Federer advances to second round of US Open
Switzerland

Federer advances to second round of US Open

Top Swiss tennis player Roger Federer qualified for the second round of the US Open on Tuesday after beating Slovenian Grega Zemlja in three sets.

Six injured as car collides with PostBus
Switzerland

Six injured as car collides with PostBus

An 81-year-old woman was seriously hurt and five others were injured when the car she was driving collided with a Swiss PostBus in the canton of Fribourg on Tuesday.

Swiss police warn British car rally participants
Switzerland

Swiss police warn British car rally participants

Police in western Switzerland say they are ready to crack down on motorists participating in a London to Spain sports car rally this week that features a stopover in Geneva.

Spooked mayor calls the ghostbusters
Italy

Spooked mayor calls the ghostbusters

If there's something strange in the neighbourhood, who would you call? The ghostbusters, of course. That is exactly what one Italian mayor is doing to get to the bottom of the eerie undertones in his town.

Million-year-old mammoth found in Italy
Italy

Million-year-old mammoth found in Italy

Archaeologists in the central Umbria region have unearthed a mammoth skeleton, thought to be a million years old.

VIDEO: Qatar Airways launches ‘Barça Land’ ad
Spain

VIDEO: Qatar Airways launches ‘Barça Land’ ad

The prestigious airline has launched an innovative TV commercial set on an island shaped like FC Barcelona’s shield where many of the team’s stars take up roles away from the football field.

Bullfights stage free-to-air TV comeback
Spain

Bullfights stage free-to-air TV comeback

After a long spell on the sidelines, bullfights are back on the menu again at Spain's national public broadcaster TVE, but not everyone is jumping for joy.

France ‘ready to punish’ Syria over gas attack
France

France ‘ready to punish’ Syria over gas attack

French President François Hollande vowed on Tuesday that France was "ready to punish" those responsible for the recent chemical weapons attack in Syria, as the UK and US administrations earlier appeared to prepare the way for military intervention as early as this week.

Missing parents dumped kids to go on holiday
France

Missing parents dumped kids to go on holiday

An extensive search for the missing parents of three abandoned children came to an end Monday night when police finally tracked them down. The couple were found holidaying in Marseille after the father was arrested for smoking a joint.

Five people probed in fatal gondolier crash
Italy

Five people probed in fatal gondolier crash

Five people are being investigated after a gondola crash in Venice left a German man dead and his daughter injured.

‘We can all do things to make the world better’
Sweden

‘We can all do things to make the world better’

As Sweden celebrated the Raoul Wallenberg Day for the first time in sunny Stockholm, The Local asked Swedes in attendance why their hero should still be remembered.

Avellino bus crash caused by broken brakes
Italy

Avellino bus crash caused by broken brakes

A bus crash that killed 39 people in Avellino last month was caused by faulty brakes, a lawyer has said.

‘Merkel’ photos capture a German journey
Germany

‘Merkel’ photos capture a German journey

Chancellor Angela Merkel looks out over Germany's highest mountain and peers from her limousine at landmarks in a new exhibition capturing a tour around Germany.

20 million households in France ‘to pay more tax’
France

20 million households in France ‘to pay more tax’

Just days after a European finance chief warned France that tax rises had reached a dangerous threshold, a French news site has claimed that as many as 20 million households will be hit in the pocket by hikes in various charges.

Pensioner risks jail for helping sick immigrant
France

Pensioner risks jail for helping sick immigrant

A Red Cross volunteer appeared in a French court on Tuesday, charged with fraud after helping a sick and homeless Congolese woman's bid for a visa in France. The pensioner could face up to a year in prison for what his supporters called “acting out of human concern.”

Bilingual education: Germany’s new school of thought
Germany

Bilingual education: Germany’s new school of thought

Not a trend and more than a tendency, bilingual education is fast-becoming a necessity in Germany today, according to Holger Beckmann, head of Phorms’ Berlin Mitte secondary school.

Spain’s blind chimp has cataract surgery
Spain

Spain’s blind chimp has cataract surgery

Forty-one-year-old chimpanzee Silvia has recovered her vision after undergoing a human-type cataract operation.

Court orders France to end ban on Mercedes
France

Court orders France to end ban on Mercedes

France's highest administrative court ordered the French government on Tuesday to lift its controversial ban on new Mercedes models. The ban, which revolved around the use of a certain coolant, has flared into an international row.

