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France

Strauss-Kahn admits making pass at author

Dominique Strauss-Kahn told police he made a pass at a young French author in 2003 but denied her rape allegations, a source told AFP Friday, as the former IMF chief prepares to speak publicly
about the sex scandals surrounding him.

Sweden’s ‘most wanted’ arrested in Slovakia
Sweden

Sweden’s ‘most wanted’ arrested in Slovakia

One of Sweden's most wanted fugitives, who escaped from prison in August 2010, has been arrested in southern Slovakia, according to local police.

Merkel still optimistic about 2011 growth
Germany

Merkel still optimistic about 2011 growth

The German government could raise its official growth forecast after Chancellor Angela Merkel indicated on Friday Europe's biggest economy would expand faster than expected this year.

‘It’s dangerous to disregard experience’
Sweden

‘It’s dangerous to disregard experience’

As Sweden's politicians return to business at the Riksdag after a period of party-leadership reshuffling, The Local's Rebecca Martin examines concerns that youth has begun to trump experience in Swedish politics.

Man acquitted of missing woman’s murder
Sweden

Man acquitted of missing woman’s murder

The ex-boyfriend of 31-year-old Marina Johansson was found not guilty of her murder on Friday in a case which drew attention because the body of the alleged victim has never been found.

Cars, mice and super-trikes: reinventing Switzerland
Switzerland

Cars, mice and super-trikes: reinventing Switzerland

From computer mice to subaqueous cars, contributor Robert La Bua looks at the past, present and future of Swiss innovation. 

Turkish president urges integration, respect for Turks in Germany
Germany

Turkish president urges integration, respect for Turks in Germany

Ahead of a visit to Germany on Monday, Turkish President Abdullah Gül has said Turks in Germany deserve more respect, but should also work harder to integrate.

Woodpecker threatens Facebook server hall project
Sweden

Woodpecker threatens Facebook server hall project

Plans to erect three major server halls in Luleå in northern Sweden, a project believed to be initiated by social media giant Facebook, has been halted due to the conservation of a rare woodpecker.

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Sweden

Örebro man jailed for Togo coup attempt

A naturalised Swedish citizen from Togo in western Africa, has been convicted of staging a coup against the regime there, leaving his family back in Örebro in central Sweden devastated with the surprise verdict.

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Switzerland

Nurse probed for sex abuse under anaesthetic

A male nurse from University Hospital Zurich (USZ) has been arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing female patients over a long period while they were drugged in the hospital’s anaesthetic recovery room.

 

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Norway

Record rain ruins 90 percent of harvest

Norway will have to import 260,000 tonnes of grain for the first time since the starvation years after World War Two, the country's agriculture minister has said.

Swiss TV won’t broadcast Swissair crash film
Switzerland

Swiss TV won’t broadcast Swissair crash film

Swiss television (SF) has decided not to broadcast a documentary about a Swissair crash that left 229 people dead in Canada in 1998 after controversial new allegations emerged that it may have been caused by a terrorist attack.

Thunderstorms to chase away weekend warmth
Germany

Thunderstorms to chase away weekend warmth

A brief respite of sunshine and warmer temperatures in Germany is set to be chased away by thunderstorms this weekend.

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Switzerland

Federer levels Davis Cup tie against Australia

Swiss maestro Roger Federer came back from losing the first set to see off an inspired Lleyton Hewitt and level the Davis Cup World Group playoff tie against Australia on Friday.

Expat life: big challenges, bigger rewards
Sweden

Expat life: big challenges, bigger rewards

A new survey from Berlitz shows that expats find life abroad to be rewarding, but going home again can be tougher than expected.

Mystery English-speaking boy emerges from forest
Germany

Mystery English-speaking boy emerges from forest

An English-speaking teenager who walked out of the forest near Berlin told police he had been living in the woods for five years with his father, but had no idea who he was or where he came from.

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Sweden

All you need to know to get a Swedish apartment

Get a dictionary, get in line and know your rights. Finding an apartment in big Swedish cities will never be easy, but there are some things you can do to make your life easier:

Berliners look leftwards as Pirates set sail
Germany

Berliners look leftwards as Pirates set sail

Berliners go to the polls on Sunday, with indications suggesting they will re-elect their Social Democratic Mayor Klaus Wowereit yet force him to switch coalition partners from The Left party to the Greens. The Pirate Party could also sail into parliament.

UK police quiz ‘rogue trader’ for second day
Switzerland

UK police quiz ‘rogue trader’ for second day

Detectives on Friday questioned the man suspected of losing $2 billion at Swiss bank UBS as industry figures wondered how such huge unauthorised trading could have been allowed.

Conductor nearly tossed from moving train
Sweden

Conductor nearly tossed from moving train

A man travelling without a ticket on a train in southern Sweden has been arrested after trying to throw a conductor from the moving train.

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Sweden

Finding my new home sweet home

Apartments in Sweden's major cities might not be as expensive as those in London or New York, but they can be pretty hard to find. Charlotte West has been navigating the complicated world of renting in Sweden.

Frankfurt Motor Show combines conservation and innovation
Germany

Frankfurt Motor Show combines conservation and innovation

Auto-makers at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) are dreaming far into the future in terms of energy and design.

