Financial transactions tax ineffective: analysts
France

Financial transactions tax ineffective: analysts

A proposed financial transactions tax that France hopes other European countries will also adopt is likely to be ineffective and difficult to implement, analysts say.

When Whitney met Gainsbourg
France

When Whitney met Gainsbourg

French fans of Whitney Houston joined others around the world to mourn the loss of the 48-year-old singer at the weekend, while also remembering a remarkable encounter live on French TV.

Plan for Carla statue stirs local resistance
France

Plan for Carla statue stirs local resistance

A mayor's plan to erect a bronze statue of France's first lady has not been universally welcomed by local residents.

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Sweden

Malmö murders linked to fake online firms: report

Several of the recent killings in Malmö have been linked to financial fraud and fake companies trading online, according to sources close to the ongoing murder investigations.

Flying Finn Latvala claims Swedish rally title
Sweden

Flying Finn Latvala claims Swedish rally title

Finland's Jari-Matti Latvala won the Rally of Sweden near Hagfors in western Sweden on Sunday, clinching the sixth win of his career and the second in Sweden.

Germans seek US help in neo-Nazi investigation
Germany

Germans seek US help in neo-Nazi investigation

German investigators have asked for US help in their investigation of the neo-Nazi terror group based in Zwickau, the magazine Focus reported Sunday.

Germans saddened by Whitney Houston’s death
Germany

Germans saddened by Whitney Houston’s death

The death of pop star Whitney Houston, 48, has prompted German fans to write about their love for her music -- and their hate for the addictions that plagued the star's life.

Hertha sacks new coach Skibbe
Germany

Hertha sacks new coach Skibbe

After losing five games in a row -- the last one Saturday with no goals to VfB Stuttgart's five, Berlin's Hertha BSC fired its new coach Michael Skibbe, the Tagessppiegel newspaper reported Sunday.

Swiss quake alarms some in SW Germany
Germany

Swiss quake alarms some in SW Germany

An earthquake that reached 4.2 on the Richter scale struck Switzerland Saturday evening, reaching parts of southwestern Germany as well.

Seehofer calls for people’s vote on euro
Germany

Seehofer calls for people’s vote on euro

Horst Seehofer, the head of the Christian Social Union party, wants Germans to vote on whether the euro should be saved or not and is calling for a change to Germany’s Basic Law, or Constitution, to allow that to happen.

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Sweden

Teacher held after having sex with teen students

A 24-year-old teacher has been remanded into custody on suspicion of child rape after admitting that he had sexual relations with a number of teenage pupils, according to a report in the Aftonbladet daily.

Nazi comedy unexpected hit at Berlinale
Germany

Nazi comedy unexpected hit at Berlinale

A sci-fi black comedy about Nazis from the moon invading Planet Earth is one of the hottest tickets at the Berlin film festival, which is better known for its gritty political fare.

Sweden approves medical ‘marijuana’
Sweden

Sweden approves medical ‘marijuana’

Medicinal cannabis is now available as a prescription medicine in Sweden after the Medical Products Agency (Läkemedelsverket) approved a cannabis-based mouth spray for the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS).

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Sweden

Man arrested after ‘hugging thief’ attack

A man has been arrested in Gävle in northern Sweden on suspicion of having stolen a 20-year-old's wallet while doling out an impromptu hug in an apparent copycat attack of a gang operating in Stockholm.