Probe into 40 more Nazi Auschwitz guards
Germany

Probe into 40 more Nazi Auschwitz guards

German investigators into Nazi war crimes will send the files of more than 40 former Auschwitz death camp personnel to state prosecutors from next month, a newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Hague cancels Sweden visit for Syria crisis
Sweden

Hague cancels Sweden visit for Syria crisis

The British foreign minister has agreed with his Swedish homologue to cancel his planned trip to Stockholm, as MPs return to Westminster to discuss mounting atrocities in Syria.

Psychiatric patient dies after eating banana
Italy

Psychiatric patient dies after eating banana

A 53-year-old Italian woman choked to death on a banana at a psychiatric hospital in Puglia.

‘Germany must give Greece more help’
Germany

‘Germany must give Greece more help’

Less than a month before German elections, the eurozone crisis has entered the campaign battle, giving the opposition badly needed ammunition for an attack against Chancellor Angela Merkel who is riding high in the polls.

‘Spiked whiskey’ kills teenage teacher
Germany

‘Spiked whiskey’ kills teenage teacher

A German teenager has died and his brother left brain-dead after drinking suspected spiked whiskey on a trip to Indonesia.

‘We must fight the evil of tomorrow’
Sweden

‘We must fight the evil of tomorrow’

Holocaust eyewitnesses are becoming fewer, making it our responsibility to pass on their stories, especially with racist parties in many of Europe's parliaments, argues Sweden's Democracy Minister Birgitta Ohlsson on the first memorial day for anti-Holocaust hero Raoul Wallenberg.

Rogue JPMorgan trader arrested in Spain
Spain

Rogue JPMorgan trader arrested in Spain

Spanish police arrested on Tuesday a former JPMorgan Chase trader wanted by the United States on criminal charges in the massive "London Whale" fraud case.

UK tax scam traced to Italy
Italy

UK tax scam traced to Italy

A plot to trick the British government out of £500,000 ($775,000) has been traced back to a fraudster in Italy, by using stolen British identities.

Every French school to get a ‘secular charter’
France

Every French school to get a ‘secular charter’

The French government announced this week, that a “secularism charter” will be placed in every school in the country by the end of September. The plan is only the latest in a series of recent controversies over the place of religion in French education.

Swedish textile buffs shock staid fashion world
Sweden

Swedish textile buffs shock staid fashion world

Design graduates from the Swedish School of Textiles in Borås set the catwalk alight on Tuesday with a dazzling display of carnival and rebellion, reports The Local's Victoria Hussey from the bench rows of Stockholm Fashion Week.

Galicia blaze sends residents fleeing
Spain

Galicia blaze sends residents fleeing

Firefighters and water-dumping planes on Tuesday battled a large wildfire in northwestern Spain that drove local residents from their homes, officials said.

Kim Jong-il’s grandson to study in France
France

Kim Jong-il’s grandson to study in France

France's attempts to attract more international students appears to be paying off with news that the grandson of former North-Korean dictator Kim Jong-il, the nephew of current leader Kim Jong-un, is to study politics at the country's famous Sciences-Po university.

Hailstone fears for 17,000 new Volkswagens
Germany

Hailstone fears for 17,000 new Volkswagens

Volkswagen is having to check around 17,000 new cars at its German headquarters after a severe hailstorm hit, potentially causing millions of euros worth of damage.

Catalan census links burqas with terror threat
Spain

Catalan census links burqas with terror threat

Catalan cops are keeping a close eye on Muslim women wearing full-body veils to determine whether they are linked to any radical Islamist groups in the region.

Norway couple build hobbit house in dome
Norway

Norway couple build hobbit house in dome

A Norwegian couple have built a straw and clay cottage inside a glass dome where they hope to grow oranges and tomatoes - despite living inside the Arctic Circle.

Sweden marks first-ever Raoul Wallenberg Day
Sweden

Sweden marks first-ever Raoul Wallenberg Day

Sweden celebrated its first official Raoul Wallenberg Day on Tuesday to honour the famed Swedish diplomat who rescued thousands of Jews from the Holocaust, an event hailed as "important" by one of his descendants.

Syngenta challenges EU on ‘bee health’ ban
Switzerland

Syngenta challenges EU on ‘bee health’ ban

Swiss agrichemical giant Syngenta said on Tuesday it was taking the European Commission to court over its suspension of the use of an insecticide it blames for killing bees.

