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Parents Who Yanked Son From Hospital in UK Arrested

Ashya King, 5, suffers from brain cancer

(Newser) - When Brett and Naghmeh King pulled their 5-year-old son, Ashya , who is suffering from brain cancer, out of a British hospital, international authorities launched a hunt for the family. This weekend, the parents were arrested in Malaga, Spain, CNN reports; their charges may include cruelty. They headed to France with... More »

Cops: Parents Took Ailing Boy From Hospital

Britain's Ashya King has brain tumor, was last seen in France

(Newser) - Police are searching for a 5-year-old British boy with a severe brain tumor whose parents took him out of a British hospital and were last seen in France. The press office for Jehovah's Witnesses said today that Ashya King's parents were followers, but that there was no indication... More »

3 More Climbers Die in Falls on Mont Blanc

Incident follows tragedy days ago

(Newser) - Just days after six climbers died on Western Europe's tallest mountain—marking the deadliest accident there in two years, AFP notes via the Raw Story —three more have died at the site. This time, two climbers and their guide fell some 2,600 feet, police say; their bodies... More »

5 Climbers Dead on Western Europe's Tallest Mountain

Guide missing on Mont Blanc, site of many recent deaths

(Newser) - Another tragedy has struck at the peak of climbing season on Western Europe's highest mountain: Five climbers have perished on Mont Blanc in France and their guide is still missing, reports the AP . Word went out that the climbers had disappeared yesterday evening when they didn't come back... More »

Cops: Laborers Steal $1.2M in Hidden Gold

They found it buried at construction site in France, police say

(Newser) - A secret stash of gold coins and bars is the stuff of fantasies. And when three construction workers found $1.2 million worth on the job in Normandy, police say stealing it from the landowner proved too tempting to resist. Several days into their work leveling land, the laborers found... More »

Blogger Fined for Ranking Too High on Google

Negative restaurant review gets French blogger in trouble

(Newser) - Apparently in France, writing a negative review can land you in deep merde—at least if that review gets too popular. A French judge has fined a blogger more than $3,000 because her bad review of a restaurant ranked too highly in that restaurant's Google search results, the... More »

Angry Mom Kills Teacher in Classroom

French officials say the assailant had mental-health issues

(Newser) - An enraged mother fatally stabbed a French pre-school teacher in her classroom today, without much of a discernible motive. Police and various officials say the 47-year-old suspect walked into her daughter's school in southern France and stabbed Fabienne Terral-Calmes, 34, in front of terrified students, The Local reports. The... More »

Germany Blanks France, 1-0

France comes out flat against experienced German team

(Newser) - It just wouldn't be the World Cup without Germany in the semifinals. Harnessing all their big-game experience, the Germans delivered a performance of maturity and efficiency to hold off France 1-0 today and become the first team to reach four straight semifinals in the sport's marquee tournament. Defender... More »

France Begins Formal Inquiry Against Sarkozy

Judge will now determine whether charges should be brought

(Newser) - After 15 hours of questioning yesterday, former French president Nicolas Sarkozy emerged as the star of his very own formal investigation into allegations that he peddled influence. It's a staggering turn of events Le Figaro calls a "shock wave," and an unprecedented one for a former French... More »

Sarkozy Detained by Police

Said to have traded job offer for information

(Newser) - For what appears to be the first time in history, a French ex-head of state has been detained by police, the BBC reports: Nicolas Sarkozy is being held amid reports he traded influence for information. Officials are investigating whether the former—and would-be future—president offered a high-profile job to... More »

Mysterious Stone Spheres to Be Protected

They join more than 1K sites now on UN list of World Heritage sites

(Newser) - The planet now has more than 1,000 UNESCO World Heritage Sites : places "of outstanding value to humanity" that UNESCO helps to safeguard and preserve. The World Heritage Committee wrapped up its 38th session on Wednesday by adding 26 sites to its list and expanding four more; that list... More »

After 40 Years, Corsica Militants Call It Quits

But they still want independence from France

(Newser) - There is now one less armed separatist group in Europe: After nearly 40 years and thousands of attacks, including bombings and assassinations, the National Liberation Front of Corsica has decided to call it a day, CNN reports. The banned militant group, which launched its violent campaign for independence from France... More »

Boy Terrified of Dentist Invents Abduction Tale

French 12-year-old swears he was kidnapped on way to appointment

(Newser) - Say you love going to the dentist? Well neither does a boy in France who concocted an entire kidnapping story to avoid admitting that he had ducked a dental visit, The Local reports. Police found the 12-year-old during a patrol of the Alpine village St Gervais last month, asked what... More »

Normandy Invaded Again in Final D-Day Salute

1K paratroopers dropped on beach as 70th anniversary winds down

(Newser) - Nearly 1,000 paratroopers dropped out of the sky in Normandy today—but this time they did so in peace, instead of to wrest western France from the Nazis as they did during World War II. Drawing huge crowds who braved hot weather and lined the historic landing area at... More »

France Throws 2 Dinners to Separate Testy Obama, Putin

Hollande avoiding an awkward moment

(Newser) - International tensions are resulting in a very full stomach for French President Francois Hollande. During a commemoration of D-Day, he'll have two separate dinners Thursday night: one with President Obama, and one with Vladimir Putin, the AP reports. The two leaders are among at least 18 visiting in honor... More »

France Busts Suspect in Jewish Museum Shooting

Man detained in Marseille customs inspection

(Newser) - A man has been arrested in southeast France in the investigation of a shooting at a Jewish museum in Brussels that left at least three people dead, the Paris prosecutor's office said today. The suspect has been handed to anti-terrorist investigators and could be held at least through Tuesday... More »

Far-Right Surges in EU Parliament

Key 'Euroskeptic' groups make big gains

(Newser) - Europe's parliamentary elections have resulted in big gains for those opposed to European Union power, including far-right parties in France, the UK, and Greece, the BBC reports. "The people have spoken loud and clear," said the leader of France's National Front, Marine Le Pen. "They... More »

Non! France's New Trains Don't Fit on Platforms

Which is going to cost at least $110M to fix

(Newser) - The good news: France is getting 2,000 shiny new trains. The not-so-good news: It seems those shiny new trains, which CNN notes ran a hefty $20.5 billion, are too wide to fit in many of the nation's 1,200 platforms, making actual travel difficult. The forehead-slapping quote... More »

France Spending $4M to Save Its Hamsters

The Great Hamster of Alsace needs something to eat

(Newser) - They're furry, with little round ears, and grow up to 10 inches long—and they're costing France $4.2 million. Europe's top court has pressured Paris into saving the Great Hamster of Alsace, an endangered rodent whose fate has drawn official attention before, the Guardian reports. In... More »

In This Country, Women Pick Chocolate Over Sex

French women say they know where happiness lies

(Newser) - French women have apparently found the key to happiness—in chocolate. According to a new poll , French woman say food (chocolate in particular) is the most important factor in happiness, the Chicago Tribune reports. Men chose sex as number one, and gave it a 7.5 out of ten when... More »

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