Orphanage director one of double murder victims
Switzerland

Orphanage director one of double murder victims

Police on Monday identified the manager of an orphanage in the Bernese Oberland as one of the victims of a double stabbing murder at a Spiez children's home over the weekend.

PSG’s title celebrations turn ugly as fans riot
France

PSG’s title celebrations turn ugly as fans riot

Paris Saint-Germain's title celebrations turned ugly on Monday when PSG fans clashed with riot police in the centre of the French capital. Missiles were thrown at police officers who responded with teargas. Fans also smashed store windows.

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Switzerland

Glencore-Xstrata reports higher copper output

Swiss-based mining giant Glencore Xstrata raised its copper production by 18 percent in the first three months of 2012 from output in the same period a year ago, the company said on Monday.

Jackal trial begins in Paris amid confusion
France

Jackal trial begins in Paris amid confusion

The high-profile appeal hearing of Carlos the Jackal got underway in a French court on Monday amid confusion after he asked his defence lawyers to stay away from court. Carlos is appealing against his conviction for a series of bombings 30 years ago.

The hottest French film stars to spot at Cannes
France

The hottest French film stars to spot at Cannes

Over the next couple of weeks the Cannes Film Festival will become home to some of the most sexy, most glamorous, most handsome names in film. So we think it's time to countdown the hottest French stars of the big screen so you know exactly who to look out for.

The most embarrassing mistakes in Italian
Italy

The most embarrassing mistakes in Italian

Italian can be a minefield for well-intentioned expats. Just an out-of-place 'o' or 'a', for instance, can have disastrous consequences. So, don't make yourself a laughing-stock - check out our list of the most embarrassing mistakes to avoid.

Man arrested for impersonating ex-pope
Italy

Man arrested for impersonating ex-pope

Dressed in a white cassock, a cross and a white skull cap, a street performer near the Colosseum has been been arrested for bearing a ghostly resemblance to former Pope John Paul II.

Spanish mourn death of ‘voice of God’
Spain

Spanish mourn death of ‘voice of God’

Spain’s most highly-acclaimed dubbing actor — the voice of Darth Vader, Terminator, Dirty Harry, the Lion King, Captain Kirk and many more — has passed away at the age of 65.

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Sweden

Shopkeeper jailed for ‘torture’ of three teens

A Stockholm shopkeeper has been jailed for two years for locking up three teenage boys in his store's cellar for ten hours, where he mimicked aspects of water boarding on one of them.

H&M backs Bangladesh building safety accord
Sweden

H&M backs Bangladesh building safety accord

Sweden's retail giant H&M has decided to sign up to a building safety agreement in the wake of the factory collapse that killed more than 1,000 garment workers in Bangladesh.

‘H&M task is to balance low costs with safety’
Sweden

‘H&M task is to balance low costs with safety’

With the world's attention on Bangladesh, Swedish sustainability expert Alexandra Frenander says fashion giants such as Sweden's H&M must find a way to guarantee safety, while they still demand low costs.

New tax hike set to hit Spanish booze
Spain

New tax hike set to hit Spanish booze

Budget booze has always been one of Spain's selling points but the crisis could be a killjoy if tough new taxes are imposed.

‘Love it or hate it – you can’t avoid the popfest’
Sweden

‘Love it or hate it – you can’t avoid the popfest’

With the Eurovision final just days away, The Local's Patrick Reilly heads behind the scenes where Bonnie Tyler, Sweden's Robin Stjernberg, and a swarm of international reporters are jostling for space in the Malmö Arena.

Federal Railways guides commuters to seats
Switzerland

Federal Railways guides commuters to seats

At peak times commuters often have trouble finding a free seat on Switzerland’s trains. Federal Railways SBB wants to make better use of the available seating.

John Kerry to talk Syria in Stockholm visit
Sweden

John Kerry to talk Syria in Stockholm visit

The Swedish government said on Monday that US Secretary of State John Kerry will arrive in Stockholm on Tuesday to discuss issues including the situation in Syria and the stalled Middle East peace process.

UK newspaper’s ‘Spain is bust’ claim provokes fury
Spain

UK newspaper’s ‘Spain is bust’ claim provokes fury

The Daily Telegraph's journalist Jeremy Warner has come under fire after his piece “Spain is insolvent: get your money out while you can” touched a nerve with Spain's general public and political commentators alike.

Metal workers enter huge warning strikes
Germany

Metal workers enter huge warning strikes

Tens of thousands of metal workers downed tools on Monday in a spat between powerful union IG Metall and employers over pay. It marks the start of what could be a decisive week for the industry as a full-scale strike looms.

