Bed bugs attack Swiss army school recruits
Switzerland

Bed bugs attack Swiss army school recruits

An army of bed bugs is attacking infantry recruits at a Colombier training school in the canton of Neuchâtel.

Spring? Swiss weather remains in winter mode
Switzerland

Spring? Swiss weather remains in winter mode

Spring officially starts on Wednesday but residents of Switzerland will have to wait awhile for spring-like weather, according to forecasters.

PSG’s Beckham highest paid player in world
France

PSG’s Beckham highest paid player in world

David Beckham is out in front as the highest-paid player in world football, according to a report that appears in Tuesday's edition of France Football magazine.

Ten tips on French dinner party etiquette
France

Ten tips on French dinner party etiquette

Dining is a crucial part of French culture with its own set of do's and dont's. To help you avoid those inevitable faux pas The Local has enlisted an expert and come up with ten tips to get you through those nerve-wracking dinner parties.

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Switzerland

UN experts call on Israeli settlers to withdraw

Israel must immediately begin withdrawing its settlers from the Palestinian territories, UN experts told diplomats in Geneva on Monday, even as the Israeli government appeared set to strengthen the hand of the Jewish settler lobby.

Suspected Mali jihadist ‘betrayed France’
France

Suspected Mali jihadist ‘betrayed France’

The sister of a French-Algerian man arrested in Mali on suspicion of taking part in armed jihad has declared “he must pay” for "betraying" France.

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France

France to track down owners of WWII stolen art

France vowed on Monday to step up efforts to return works of art stolen from Jews by the Nazis to the families of their rightful owners.

Swedes warned as mid-March snow storm looms
Sweden

Swedes warned as mid-March snow storm looms

Sweden's weather agency SMHI issued an extreme weather warning for the southern tip of Sweden, with heavy snow and violent winds expected to hit the area on Tuesday.

Twelve heads roll in Sweden Democrat purge
Sweden

Twelve heads roll in Sweden Democrat purge

The Sweden Democrats on Monday announced they were kicking twelve members out of the party, including a prominent Gothenburg politician with strong ties to Sweden's neo-Nazi movement.

Bid to ban neo-Nazi party flounders as FDP baulks
Germany

Bid to ban neo-Nazi party flounders as FDP baulks

A bid by Germany's upper house of parliament to ban the NPD neo-Nazi party appeared on increasingly shaky ground on Monday after junior coalition partners the Free Democrats (FDP) came out against the move.

Four charged with Swiss woman’s rape in India
Switzerland

Four charged with Swiss woman’s rape in India

Six men appeared in court on Monday over the gang-rape and robbery of a Swiss woman on a cycling holiday in India, an assault that has rekindled alarm about the safety of tourists and rising sex crimes.

Top prosecutor takes on Islamist murder plot
Germany

Top prosecutor takes on Islamist murder plot

Germany's top state prosecutor on Monday took control of an investigation into a suspected plot to assassinate a xenophobic politician by Islamist extremists.

Mayor of crime-ridden Marseille slams Paris
France

Mayor of crime-ridden Marseille slams Paris

The mayor of Marseille blasted France’s Socialist government on Monday for concentrating their attention and resources on Paris and failing to do enough to protect the Mediterranean city's inhabitants from a recent wave of violent crime.

‘Kidnapped French father’ makes appeal in video
France

‘Kidnapped French father’ makes appeal in video

A man identified as the father of a kidnapped French family has spoken on a video obtained by AFP on Monday, which claimed to be a recording made by Nigeria's Islamist rebels Boko Haram.

Statoil announces large gas find in Tanzania
Norway

Statoil announces large gas find in Tanzania

Norwegian oil group Statoil on Monday announced a large natural gas find with US partner ExxonMobil off Tanzania's coast, the third major discovery in a year by the two companies in the country.

Madrid ‘to battle hard’ to win 2020 Olympic bid
Spain

Madrid ‘to battle hard’ to win 2020 Olympic bid

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Monday opened the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) evaluation team's visit to Madrid by claiming the city deserves the right to host the 2020 Olympic Games.

US and Sweden: innovative, entrepreneurial, and audacious
Sweden

US and Sweden: innovative, entrepreneurial, and audacious

On the 375th anniversary of Swedes' first arriving in what is now the United States, ambassadors from both countries hail the pioneering spirit that informs cooperative efforts to address critical challenges facing the world today.

Student job-seeking tips: ‘just go out and ask’
Sweden

Student job-seeking tips: ‘just go out and ask’

Students in Sweden, especially foreign students, can be left struggling when looking for extra work to support their studies. For this week's JobTalk, we find out why it's a problem and how it can be tackled.

Billström sparks ‘blonde, blue-eyed’ outrage
Sweden

Billström sparks ‘blonde, blue-eyed’ outrage

Migration Minister Tobias Billström unleashed a storm of criticism on Monday with comments that people who help illegal immigrants in Sweden are rarely "blonde and blue-eyed".

