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France

Activist tries to block plane at Paris airport

A French environmental activist has been arrested after sneaking on to the tarmac at Paris's Charles de Gaulle airport and trying to block an Airbus A319 from taking off, officials said Tuesday.

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France

Corsican ‘mafia boss’ gunned down

An alleged key figure in one of Corsica's most powerful crime families, Maurice Costa of the "Brise de Mer" gang, was gunned down in broad daylight Tuesday at his local butcher shop, police said.

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Sweden

Politicians seek to close ‘elephant graveyard’

After the severely criticized head of the Agency for Economic and Regional Growth was forced to leave her post, politicians are calling for an end to the system in which sacked heads of government agencies are kept on with full pay in alleged "non-jobs", in what is becoming known as the “elephant graveyard”.

‘What’s a euro crisis?’ German kids get raise
Germany

‘What’s a euro crisis?’ German kids get raise

German children are richer than ever before thanks to generous parents who are doling out ten percent more pocket money than in 2011, a new survey found.

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Sweden

Fraudsters trick 27 into paying for same flat

Police have arrested two people who conned 27 would-be tenants, many of whom were students, into paying a deposit on the same apartment in Stockholm.

Bawling, back-flopping bad day in London
Germany

Bawling, back-flopping bad day in London

Monday was a tough day for Germany's athletes at the Olympics in London, after one pole vaulter threw a public tantrum and a diver waved goodbye to the semi-finals after back-flopping into the pool.

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France

Veiled woman ‘incited riot’ after ID check

A French Muslim woman has been charged with assault and inciting a riot after she refused a police ID check becausevshe was wearing a banned full-face veil, a police source said Tuesday.

Långholmen FC prepare to face IFK Gothenburg
Sweden

Långholmen FC prepare to face IFK Gothenburg

Stockholm's international football club Långholmen has captured Sweden’s attention by being drawn to play league superstars IFK Gothenburg in the Swedish Cup this month.

Driver follows satnav directions – car totalled
Germany

Driver follows satnav directions – car totalled

A German driver decided on Tuesday that he wouldn't be needing his brain anymore now that he had a satnav. Despite signs signalling a dead end, he drove straight into some road works. He told police he was just following orders.

‘I waved and flapped like a swan in a cattery’
Sweden

‘I waved and flapped like a swan in a cattery’

While house-hunting up north, ex-Londoner Paul Connolly comes face to face with the scourge of the northern Swedish summer; the bloodthirsty and dreaded mygga, or mosquito.

Why learning to sail in Brittany is great for the whole family
France

Why learning to sail in Brittany is great for the whole family

Brittany is one of the best places in the world to sail. For beginner Tracy Moran, an English-language sailing course in Brittany with her two young children was just the ticket for staring down approaching middle age.

Police arrest suspected spy at NATO air base
Germany

Police arrest suspected spy at NATO air base

German police have arrested a civilian employee of NATO on suspicion of espionage at the US air base at Ramstein in the west of the country, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

Man reports police for ‘too low’ finders-fee
Sweden

Man reports police for ‘too low’ finders-fee

A man in Skåne, in southern Sweden, has reported the police to the Parliamentary Ombudsman (Jusititeombudsmännen, JO) after being dissatisfied with the reward he was given for turning in a lost bike.

Can a Nazi’s lover represent Germany?
Germany

Can a Nazi’s lover represent Germany?

Ex-Olympic rower Nadja Drygalla made headlines when she left the Games because her boyfriend was a neo-Nazi. But many say it was unfair. Can athletes represent their country regardless of who they mix with? Have your say.

One in four hearts skip the waiting list
Germany

One in four hearts skip the waiting list

New figures have revealed another opportunity for corruption in Germany's organ transplant system - not only can doctors pretend patients are sicker than they are to bump them up the queue - data on organs can also be manipulated.

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Norway

Swedish bank robbers on the run in Norway

Swedish police believe that three armed men on the run after attempting to rob a bank in western Sweden have fled into Norway.

Armed robbers escape after bank heist
Sweden

Armed robbers escape after bank heist

Three armed men are on the run after attempting to rob a bank in western Sweden, with police believing they may have escaped into Norway.

