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France

Police find blood in search for missing Brit

Police probing the disappearance of a British expat in southwestern France have confirmed that blood found in and around her home came from her, judicial sources said Monday.

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France

Row after minister says nuclear is the future

French Greens reacted angrily on Monday after a government minister described nuclear power as the "energy of the future," casting doubt on a commitment to slash the country's number of reactors.

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France

Roma expelled from Paris camp

French police on Monday dismantled a Roma camp near Paris, sweeping more than 70 people out just days after the government promised a less confrontational approach to the ethnic minority migrants.

Johnny Hallyday seriously ill in Caribbean
France

Johnny Hallyday seriously ill in Caribbean

French rocker Johnny Hallyday is being treated in a Caribbean hospital's intensive care unit Monday after being rushed there by helicopter, officials said.

Menni sentenced to seven years in prison
Sweden

Menni sentenced to seven years in prison

Nasserdine Menni, found guilty by a Scottish jury of funding Stockholm suicide bomber Taimour Abdulwahab’s December 2010 attack, has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

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Sweden

Woman stabs boyfriend, claims ‘self-defence’

A Swedish woman who has admitted to stabbing her boyfriend to death in June and then photographing his dead body claims to have acted in self-defence.

Zoo chief ‘had to kill tiger to try to save keeper’
Germany

Zoo chief ‘had to kill tiger to try to save keeper’

Cologne’s zoo director had to shoot rather than tranquilise the tiger which had attacked his keeper in order to reach her and try to save her life, another zoo director said on Monday.

Kon-Tiki breaks Norway box office record
Norway

Kon-Tiki breaks Norway box office record

Big-budget Norwegian blockbuster Kon-Tiki set a national box office record as it attracted more cinema-goers than any other film in history in its opening weekend.

Load of bullocks ox-trot at bovine races
Germany

Load of bullocks ox-trot at bovine races

Thousands of spectators flocked to the German the ox-racing championships this weekend, where competitors slip into lederhosen and onto a charging bullock.

Swiss banker arrested over sale of German data
Switzerland

Swiss banker arrested over sale of German data

A Swiss banker suspected of selling information on tax dodgers to the German authorities has been arrested in Zurich, and fired from his job.

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Sweden

Malmö hit-and-run driver jailed for three years

A Malmö resident was sentenced to prison for three years on Monday after his reckless and drug-induced driving killed a cyclist in southern Sweden in June.

Scrap starts over bankrupt solar cell firm
Germany

Scrap starts over bankrupt solar cell firm

Spanish solar energy group Isofoton said Monday it had bid for bankrupt German solar cell maker Q-Cells, despite weekend news that it been bought by South Korean Hanwha Group.

Swedes find bedroom sex ‘most romantic’
Sweden

Swedes find bedroom sex ‘most romantic’

While Swedes have long been subjected to a reputation as wild and uninhibited when it comes to sex, a new survey has revealed they may not be as daring as previously believed.

Woman finds sex clip on repaired mobile phone
Sweden

Woman finds sex clip on repaired mobile phone

A young woman from central Sweden had a nasty surprise when she turned on her newly repaired mobile phone and found footage of a masturbating man saved in the memory.

Swiss banker arrested for ‘selling German data’
Germany

Swiss banker arrested for ‘selling German data’

A Swiss banker suspected of selling information on tax dodgers to the German authorities has been arrested in Zurich, and fired from his job.

Swiss have space for two million more people
Switzerland

Swiss have space for two million more people

Switzerland can accommodate up to 2.1 million more people under current planning laws, a federal official says.

Minister: 30 percent power cost rise dubious
Germany

Minister: 30 percent power cost rise dubious

The Environment Minister dismissed warnings from power giants Vattenfall and RWE on Monday that electricity prices would increase by a third by 2020, as dubious.

Educated Greeks flock to Sweden to find work
Sweden

Educated Greeks flock to Sweden to find work

The deep financial crisis in Europe has led to more Greek citizens arriving in Sweden to seek employment, with twice as many coming 2011 compared to the year before.

