At least six dead as train derails near Paris
France

At least six dead as train derails near Paris

A train derailed near Paris on Friday, leaving at least six people dead after it came off the tracks at Bretigny-sur-Orge in the Essonne department, just south of the capital.Dozens of others have been left injured.

Tour de France stage 13: Cavendish strikes back
France

Tour de France stage 13: Cavendish strikes back

British rider Mark Cavendish won Friday's 13th stage of the Tour de France, making up for the disappointment of finishing second in Thursday's sprint. Sky's Chris Froome held on to the yellow jersey although his lead was cut by Spaniard Alberto Contador.

‘Time for united EU to be global security player’
Italy

‘Time for united EU to be global security player’

Henry Kissinger once requested the dialing code for Europe. As a global security partner, the EU must answer the phone as one when the foreign policy challenges of the 21st century come calling, says Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonin alongside her Swedish, Spanish and Polish counterparts.

US plastic dogs to combat goose menace
Sweden

US plastic dogs to combat goose menace

Tired of their local parks being overrun by wild geese, officials in Stockholm suburb Sollentuna have shipped over plastic shepherd dogs from America to combat the problem.

Estate sale ends ‘Citizen Kane’ Spanish legacy
Spain

Estate sale ends ‘Citizen Kane’ Spanish legacy

A Spanish estate belonging to the granddaughter of American press magnate William Randolph Hearst, who inspired the classic movie 'Citizen Kane', has been sold to a Mexican business mogul for a massive €3.9 million ($5.09 million).

Stork lays siege to village with car attacks
Germany

Stork lays siege to village with car attacks

A stork has been causing thousands of euros of damage in a north German village by attacking parked cars and pecking at windows. It is said to be confused and thinks every reflection of itself is a rival bird.

Cleric in corruption probe has assets frozen
Italy

Cleric in corruption probe has assets frozen

The Vatican has frozen assets belonging to a senior Italian cleric suspected of money laundering and corruption as part of a probe which may extend to other account holders at the Vatican bank.

‘They have stolen over 400 of my Picasso works’
Spain

‘They have stolen over 400 of my Picasso works’

Pablo Picasso's stepdaughter has seen over 400 artworks by the Spanish artist stolen from her in recent years, a French newspaper reported on Friday.

Woman ‘killed partner’s dad and cut up body’
Germany

Woman ‘killed partner’s dad and cut up body’

A woman strangled her partner's father in a judo hold, then chopped up his body and buried the pieces in a shallow grave, a court heard on Friday. Reports suggest the fight was sparked by an argument over the washing up.

French UNESCO site evicts baboon vandals
France

French UNESCO site evicts baboon vandals

Authorities in charge of the Citadel of Besançon have been forced to take action to protect the UNESCO World Heritage site from wanton vandals. These hooligans are not teenage youths however but bad boy baboons.

Winemakers mark 50 years of quality approval
Italy

Winemakers mark 50 years of quality approval

Italian winemakers on Friday celebrated 50 years since the Controlled designation of origin (DOC) stamp was introduced, which gave quality wines the seal of approval.

Anger over return of ‘sex abuse’ priest
Italy

Anger over return of ‘sex abuse’ priest

Protests are being planned by parents in the northern Italian town of Casirate d'Adda, in Bergamo, after it emerged that a priest who plea-bargained a suspended sentence for having sex with two boys would take part in a week-long parish holiday.

Novartis under fire over false Japanese drug data
Switzerland

Novartis under fire over false Japanese drug data

Test data on a widely used blood pressure drug from Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis was very likely fabricated and falsified, Japan's health minister says.

One arrest in double bank heist attempt
Sweden

One arrest in double bank heist attempt

Stockholm police have arrested a 25-year-old man suspected of playing part in two attempted bank robberies in the capital, with suspects seen fleeing the first scene in a grey Volvo that turned up at bank number two.

Construction worker’s body dumped by boss
Italy

Construction worker’s body dumped by boss

A Romanian worker's body was dumped by his boss after he died on an Italian building site, police said Friday, underlining Italy's record as one of Europe's worst for workplace deaths.

