William and Kate sue French mag
France

William and Kate sue French mag

Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine on Friday launched a lawsuit against French magazine Closer for breaching their right to privacy by printing topless pictures of her, sources told AFP.

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France

Experts: French privacy laws ‘toothless’

France has one of the world's toughest privacy laws on paper, but the legislation is effectively toothless because the fines for breaching it are miniscule, legal experts and journalists say.

Norway wins cigarette display case
Norway

Norway wins cigarette display case

Tobacco giant Philip Morris has failed in its bid to have a Norwegian ban on the display of cigarettes in stores overturned.

‘They were the longest days of our lives’
Sweden

‘They were the longest days of our lives’

Swedish journalists Johan Persson and Martin Schibbye, home after spending the past 14 months in a prison in Ethiopia, told reporters chilling details about their ordeal during a press conference in Stockholm on Friday.

Germans get ‘hot dating fun’ rather than iPhone
Germany

Germans get ‘hot dating fun’ rather than iPhone

Germans who wanted to reserve a new iPhone and called a number given out by Deutsche Telekom landed instead at an adult dating hotline advertised as “hot dating fun” after the wrong number was sent out.

New film tackles Olof Palme’s complex legacy
Sweden

New film tackles Olof Palme’s complex legacy

With their much-anticipated documentary about Sweden's slain Prime Minister Olof Palme set to open in cinemas across the country on Friday, the film's directors talk to The Local about Swedes' love-hate relationship with the controversial politician.

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France

Illegal cabbie gets life for Swedish student murder

Bruno Cholet, a serial rapist who operated an illegal taxi in Paris, was sentenced to life on Friday for the brutal 2008 murder of Swedish student Susanna Zetterberg.

Pirate Bay co-founder remanded into custody
Sweden

Pirate Bay co-founder remanded into custody

Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg has been remanded into custody on suspicion of hacking into a Swedish IT security company and accessing confidential information from the Swedish Tax Authority (Skatteverket).

Chilly, rainy days to dominate next few weeks
Germany

Chilly, rainy days to dominate next few weeks

Cooler temperatures and scattered showers will be the theme of the weekend for most of Germany, with the exception of Sunday, when the sun should peek through, national weather service the DWD said on Friday.

ECB boss offers to explain euro plan to MPs
Germany

ECB boss offers to explain euro plan to MPs

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi has offered to come to the lower house of the German parliament to explain his euro rescue plans. But MPs do not want him to speak in the chamber.

Oslo is world’s priciest city: study
Norway

Oslo is world’s priciest city: study

Oslo, Zurich and Tokyo are the world's most expensive cities, but it is in the Swiss financial capital that residents enjoy the strongest purchasing power, according to a study published Friday.

Germany condemns film as mob burns embassy
Germany

Germany condemns film as mob burns embassy

Germany condemned what the foreign minister called a hate video on Friday after thousands of protesters in the Sudanese capital Khartoum stormed the German embassy and set it on fire in fury.

Slain Swede’s accused killer sentenced to life
Sweden

Slain Swede’s accused killer sentenced to life

An illegal Paris taxi driver was sentenced by a French court on Friday to life in prison for the brutal murder of a Swedish student four years ago.

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Switzerland

UBS trader ‘gambled away’ $2.3 billion

A trader "gambled away" $2.3 of leading Swiss bank UBS's money, causing "chaos and disaster", his trial in London heard on Friday.

More bears, wolves on the prowl in Switzerland
Switzerland

More bears, wolves on the prowl in Switzerland

Wild animals including bears, wolves and jackals are on the increase in Switzerland, a government agency said Friday, as it reported a spike in the figures across the country.

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Switzerland

Swiss paedophile, 81, jailed in Cambodia

A Cambodian court on Friday jailed an 81-year-old Swiss man after he had paid sex with a 13-year-old boy, his lawyer and a child rights group said.

Zurich has world’s highest wages: study
Switzerland

Zurich has world’s highest wages: study

Oslo, Zurich and Tokyo are the world's most expensive cities, but it is in the Swiss financial capital that residents enjoy the strongest purchasing power, according to a study published Friday.

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France

William and Kate’s fury over topless photos

Prince William and his wife Catherine reacted with fury Friday after a French magazine printed topless photos of her, saying it evoked painful memories of press harassment of William's mother Diana.

Stranded climbers found on Swedish mountain
Sweden

Stranded climbers found on Swedish mountain

Two inexperienced climbers who reported being stranded high up on the Syter peaks in Sweden's Tärna mountains on Thursday have been found alive, with a rescue mission on the way.

Whistle-blower sues Siemens over ‘threats’
Germany

Whistle-blower sues Siemens over ‘threats’

A man from Argentina has accused Siemens of sending people to beat him up when he threatened to expose a corrupt deal. The former government worker is now suing the German tech giant for $100 million in the US.

