Swiss Olympic bans two athletes for online dope
Switzerland

Swiss Olympic bans two athletes for online dope

Switzerland’s national Olympic committee has banned two athletes from competing for two years for possession and attempted use of illegal doping substances purchased online.

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Switzerland

Police sting foils Geneva assassination bid

A Geneva court on Thursday jailed a 33-year-old Indian restaurant owner for five years for attempting to hire a hit man to kill an employee he believed was carrying on with his wife.

Switzerland wants more tax from rich foreigners
Switzerland

Switzerland wants more tax from rich foreigners

Well-heeled foreigners may in the future need to pay Switzerland more to keep their low tax Alpine refuge, but angry Swiss still want to end the sweet deals.

New deterioration scare for Sweden’s Vasa
Sweden

New deterioration scare for Sweden’s Vasa

Sweden's famed 17th century Vasa warship, housed in a Stockholm museum, is deteriorating faster than previously believed despite renewed preservation efforts, researchers have warned.

Swedish ice hockey: five fun Elitserien facts
Sweden

Swedish ice hockey: five fun Elitserien facts

As Sweden's top ice hockey league, the Elitserien, kicks off play for the 2012-2013 season on Thursday night, The Local unveils the top five little-known facts you and your puck-buddies might not have known about the league.

Doc sent traumatized girl to be cured by medium
Sweden

Doc sent traumatized girl to be cured by medium

A doctor in central Sweden has come under fire for taking a child with an underlying trauma to a medium, in in an attempt to cure the girl via contact with one of the girl’s dead relatives.

Thatcher letter thanking family surfaces
Germany

Thatcher letter thanking family surfaces

A German book dealer has found a letter seemingly written by Margaret Thatcher to her husband Denis and family, thanking them for their support during her political career – it was tucked away in a copy of her autobiography.

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France

French Muslim leaders call for calm

Muslim leaders in France, home to Europe's largest Islamic community, called for calm Thursday after an anti-Islam film sparked anti-US violence in North Africa and the Middle East.

Doctors prescribe strike in wage fight
Germany

Doctors prescribe strike in wage fight

German hypochondriacs may have to cope alone soon, as 30 doctors' associations have voted to close their practices and go on strike some time before the end of September.

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France

Footballer Makelele cleared of assaulting ex

Former Real Madrid and Chelsea star Claude Makelele was cleared by a French court on Thursday of assaulting his British ex-girlfriend.

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France

French pirate fined over Rihanna songs

A French man Thursday became the first person to be convicted under a new law aimed at clamping down on film and music piracy when he was fined €150 ($193) for illegally downloading Rihanna songs.