Six-year-old Swiss boy found in flooded Tuscany
Switzerland

Six-year-old Swiss boy found in flooded Tuscany

Italian emergency workers on Monday recovered the body of Yannick, a six-year-old Swiss boy missing in Tuscany after a flood-swollen stream swept a car from a road in the municipality of Massa Marittima.

Internet connectivity to cover 40 percent of world
Switzerland

Internet connectivity to cover 40 percent of world

Around 2.7 billion people — 40 percent of the world's population — will be connected to the internet by the end of this year, the United Nations' Geneva-based telecom agency said on Monday.

Federer talks up Chinese men’s tennis prospects
Switzerland

Federer talks up Chinese men’s tennis prospects

It would be "amazing" to have a Chinese men's tennis player in the world's top 50 but all countries are struggling to unearth new contenders, Swiss champion Roger Federer says.

Sarkozy: ‘Justice has declared me innocent’
France

Sarkozy: ‘Justice has declared me innocent’

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy thanked his family, friends and indeed France for sticking by him after French judges on Monday dropped corruption charges related to the financing of his 2007 presidential election campaign.

France has become more racist, say the French
France

France has become more racist, say the French

A majority of French people believe racism is worse in France in 2013 than it was 30 years ago and that it is also now "more difficult" to be a Muslim. The head of an anti-racism organisation tells The Local why the French president and his government must take their share of the blame.

Two dead after Lucerne farm family shooting
Switzerland

Two dead after Lucerne farm family shooting

A 60-year-old Swiss farmer suspected of shooting a 44-year-old woman dead and injuring his brother with a revolver in the canton of Lucerne died on Monday after apparently turning the firearm on himself.

Somali pirate suspects stand trial in Madrid
Spain

Somali pirate suspects stand trial in Madrid

Six Somali men went on trial on Monday in Madrid accused of trying to attack a Spanish warship in 2012 during an anti-piracy operation in the Indian Ocean.

‘Making mistakes is the only way to learn’
Spain

‘Making mistakes is the only way to learn’

In the latest edition of My Spanish Career, The Local speaks to Madrid-based journalist Ann Bateson about how she ended up producing her own radio show in Spain, the importance of professional risks, and why she once interviewed a flamenco star in a toilet.

Sweden soaks up mild Indian ‘summer’ day
Sweden

Sweden soaks up mild Indian ‘summer’ day

Swedes learned on Monday that winter was nowhere in sight yet as an "Indian summer" day passed through the country, bringing temperatures as high as 19.5C.

Syrian refugees saved off Italian coast
Italy

Syrian refugees saved off Italian coast

A French oceanographic vessel that helped find the wreck of the Titanic rescued 29 Syrian refugees on Monday, part of a group of 363 asylum-seekers that have landed in Italy in the past 24 hours.

France slams Amazon UK ban on foie gras
France

France slams Amazon UK ban on foie gras

France has criticized online retailer Amazon UK's decision on Monday to ban the sale of foie gras. The move came after animal rights campaigners denounced producers of the French delicacy as "very un-British" in their cruelty.

Fake paralympians escape cheating charges
Spain

Fake paralympians escape cheating charges

The man who was responsible for sending a team of 'fake' disabled basketball players to the Sydney Paralympic Games has been fined — 13 years after the fact.

Top 15: Spain’s most beautiful villages
Spain

Top 15: Spain’s most beautiful villages

The Local takes a wander through Spain's most charming villages in a gallery which is sure to get you packing your bag and setting off on a memorable road trip.

Rome is one of the world’s friendliest cities
Italy

Rome is one of the world’s friendliest cities

The people of Rome are the third friendliest city dwellers in the world, while their city is also the globe's fifth best, according to a recent ranking.

Four on trial over week-long exorcism ‘torture’
France

Four on trial over week-long exorcism ‘torture’

A group of former members of the Seventh Day Adventist Church went on trial on Monday in France, charged with torturing a 19-year-old woman during a shockingly violent crucifixion-style exorcism which lasted seven days.

‘Cell transport research’ gets Nobel Medicine nod
Sweden

‘Cell transport research’ gets Nobel Medicine nod

The Nobel Prize in Medicine was jointly awarded to two Americans and one German on Monday for their work in solving the mystery of how a cell organizes its transport system.

