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France

Judge drops Strauss-Kahn charges

A New York judge on Tuesday dropped all sex crime charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, ending a three-month saga that brought down one of the world's most powerful men and caused an international uproar.

Three beards that rocked the Alps
Switzerland

Three beards that rocked the Alps

A bevy of bearded gentlemen battled it out in idyllic Alpine surroundings on Sunday to see who would have his facial hair declared the most elegant in Switzerland.

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Switzerland

Foreigners deposit less money in Swiss banks

Deposits in Swiss banks by foreign private clients have dropped by 73 billion francs ($92.5) over the course of the last year, according to recent statistics from the Swiss National Bank (SNB).

Investor confidence slumps to 2008 lows
Germany

Investor confidence slumps to 2008 lows

German investors had a bad case of the summertime blues this month as economic activity stagnated across the eurozone, with surveys released Tuesday at multi-year lows owing to the debt crisis and poor growth prospects.

Police return stolen bike after 15 years
Sweden

Police return stolen bike after 15 years

A woman in Gävle was surprised to receive a call from the police saying that the bike she reported stolen 15 years ago had been found.

McDonald’s advert fakes ‘Swedish’ farmland
Sweden

McDonald’s advert fakes ‘Swedish’ farmland

Burger giant McDonald’s chose to fake the Swedish countryside in their latest commercial, in which the company highlights Swedish agriculture, and their own cooperation with Swedish farmers.

Porsche unveils new 911
Germany

Porsche unveils new 911

An icon of German automotive engineering, the Porsche 911, is being reborn. The legendary sports car is bigger, pricier, and more fuel-efficient.

Introducing… Marine Le Pen
France

Introducing… Marine Le Pen

With France's most famous daughter busy revving up her outboard engine for next year's presidential election, contributor Martin Untersinger loads up on seafaring terminology and takes a fish-eyed squint at the politics and biology of Marine Le Pen.

Saab staff face new paycheck delay
Sweden

Saab staff face new paycheck delay

Saab employees’ wages may be delayed, marking the third consecutive month that at least part of the company's 3,700 employees has seen their salary payments delayed.

Teen confesses to brutal metro beating
Germany

Teen confesses to brutal metro beating

The 18-year-old accused of a vicious attack in a Berlin U-Bahn metro station has confessed to the crime at the opening of his trial.

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Sweden

Housing shortage sinks immigrant jobs efforts

Of the 4,000 people who’ve arrived in Sweden since December 2010, the Swedish Employment Service (Arbetsförmedlingen) has only been able to find work for ten.

Beloved humorist Loriot dies
Germany

Beloved humorist Loriot dies

One of the most popular German comedians of the post-war period, Vicco von Bülow, better known by his stage name Loriot, has died at the age of 87.

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France

Restaurant sighting helps girl trap sex attacker

After being the victim of a frightening attack, a 14-year-old girl managed to keep her cool when she spotted her assailant eating in a local restaurant.

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France

Tied-up 10-year-old plunges five floors

A 10-year-old boy who had his hands and feet tied with television cables fell from the fifth-floor window of an apartment block on Monday after a family argument. 

Swiss president slams US tax tactics
Switzerland

Swiss president slams US tax tactics

Swiss president Micheline Calmy-Rey has described as “legally unacceptable” the increasing demands from US tax authorities for data from Switzerland on alleged tax evasion by Americans.

Mountain climbers go missing in Afghanistan
Germany

Mountain climbers go missing in Afghanistan

Fears are growing that two German men who went missing several days ago after setting off to climb snow-capped mountains in war-torn Afghanistan could have been kidnapped, officials said Tuesday.

Sweden fears swimming Danish raccoon invasion
Sweden

Sweden fears swimming Danish raccoon invasion

Raccoon dogs and raccoons may soon be a common sight in southern Sweden.

Media roundup: Libya after Qaddafi
Germany

Media roundup: Libya after Qaddafi

As the end of Libyan despot Muammar Qaddafi reign nears, commentators in The Local’s media roundup examine what’s next for the North African country and the impact of Germany’s decision to break with its NATO allies.

Bayern’s Lahm exposes deep rifts with ex-coaches
Germany

Bayern’s Lahm exposes deep rifts with ex-coaches

A new book by Bayern Munich and German national team captain Philipp Lahm exposes deep rifts with his former coaches Jürgen Klinsmann, Felix Magath and Louis van Gaal at the Bavarian football club.

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Sweden

Patient suicides on the rise in Sweden: report

Suicides among patients are increasing, show new figures from Sweden’s National Board of Health and Welfare.

Post-it wars break out across France
France

Post-it wars break out across France

The long summer months have spawned a wave of creativity among French office workers with multi-coloured images made of post-it notes springing up in business districts across the country.

Qaddafi ‘bizarre yet fascinating’: Bildt
Sweden

Qaddafi ‘bizarre yet fascinating’: Bildt

Foreign minister Carl Bildt revealed his impressions of Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi at a press conference held Monday, describing him as simultaneously “bizarre” and “fascinating”.

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France

Libyan rebel victory ‘not complete’: France

Victory over Libyan strongman Muammar Qaddafi's regime is "not complete", French officials warned on Tuesday, as Paris' joy over the rebel forces' entry into Tripoli gave way to renewed caution.

Marc Jacobs rumoured to take over at Dior
France

Marc Jacobs rumoured to take over at Dior

Star designer Marc Jacobs is set to move into the job vacated by John Galliano at luxury brand Dior, according to reports from respected fashion source Women's Wear Daily.


 

Sweden trying to ‘trick’ EU on wolf hunt
Sweden

Sweden trying to ‘trick’ EU on wolf hunt

A recent government decision to temporarily halt Sweden's licensed wolf hunt is nothing more than an attempt to fool the European Commission, environmental organisations claimed on Tuesday.

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Switzerland

UBS announces 3,500 job losses

Swiss banking giant UBS on Tuesday announced plans to slash 3,500 jobs in order to make savings of some 2 billion Swiss francs ($2.5 billion).

Westerwelle plays down engagement in Libya
Germany

Westerwelle plays down engagement in Libya

Although Germany is eager to help Libya after the ousting of dictator Muammar Qaddafi, discussion of any potential engagement in the North African country is premature, said Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle on Monday evening.

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France

Prosecutors ask judge to dismiss DSK case

Prosecutors formally asked on Monday to dismiss all the sexual assault and attempted rape charges against former IMF chief and one-time French presidential favorite Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

Deutsche Post struggles with rising mail theft
Germany

Deutsche Post struggles with rising mail theft

Thousands of letters and packages are being stolen each year within Deutsche Post’s delivery chain in what German police say is a growing trend.

Stieg Larsson sequel ’70 percent finished’: Baksi
Sweden

Stieg Larsson sequel ’70 percent finished’: Baksi

Kurdo Baksi, confidant and author of an expose book on deceased Swedish crime writer Stieg Larsson, has claimed that the manuscript believed to be the fourth book in the Millennium series is almost complete.

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Sweden

Dog dragged to death behind owner’s car

An 84-year-old man forgot that he had his dog tied to the his tow-bar when he jumped in his car to leave a rest stop, dragging the hapless household pet to its death.

Communities crucial for tsunami response
Sweden

Communities crucial for tsunami response

Experts who have studied the March 11th disaster in Japan told the World Water Week conference in Stockholm on Monday of the importance of local communities in responding to devastating tsunamis.

Outdoors clothes companies making major inroads
Germany

Outdoors clothes companies making major inroads

A paradise for outdoor clothing and accessories, Germany is drawing the attention of the sector's major players.