Four held for attacking naked nun protesters
France

Four held for attacking naked nun protesters

Four people suspected of attacking a group of topless feminists at a Paris demonstration earlier this month were arrested and detained on Wednesday, police said.

Avalanches expected as Swiss brace for snow
Switzerland

Avalanches expected as Swiss brace for snow

Much of Switzerland is preparing for the first significant snowstorm of the season, with heavy accumulations expected on Thursday morning in the southern Alps and in localized areas, including Lausanne and Fribourg.

Skier Albrecht recovers from knee surgery
Switzerland

Skier Albrecht recovers from knee surgery

Swiss skier Daniel Albrecht has undergone surgery on the left knee he injured in training for a World Cup downhill in Canada last week, the Swiss Ski Federation reported on Wednesday.

Feminists lash Bruni’s ‘bourgeoise’ confessions
France

Feminists lash Bruni’s ‘bourgeoise’ confessions

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy sparked a social media storm on Wednesday after telling French Vogue that her generation had no need for feminism.

European agency rejects GMO rat tumours
France

European agency rejects GMO rat tumours

The European Union's food safety agency rejected on Wednesday a bombshell French report linking genetically modified corn to cancer saying it failed to meet "acceptable scientific standards."

Oinking Sweden Democrat spat at guard
Sweden

Oinking Sweden Democrat spat at guard

Police called to the scene of a robbery ended up reporting the victim, Sweden Democrat MP Lars Isovaar, for racial abuse as he spat in contempt when an immigrant-background security guard wouldn't let him inside parliament.

‘Taxfree bartender’ stirs Swedish class debate
Sweden

‘Taxfree bartender’ stirs Swedish class debate

A Stockholm party planner who offered a tax deduction to customers hiring a bartender has fuelled a raging debate about a tax reform originally meant to ease the burden of working families.

Nestlé latches on to Chinese medicine
Switzerland

Nestlé latches on to Chinese medicine

Nestlé, the world's biggest food company, says it is moving into traditional Chinese medicine by joining forces with Chinese pharma group Chi-Med.

Claims of drug’s weird side effects upheld
France

Claims of drug’s weird side effects upheld

A French appeals court has upheld a ruling ordering pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline to pay 197,000 euros to a man who claimed that its drug to treat Parkinson's turned him into a gay sex and gambling addict.

Drivers ‘blinded’ by bus stop light therapy
Sweden

Drivers ‘blinded’ by bus stop light therapy

After an energy company in northern Sweden fitted several bus stops with phototherapy lights to combat residents’ winter depression, complaints from 'blinded' bus drivers have led the firm to pull some plugs.

Germany will not support Palestine at UN
Germany

Germany will not support Palestine at UN

Germany said on Wednesday it would not vote in favour of a Palestinian bid to upgrade their status at the United Nations, in a move that would bring them new global recognition.

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France

Lawyers vie for deadly tweet of the year award

Two French prosecutors have landed themselves in hot water after being caught tweeting during a trial, judicial sources revealed Wednesday.

Mad tourist rush to see Sweden’s northern lights
Sweden

Mad tourist rush to see Sweden’s northern lights

With northern lights viewing hitting its prime, tourists are flocking to Sweden's far north to catch a glimpse of night skies awash in dazzling blues, greens, and violets.

Bathtub toddler dies from hot water burns
France

Bathtub toddler dies from hot water burns

A two-year-old girl was scalded to death while taking a bath on Tuesday night at a home in Pélussin, a community in the Loire region, southwest of Lyon.

Corruption watchdog barks at German inaction
Germany

Corruption watchdog barks at German inaction

The German government is failing to fight corruption, according to a European watchdog. Despite the criticism, Berlin appears unwilling to make changes.

US court halts AP split from DAPD news agency
Germany

US court halts AP split from DAPD news agency

A US court has temporarily halted a bid by the Associated Press to split from a partnership with Germany's insolvent DAPD news agency and link up with the larger rival DPA agency instead.

Decision delayed on DSK pimping charges
France

Decision delayed on DSK pimping charges

A French court has delayed a decision on whether to drop pimping charges against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn until December 19th, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

French replace wine with fizzy drinks and juice
France

French replace wine with fizzy drinks and juice

Wine consumption in France has fallen to a new low with the average adult now consuming the equivalent of barely a glass a day, the latest edition of a major survey shows.

Swiss back Palestinian UN observer status
Switzerland

Swiss back Palestinian UN observer status

Switzerland says it will vote in favour of the Palestinian bid for enhanced status at the United Nations, echoing similar announcements by France and a slew of other nations.

Secret account of ‘most wanted’ Swede revealed
Sweden

Secret account of ‘most wanted’ Swede revealed

Assets belonging to Sweden’s "most wanted man" have been found in a European tax haven, as the Swedish bankruptcy administrator for the infamous Trustor investment scandal continues his pursuit of missing funds.

