Topless Kate pics published in Sweden
Sweden

Topless Kate pics published in Sweden

Swedish celebrity magazine Se och Hör published pictures of Prince William's wife Catherine sunbathing topless in a three-page spread that went on sale on newsstands Wednesday.

Qataris seek PSG sponsorship deal
France

Qataris seek PSG sponsorship deal

A Qatari investor is in advanced discussions with Paris Saint-Germain about a 100-million-euro ($130 million) per year sponsorship contract over several seasons, sources in France and Qatar told AFP on Wednesday.

ATM hackers turn to train ticket machines
Germany

ATM hackers turn to train ticket machines

Faced with improved ATM security, German credit card fraudsters have started manipulating train ticket machines to steal PIN numbers and bank details, the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) revealed this week.

Women get 12 years for Oslo axe murder
Norway

Women get 12 years for Oslo axe murder

Two women were sentenced on Wednesday by Oslo district court to 12 years each in jail for the axe murder last year of Hans Rickard Strømner.

Probe launched into GM corn safety
France

Probe launched into GM corn safety

The French government on Wednesday asked the country's health watchdog to carry out a probe, possibly leading to EU intervention, after a study said genetically modified corn caused cancer in rats.

Sweden issues Internet Explorer warning
Sweden

Sweden issues Internet Explorer warning

The Swedish government on Wednesday followed Germany in issuing a warning urging computer users to avoid the Internet Explorer browser due to security flaws that leave users vulnerable to hackers.

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France

Jewish shop firebombed in Paris suburb

A Jewish supermarket in a gritty northern Paris suburb was firebombed on Wednesday and one person slightly hurt, officials said.

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Switzerland

UBS accountant recalls rogue trade panic

The accountant who uncovered alleged "rogue trades" by UBS trader Kweku Adoboli told a London court on Wednesday of the panic which swept through the Swiss bank as the defendant's story unravelled.

Graffiti ‘florist’ fined despite flower fans
Germany

Graffiti ‘florist’ fined despite flower fans

A German man who covered his home town in graffiti flowers which became so popular they can now be found on T-shirts and badges, has been fined €12,000.

Sweden to boost foreign student scholarships
Sweden

Sweden to boost foreign student scholarships

In a bid to encourage diversity at Swedish universities, the government wants to double the resources available for scholarships to help students from developing countries study in Sweden.

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Switzerland

Switzerland blocks millions in Uzbek probe

Switzerland has blocked bank accounts containing several hundreds of millions of dollars in a money-laundering probe involving Uzbek nationals, the attorney general's office said Wednesday.

French authorities storm Swiss bank’s HQ

French authorities storm Swiss bank’s HQ

French authorities on Wednesday raided the Paris headquarters of Swiss bank UBS in connection with a probe into alleged tax evasion, a bank spokesman said.

Cabinet agrees law to reduce drugs in meat
Germany

Cabinet agrees law to reduce drugs in meat

The German cabinet gave its support to a new law limiting the use of antibiotics in farm animals, giving states more power to exert tighter control.

Ibra: PSG win over Kiev ‘a statement’ to Europe
Sweden

Ibra: PSG win over Kiev ‘a statement’ to Europe

Swedish star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic said his French team Paris Saint-Germain had sent out a message to the rest of the continent after their 4-1 thumping of Dynamo Kiev in their opening Champions League group game on Tuesday.

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France

Star’s dad reveals secret conversion to Islam

The father of Jean-Luc Delarue, a controversial French television talk show host who died a month ago, says he discovered after his death that his son had converted to Islam.

Bauhaus building named ‘historic hotel of year’
Switzerland

Bauhaus building named ‘historic hotel of year’

A rare example of a hotel designed in the Bauhaus style has been named Switzerland’s “historic hotel of the year” for 2013.

Nurse stuffs tape roll in dementia patient’s mouth
Sweden

Nurse stuffs tape roll in dementia patient’s mouth

An assistant nurse has been reported after forcing a roll of tape into the mouth of a patient with dementia at a Carema-run nursing home in southern Sweden.

France closes embassies amid cartoon fears
France

France closes embassies amid cartoon fears

France stepped up security and appealed for calm Wednesday after a weekly published naked cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad that risked fanning outrage in the Islamic world.

Religious offence – hate speech or free speech?
Germany

Religious offence – hate speech or free speech?

Germany is split on a possible screening of the film which sparked violence in several Islamic countries. It is a free speech versus religious sensibility debate – with fear of violence mixed in. Have your say.

Woman gets out of wheelchair to save drowning senior
Switzerland

Woman gets out of wheelchair to save drowning senior

A disabled 48-year-old woman is being hailed as a hero for leaping out of her wheelchair to save a pensioner who narrowly escaped drowning in a pool at Leukerbad, in the canton of Valais.

