Federer scores decisive victory in London
Switzerland

Federer scores decisive victory in London

Roger Federer started his bid for a seventh ATP Tour Finals title in record-breaking fashion as the Swiss great crushed Janko Tipsarevic 6-3, 6-1 at London's O2 Arena on Tuesday.

Swiss custom coffins to die for
Switzerland

Swiss custom coffins to die for

It is hard to imagine your own funeral, even more so to picture it as an event where people will be smiling right after you have kicked the bucket.

Nobel academy member ‘friends with Mo Yan’
Sweden

Nobel academy member ‘friends with Mo Yan’

The relationship between this year’s Nobel Laureate in Literature, Mo Yan, and academy member and translator Göran Malmqvist is much closer than previously believed, raising questions about a possible conflict of interest in the decision.

Fink keen to keep rising star Son at HSV
Germany

Fink keen to keep rising star Son at HSV

Hamburg coach Thorsten Fink says he is eager to keep South Korea star Son Heung-Min at the Bundesliga club despite reported interest from both Premier League giants Liverpool and Arsenal.

Man who beheaded wife: ‘I thought I was Jesus’
Germany

Man who beheaded wife: ‘I thought I was Jesus’

A Berlin man who beheaded his wife because he thought she was the devil and he was Jesus, appeared in court on Tuesday. He faces manslaughter charges and will likely be sentenced to an extended spell in a closed psychiatric unit.

Israeli wins top French literature prize
France

Israeli wins top French literature prize

Veteran Israeli writer Avraham B. Yehoshua has been awarded France's Medicis literature prize for a translated work with his novel "The Retrospective".

Air Berlin sues over new airport delay
Germany

Air Berlin sues over new airport delay

Air Berlin, Germany's number two airline, said on Tuesday it would sue for damages over the renewed delay to the opening of Berlin's new main airport.

The Local’s guide on where to watch the US election in Sweden
Sweden

The Local’s guide on where to watch the US election in Sweden

With this year's US election garnering more attention than a Hollywood blockbuster, Sweden too has joined in on the election fever. The Local finds out where you can remain updated all through election night.

Huge drug import ‘was sparked by police’
Germany

Huge drug import ‘was sparked by police’

The deal behind one of the biggest German drug busts of recent times only happened due to pressure from the police - the man who could be jailed would not have got involved without them, his lawyer said on Tuesday.

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France

Croatian football fans in major Paris brawl

Around 80 Dinamo Zagreb football fans were arrested in a Paris hotel on Tuesday, just hours before the Croatian team was due to take on Paris Saint Germain.

Republicans in Sweden still hope for Romney
Sweden

Republicans in Sweden still hope for Romney

With voters in the United States heading to the polls on Tuesday, Republicans in Sweden reflect on Mitt Romney's chances and the challenges of living in a country that doesn't always appreciate their point of view.

Gay Cameroonian wins asylum in Switzerland
Switzerland

Gay Cameroonian wins asylum in Switzerland

A gay man who fled Cameroon where homosexuality is considered a crime said on Tuesday he has won a tough fight, becoming one of a handful of people to get asylum in Switzerland based on sexual orientation.

Swedish PR firm ‘enters’ US presidential race
Sweden

Swedish PR firm ‘enters’ US presidential race

Controversial Swedish PR agency Studio Total has thrown itself into the frenzied last hours of the American election, after creating and launching the Swedish Party in a bid to get Americans talking.

Gothenburg second in Lonely Planet top ten list
Sweden

Gothenburg second in Lonely Planet top ten list

Travel guide Lonely Planet has hailed Sweden’s Gothenburg as the second best place in the world to visit for value of money, touting the city's "glitzy main drag", "edgy art" and charming neighbourhoods.

Power, Pussy Riot and Redford hit Stockholm
Sweden

Power, Pussy Riot and Redford hit Stockholm

As the 23rd Stockholm International Film Festival draws back the curtain this week, Peter Vinthagen Simpson explores this year’s theme of “power” to find out what Robert Redford and Pussy Riot have in common.

Authorities fear parents could sue for day care
Germany

Authorities fear parents could sue for day care

Local authorities fear a possible flood of lawsuits from disappointed parents next summer when a law comes into effect guaranteeing under-threes a place in day care.

