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Swiss freeze money of Alp shooting victims

Swiss authorities have seized money in a Geneva bank account linked to a British couple of Iraqi origin killed last month in the French Alps, a Swiss daily reported on Friday.

Kosovar knife man gets 7 years for wrestler attack
Switzerland

Kosovar knife man gets 7 years for wrestler attack

A Kosovar man was sentenced on Friday to seven years in jail for the attempted murder last summer of an Alpine wrestler who had his throat slit during an altercation at an Interlaken restaurant.

Attack on Malmö Jewish centre ruled a hate crime
Sweden

Attack on Malmö Jewish centre ruled a hate crime

The explosion outside a Jewish community centre in Malmö last week is now being investigated as a hate crime, a move welcomed by the Swedish Committee Against Anti-Semitism.

Stockholm gears up for ‘tweed’ bike event
Sweden

Stockholm gears up for ‘tweed’ bike event

A unique collection of old-fashioned cyclists are set to hit the streets of Stockholm on Saturday to pay homage to a bygone era of fashion and foot-powered fun.

More Germans working second jobs
Germany

More Germans working second jobs

New statistics from the Federal Employment Agency show that more and more Germans are being forced to take on a second job, with some saying one job just isn't enough to make ends meet these days.

Talks tank over BAE and EADS merger
France

Talks tank over BAE and EADS merger

Talks to merge aerospace group EADS and defence contractor BAE Systems are deadlocked, sources close to the talks said on Friday, with the governments of France, Germany and Britain at odds over the outcome.

Teacher banned from sending kids shopping
Germany

Teacher banned from sending kids shopping

The Education Ministry of the tiny southwestern state of Saarland has put a stop to an unorthodox kind of home economics lesson at a village primary school.

S&M couple tried to extort bondage banker
Switzerland

S&M couple tried to extort bondage banker

A dominatrix and her partner were each handed twelve-month suspended sentences on Friday for seeking to extort 250,000 francs ($268,000) from a Geneva-based banker.

New attack knocks out government sites
Sweden

New attack knocks out government sites

The websites of several Swedish government agencies were knocked offline at 2.30pm on Friday afternoon, the time at which hacktivist network Anonymous warned it would launch a cyber attack against Swedish state interests.

Asia and Middle East scoop up French debt
France

Asia and Middle East scoop up French debt

Half of France's newly-issued debt this year is being bought by investors from Asia and the Middle East, a sharp increase from a only a third the previous year, the head of France's debt management agency said Friday.

Marseille police hit by corruption ‘gangrene’
France

Marseille police hit by corruption ‘gangrene’

Twelve police officers in crime-ridden Marseille appeared in court Friday on suspicion of corruption, extortion and drug dealing as a prosecutor said there was "overwhelming" proof of guilt.

Parents outraged over school photo ‘retouching’
Sweden

Parents outraged over school photo ‘retouching’

A school portrait photography company that offers to “retouch” the children’s photos has come under fire in northern Sweden, leaving the photographers surprised and several parents fuming.

Welcome to the wet, windy weekend
Germany

Welcome to the wet, windy weekend

Wet, windy weather will be welcoming in October over the weekend in Germany, as reports from national forecast service DWD advise either digging out the rubber boots and anoraks – or just staying indoors.

Police nab ‘Oktoberfest rapist’ seven years later
Germany

Police nab ‘Oktoberfest rapist’ seven years later

It took seven years, but Munich police say they may have finally found the man who raped a teenage girl on the sidewalk on her way home from the Oktoberfest festival back in 2005.

Norwegian dads to get 14 weeks of parental leave
Norway

Norwegian dads to get 14 weeks of parental leave

Norway is to extend the amount of parental leave reserved for dads to 14 weeks, bringing the period that can be claimed by both parents on full pay to 49 weeks, a coalition member party said on Friday.

Merkel’s party ‘at most popular for four years’
Germany

Merkel’s party ‘at most popular for four years’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives are at their highest level in the polls in four years, a survey showed on Friday, despite her centre-left challenger launching his campaign to replace her next year.

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France

French traveller ID law ruled ‘discriminatory’

France's Constitutional Court Friday scrapped a law requiring members of travelling communities to update papers they are required to carry every three months, ruling it was discriminatory.

Retrial for Södertälje gang murder case
Sweden

Retrial for Södertälje gang murder case

A retrial has been ordered in a massive gang war trial in Södertälje south of Stockholm after one of the lay judges was found to be biased. The ruling puts 18 convictions, including that of a suspected gang leader, in doubt.

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France

French comedian fined for racial insult

A popular French comedian was been fined €2,000 on Thursday for a racially insulting a bouncer after one of his shows on the Champs Elysées.

