Half a billion reichsmarks found stashed in organ
Norway

Half a billion reichsmarks found stashed in organ

More than half a billion German Reichsmarks have been found stashed in the organ at Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim.

France fights anti-abortion ‘lies’ online
France

France fights anti-abortion ‘lies’ online

The French government is set to launch an official website this weekend aimed at countering a rise in “lying and biased” anti-abortion information circulating online in France, it was announced on Friday.

Princess got ‘200 percent salary hike’ in ten years
Spain

Princess got ‘200 percent salary hike’ in ten years

A Spanish newspaper has reported that the salary paid by La Caixa to Spain’s scandal-hit Princess Cristina over the last ten years has tripled despite the national economic crisis and wage cuts elsewhere.

‘It’s much harder to make friends in the north’
Italy

‘It’s much harder to make friends in the north’

Italy's rich history inspired Hillary Corby to tap into her writing skills. Now a crime novellist, she is living in in the northern Italian coastal town of Imperia, Liguria. She talks to The Local about the differences between northern and southern Italy and how the country's cities and coastline help her to write books.

The man behind the Etruscan tomb discovery
Italy

The man behind the Etruscan tomb discovery

After years of research and digging, archaeologists in Tarquinia, central Italy, have unearthed the 2,700-year-old tomb of a presumed Etruscan warrior prince. This stupendous achievement is largely down to one man: Lorenzo Benini.

Sunshine for the north, but first frosts approach
Germany

Sunshine for the north, but first frosts approach

North western Germany will bask in a late blast of sunshine this weekend, national weather service the DWD forecast on Friday - southern regions will be covered in cloud, while some areas will see the first frosts of the season.

Spanish mum jailed in adopted girl murder case
Spain

Spanish mum jailed in adopted girl murder case

A Spanish judge on Friday jailed a 44-year-old mother on charges of killing her Chinese-born, 12-year-old adopted daughter, whose mysterious death has gripped the country.

Shredding ban saves one-day-old male chicks
Germany

Shredding ban saves one-day-old male chicks

Day-old male chicks, generally destined for the shredder as industrial agriculture has no use for them, have been given a reprieve in North-Rhine Westphalia - the state has passed a decree banning their destruction.

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Sweden

Six teens cleared of Stockholm gang rape

Six teenage boys aged 15 to 17 were cleared by an appeals court on Friday of raping a 15-year-old girl in the Stockholm suburb of Tensta in March.

Tourists in Spain smash spending records
Spain

Tourists in Spain smash spending records

The total amount spent by international tourists in Spain in the first eight months of the year reached €40.47 billion ($54.81 billion), an increase of 7.2 percent over the same period in 2012.

Dashed French dreams: Expats call out for help
France

Dashed French dreams: Expats call out for help

The fantasy of moving to France to start a new life can sometimes turn into a nightmare. A volunteer from SOSHelp, a listening line for expats in France, tells The Local the huge gulf between the French dream and the French reality is what prompts many expats to call out for help.

Kipsang aims for record at Berlin marathon
Germany

Kipsang aims for record at Berlin marathon

Kenya's Wilson Kipsang will aim to break the world record at the Berlin marathon on Sunday. The 31-year-old is aiming to beat compatriot Patrick Makau's record of 2hrs 3mins 38 seconds set in 2011 on Berlin’s notoriously fast course.

Merkel to mountains: the week in pictures
Germany

Merkel to mountains: the week in pictures

Though the week has been ruled by politics since Sunday's elections, The Local has taken a break from coalition speculation to bring you the week's best photos. The past seven days feature a fearsome mountain, a dream house and a fake mummy.

Norwegian jailed in Dubai for suicide attempt
Norway

Norwegian jailed in Dubai for suicide attempt

A Norwegian man has been jailed for a month in Dubai for attempted suicide, after slashing one of his wrists with a bread knife during a heated argument with his wife.

Runaway escalator breaks up football brawl
Sweden

Runaway escalator breaks up football brawl

Fans of southern Sweden football rivals Malmö FF and Helsingborgs IF were all set to wage battle in the train station but the escalator had other ideas, speeding up and separating the supporters by throwing them to the floor.

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France

France is breaking own laws on Roma: rights tsar

France's citizens' rights tsar scolded the government on Friday for breaking the country's own laws by expelling Roma migrants from camps. The broadside comes just days after the European Commission threatened sanctions against Paris if it continued the evictions.

Transsexual wine queen wields tiara for rights
Germany

Transsexual wine queen wields tiara for rights

Claudia Schmidt initially seems like a typical 'wine queen' (Weinkönigin). She's got the flowing white dress, long silk gloves and very sparkly tiara - and lit up the otherwise downbeat Greens election party at Berlin's Columbiahalle last Sunday.

Court backs Stockholm Slussen project
Sweden

Court backs Stockholm Slussen project

Sweden's Environmental Court (Mark och Miljödomstolen) has approved the City of Stockholm's plans for the controversial redevelopment of the Slussen road and rail junction, a decision which can't be appealed.

