Grass hits back at anti-Semitism charge
Germany

Grass hits back at anti-Semitism charge

German Nobel literature laureate Günter Grass hit back Thursday at what he called a "campaign" by critics of his poem accusing Israel of plotting Iran's annihilation and threatening world peace.

Teacher admits to sex with 14-year-old girl
Germany

Teacher admits to sex with 14-year-old girl

A German teacher was charged with 12 charges of abuse after admitting on Thursday he had a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old pupil over several months.

Pied petrol-pipers of Hamelin strike
Germany

Pied petrol-pipers of Hamelin strike

Fuel theft has risen in Germany as the country experiences its highest ever petrol and diesel prices, several police forces reported Friday. One large fuel booty was spirited away in the fairytale town of Hamelin.

Carla dons wig for private Paris escapades
France

Carla dons wig for private Paris escapades

France’s first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy has admitted to disguising herself to travel incognito in Paris. 

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France

Man posed as rescuer – charged with fraud

A Frenchman who pretended to be an emergency coordinator and organized rescue operations after a storm hit France in 2010 has gone on trial for fraud. 

Designer of iconic Porsche 911 dies
Germany

Designer of iconic Porsche 911 dies

The designer of Porsche's classic 911 sportscar, Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, died Thursday at the age of 76 in the Austrian city of Salzburg, the German company said.

Sweden gets set for Easter egg frenzy
Sweden

Sweden gets set for Easter egg frenzy

As soon as they get laid, they get eaten: eggs are the ovoid delights on everybody’s lips in Sweden this Easter.

Dentist identifies robber by his teeth
Germany

Dentist identifies robber by his teeth

A dentist whose finger was cut off by two thieves when they robbed his practise has provided police with a clear picture - of one of his attackers' teeth.

Tweeting Bildt to journo: ‘Look for a proper job’
Sweden

Tweeting Bildt to journo: ‘Look for a proper job’

Sweden’s foreign minister Carl Bildt took to Twitter on Thursday to snipe at a journalist who claimed the controversial Moderate Party veteran planned to step down before the 2014 elections.

Kidman to play Princess Grace
France

Kidman to play Princess Grace

Australian actress Nicole Kidman is in talks to play the late Grace Kelly, the screen legend who married the prince of Monaco, in a film by French director Olivier Dahan, Variety reported Thursday.

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France

Minister: serial killer may be on loose in Paris

French authorities fear that a serial killer may be at work in the southern Paris suburbs after a 47-year-old mother was shot dead near her home, Interior Minister Claude Gueant said Friday.

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France

French trade gap widens

An increase in energy imports due to a cold snap in February sent France's trade deficit jumping by nearly 15 percent in February to hit €6.4 billion ($8.4 billion), customs data showed on Friday.

Eiffel Tower lift falls down during test
France

Eiffel Tower lift falls down during test

An lift at the Eiffel Tower in Paris has fallen down its shaft as it was undergoing maintenance tests. Management says the incident is 'serious' and is investigating its cause.

Stenson spoils US party with bungled final hole
Sweden

Stenson spoils US party with bungled final hole

Henrik Stenson looked set to celebrate his 36th birthday in fine style at the 76th US Masters until he tossed away a hard-earned lead with a nightmare last hole at Augusta National on Thursday.

Social Democrats sprint into poll lead
Sweden

Social Democrats sprint into poll lead

Spearheaded by an increasingly popular new leader, the Social Democrats have come out on top of a party preference survey for the first time since the 2010 general election.

Berlin to get spectacular new Wall panorama
Germany

Berlin to get spectacular new Wall panorama

Berlin is to get a new tourist attraction, near Checkpoint Charlie – a 360-degree panorama of the city when it was divided, painted by artist Yadegar Asisi. Check out our picture gallery of the panorama specialist's spectacular work.

Easter weather warning: expect icy roads
Sweden

Easter weather warning: expect icy roads

Motorists are being advised to take extra care on the roads this Good Friday, as a mixture of snow and rain in southern and central Sweden prompts meteorological agency SMHI to issue a freeze warning.