Bern OKs shooting of sheep-eating lynx
Switzerland

Bern OKs shooting of sheep-eating lynx

Authorities in the canton of Bern have authorized the shooting of a wild lynx that has been poaching sheep in the Kander Valley.

French mayor held after ‘shooting’ at youth mob
France

French mayor held after ‘shooting’ at youth mob

Every French mayor has their breaking point it seems and Alain Tharon is no different. The elected official in charge of a small French commune in eastern France was hardly the most democratic in his efforts to deal with a mob who had confronted him at his home.

‘I made cash payments to Spanish PM’: Top official
Spain

‘I made cash payments to Spanish PM’: Top official

An ex-treasurer of Spain's ruling party told a court on Monday he had handed secret cash payments to Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy from a slush fund, judicial sources said.

Ten things you didn’t know about Gibraltar
Spain

Ten things you didn’t know about Gibraltar

Saturday was a huge day for tiny Gibraltar with the territory known as The Rock celebrating 300 years of British rule. In this gallery, The Local takes a look at some of the stranger facts about our odd southern neighbour.

Spy-spotter: joke about scary visit came true
Germany

Spy-spotter: joke about scary visit came true

A German man who called on Facebook friends concerned about American secret service operations to join him in a walk around a US army spy centre near his home, found secret service men at his door checking his political leanings.

‘Decisions are made on instincts and emotions’
Italy

‘Decisions are made on instincts and emotions’

Gérôme Bourdezeau drove his old Mercedes from France to Italy in the 1990s and didn't look back. The director of Eataly, a food chain and organization that promotes Italian produce, in Rome talks to The Local about working for an Italian firm and life in the capital.

Adidas suspends Tyson Gay sponsorship
Germany

Adidas suspends Tyson Gay sponsorship

German sports kit giant Adidas on Monday said that it had suspended its sponsorship with Tyson Gay, after the US sprinter tested positive for a banned substance.

Defiant Spanish PM snubs resignation talk
Spain

Defiant Spanish PM snubs resignation talk

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy refused on Monday to resign over a corruption scandal rocking his government as it fights to rescue the eurozone's fourth-biggest economy from an economic crisis.

US motel coma man was Swedish ‘knight’: society
Sweden

US motel coma man was Swedish ‘knight’: society

A man found unconscious in a California motel room who left US authorities baffled when he woke up only speaking Swedish, has been identified by a member of a Swedish medieval society as one of their kin.

Surge in the number of jobless foreigners in Italy
Italy

Surge in the number of jobless foreigners in Italy

There were 385,000 unemployed foreigners in 2012, the Ministry of Labour said on Monday. The rising number of jobless foreign men has the power to "destabilise the entire foreign community in Italy", the ministry warned.

‘Femen inspired’ French stamp causes uproar
France

‘Femen inspired’ French stamp causes uproar

Militant feminist organisation Femen, is once again causing a stir in France. But this time it's not one of their topless protests that has provoked outrage, but a new postage stamp, which honours Marianne, the face of the French revolution.

85-year-old Sicilian set to graduate
Italy

85-year-old Sicilian set to graduate

Carmelo Puglisi will become Italy's second-oldest graduate on Tuesday when he completes his three-year diploma at the University of Messina in Sicily.

Tourists ‘should brave flood mosquitoes’
Germany

Tourists ‘should brave flood mosquitoes’

Grab a bottle of mosquito repellent, a German minister urged on Monday, and head on down to show solidarity with Germany's worst affected flood regions for your holidays this year.

Noose protest against Italy’s first black minister
Italy

Noose protest against Italy’s first black minister

Italian police on Monday were investigating far-right militants suspected of hanging nooses to protest Italy's first black minister Cecile Kyenge, two days after a senator compare her to an orangutan.

Commerzbank sells British property loans
Germany

Commerzbank sells British property loans

Commerzbank, Germany's second-biggest bank, said on Monday it had agreed to sell a huge portfolio of commercial real estate loans held in Britain to US bank Wells Fargo and Lone Star Funds.

Gay symbol sparks furore in Palermo
Italy

Gay symbol sparks furore in Palermo

Fabrizio Moscato, the secretary of the Archbishop of Palermo, took to Facebook to express his outrage after the symbol of gay pride was projected onto the city's cathedral during celebrations to mark the feast day of Saint Rosalia.

Imports soar along with Norwegians’ berry love
Norway

Imports soar along with Norwegians’ berry love

In one year, Norwegians have taken to eating foreign strawberries by the tonne, tripling imports after a bad start to the berry season.