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Sweden

Swedish man dies after swallowing toothpick

A man in southern Sweden died after doctors failed to notice a toothpick stuck in his throat.

Suspect pleads not guilty in fatal beating trial
Germany

Suspect pleads not guilty in fatal beating trial

The suspected ringleader of a vicious beating that left 20-year-old Jonny K dead at Berlin's central Alexanderplatz train station, pled not guilty on Monday as his trial began.

DSK returns to spotlight – in South Sudan
France

DSK returns to spotlight – in South Sudan

Since being caught up in a global sex scandal in 2011 Dominique Strauss-Kahn has tried to lay low but on Monday he appeared to face the media, not in Paris, New York or Lille, but in South Sudan where he opened a bank account.

Swedish comic slams ‘secret’ Eurovision script
Sweden

Swedish comic slams ‘secret’ Eurovision script

Swedish comedian Magnus Betnér has leaked what he claims to be a confidential script for a Eurovision sketch that he refused to be part of, stating that he hopes the "unfunny" piece is never aired.

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Switzerland

Yemen gunmen ‘kidnap Swiss Red Cross worker’

Tribal gunmen have kidnapped a Swiss man working for the Geneva-based International Committee of the Red Cross in southern Yemen, a local pro-government militia leader said on Monday.

Cops smash UK hash gang in Spain
Spain

Cops smash UK hash gang in Spain

Spanish and British police have nabbed a hashish-smuggling ring that hid hundreds of kilos of drugs in electrical transformers before shipping them off to the UK.

Major money laundering case opens in Bellinzona
Switzerland

Major money laundering case opens in Bellinzona

Five Czech citizens and a Belgian are appearing before the federal criminal court in Bellinzona on Monday charged with money laundering and other crimes.

Search widened in hunt for missing 5-year-old
France

Search widened in hunt for missing 5-year-old

Police in the central French city of Clermont-Ferrand have launched an urgent public appeal as they hunt for a missing 5-year-old girl who was last seen in a park on Sunday evening. Her mother dozed off for a moment and when she woke Fiona was gone.

Malaga health tourism bid to boost Brand Spain
Spain

Malaga health tourism bid to boost Brand Spain

Spain’s Costal del Sol is set to become an international health tourism hub for patients from around the world thanks to the lower costs and good reputation of medical facilities across Andalusia.

France and Germany plan deal for jobless youths
France

France and Germany plan deal for jobless youths

France and Germany are to launch a joint initiative this month aimed at tackling the growing problem of youth unemployment in Europe. The scheme, called "New Deal for Europe" will be used to promote education and training.

Top ten tips for earning a higher salary in Sweden
Sweden

Top ten tips for earning a higher salary in Sweden

Want more money? Want to learn how to convince your Swedish boss that you are indispensable? Sure, but make sure you do your homework first, explains union ombudsman Anna-Karin Mattsson.

German parties get record state handouts
Germany

German parties get record state handouts

Germany's political parties will receive more state money than ever before, it was reported on Monday. In the run-up to September's election, the country's parties will be fuelled by over €154 million.

Germany launches new job creation drive
Germany

Germany launches new job creation drive

Germany and France plan to launch a "New Deal for Europe" against youth unemployment this month, an issue that has topped 50 percent in several countries. It includes credits for companies that create jobs.

Asthma and allergies on the rise for Swedish kids
Sweden

Asthma and allergies on the rise for Swedish kids

Asthma and allergies are becoming more common among children in Sweden, according to an extensive national report published on Monday.

France mulls smartphone tax to fund culture
France

France mulls smartphone tax to fund culture

The notorious French taxman could soon have something else to train his sights on after a government report on Monday suggested taxing smartphone and tablet producers like Apple and Amazon, in order to bolster funding for cultural products.

More migrant kids need help with German
Germany

More migrant kids need help with German

Increasing numbers of children from migrant families are needing extra German lessons at school because their language levels are not up to scratch, a newspaper reported on Monday.

Merkel reveals new details of GDR past
Germany

Merkel reveals new details of GDR past

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has revealed more details of her activities under the communist regime in East Germany, insisting that she had never kept certain things secret, but that no one had ever asked.

Hookers help out in Murcia street clean-up
Spain

Hookers help out in Murcia street clean-up

Prostitutes in the city of Murcia took to the streets on Sunday alongside nuns and volunteers to clean up the area where they work.

