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Switzerland

Liverpool survive scare to beat Young Boys

Liverpool nearly paid the price for fielding a near second-string side for their Europa League Group A opener with Swiss side Young Boys in Bern on Thursday, but held on to win a thrilling match 5-3.

Why didn’t Sweden care about topless Kate pics?
Sweden

Why didn’t Sweden care about topless Kate pics?

Despite an ongoing royal uproar, a Swedish magazine on Wednesday decided to publish topless pictures of Prince William's wife Catherine. Was the decision right? And why didn't Swedes seem to react?

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France

Four more Roma camps cleared in Paris

French authorities on Thursday cleared four Roma migrant camps that housed up to 350 people in outlying areas of Paris.

Business Brief: Get expat financial advice with Which Offshore
France

Business Brief: Get expat financial advice with Which Offshore

Michael Brinksman at Which Offshore explains how expats can navigate the financial services jungle.

Lab denies access to GM cancer crop study
France

Lab denies access to GM cancer crop study

The French scientist who linked Monsanto genetically-modified corn to cancer in rats on Thursday refused to let the EU's food safety watchdog, EFSA, verify his results.

Peugeot workers march against job cuts
France

Peugeot workers march against job cuts

Hundreds of workers from PSA Peugeot Citroen demonstrated in central Paris Thursday to denounce the French auto giant's plans to shed 8,000 jobs across France.

‘Stockholm has to fix its housing problem’
Sweden

‘Stockholm has to fix its housing problem’

With the clock ticking on the lease for her current home in Stockholm, US-native and parent Rebecca Ahlfeldt reflects on how Sweden needs to improve the housing situation for visiting students, researchers and other skilled workers.

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Switzerland

Police smash global drug ring: Swiss prosecutor

A two-year police operation has brought down an international drug ring, with authorities in a number of countries seizing 45 kilos of cocaine and arresting 15 people, a Swiss prosecutor's office said Thursday.

Clashes in Pakistan over French cartoons
France

Clashes in Pakistan over French cartoons

Thousands of Pakistanis clashed with police firing live rounds and tear gas Thursday as anger mounted in the Muslim world over a US-made anti-Islam film and French cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

Housework helps men’s mental health: study
Sweden

Housework helps men’s mental health: study

Men who don’t do their fair share of domestic duties in a relationship can suffer from psychological distress, according to a new Swedish study.

French drinks company Belvedere strikes creditor deal
France

French drinks company Belvedere strikes creditor deal

Troubled French drinks company Belvedere, the maker of Sobieski Vodka and Marie Brizard liquor, said Thursday its creditors have approved a plan to restructure more than €500 million in debt.

Vice-chancellor fights for Vietnamese orphanage
Germany

Vice-chancellor fights for Vietnamese orphanage

German Vice-Chancellor Philipp Rösler is campaigning to save the Catholic orphanage in Vietnam where he spent nine months of his childhood before being adopted by German parents.

Sweden budget bill sparks heated debate
Sweden

Sweden budget bill sparks heated debate

Swedish Finance Minister Anders Borg defended the government's 2013 budget proposition on Thursday, in the face of tough criticism from unions and opposition politicians.

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France

Veiled woman jailed over police bite attack

A French Muslim teenager who was arrested for wearing a full Islamic veil was sent to prison for two months Thursday after being convicted of biting a policewoman.

Touts target Oktoberfest table bookings
Germany

Touts target Oktoberfest table bookings

Beating the crowds at Oktoberfest often means reserving a table – but as it gets tougher to find a place to park one’s Bierstein, scalpers are sensing opportunity. Tent landlords are now cracking down on the black market for table reservations.

Swiss agree on 100-franc fines for pot smokers
Switzerland

Swiss agree on 100-franc fines for pot smokers

Switzerland’s parliament ruled on Thursday to fine adult cannabis users 100 francs ($107) if caught with small quantities of the drug.

Striking French workers threaten iPhone 5 launch
France

Striking French workers threaten iPhone 5 launch

Workers in Apple stores in France may go on strike on Friday – the day of the much-hyped release of the iPhone 5 – if they do not get a pay rise, a union source said.

Volvo turns to eBay for innovative truck auction
Sweden

Volvo turns to eBay for innovative truck auction

Swedish truckmaker Volvo has turned to internet auction site eBay to sell the first edition of the Volvo FH truck in a charity listing complete with videos of the truck in daredevil stunts filmed by Hollywood directors.

Catholics to exclude church tax dodgers
Germany

Catholics to exclude church tax dodgers

The Catholic Church in Germany is urging its followers to put their money where their faith is. Under a new rule, anyone who doesn’t pay church tax will no longer be considered a member of the flock.

Toulouse rugby club desperate for hookers
France

Toulouse rugby club desperate for hookers

French Top 14 rugby club Toulouse have requested that the league grant a players' licence to forwards coach William Servat as the team struggle with injuries to hookers Christopher-Eric Tolofua and Gary Botha.

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Switzerland

Swiss driver shot dead after high-speed chase

Police in Montreux shot dead a 45-year-old man in the early hours of Thursday morning after he stepped out of his car at a road block armed with a hunting rifle following a high-speed chase.

Marcus Carter: radio owner walking on air
Sweden

Marcus Carter: radio owner walking on air

Radio Andra, a new English-language radio station based in Gothenburg, will begin broadcasting live on October 1st. The Local caught up with station owner Marcus Carter to find out more.

Paris police ban Grand Mosque protest
France

Paris police ban Grand Mosque protest

Paris police have banned two demonstrations planned for Saturday, including one in front of the city's Grand Mosque, to protest against a US-made anti-Islam film, a police source said.