‘We feel good and are incredibly relieved’
Sweden

‘We feel good and are incredibly relieved’

Reporters Johan Persson and Martin Schibbye are home again after 14 months in Ethiopian prison, telling press at Arlanda airport in Stockholm that it feels “incredibly nice” to be in a country where they could “speak freely” again.

Germany boosts security at embassies after riots
Germany

Germany boosts security at embassies after riots

Germany’s foreign ministry said on Friday it had stepped up security at its diplomatic missions in the Muslim world, in the wake of violent protests sparked by a film mocking Islam that was released on the internet.

Volvo slashes consultant staff, pressures suppliers
Sweden

Volvo slashes consultant staff, pressures suppliers

Volvo Cars announced Friday it would cut up to 400 temporary consultant positions and has reportedly issued an ultimatum to its Swedish suppliers to slash prices by a fifth before 2015.

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France

‘Men for sale’ in temporary Paris shop

In the centre of Paris a pop-up shop has had a unique delivery of stock – 10 men, all looking for love.

Wolves freak out soldier with stalking game
Germany

Wolves freak out soldier with stalking game

A German soldier lost his nerve when three young wolves followed him on a night exercise, stopping when he stopped and getting closer when he carried on walking – just like a game of “What’s the time Mr Wolf?”

Merkel: gay footballers should have no fear
Germany

Merkel: gay footballers should have no fear

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday became the latest high-profile figure to tell gay footballers they should have no fear of revealing their homosexuality.

Scowling hotel boss wins sacking payout
France

Scowling hotel boss wins sacking payout

The manager of the Sofitel in Cannes has won €115,000 in damages after suing the company for firing her because she failed to smile at the customers.

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Sweden

New footage of ‘ruthless’ subway robber

The pickpocket who stole an unconscious man’s valuables while the victim was lying unconscious on Stockholm subway tracks is suspected of having robbed another man according to newly released security video.

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France

Million-euro ruby heist ‘close to being solved’

A heist involving a €1 million ruby and a stolen cheque from the French BNP-Parisbas bank is finally close to being solved by police after a man turned himself in, claiming he was part of the gang implied.

Swedish economy fails to meet growth forecast
Sweden

Swedish economy fails to meet growth forecast

Sweden's second-quarter seasonally adjusted economic growth was far weaker than expected, with expansion at just 0.7 percent instead of 1.4 percent as previously forecast, official data showed on Friday.

New sex trade union targets price cutting
Switzerland

New sex trade union targets price cutting

Switzerland’s first union for male and female prostitutes launched on Thursday following a founding meeting in Geneva’s red light district.

More porpoises die in North Sea than normal
Germany

More porpoises die in North Sea than normal

The number of harbour porpoises washing up dead on Germany’s North Sea beaches has been unusually high this year, sparking concern among environmentalists who are trying to figure out what has been killing them.

Neo-Nazi gang’s TNT man ‘talked to cops’
Germany

Neo-Nazi gang’s TNT man ‘talked to cops’

The neo-Nazi terror gang accused of ten murders, and whose exposure shocked the country and left authorities scrambling to explain their inaction, got explosives from a police informant, it emerged on Thursday.

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Norway

Rwandan accused in first Norway genocide trial

Norway will try a 47-year-old Rwandan for his alleged role in the 1994 genocide in his home country, a court in Oslo announced on Thursday.

French writer quits job over Breivik essay

French writer quits job over Breivik essay

A writer who argued in an essay that Norway deserved mass-killer Anders Behring Breivik has stepped down from a post with top French publishers Gallimard, the company said Thursday.

Soldier under fire for classified Facebook post
Sweden

Soldier under fire for classified Facebook post

A Swedish soldier who filmed his colleagues at work in a restricted area and then posted the footage on Facebook is now facing charges of crimes against national security and a potential dismissal from the Armed Forces.

Ethiopia denies fake footage claims
Sweden

Ethiopia denies fake footage claims

Ethiopian officials deny the claim that they faked footage in order to get the two jailed Swedish reporters Martin Schibbye and Johan Persson convicted of terror charges, in interview with national Swedish broadcaster Sveriges Radio (SR).

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Sweden

Rescuers race to find lost Swedish climbers

Two inexperienced climbers who reported being stranded high up on the Syter peaks in Sweden's Tärna mountains on Thursday have yet to be found as fears about impending bad weather mount.

Court: saying ‘no’ not enough to stop sex
Germany

Court: saying ‘no’ not enough to stop sex

A German teenager who said she was raped by a 31-year-old man was told by the judge she had not defended herself enough for the law to convict him – simply saying no was not enough.

Swedish victim was beaten by violent son
Sweden

Swedish victim was beaten by violent son

The oldest victim of last week's shooting of three members of the same family had for years suffered from beatings at the hands of her mentally unstable son, say legal documents obtained by AFP.