Record Airbus deal lands France ‘5,000 jobs’
France

Record Airbus deal lands France ‘5,000 jobs’

Europe's Airbus has won a record order worth €18.4 billion from Indonesia's Lion Air for 234 medium-haul A320 jets, the French presidency announced on Monday. The deal will be worth up to 5,000 jobs over the coming years, according to the Elysée.

Industry experts excited for export boost
Germany

Industry experts excited for export boost

German industry experts said on Monday they were expecting record exports in 2013, as demand for the country's products grows and the world economy begins to strengthen.

President ‘feels sorry’ for ousted predecessor
Germany

President ‘feels sorry’ for ousted predecessor

German President Joachim Gauck, who celebrated his first year in office on Monday, has said he felt sorry for his beleaguered predecessor Christian Wulff and his now ex-wife Bettina.

Geneva car show registers drop in visitors
Switzerland

Geneva car show registers drop in visitors

The 83rd annual Geneva International Motor Show wound up on Sunday with total attendance registered at 690,000, down two percent from the previous year.

Defence Minister visits German troops in Mali
Germany

Defence Minister visits German troops in Mali

German Defence Minister Thomas de Maiziere is due in Mali on Monday where he is to meet German soldiers deployed to support French and African troops fighting Islamist rebels.

600 Swedish jobs to go as ST-Ericsson splits
Sweden

600 Swedish jobs to go as ST-Ericsson splits

Up to 600 Swedish jobs may disappear when mobile technology joint venture ST-Ericsson splits its operations, the company said on Monday.

Hollande promises truth over gunman Merah
France

Hollande promises truth over gunman Merah

French President François Hollande has promised to unearth the truth about Toulouse terrorist Mohamed Merah as France remembered the gunman's seven victims on the first anniversary of his shooting spree in Toulouse and Montauban.

Reinfeldt defends migrant deportation push
Sweden

Reinfeldt defends migrant deportation push

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt on Sunday defended recent efforts by police to identify and deport immigrants who remain in Sweden illegally.

Germany world’s number three arms dealer
Germany

Germany world’s number three arms dealer

Germany is the world's third largest arms exporter behind the US and Russia, a five-yearly report revealed on Monday. Between 2008 and 2012, Germany was responsible for seven percent of global arms exports.

Germany: Cyprus must finance EU bailout
Germany

Germany: Cyprus must finance EU bailout

It was up to the Cyprus government how it chooses to finance the terms of a tough EU bailout deal, which should have a "calming effect" on the crisis-wracked eurozone, Germany said Monday.

Pamela Anderson hosts Swiss nightclub soirees
Switzerland

Pamela Anderson hosts Swiss nightclub soirees

Pinup actress Pamela Anderson travelled to Switzerland over the weekend for appearances at nightclubs in Geneva and Basel.

Arctic weather brings fresh snow to the north
Germany

Arctic weather brings fresh snow to the north

Arctic winds brought fresh snowfall in northern Germany on Monday morning, causing traffic chaos as truck drivers lost control of their vehicles, skidding across and blocking several motorways.

French court lays down law on car-pooling
France

French court lays down law on car-pooling

A court in France has moved to crack down on drivers trying to make a profit out of the country's car-pooling schemes. Judges have ruled that users can no longer charge more than the cost of expenses in offering their passengers a lift.

Damaged track slows Stockholm-area trains
Sweden

Damaged track slows Stockholm-area trains

Trains running between Södertälje and Gävle - including the popular Stockholm to Uppsala line - were struck by long delays on Monday morning after a train with a defective wheel caused damage to the rails.

British father and son die on Mont Blanc
France

British father and son die on Mont Blanc

A British man and his 12-year-old son were found dead on Sunday in the Mont-Blanc massif that spreads around Europe's highest peak, rescuers said.

Hammarby take home Sweden’s bandy final
Sweden

Hammarby take home Sweden’s bandy final

Hammarby cruised to a victory in Sweden's bandy final against Sandviken on Sunday, with a record crowd storming the ice in celebration before the end of the game at Stockholm's Friends Arena.

China’s arms exports soar: Swedish think tank
Sweden

China’s arms exports soar: Swedish think tank

China has overtaken Britain to become the world's fifth largest arms exporter with 5 percent of the global trade, its highest position since the Cold War, a Swedish think tank said on Monday.

Celebrity lawyer found dead near private island
France

Celebrity lawyer found dead near private island

A French star lawyer whose clients ranged from Panama's ex-dictator Manuel Noriega to former prime minister Dominique de Villepin has been found dead near his private island in Brittany.

French death toll in Mali rises to five
France

French death toll in Mali rises to five

A French corporal was killed tracking down jihadist fighters in their northern Mali mountain bastions, bringing to five the number of French deaths since Paris launched a military offensive in the country two months ago.

Train strike sparks early morning travel turmoil
Germany

Train strike sparks early morning travel turmoil

Train passengers across Germany were expected to experience serious problems on Monday morning's early commute as members of a rail workers' union staged a nationwide walk-out over a wage dispute.

‘Not being German was a big plus in my case’
Germany

‘Not being German was a big plus in my case’

In the latest instalment of My German Career, The Local spoke with Portuguese games tester Rui Firmino about how he ended up playing with computers in Frankfurt.