Norway’s farm subsidies highest in OECD
Norway

Norway’s farm subsidies highest in OECD

Norwegian farmers get a larger proportion of their income from government subsidies than any other country in the OECD, a report showed on Wednesday.

Top judge blasted for ‘bias’ in serial killer case
Sweden

Top judge blasted for ‘bias’ in serial killer case

Supreme Court Justice Göran Lambertz has been slammed for taking a personal stance in the debate about alleged mismanagement of the case of convicted serial killer Thomas Quick, who has since been acquitted of several murders.

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Sweden

AIK fans in Naples ‘hooligan’ stabbing

Two Swedish football fans and the owner of the pizzeria where they were eating in Naples were stabbed overnight in an apparent attack by Napoli hooligans, Italian media reported on Thursday.

1 in 7 German children growing up poor
Germany

1 in 7 German children growing up poor

The number of children living on the basic welfare payments known as Hartz IV may be shrinking, but latest figures from the Federal Employment Agency (BA) show that one in seven German children is still dependent on those benefits.

Anti-France protests spread to Iran
France

Anti-France protests spread to Iran

Up to 200 people protested without incident in front of France's embassy in Tehran on Thursday over a French satirical weekly's publication of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, an AFP correspondent reported.

Apple truck upset causes sticky situation
Germany

Apple truck upset causes sticky situation

Two German truck drivers could be in trouble after they drove for 60 kilometres despite knowing that gallons of concentrated apple juice was seeping from their vehicle, police said on Thursday.

What’s on in Germany: September 20 – 26
Germany

What’s on in Germany: September 20 – 26

This Week's Highlights: Music Night in Cologne, a jazz festival in Leipzig, and the Bavarian Agricultural Festival celebrates a jubilee.

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France

Afghans protest over French cartoons

Hundreds of Afghans on Thursday protested for the first time against cartoons of the prophet Muhammad published in France and staged fresh rallies against a US-made anti-Islam film.

EU anger at new Norway tariff plans
Norway

EU anger at new Norway tariff plans

A Norwegian government proposal to increase tariffs on meat and cheese has sparked concern and anger in the European Union.

Court: Post must deliver neo-Nazi junk mail
Germany

Court: Post must deliver neo-Nazi junk mail

A federal court in Karlsruhe ruled on Thursday that German postal service Deutsche Post must deliver un-addressed far-right newsletters, saying that the neo-Nazi National Democratic Party enjoyed the same rights as other parties.

Peugeot set to raise €800 million in Russian deal
France

Peugeot set to raise €800 million in Russian deal

French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen said on Thursday it was in negotiations to sell 75% of its logistics subsidiary Gefco to Russian railway firm RZD for €800 million ($1.04 billion).

Thief racks up €300,000 bill on church phone
Germany

Thief racks up €300,000 bill on church phone

Church staff in Dresden, eastern Germany were faced with a €300,000 monthly phone bill after a thief stole one of the parish smartphones and used it to surf the internet and call people all over the world, police said on Wednesday.

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France

US criticizes French magazine over cartoons

The White House on Wednesday questioned the judgment of a French weekly that published cartoons mocking the Prophet Muhammad, but said the decision was no justification for violence.

TeliaSonera under fire over Uzbek bribe claims
Sweden

TeliaSonera under fire over Uzbek bribe claims

The CEO of TeliaSonera, the Nordic telecoms firm in which the Swedish state has the largest ownership stake, said he was prepared to resign should new money laundering and bribery accusations related to the firm's contracts in Uzbekistan prove true.

French magazine hands over topless Kate pics
France

French magazine hands over topless Kate pics

The French magazine that published topless photos of Prince William's wife Catherine handed over files with the images Wednesday to the couple's representatives, a source close to the matter said.

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Switzerland

Boss of ‘rogue trader’ tells court of disbelief

The former boss of a UBS trader accused of losing the Swiss bank $2.3 billion in "rogue trades" told a London court on Wednesday of his disbelief at seeing a confessional email.

Hewlett Packard execs face bribery charges
Germany

Hewlett Packard execs face bribery charges

Current and former Hewlett Packard employees have been indicted in Germany as part of a nearly three-year probe into bribes paid for a multimillion-euro Russian contract, the US firm said.

H&M burnt over super tan bikini campaign
Sweden

H&M burnt over super tan bikini campaign

Swedish clothing giant H&M has been slammed by Sweden's advertising watchdog over an ad campaign featuring a deeply tanned model that sparked outrage among cancer groups.

Swiss enflamed over divisive smoking vote
Switzerland

Swiss enflamed over divisive smoking vote

Switzerland is deeply divided ahead of a vote Sunday on whether to beef up a ban on smoking in indoor workplaces and public spaces, with supporters stressing the health benefits of less second-hand smoke and opponents decrying a "witch-hunt".

Bayern start Champions League with win
Germany

Bayern start Champions League with win

Bayern Munich produced a dominant performance on Wednesday in their Champions League opener to beat Spanish opponents Valencia 2-1 in a repeat of the 2001 Champions League final.

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Sweden

Suspect re-arrested in axe victim murder trial

The 23-year-old man acquitted by a Luleå court last week of the murder of a 51-year-old Haparanda man in April, has been re-arrested by police.

Borg unveils budget amid slow growth fears
Sweden

Borg unveils budget amid slow growth fears

Despite a stable Swedish economy, Finance Minister Anders Borg fears that the country’s growth may prove weaker than the government has hoped for in the budget, set to be presented on Thursday.

German trains to be made in Poland
Germany

German trains to be made in Poland

German national railway company Deutsche Bahn on Wednesday awarded its first ever train supply contract to a Polish manufacturer, which is set to be worth upwards of a billion euros.