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France

Most French ‘do not regret’ Sarkozy

A new poll has revealed the majority of the French do not regret Sarkozy’s five years in office.

‘Sluts’ ready to march on Geneva
Switzerland

‘Sluts’ ready to march on Geneva

Geneva will play host on Saturday to Switzerland’s first ever ‘SlutWalk’, as demonstrators plan to ram home their anti-rape message while dressed in mini-skirts and high heels.

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Sweden

North Koreans in Sweden on ‘discreet’ trade visit

A business and trade delegation from North Korea has been in Sweden learning about its economy and visiting companies, banks and state agencies, Swedish Radio reported on Friday.

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France

Alsace blue honey traced to M&M factory

Beekeepers producing blue and green honey in the Alsace region have traced the cause of the problem to an unlikely source - a local M&M factory.

Aldi recalls salmon salad after salmonella scare
Germany

Aldi recalls salmon salad after salmonella scare

German discount supermarket Aldi has recalled a salmon salad over fears it may contain salmonella bacteria. Customers were told not to consume the product via the Aldi website on Thursday evening.

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France

Chinese people now welcome at new hotel

The boss of French clothing firm Zadig & Voltaire has apologised for saying that Chinese tourists would not be welcome at an exclusive new hotel planned by the company in Paris.

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Sweden

Swedish teen’s rape story video: English translation

On Thursday, 14-year-old Lovisa Nystrand from Linköping in central Sweden published a video on Facebook entitled "How it all happened" in which she tells of being raped by a friend.

Transfusion tragedy as baby gets hepatitis C
Sweden

Transfusion tragedy as baby gets hepatitis C

A baby with heart problems was infected with hepatitis C on Thursday after a blood transfusion in a Gothenburg hospital.

One in ten French to be jobless by end of year
France

One in ten French to be jobless by end of year

Unemployment in mainland France will reach 10.0% in the third quarter of 2012, the first time since 1999, and end the year at 10.2%, an official forecast said on Thursday.

Transparency demands Steinbrück’s income info
Germany

Transparency demands Steinbrück’s income info

The anti-corruption organisation Transparency International have slammed opposition Social Democrats’ chancellor candidate Peer Steinbrück for failing to disclose details surrounding his supplementary income.

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France

French hostage pleads to Hollande for release

A French secret agent held hostage in Somalia urged President Francois Hollande to negotiate his release in a video shot by his Islamist militia captors, a US monitoring group said Thursday.

‘Al-Qaeda bomb’ note grounds Norway plane
Norway

‘Al-Qaeda bomb’ note grounds Norway plane

French authorities on Thursday evacuated a Norwegian Airlines jet about to take off from Nice after a piece of paper with the words "Al-Qaeda bomb" and Arabic inscriptions was found in the hold.

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Switzerland

Swiss to tax family of suicide data thief

Swiss tax authorities want to tax money made in 2010 on stolen information about 1,500 suspected German tax cheats holding bank accounts in Switzerland, media reported on Thursday.

Polish president plays down Swiss quotas
Switzerland

Polish president plays down Swiss quotas

Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski on Thursday downplayed a Swiss decision this year to cap the number of work visas issued to eastern Europeans, including Poles, insisting the move had very little impact.

Bavarian kids ‘smartest in Germany’
Germany

Bavarian kids ‘smartest in Germany’

Bavarians do it better, again. A new study presented on Friday has shown that primary schools in the southern German state are the best in the country. But schools in the city states of Berlin, Bremen, and Hamburg are struggling.

Swiss want to tax loot from stolen CDs
Germany

Swiss want to tax loot from stolen CDs

Swiss tax authorities want to tax money made in 2010 on stolen information about 1,500 suspected German tax cheats holding bank accounts in Switzerland, media reported Thursday.

Swedish teen’s rape story causes Facebook stir
Sweden

Swedish teen’s rape story causes Facebook stir

A Swedish girl struck a nerve Thursday after publishing a video on Facebook about her rape by a friend five years her senior, a day after he was sentenced to prison for two years.

German gets diploma – 40 years after enrolling
Germany

German gets diploma – 40 years after enrolling

After 63 semesters spanning nearly 40 years of studying, German engineer Werner Kahmann finally managed to get his university diploma. In an interview with the Süddeutsche Zeitung he explained why it took him so long.

Swedish medical uni ranked best in the region
Sweden

Swedish medical uni ranked best in the region

University hospital Karolinska Institutet (KI) in Stockholm scored best among Nordic centres of higher learning, in the British Times Higher Education (THE) World University rankings.

Swedish art ‘contributed’ to Serb pride parade ban
Sweden

Swedish art ‘contributed’ to Serb pride parade ban

Serbia's prime minister on Thursday said an art show featuring controversial images of Jesus was a "provocation" that contributed to the ban on Belgrade's gay parade.