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France

Appeal launched over sex slave conviction

The appeal trial began Tuesday of four people convicted of forcing a young French woman into a life of slavery and sexual violence in a trailer park near Paris.

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Norway

Norway study smashes Arctic oil and gas dreams

The Arctic, often presented as the promised land by oil companies, is likely to play only a marginal role in providing for the planet's future energy needs, a Norwegian study claimed on Tuesday.

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France

Top French cop trafficked drugs – claims

A French "Supercop" appeared before a police disciplinary council in Paris Tuesday on charges of associating with criminals and drug trafficking.

Suspect admits being ‘involved’ in teen death
Sweden

Suspect admits being ‘involved’ in teen death

A 31-year-old suspect arrested over the killing of a 13-year-old girl in the Stockholm suburb of Täby on Saturday was remanded into custody on Tuesday under suspicion of murder.

Norwegian price hunters swarm to Sweden
Norway

Norwegian price hunters swarm to Sweden

Eager to save money, Norwegian shoppers are streaming over the border in record numbers to avoid hefty domestic prices by instead stocking up on groceries in Sweden, new figures show.

‘Buy your own wine,’ court tells divorcee
Germany

‘Buy your own wine,’ court tells divorcee

A Munich district court told a newly divorced woman has no right to the valuable wine collection her husband built up during their marriage, since she never participated in picking out the bottles, it was reported on Tuesday.

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France

German business chief: France must change

German industry chief Hans-Peter Keitel hit out on Tuesday at the economic policies of the French government, arguing they were too interventionist.

‘Are they devil-worshippers looking for their next sacrifice?’
Sweden

‘Are they devil-worshippers looking for their next sacrifice?’

Shocked by the warm welcome he received by the natives, ex-Londoner Paul Connolly finds that the friendliest neighbours come from northern Sweden.

Swedish rail to stop selling tickets onboard
Sweden

Swedish rail to stop selling tickets onboard

Train conductors will no longer be selling tickets onboard after mid-November, announced Swedish national rail operator SJ on Tuesday, claiming the current system is “too complicated and time consuming”.

Young Swedish men warned over ‘fake’ Viagra
Sweden

Young Swedish men warned over ‘fake’ Viagra

Young and fit Swedish men without erectile problems are increasingly abusing potency heightening drugs, erroneously believing they are lust enhancing, according to the Swedish police.

Cambodia to deport Pirate Bay co-founder
Sweden

Cambodia to deport Pirate Bay co-founder

Cambodia said Tuesday that it would deport a co-founder of The Pirate Bay filesharing website who faces a one-year prison sentence in Sweden for promoting copyright infringement.

Swedish couple blown off over shades of grey
Sweden

Swedish couple blown off over shades of grey

A couple in southern Sweden was forbidden from painting their house because their proposed shade of grey “didn’t match” the other seventies-styled homes on their street.

Foreign investors ‘snap up prefab German flats’
Germany

Foreign investors ‘snap up prefab German flats’

Old East German prefabricated apartment blocks, with their drab concrete exterior and low ceilings might not seem a classic investment choice, but foreign investors have been clamouring to buy them, new figures show.

Berlin airport delayed until October 2013
Germany

Berlin airport delayed until October 2013

Berlin's new main airport, already dogged by embarrassing delays, will not open until October next year, it was confirmed on Tuesday. The news is a further blow to government officials and airport officials.

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France

Big rise in deaths during cold winter

Deaths in February and March in France were 13 percent higher than during the same period last year, according to public health institute the InVS.

Swedish internet attack ‘just a test’: expert
Sweden

Swedish internet attack ‘just a test’: expert

Monday’s attack on official websites in Sweden was not a full scale cyber-attack, according to experts, who say it may be a test run for a much bigger onslaught in the future.

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Switzerland

Disabled parents battle child benefit clawback

Swiss advocates for people with disabilities are slamming proposed cuts to social benefits for the children of disabled parents.

More than 1,000 pharma jobs to go at Merck
Germany

More than 1,000 pharma jobs to go at Merck

German chemicals and pharmaceuticals group Merck KGaA announced plans to slash one in ten jobs in Germany over the next three years in an effort to save costs.

Hollande: make Champagne heritage site
France

Hollande: make Champagne heritage site

President Francois Hollande has promised champagne makers that he will support their bid to become a Unesco World Heritage site.