A €67m beer bill, 114 Oxen, and a lost Segway
Germany

A €67m beer bill, 114 Oxen, and a lost Segway

The world’s biggest folk festival wrapped up on Sunday. Visitors managed to get through 6.7 million litres of beer, eat 114 oxen and lose one pair of false teeth. To mark the end of Munich's Oktoberfest, The Local looked at the key facts.

‘Ferramonti was not a death camp’
Italy

‘Ferramonti was not a death camp’

Thousands of Jews were imprisoned at the Ferramonti di Tarsia concentration camp in Calabria during the Second World War. But as one survivor tells The Local, it was not like other terror camps in Europe.

Schools agency issues comic book warning
Sweden

Schools agency issues comic book warning

Sweden's Schools Inspectorate (Skolinpektionen) has warned that a campaign to distribute comic books featuring Donald Duck and Bamse the bear should be regarded only as complement to reading classes, pointing out that the backers are commercial companies.

Mafia targets ‘war veteran’ journalist
Italy

Mafia targets ‘war veteran’ journalist

Italian journalist Roberto Saviano testified on Monday over death threats he has received from the Naples mafia, saying his only chance of a normal life is to live abroad under a new identity.

Three German innovators make top 100 list
Germany

Three German innovators make top 100 list

Germany's tech pioneers were honoured on Monday as three of the country's companies made it onto the 2013 Thomson Reuters list of the world's Top 100 Innovators - two more than last year.

‘Brits in Spain should learn to help themselves’
Spain

‘Brits in Spain should learn to help themselves’

You can't always expect the British consulate will help you if you are in trouble: that was the key message for British expats given by Britain's Ambassador to Spain during a recent television interview.

‘Tango junkie’ to cure aloof winter Swedes
Sweden

‘Tango junkie’ to cure aloof winter Swedes

Hot steamy nights, bodies passionately embraced. The Swedish skies darken and autumn advances, but Binoy Milton D'souza is dancing his way through the autumn rains and encourages others to join him.

Berlusconi ‘kamikaze’ protests government exit
Italy

Berlusconi ‘kamikaze’ protests government exit

An Italian junior minister who says she is Silvio Berlusconi's "kamikaze" is complaining after her symbolic resignation was accepted, in one more political melodrama around the flamboyant tycoon.

Italians invited to whistle-blow on crime
Italy

Italians invited to whistle-blow on crime

A group of Italian journalists has set up a website akin to Wikileaks inviting the public to blow the whistle on everything from corruption and organized crime to wrongdoing by officials and stories of abuse and harassment.

Far right stuns France in by-election vote
France

Far right stuns France in by-election vote

France's political establishment was left reeling on Monday after two far-right candidates almost claimed 50 percent of votes in a by-election. A Socialist government spokesman called it a "warning shot" ahead of upcoming municipal elections.

Live Blog: 2013 Nobel Prize announcements
Sweden

Live Blog: 2013 Nobel Prize announcements

The winners of the 2013 Nobel Prizes are being announced this week in Stockholm. The Local brings you all the latest news, reactions, and details surrounding the winners and why they won.

Venice’s gondolas ‘to get GPS and number plates’
Italy

Venice’s gondolas ‘to get GPS and number plates’

Two months after a German tourist was killed when the gondola carrying him and his family collided with a vaporetto waterbus, the iconic boats are set to get a major revamp as part of a plan to reduce traffic along Venice’s clogged waterways.

London dethrones Paris as ‘world’s best city’
France

London dethrones Paris as ‘world’s best city’

Paris has lost its crown as the "best city in the world", a new global survey revealed this week. What will rub salt into the wounds of Parisians is that their city was knocked off its perch by London. Authorities in Paris should take heed, say those behind the index.

Berlin man ‘burns girlfriend to death’
Germany

Berlin man ‘burns girlfriend to death’

A Berlin teacher was burnt to death on Sunday in a block of flats, allegedly by her boyfriend. Neighbours witnessed the woman running through the apartment covered in two-metre high flames before she died in the stairwell.

German wins Nobel Medicine Prize
Germany

German wins Nobel Medicine Prize

German-born Thomas Südhof won the Nobel Medicine Prize on Monday together with US duo James Rothman and Randy Schekman for groundbreaking work on how the cell organizes its transport system.