Jobs agency scraps coaching scheme
Sweden

Jobs agency scraps coaching scheme

Sweden's national jobs agency (Arbetsförmedlingen) has scrapped its job coaching program for financial reasons after admitting that the scheme was not cost efficient.

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Italy

Fake French clitoris poll fools mocking Italians

A spoof French news website had the last laugh this week after a story that claimed most French men thought the clitoris was a Toyota model, tricked members of the Italian media into mocking the naivité of their Latin rivals in France.

Norway institute played key role in IPCC report
Norway

Norway institute played key role in IPCC report

Norway's leading climate research institute played a key roles in the UN global warming report issued on Friday, with its scientists changing global understanding of how aerosols and particles in the atmosphere affect warming.

Spain sticks to unpopular cutbacks in 2014 budget
Spain

Spain sticks to unpopular cutbacks in 2014 budget

Spain's government met on Friday to approve a 2014 budget that freezes the salaries of 2.6 million public sector workers for a fourth year running and offers no relief to pensioners.

Barilla pasta rival says it welcomes gays
Italy

Barilla pasta rival says it welcomes gays

Pasta maker Casa Buitoni has seized on remarks made by the CEO of rival Barilla that he "would never feature gay couples in commmercials" by announcing that it welcomes gays.

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France

Fake French clitoris poll fools mocking Italians

A spoof French news website had the last laugh this week after a story that claimed most French men thought the clitoris was a Toyota model, tricked members of the Italian media into mocking the naivité of their Latin rivals in France.

Madrid ‘gag attempt’ on US TV slammed by critics
Spain

Madrid ‘gag attempt’ on US TV slammed by critics

Spain's Socialist Party has accused the government of pressuring United States channel Bloomberg TV to edit an interview in which Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said, "There are things that can’t be proven" about allegations of illegal financing.

Locksmiths leave wife beaters out in the cold
Spain

Locksmiths leave wife beaters out in the cold

Two Spanish hardware companies will offer round-the-clock free door lock replacements to women who are the victims of physical and verbal abuse by their partners.

‘States can’t keep secrets from young techies’
Germany

‘States can’t keep secrets from young techies’

The two British journalists who published the first WikiLeak cables were in Germany on Thursday talking transparency and surveillance. They told The Local that state secrets were being spilled because tech-phobic governments were failing to keep up.

‘Racist’ Balotelli t-shirt ‘sold’ in Naples
Italy

‘Racist’ Balotelli t-shirt ‘sold’ in Naples

A street merchant in central Naples who made a t-shirt with an offensive slogan directed at the Italian football player Mario Balotelli, claims that the offending t-shirt has now been sold.

Swedish games giant in $5 billion float: Report
Sweden

Swedish games giant in $5 billion float: Report

Swedish gaming giant King.com, creators of the hit Candy crush saga, are mooted to float on the Nasdaq exchange with an initial valuation of $5 billion but the company has said the reports are "pure speculation".

Prison ‘too tough’ for Mafia Godfather
Italy

Prison ‘too tough’ for Mafia Godfather

Lawyers of Bernardo Provenzano, known as the Godfather of the Sicilian mafia, have told the European Court of Human Rights that he is suffering "inhuman" prison treatment.

Social Democrats debate working with Merkel
Germany

Social Democrats debate working with Merkel

The Social Democrats will meet on Friday evening to discuss going into government with Angela Merkel. But concerns are so strong that this could upset party members that leaders are expected to call for a full party vote on any negotiations.

French police nab six in hunt for gold bars
France

French police nab six in hunt for gold bars

French police carried out raids across Paris on Friday, arresting six men in and around the capital over their suspected involvement in the theft of gold bars worth about €1.6 million ($2.16 million) from an Air France plane flying to Zurich.

French workers protest Sunday shopping ban
France

French workers protest Sunday shopping ban

A French court this week forced two retailers to close 15 of their locations on Sundays, amid a renewed tension between France’s traditional working hours, and a dire need to create jobs and stimulate growth in the stagnant French economy. On Friday, workers held protests for the right to work on Sundays.

Stockholm city kept Roma registry until 1996
Sweden

Stockholm city kept Roma registry until 1996

Stockholm city council had its own Roma registry as recently as 1996 which profiled people based on their intelligence and cleanliness, with records kept in a so-called "gypsy inventory" (zigenarinventeringen), the Dagens Nyheter newspaper revealed on Friday.

Six suspects nabbed in Zurich-bound gold heist
Switzerland

Six suspects nabbed in Zurich-bound gold heist

French police on Friday arrested six men in and around Paris over their suspected involvement in the theft of gold bars worth about 1.6 million euros ($2.16 million) from an Air France plane flying to Zurich.

Gallery: Oslo opens stunning sculpture park
Norway

Gallery: Oslo opens stunning sculpture park

Oslo art-lovers on Thursday gained a fantastic new sculpture park, featuring works by some of the best contemporary artists, all financed by real estate magnate Christian Ringnes. Here's a taster of what's there.

Spain eyes backward step into UK timezone
Spain

Spain eyes backward step into UK timezone

Spanish lawmakers on Thursday proposed switching the country to a different time zone, jumping back an hour to make eating and sleeping habits more regular and workers more productive.