Search continues for missing Norwegian teen
Norway

Search continues for missing Norwegian teen

Oslo police have begun to search new areas of Oslo as the massive operation to try to find Sigrid Giskegjerde Schjetne, the 16-year-old girl who went missing on Saturday night, enters its third day.

E.ON treble profits after Russian gas deal
Germany

E.ON treble profits after Russian gas deal

E.ON, Germany's biggest power supplier, said Tuesday its net profit more than trebled in the first six months after it struck a price deal with Russian gas giant Gazprom and despite Germany phasing out nuclear power.

Southern Norway hit by flooding and rail chaos
Norway

Southern Norway hit by flooding and rail chaos

Heavy rains left widespread disruption in southern Norway on Tuesday morning with roads closed, rail services interrupted and homes threatened by mudslides.

Ikea closer to India market entry: report
Sweden

Ikea closer to India market entry: report

India's government and the Ikea Group are nearing a compromise over local-sourcing rules that have been delaying the Swedish retailer's entry into the country, a report said on Tuesday.

Private jet nearly hits bus after missing runway
Switzerland

Private jet nearly hits bus after missing runway

A private jet overshot the runway in St. Gallen on Monday, crashed through a fence and narrowly missed a bus.

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France

Réunion to kill sharks ‘for research’

The French Indian Ocean island of Réunion is launching a 'scientific' cull of bull and tiger sharks after a spate of fatal attacks in recent weeks.

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Switzerland

Euro crisis causes Swiss hotel slump

The Swiss hotel business has continued to decline as the euro crisis deepens and the value of the single currency plummets against the franc.

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France

French petrol prices at highest since May

Petrol prices are at their highest in France since May this year, after President Francois Hollande failed to fulfil his campaign promise of freezing the price at the pumps.

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France

Visitor rise boosts Disneyland Paris

Euro Disney, which runs the Disneyland Paris theme park, said on Tuesday that its sales rose 4.0 percent to €358 million ($444 million) in the quarter ending in June thanks to a rise in visitors and their spending.

Minister: gay relationships share ‘conservative values’
Germany

Minister: gay relationships share ‘conservative values’

German Family Minister Kristina Schröder of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) has said gay partnerships represent "conservative values" because of their "long-term commitment" - so they should get the same tax breaks as marriages.

Town hall sells fire station on internet
France

Town hall sells fire station on internet

Local authorities in Noyant, north west France have found a novel way of raising funds in times of austerity - selling their old fire station on the internet.

Mowing Swede finds live bombshell in garden
Sweden

Mowing Swede finds live bombshell in garden

A man in southern Sweden, busy mowing the lawn of his private garden near his home between Trelleborg and Ystad, was shocked to see something unexpected sticking out of the ground.

Woman’s body ‘found defiled’ in funeral home
Germany

Woman’s body ‘found defiled’ in funeral home

A German family were horrified on Sunday morning when they went to light candles for their elderly relative in a funeral parlour only to find her body had been taken out of the coffin and partially undressed. The walls were smeared with faeces.

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Switzerland

Swiss ‘some of Europe’s biggest cokeheads’

An international team of scientists has found that Swiss cities have among the highest consumption of cocaine in Europe.

Swede takes home Olympic wrestling bronze
Sweden

Swede takes home Olympic wrestling bronze

Johan Eurén became Sweden’s latest medal winner at the Olympic games after winning a bronze in Monday’s 120 kilogramme men's Greco Roman Wrestling.

German firms wooed by Turkish boom
Germany

German firms wooed by Turkish boom

As Europe battles its never-ending debt crisis, Turkey, with its flourishing economy, is increasingly attracting the attention of German companies, as well as German-born Turks in search of a job.

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Sweden

Fake cop escapes after highway robbery

A man impersonating a police officer has escaped with a gold necklace after a botched car theft saw him dragged from the scene of the crime by a suspicious female motorist.

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Sweden

Shooting leaves teen girl ‘critically injured’

The condition of the 17-year-old girl who was shot in a northern Stockholm apartment on Monday afternoon is critical, and police have arrested the 18-year-old gunman, still in his underwear, on suspicion of attempted murder.