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France

Teacher escapes jail for sex with student, 14

A retired teacher received a one-year suspended prison sentence from a Grenoble court on Tuesday for having repeated sexual relations with a 14-year-old girl.

Vaud police seek help over dead man’s identity
Switzerland

Vaud police seek help over dead man’s identity

More than two weeks after the discovery of a dead man on a forest trail in the northern part of Vaud, cantonal police have issued an appeal for help in identifying him.

eBay bans sale of French magazine Closer
France

eBay bans sale of French magazine Closer

US Internet auction giant eBay is banning sales of copies of French magazine Closer that feature photos of Prince William's wife Catherine topless, the website said on Tuesday.

Next-door Liechtenstein: familiar yet different
Switzerland

Next-door Liechtenstein: familiar yet different

Keen to explore the miniature monarchy next door, our Switzerland-based contributor Catherine McLean slipped over the border to Liechtenstein this summer to see what makes the tiny principality tick.

Reinfeldt ignored foreign policy, climate: expert
Sweden

Reinfeldt ignored foreign policy, climate: expert

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt’s government declaration on Tuesday focused on investment and unity, but barely touched on foreign policy and climate, argued political scientist Malena Rosén Sundström.

Valls: These protests are forbidden
France

Valls: These protests are forbidden

Calls surfaced Tuesday on social networks for Muslims in France to defy an official ban and hold fresh protests over an anti-Islam film that has sparked violent reactions across the world.

Sweden braces for frosty autumn chill
Sweden

Sweden braces for frosty autumn chill

Falling temperatures are set to blanket much of Sweden with overnight frost in the coming days, according to forecasters, who add that residents shouldn't get their hopes up about a possible return of balmy summer weather.

Switzerland set to avoid recession: agency
Switzerland

Switzerland set to avoid recession: agency

Switzerland is to dodge recession, a government body said on Tuesday as it lowered its 2012 growth forecast to 1.0 percent, but warned the global slowdown will cause a rise in unemployment.

Sarkozy succession becomes two-horse race
France

Sarkozy succession becomes two-horse race

The battle to succeed former president Nicolas Sarkozy at the head of France's main centre-right party came down to a two-horse race on Tuesday after former minister Bruno Le Maire announced he would not stand.

Norway probes leak on BP platform
Norway

Norway probes leak on BP platform

Norwegian authorities said Tuesday they have opened an investigation into a "substantial" oil and gas leak on a production platform operated by BP off the coast of Norway.

Nearly a third of vertebrate species at risk
Germany

Nearly a third of vertebrate species at risk

Nearly a third of vertebrate animal species in Germany are threatened with extinction, while seven percent have already died out, new figures show.

‘Olof Palme was more American than Swedish’
Sweden

‘Olof Palme was more American than Swedish’

With a new film once again turning Swedes' attention toward Olof Palme, historian and political commentator David Linden argues the assassinated Swedish Prime Minister was, in many ways, more of an American politician than a Swedish one.

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Norway

Man arrested for rape of elderly women

A 35-year-old Romanian man has been arrested in Paris in connection with the brutal assault and rape of two elderly women in the Oslo area.

Bundesbank chief stands up to finance minister
Germany

Bundesbank chief stands up to finance minister

German central bank chief Jens Weidmann defended his criticism of the European Central Bank's latest anti-crisis strategy after a tongue-lashing from Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble.

Bishop backtracks over gay incest jibe
France

Bishop backtracks over gay incest jibe

A French archbishop who claimed gay marriage could lead to incest or polygamy partially backtracked Tuesday following a furore over comments he claims were misinterpreted.

‘We can afford to invest in Sweden’: Reinfeldt
Sweden

‘We can afford to invest in Sweden’: Reinfeldt

Sweden's parliament officially opened on Tuesday with sombre remembrances, royal reflections, and a promise from Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt that the goverment would "invest in Sweden".

Beware of poisoned Czech liquor: ministry
Germany

Beware of poisoned Czech liquor: ministry

German authorities are warning drinkers of the risk of poisoned liquor from the Czech Republic after at least 20 people died there from high-proof alcohol poisoned with methanol.

Dewani’s improved health may lead to earlier trial
Sweden

Dewani’s improved health may lead to earlier trial

The mental health of Shrien Dewani, wanted in South Africa over his wife's murder on their honeymoon, is improving, a British court heard Tuesday in a development that could speed up his extradition.

Germany and Poland: EU needs more democracy
Germany

Germany and Poland: EU needs more democracy

EU heavyweight Germany and rising power Poland backed the idea of the 27-nation bloc's leaders being elected by its citizens, amid concerns about a democratic shortfall and euro-scepticism fuelled by the debt crisis.

Ryanair defends actions toward ‘stranded’ Swedes
Sweden

Ryanair defends actions toward ‘stranded’ Swedes

Ryanair has responded to the Swedish family "forced" to find their own way home from Croatia after a cancelled flight, explaining that the budget airline company had indeed emailed them with alternate arrangements.

French Judge bans topless Kate pictures
France

French Judge bans topless Kate pictures

A French court on Tuesday banned Closer magazine from any further publication or resale of topless pictures of Prince William's wife Catherine.

Saint Gallen uni ranked tops for management
Switzerland

Saint Gallen uni ranked tops for management

For the second year running, the University of Saint Gallen has been rated the best in the world for its masters in management programme.

