Twin Towers replica in Paris for 9/11 anniversary
France

Twin Towers replica in Paris for 9/11 anniversary

A replica of the Twin Towers destroyed in the September 11 attacks will be built on a square opposite the Eiffel Tower in Paris to mark the tenth anniversary of the atrocity, organisers said Tuesday.

15-year-old Swede beats filesharing charges
Sweden

15-year-old Swede beats filesharing charges

A 15-year-old boy who had been reported to police by his school for violating Sweden's copyright laws was acquitted by the Gothenburg District Court on Tuesday in what prosecutors called an “absurd” ruling.

New Otto Dix paintings found
Germany

New Otto Dix paintings found

Four previously unknown watercolours by Otto Dix, one of Germany’s most important expressionist painters, have been discovered in Bavaria. The works come from Dix’s Düsseldorf period in 1922 and 1923.

Foreigners face pricey prep for universities
Germany

Foreigners face pricey prep for universities

Germany’s affordable universities have long attracted foreign students, but free language and introductory classes could soon be a thing of the past. Erin Huggins explores the trend toward pricey preparatory courses.

Pirate Bay founders start ‘legal’ filesharing site
Sweden

Pirate Bay founders start ‘legal’ filesharing site

Two founders of filesharing website The Pirate Bay have launched a new online platform that they say respects the rights of copyright holders.

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Switzerland

Portuguese diplomats on strike in Switzerland

Portuguese diplomats in Switzerland are striking against austerity measures and the franc's rise, which have lowered their salary by 30 percent in a few months, local media reported Tuesday.

Woman parked like ’20 donkeys, 2 elephants and some Lilliputians’
Switzerland

Woman parked like ’20 donkeys, 2 elephants and some Lilliputians’

Zürich police were left unamused on Friday after a woman was accused of "taking up the space of 20 donkeys and two elephants" in a fake parking ticket bearing the city's official logo.

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France

Strauss-Kahn apologizes to IMF staff: witness

Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn on Monday apologized to staff at the Washington-based lender, a witness said, after sexual assault charges against him were dropped.

VW named world’s best car company
Germany

VW named world’s best car company

German automaker Volkswagen, Europe's biggest car manufacturer, was selected Tuesday as the sector's "best performer for 2010" by a study that highlighted weaknesses of VW rivals Toyota and GM.

Over half of e-book downloads deemed ‘illegal’
Germany

Over half of e-book downloads deemed ‘illegal’

A new study commissioned by the association against copyright infringement (GVU) has found that Germans stole 14 million e-books last year. But reports from the publishing industry suggest e-books make up very little of the overall market.

Hospital seeks advice on buying human body parts
Sweden

Hospital seeks advice on buying human body parts

Uncertainty about Swedish rules governing trade in human body parts has prompted Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm to seek guidance on its plans to buy human body parts to overcome a shortage of donated cadavers.

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France

Holiday family shot dead in Corsica

The bodies of a French couple and their two children, a girl aged 12 and a boy aged 10, were discovered on the island of Corsica on Monday evening. All had been shot dead, according to radio station Europe 1.

Ikea donates millions to UN refugee organ
Sweden

Ikea donates millions to UN refugee organ

The Ikea Foundation has announced that it plans to donate $62 million over three years to the UNHCR, earmarked for families fleeing drought, famine and conflict in Somalia.

Swiss union starts pro-immigrant campaign
Switzerland

Swiss union starts pro-immigrant campaign

Swiss trade union Unia has launched a campaign against xenophobia as it seeks to counteract what it describes as the “current climate of exclusion in Switzerland”.

Street prostitutes taxed via vending machine
Germany

Street prostitutes taxed via vending machine

The Rhineland city of Bonn is now requiring sex workers to purchase a daily tax ticket from a vending machine to walk the streets – ostensibly to make taxation fairer for prostitutes who work in brothels.

Two-time lotto winner takes home millions
Sweden

Two-time lotto winner takes home millions

The Swede who managed to buy two winning Triss scratch-off lottery tickets in three days appeared on TV4 on Tuesday morning and won over two million kronor ($317,000).

Diet research backed by US meat industry: report
Sweden

Diet research backed by US meat industry: report

The latest in a slew of diet fads that have gained popularity in Sweden, the low-carb high fat diet (LCHF), is backed by research funded by the US meat industry, according to a new study.

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France

Lithuanian and French NATO aircraft collide

Lithuanian and French NATO military jets collided on Monday in mid-air during a patrol over the Baltic state but the pilots escaped unhurt, an official told AFP.

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France

Ex-PM: Strauss-Kahn has ‘mental illness’

Former French prime minister Michel Rocard surprised televison viewers on Monday with claims that his Socialist Party colleage Dominique Strauss-Kahn suffered from a "mental illness".

Official blames Sarrazin for hindering integration
Germany

Official blames Sarrazin for hindering integration

The German government’s integration commissioner said Tuesday that former central banker Thilo Sarrazin damaged efforts to integrate immigrants into society with his controversial book “Germany Abolishes Itself,” which was published one year ago.

Mediaeval ‘Black Death’ linked to present plague
Germany

Mediaeval ‘Black Death’ linked to present plague

A much less virulent version of the Black Death plague that killed a third of Europe's population in the 14th century is still present today, according to a German study published Tuesday.

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Switzerland

Glencore buys stake in South Africa’s Optimum Coal

Commodities giant Glencore has purchased a 14.1 percent stake in mining group Optimum Coal, South Africa's fourth-largest coal exporter said on Monday.

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Switzerland

Stop construction of Swiss luxury resort: WWF

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and two local environmental groups have asked Switzerland's top court to stop the construction of a Russian-financed luxury Alpine resort, it said on Monday.

Aubry puts crime at heart of campaign
France

Aubry puts crime at heart of campaign

Martine Aubry stepped up her campaign to win the Socialist party presidential nomination with a surprise visit to Marseille on Monday where she declared herself the 'president for security'

Banana Republic to open first shop in France
France

Banana Republic to open first shop in France

American clothing store Banana Republic is to take its first step into the French market with a shop on the prestigious Champs-Elysées in Paris.

Snus boosts post-heart attack mortality: study
Sweden

Snus boosts post-heart attack mortality: study

Users of moist snuff or 'snus' who have suffered a heart attack can greatly reduce their chances of dying if they give up the habit, a new Swedish study has shown.

Swiss franc drops on UBS fee announcement
Switzerland

Swiss franc drops on UBS fee announcement

The Swiss franc reached its lowest level against the euro since July on Monday after UBS announced it was considering levying fees on franc-denominated deposits and the release of data that indicated a slowing economy.

Lahm denies gay rumours in new book
Germany

Lahm denies gay rumours in new book

The captain of Germany's national football team Philipp Lahm said he is not gay, in excerpts of his new book released Monday, but he cautioned footballers against coming out.

States mull electronic shackles for convicts
Germany

States mull electronic shackles for convicts

Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger has welcomed an initiative from several German states to introduce electronic ankle monitors for criminals on probation.

Nowitzki hoping to lead Germany to glory at EuroBasket
Germany

Nowitzki hoping to lead Germany to glory at EuroBasket

The pressure is on. Fans expect Dirk Nowitzki to propel Germany to victory at the FIBA European Basketball Championship starting this week, but the NBA star sees the tournament more as a chance for team development.

Fewer young Swedes use condoms: report
Sweden

Fewer young Swedes use condoms: report

Every other Swede aged 25 to 35-years-old opts not to use a condom when having sex with a new partner, a new survey shows, raising fears of an explosion in sexually transmitted diseases (STD).

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Sweden

Sweden Democrat targeted in arson attack

A Sweden Democrat local politician was targeted in an arson attack at her home in Södermanland south of Stockholm on Monday evening.

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Sweden

Swedish newspapers target racist comments

Several major Swedish newspapers have introduced restrictions to the comment functions in their discussion forums in an attempt to gain better control and limit racism, sexism and personal attacks.