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France

Sarkozy calls for restraint in New Caledonia

Nicolas Sarkozy on Friday called for rival groups in New Caledonia to show restraint after recent deadly protests in the South Pacific archipelago, as he began his first visit as French president.

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France

France to ‘quickly’ reopen Tripoli embassy

France has begun work to reopen its embassy in Tripoli, the foreign ministry said Friday, in another sign of support for the rebel government in waiting that overthrew Muammar Qaddafi.

Docs top list of Swedes’ ‘sexiest’ professions
Sweden

Docs top list of Swedes’ ‘sexiest’ professions

People looking for a profession that will help boost their sex appeal among Swedes of both sexes would be well served to bone up on biology and anatomy, a new survey has revealed.

Leverkusen looking for Bundesliga bragging rights in Dortmund
Germany

Leverkusen looking for Bundesliga bragging rights in Dortmund

Champions League rivals Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen lock horns for Bundesliga bragging rights on Saturday as the title-holders take on last season's runners-up.

Coffee-drinking cops win 2-year legal battle over parking fines
Sweden

Coffee-drinking cops win 2-year legal battle over parking fines

Three Gothenburg police officers who parked illegally during a coffee break have managed to beat their fines after appealing their case all the way to the Swedish Supreme Court.

Sweden slashes 2011 growth forecast
Sweden

Sweden slashes 2011 growth forecast

Sweden's finance ministry Anders Borg on Friday announced that the government had significantly lowered its growth forecast for 2011.

Runaway cow now wanted alive, not dead
Germany

Runaway cow now wanted alive, not dead

Yvonne the runaway cow who has eluded hunters and would-be helpers alike in the woods of Upper Bavaria since May, is still on the loose, but she’s no longer running for her life.

Police release shocking hooligan videos
Switzerland

Police release shocking hooligan videos

Zürich police have released two previously unseen videos showing violent FC Basel fans attacking riot police in a coordinated offensive outside Zürich-Letzigrund stadium in May.

London’s Soho Square set for Swedish ‘fika’
Sweden

London’s Soho Square set for Swedish ‘fika’

The scent of Swedish coffee and cakes is filling the air over Soho Square in the heart of London's theatre district after tourism group VisitSweden erected a Swedish style café to offer "fika" and to lure cosmopolitan Londoners to Sweden.

Berlin’s mayor welcomes Pope through gritted teeth
Germany

Berlin’s mayor welcomes Pope through gritted teeth

Berlin’s openly gay Mayor Klaus Wowereit has extended the Pope an official welcome for his visit next month, but said he could understand those planning to protest against the papal visit.

Defence officials split over troops for Libya
Germany

Defence officials split over troops for Libya

Defence Ministry officials gave conflicting views Friday about whether Germany will need to take part in an international peacekeeping mission to stabilize Libya after fighting there ends. And there was rare German praise for the NATO effort in the North African country.

Moderates signal break with Church of Sweden
Sweden

Moderates signal break with Church of Sweden

The Moderate Party has announced that it will not stand in the next church elections which take place in 2013, signalling an intention to cut political ties with the Church of Sweden.

French Socialists duel in Strauss-Kahn’s shadow
France

French Socialists duel in Strauss-Kahn’s shadow

France's opposition Socialists ratcheted their bitter battle for the left's presidential nomination on Friday, as their summer conference opened under Dominique Strauss-Kahn's shadow.

Auditors attack Transport Ministry for expenses
Germany

Auditors attack Transport Ministry for expenses

Germany's Federal Auditing Office has criticized the Transportation Ministry for wasting taxpayer’s money by paying for personnel to attend a trade union conference on the North Sea island of Helgoland.

Johnny Hallyday to star in Paris play
France

Johnny Hallyday to star in Paris play

French rocker Johnny Hallyday is about to swap his trademark leathers and guitar for the more sober surroundings of the Edouard-VII theatre in Paris.

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France

Unemployment rises for third straight month

The number of job seekers in France was up again in July for the third month in a row. Unemployment is at its highest level for over ten years, the employment ministry announced on Thursday evening.

Asian hornet kills second French victim
France

Asian hornet kills second French victim

Fears are growing about the spread of the Asian hornet in France after a 38-year-old man died after being stung in Lherm, 30 kilometres south-west of Toulouse.

Switzerland on alert as storms draw in
Switzerland

Switzerland on alert as storms draw in

Swiss authorities have warned that violent storms with winds of up to 120 kilometres per hour are to be expected in the country on Friday.

VW set to invest in renewable energy
Germany

VW set to invest in renewable energy

Europe's biggest automaker, Volkswagen, plans to invest almost €1 billion ($1.44 billion) in renewable energies over the coming years, a press report said on Friday.

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France

Sex scandal at Paris transport authority

A sex scandal has blown up at RATP, the publicly-owned company that runs the trains, trams and buses in Paris.

Swedish university party life exposed
Sweden

Swedish university party life exposed

With the autumn term in full-swing and students primed to take a break from the books, The Local's Karen Holst takes a look at how 'nations' shape Sweden's college social scene.

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Sweden

Stockholm police break up human trafficking ring

Stockholm police have identified a large number of sex-buyers following the arrests of six men on suspicion of trafficking and pimping charges in a case involving at least 20 Lithuanian women.

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Switzerland

Glencore mulls bid for South African mining group

Commodities giant Glencore is looking at making a bid for South African mining group Optimum Coal, the Financial Times reported on Friday.

Swedish medal hopes scarce at athletics worlds
Sweden

Swedish medal hopes scarce at athletics worlds

Chances look slim for Sweden’s 16 athletes at the IAAF World Championships 2011 which open in the South Korean city of Daegu this weekend.

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Switzerland

Swiss minister sorry for Taliban allusion

Swiss government minister Doris Leuthard has apologized for likening Germans campaigning against noise pollution from Zürich airport to Taliban terrorists. 

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France

Strauss-Kahn gets passport back

Dominique Strauss-Kahn was given back his passport on Thursday, his legal team said, clearing the way for the former IMF head to travel abroad for the first time since his arrest three months ago on
sex crime charges.

Petrol industry to charge more for E10 debacle
Germany

Petrol industry to charge more for E10 debacle

German motorists could end up paying more at the pump for the botched introduction of E10 biofuel, as petroleum firms are reportedly are preparing to pass on the costs to customers.

Saab postpones report as pay doubts remain
Sweden

Saab postpones report as pay doubts remain

Saab Automobile, the owner of cash-strapped Swedish car maker Saab, has decided to postpone the presentation of its interim report as problems regarding the payment of staff wages persist.

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Sweden

Four parties below Riksdag threshold: poll

Four parties in the Swedish parliament - the Sweden Democrats (SD), the Christian Democrats, the Centre Party and Left Party - would fall below the threshold for Riksdag seats if an election were held today, a new poll on Friday showed.

Council touts work at home smoking ban
Sweden

Council touts work at home smoking ban

Landskrona municipality in southern Sweden is mulling introducing a ban on staff smoking during working hours, even if they are working from home.

Local reader helps film legend Luise Rainer get spot on ‘Boulevard of Stars’
Germany

Local reader helps film legend Luise Rainer get spot on ‘Boulevard of Stars’

Luise Rainer, a nearly forgotten yet beloved German actress will be honoured on Berlin's "Boulevard of Stars" next month after one man campaigned for the 101-year-old to receive the acknowledgment she deserves.

Kaiser couple to marry in Potsdam
Germany

Kaiser couple to marry in Potsdam

Germany’s high society event of the year is set for Saturday as the great-great grandson of Kaiser Wilhem II gets married at a royal palace in Potsdam.