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France

French, British operatives alongside Libya rebels: AFP

French and British operatives have been working with Libyan rebels on their eastern front, where the insurgents scored strategic blows against Muammar Qaddafi's forces, an AFP journalist discovered on Thursday.

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France

French want DSK to stay out of politics: poll

Most French voters want former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn to stay out of politics, according to a poll published on Thursday after an attempted rape case against him collapsed in New York.

Schäuble: Euro needs joint budgetary policy
Germany

Schäuble: Euro needs joint budgetary policy

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said Thursday that countries that share the euro will need coordinated budget policies at some point.

Gay marksman allowed to attend competition without his partner
Germany

Gay marksman allowed to attend competition without his partner

Germany's first openly gay Schützenkönig, an honour conferred by a traditional shooting club, will be allowed to take part in a national marksman competition after agreeing not to bring his partner.

Office etiquette: should kisses be banned?
Switzerland

Office etiquette: should kisses be banned?

A German etiquette group has divided opinion with its calls for a ban on greeting kisses in the workplace, which it labels “too private, too intimate, and too unprofessional”.

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Sweden

Man convicted for kicking dog to death

A 47-year-old man has been sentenced to probation and fined the equivalent of 100 days pay for animal cruelty after kicking a Golden Retriever puppy to death.

Deutsche Bahn boss offers to delay Stuttgart 21 demolition work
Germany

Deutsche Bahn boss offers to delay Stuttgart 21 demolition work

The chief of German railway operator Deutsche Bahn has said he's willing to postpone demolition work on the Stuttgart train station until after a referendum on the controversial project likely later this year.

Five great things to do in Switzerland
Switzerland

Five great things to do in Switzerland

 

With its fascinating history, diverse culture and spectacular landscape, Switzerland is a firm favourite on the tourist trail. Here are a few must-sees while you are in the country.

 

Swedish TV duo quaff Hitler champagne in Kamprad tribute
Sweden

Swedish TV duo quaff Hitler champagne in Kamprad tribute

Swedish TV comedy pair Filip Hammar and Fredrik Wikingsson cracked open a bottle of champagne once belonging to Adolf Hitler on Wednesday.

What’s on in Germany: August 25 – 31
Germany

What’s on in Germany: August 25 – 31

This Week's Highlights: Frankfurt's Museum Embankment Festival, Berlin's Long Night of Museums, and a wine village in Stuttgart.

German anti-noise campaigners are ‘Taliban’: Swiss minister
Switzerland

German anti-noise campaigners are ‘Taliban’: Swiss minister

Swiss government minister Doris Leuthard has caused a furore by comparing southern German anti-airport noise campaigners with Taliban terrorists during a panel discussion in Zürich on Monday.

RTL eyes Poland’s TVN
Germany

RTL eyes Poland’s TVN

Leading European television group, RTL, a unit of Germany's Bertelsmann, is ready to spend more than €1 billion ($1.44 billion) for control of the Polish company TVN, press reports said Thursday.

Swede: ‘terrorist’ name behind US visa delay
Sweden

Swede: ‘terrorist’ name behind US visa delay

A Swedish filmmaker and television host claims he has not yet received a visa to the United States because authorities think his name is similar to that of a terrorist's.

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Sweden

Wallenbergs’ Italian porn push goes limp

Sweden's Wallenberg family has been left out of pocket following the premature collapse of Italian sport and pornography television channel Dahlia TV.

Thunderstorms and hail herald summer’s end
Germany

Thunderstorms and hail herald summer’s end

Thunder, lightning and hail are set to sweep across Germany on Friday, bringing a stormy end to summer as a cold front causes temperatures to plunge.

Consumer confidence hits year’s low
Germany

Consumer confidence hits year’s low

German consumer sentiment has been hit by the transatlantic debt crisis and fears of a new recession, falling to its lowest level since late last year, the GfK research institute said Thursday.

Obesity op hikes risk of alcohol abuse: study
Sweden

Obesity op hikes risk of alcohol abuse: study

People who have undergone gastric bypass operations are at greater risk of suffering from alcohol abuse, according to a new Swedish study which reveals that the effects of alcohol become stronger after the op.

Swedish police launch paedophile victim appeal
Sweden

Swedish police launch paedophile victim appeal

A 41-year-old suspected paedophile currently in custody may have had contact dozens more children via internet chat sites, warn Swedish police, who have appealed to the public for help in identifying potential victims.

