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France

Kurdish militants warn France after Paris killings

The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) said Friday it would hold France responsible if it does not quickly shed light on the slaying of three female Kurdish activists in Paris.

Centre Party rocked by anti-immigration op-ed
Sweden

Centre Party rocked by anti-immigration op-ed

A local chapter of the beleaguered Centre Party has demanded that party leadership scrap the new proposal on open borders, in an op-ed that warns “Sweden will be overrun by illiterate clans”.

Man sues teflon oven tray firm over dead parrots
Germany

Man sues teflon oven tray firm over dead parrots

A German man whose parrots dropped dead is taking an oven-drip tray manufacturer to court, as he believes teflon fumes from the pan killed his birds.

Gay Paris braced for anti-gay marriage march
France

Gay Paris braced for anti-gay marriage march

Thousands of demonstrators - including numerous gay activists - are set to march through the streets of Paris on Sunday to protest against the French government’s plans to legalise gay marriage.

French citizens urged to leave Mali
France

French citizens urged to leave Mali

France on Friday instructed its citizens to leave Mali following the launch of a government offensive against Islamist forces in the north of the country.

Swedish heavy metal man: ‘I’m still addicted’
Sweden

Swedish heavy metal man: ‘I’m still addicted’

A Swede who gained worldwide fame for having his love of hard rock classified as a disability says he remains addicted to heavy metal music five years after being granted social security benefits for his affliction.

Jude Law, Soderbergh head for Berlinale
Germany

Jude Law, Soderbergh head for Berlinale

New releases starring Jude Law and Catherine Deneuve and the world premiere of a picture by embattled Iranian director Jafar Panahi joined the line-up Friday for next month's 63rd Berlin film festival.

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Switzerland

UN decries Saudi beheading of Sri Lankan

The UN's human rights body on Friday said it was 'deeply' dismayed by Saudi Arabi's beheading of a Sri Lankan maid convicted of murdering her employer's baby.

Lausanne lab denies helping Armstrong cheat
Switzerland

Lausanne lab denies helping Armstrong cheat

A Swiss laboratory on Friday denied that it helped Lance Armstrong cheat after claims from the US Anti-Doping Agency that it gave the shamed cyclist information about how to beat drug tests.

Students slam housing idea: ‘We’re not lab rats’
Sweden

Students slam housing idea: ‘We’re not lab rats’

A suggestion that students forego kitchen access and space has angered students, who say politicians should not use them for housing experiments.

‘Sweden is not mature enough for satire’
Sweden

‘Sweden is not mature enough for satire’

Photographer Elisabeth Ohlson Wallin heckled the Swedish royal family and now her art is paying the price, with a photo agency pulling the plug on her right to buy its pictures. What does it mean for her, her work, and Swedish satire? The Local's Ann Törnkvist finds out.

Merkel to Cyprus: Keep reforms on track
Germany

Merkel to Cyprus: Keep reforms on track

German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Cyprus on Friday to follow economic reforms, two days after saying the eurozone bailout candidate will not see any special terms as it seeks an aid package.

Anger as police drop Breivik response probe
Norway

Anger as police drop Breivik response probe

The family of a teenager killed by Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik reacted angrily on Friday after a probe into police's slow response to the July 2011 twin attacks was dropped.

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France

‘Negligent’ care home suspends director

The director of a French retirement home where staff threw out a 94-year-old resident over her family’s failure to keep up with payments has been suspended.

Star Wars fan strikes back over Lego letdown
Sweden

Star Wars fan strikes back over Lego letdown

A Lego collector in southern Sweden has been compensated by Swedish Customs after his Star Wars spaceship package was opened by customs officials, drastically devaluing the collectors item.

Russia’s Communist Party woos Depardieu
France

Russia’s Communist Party woos Depardieu

Russia's Communist Party has invited Gerard Depardieu to join its ranks after the French actor gained a Russian passport amid a tax row with Paris, a top party official said Friday.

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France

Employers and unions ‘reach deal’ to boost jobs

Bosses of French firms appeared ready to strike an ‘historic’ agreement with trade unions on Friday, aimed at creating more permanent jobs for young people.

GEMA demands YouTube pay €1.6 mln in damages
Germany

GEMA demands YouTube pay €1.6 mln in damages

Germany's music royalties authority GEMA has declared that negotiations with YouTube have broken down, and wants to haul the internet video platform before the arbitration board at the German Patent and Trademark Office.

Papé still French captain for Six Nations
France

Papé still French captain for Six Nations

Lock Pascal Papé is to stay as captain of France for the Six Nations tournament despite the return to the squad of Thierry Dusautoir, coach Philippe Saint-André announced on Friday.

