Swiss bikini advert for cigars ruled ‘sexist’
Switzerland

Swiss bikini advert for cigars ruled ‘sexist’

Switzerland’s truth in advertising commission has called for the withdrawal of a “sexist” advertisement for cigars that shows four women posing in a pool in skimpy string bikinis.

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Switzerland

Money manager brothers sentenced for laundering marijuana millions

An investment manager was jailed for six months on Tuesday while his younger brother, a banker, received a suspended sentence from a Geneva court after the pair admitted to laundering 12 million euros in Moroccan drug trafficking revenue.

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Switzerland

Israel’s no-show sparks human rights flap

Israel on Tuesday became the first country to boycott a UN Human Rights Council review of its rights situation, sparking heated debate among diplomats on how to respond.

Swedish employment package talks collapse
Sweden

Swedish employment package talks collapse

Swedish employers groups on Tuesday pulled out of negotiations over a key government youth unemployment package expected to create 30,000 jobs, but Finance Minister Anders Borg downplayed the development.

Reinfeldt irritated by Sweden’s defence debate
Sweden

Reinfeldt irritated by Sweden’s defence debate

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has described as "strange" an ongoing debate about the country's defence capabilities, noting that Sweden was very unlikely to come under attack.

France to deport radical Muslim clerics
France

France to deport radical Muslim clerics

French Interior Minister Manuel Valls said on Tuesday that Paris was set to deport a string of radical imams as part of a fight against "global jihadism".

The white stuff: a guide to Swedish ski resorts
Sweden

The white stuff: a guide to Swedish ski resorts

With Sweden hunkering down for another stretch of winter weather, The Local offfers a run down of Swedish ski areas, where new snow brings fists raised in glee, rather than anger.

Ugandans’ gay wedding ‘first’ highlights Sweden asylum lottery
Sweden

Ugandans’ gay wedding ‘first’ highlights Sweden asylum lottery

A couple who claim to be the first Ugandan men to be legally married face an uncertain future after recently tying the knot in a Swedish church, with one facing possible deportation that the other fears could result in his husband's death.

Musée d’Orsay kicks out family for ‘smelling bad’
France

Musée d’Orsay kicks out family for ‘smelling bad’

A hard-up family were escorted out of the world famous Musée d’Orsay in Paris by four security guards because they smelled bad, it was reported on Tuesday. Directors at the museum say they are ‘saddened’ by the incident.

One in five Bretons want independence: poll
France

One in five Bretons want independence: poll

Nearly one in five residents of Brittany favour independence from France, according to an opinion poll whose results have sparked a censorship row in the Atlantic coastal region.

Minister insists France not ‘totally bankrupt’
France

Minister insists France not ‘totally bankrupt’

France’s finance chief Pierre Moscovici has launched a staunch defense of the country’s economy after a minister in the French government described it as “totally bankrupt”.

Video: Swedes untangle the untranslatable
Sweden

Video: Swedes untangle the untranslatable

After our latest list of "untranslatable" Swedish words got people talking, The Local's Oliver Gee took to the streets of Stockholm to ask Swedes if they could find any helpful translations.

Nine candidates vie for top WTO position
Switzerland

Nine candidates vie for top WTO position

Candidates from nine mainly developing nations face off this week for the job of reviving stalled global trade talks as the new head of the World Trade Organization.

Video artist feels the Techno Viking’s wrath
Germany

Video artist feels the Techno Viking’s wrath

The Techno Viking is angry – the star subject of one of the internet's most popular memes is suing the video artist who filmed him 13 years ago in Berlin.

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France

Attacker slits pensioner’s throat in supermarket

A 67-year-old woman has died after having her throat cut by a male attacker while she was out shopping for groceries. The suspect is still on the loose.

Mother gets life sentence for killing three kids
Switzerland

Mother gets life sentence for killing three kids

A court in the canton of Zurich sentenced a mother to life in jail on Tuesday after she confessed to smothering her seven-year-old twins with a pillow and killing a third child — after denying the crimes for years.

Ten tips for finding work in France
France

Ten tips for finding work in France

As part of the first installment of The Local's Job Talk series we have put together, with the help of some expert advice, ten tips to help people find work in France. We will be examining some of the points in more detail throughout the series.

Move your world with AGS
Switzerland

Move your world with AGS

According to Bill Bryson, moving to a new country is like being a 5-year-old again. “You are ignorant of almost everything…

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Sweden

Eight years for brother who fatally stabbed sister

The 17-year-old boy from southern Sweden who stabbed his sister to death in April was sentenced to eight years in prison on Tuesday for what the court referred to as an "honour killing".

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Switzerland

Financier with Swiss links killed in Japan

Bodies believed to be those of an international financier and his wife who went missing from their swanky Tokyo apartment after returning from Switzerland have been unearthed in Japan, reports said on Tuesday.

British man held over murder of French jogger
France

British man held over murder of French jogger

French police have detained a 32-year-old British man after finding traces of his DNA at the scene of the murder of a mother of three who was stabbed to death while out jogging.

French court ‘suspends’ Peugeot job cuts plan
France

French court ‘suspends’ Peugeot job cuts plan

A French appeal court has suspended a restructuring plan involving 8,000 job cuts at carmaker Peugeot Citroen as sought by the CGT union, the lawyer for the workers Fiodor Rilov said on Tuesday.

German workers feel more stressed
Germany

German workers feel more stressed

Nearly half of Germany's workers feel more stressed than two years ago, a study suggested on Tuesday.

French scientists to test ‘AIDS cure’ on patients
France

French scientists to test ‘AIDS cure’ on patients

French scientists in Marseille are set to begin human trials of a drug heralded as a potential cure for Aids, it was revealed on Tuesday.

Swiss research projects win Euro funding
Switzerland

Swiss research projects win Euro funding

Scientists in Switzerland are major beneficiaries of funding from the European Commission totalling two billion euros into research about the human brain and graphene, a new material with multiple applications.

Pressure rises to return art stolen by Nazis
Germany

Pressure rises to return art stolen by Nazis

Thousands of works of art stolen during the Third Reich or bought cheaply from Nazi victims under duress are still in German museums and public buildings - now a magazine story has pushed senior figures to demand action.

Consumer confidence edges up slightly
Germany

Consumer confidence edges up slightly

Consumer confidence in Germany has risen for the first time in three months amid burgeoning optimism that Europe's biggest economy has put the worst of the debt crisis behind it, a survey found on Tuesday.

Security officials warn of growing terror threat
Germany

Security officials warn of growing terror threat

German security officials are concerned the country's support for France's fight against Islamists in Mali has increased the risk of terrorist attack, according to a newspaper report.

Police raid paper HQ for forum user’s details
Germany

Police raid paper HQ for forum user’s details

Bavarian police have raided the offices of a regional newspaper, hoping to find details on an internet forum user who criticized a local politician trying to control street prostitution.

Most work permits given to low-skilled workers
Sweden

Most work permits given to low-skilled workers

A 2008 change to Sweden's labour migration laws designed to make it easier for companies to recruit non-Europeans to hard-to-fill high-skilled jobs has instead been used primarily to bring low-skilled workers to Sweden, a new report shows.

Man arrested after retired couple shot dead
Switzerland

Man arrested after retired couple shot dead

Saint Gallen cantonal police arrested a 41-year-old Swiss man after a retired Italian couple were shot dead on Monday on the street where they lived in Saint Margrethen, a town near the Austrian border.

Troops patrol Timbuktu after hero’s welcome
France

Troops patrol Timbuktu after hero’s welcome

French and Malian forces patrolled Timbuktu on Tuesday after they seized Mali's fabled desert city as part of a lightening advance against the Islamists controlling the country's vast north.

Two arrested for selling residence permits
Sweden

Two arrested for selling residence permits

Two Migration Board (Migrationsverket) employees in Malmö were arrested on Tuesday morning on suspicions they sold residence permits to asylum seekers.

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France

Number of new homes in France plummets

The number of new homes under construction in France fell by 19.6 percent last year from the level in 2011, data released on Tuesday by the housing ministry showed.

Gay marriage row moves to French parliament
France

Gay marriage row moves to French parliament

After the mass street protests and months of rancorous debate, proposals to allow gay couples to marry and adopt children will finally be debated in the French parliament on Tuesday.

Volvo partner blacklisted by Swedish pension fund
Sweden

Volvo partner blacklisted by Swedish pension fund

Dong Feng, owners of a Chinese truckmaker in which Volvo recently purchased a 45 percent stake, has been blacklisted by a major Swedish state pension fund for allegedly violating a United Nations weapons embargo.

Bremen space team prepares comet landing
Germany

Bremen space team prepares comet landing

Scientists in Bremen are preparing to make space exploration history by landing a probe on a comet - the first mission of its kind. Experts believe that the results could dramatically transform our understanding of the universe.

German stirs up Israeli TV cooking show
Germany

German stirs up Israeli TV cooking show

A German man is making a stir on Israel’s television screens, after making it to the final of the country's version of Masterchef. On Tuesday, he will face tough competition from two culinary-minded female competitors.

Bill Gates: Finance tax should aid world’s poor
Germany

Bill Gates: Finance tax should aid world’s poor

Bill Gates was the star attraction at a German Social Democratic Party (SPD) meeting in Potsdam on Monday, calling for world hunger to be fought with taxes raised on financial transactions.

Sweden to jobless youth: find work in Greece
Sweden

Sweden to jobless youth: find work in Greece

Sweden's government-funded employment agency on Monday launched a campaign encouraging unemployed Swedish youths to look for summer jobs in crisis-stricken Mediterranean countries including Spain and Greece.

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Sweden

Swedish man dies in French caving accident

A 30-year-old Swedish doctor died on Monday in a potholing accident in a cave in southwestern France, police said.

Cult members jailed for child abuse in Chile
Germany

Cult members jailed for child abuse in Chile

Chile's Supreme Court late on Monday sentenced four Germans and a Chilean to prison terms of between five and 11 years for abusing children at a former secretive enclave of German settlers.