Men jailed for Norway yacht waterboarding
Norway

Men jailed for Norway yacht waterboarding

A Norwegian court has found two men from Kristiansand guilty of kidnapping and torture, after a robbery aboard a yacht took a nasty turn.

Outcry over official’s cancer rates comment
Italy

Outcry over official’s cancer rates comment

Enrico Bondi, the commissioner of Italian steel company ILVA, will meet environment minister, Andrea Orlando, after blaming the rise in cancer rates in Taranto on the "high rates of smoking and alcohol consumption" in the southern port city and not pollution linked to one of the company's mills.

France to award Bono top cultural honour
France

France to award Bono top cultural honour

Bono, the singer of Irish rock group U2 is to be awarded France's highest cultural accolade, the government announced on Monday. He has already been awarded France's Legion d'Honneur.

Spotify rejects Radiohead frontman rebuke
Sweden

Spotify rejects Radiohead frontman rebuke

Swedish streaming service Spotify has rejected the assertion from Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke that "new artists get paid fuck all with this model".

Spain’s ‘black’ economy worth 20 percent of GDP
Spain

Spain’s ‘black’ economy worth 20 percent of GDP

Spain's unofficial economy is worth about 20 percent of the country's gross domestic product (GDP), with the construction industry among the worst offenders, a Spanish think tank argues.

Spanish murderer stages shock jailbreak
Spain

Spanish murderer stages shock jailbreak

A crafty Spanish criminal staged a Hollywood-style prison break on Thursday with his props being a football injury, a plaster cast and a flashy BMW with its engine running.

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Switzerland

Swiss banks ‘pay $1.24 billion to Jewish victims’

Holocaust survivors and victims' heirs have received $1.24 billion from a Swiss fund set up after a scandal over dormant accounts of Jews killed in the Second World War, a magazine said on Monday.

Watchmakers unfazed by Apple’s ‘smartwatch’
Switzerland

Watchmakers unfazed by Apple’s ‘smartwatch’

Swiss watchmakers are warily eyeing Apple's reported progress towards creating a "smartwatch", but say they are not too worried about the tech goliath's likely incursion into their traditional turf.

‘Fat sisters’ refused splash ride at themepark
Sweden

‘Fat sisters’ refused splash ride at themepark

An employee at an adventure park in Halmstad, western Sweden, has landed herself in hot water after refusing to allow two siblings on a popular aquatic attraction, labelling them 'too fat' to ride.

‘Placido Domingo set for full recovery’: Doctors
Spain

‘Placido Domingo set for full recovery’: Doctors

Spanish opera star Plácido Domingo said on Sunday that he was feeling well after treatment for a blockage in his lung, as his doctor said the tenor would make a full recovery.

Pet pals ‘crucial’ for kids – and adults – in Germany
Germany

Pet pals ‘crucial’ for kids – and adults – in Germany

Everyone remembers their first pet – the cat's outraged yowl when they pulled its tail, the eager look their dog fixed on the stick they were about to throw. Now a new study says these experiences are crucial to kids' development.

Brit ‘filmed teens’ on French nudist beach
France

Brit ‘filmed teens’ on French nudist beach

A 41-year-old British man has been charged by French police suspected of having filming young teenage girls on the French nudist beach at Cap d'Agde with a secret miniature camera hidden in a bunch of keys.

‘Trailblazing’ minister Mona Røkke dies at 73
Norway

‘Trailblazing’ minister Mona Røkke dies at 73

Former Norwegian justice minister Mona Røkke has died, aged 73. The veteran politician, who first entered parliament in 1977, had fought cancer several times during her lifetime.

More Norwegian inmates take university degrees
Norway

More Norwegian inmates take university degrees

Some 184 inmates in Norwegian prisons are set to sit for their university exams while behind bars this year, setting a new record for studious ambitions among prisoners.

Cavani arrives in Paris to seal PSG move
France

Cavani arrives in Paris to seal PSG move

Coveted Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani arrived in Paris on Monday where he is expected to put pen to paper on what could be a record breaking move to French champions Paris Saint-Germain from Italian club Napoli. The fee could be as much as €64 million.

Rome’s ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ snared by police
Italy

Rome’s ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ snared by police

A crime duo, nicknamed 'Bonnie and Clyde' after the famed American outlaws, have been captured in Rome following an attempted heist on a supermarket.