Government ‘massaged’ poverty report
Germany

Government ‘massaged’ poverty report

The German government has "massaged" its four-yearly "Poverty and Wealth Report", excising particularly critical passages, the daily Süddeutsche Zeitung reported on Wednesday.

Boffins paint rosy future for Swiss truffles
Switzerland

Boffins paint rosy future for Swiss truffles

Climate change is hurting prospects for French truffles while improving them in Switzerland, according to a new international study led by Swiss researchers.

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France

Policeman jailed for stealing from detainees

A former policeman from Vitry-sur-Seine was jailed for 30 months on Tuesday for stealing cash and valuables worth thousands of euros from immigrants detained for questioning.

Bavaria unearths cash for new Munich train tunnel
Germany

Bavaria unearths cash for new Munich train tunnel

Contentious plans to build a new commuter train tunnel underneath the historic centre of Munich have taken a big step forward after the Bavarian state government said it would help close the funding gap for the €2 billion project.

Should trains become booze-free zones?
Germany

Should trains become booze-free zones?

Most Germans want alcohol consumption on trains restricted. Should a beer on the Bremen line, or wine on the way to Würzburg, be allowed? Or does the drunken aggression of a few justify a ban? What do you think? Have your say.

Sweden Democrat hate speech probe dropped
Sweden

Sweden Democrat hate speech probe dropped

The prosecutor’s office has closed the investigation into whether three disgraced Sweden Democrat politicians violated hate speech laws when they went on a much-publicized racist tirade in central Stockholm.

Murder squad probes Hells Angel death
Germany

Murder squad probes Hells Angel death

A 40-man murder squad is investigating the death of a Hells Angels biker whose body was found on Tuesday by a woman out for a walk in southern Germany. The 49-year-old had been shot to death on Monday evening.

Zlatan booed off pitch as PSG gets the boot
Sweden

Zlatan booed off pitch as PSG gets the boot

The best efforts of Swedish star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic came to nothing but scornful booing from the fans of St. Etienne on Tuesday night, as they booted his Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) squad out of the French League Cup quarter-finals.

France backs Palestinian UN observer status
France

France backs Palestinian UN observer status

France says it will back a Palestinian bid for enhanced UN status at a General Assembly vote this week, a move hailed by the Palestinians as a "historic" step in their quest for greater global recognition.

‘Bone buyer’ takes stand in skeleton lover trial
Sweden

‘Bone buyer’ takes stand in skeleton lover trial

A man who reportedly bought three human skulls from a woman facing criminal charges for using bones as sex toys is set to testify in Gothenburg on Wednesday, the day after the woman said there was nothing sexual about her obsession with death.

Copé rejects new leadership contest vote
France

Copé rejects new leadership contest vote

France's right-wing opposition UMP leader Jean-François Copé on Wednesday rejected a proposal for an internal party vote on whether to rerun the leadership vote he won.

Duisburg shuts down for WWII bomb detonation
Germany

Duisburg shuts down for WWII bomb detonation

The city of Duisburg came to a standstill on Tuesday night when the city was evacuated in order to safely detonate a half-tonne World War II bomb. Thousands of residents spent over seven hours in emergency shelters.

Olive oil truck spills slick load on Basel highway
Switzerland

Olive oil truck spills slick load on Basel highway

An Italian semi-trailer truck carrying 22 tonnes of olive oil overturned on the A-2 Highway in the canton of Basel-Country on Tuesday night.

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Sweden

Court frees accused rapist: ‘no’ isn’t enough

A man charged with raping a woman in central Sweden has been acquitted after the court ruled that despite the victim saying "no", she didn't protest vigorously enough.

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France

Le Monde head dies after rush to hospital

The director of the French daily Le Monde, Erik Izraelewicz, died suddenly on Tuesday at the age of 58, the group's president Louis Dreyfus told AFP.

Behind the Christmas market holiday sparkle
Germany

Behind the Christmas market holiday sparkle

One of the compensations for the early nights that can make late November gloomy, is the sudden appearance of twinkling markets across the country. Tracy Moran went behind the sparkly scenes of German Christmas markets.

Man dies from flawed Christmas tree felling
Sweden

Man dies from flawed Christmas tree felling

A freak Christmas tree-cutting accident on Tuesday claimed the life of a 69-year-old man in northern Sweden who was perched in the basket of a front end loader.

1-1 draw for Dortmund and Düsseldorf
Germany

1-1 draw for Dortmund and Düsseldorf

Borussia Dortmund conceded a late equaliser to draw 1-1 at home to 10-man Fortuna Düsseldorf on Tuesday as Bayern Munich's lead at the top of the Bundesliga leaders remains a commanding eight points.

Man shot in the face in central Stockholm
Sweden

Man shot in the face in central Stockholm

A 27-year-old man was shot in the face outside a shop in central Stockholm on Tuesday night in what police believe is a case of attempted murder.