French coach tells journalist to ‘go to hell’ as media relations sour
France

French coach tells journalist to ‘go to hell’ as media relations sour

France coach Marc Lievremont has rounded on journalists covering the French World Cup campaign, saying some of them take delight in seeing the French team lose.

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France

French left claims historic Senate win

France's left-wing opposition won an historic victory in senatorial elections on Sunday, in a blow to centre-right leader President Nicolas Sarkozy seven months before he is to seek re-election.

Pope’s final message – go back to basics
Germany

Pope’s final message – go back to basics

Pope Benedict XVI ended his first state visit to Germany on Sunday evening with a call for the Catholic Church to go back to basics.

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France

Princess affirms Sarkozy aide bagman claims

The wife of a former close aide of French President Nicolas Sarkozy repeated claims on Saturday that her husband, charged in a damaging graft scandal, had returned from trips abroad with bags of cash.

French accuser dreading Strauss-Kahn face-off
France

French accuser dreading Strauss-Kahn face-off

A French writer who has accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of attempted rape said on Saturday she was afraid to confront the former IMF chief and did not expect to sleep the night before a planned
meeting.

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Switzerland

Oswald Grübel: Swiss banks’ rescuer who falls on rogue trading

It was to former Credit Suisse boss Oswald Grübel that UBS turned when the bank was struggling to stem its record losses amid the financial crisis and seek a way out of its bitter tax evasion spat
with the United States.

Oktoberfest visitor numbers stable but stealing more glasses
Germany

Oktoberfest visitor numbers stable but stealing more glasses

Halfway through the Oktoberfest, organisers say the visitor numbers are the same as last year at a steady 3.5 million people for the first week.

Investigators check possible NPD contacts to Oslo killer Breivik
Germany

Investigators check possible NPD contacts to Oslo killer Breivik

German investigators are checking possible links between the radical anti-Islamist who carried out the July massacre in Oslo and far-Right extremists in Bavaria, according to Der Spiegel magazine.

Bayern top brass come out in support of troubled defender Breno
Germany

Bayern top brass come out in support of troubled defender Breno

The curious case of FC Bayern Munich defender Breno, who is being held in custody on suspicion of burning down his own villa, attracted furious reaction from his team’s hierarchy over the weekend.

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Sweden

Swedish men soon in the majority

Centuries of female dominance in population statistics will be broken within the next four years. In 2015 the surplus of women in Sweden will be turned to a male surplus.

Sacked senior civil servants pull high salaries: report
Sweden

Sacked senior civil servants pull high salaries: report

Seven senior civil servants who left their positions prematurely are now working with various investigative assignments in government offices, pocketing monthly salaries of between 65,000 and 123,000 kronor ($9,500-18,000).

Makau sets world record in Berlin marathon
Germany

Makau sets world record in Berlin marathon

Kenyan runners claimed double victories in the Berlin marathon on Sunday, with Patrick Makau taking the men’s title – and a new world record – and his compatriot Florence Kiplagat winning the women’s race.

Post-war intelligence service recruited mass-murdering Nazi
Germany

Post-war intelligence service recruited mass-murdering Nazi

The fledgling post-war German secret service hired and trained a Nazi wanted for more than 90,000 murders, contracting him to infiltrate Castro’s Cuba, according to newly released documents.

New treatment discovered for severe form of skin cancer
Sweden

New treatment discovered for severe form of skin cancer

A capsule can shrink tumors formed by advanced basal cell carcinoma. This is the first effective treatment that has been found for the severe form of skin cancer. Without treatment, the tumors have risked becoming life-threatening.

Merkel luke-warm on Putin’s likely return
Germany

Merkel luke-warm on Putin’s likely return

Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday that the likely return of Vladimir Putin to the presidency of Russia was a, “national Russian matter,” and that she would work well with him.

Fine weather aids oil spill clean-up
Sweden

Fine weather aids oil spill clean-up

Clean-up work following the oil spill off Sweden's west coast was helped by good weather conditions, and on Saturday evening roughly 35 tonnes of oil had been taken out of the water at Tjörn, an island north of Gothenburg.

Sigtuna pastor calls for society to ‘listen’
Sweden

Sigtuna pastor calls for society to ‘listen’

After the memorial held on Saturday for the two murdered boys in Sigtuna, north of Stockholm, pastor Ann-Marie Johansson called for more communication.