Live Blog: Eurovision Song Contest final
Sweden

Live Blog: Eurovision Song Contest final

The 2013 Eurovision Song Contest Final is live in Malmö, southern Sweden. The Local brings you all the latest news, reactions, and details surrounding Europe's biggest pop music spectacle.

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Sweden

Sweden beat Finland in hunt for hockey gold

Sweden advanced into the world ice hockey championship's gold medal match with a 3-0 win over their Nordic neighbours, longstanding rivals and co-hosts Finland in the semi-final on Saturday.

Three shot in jewellery heist on busy street
Sweden

Three shot in jewellery heist on busy street

Three people were wounded during an armed robbery on a jewellery store on a busy street in Ängelholm, southern Sweden on Saturday.

County council admits to buying out ‘bomb man’
Sweden

County council admits to buying out ‘bomb man’

The Sörmland County Council in central Sweden "accidentally" hired a convicted criminal who had served a long prison sentence for attempted blackmail and sabotage. The 47-year-old man had threatened to blow up oil storage tanks in the Södertälje harbour in 2005, an incident which received national attention.

Atletico stun Real in King’s Cup final
Spain

Atletico stun Real in King’s Cup final

Atletico Madrid won their 10th Spanish Cup on Friday when they beat bitter city rivals Real Madrid 2-1 in extra-time in a match which saw both Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo sent-off.

Man held after Cannes TV studio attack
France

Man held after Cannes TV studio attack

A man was arrested on Friday after causing a scare at the Cannes Film Festival, where he attacked a TV studio with a gun loaded with blanks and a dummy grenade, police and witnesses said.

Most Germans optimistic about the future
Germany

Most Germans optimistic about the future

Although less than 50 percent of Germans are optimistic about their current situation, more than half think their future will be better and the number of pessimists in the country dropped, a survey released on Saturday showed.

Blood-doping doc to face sentence appeal
Spain

Blood-doping doc to face sentence appeal

The public prosecutor in the Operation Puerto case in which doctor Eufemiano Fuentes was sentenced to a year in prison intends to appeal the sentence and the destruction of more than 200 blood bags seized from his apartments.

Depardieu: Putin like Pope John Paul II
France

Depardieu: Putin like Pope John Paul II

French actor and newly-minted Russian citizen Gerard Depardieu on Saturday compared President Vladimir Putin to the late Pope John Paul II and said the ex-KGB agent is what Russia needs as a leader.

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Sweden

Man wounded in schoolyard shooting

Panic broke out at a Gothenburg school on Friday evening as one man was injured in a shooting which could be linked to a violent robbery that took place in the area on the same day.

Spanish banker jailed and bailed for €2.5m
Spain

Spanish banker jailed and bailed for €2.5m

Miguel Blesa has become the first top Spanish banker to spend time in jail over alleged mismanagement in the financial crisis. The former head of Spanish bank Caja Madrid spent less than 24 hours behind bars after he paid the staggering €2.5 million ($3.2 million) bail set by the judge.

Organic food stores expand rapidly
Germany

Organic food stores expand rapidly

Organic food and health stores are undergoing a hefty expansion in Germany, with the Vitalia chain taking over several locations from the bankrupt Schlecker drugstore chain in Munich alone.

Friedrich wants hate preachers expelled
Germany

Friedrich wants hate preachers expelled

Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich has called for the expulsion of Islamic religious leaders who preach hate and said Germany’s laws must be changed to accomplish that.

Teen girl admits to Instagram ‘slut-shaming’
Sweden

Teen girl admits to Instagram ‘slut-shaming’

A 15-year-old girl has admitted to setting up the Instagram account that caused hundreds of teenagers to riot in Gothenburg last year, but her 16-year-old friend has denied involvement.

Russians top asylum seekers to Germany
Germany

Russians top asylum seekers to Germany

The number of asylum seekers in Germany rose once again in April and was nearly three times higher than last year, the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees said on Friday, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported.

Economists warn against German euro exit
Germany

Economists warn against German euro exit

While a third of Germans would rather pay with the old Deutsche mark than the euro, economists warn that a German exit from the currency union would result in a disaster.

Fierce hockey rivals go head to head
Sweden

Fierce hockey rivals go head to head

Ice hockey World Championships co-hosts Sweden and Finland continue their long-standing rivalry on Saturday with a place in the gold medal match at stake.

Survey: Half of gays harassed in Germany
Germany

Survey: Half of gays harassed in Germany

Nearly 50 percent of German lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents reported being harassed and/or discriminated against last year, a study on the European Union’s LGBT community released on Friday and published in the Süddeutsche Zeitung showed.

‘Lazy’ Sardinian postman hoards 400 kilos of mail
Italy

‘Lazy’ Sardinian postman hoards 400 kilos of mail

A hard-partying village postman on the Italian island of Sardinia was too "lazy" to deliver post in the morning and instead hoarded some 400 kilos (882 pounds) of it in his home, local residents and the police said.

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Norway

Parents in Norway jailed for incest

A Norwegian court Thursday sentenced a couple to 17 years in prison for violence, rape and incestuous relations with their three sons, calling it the country's worst sexual abuse case.

Spain posts first trade surplus since 1971
Spain

Spain posts first trade surplus since 1971

Spain announced Friday its first monthly trade surplus since 1971 as imports slumped because of a collapse in demand in the midst of a recession and record unemployment.

Hollande signs gay marriage bill into law
France

Hollande signs gay marriage bill into law

France became the 14th country to legalise same-sex marriage Saturday after President Francois Hollande signed the measure into law following months of bitter political debate.