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Switzerland

Zurich film festival honours Americans, Austrian, Swiss

Organisers of the seventh Zurich Film Festival awarded two Americans, an Austrian and a Swiss movie maker with the coveted Golden Eye award on Saturday, a statement said.

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France

L’Oreal heiress ready for ‘nuclear war’ with daughter

Billionaire L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt is ready for "nuclear war" with her daughter and has asked her lawyers to revoke a reconciliation deal the two struck last year, according to a French
Sunday paper.

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France

France defeat to Tonga dismays coach

France coach Marc Lievremont said on Sunday his side's demoralising World Cup loss to Tonga had left him with a sense of "deep personal failure" but he also had harsh words for his own players.

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France

Paris launches world’s first electric car-share scheme

Self-service electric cars appeared on the streets of Paris on Sunday, as a French group launched a public car-hire scheme modelled on the capital's popular bicycle-sharing system and designed to become the world's largest of its kind.

Record high October temperatures in Paris
France

Record high October temperatures in Paris

Record high October temperatures were measured on Sunday in Paris and western France, as an autumn heatwave sent the mercury soaring above 27 degrees Celsius, the French weather service said.

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Switzerland

Swiss match halted by crowd violence

A Swiss first division football match between Grasshopper and Zurich was called off on Sunday because of fighting between rival fans.

Polanski on child sex case: 33 years of regret
Switzerland

Polanski on child sex case: 33 years of regret

Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski says he has regretted having sex with a teenage girl in 1977 ever since, in his first interview since spending months in a Swiss prison over the sensational case.

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France

Disabled French woman abducted in Kenya

Kenyan authorities on Sunday were trying to establish contact with gunmen who seized a disabled French woman from her home in a prized Kenyan beach resort and took her to Somalia, officials said.

Ex-dean: ‘blow up unused Swedish churches’
Sweden

Ex-dean: ‘blow up unused Swedish churches’

As the number of churchgoers in Sweden dwindles ever further, a former dean has suggested the best thing to do with the almost unused buildings is demolish them.

Germans want absolute ban on drink-driving
Germany

Germans want absolute ban on drink-driving

More than three quarters of Germans want to see an absolute ban on drinking and driving, according to results of a survey published on Sunday.

Syrian poet tipped ahead of Nobel lit prize announcement
Sweden

Syrian poet tipped ahead of Nobel lit prize announcement

With the winner of the annual Nobel Prizes due to be announced in the coming days, speculation is rife over who will win the prestigious literature award this year, the AFP's Igor Gedilaghine discovers.

Bonn focus for Unity Day and NRW celebrations
Germany

Bonn focus for Unity Day and NRW celebrations

A three-day festival in Bonn this weekend and Monday marks not only the October 3 Day of German Unity, but also the 65th anniversary of the founding of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Computer will soon piece together torn Stasi files
Germany

Computer will soon piece together torn Stasi files

A computer system to put torn shreds of Stasi files back together and reveal what they say should be ready for testing in just a few months.

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Sweden

Sweden’s stalking ban takes effect

In line with many other countries, Sweden has introduced new tougher laws to ban stalking, with prison sentences of up to four years enforceable for the most serious offenders.

Merkel manager attacked euro fund sceptic
Germany

Merkel manager attacked euro fund sceptic

Extraordinary exchanges between senior members of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union in the run-up to last week’s crucial vote on the euro bail-out fund have come to light, prompting claims of anti-democratic bullying.

Crime claims against Qaddafi son were ignored
Germany

Crime claims against Qaddafi son were ignored

German officials buried numerous criminal allegations against ousted Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi's son Saif al-Arab for fear of damaging bilateral ties, the weekly Der Spiegel reported at the weekend.

Christmas stockings at the ready for new Abba video game
Sweden

Christmas stockings at the ready for new Abba video game

The enduring popularity of Abba shows little sign of abating in the 21st century, with news that a new dance based video game is set for release as software giants around the world limber up for the lucrative Christmas rush.

Sweden mourns sports legend Sven Tumba
Sweden

Sweden mourns sports legend Sven Tumba

Sven Tumba, one of Sweden's most famous ever sports stars, died in hospital in Stockholm on Saturday at the age of 80, following a long illness.