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Police officers scour the Printemps department store after sticks of dynamite were discovered in a lavatory

Explosives found in Paris store

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Greek students storm news show on state TV

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Protesters forced their way into Greece's state NET television news studio and interrupted a news broadcast featuring the Prime Minister so they could urge viewers to join mass anti-government demonstrations.

Italian carabinieri arrest suspected mobster Giuseppe Scaduto yesterday. In a huge pre-dawn operation, more than 1,000 officers swooped on dozens of addresses in Palermo and around Sicily

Mafia chiefs seized as they select godfather

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

More than 1,000 officers swoop on suspected Cosa Nostra gangsters

Italy pursues 100 mobsters in anti-Mafia swoop

Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Italian police said they launched a pre-dawn swoop today to arrest 100 people suspected of trying to rebuild the top ranks of the Sicilian Mafia, which has been weakened by the recent arrests of powerful mob leaders.

A customer in Saint-Denis-de-la-Reunion looks at a bag showing a 1993 picture of topless French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy and offered by Pardon's shop for a purchase of 5 euros. The bag reads : 'My man should have bought me some Pardon!'

Carla Bruni sues over nude image on bags

Tuesday, 16 December 2008

French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy is suing a fashion chain for selling bags emblazoned with nude images of her in the latest legal action over the presidential couple's image.

Dick Roche speaks to reporters yesterday after the hotel robbery

Irish minister held at gunpoint in robbery

Tuesday, 16 December 2008

An Irish government minister was held at gunpoint by three men wearing balaclavas during a robbery at a luxury hotel south of Dublin yesterday.

Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Germans campaign to safeguard language

Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Tina Fey hates it. Mark Twain railed against it. Now Germans are so worried about their language's future that campaigners want it safeguarded in the constitution. Tony Paterson reports from Berlin

Men standing besides the skulls and corpses of Armenian victims of turkish deportation in the second part of the 1910's

Turkish academics in apology to Armenians

Monday, 15 December 2008

Intellectuals break taboo to acknowledge genocide by Ottoman Turks

Irish minister held in hostage robbery

Monday, 15 December 2008

An Irish Government minister was today held hostage at gunpoint during a robbery at a hotel and golf resort, the Garda confirmed.

Liliane Bettencourt, left, and Fran�ois-Marie Banier: The photographer is said to be virtually an adopted son

Heiress gives photographer €1bn 'because he's worth it'

Monday, 15 December 2008

John Lichfield: L'Or�al matriarch faces challenge from angry daughter over shock bequest

The government will be gobbling up 3 per cent of Parmesan production

Rome stages big cheese bailout for Parmesan

Monday, 15 December 2008

Parmigiano Reggiano, Italy's King of Cheese, is in trouble. Robust in flavour and crumbly, it is a classic of Italy's artisan food traditions, made by hand by 430 craft producers around the city of Parma.

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