No proof Ribery knew prostitute was 16
France

No proof Ribery knew prostitute was 16

French prosecutors accept football international Franck Ribery did not know that a prostitute he paid for sex was a minor, the Bayern Munich midfielder's lawyer told AFP on Friday.

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France

No reason to cut France rating: bank chief

The head of the Institute of International Finance, a top lobby group for the banking industry, said on Friday he sees no reason for France to lose its top credit rating despite eurozone debt crisis pressure.

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Norway

Breivik’s island massacre was plan B: lawyer

Norwegian right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik went on his killing spree on Utøya island on July 22nd because a bomb he set off failed to demolish the prime minister's offices, his lawyer was quoted as saying on Friday.

Sweden braces for freezing rain, snow
Sweden

Sweden braces for freezing rain, snow

Freezing rain and snow is expected to fall across large swaths of central and northern Sweden on Friday night, prompting warnings from icy road conditions across much of the region.

Merkel and Cameron struggle to show unity
Germany

Merkel and Cameron struggle to show unity

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron were at pains on Friday to stress unity on tackling the debt crisis but differed sharply on strategic points.

Store spares shoplifters using ‘sign of shame’
Sweden

Store spares shoplifters using ‘sign of shame’

Shoplifters caught stealing at from the Dollar Store in Sundsvall in northern Sweden can avoid being reported to police if they agree to wear of full-body sign outing them as a thief.

FIFA wins appeal against FC Sion
Switzerland

FIFA wins appeal against FC Sion

FIFA said on Friday it had won a case against FC Sion after a Swiss cantonal court upheld a decision by football's world ruling body to impose a transfer ban on six of the club's players.

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France

22-year-old seeks French presidential candidacy

A 22-year old communications student is seeking to bring attention to youth issues by putting himself forward as a potential candidate for France's 2012 presidential election.

117 skin cancer cases misdiagnosed
Sweden

117 skin cancer cases misdiagnosed

Several more cases of skin cancer or preliminary stages of malignant melanoma have been detected in the retesting of diagnoses after the Sahlgrenska University hospital cancer scandal became public earlier this year.

Neo-Nazi murders expose institutional blind spot
Germany

Neo-Nazi murders expose institutional blind spot

Germany’s law-enforcement and intelligence authorities are scrambling for answers after a neo-Nazi terrorist cell murdered at least ten people. Hannah Cleaver examines how the far-right threat was ignored.

Neo-Nazi terror cell ‘may have been bigger’
Germany

Neo-Nazi terror cell ‘may have been bigger’

The neo-Nazi terrorist group which killed nine shopkeepers and a policewoman probably involved at least two more people than the four already in the sights of the authorities, Germany’s Federal Public Prosecutor said on Friday.

Fiery sauce sends Swiss snackers to hospital
Switzerland

Fiery sauce sends Swiss snackers to hospital

A snack bar in Zurich is serving sausages with a sauce so strong that ambulances have shown up on several occasions to rescue fearless eaters.

Cutting through the bull ‘sheet’ of swearing in Sweden
Sweden

Cutting through the bull ‘sheet’ of swearing in Sweden

While learning Swedish is a common hurdle for immigrants of all stripes, US-native and parent Rebecca Ahlfeldt reflects on how differing definitions of foul language can pose a special challenge for the ex-pat parents of small children.

Suzuki cuts ties with Volkswagen
Germany

Suzuki cuts ties with Volkswagen

Japan's Suzuki Motor said Friday it had ended its alliance with Volkswagen and demanded the German auto giant sell back its stake in the Japanese carmaker by November 2012.

New deal on rejected asylum seeker detention
Sweden

New deal on rejected asylum seeker detention

Rejected asylum seekers will only be allowed to remain in detention for a maximum of two months before being deported from Sweden, according to a new agreement between the government and the Green Party, Sveriges Radio (SR) reported on Thursday.

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France

French police under fire in new book

A sociologist's investigation into a French anti-crime squad operating in the suburbs of Paris has raised questions about current police conduct in France.

Court says no to misleading Nutella labels
Germany

Court says no to misleading Nutella labels

A German court has told makers of Nutella to change the labels which it said were misleading, giving the impression that the nut-chocolate spread had more vitamins and less fat and sugar than it did.

The ins and outs of buying property
Germany

The ins and outs of buying property

Germany might have avoided the recent global real estate bubble, but buying a flat can still be a confusing and expensive endeavour. Joe Morgan looks into mortgages and other property pitfalls.

Sweden’s ten most influential foreigners
Sweden

Sweden’s ten most influential foreigners

From swim wear designers to dancers, CEOs to physiologists, Sweden is teeming with foreign talent. The Local kicks off its new series with a countdown of influential foreigners in an array of fields.

Dirty diaper ‘terror’ keeps Swedish town on edge
Sweden

Dirty diaper ‘terror’ keeps Swedish town on edge

A town on the east coast of Sweden has been struck by a wave of unusually smelly crimes, where dirty nappies are pilfered from bins, unwrapped by the perpetrators and strewn around public places.