‘The French are looking to see how we do things’
France

‘The French are looking to see how we do things’

For this week’s My French Career we meet the headteacher of the British school of Paris, which he describes as "unashamedly British", to hear about his job, life in the French capital and the advantages of the British education system over the French one.

Shock as policewoman beats Swedish drunk
Sweden

Shock as policewoman beats Swedish drunk

A video clip showing a Swedish policewoman repeatedly hitting a drunken man with a baton as her police dog appears to go berserk on the streets of Stockholm has shocked experts, while the prosecutor has opened a criminal probe.

‘Time for united EU to be global security player’
Spain

‘Time for united EU to be global security player’

Henry Kissinger once requested the dialing code for Europe. As a global security partner, the EU must answer the phone as one when the foreign policy challenges of the 21st century come calling says Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel García-Margallo and his Swedish, Italian and Polish counterparts.

Man denied disability help due to nude pics
Norway

Man denied disability help due to nude pics

A disabled Norwegian man has found himself in a nude self-portrait standoff with his local municipality, which is refusing to send a care assistant to his home unless he removes what they call pornographic images from the walls.

Worried parents hire sniffer dog to check kids
Germany

Worried parents hire sniffer dog to check kids

A German entrepreneur is offering a sniffer-dog service to parents who suspect their children are taking drugs. The canines-on-call can be hired for €95 a time, and are willing to undertake discreet or overt searches.

Northern lights add shine to off-season cruises
Norway

Northern lights add shine to off-season cruises

Cruise ships are set to offer winter voyages along the Norwegian coastline, using the lure of the northern lights to attract tourists northward beyond the normal peak season.

Theft reveals rape suspect three years on
Norway

Theft reveals rape suspect three years on

Norwegian police have detained a 23-year-old man in connection with a three-year-old rape in Oslo after he was recently arrested for aggravated theft.

Jury returns guilty verdict for child killer
Spain

Jury returns guilty verdict for child killer

A jury of seven women and two men on Friday delivered a guilty verdict in the case of José Breton, accused of murdering his two young children and burning their bodies.

Sweden fuses arts into top-notch college
Sweden

Sweden fuses arts into top-notch college

Three of the capital's arts colleges are to merge in a bid to make the new Stockholm University of the Arts a leading culture research facility on the global stage, as well as offering a new PhD programme.

‘Personally I prefer my men with body hair’
Spain

‘Personally I prefer my men with body hair’

The Spanish blogger who recently published a piece telling women to accept their body hair has spoken to The Local about what she thinks of beards, whether men should shave their legs and why a hairy pair of pits can be a serious problem.

Child snatch attempt foiled at Rome airport
Italy

Child snatch attempt foiled at Rome airport

A man attempted to abduct a two-year-old child from its American parents at Rome's Fiumicino on Friday morning.

Spanish barman wins world cocktail ‘Oscar’
Spain

Spanish barman wins world cocktail ‘Oscar’

David Ríos has become the first Spaniard to win the Diageo Reserve World Class Barman Competition, considered to be the 'Oscar of cocktails' and the biggest prize in mixology.

Fourteen arrested in Venice corruption racket
Italy

Fourteen arrested in Venice corruption racket

Italian police on Friday placed 14 people under house arrest as part of a major investigation into alleged corruption in contracts to build a giant water barrier to protect Venice from flooding.

‘Time for united EU to be global security player’
Sweden

‘Time for united EU to be global security player’

Henry Kissinger once requested the dialing code for Europe. As a global security partner, the EU must answer the phone as one when the foreign policy challenges of the 21st century come calling, argues Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt alongside his Italian, Polish and Spanish counterparts.

‘Race book’ poaches pic of Norway’s PM
Norway

‘Race book’ poaches pic of Norway’s PM

A controversial British book entitled Race has put Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg on the front cover alongside Ugandan dictator Idi Amin, sparking a potential copyright battle with the government.

French ‘stashed $5 billion in Swiss accounts’
France

French ‘stashed $5 billion in Swiss accounts’

Almost 3,000 wealthy French citizens stashed close to $5 billion in HSBC accounts in Switzerland, according to a parliamentary report in France this week.

Food waste pushes up Norwegian trash habit
Norway

Food waste pushes up Norwegian trash habit

Norwegians' trips to throw out the garbage have increased steadily since the 1990s, with a spike in food waste in recent years.