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Sweden

Prankster convicted for office gas cloud blast

An explosive workplace prank that injured four coworkers in western Sweden has resulted in a criminal conviction for the man behind the failed gag, according to a report in local paper Hallands Nyheter.

Swiss sculptor Giacometti paired with Etruscans for Paris show
Switzerland

Swiss sculptor Giacometti paired with Etruscans for Paris show

Alberto Giacometti's life-changing encounter with the ancient sculpture of the Etruscans is the starting point for a major Paris show that brings his art face to face with the works that inspired him.

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France

Air France splashes cash for airplane mega-order

Air France-KLM said on Friday it had split a mega order for 50 long-haul carriers evenly between Europe's Airbus and US rival Boeing, in a deal worth $11.3 billion.

Man faces eviction for laughing too loudly
Sweden

Man faces eviction for laughing too loudly

A Swedish man is set to be evicted from his rental apartment in Gothenburg in western Sweden after complaints from neighbours about his incessant laughter.

Norway coastal steamers have tragic past
Norway

Norway coastal steamers have tragic past

As many as 700 people have died serving or cruising on the ships of the cost-laden Hurtigruten company, owner of the MS Nordlys, on which tragedy struck on Thursday.

Pope’s visit sparks security lockdown
Germany

Pope’s visit sparks security lockdown

Pope Benedict XVI’s official visit to Germany next week will be accompanied by unprecedented security measures, including ordering residents not to open their windows when the pontiff's motorcade passes and relocating a Muslim extremist.

Two years after arrest, Polanski to attend Zurich film fest
Switzerland

Two years after arrest, Polanski to attend Zurich film fest

Two years after his arrest in Zurich, director Roman Polanski will reattempt to attend the city's film festival to pick up the award that was intended for him in 2009, organisers of the event said on Thursday.  

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Switzerland

UBS to cut investment business, slash jobs

Swiss banking giant UBS will reduce the size of its investment banking unit and carry out massive job cuts after it was hit by rogue trading that lost it $2 billion, Swiss press reported on Friday.

Park your car with your mobile phone
France

Park your car with your mobile phone

A French company has been demonstrating technology at this week's International Motor Show in Frankfurt that can park a car by using a mobile phone.

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France

Loved-up priest dropped by church

A priest in a parish on the western coast of the country has been removed from his duties by the Catholic church for living with a woman for 11 years.

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France

Coughing neighbours drive man to double carjacking

A man who became incensed by the non-stop coughing of his neighbours ended up stealing two cars before being caught after a police chase.

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France

Ex-president’s relatives attacked in metro fracas

The brother and the niece of ex-president Jacques Chirac's wife, Bernadette, were attacked late on Wednesday night in a violent incident at a Paris metro station.

Ambassador strikes smouldering pose for men’s mag
France

Ambassador strikes smouldering pose for men’s mag

In the often crusty world of ambassadors' receptions, Boris Boillon cuts quite a dash, no more so than in this month's men's magazine Tunivisions where he is described as the "James Bond of diplomacy."

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Switzerland

UBS rogue trade suspect ‘popular’: reports

The man being questioned by British police on Thursday over a massive rogue trade at Swiss banking giant UBS was an "up and coming" trader who was well liked by his colleagues, reports said.

Western Sweden worse hit by narcolepsy: study
Sweden

Western Sweden worse hit by narcolepsy: study

The risk of developing the sleeping disorder narcolepsy after receiving the swine flu vaccine Pandemrix is 20 times as high for kids living in counties Halland and Västra Götaland, in western Sweden, according to a ongoing study.

Le Pen taunts rival with ‘paedophile’ slur
France

Le Pen taunts rival with ‘paedophile’ slur

The European parliament in Strasbourg became the setting for a heated exchange when two well-known French politicians hurled insults at each other.

UBS may face downgrade over rogue trading
Switzerland

UBS may face downgrade over rogue trading

Rating firm Moody's said on Thursday it was considering lowering the credit rating on Swiss banking giant UBS after a rogue trader wracked up $2 billion in losses.

Hooligan violence raises football stadium worries
Germany

Hooligan violence raises football stadium worries

Stadium security is extremely lacking in Germany’s lower football divisions, according to the unions representing police and security personnel, which believes the atmosphere is growing increasingly toxic at matches.

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Sweden

Swedish police to become better drivers

From 2013, Swedish police recruits will receive more extensive training in driving emergency vehicles in an attempt to reduce the number of officers injured in road accidents.

Ex-ministers: change tactics to free Isaak
Sweden

Ex-ministers: change tactics to free Isaak

Former government ministers Thomas Bodström and Jan Eliasson, have urged the government to find a new approach for how to get Swedish journalist Dawit Isaak released from prison in Eritrea.

Schoolbooks distort Islam, study shows
Germany

Schoolbooks distort Islam, study shows

European school books present a distorted image of Islam and Muslims, using stereotypes that breed mistrust of the faith and its people, according to Germany’s Georg Eckert Institute for textbook research.

Schleswig-Holstein opens its doors to online gambling
Germany

Schleswig-Holstein opens its doors to online gambling

Owners of online gambling sites are hailing a decision by the state of Schleswig-Holstein to liberalise gambling regulations, saying the decision could help revolutionise the gaming market.