Japan to raid Novartis over ‘fake data’: reports
Switzerland

Japan to raid Novartis over ‘fake data’: reports

Japanese authorities are preparing to raid the local arm of Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis over data fabrication claims, reports said on Friday.

Bern deer study ended after 22 fawns killed
Switzerland

Bern deer study ended after 22 fawns killed

Following a public outcry, the canton of Bern has axed a deer study that led to to the killing of 22 fawns because of defective tracking collars that would have strangled them.

Messi to tackle tax fraud claims in court face-off
Spain

Messi to tackle tax fraud claims in court face-off

Idolised for his skill on the field, four-time World Footballer of the Year Lionel Messi's clean image will be tested on Friday when he answers allegations of tax evasion in court.

Kerchers seek clarity six years after murder
Italy

Kerchers seek clarity six years after murder

The family of Meredith Kercher, the British student murdered in Perugia in 2007, is gathering momentum for a trust fund set up in Meredith's name amid hope that the impending retrial of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito will give them clarity about how she died.

Boy survives crash, mum and grandparents die
Germany

Boy survives crash, mum and grandparents die

A 10-year-old boy survived a car crash which killed his mother, grandmother and grandfather near Gotha in central Germany on Thursday night. He was seriously injured, police said.

Italian outrage over US ‘marital rape book’
Italy

Italian outrage over US ‘marital rape book’

An Italian organization that campaigns to combat violence against women has slammed a new book called Love Italian Style, which has been criticized for sanctioning marital rape.

‘Dangerous jihadist’ wanted by Spain arrested
Spain

‘Dangerous jihadist’ wanted by Spain arrested

Belgian police on Thursday arrested in a Brussels suburb a suspected a member of an Al-Qaeda-linked cell who is wanted by Spain.

Burger King to bring Parisians Christmas joy
France

Burger King to bring Parisians Christmas joy

The American fast food giant Burger King will make a long awaited return to Paris, just in time for Christmas, it was announced on Thursday. Les Whoppers have not been sold in the French capital since Burger King closed its last restaurant in France in 1997.

Fresh chicken legs home to drug-resistant bacteria
Germany

Fresh chicken legs home to drug-resistant bacteria

More than half of all fresh chicken legs bought in German shops could contain drug-resistant bacteria, according to a report from consumer watchdog Stiftung Warentest.

Spain gripped by ‘murder’ of adopted daughter
Spain

Spain gripped by ‘murder’ of adopted daughter

Spanish detectives Thursday searched the homes of a lawyer and her ex-husband as they probed the suspected killing of their adopted Chinese-born, 12-year-old daughter in a case that has gripped the country.

Monaco look to extend best start to campaign
France

Monaco look to extend best start to campaign

Defending champions Paris Saint-Germain and fellow title hopefuls Marseille will continue to jostle for Ligue 1 supremacy with early-season pace-setters Monaco this weekend.

US spies knew of plans to build Berlin Wall
Germany

US spies knew of plans to build Berlin Wall

The US National Security Administration was amazingly well-informed about German affairs even before it tapped the internet - newly released documents show it knew about plans to build the Berlin Wall ahead of time, but failed to tell President John F Kennedy.

Swedes second best at English in the EU
Sweden

Swedes second best at English in the EU

Swedish people rated their own proficiency in English higher than any other member states of the EU besides Malta, according to new data released on European Language Day on Thursday.

Stepdad charged over death of ‘missing’ Fiona
France

Stepdad charged over death of ‘missing’ Fiona

The stepfather of a missing five-year-old French girl Fiona was charged on Thursday with unintentionally killing her, in a case that has gripped France. Fiona's mother Cécile Bourgeon has also been charged with four offences in relation to the death of her daughter.

Two Progress politicians reported for rape
Norway

Two Progress politicians reported for rape

A woman working for Norway's populist Progress Party has reported two of her colleagues for rape, sinking the party into crisis at a crucial point in coalition talks.

Italy’s seaside vineyards ‘at risk of extinction’
Italy

Italy’s seaside vineyards ‘at risk of extinction’

From the vineyards clinging to seaside cliffs to a unique cellar of bubbly wine stored on the seabed, the off the beaten track wine region of Liguria in northern Italy offers an array of spectacular sights.

Knox murder trial to begin on Monday
Italy

Knox murder trial to begin on Monday

The retrial of Amanda Knox and her former Italian boyfriend for the sexual abuse and murder of a British student in 2007 begins in Florence on Monday, amid fierce questioning of Italy's justice system.

Lufthansa mulls SAS acquisition
Sweden

Lufthansa mulls SAS acquisition

Lufthansa chief executive Christoph Franz said Thursday that his group could consider making a bid for the Scandinavian airline SAS.

H&M profits soar as 3,000th store launched
Sweden

H&M profits soar as 3,000th store launched

Swedish fashion retailer Hennes and Mauritz (H&M) announced a 22 percent net increase in profits for the third quarter Thursday and predicted continued expansion in China.