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France

Teacher escapes jail for sex with student, 14

A retired teacher received a one-year suspended prison sentence from a Grenoble court on Tuesday for having repeated sexual relations with a 14-year-old girl.

Vaud police seek help over dead man’s identity
Switzerland

Vaud police seek help over dead man’s identity

More than two weeks after the discovery of a dead man on a forest trail in the northern part of Vaud, cantonal police have issued an appeal for help in identifying him.

eBay bans sale of French magazine Closer
France

eBay bans sale of French magazine Closer

US Internet auction giant eBay is banning sales of copies of French magazine Closer that feature photos of Prince William's wife Catherine topless, the website said on Tuesday.

Next-door Liechtenstein: familiar yet different
Switzerland

Next-door Liechtenstein: familiar yet different

Keen to explore the miniature monarchy next door, our Switzerland-based contributor Catherine McLean slipped over the border to Liechtenstein this summer to see what makes the tiny principality tick.

Reinfeldt ignored foreign policy, climate: expert
Sweden

Reinfeldt ignored foreign policy, climate: expert

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt’s government declaration on Tuesday focused on investment and unity, but barely touched on foreign policy and climate, argued political scientist Malena Rosén Sundström.

Valls: These protests are forbidden
France

Valls: These protests are forbidden

Calls surfaced Tuesday on social networks for Muslims in France to defy an official ban and hold fresh protests over an anti-Islam film that has sparked violent reactions across the world.

Sweden braces for frosty autumn chill
Sweden

Sweden braces for frosty autumn chill

Falling temperatures are set to blanket much of Sweden with overnight frost in the coming days, according to forecasters, who add that residents shouldn't get their hopes up about a possible return of balmy summer weather.

Switzerland set to avoid recession: agency
Switzerland

Switzerland set to avoid recession: agency

Switzerland is to dodge recession, a government body said on Tuesday as it lowered its 2012 growth forecast to 1.0 percent, but warned the global slowdown will cause a rise in unemployment.

Sarkozy succession becomes two-horse race
France

Sarkozy succession becomes two-horse race

The battle to succeed former president Nicolas Sarkozy at the head of France's main centre-right party came down to a two-horse race on Tuesday after former minister Bruno Le Maire announced he would not stand.

Norway probes leak on BP platform
Norway

Norway probes leak on BP platform

Norwegian authorities said Tuesday they have opened an investigation into a "substantial" oil and gas leak on a production platform operated by BP off the coast of Norway.

Nearly a third of vertebrate species at risk
Germany

Nearly a third of vertebrate species at risk

Nearly a third of vertebrate animal species in Germany are threatened with extinction, while seven percent have already died out, new figures show.