Parents to share child custody in Switzerland
Switzerland

Parents to share child custody in Switzerland

The Swiss government has decided separated parents should automatically have joint custody of their children except in cases involving the specific protection of the child.

Bergen’s ‘bullet rickshaws’ ready to taxi
Norway

Bergen’s ‘bullet rickshaws’ ready to taxi

A taxi for “girls out on the town”, trade show vistyors and tourists is how Bergen’s new “bullet rickshaws” or sykkeltaxiene are being advertised.

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Switzerland

EU aiding Greece to dig out unpaid taxes in Swiss banks

The European Union said on Thursday it is helping Greece negotiate with Switzerland in a bid to claw back some the €60 billion in unpaid taxes believed to be hidden in Swiss banks.

UBS shrinks investment bank, halves risky assets
Switzerland

UBS shrinks investment bank, halves risky assets

Swiss banking giant UBS said on Thursday it was to dramatically cut back its investment bank arm, reducing its risky assets by half, or 145 billion francs ($159 billion).

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Norway

Doctors doctor forms for more funds

Doctor-managers at a major regional hospital in southern Norway have been caught inflating the numbers for patient overnight stays, a practice that has forced the shuffling of millions of kroner in funding away from other patient-care programmes.

Irish irate as Bundestag sees budget first
Germany

Irish irate as Bundestag sees budget first

The Irish and German governments became entangled in a spat on Thursday after details of the Irish budget were given to the German Bundestag, before being presented to the Irish parliament, the Dáil.

Allianz counts down to space insurance launch
Germany

Allianz counts down to space insurance launch

German insurance giant Allianz will launch special insurance to so-called “space tourists” next year, according to a media report.

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Norway

Muslim students denied high school prayer slot

High school student Ibrahim El Kadi asked if he could pray while at school. “No,” said his principal.

Poll finds French not so chauvinistic after all
France

Poll finds French not so chauvinistic after all

France's reputation for chauvinism took a hit on Thursday from an opinion poll that revealed that only 27 percent of its people think French culture is better than all others.

Pirate Bay lawyer to take over Assange defence
Sweden

Pirate Bay lawyer to take over Assange defence

Julian Assange has dumped his Swedish lawyer in favour of a new defence team which includes an attorney involved in the Pirate Bay trial, as the WikiLeaks founder continues to fight his extradition to Sweden to face questioning over sex crimes accusations.

Deutsche Börse to sell derivatives businesses
Germany

Deutsche Börse to sell derivatives businesses

Stock market operators NYSE Euronext and Deutsche Börse said Friday they would sell parts of their derivatives activities in a bid to gain approval from EU Commission for their merger.

Marc Jacobs hit by theft of entire collection
France

Marc Jacobs hit by theft of entire collection

US fashion designer Marc Jacobs was forced on Thursday to cancel his European press day after his entire spring-summer collection was stolen en-route from Paris to London.

Particles still faster than light in experiment re-run
Switzerland

Particles still faster than light in experiment re-run

A fiercely contested experiment that appears to show the accepted speed limit of the Universe can be broken has yielded the same results in a re-run, European physicists said on Friday.

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France

Two dead in French retirement home blaze

Two people died and a dozen were injured early on Friday when a fire broke out in a retirement home at La Rochefoucauld in the Charente region of southwest France, officials said.

Climbers rescued from Sweden’s tallest peak
Sweden

Climbers rescued from Sweden’s tallest peak

Two Swedish men were rescued on Thursday after being stuck for five days on the top of Mount Kebnekajse, Sweden's highest peak, as poor weather had previously made a rescue operation impossible.

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Sweden

Man on sick pay ran ‘rolling’ alcohol shop

Sweden's social insurance agency Försäkringskassan is demanding that a man, convicted of selling alcohol from the back of his van, pay back the full sickness benefits he received during the time he was running his bootleg operation.

Suspects admit Ikea blasts: prosecutor
Sweden

Suspects admit Ikea blasts: prosecutor

Two Polish men, under suspicion of being behind a series of explosions in several European Ikea outlets, have owned up to their involvement, Polish prosecutors said on Thursday.

Koreans look to Germany for reunification advice
Germany

Koreans look to Germany for reunification advice

South Korea is betting that closer cooperation with Germany can help it solve problems related to the country’s eventual reunification with North Korea.

Merkel hosts UK’s Cameron amid EU rifts
Germany

Merkel hosts UK’s Cameron amid EU rifts

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will host British Prime Minister David Cameron for talks on Friday amid growing friction over how to restore stability in the face of Europe's debilitating debt crisis.

Bullets – and bones – found in Soviet tank
Germany

Bullets – and bones – found in Soviet tank

Construction workers near Rostock made an unusual discovery Thursday, when they unearthed half of a Soviet World War II-era tank with skeletal remains inside. Experts believe the other half of the tank is buried across the street.