Citizens face off racist anti-asylum groups
Germany

Citizens face off racist anti-asylum groups

Reasonable citizens in Berlin are starting to offer support to refugees set to be housed in their district - after racists and neo-Nazis dominated a meeting about the plans, implicitly threatening to burn the refugees out.

Ex-Barça coach slams Catalan club
Spain

Ex-Barça coach slams Catalan club

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola whipped up a media storm in Spain on Friday by accusing his former bosses at Barcelona of trying to use coach Tito Vilanova's cancer illness to criticize him.

Mayor arrested in anti-mafia sweep
Italy

Mayor arrested in anti-mafia sweep

A major police operation in Italy on Friday led to the arrest of 38 people, including almost every member of a southern town council, for alleged mafia connections.

Twitter hands over data on anti-Semitic tweeters
France

Twitter hands over data on anti-Semitic tweeters

Social network giant Twitter announced on Friday that it had handed over information to French authorities to help identify the authors of a anti-Semitic tweets, after a landmark court ruling ordered the company to pass on the data.

Germany keeps stellar triple-A credit rating
Germany

Germany keeps stellar triple-A credit rating

Credit rating agency Standard & Poor's affirmed on Friday the top-notch triple-A rating for German sovereign debt, saying Europe's top economy could withstand any shocks from the eurozone crisis.

Oslo stock exchange opens down on Friday
Norway

Oslo stock exchange opens down on Friday

The Oslo stock exchange opened on Friday in the red for the first time this week with the benchmark index down 0.3 percent in early trading.

Italian politician ‘happy’ if migrant boat sinks
Italy

Italian politician ‘happy’ if migrant boat sinks

A former senator and member of the anti-immigrant Northern League party told Italian radio that he would be happy if a migrant boat sank. His comments follow a visit by Pope Francis to the island of Lampedusa on Monday.

Norway state advisor calls for Roma eviction
Norway

Norway state advisor calls for Roma eviction

Statsbygg, the Norwegian government's key advisor in construction and property affairs, has submitted a petition to the Oslo City Court calling for the eviction of Roma who camp on their land by Sognsvann.

Top ten images: Running of the bulls
Spain

Top ten images: Running of the bulls

Four people were gored by bulls in the northern Spanish city of Pamplona on Friday morning as the world-famous San Fermín festival moved towards its climax.

Man held after leaving one-month-old son in car
Italy

Man held after leaving one-month-old son in car

A Chinese man is being held by police in Modena, in northern Italy, after leaving his one-month-old in a car. The boy was found with his mouth taped.

Volkswagen steers new business to China
Germany

Volkswagen steers new business to China

German car giant Volkswagen is to open five new factories in China before the end of this year, it emerged on Friday. The move is part of the company's attempt to replace rivals Toyota and General Motors as the world's leading car maker.

Town gardeners wage war on rogue hemp
Germany

Town gardeners wage war on rogue hemp

Gardeners in Göttingen, central Germany, have had to rip up hemp plants from the city's flower beds after a pro-cannabis group planted the seeds. The distinctive leaves do not, head of town planning said, look good alongside marigolds.

Swedish football team faces sexist backlash
Sweden

Swedish football team faces sexist backlash

While bumper crowds turn up for Euro 2013 games, television audiences run into the millions and Sweden goes football crazy, the team has faced a wave of sexism and homophobia following their opening draw with Denmark.

French ‘stashed five billion in Swiss accounts’
Switzerland

French ‘stashed five billion in Swiss accounts’

Almost 3,000 wealthy French citizens stashed close to five billion francs ($5.25 billion) in HSBC accounts in Switzerland, according to a French news report.

Restaurants cast nibbles to bait weekday diners
Sweden

Restaurants cast nibbles to bait weekday diners

Hoping to bait the penny-pinching fine diner, Stockholm's restaurant scene has turned to mid-sized dishes. On a visit to a new nibble nexus, The Local's Elodie Pradet reports on how the size of plates and of budgets have lead to new price-setting strategies.

Traffic warnings issued as French head for coast
France

Traffic warnings issued as French head for coast

Planning on driving through France this weekend? Then make sure allow for plenty of time and patience as road authorities are warning of heavy traffic on Friday and even worse on Saturday on some of the country's motorways.

