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Switzerland

Domestic row triggered hair salon deaths: report

A 40-year-old woman was shot dead at a hairdressers in the canton of Aargau on Wednesday by a man believed to be her husband, who then turned the gun on himself.

Hackers’ new target: Sweden’s Riksbank
Sweden

Hackers’ new target: Sweden’s Riksbank

Hacktivist network Anonymous followed through on threats to direct a cyber attack against Sweden’s Riksbank on Wednesday night in retaliation for Monday's raid on PRQ - previous hosts to The Pirate Bay and WikiLeaks.

Le Pen slammed by students over Roma jibe
France

Le Pen slammed by students over Roma jibe

A French Jewish student group said Wednesday it had filed a legal complaint against far-right icon Jean-Marie Le Pen after he made a pun during a speech comparing Roma to thieves.

China tops UK as largest armagnac importer
France

China tops UK as largest armagnac importer

China has displaced Britain as the world's biggest importer of armagnac following a spectacular surge in sales of the upmarket brandy produced in southwestern France.

Archduke Joseph gem to fetch ‘at least’ $15m
Switzerland

Archduke Joseph gem to fetch ‘at least’ $15m

One of the world's most historic diamonds, the Archduke Joseph, is up for sale in Geneva with an expected price tag well in excess of $15 million (14 million francs), Christie's auction house said on Wednesday.

Abba announces new Stockholm museum
Sweden

Abba announces new Stockholm museum

An Abba museum is set to open in Stockholm next year, where fans can get a glimpse into the lives and the music of Sweden's most famous pop-music exports of all time.

Politicians pay tribute to ‘East German courage’
Germany

Politicians pay tribute to ‘East German courage’

Germany celebrated 22 years of unity on Wednesday, an event which was marked by a moving speech down in Munich from Bundestag President Norbert Lammert, who called on Europe to go forward together.

French anti-terror law to target training camps
France

French anti-terror law to target training camps

France on Wednesday presented plans for a new anti-terrorism law that will allow authorities to prosecute citizens who attend militant Islamist training camps abroad.

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Sweden

Swede forced to fake stroke to get x-ray

A Swedish man has reported his local hospital after being forced to fake stroke symptoms to finally get an x-ray, following years of debilitating headaches and high blood pressure.

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Sweden

Swede’s Jesus pics fuel Serb gay pride fury

An exhibit of a Swedish artist's controversial photographs depicting Jesus surrounded by gay men has prompted calls to ban a gay pride festival in Serbia where Swedish Minister for European Affairs Birgitta Ohlsson is scheduled to speak.

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France

Taiwanese pilot killed in fighter jet over France

A Taiwanese pilot died Wednesday when the fighter jet he was flying in France burst into a ball of flames after crashing in a forest, officials said.

Prosecutor drops rape case against politician
Norway

Prosecutor drops rape case against politician

In a decision deemed “devastating” for the 17-year-old girl who claimed she was raped, prosecutors have dropped all charges against the former deputy leader of the Liberal Party, Helge Solum Larsen.

Army officer ‘found to be a neo-Nazi’
Germany

Army officer ‘found to be a neo-Nazi’

An officer in the German army on duty in Afghanistan has been found to be an alleged far-right extremist, it was revealed on Wednesday. He apparently attended neo-Nazi meetings whenever he was in Germany.

Swedish schoolgirls in naked pic nightmare
Sweden

Swedish schoolgirls in naked pic nightmare

Nude pictures of more than 30 Swedish schoolgirls are circulating freely on the internet, sending shockwaves through a small community in eastern Sweden.

Minding the gap: Swedish firms search globe for talent
Sweden

Minding the gap: Swedish firms search globe for talent

It might seem odd that the most modern, high-tech industries are encouraging foreign workers to experience life in the heart of traditional Sweden.

Travel ban for PSG fans headed to Marseille clash
France

Travel ban for PSG fans headed to Marseille clash

The French interior ministry has slapped a ban on individual Paris Saint Germain fans making their way to Marseille for Sunday's top-of-the-table Ligue 1 clash, with only an authorised group of some 400 supporters to be allowed into the Stade Velodrome.

Topless women protest Tunisian rape at Venus de Milo
France

Topless women protest Tunisian rape at Venus de Milo

Members of the topless protest movement Femen rallied at the Louvre Museum in Paris on Wednesday and hung a sign on the Venus de Milo in support of a Tunisian woman allegedly raped by two policemen.

Classic British cars roll to Lake Geneva
Switzerland

Classic British cars roll to Lake Geneva

It started modestly enough 21 years ago, when a 12-member car club in Geneva began looking for ways to attract more enthusiasts.

Volvo Buses to shut down Swedish factory
Sweden

Volvo Buses to shut down Swedish factory

Volvo Buses is closing down its facility in Säffle in central Sweden and concentrate on production in Poland, the company announced on Wednesday, putting 400 jobs at risk.

Orly airport lands €700 million upgrade
France

Orly airport lands €700 million upgrade

Orly airport, the second hub in France, is set for a revamp costing up to €700 million ($900 billion) linking its two terminals with a new building to handle Airbus A380 super jumbo jets, a newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Major German news agency bankrupt
Germany

Major German news agency bankrupt

Germany's second biggest news agency DAPD said on Tuesday it was declaring bankruptcy, in a surprise move that was set to affect 299 of the group's 515 employees.