Austerity cuts are ‘insufficient’: Ex-PM
France

Austerity cuts are ‘insufficient’: Ex-PM

Dominique de Villepin, who served as prime minister under former president Jacques Chirac, has hit out at the austerity measures announced on Wednesday by his successor, François Fillon.

Swiss population at 7.9 million: statistics office
Switzerland

Swiss population at 7.9 million: statistics office

Switzerland's population grew to 7.9 million people last year, with a quarter of residents born abroad, the Federal Statistics Office said Thursday.

‘Stockholm needs more housing – not fewer students’
Sweden

‘Stockholm needs more housing – not fewer students’

Sweden's housing minister is wrong to single out students as the solution to help alleviate pressure in Stockholm's housing market, argue Young Moderates Veronica de Jonge and Edvin Alam.

Paris tourism having record year
France

Paris tourism having record year

The City of Light is attracting visitors in record numbers this year, Paris officials said on Wednesday, as tourism remains buoyant despite the concerns over a possible return to recession.

STOFF: a journey through the Cosmos with Britain’s Nick Field
Sweden

STOFF: a journey through the Cosmos with Britain’s Nick Field

In the midst of Stockholm's Fringe Festival, British poet Nick Field talks to The Local's Caroline Bursell about theatre, lipstick, and how Swedes are secretly Brits.

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France

Montpellier man wins lottery for second time

After winning €2.8 million in 1996, a man in Montpellier has won a further €3 million in the national lottery, known as Loto, it was announced on Wednesday.

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France

Murdered woman’s boyfriend kills himself

A man who admitted killing his pregnant girlfriend has hanged himself in his prison cell, it was announced on Wednesday.

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France

Home letting agents acting ‘illegally’

An investigation by consumer organization UFC-Que choisir has found a long list of problems with the behaviour of letting agents, leading them to call for tougher sanctions against abuses.

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France

Strauss-Kahn stays holed up in New York

Dominique Strauss-Kahn has a brilliant future, his lawyer said Wednesday, but the ex-IMF chief and former French presidential hopeful remained shuttered away on his first day of freedom, giving no indication of his plans.

‘Lazy’ Romanian berry pickers in wage protest
Sweden

‘Lazy’ Romanian berry pickers in wage protest

A group of Romanian berry pickers staged a protest on Wednesday, arguing that have been brought to Sweden on false premises and after their employer in Värmland in western Sweden rejected their claims and accused them of being "lazy".

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Switzerland

Commodities giant Glencore profit soars

Swiss-based commodities giant Glencore said on Thursday its first half net profit soared 57 percent to $2.45 billion, boosted by strong commodities demand and prices.

France unveils austerity plan as growth slows
France

France unveils austerity plan as growth slows

France announced on Wednesday a €12-billion ($17.3 billion) deficit cutting package that raises taxes on the rich and closes tax loopholes as the country strikes to placate jittery markets.

Switzerland concludes tax deal with Britain
Switzerland

Switzerland concludes tax deal with Britain

Switzerland and Britain have concluded a tax deal to regularise any hidden assets held by British taxpayers in the alpine state, the Swiss Finance Ministry said in a statement Wednesday.

Munich S-Bahn train driver kicks black passenger after using racial epithet
Germany

Munich S-Bahn train driver kicks black passenger after using racial epithet

A Munich S-Bahn driver is accused of insulting a black passenger on a commuter train’s intercom and then kicking the man after he tried to complain.

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Sweden

Dad charged for throwing daughter in the lake

A father from suburban Stockhlom has been charged with child abuse after throwing his 7-year-old daughter in a lake from a trampoline located three metres above the surface of the chilly waters.

Hunting dog sniffs out secret pot plantation
Sweden

Hunting dog sniffs out secret pot plantation

A hunting dog in southern Sweden proved it had a nose for more than wild game after it abandoned the chase after an injured deer after catching a whiff of what turned out to be a marijuana plantation hidden deep in the forest.

Merkel named world’s most powerful woman
Germany

Merkel named world’s most powerful woman

Forbes magazine has named German Chancellor Angela Merkel the world's most powerful woman, calling her the "undisputed" leader of the European Union and head of its only "real global economy."

‘Avoid studying in large cities’: minister
Sweden

‘Avoid studying in large cities’: minister

Sweden's housing minister suggested on Wednesday that students should avoid enrolling in universities in big cities where housing is scarce, drawing sharp criticism from a number of quarters.

Climbing legends in the Dahner Felsenland
Germany

Climbing legends in the Dahner Felsenland

Looking for “legendary” rock climbing, Matt Herron heads to Rhineland-Palatinate’s Dahner Felsenland.