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Switzerland

Girl, 12, found strangled under bed: report

Geneva cantonal police are investigating the possible murder of a 12-year-old girl found dead in a Carouge apartment just an hour after being reported missing from her home.

Säpo spent millions on ‘James Bond’ party
Sweden

Säpo spent millions on ‘James Bond’ party

Swedish security service Säpo has come under fire after revelations that a James Bond themed party in 2011 cost 5.3 million kronor ($802,500), a contract that was never put out to tender.

Statoil makes new oil find in North Sea
Norway

Statoil makes new oil find in North Sea

Norwegian energy giant Statoil has made a discovery in a North Sea prospect that it believes will yield 140 to 270 million barrels of oil equivalents.

‘Society failed to change the climate of 1992’
Germany

‘Society failed to change the climate of 1992’

Thousands gathered in Rostock at the weekend to mark the 20th anniversary of the country’s worst xenophobic attack since the war. The Local’s media roundup shows how the president failed to impress by sticking to the past.

Woman charged for peeing on sleeping man
Sweden

Woman charged for peeing on sleeping man

A woman in western Sweden is facing criminal charges after she urinated on a sleeping man and his sofa.

Man stabbed trying to put out Hamburg riot fire
Germany

Man stabbed trying to put out Hamburg riot fire

The Hamburg Schanzen quarter street festival ended in violence at the weekend – but the fighting seemed to be between “tourist hooligans” and locals who wanted to keep things civilised. One man was stabbed trying to put out a fire.

George Clooney to attend Obama fundraiser in Geneva
Switzerland

George Clooney to attend Obama fundraiser in Geneva

US film star George Clooney is expected on Monday in Geneva at a fundraiser for US President Barack Obama's re-election campaign, Democrats Abroad said.

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France

Assange makes speech at French far-left meeting

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange made a guest appearance by telephone during a meeting held by ex presidential candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon this weekend.

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Switzerland

Swiss to help finance Syrian field hospital

Switzerland has pledged financial support to an independent network of doctors in Syria who are trying to create a field hospital in the conflict-torn nation, an official said Saturday.

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Norway

Norway relieved after Breivik verdict

With Anders Behring Breivik sent to prison, Norway now turns its attention to the lessons to be learned from the massacre with the prime minister launching the process when he appears before parliament on Tuesday.

Party ends in surprise 175km train trip
Germany

Party ends in surprise 175km train trip

A German crane driver unloading a freight train on Sunday morning got a shock when she found a very hungover man among the goods. He had climbed on board some 175 kilometres away and nodded off.

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France

Mother of suicide reality star to sue Endemol

The mother of a reality TV star who committed suicide has said she will sue Endemol, the company behind the programmes, for the maltreatment of her son.

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Switzerland

‘Rampaging’ man sets fire to his home

Dozens of police and fire fighters descended on a rural village in the canton of Bern at the weekend to deal with a man who threatened to blow up his apartment.

Two SAS planes turn back after lightning strike
Sweden

Two SAS planes turn back after lightning strike

Two planes heading for northern Sweden were forced to return to Stockholm’s Arlanda airport after being hit by lightning mid-flight on Sunday.

Sarkozy holidays while allies rally for comeback
France

Sarkozy holidays while allies rally for comeback

A rally in support of former President Nicolas Sarkozy was held in Nice this weekend – while he holidayed in wife Carla Bruni’s villa in Cap Nègre, south of France.

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Sweden

Flooding in Sweden after heavy weekend rainfall

Heavy rainfall on Sunday night led to severe flooding in parts of Sweden, with experts predicting that after a brief warm spell on Monday, the wet weather will continue into the week.

Hannover and Schalke draw as season begins
Germany

Hannover and Schalke draw as season begins

Champions League side Schalke were held to a 2-2 draw at Hannover on Sunday as the season got off to a tight start.