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France

Far-right blogger fined for anti-gay mayor post

A far-right activist has been fined €6,000 for homophobic remarks about Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoë on his blog.

France begins debate on EU austerity treaty
France

France begins debate on EU austerity treaty

The French parliament Tuesday opened a difficult debate on an EU fiscal pact that is key to efforts to overcome the eurozone debt crisis but which critics slam as austerity forced by Brussels.

Naked ghost driver kills self and daughter
Germany

Naked ghost driver kills self and daughter

A German woman and her young daughter died after driving the wrong way down a motorway and crashing into another vehicle. The incident did not appear to be suicide, police said on Wednesday. They also confirmed that she was naked.

Karabtic declares innocence on Facebook
France

Karabtic declares innocence on Facebook

One of the two brothers at the heart of the handball scandal, Nikola Karabatic, has publicly denied the allegations for the first time on his Facebook page.

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Switzerland

Tunisian stowaway ready to risk Swiss return

A deported 22-year-old Tunisian who stowed in the wheel well of a bus transporting the FC Zurich football team from Tunisia to Switzerland says he would do it again to gain entrance to the mountain country.

Swedish sites hit by new wave of cyber attacks
Sweden

Swedish sites hit by new wave of cyber attacks

Computer hackers claiming to be from the Anonymous network took over the official website of Sweden's National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) on Tuesday night, leaving a profane message for anyone who visited the site.

Handball star charged with fraud in match fixing scandal
France

Handball star charged with fraud in match fixing scandal

France faced calls on Tuesday to crack down on sports betting, as the world's biggest handball star was charged with fraud in a high-profile match-fixing probe.

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France

Court dismisses rape claim between French MEP’s sons

A French appeals court on Tuesday ruled it would not send the son of right-wing nationalist politician Philippe de Villiers to trial on charges of raping his brother.

Booze home delivery kicks off near Stockholm
Sweden

Booze home delivery kicks off near Stockholm

Residents in the Stockholm suburb of Sollentuna will be the first to be able to have alcohol purchases delivered straight to their front doors in a controversial pilot project carried out by state-run liquor store monopoly Systembolaget.

Afghan senate votes to defriend ‘infidel’ France
France

Afghan senate votes to defriend ‘infidel’ France

Afghanistan's senate voted to cut the word "friendship" from a pact with France because Islamic texts say it cannot be used to describe relations between Muslims and infidels, senators said Tuesday.

Trierweiler says sorry
France

Trierweiler says sorry

France’s first lady, Valérie Trierweiler, has spoken for the first time of her regrets over a tweet sent in June revealing a rivalry between her and President François Hollande’s ex wife, Ségolène Royal.

Swiss petition seeks to out Greek tax dodgers
Switzerland

Swiss petition seeks to out Greek tax dodgers

Switzerland could lend help to austerity-hit Greece by sending the names of tax-dodgers to Athens, a petition addressed to the government urged on Tuesday.

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Switzerland

Swiss parties fail in bid to axe foreign tax pacts

Swiss voters will not get a chance to throw out pending tax accords with Germany, Britain and Austria after three parties failed to gather enough signatures to take the issue to a referendum, the government said on Tuesday.

Corrupt police officers ‘taking a cut’ arrested in Marseille
France

Corrupt police officers ‘taking a cut’ arrested in Marseille

Twelve police officers were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of corruption in the southern French city of Marseilles, the latest in a series of cases to tarnish the image of French law enforcement.

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Norway

FARC demands immunity from arrest in Norway

A negotiator for Colombia's FARC rebels demanded "total guarantees" Tuesday that no member of its delegation at upcoming peace talks in Norway would be arrested under pre-existing warrants.

One in five ‘Wessis’ have never been east
Germany

One in five ‘Wessis’ have never been east

Twenty-two years after Germany was reunified, more than one in five from the former west have never visited the former communist east, a poll revealed on the eve of Wednesday's unification day celebrations.

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Oslo and Bern to aid ‘environmental refugees’

People forced to flee their countries by natural disasters find themselves in a legal vacuum where they are considered neither refugees nor migrants, Norway and Switzerland said on Tuesday, as they launched an initiative aimed at protecting them.

Sweden snags top spot in European tax ranking
Sweden

Sweden snags top spot in European tax ranking

Sweden has once again topped the European tax league, boasting a 56.6 marginal tax rate, according to a new report.

Being poor costs years of life even as we all age
Germany

Being poor costs years of life even as we all age

Life expectancy is increasing in Germany, with every other woman now expected to live past her 85th birthday and every man his 80th, but data shows that those not making these milestones are likely to be poor.

Roma refused rentals by Swedish garages: report
Sweden

Roma refused rentals by Swedish garages: report

One out of three petrol stations in Sweden refused to rent cars to people dressed in traditional Roma clothing in a test carried out by a Swedish broadcaster, a practice one former employee attributed to "deep-rooted xenophobia".

Stockholm cop charged over ‘cowboy’ shootout
Sweden

Stockholm cop charged over ‘cowboy’ shootout

Criminal charges were filed on Tuesday against a Stockholm police officer who shot wildly at a gang of thieves as they attempted to flee after robbing a jewellery shop in March. It later emerged that the thieves never filed a single shot.