Zurich’s drive-in ‘sex boxes’ off to slow start
Switzerland

Zurich’s drive-in ‘sex boxes’ off to slow start

Switzerland's first sex drive-in, aimed at creating a safer space for Zurich's sex workers and taking prostitution off the streets, opened for business on Monday to a big fanfare, but few customers.

Police smoke out mega marijuana plantation
Spain

Police smoke out mega marijuana plantation

Spanish police have signed off on their largest ever marijuana seizure with over 3 tonnes of the drug being seized in a mega-bust.

‘Marseille is safe, tourists have nothing to fear’
France

‘Marseille is safe, tourists have nothing to fear’

After a string of violent murders in Marseille raised fears of security in the Mediterranean city the head of the city’s tourist board tells The Local that visitors have nothing to fear.

Norway police back Congo autopsy result
Norway

Norway police back Congo autopsy result

Norwegian police have backed the conclusions of the autopsy of dead Norwegian prisoner Tjostolv Moland, carried out in the Democratic Republic of Congo over the weekend.

Union gives Swedish job agency failing grade
Sweden

Union gives Swedish job agency failing grade

Sweden's powerful metalworkers union, IF Metall, has launched its own job-placement scheme, saying the country's scandal-hit jobs agency (Arbetsförmedlingen) has not used its funds to educate job seekers despite high demand for welders and machinists.

Mystery revealed behind Norway Hercules crash
Norway

Mystery revealed behind Norway Hercules crash

Poor air traffic control and crew miscalculations have been labelled as two of the key reasons why a Norwegian military plane crashed into Sweden's highest mountain last March, killing all five passengers on board.

Progress party star probed for India scam
Norway

Progress party star probed for India scam

The Progress Party's rising star, Himanshu Gulati, has been investigated by his party for signing up twenty three new party members without mentioning that they all lived in India.

Ex-president to face trial over €800 hotel payment
Germany

Ex-president to face trial over €800 hotel payment

Germany’s former president will be put on trial this autumn for allegedly accepting €800 towards a hotel bill at a beer festival, prosecutors announced on Tuesday.

Good news for economy keeps coming
Germany

Good news for economy keeps coming

German business confidence rose for a fourth month in a row in August, data showed on Tuesday, exceeding expectations as companies in Europe's top economy continued to be buoyant.

Norway mulls fur farm ban
Norway

Norway mulls fur farm ban

Norway has tasked a new ‘ethical committee’ with deciding whether to shut down the country's fur industry, after animal rights activists documented poor treatment of animals on farms.

Emmental town braces for wrestling onslaught
Switzerland

Emmental town braces for wrestling onslaught

Should you happen to visit the medieval town of Burgdorf in the canton of Bern this weekend be forewarned: you won’t be alone.

The Local’s full coverage of Mercedes Benz Stockholm Fashion Week
Sweden

The Local’s full coverage of Mercedes Benz Stockholm Fashion Week

The Local's full coverage of Mercedes Benz Stockholm Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014, currently underway in the capital. Coverage by fashion correspondent Victoria Hussey.

Mystery revealed behind Hercules plane crash
Sweden

Mystery revealed behind Hercules plane crash

Poor air traffic control and crew miscalculations have been labelled as two of the key reasons why a Norwegian military plane crashed into Sweden's highest mountain last March, killing all five passengers on board.

Spain tops non-European Union worker rankings
Spain

Spain tops non-European Union worker rankings

Almost one in every ten workers in Spain is a non-European Union citizen, official stats show.

Pictures: World’s largest ship docks in Sweden
Sweden

Pictures: World’s largest ship docks in Sweden

A massive container ship considered to be the largest of its kind in the world saddled up to a pier in Gothenburg in western Sweden on early Tuesday morning.

French public to vote on Pantheon burial honour
France

French public to vote on Pantheon burial honour

Who do you think should join Voltaire and Victor Hugo among the ranks of the greatest French men and women? That’s the question authorities are asking the public for the first time, as they try to decide who to bury next in the prestigious Pantheon mausoleum in Paris.

Carin Wester’s gypsy flamencoes to Sweden
Sweden

Carin Wester’s gypsy flamencoes to Sweden

Monday at Stockholm Fashion Week saw the cornerstones of Swedish fashion take to the catwalk; well-established fashion heavyweights J. Lindberg and Filippa K Man alongside the animated Back, Ann-Sofie Back's diffusion line, started the proceedings.

