MP takes legal action over Facebook insults
Switzerland

MP takes legal action over Facebook insults

Céline Amaudruz, a Swiss People’s Party (UDC) member of parliament from Geneva, has filed criminal complaints after being described by a youth politician on Facebook as a “stupid bitch” and an “escort girl”.

Kohl pays historic visit to conservative MPs
Germany

Kohl pays historic visit to conservative MPs

Former Chancellor Helmut Kohl made his first appearance in a decade before members of his conservative party in parliament on Tuesday. "These are my roots, here I am at home," he said.

Social Democrats declare ‘war on the banks’
Germany

Social Democrats declare ‘war on the banks’

Germany’s centre-left Social Democrats kicked off their election campaign with what was described as a declaration of war on the banks, sparking fears in the sector that it could force the conservatives to follow suit.

Noisy sex no problem for Swedes: study
Sweden

Noisy sex no problem for Swedes: study

Only one out of four Swedes who hear their neighbours having sex are bothered enough to do anything about it, according to a new study.

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Sweden

‘Sweden must do more to combat racism’

Although much has improved in Sweden, there is still a lot to be done to combat racism and xenophobia, according to a new report from human rights organization the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI).

Retailers fear impact of cash firm liquidation
Sweden

Retailers fear impact of cash firm liquidation

News that bankrupt cash transport firm Panaxia will face immediate liquidation has sent shock waves through the Swedish retailing industry, sparking fears about the negative impact the company's demise will have on Sweden's cash handling industry.

French court upholds verdict in Total Erika disaster
France

French court upholds verdict in Total Erika disaster

France's top court on Tuesday upheld energy giant Total's conviction for negligence in a 1999 shipwreck and oil spill that blackened much of the country's Atlantic coastline.

Player death threat mars Swedish football match
Sweden

Player death threat mars Swedish football match

A match between rival south Sweden football clubs was nearly called off on Monday after supporters from Helsingborg unfurled a banner calling for the murder of a player on opposing side Malmö FF.

French lawmakers lose perks in austerity drive
France

French lawmakers lose perks in austerity drive

France, facing a €30 billion gap in public finances, announced its latest austerity move Tuesday with the parliamentary budget frozen for five years and lawmakers' expenses cut by 10%.

Pastor drops dead in front of wedding couple
Germany

Pastor drops dead in front of wedding couple

A fairytale wedding in southern Bavaria at the weekend turned into a nightmare when the pastor dropped dead in front of the happy couple before they could say “I do.”

Finding grace in Alpine avian acrobatics
Germany

Finding grace in Alpine avian acrobatics

Germany has lynxes and even wolves, as well as dramatic bird life such as red kites. But Patrick Howse went up a Bavarian mountain to revisit some crow relatives – and found himself again dazzled by their acrobatics.

Fashion week pulls into Paris station
France

Fashion week pulls into Paris station

A hidden walkway, high up behind the clock of the Gare de l'Est station, was the unlikely setting for the first show of Paris Fashion Week, as Impasse de la Defense kicked off the nine-day rollercoaster.

Swiss central bank buys eurozone debt: S&P
Switzerland

Swiss central bank buys eurozone debt: S&P

The Swiss central bank (SNB) is shoring up the eurozone's government bond market and holding down the interest rates which five key countries pay to borrow, ratings agency Standard & Poor's estimated on Tuesday.

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France

Child pickpocket group arrested in Paris raid

French police on Tuesday raided three Roma camps in the gritty northern Paris suburbs and detained 10 people for forcing children into pickpocketing in the capital's metro network.

Rwandan pleads not guilty in genocide case
Norway

Rwandan pleads not guilty in genocide case

A 47-year-old Rwandan pleaded not guilty on Tuesday in an Oslo court to charges of being complicit in the massacres of more than 2,000 people in his home country, as Norway's first genocide case opened.

French man falsely convicted of child rape gets €800,000
France

French man falsely convicted of child rape gets €800,000

A French court Tuesday ordered nearly €800,000 to be paid in compensation to a former farm worker who spent more than seven years in prison after being falsely convicted of child rape.

Sweden readies for first-ever genocide trial
Sweden

Sweden readies for first-ever genocide trial

A Swede of Rwandan origin suspected of participating in the 1994 massacre of Tutsis in Rwanda will go on trial in Stockholm in November in Sweden's first genocide trial, the prosecutor said Tuesday.

French police toast record cannabis haul
France

French police toast record cannabis haul

French police said Tuesday they had seized more than 3,000 cannabis plants from two illegal planting operations at a warehouse and a former bakery in the Champagne region, in a record haul.

French ministers demand answers over Facebook rumours
France

French ministers demand answers over Facebook rumours

The French government said Tuesday it had summoned Facebook managers to explain rumours that some users' old private messages were being posted publicly on the social network.