Nastassja Kinski ‘proud’ of sister revealing abuse
Germany

Nastassja Kinski ‘proud’ of sister revealing abuse

German-born actress Nastassja Kinski said Friday she was proud of her half-sister Pola for coming forward with allegations that she had been repeatedly raped by their father, the late film icon Klaus Kinski.

ThyssenKrupp paid for plush trade unionist trips
Germany

ThyssenKrupp paid for plush trade unionist trips

German industrial giant ThyssenKrupp came on Friday under fire after it emerged it had sent trade union representatives first class on trips to exotic locations such as Brazil and Formula 1 races.

‘Getting a job in Sweden is about who you know’
Sweden

‘Getting a job in Sweden is about who you know’

In the first of a new series profiling careers of foreigners who've moved to Sweden, The Local catches up with Charles Schuettinger who arrived from the US to play handball before a detour in construction eventually led to a career in sales.

French tycoon’s bid to become Belgian in doubt
France

French tycoon’s bid to become Belgian in doubt

A bid by France’s richest man Bernard Arnault to gain Belgian nationality appears to have been dealt another blow with prosecutors in Brussels reportedly refusing to support his application.

FDP woes, Berlin’s wonky airport and Mettwurst
Germany

FDP woes, Berlin’s wonky airport and Mettwurst

The Local's Ben Knight kicks off our weekly German news podcast with a look at Chancellor Merkel's disappearing coalition partners, Berlin's troubled new airport and health concerns about the country's beloved Mettwurst sausage.

Fifteen years for ‘mistaken’ Malmö killing
Sweden

Fifteen years for ‘mistaken’ Malmö killing

A man was sentenced to 15 years prison on Friday for the murder of a 48-year-old man in Malmö last January who was apparently killed by mistake.

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France

Current account deficit stable: Bank of France

The French current account balance showed a deficit of 2.9 billion euros ($3.8 billion) in November, as in October, the Bank of France said on Friday.

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France

Libyan envoy to France attacked in Paris

The Libyan ambassador to France was reportedly left with a head injury after being attacked in his Paris office, French police said on Friday.

Hopeful French lesbians join exodus to Belgium
France

Hopeful French lesbians join exodus to Belgium

As France braces this weekend for giant protests against gay marriage and adoption, neighbouring Belgium has become a haven for French lesbians, who flock there in their thousands to conceive babies they are denied at home.

Crime-ridden Marseille ready for culture bonanza
France

Crime-ridden Marseille ready for culture bonanza

Celebrations will begin in Marseille on Saturday to mark the launch of a year-long series of festivities as part of the city's status as the 2013 European Capital of Culture. Authorities and residents of the French port city are hoping the cultural bonanza will help rid the city of its more shady image.

No charges for cop who shot jewel raid suspect
Sweden

No charges for cop who shot jewel raid suspect

Prosecutors have dropped a manslaughter probe into the police officer who shot a suspected jewel thief in the head last week in Södertälje, south of Stockholm, ultimately causing his death.

Steinbrück’s approval ratings collapse
Germany

Steinbrück’s approval ratings collapse

The approval ratings of Peer Steinbrück, the Social Democratic Party's challenger to Angela Merkel in this year's general election, collapsed further in an opinion poll published Friday. One in four SPD voters even want a new candidate.

Tributes flow for founder of Montreux jazzfest
Switzerland

Tributes flow for founder of Montreux jazzfest

Tributes flowed from across Switzerland and the international music world for Claude Nobs, the founding director of the Montreux Jazz Festival, who died on Thursday.

94-year-old escapes hospital for birthday beer
Germany

94-year-old escapes hospital for birthday beer

A 94-year-old pensioner broke out of hospital in Munich so he could belatedly celebrate his birthday in one of the German city's famous beer halls, police said Thursday.

Outrage over ‘crisis bonuses’ for SAS bosses
Sweden

Outrage over ‘crisis bonuses’ for SAS bosses

Employees of the struggling SAS airline have expressed their anger that top managers have received bonuses to entice them to stay with the struggling airline only a few months after the airline was on the brink of bankruptcy.

Police hold four suspects after bank heist
Sweden

Police hold four suspects after bank heist

The police have detained another two suspects, bringing the total to four, after an attempted bank robbery in Täby north of Stockholm on Thursday.

Sweden to stop sex change sterilization
Sweden

Sweden to stop sex change sterilization

Sweden will no longer sterilize transgendered patients after a law banning the practice entered into force on Thursday, but many who have already undergone a sex change are now seeking damages from the state.

Making silicone soulmates
Germany

Making silicone soulmates

The Dollpark company in northern Germany is where men can have all their fantasies fulfilled - as long as they're not too fussy about having a partner with fascinating conversation, more than one facial expression, or a pulse.