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France

Cab driver on trial for Swedish student murder

The trial opened in Paris Tuesday of an illegal taxi driver and convicted rapist alleged to have kidnapped and brutally murdered a Swedish student after picking her up outside a Paris nightclub.

Polish cleaner sacked for speaking Polish
Norway

Polish cleaner sacked for speaking Polish

A Polish cleaner has sued Telemark Hospital in south-eastern Norway after she was sacked from her job in August for speaking her native language during breaks.

Israel: selling subs to Egypt endangers us
Germany

Israel: selling subs to Egypt endangers us

Israeli defence experts have appealed against German plans to sell two modern submarines to Egypt, saying it would upset the balance of power in the Middle East.

Free artists evicted from Berlin city centre icon
Germany

Free artists evicted from Berlin city centre icon

Artists at the iconic Berlin squatted cultural centre Tacheles were evicted on Tuesday by the bank which owns the building. After years of legal battles, the artists left without a fight, saying they were sad and angry.

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France

Baby for sale: police launch probe over ad

An advert for the sale six-month-old baby with the “price up for negotiation” found on a French personal ads website is being investigated by police.

Reclining seat row sparked Swiss plane fight
Switzerland

Reclining seat row sparked Swiss plane fight

A fight between Chinese passengers that forced the return on Sunday to Zurich of a Swiss International Air Lines plane bound for Beijing was sparked by an alcohol-fuelled dispute over a reclining seat, a news website says.

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Sweden

Swedish service launches ‘Spotify for TV’

Swedish cloud-based TV service Magine launched a Spotify-like channel but for television on Monday, where viewers can choose exactly which programmes they want to watch and when.

Federer gets walkover into US Open quarters
Switzerland

Federer gets walkover into US Open quarters

Roger Federer said he was sorry to see US Open last-16 opponent Mardy Fish withdraw from the tournament on health grounds, a decision which allowed the Swiss a walkover into the quarter-finals.

Nordea predicts mixed prospects for Sweden
Sweden

Nordea predicts mixed prospects for Sweden

The Swedish economy is going to be improving slowly over the next few years, and it will be households keeping the wheels turning, according to a new outlook report from Swedish bank Nordea.

Kohl has heart surgery to tackle health problems
Germany

Kohl has heart surgery to tackle health problems

Former Chancellor Helmut Kohl has had heart surgery to fit a new valve and a pacemaker, it was confirmed this week.

Police find body of missing teen
Norway

Police find body of missing teen

Police in Oslo confirmed on Tuesday evening that a body found in an industrial zone the night before was that of missing 16-year-old Sigrid Giskegjerde Schjetne.

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Switzerland

Swiss output down in second quarter

Swiss output fell 0.1 percent in the second quarter compared to the previous three months as the strong Swiss franc hurt exports, the economy ministry said Tuesday.

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Sweden

81-year-old man falls from hospital window

An elderly man has sustained serious injuries after falling five metres from a hospital window in western Sweden on Monday night.

Murderer found on cruise 13 years after escape
Germany

Murderer found on cruise 13 years after escape

A convicted murderer who had been on the run for 13 years was arrested on a luxury cruise ship in northern Germany – after he assumed he was untouchable because the boat was flying under a Panamanian flag.

Geneva goes green with new ‘cleantech’ centre
Switzerland

Geneva goes green with new ‘cleantech’ centre

Federal cabinet minister Doris Leuthard joined Geneva officials on Monday for the inauguration of a “cleantech” centre in the canton that aims to attract environmental technology businesses.

Lufthansa strikes hit Frankfurt, Berlin, Munich
Germany

Lufthansa strikes hit Frankfurt, Berlin, Munich

Lufthansa cabin staff went on strike in Frankfurt, Munich and Berlin on Tuesday. 350 flights were cancelled, affecting more than 43,000 passengers-- significantly more than the 26,000 impacted by Friday's strike, which was limited to Frankfurt.

Women managers still rare and earning less
Germany

Women managers still rare and earning less

The number of women managers has risen over the past decade in Germany - but they are still earning significantly less than their male counterparts, a new study shows.

Britain invites Ecuador to resume Assange talks
Sweden

Britain invites Ecuador to resume Assange talks

Britain wants to resume talks with Ecuador and find a diplomatic solution to the standoff over WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as soon as possible, Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Monday.