Runaway crash cleaner to train as driver
Sweden

Runaway crash cleaner to train as driver

The 20-year-old cleaner known worldwide after being wrongly accused of crashing a train into a Stockholm house is set to become a train driver, and has also revealed that as the drama unfolded she recalled the fate of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.

Swiss teens aim to break world domino record
Switzerland

Swiss teens aim to break world domino record

Two 14-year-old boys from the canton of Saint Gallen aim to set a Guinness World Record for the longest wall of toppling dominos.

Froome: ‘Don’t compare me to cheat Armstrong’
France

Froome: ‘Don’t compare me to cheat Armstrong’

An angry Chris Froome rejected critics' suggestions on Monday that he was taking performance enhancing substances like the famous Tour de France drug cheat Lance Armstrong. "I'm not cheating, end of story," said Froome.

Plague hospital found under Madrid Apple shop
Spain

Plague hospital found under Madrid Apple shop

Builders at Madrid's new Apple store, set to open in the capital's emblematic Puerta del Sol square this Christmas, have unearthed the foundations of a 15th century hospital while working on the building's basement.

Untrusting Spaniards score high for suspicion
Spain

Untrusting Spaniards score high for suspicion

Spaniards are among the most suspicious people in Europe with only the French getting lower marks in the trust stakes, a new study into the world view of different European countries shows.

Hollande vows to ‘punish’ killers of French hostage
France

Hollande vows to ‘punish’ killers of French hostage

French President François Hollande vowed to "punish" those responsible for the death of hostage Philippe Verdon, whose body is believed to have been found in northern Mali. Verdon was kidnapped by AQMI in Novermber 2011 and was already believed to be dead.

French crackdown on tax cheats ‘to accelerate’
Switzerland

French crackdown on tax cheats ‘to accelerate’

A crackdown on French tax evaders with hidden Swiss bank accounts is working and will accelerate, France's Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici said in an interview broadcast on Swiss television on Sunday.

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Sweden

Swedish man ‘beaten in Ogaden’: brother

A Swedish-Ethiopian politician from Gothenburg has been assaulted on a trip to Ogaden, the restive region where two Swedish journalist were arrested two years ago on suspicion of abetting terrorists.

Father kills daughter’s lover over marriage feud
Italy

Father kills daughter’s lover over marriage feud

A father who disapproved of his daughter's engagement has killed her lover. The 25-year-old's body was found in a car in central Naples.

Hundreds of far-right extremists in army
Germany

Hundreds of far-right extremists in army

Last year 400 extremists were serving in the German army, most of whom had far-right extremist views, the secret service military branch said at the weekend. The service now wants increased powers to track them down.

German managers back a minimum wage law
Germany

German managers back a minimum wage law

German industry is largely in favour of a minimum wage, a new survey shows. Yet despite the opposition Social Democrats putting it high on their agenda, managers still do not trust the party with the economy.

Traces of nuclear waste found in Swiss lake
Switzerland

Traces of nuclear waste found in Swiss lake

Environmentalists are seeking answers after revelations that radioactive material from a nuclear plant leaked into Lake Biel in the canton of Bern.

US motel coma man wakes speaking Swedish
Sweden

US motel coma man wakes speaking Swedish

A man found unconscious in a Californian motel room is baffling US authorities after waking up in hospital with no memory of his previous life and only answering to questions in Swedish.

Princess Madeleine tells of ‘terrible’ tihi moment
Sweden

Princess Madeleine tells of ‘terrible’ tihi moment

Sweden's royal newlyweds, Princess Madeleine and Christopher O'Neill, have given the nation a first insight into married life as they extend their honeymoon in Sweden and admit their infamous engagement video has become the butt of a royal family joke.

How to succeed as a professional in Sweden
Sweden

How to succeed as a professional in Sweden

If you want to continue your career in your adopted land then you are likely to need some extra Swedish 'recognition.' Fortunately, it is quite straightforward to further your working life with the right advice and support.

No Swedish crime probe of horsemeat scandal
Sweden

No Swedish crime probe of horsemeat scandal

Despite the furor following revelations of horsemeat in ready-made meals in Sweden, Swedish food producers have abandoned their pursuit to bring their subcontractors to justice.

Bayern Munich sign Barça’s rising star Thiago
Spain

Bayern Munich sign Barça’s rising star Thiago

Bayern Munich have signed Spain Under-21 captain Thiago Alcántara from Barcelona on a four-year contract in a deal worth €25 million ($32.6 million), the European champions confirmed on Sunday.