YesYesYes to Swedish rising stars NoNoNo
Sweden

YesYesYes to Swedish rising stars NoNoNo

It's fair to say that we, here at The Local, are pretty damned pleased with the success of our music tips so far this year. Swedish acts such as Miriam Bryant, Kate Boy and Frida Sundemo continue to make real waves throughout Europe, with the latter two even being tipped as the future of Scandinavian electronic pop by influential British magazine, Electronic Sound.

Germany kicks off Euro effort with 0-0 draw
Germany

Germany kicks off Euro effort with 0-0 draw

Germany's women football team missed out on a victory over the Netherlands in their opening game of the European championship on Thursday night, settling instead for a 0-0 draw.

Soldier-to-be snubbed over ‘tiny’ tattoo
Spain

Soldier-to-be snubbed over ‘tiny’ tattoo

A Spanish woman has been turned down by the country's military because she has a 4cm by 2cm tattoo just above her wrist.

Sicilian town set to ban bikinis and flip-flops
Italy

Sicilian town set to ban bikinis and flip-flops

Anyone caught wearing bikinis and flip-flops anywhere but the beach in Aci Castello will be slapped with a €500 fine, according to a new proposal that has sparked outrage among local residents.

‘It’s like a travel magazine’
Italy

‘It’s like a travel magazine’

Manuela Heinzel, from Germany, moved to Milan in 2000 to continue a career of teaching internationally. After a brief stint in Scotland she scrapped her plans to move countries every couple of years and returned to Lombardy for the countryside and the smell of fresh coffee.

Shipbuilders strike over subsidy payback fears
Spain

Shipbuilders strike over subsidy payback fears

Hundreds of shipyard workers protested in northern Spain on Thursday against a possible European Union ruling forcing the industry to return state aid.

Why Sweden should be grateful to hipsters
Sweden

Why Sweden should be grateful to hipsters

If you go down to the city today, you better go in disguise, for every hipster that ever there was, is gathered there for certain because.... in the next episode of Fashion Fix, The Local's Victoria Hussey mulls over the characteristics of the often undefinable Stockholm hipster.

Bardot’s elephants settle into new royal home
France

Bardot’s elephants settle into new royal home

Two sick elephants who were given an 11th-hour stay of execution after a Brigitte Bardot lead public campaign to save them, arrived at their plush new home on Friday where they will be treated like royalty under the watch of the Princess of Monaco.

Russian spies use ‘safe’ German typewriters
Germany

Russian spies use ‘safe’ German typewriters

Russian spies trying to outwit hackers and leakers are going back in time by using typewriters - and have just ordered a shipment of old-fashioned German ones.

The Monastic Island of Reichenau
Germany

The Monastic Island of Reichenau

The monastic island in Lake Constance is an outstanding representation of the religious, intellectual and artistic influence exercised by powerful Benedictine abbeys in the early Middle Ages.

Milan gene research hope for childhood disease
Italy

Milan gene research hope for childhood disease

A new type of gene therapy has shown promise in wiping out two rare childhood diseases, apparently without the risks of causing cancer, international researchers said on Thursday.

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Sweden

Boy charged over teacher death threat

A boy from Sundsvall in northern Sweden has been charged with assault and threatening to kill his teacher, according to the local Dagbladet daily.

VIDEO: Tour de France stage 13 preview
France

VIDEO: Tour de France stage 13 preview

And on it goes. After hopefully getting a good night's sleep in Tours the Tour de France peloton heads off to Saint-Armand-Montrond for Stage 13 on Friday where British sprint specialist Mark Cavendish will be hoping to make up for missing out on victory the previous day.

Man stabbed after neo-Nazi party meet
Sweden

Man stabbed after neo-Nazi party meet

A man was left nursing stab wounds after members of the neo-Nazi Party of the Swedes (Svenskarnas Parti - SvP) clashed with a group of anti-fascist demonstrators in Halmstad on Thursday.

Brake error behind fatal Turkey coach crash
Sweden

Brake error behind fatal Turkey coach crash

Driver error when using the brakes caused the coach crash in southern Turkey in late June which claimed the lives a Swedish teenager and a Danish woman, according to a police report.