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France: The Battle against Sexism - The nonchalance shown by both politicians and the media in the recent Dominique Strauss-Kahn case has left many women in France incensed. There are now growing calls for a renewed fight against sexism. The stereotype of sophisticated and suave French romance has come under scrutiny due to recent developments. There are a growing number of sexual harassment complaints there. Czech Republic: Cross-Border War on Bark Beetles - Bark Beetles in the forests straddling the Czech-Austrian border have sparked a political argument. The Austrians want to see decisive action taken to counter the plague of pests. Turkey/Germany: Vexed Visa Applicants - Germany's rigid visa-issuing policy is frustrating for many Turks. One in four applications from the poorer Anatolia region is now rejected. Norway: Responding to the Terrorist Attacks - Norwegians appear to be satisfied with the way the Labour government responded to July's terrorist attacks in Oslo and the island of Utoya. That is, if the results from recent local elections are anything to go by--the first test of public opinion since the events. Britain: Taking Inspiration from Nature - Tweed has long been considered conservative and nerdy. But the woolen fabric now appears to be trendy again and weavers on Scotland's Hebrides islands have their hands full.