William and Kate sue French mag
France

William and Kate sue French mag

Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine on Friday launched a lawsuit against French magazine Closer for breaching their right to privacy by printing topless pictures of her, sources told AFP.

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France

Experts: French privacy laws ‘toothless’

France has one of the world's toughest privacy laws on paper, but the legislation is effectively toothless because the fines for breaching it are miniscule, legal experts and journalists say.

Norway wins cigarette display case
Norway

Norway wins cigarette display case

Tobacco giant Philip Morris has failed in its bid to have a Norwegian ban on the display of cigarettes in stores overturned.

‘They were the longest days of our lives’
Sweden

‘They were the longest days of our lives’

Swedish journalists Johan Persson and Martin Schibbye, home after spending the past 14 months in a prison in Ethiopia, told reporters chilling details about their ordeal during a press conference in Stockholm on Friday.

Germans get ‘hot dating fun’ rather than iPhone
Germany

Germans get ‘hot dating fun’ rather than iPhone

Germans who wanted to reserve a new iPhone and called a number given out by Deutsche Telekom landed instead at an adult dating hotline advertised as “hot dating fun” after the wrong number was sent out.

New film tackles Olof Palme’s complex legacy
Sweden

New film tackles Olof Palme’s complex legacy

With their much-anticipated documentary about Sweden's slain Prime Minister Olof Palme set to open in cinemas across the country on Friday, the film's directors talk to The Local about Swedes' love-hate relationship with the controversial politician.

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France

Illegal cabbie gets life for Swedish student murder

Bruno Cholet, a serial rapist who operated an illegal taxi in Paris, was sentenced to life on Friday for the brutal 2008 murder of Swedish student Susanna Zetterberg.

Pirate Bay co-founder remanded into custody
Sweden

Pirate Bay co-founder remanded into custody

Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg has been remanded into custody on suspicion of hacking into a Swedish IT security company and accessing confidential information from the Swedish Tax Authority (Skatteverket).

Chilly, rainy days to dominate next few weeks
Germany

Chilly, rainy days to dominate next few weeks

Cooler temperatures and scattered showers will be the theme of the weekend for most of Germany, with the exception of Sunday, when the sun should peek through, national weather service the DWD said on Friday.

ECB boss offers to explain euro plan to MPs
Germany

ECB boss offers to explain euro plan to MPs

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi has offered to come to the lower house of the German parliament to explain his euro rescue plans. But MPs do not want him to speak in the chamber.

Oslo is world’s priciest city: study
Norway

Oslo is world’s priciest city: study

Oslo, Zurich and Tokyo are the world's most expensive cities, but it is in the Swiss financial capital that residents enjoy the strongest purchasing power, according to a study published Friday.