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France

French companies get €20 billion tax breaks

France on Tuesday unveiled a €20-billion tax break for companies in a bid to address flagging competitiveness.

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Norway

Norway: Nobel row did not sever China contacts

Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg on Tuesday said that contacts between Oslo and Beijing never stopped despite a row over a Chinese dissident winning the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize.

‘Voting is a responsibility’
Germany

‘Voting is a responsibility’

As the US votes in the presidential election on Tuesday, predictions put the result on a knife-edge. In a special-edition Zeitgeist, The Local asked what Americans in Berlin thought.

Google: French tax row will be solved ‘this year’
France

Google: French tax row will be solved ‘this year’

Google chairman Eric Schmidt said on Monday that he hopes his firm will reach a settlement "by the end of the year" with authorities in France in a billion-dollar dispute over taxes.

Foreign gang charged over sabre attack
Switzerland

Foreign gang charged over sabre attack

Seven foreigners are being judged for attempted murder for allegedly attacking a 25-year-old man with sabres and knives in downtown Geneva.

Dati sues hotel tycoon over daughter’s paternity
France

Dati sues hotel tycoon over daughter’s paternity

Former Justice Minister Rachida Dati will be taking hotel tycoon Dominique Desseigne to court over the disputed paternity of her daughter, Zohra, today.

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France

Runaway teacher now faces sex charges

A British court has asked the French judiciary to add sexual charges to the warrant under which runaway British teacher Jeremy Forrest was extradited last month, judicial sources said.

Stockholm home to one in four Swedish babies
Sweden

Stockholm home to one in four Swedish babies

The population of greater Stockholm is growing faster than any other area in Sweden, with one in four babies now being born in the capital, according to a report published on Tuesday.

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France

Ceiling stain reveals corpse rotting on toilet

The partially decomposed body of a man has been found in the toilet of his flat after the family living downstairs complained of a bad smell and a strange leak in their dining room.

Angry Swedes push for noisy cock curfew
Sweden

Angry Swedes push for noisy cock curfew

A local council in northern Sweden has proposed a cockerel curfew in a bid to appease a group of residents who claim they are constantly disturbed by the crazed crowing of a neighbour’s rooster.

Accidentally stolen bodies return to Germany
Germany

Accidentally stolen bodies return to Germany

Ten of twelve corpses which were accidentally stolen by unsuspecting van thieves who took them to Poland three weeks ago, have been returned to Germany and cremated, ending a tense wait for families.

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France

Suicide jumper saved by landing on neighbour

A man attempting suicide by jumping from his first floor window was saved by landing on his neighbour in Courcelles, eastern France.

Swiss consumers still worried about future
Switzerland

Swiss consumers still worried about future

Consumer confidence in Switzerland remains weak, according to a survey conducted by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (Seco).

Outrage prompts refugee kids’ free lunch reversal
Sweden

Outrage prompts refugee kids’ free lunch reversal

Dozens of children of asylum seekers on the Baltic island of Öland will now be served lunch in school after an uproar stemming from revelations that local authorities had decided the children didn't have a right to free lunches.

Germany and UK: close corporate tax loopholes
Germany

Germany and UK: close corporate tax loopholes

Germany and Britain pressed the Group of 20 leading economies on Monday to tighten international standards for corporate tax regimes in order to close loopholes for big companies.

Merkel: I believe in God, religion is my companion
Germany

Merkel: I believe in God, religion is my companion

Chancellor Angela Merkel has for the first time publicly spoken about her Christian faith, which she has always held to be a personal, private matter, despite being leader of the Christian Democratic Union.

Swedish firms prefer not to hire fat people: study
Sweden

Swedish firms prefer not to hire fat people: study

Overweight jobseekers have a hard time finding work in Sweden, new research shows, with potential employers often ruling out tubby candidates over concerns about their productivity.

Bunny escapes nasty compost bin death
Germany

Bunny escapes nasty compost bin death

A man who opened a compost bin to chuck in some rubbish found a large rabbit looking at him - its owner had thrown it away, claiming she thought it was dead. Animal protection officers in Saxony are now investigating.

Woman found dead in car that crashed into lake
Sweden

Woman found dead in car that crashed into lake

The driver of a car that that veered off a bridge and sank to the muddy bottom of a Swedish lake on Monday was found dead in her vehicle early Tuesday morning.