French drivers put brakes on speed limit plan
France

French drivers put brakes on speed limit plan

A French motorists’ group has launched a campaign against lowering the speed limit in France, after a report leaked over the weekend claimed the move would save 450 lives every year.

‘Dirty, decaying, broke’: Newspaper slams Madrid
Spain

‘Dirty, decaying, broke’: Newspaper slams Madrid

Spain’s biggest newspaper published a controversial article about Madrid on Sunday in which they labelled the Spanish capital as “decaying”, “bankrupt” and “dirty” in the wake of its third consecutive Olympic bid failure.

VIDEO: Giant squid found on Spanish beach
Spain

VIDEO: Giant squid found on Spanish beach

A giant squid washed ashore in northern Spain recently, with the odd-looking 9-metre (30 foot) long creature causing both amazement and disgust among locals.

Woman ‘kidnapped and raped’ by priest
Italy

Woman ‘kidnapped and raped’ by priest

A woman in Rome has been freed after allegedly being imprisoned for 10 days and raped by a priest, Italian media reported on Monday.

Swiss finance sector job vacancies rise: report
Switzerland

Swiss finance sector job vacancies rise: report

After a two-year period of retrenchment, Swiss banks, finance and insurance companies are hiring again, according to the latest quarterly job vacancy figures.

One in ten Italian contracts is corrupt
Italy

One in ten Italian contracts is corrupt

One in ten public contracts handed out by Italy is corrupt, making the country responsible for €44.1 billion worth of fraudulent deals across the European Union each year.

Firm lands city contracts with free city interns
Sweden

Firm lands city contracts with free city interns

Using free labour provided by out-of-work interns paid for by the city, a Malmö firm beat its competitors in several bids for municipal contracts through price dumping.

Firefighters fail to battle blaze in own building
Germany

Firefighters fail to battle blaze in own building

A team of German volunteer fire fighters were forced to look on helplessly as their fire station burned to the ground over the weekend.

Returning teachers vow trilingual war ‘not over’
Spain

Returning teachers vow trilingual war ‘not over’

Schools in Spain's Balearic Islands opened for business again on Monday after a three-week strike against against a new trilingual education law which many argue undermine the role of Catalan in the classroom.

VIDEO: Brave cat charges fox head-on
Norway

VIDEO: Brave cat charges fox head-on

Lillepus may be just one year old, but, according to his owner, Aud Marie Svardal, he's "a bit of a tough guy".

Infighting threatens Moderate Party: report
Sweden

Infighting threatens Moderate Party: report

Party Secretary Kent Persson is at the centre of internal division within the governing Moderate Party as it battles declining voter support with one year until elections, a Swedish media report claimed on Monday.

Barents Sea five degrees hotter than normal
Norway

Barents Sea five degrees hotter than normal

Surface temperatures in the Barents Sea are five degrees higher than normal this year, an annual survey from Norway's Institute of Marine Research has reported.

VIDEO: ‘Spiderman’ scales Paris skyscraper
France

VIDEO: ‘Spiderman’ scales Paris skyscraper

Alain Robert, the 'French Spiderman,' has conquered his latest target, climbing the 185-metre (607-ft) GDF Suez tower in the La Défense business district of Paris, with the aid of only his climbing shoes and a bag of chalk (see video).

Nadal regains number one despite China loss
Spain

Nadal regains number one despite China loss

It was a bittersweet end for the Majorcan tennis player at the China Open as he lost 6-3, 6-4 to arch rival Novak Djokovic in the final but regained the number one spot in the world rankings after nearly two years.

Photo of the Day: A song and dance to dispel fears
France

Photo of the Day: A song and dance to dispel fears

Amid ongoing camp evictions, deportations and opinion polls suggesting most French believe they are different, the Roma community had cause for a song and dance on Sunday.

‘English business teachers are in demand’
Germany

‘English business teachers are in demand’

In this week's My German Career Ian Towers, a business professor in Berlin, tells The Local how he came back to the capital, via Montreal, after having lived there as a student before the wall fell.

Italian tragedy highlights Spain’s refugee crisis
Spain

Italian tragedy highlights Spain’s refugee crisis

Packed in wooden boats or rubber dinghies, migrants from Africa are still making the journey across the sea to try to enter Spain illegally despite the perils highlighted by the tragic shipwreck off Italy.

Germany ