Armstrong paid Swiss firm for dope: report
Switzerland

Armstrong paid Swiss firm for dope: report

American cycling champion Lance Armstrong paid more than a million dollars to a Swiss company controlled by an Italian doctor who helped cyclists benefit from illegal doping, a new report says.

Malmö sniper Peter Mangs demands retrial
Sweden

Malmö sniper Peter Mangs demands retrial

Convicted serial killer Peter Mangs demanded a retrial on Thursday, accusing one of the lay judges who presided over his trial of having a conflict of interest in the case.

Facebook bounce brings more firms to Luleå
Sweden

Facebook bounce brings more firms to Luleå

A year after Facebook announced it would open a data centre in Luleå, three more multinational companies are set to follow suit, opening branches in the northern Swedish town.

169 officers guard a single prisoner
Germany

169 officers guard a single prisoner

A deportation detention centre in Berlin is now practically empty, with just one prisoner left awaiting deportation. But there are still 169 officers currently being paid to guard him.

France and Spain crack down on drug smuggling
France

France and Spain crack down on drug smuggling

France and Spain have signed an agreement to intensify cooperation to "cut all drug routes," officials said on Thursday, adding that Morocco and Portugal would be invited to join the initiative.

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France

France’s oldest woman dies at 111

France's oldest woman Maria Richard has died at the age of 111, the retirement home where she lived said on Thursday.

‘It was an easy decision’: Swedish Academy
Sweden

‘It was an easy decision’: Swedish Academy

The Local’s Rebecca Martin catches up with Peter Englund, the Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy (Svenska Akademien), to find out more about why one should read the work of 2012’s Nobel Prize winner in literature, Mo Yan.

Nobel’s will ‘blatantly disrespected’ in Norway
Sweden

Nobel’s will ‘blatantly disrespected’ in Norway

On the eve of the announcement of the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize, The Local catches up with Norwegian lawyer and Nobel historian Fredrik S. Heffermehl, who claims the Norwegian Nobel Committee isn't following Alfred Nobel's wishes.

Busker bashes passenger with trumpet
Germany

Busker bashes passenger with trumpet

A passenger on the Berlin underground was assaulted with a brass instrument after his friend told a busking trio to be quiet on Wednesday - he ended up a few teeth short.

New weapon against forced marriage goes live
Germany

New weapon against forced marriage goes live

Victims of forced marriage in Germany now have a new resource. The women's rights organization Terre des Femmes has unveiled an internet portal to help victims, to mark United Nations International Girls' Day on Thursday.

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Sweden

Living woman reported dead in central Sweden

A family in southern Sweden was “deeply concerned” after receiving letters from local authorities about their elderly mother, who had mistakenly been reported dead.

Chinese author Mo Yan awarded Nobel lit prize
Sweden

Chinese author Mo Yan awarded Nobel lit prize

The 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded to Chinese author Mo Yan, the Swedish Academy announced on Thursday.

EU to VW: Don’t worry about CO2 rules
Germany

EU to VW: Don’t worry about CO2 rules

European Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger has written a letter to Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn, assuring him that new EU restrictions on CO2 limits will not harm the auto giant.

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France

French prisons to hire imams to curb radicals

Justice Minister Christine Taubira has announced plans to employ more imams in French prisons, as a way of preventing Islamic extremism being fomented.

Telenor settles row with former Indian partner
Norway

Telenor settles row with former Indian partner

Norwegian telecom group Telenor said on Thursday that it has settled a dispute with former Indian joint venture partner Unitech, after their jointly owned company's licences were cancelled by a court.

What’s on in Germany:  October 11 – 17
Germany

What’s on in Germany: October 11 – 17

This Week's Highlights: A marathon in Munich, ballet in Baden-Baden, and Japanese films screen in Cologne.

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France

Mayors unite in petition against gay marriage

A group of Mayors across France have launched a petition against gay marriage, demanding the right for town halls to refuse to conduct same-sex ceremonies.

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France

French terrorist cell ‘biggest threat’ since 90s

A French prosecutor said Thursday he would pursue charges of attempted murder and terrorism against seven of the 12 suspected Islamist extremists arrested at the weekend.

TeliaSonera deal in Nepal raises new questions
Sweden

TeliaSonera deal in Nepal raises new questions

Nordic telecom firm TeliaSonera has been hit with new revelations about suspicious business practices in Asia, this time stemming from a complex deal with a firm tied to the former ruling family in Nepal.