Some teachers survive on benefits in summer
Germany

Some teachers survive on benefits in summer

Every summer thousands of teachers are forced to survive on unemployment benefits because their contracts only run during term time, it emerged on Monday.

Basel mulls language quotas in schools
Switzerland

Basel mulls language quotas in schools

Politicians in Basel are considering measures to deal with the large number of non-German speaking pupils in schools.

Alonso thrills Spain with stylish F1 win
Spain

Alonso thrills Spain with stylish F1 win

Two-time champion Fernando Alonso paid a warm tribute to his Ferrari team and the massive Spanish crowd on Sunday after he drove to a dominant victory for Ferrari at the Spanish Grand Prix.

VIDEO: PSG fans take to streets to celebrate title
France

VIDEO: PSG fans take to streets to celebrate title

Thousands of ecstatic Paris Saint-Germain supporters took to the streets of the French capital on Sunday night, setting off flares and stopping traffic in celebration of their club’s first French championship in 19 years.

Spanish cops bust ‘UK’s most wanted’ in raid
Spain

Spanish cops bust ‘UK’s most wanted’ in raid

One of Britain's most wanted fugitives, armed robber Andrew Moran, has been arrested at a luxury villa on the Spanish coast after four years on the run.

Police hunt killer following double murder
Switzerland

Police hunt killer following double murder

Police in the Bernese Oberland are searching for a murder weapon after a man and a woman were found stabbed to death at a children’s home in Spiez.

Spain’s ‘indignants’ renew street protests
Spain

Spain’s ‘indignants’ renew street protests

Thousands of Spaniards on Sunday gathered to mark the second anniversary of the "indignants" movement formed to protest economic inequality as unemployment in the debt ridden country last month hit record levels.

Afghan refugees break hunger strike in Boden
Sweden

Afghan refugees break hunger strike in Boden

Thirteen Afghan refugees who have been on a hunger strike outside Migration Board (Migrationsverket) offices in Boden in northern Sweden have broken off their action after three weeks of refusing to eat.

Women and children die in blaze at Roma squat
France

Women and children die in blaze at Roma squat

Two women and a child died in a blaze at a derelict factory near the city of Lyon that was being used as a makeshift camp by hundreds of Roma people, firefighters reported on Monday. Authorities say the death toll could yet rise.

Extend Sweden’s Afghan mission past Nato’s: Bildt
Sweden

Extend Sweden’s Afghan mission past Nato’s: Bildt

Sweden's Foreign Minister Carl Bildt has signalled his government would like to keep Swedish military in Afghanistan even after Nato ends its current engagement in the country in 2014.

Nordea tracked clients in secret ‘black book’
Sweden

Nordea tracked clients in secret ‘black book’

One of Sweden's biggest banks kept a secret registry with thousands of names of people described as "jokers", "economic lunatics" and "gangster accountants" in what is being called a "black book" of clients the bank didn't want to do business with.

Topless Femen steal show at far-right march
France

Topless Femen steal show at far-right march

Femen, a group of topless feminists staged their latest protest on Sunday this time disrupting a march by supporters of France’s far-right in Paris. Four bare-chested women unfurled a banner which read “Sextermination for Nazism”.

Frankfurt Germany’s biggest crime city
Germany

Frankfurt Germany’s biggest crime city

Frankfurt is Germany's most dangerous city, thanks to its giant airport and volatile red-light district, figures from the federal police revealed over the weekend. Following in second and third place were Düsseldorf and Cologne.

Bob Dylan not fit for French award: Le Pen
France

Bob Dylan not fit for French award: Le Pen

The leader of France's far right National Front party Marine Le Pen joined the row over whether US singer Bob Dylan should win a Legion d'Honneur award, claiming on Sunday that the medals "should not just be handed to any old person".

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Sweden

Woman’s flat in ruins after mystery bomb blast

What police are calling a bomb was thrown into an apartment in southern Sweden early on Monday morning, leaving parts of the flat "totally destroyed".

Pirate Party declare election-year attack
Germany

Pirate Party declare election-year attack

Germany's Pirate Party vowed an attack on the political mainstream as it wrapped up a congress Sunday, hoping to re-energise a flagging campaign ahead of September elections.

‘Germans are nice thanks to my Ami accent’
Germany

‘Germans are nice thanks to my Ami accent’

For this instalment of My German Career, The Local spoke with former US military man turned armed guard Keith Alban about leaving your home country in search of a better quality of life, and the perks of being an American abroad.