Ikea aims to double in size by 2020
Sweden

Ikea aims to double in size by 2020

Swedish furniture giant Ikea has robust finances despite the economic crisis and will more than double the pace of its new store openings, company officials told a Swedish newspaper on Tuesday.

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France

French management schools top rankings

Not for the first time, French schools dominate a list of the world’s best places to study business management.

Boozy dieters shed kilos the ‘Schrothkur’ way
Germany

Boozy dieters shed kilos the ‘Schrothkur’ way

How do you convince thousands of middle-aged, ‘robust’ Germans to give up bratwurst and bread and agree to being wrapped in freezing towels every day at 4 am? The answer is alcohol, Jenny Hoff discovered.

Plagiarism on the rise at Swedish universities
Sweden

Plagiarism on the rise at Swedish universities

Some 800 students were suspended or received a formal warning due to cheating at Swedish universities last year, an increase of 5 percent compared to 2010, according to a new report from the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education (Högskoleverket).

Stockholm’s Sweden Bookshop closes down
Sweden

Stockholm’s Sweden Bookshop closes down

Stockholm’s Sweden Bookshop, a store run by the Swedish Institute that sold books about Sweden in other languages, closed down on Friday with the remaining stock to be sold online.

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Switzerland

Muslims plan Bern rally against US video

Swiss Islamic groups are planning a rally in Bern to protest a US-produced anti-Islam film that has sparked violent demonstrations in North Africa and the Middle East.

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France

Ex-Elf boss charged over fraud probe

The former head of French oil giant Elf, Loik Le Floch-Prigent, has been charged with accessory to fraud in the West African nation of Togo after appearing before a judge, his lawyer said Tuesday.

Army lures Bravo readers with ‘free’ trips
Germany

Army lures Bravo readers with ‘free’ trips

The German army is raising eyebrows with a controversial recruitment strategy that some claim makes military service look like a vacation.

WWII bomb blast damages two houses
Germany

WWII bomb blast damages two houses

An American World War II bomb left a huge crater in a pedestrian zone and two houses seriously damaged – but no-one injured – after experts conducted a controlled explosion on Monday night in western Germany.

Millions ‘missing’ in wake of cash firm bankruptcy
Sweden

Millions ‘missing’ in wake of cash firm bankruptcy

Several Swedish retailers face closing down after hundreds of millions of kronor have disappeared in connection with the bankruptcy of secure cash transport firm Panaxia, responsible for transferring their takings.

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France

Pensioner dies in wrong-way collision

Two people were injured, one seriously, after an 87-year-old man drove a car in the wrong direction on a ring road encircling Bordeaux.

Probe begins over topless Kate pictures
France

Probe begins over topless Kate pictures

French prosecutors said Tuesday they had begun investigating whether a gossip magazine and a photographer broke the law by publishing topless pictures of Prince William's wife Catherine.

Iconic toyseller Hamleys gets French owners
France

Iconic toyseller Hamleys gets French owners

The 250-year-old British toy retailer Hamleys was taken over by French toy distributor Ludendo for a reported €75 million (£60 million, $98 million) on Monday.

Swedish docs in ‘world first’ womb transplant
Sweden

Swedish docs in ‘world first’ womb transplant

The world’s first uterine transplant between a mother and daughter was successfully achieved in a Gothenburg hospital on the weekend, when two daughters were given their mothers' uteri.

One in ten graduating in Germany is foreign
Germany

One in ten graduating in Germany is foreign

One in ten students graduating in Germany is a foreigner, latest figures show – a trebling of numbers since 2000, with the most popular place to learn being Berlin.

Subway robber probed for 50 other crimes
Sweden

Subway robber probed for 50 other crimes

Police suspect the 28-year-old man who admitted to robbing an unconscious man and leaving him on the tracks of a subway station near Stockholm may have committed as many as 50 similar crimes.

Germany’s rich get richer despite crisis
Germany

Germany’s rich get richer despite crisis

The financial crisis can't touch them - Germany's richest just keep getting richer. Top earners' salaries are up, but the bottom 40 percent of full-time employees are earning less after wages were adjusted for inflation.

‘Norway needs separate jails for foreigners’
Norway

‘Norway needs separate jails for foreigners’

Norway’s Conservative Party (Høyre) has called for the construction of rudimentary new jails for foreign criminals.

Supreme Court to review disputed mining permit
Sweden

Supreme Court to review disputed mining permit

Sweden's Supreme Court (Högsta domstolen) gave hope to environmental activists on Monday when it announced it would review a the validity of a permit allowing mining company Nordkalk to open a limestone quarry in Gotland's Ojnare forest.

Internet Explorer security problems – warning
Germany

Internet Explorer security problems – warning

The government has warned against using newer Internet Explorer browser due to serious security problems which it expects to be targeted by hackers.

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Switzerland

‘Nature’s antibiotic’ kills TB: Swiss study

Lab-dish tests in Switzerland have raised hopes that a soil bacterium identified nearly 60 years ago could be a "very selective killer" of the germ that causes tuberculosis, a European journal reported on Monday.

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France

Guards thrash boy over chocolate theft

Two security guards from a Toulouse supermarket face assault charges for allegedly beating up a 12-year-old boy caught stealing a chocolate bar.

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Sweden

New plan to ease refugee housing problems

The government wants to overhaul how it rewards municipalities that help refugees find housing quickly in an effort to hasten the process of acclimating to life in Sweden.