Court sides with Porsche against investors
Germany

Court sides with Porsche against investors

A court has rejected two claims from Porsche investors who sued the German luxury sports car firm after its failed merger with the Volkswagen group in 2008 led to large losses.

Afghan interpreters ask Norway for protection
Norway

Afghan interpreters ask Norway for protection

Fearing they will be targeted once NATO troops pull out, Afghan interpreters who have worked closely with Norway’s armed forces have appealed to Oslo to grant them asylum.

Naked prophet cartoons in French magazine
France

Naked prophet cartoons in French magazine

A French satirical magazine published nude cartoons of the Muslim prophet Muhammad Wednesday, a move that could further inflame tensions after violent protests in the Muslim world over an anti-Islam film.

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France

Teacher attacked by teargas at Amiens school

Teachers at a technical high school in Amiens suspended classes on Tuesday afternoon after one of their colleagues was sprayed with teargas.

‘Obscene’ French novel banned in South Korea
France

‘Obscene’ French novel banned in South Korea

South Korea has issued a ban on an erotic novel by the 18th-century French nobleman and writer, the Marquis de Sade, for "extreme obscenity," a Seoul official and publisher said Wednesday.

Electronics retailer Expert goes bankrupt
Sweden

Electronics retailer Expert goes bankrupt

Swedish home electronics chain Expert filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday after cash injections by the owners and strict austerity measures failed to save the company’s finances following several years of losses.

Pirate Bay financier files for bankruptcy
Sweden

Pirate Bay financier files for bankruptcy

Pirate Bay financier and Swedish crispbread heir Carl Lundström, one of four men convicted of facilitating copyright violations for their role in operating the popular filesharing site, has filed for personal bankruptcy.

How Stockholm prof won top research prize
Sweden

How Stockholm prof won top research prize

The prestigious Humboldt Research Award for materials science only went to one person this year, Bo Sundman, a professor in Computational Thermodynamics. The award is granted to researchers in recognition of significant and fundamental discoveries within their disciplines.

Temp giant Adecco sees fall in revenues
Switzerland

Temp giant Adecco sees fall in revenues

The world's biggest temporary employment agency, Adecco, announced on Wednesday a 4.5-percent fall in sales in the first two months of the third quarter.

Ban on speed camera warnings ‘outdated’
Germany

Ban on speed camera warnings ‘outdated’

The current German ban on devices which warn drivers about speed cameras as they approach – giving them a chance to re-enter the speed limit before being caught, could soon be lifted.

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Switzerland

UBS trader hid deals in complex web, jury hears

A trader at leading Swiss bank UBS accused of "gambling away" $2.3 billion hid his "rogue trades" behind a smokescreen of confusion, a jury in London heard on Tuesday.

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Norway

Deep-sea divers demand oil damages from Norway

Seven former deep-sea divers who say their health was damaged during oil industry dives complained to the European rights court on Tuesday that Norway's government had put their lives in danger.

Investors confidence up after months of gloom
Germany

Investors confidence up after months of gloom

Investor sentiment in Germany rose for the first time in five months in September, data showed Tuesday, as the European Central Bank's new bond-buying programme helped boost confidence.

‘It will never happen again’: subway robber
Sweden

‘It will never happen again’: subway robber

Both the thief and the victim in last week’s shocking subway track robbery spoke out on Tuesday, with the thief offering apologies for leaving his target to be hit by a train.

Kik bought clothes from doomed factory
Germany

Kik bought clothes from doomed factory

Discount clothes chain Kik has admitted to getting products made at the factory in Pakistan where nearly 300 workers died in a fire last week, due to basic safety standards being flouted.

Teens sentenced for brutal pensioner attack
Sweden

Teens sentenced for brutal pensioner attack

Two teenage boys have been sentenced to juvenile detention after savagely beating a 61-year-old man into a coma as bystanders looked on in Gothenburg in March.

Dortmund clean up against Ajax Amsterdam
Germany

Dortmund clean up against Ajax Amsterdam

Borussia Dortmund not only kicked off their 2012-13 Champions League campaign with a 1-0 victory over Ajax Amsterdam but Jürgen Klopp's young German side also took a big step forward in their development.

Shopkeepers worry about Christmas profits
Germany

Shopkeepers worry about Christmas profits

It may still be 30 degrees Celsius in parts of Germany, but that hasn't stopped shopkeepers from worrying about their holiday sales.

Riksbank offers negative outlook on eurozone
Sweden

Riksbank offers negative outlook on eurozone

Executives from Sweden's central bank, the Riksbank, gave a dire outlook for the eurozone, saying that political leaders have yet to present any credible solutions for the crisis, minutes of the central bankers' meeting showed Tuesday.