French billionaire returns rare bronzes to China
France

French billionaire returns rare bronzes to China

Chinese Internet users celebrated the return of two rare bronze animal heads looted by European powers more than a century ago, underlining continued popular demands to redress what state-approved history books call colonial "humiliation".

French villa that housed ‘Gatsby’ author on sale
France

French villa that housed ‘Gatsby’ author on sale

A French Riviera villa where "The Great Gatsby" author Francis Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda lived between 1922 and 1924 is up for sale for €27.5 million ($36 million), Sotheby's International Realty said on Friday.

Kittel wins Tour de France first stage
France

Kittel wins Tour de France first stage

Germany's Marcel Kittel of the Argos-Shimano team won the opening stage of the Tour de France on Saturday, a 213-kilometre ride from Porto-Vecchio to Bastia in Corsica.

Cops seize illegal Asian abortion drugs
Spain

Cops seize illegal Asian abortion drugs

Spanish police said on Saturday they had seized hundreds of thousands of packets of unlicensed medicine illegally imported from China and India, including abortion drugs and erection aids.

Spain raises taxes on alcohol and tobacco
Spain

Spain raises taxes on alcohol and tobacco

The Spanish government, which is struggling to cut one of the eurozone's largest public deficits during a double-dip recession, on Friday raised taxes on tobacco and alcohol, except wine and beer.

UN agency tests Ikea refugee shelter
Switzerland

UN agency tests Ikea refugee shelter

The Geneva-based UN refugee agency has turned to Swedish furniture giant Ikea to make more durable and functional shelters for refugees world-wide.

Struggling SAS orders 12 new aircraft
Norway

Struggling SAS orders 12 new aircraft

Struggling Scandinavian carrier SAS said on Tuesday it had signed a provisional order for 12 Airbus aircraft, including eight A350-900s and four A330-300s, with a list price of $3.3 billion.

Man survives Baltic Sea ordeal after ferry fall
Sweden

Man survives Baltic Sea ordeal after ferry fall

A 36-year-old man survived seven hours in the Baltic Sea on Friday night after falling from a ferry bound to Stockholm from Helsinki, according to a report in the Ålandstidning daily.

Topless Femen activists target Swedish mosque
Sweden

Topless Femen activists target Swedish mosque

Three women from the feminist activist movement Femen entered a mosque on Södermalm in central Stockholm on Saturday morning, baring their breats and chanting "No sharia" and "Free women".

Tenants told to lump neighbour peeing noise
Germany

Tenants told to lump neighbour peeing noise

Tenants have been told they have to put up with tinkling sounds coming through the walls from their neighbours' toilet after a Berlin court rejected their complaint, telling them the noise of someone urinating was “socially acceptable.”

Bremen’s ‘bishop’s ring’ found broken
Germany

Bremen’s ‘bishop’s ring’ found broken

A 12th century golden bishop's ring stolen last week from a cathedral museum in the northern German city of Bremen has been recovered, albeit in a terrible condition.

World watches epic hot air blimp flight
Germany

World watches epic hot air blimp flight

A 55-year-old German enthusiast is drawing curious stares from people all around the world as he makes an epic journey around the globe in an airship, which flies on hot air alone.

Berlin police say lethal shot was ‘defence’
Germany

Berlin police say lethal shot was ‘defence’

German police have defended an officer's decision to shoot a naked man brandishing a knife in central Berlin on Friday morning. He died of his injuries. The shot, which hit him in the chest was, they said, legitimate self-defence.

Germany warns Egypt facing ‘moment of truth’
Germany

Germany warns Egypt facing ‘moment of truth’

Germany on Friday called an escalation in political violence in Egypt which has already claimed three lives a "moment of truth" for its fledgling democracy and urged Islamist President Mohamed Morsi to implement reforms. 

Stockholm clubs face stadium eviction threat
Sweden

Stockholm clubs face stadium eviction threat

A leading Stockholm politician has warned that Hammarby and Djurgården could be evicted from the new Tele2 stadium following the discovery of explosives outside the stadium on Thursday.

Italian exile faces exit after Brazil court ruling
Italy

Italian exile faces exit after Brazil court ruling

An Italian former ultra-leftist wanted in his country for murder could face deportation from Brazil after a court upheld his conviction for use of a fake passport.

Spain, Brazil look to serve up a final feast
Spain

Spain, Brazil look to serve up a final feast

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has already declared this year's Confederations Cup, hors d'oeuvre for the World Cup in 12 months time, the best ever.

Financial crisis cripples Spain’s top med research
Spain

Financial crisis cripples Spain’s top med research

In blue gloves and goggles, Maria Jesus Vicent's team of young researchers busily mix chemicals in their laboratory, where they work at improving medications for cancer and Alzheimer's disease.

British embassy flies flag for gay pride in France
France

British embassy flies flag for gay pride in France

Britain's embassy building in Paris will be adorned by a rainbow flag this weekend in an official show of support for gay pride marches scheduled to take place in the French capital and London.

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France

Men go for flower power at Paris fashion show

Menswear at Paris fashion on Friday took on a distinctly feminine feel with floral embroidery, skirts and sheer fabric at juun.j, Henrik Vibskov and Ann Demeulemeester.

Merkel ‘slaps’ Croatia with EU bash snub
Germany

Merkel ‘slaps’ Croatia with EU bash snub

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to skip weekend celebrations marking Croatia's entry into the European Union sparked uproar on Friday in the Balkan state.

French tycoon Tapie charged with corruption
France

French tycoon Tapie charged with corruption

Flamboyant tycoon Bernard Tapie was charged with fraud on Friday in the latest twist of a French corruption probe threatening to embroil IMF chief Christine Lagarde.

Five years on, Betancourt urges forgiveness
France

Five years on, Betancourt urges forgiveness

Five years after her rescue from FARC rebels, former Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt says she vividly remembers July 2nd, 2008 - the day an army helicopter took her to freedom.

Swedish teen dies in Turkey coach crash
Sweden

Swedish teen dies in Turkey coach crash

A young Swedish man died Friday in an accident involving a tourist coach in southern Turkey with several more Swedes injured, two critically.

Tour de France 2013: Corsica holds its breath
France

Tour de France 2013: Corsica holds its breath

The waiting and the hype is over. The 2013 Tour de France, the 100th edition of the world’s most famous cycle race will start in Corsica on Saturday where authorities are crossing their fingers that everything goes to plan.

Rare Abba memorabilia up for auction in Sweden
Sweden

Rare Abba memorabilia up for auction in Sweden

A vast collection of memorabilia of the legendary Swedish pop group Abba including two rare recordings along with clogs and clippings is set to go under the hammer in Sweden in August, an auction house said Friday.