Minister hits back over ‘orangutan’ slur
Italy

Minister hits back over ‘orangutan’ slur

Italy's Integration Minister Cecile Kyenge said racisim is a "threat to the country’s international image" in response to a Northern League MP comparing her to an "orangutan". She stopped short, however, of calling for his resignation.

Pope responds to 3-year-old girl’s letter
Italy

Pope responds to 3-year-old girl’s letter

Pope Francis responded to a letter given to him by a 3-year-old girl, and extended his blessings to her "family, friends and teachers at nursery".

Norwegians shed their copyright pirate ways
Norway

Norwegians shed their copyright pirate ways

Norwegians' illegal downloading of music has dropped by almost 80 percent in five years, show new figures from Ipsos MMI, with downloads of films and TV series both down by almost half.

British woman dies in cross-Channel swim
France

British woman dies in cross-Channel swim

A British woman's attempt to swim across the English Channel for charity ended in tragedy on Sunday night when she ran into difficulties off the coast of France.

Moscow offers spy swap for sleeper couple
Germany

Moscow offers spy swap for sleeper couple

Moscow wants to exchange a married couple of Russian spies jailed this month in Germany for at least one convict jailed in Russia on charges of spying for the West, a report said Monday.

Norway’s pensioners increasingly live abroad
Norway

Norway’s pensioners increasingly live abroad

The number of Norwegian pensioners who build a life for themselves abroad post-retirement, has gone up by a third in the past four years, new statistics show.

‘Spain’s recession is over’: Economy minister
Spain

‘Spain’s recession is over’: Economy minister

Spain's economy minister on Sunday said the eurozone's fourth-largest economy last year narrowly escaped a full state rescue thanks to an EU bailout of its ailing banking sector.

WhatsApp texts heat up slush fund scandal
Spain

WhatsApp texts heat up slush fund scandal

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy faced calls to resign on Sunday after the publication of friendly mobile text messages he purportedly sent to the disgraced treasurer at the heart of the slush fund affair.

Two dead in separate train accidents
Norway

Two dead in separate train accidents

Helgeland police found a body on the Nordland line tracks on Monday morning, with officers set to look into whether the death was accidental. A second fatal accident took place near Lillehammar, with police set to rule it a suicide.

Tour de France stage 15: Froome earns epic win
France

Tour de France stage 15: Froome earns epic win

Sky team rider Chris Froome can put his feet up on Monday after his epic win in Sunday's stage 15 on the summit of the mythic Mont Ventoux. The British rider was able to extend his lead over the rest of his rivals with the Alps to come.

Merkel: Facebook and Google must be open
Germany

Merkel: Facebook and Google must be open

Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Sunday for EU-wide data protection rules and transparency from internet giants such as Google and Facebook, saying they must say where people's data is going.

Greenpeace activists held over plant protest
France

Greenpeace activists held over plant protest

Activists from environmental action group Greenpeace broke into a French nuclear power station on Monday in a stunt to protest against the use of atomic power. Protesters unfurled banners and projected messages onto a wall before being arrested. (See video)

Carlos Berlocq claims Swedish Open title
Sweden

Carlos Berlocq claims Swedish Open title

Carlos Berlocq of Argentina bagged his first ATP Tour title on Sunday in seeing off Spanish eighth seed Fernando Verdasco in straight sets at the Swedish Open.

Truck accident stalls south Stockholm trains
Sweden

Truck accident stalls south Stockholm trains

Commuter train traffic south of Stockholm experienced major delays on Monday after a truck ripped off an electricity cable on the tracks shortly before the morning rush hour.

Most Germans want mandatory measles jabs
Germany

Most Germans want mandatory measles jabs

Most Germans favour the introduction of mandatory vaccinations, after a measles outbreak in several parts of the country earlier this year.

Italian MP likens minister to ‘orangutan’
Italy

Italian MP likens minister to ‘orangutan’

A senator from Italy's anti-immigration Northern League on Sunday came under fire for saying Cecile Kyenge, the country's first black minister, resembles an orangutan.

Career-savvy Swedes shun gap-year tradition
Sweden

Career-savvy Swedes shun gap-year tradition

Taking a year out before university is common in Sweden, with thousands of teenagers going overseas before embarking on their studies. While The Local's Elodie Pradet finds out the gap year is still de rigeur, stats show the tradition is on the decline.