Tord, 19, is family’s third lottery millionaire
Norway

Tord, 19, is family’s third lottery millionaire

Tord Oksnes, 19, became the third member of the same family in western Norway to hit the jackpot in the national lottery when he won 12.2 million kroner in last weekend's draw.

Top Telia boss in sex club bribery scandal
Sweden

Top Telia boss in sex club bribery scandal

A high-ranking official from Swedish-Finnish telecom giant TeliaSonera, along with two colleagues, is under investigation for corruption in a scandal that reportedly involves expensive mobile phones, ice hockey and sex club visits, according to a report in the Metro newspaper.

Schumacher under fire for poor track record
Germany

Schumacher under fire for poor track record

Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher is under heavy fire for a series of poor performances which have left him 12th in the drivers’ rankings and his Mercedes team openly talking about ditching him for British driver Lewis Hamilton.

Wage worries feed German consumer jitters
Germany

Wage worries feed German consumer jitters

German consumers are beginning to feel the pinch, a poll showed on Tuesday - the second danger sign for Europe's top economy in two days, after a surprise slump in business monthly confidence ratings.

Swiss MPs back ban on electric heaters
Switzerland

Swiss MPs back ban on electric heaters

MPs in Bern have backed a plan to phase out the use of more than a quarter million electric heaters in Switzerland by 2025.

Outrage leads Stockholm library to drop Tintin ban
Sweden

Outrage leads Stockholm library to drop Tintin ban

Following a storm of media criticism, officials at the Kulturhuset library in Stockholm have reversed their decision to remove Tintin comic books from its shelves, saying the move happened "too fast".

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France

‘Dawn Robber’ Metro thieves finally caught

A band of ‘dawn robbers’, as dubbed by police, have been arrested in Paris following a series of thefts from drunk or sleepy metro passengers.

Season’s first lobster nets record-high price
Sweden

Season’s first lobster nets record-high price

The first lobster caught in Swedish waters this season sold for a record 102,000 kronor ($15,450) per kilo at auction in Gothenburg on Tuesday morning.

Women ‘still stuck at home with the kids’
Germany

Women ‘still stuck at home with the kids’

Many German mothers are finding it difficult to break free of traditional gender roles: A new official study shows that in a number of families, men are still the ones with the careers, while women are responsible for the kids and the kitchen.

UBS ‘seducing’ kids with Red Bull
Switzerland

UBS ‘seducing’ kids with Red Bull

Switzerland’s largest bank is under fire for luring children to open accounts with free drinks of Red Bull and a starting balance of 40 francs ($43).

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France

French drug company to cut 900 jobs

French pharmaceutical group Sanofi said on Tuesday that it intends to shed 900 jobs in France by the end of 2015.

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France

Kosher butcher hurt in veiled woman photo fight

A kosher butcher has been beaten up and injured after taking photos of a veiled woman - who wandered into his shop in north-east Paris to take photos of him.

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France

Death threats and new editions stoke mag row

An inquiry has been launched after graffitied death threats to satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo were found in the town of Albi, in the south of France, as editors reveal they will publish two versions of the paper this week: a "responsible" and an "irresponsible" one.

Norway and Canada club together on EU seal ban
Norway

Norway and Canada club together on EU seal ban

Norway and Canada have asked the World Trade Organization to form a group of experts to look at the European Union's ban on seal products, which the two countries oppose.

Family in Libya nuke case to avoid more jail
Switzerland

Family in Libya nuke case to avoid more jail

A family of Swiss engineers accused of helping Libya build up an illegal nuclear weapons programme will escape further jail time after prosecutors asked on Monday for sentences of less than their time already served.

Ryanair plane lands unexpectedly in Berlin
Germany

Ryanair plane lands unexpectedly in Berlin

A Ryanair plane had to make an unscheduled landing in Berlin on Monday, the airline confirmed, after it developed a technical defect on the way from London to Bratislava.

Tintin comics ‘too racist’ for Stockholm library
Sweden

Tintin comics ‘too racist’ for Stockholm library

Popular comic book series Tintin has been taken off the shelves at a Stockholm library after staff members slammed the portrayal of other cultures as "Afro-phobic".

German killer granny jailed for 21 years in US
Germany

German killer granny jailed for 21 years in US

A German woman who drowned her five-year-old grandson in the bath to “save him from growing up with divorced parents” escaped the death sentence on Monday, after a US court sentenced her to 21 years in jail for manslaughter.

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Sweden

Swedish primary school torched by ‘vandals’

Police suspect that a fire that ravaged a high school in Falkenberg, southern Sweden, on Monday night was purposely lit.

One arrested after man shot in southern Sweden
Sweden

One arrested after man shot in southern Sweden

A man is seriously injured after he was shot in Helsingborg, southern Sweden, on Monday evening, with police arresting one man in connection with the crime.

Accused: jail better than my neighbour
Germany

Accused: jail better than my neighbour

A pensioner flipped out and shot his neighbour and the car of a passerby who tried to help him, after months of hassle about a noisy dog and loud music, a Berlin court heard on Monday.