main challenger Dominique Strauss-Kahn, a new poll showed Sunday.

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France

French couple charged with fencing Picassos

Police have charged a retired electrician and his wife with stashing 271 stolen Picasso artworks in their garage, a newspaper reported Sunday.

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Switzerland

Solar plane aborts Paris flight

Swiss solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse landed in Brussels Saturday after the pilot aborted a flight to Paris following a series of technical problems, his team said.

Swedish docs set for mother-daughter womb transplant
Sweden

Swedish docs set for mother-daughter womb transplant

Doctors in Sweden are preparing to transplant the womb of a 56-year-old woman into her own daughter.

‘Sex chamber’ trial opens behind closed doors
Sweden

‘Sex chamber’ trial opens behind closed doors

The trial began on Monday of a 47-year-old man suspected of having held a woman prisoner in an underground sex-chamber in western Sweden.

Gruesome details retold in ‘honour killing’ retrial
Sweden

Gruesome details retold in ‘honour killing’ retrial

The re-trial of the so-called Högsby 'honour killing' opened in southern Sweden on Monday with the parents of the man previously convicted for brutally stabbing, beating, and scalding the 20-year-old victim to death now also under suspicion.

Bavarians mourn mysterious death of their Swan King
Germany

Bavarians mourn mysterious death of their Swan King

Around 1,500 people gathered at Lake Starnberg outside Munich on Monday to mark the 125th anniversary of the death of Bavaria's most famous monarch – "Mad" King Ludwig II. Conspiracy theories still linger over his apparent suicide.

Germans want more direct democracy
Germany

Germans want more direct democracy

A new study says that Germans are becoming less and less interested in traditional, party-based democracy, and want more referendums and more direct influence in political issues.

Westerwelle makes surprise trip to Libya
Germany

Westerwelle makes surprise trip to Libya

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle made a surprise trip to the rebel stronghold of Benghazi in eastern Libya on Monday. The symbolic trip was kept secret for security reasons.

‘Jack Nicholson’ surprises Swedish music festival fans
Sweden

‘Jack Nicholson’ surprises Swedish music festival fans

Fans attending the Summer Rock Festival (Sommarrock) in Landskrona in southern Sweden cheered on Saturday by what they thought was a surprise appearance by legendary Hollywood actor Jack Nicholson.

Pilot killed in airship crash
Germany

Pilot killed in airship crash

The pilot of an airship was killed and three passengers had to leap to safety when the aircraft caught fire and crashed in central Germany Sunday evening, a police spokesman said.

Exploring Sweden’s linguistic history in the United States
Sweden

Exploring Sweden’s linguistic history in the United States

A century after the great Swedish migration to North America, dialect researchers from Gothenburg are heading across the Atlantic in hopes of learning more about the evolution of the Swedish language, The Local’s Karen Holst explains.

Nowitzki crowns career with NBA championship
Germany

Nowitzki crowns career with NBA championship

Dirk Nowitzki led the Dallas Mavericks to the NBA basketball championship on Sunday night, contributing 21 points to their 105–95 victory over Miami Heat. The German forward was named the most valuable player of the Finals.

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Sweden

Agency denies inflating China deal job figures

Invest Sweden, the state agency tasked with attracting foreign investment to Sweden, has denied reports that it inflated figures detailing the number of jobs created by deals it brokered with Chinese companies.

Saab unveils second partner in new China deal
Sweden

Saab unveils second partner in new China deal

Troubled Swedish carmaker Saab said Monday it had hammered out the details of a deal to obtain last-ditch rescue funding from Chinese distributor Pang Da Automobile and that a second Chinese company had agreed to join their joint venture.

Club ‘knew of Olympic coach sex abuse claims’
Sweden

Club ‘knew of Olympic coach sex abuse claims’

Officials at Gothenburg-based sports club Örgryte IS have admitted they knew knowledge of the allegations of sexual abuse against athletics coach Viljo Nousiainen, but chose not to act.

Forgotten port bets future on wind power
Germany

Forgotten port bets future on wind power

The small German port of Cuxhaven is betting its future on North Sea wind, promoting itself as a base for new offshore wind farms as the country embarks on a bid to scrap nuclear power.

Gangster gave orders from inside jail: report
Sweden

Gangster gave orders from inside jail: report

A 30-year-old suspected gang leader suspected of ordering the killing of a Swedish footballer and his brother used notes and binoculars to continue giving orders to his gang from within inside a Swedish jail.

No violence at Sweden-Israel handball game
Sweden

No violence at Sweden-Israel handball game

Some 150 pro-Palestinian protesters and some 60 pro-Israel protestors demonstrated peacefully on the sidelines of a Sweden-Israel handball match in southeastern Sweden Sunday, police said.

German police probe Ikea blast links
Sweden

German police probe Ikea blast links

German investigators said Sunday they were probing a possible link between a blast at an Ikea store in Dresden and explosions at other stores on May 30th in Belgium, France and the Netherlands.