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France

France fight back to secure draw with Ireland

France came from 13-3 down to grab a 13-13 draw with Ireland at Lansdowne Road on Saturday but it still leaves them needing to win next weekend to avoid their first wooden spoon in the Five/Six Nations since 1957.

Robin Stjernberg wins Melodifestivalen
Sweden

Robin Stjernberg wins Melodifestivalen

Idol veteran Robin Stjernberg and his ballad You won Saturday night's Melodifestivalen final at the Friends Arena in Stockholm, and will represent Sweden at May's Eurovision in Malmö.

US gran scales crane in bid to see child
France

US gran scales crane in bid to see child

A US grandmother climbed to the top of a crane in France on Saturday to protest against being prevented from seeing her granddaughter, whose father is accused of sexually assaulting the girl.

King leaves hospital after back surgery
Spain

King leaves hospital after back surgery

Spain's 75-year-old King Juan Carlos left hospital on Saturday, nearly a week after undergoing lower back surgery, his seventh operation in three years.

Sweden will not amend ‘wife import’ rules
Sweden

Sweden will not amend ‘wife import’ rules

Equality Minister Maria Arnholm wants Sweden to keep the right to deport women whose relationships with Swedish spouses end within two years of their arrival in Sweden.

Business brief: Casa Mazzoni
Sweden

Business brief: Casa Mazzoni

Company name: Country Inn Casa Mazzoni

Sweden prepares for first Turkish state visit
Sweden

Sweden prepares for first Turkish state visit

Police have warned of potential disruptions during Sweden's first ever official visit by a Turkish head of state as President Abdullah Gül prepares to travel to Stockholm with a 100-strong delegation.

Greens call for 22 cent tax on plastic bags
Germany

Greens call for 22 cent tax on plastic bags

The Greens are calling for a a 22 cent tax on plastic bags – a move that the European Union Commission has thought about but not implemented, the Bild newspaper reported on Saturday.

Octogenarian narrowly escapes wax and polish
Sweden

Octogenarian narrowly escapes wax and polish

An 82-year-old man got a proper scrub after getting stuck in an automatic car wash at his son's petrol station in Växjö, south Sweden - but he managed to escape before the wax and polish programme kicked in.

Few follow German no nukes policy
Germany

Few follow German no nukes policy

Two years after the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe, nuclear energy usage is growing – except in Germany and in Japan, where the meltdown took place, a story on Saturday in Die Welt said.

Vegetable vendor finds rat poison in lettuce
Germany

Vegetable vendor finds rat poison in lettuce

A vegetable seller in western Germany realised that the lettuce he had been selling throughout the day contained rat poison, a news magazine reported on Friday.

Centre Party forgives prof’s Muhammad email
Sweden

Centre Party forgives prof’s Muhammad email

A local politician and university lecturer who sent a racist email to a student has been readmitted to the Centre Party in Rättvik, central Sweden.

Tax hikes for rich expats in Switzerland rejected
Switzerland

Tax hikes for rich expats in Switzerland rejected

Switzerland's government on Friday rejected calls to axe special rules allowing rich foreigners resident in the country to pay less tax, saying the current system still raised crucial revenue.

For sale: Blood of beheaded French king
France

For sale: Blood of beheaded French king

A piece of cloth smeared with the blood of Louis XVI, the French king who was beheaded after the 1789 revolution, will go on sale next month in Paris, an auction house said on Friday.

RTL cancels sex segment over incest
Germany

RTL cancels sex segment over incest

German broadcaster RTL abruptly removed programme “7 Days of Sex” (7 Tage Sex) from its regularly scheduled time slot last Wednesday after it was revealed that the featured couple had the same father.

Germany ranks second in tourism survey
Germany

Germany ranks second in tourism survey

Germany maintained its second place ranking in Europe in the Global Economic Forum’s report on 140 countries’ travel and tourism competitiveness.

Beckham tipped to start against Nancy
France

Beckham tipped to start against Nancy

Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti on Friday hinted that David Beckham will start Saturday's Ligue 1 match against Nancy at the Parc des Princes.

Slain teen’s family wants inquiry of far-right killer
Spain

Slain teen’s family wants inquiry of far-right killer

The family of a teenager whose murder by a far-right commando rocked Spain in 1980 called Friday for an official inquiry after a newspaper reported that her killer has worked for police as an advisor since his release from jail.

Hollande slams Russia for Assad support
France

Hollande slams Russia for Assad support

French President François Hollande on Friday lamented the deadlock over Syria, lashing out at Russia for not pressuring President Bashar al-Assad to step down and allow for a political transition in the conflict-torn country.

Columbian rebels free two Germans
Germany

Columbian rebels free two Germans

Colombian rebels on Friday freed two Germans they had taken hostage in November, the International Committee of the Red Cross said.

‘Gigantic’ avalanche claims skier’s life
Sweden

‘Gigantic’ avalanche claims skier’s life

A man in his thirties was found buried under the snow three hours after getting caught in a powerful avalanche in the popular Swedish ski resort Åre on Friday.