World cycling body look at Armstrong dope claims
France

World cycling body look at Armstrong dope claims

Cycling's world governing body on Thursday said it would look at a US Anti-Doping Agency report that accused seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong of being at the centre of a widespread doping conspiracy.

Swiss waste one meal a day: report
Switzerland

Swiss waste one meal a day: report

The equivalent of one meal a day per person is lost through food waste in Switzerland, with almost half the loss coming from households, according to research conducted by two universities.

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France

Former UMP minister denies wife-beating

A former UMP minister who was arrested after his wife accused him of domestic violence yesterday, has denied the charges on French radio. He admitted telling her that she dressed 'like a slut'.

Eastern Germany gets new wall to hide drinkers
Germany

Eastern Germany gets new wall to hide drinkers

The owner of a shopping mall in Saxony-Anhalt built a concrete wall in front of his property so his customers wouldn’t have to see the drinkers in the park across the street. But locals have urged him to tear down his wall.

‘We’re all doomed!’ say top economic think tanks
Germany

‘We’re all doomed!’ say top economic think tanks

Germany's leading economic think tanks warned on Thursday there was a "great danger" that Europe's top economy could fall into recession, as they slashed their growth forecasts for next year in half.

Swiss man’s jackpot win slashed in casino deal
Switzerland

Swiss man’s jackpot win slashed in casino deal

A Swiss floor layer who won €43 million at an Austrian casino last year only to be denied the prize has reached an out-of-court settlement for a reported €1 million.

EADS boss surprised by German reaction to talks
France

EADS boss surprised by German reaction to talks

Tom Enders, the chief executive of aerospace group EADS, said Wednesday he was taken by surprise at the level of German opposition to the proposed blockbuster merger with BAE Systems.

Arnie at the book fair
Germany

Arnie at the book fair

Movie colossus Arnold Schwarzenegger presented his autobiography "Total Recall" at the Frankfurt Book Fair on Wednesday. "After Terminator and Governator, now comes Educator," he said, detailing plans for his new academy.

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France

French Gang rape trial ‘judicial shipwreck’

Two teenage gang rape victims said they had seen a "judicial shipwreck" after a French court acquitted 10 youths and handed down light sentences to four others.

Film shines light on neo-Nazi music scene
Germany

Film shines light on neo-Nazi music scene

A German journalist who spent six years undercover at neo-Nazi rock concerts has collaborated with film-maker Peter Ohlendorf to make a documentary about the country's far-right music scene. The Local spoke with the director.

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France

Trierweiler to sue over ‘malicious rumour’ in bio

French first lady Valérie Trierweiler plans to sue the authors of the latest book about her because it spreads malicious rumours, her lawyer said Wednesday.

Runaway teacher charged with child abduction
France

Runaway teacher charged with child abduction

British police on Wednesday charged Jeremy Forrest, the British teacher who ran away with a 15-year-old pupil, after he was extradited from France back to England.

‘Difficult’ asylum seekers put in Swedish prison
Sweden

‘Difficult’ asylum seekers put in Swedish prison

"Desperate" asylum seekers awaiting deportation from Sweden have been placed in a prison after the Swedish Migration Board (Migrationsverket) deemed them too hard to handle.

Swedish astronomers in giant star death find
Sweden

Swedish astronomers in giant star death find

Swedish scientists in a team of international astronomers have discovered a spiral of matter around a dying giant star, indicating the way our own sun will end its days.

Gauck remembers Czech massacre victims
Germany

Gauck remembers Czech massacre victims

German President Joachim Gauck paid tribute on Wednesday to the Czech victims of a 1942 Nazi massacre that razed a village near Prague in retaliation for the assassination of a senior Nazi.

Spotify on Samsung smart TVs in Europe
Sweden

Spotify on Samsung smart TVs in Europe

South Korean electronics giant Samsung will be the first to offer the Swedish music streaming service Spotify's catalogue on its smart TVs across Europe, the company said Wednesday.

Germany ‘blocks giant aerospace merger’
Germany

Germany ‘blocks giant aerospace merger’

A merger to create the biggest aerospace and defence group in the world from EADS and BAE Systems collapsed on Wednesday, brought down by unexpectedly strong opposition from Germany.

‘You ain’t seen nothing yet’: Ibrahimovic
Sweden

‘You ain’t seen nothing yet’: Ibrahimovic

Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic feels he has yet to hit peak form since his move from AC Milan to Paris Saint Germain and has a lot more to offer as the Scandinavians take on the Faroe Islands in World Cup qualifying on Friday.