Jellyfish plague stings Spain’s beachgoers
Spain

Jellyfish plague stings Spain’s beachgoers

The presence of swarms of stinging jellyfish off the coast of Spain could be the result of climate change, an Italian biologist warns.

Gallery: The Local’s Property of the Week
Sweden

Gallery: The Local’s Property of the Week

This week's property is a five room cottage out in the countryside of Karlstad, central Sweden. You might not guess from the outside, but the interior is open and fresh. Have a look inside.

Mafioso’s holiday ruined by Facebook blunder
Italy

Mafioso’s holiday ruined by Facebook blunder

Mafia bosses are notorious for being able to evade capture with their extensive underground networks. But one didn't bank on his excited girlfriend posting a Facebook post telling the police where they could find the wanted criminal.

Dagmar pacifies urbanity into deluxe wearability
Sweden

Dagmar pacifies urbanity into deluxe wearability

House of Dagmar avoided a literal expression of metropolitan highs and lows with graffiti etchings, but instead, ikat prints mimicked mapping and played to the idea of the urban jungle as a fusion of cultures, writes The Local's Victoria Hussey.

Footballer fouled by Ferrari thieves
Italy

Footballer fouled by Ferrari thieves

Maxi Lopez is the latest Serie A footballer to be targeted by thieves in Rome after his Ferrari was stolen from the capital's Fiumicino airport.

Bank raiders botch tunnel heist
Germany

Bank raiders botch tunnel heist

Thieves had their bank raiding plans rumbled in Berlin after they set off an alarm just inches away from breaking into a vault. The attempt is reminiscent of a successful Hollywood-style heist earlier this year.

Endangered lion cub dies in French zoo
France

Endangered lion cub dies in French zoo

Just days after celebrating the birth of a rare Asiatic lion, a zoo in France announced the sad news on Tuesday that the cub had not survived. The death is a blow to attempts to preserve a rare animal, only 350 of which survive in the wild.

Teenage victim of veil attack attempts suicide
France

Teenage victim of veil attack attempts suicide

A 16-year-old girl who was attacked for wearing the Muslim veil in a Paris suburb earlier this month is in a "critical" condition after attempting to take her own life by throwing herself from a fourth story window, according to reports on Tuesday.

Italy rules out action in Syria without UN
Italy

Italy rules out action in Syria without UN

Italy on Tuesday ruled out taking part in any type of military intervention in Syria without UN Security Council approval, saying there was no alternative to "a negotiated political solution".

Gang leader shot dead outside health clinic
Sweden

Gang leader shot dead outside health clinic

A 32-year-old man believed to be a high-ranking member of the Black Cobras criminal gang was shot dead outside a health clinic in Eskilstuna, central Sweden, on Monday in what police believe was settling of scores in the Swedish underworld.

Norway Conservatives want private prisons
Norway

Norway Conservatives want private prisons

Norway's Conservative Party is considering letting private companies run the country's prisons, following a report from Denmark arguing private prisons can improve quality and cut costs.

Benzema helps Real grind out Granada win
Spain

Benzema helps Real grind out Granada win

Real Madrid made it two wins from two games under Carlo Ancelotti with a 1-0 victory at Granada, but Los Blancos were again made to work for the three points.

‘Malmö needs a mayor like New York’s Giuliani’
Sweden

‘Malmö needs a mayor like New York’s Giuliani’

Despite a wealth of resources, Malmö has yet to reach its full potential, says liberal commentator Nima Sanandaji, who argues the city needs a crime-fighting mayor in the mold of New York's former mayor Rudy Giuliani.

German award for Turkey’s ‘Standing Man’
Germany

German award for Turkey’s ‘Standing Man’

Turkey's "Standing Man", a performance artist who became an icon of anti-government protests this year, will receive a major German human rights award next week, the jury announced.

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Sweden

Three feared dead after youth home blaze

Police fear that up to four people may have died in a fire that ravaged a youth home in Norrtälje, eastern Sweden, early Tuesday morning.

More Greeks take German citizenship
Germany

More Greeks take German citizenship

The number of people from crisis-hit Greece taking German citizenship rose more than 80 percent last year to more than 4,000, new data showed.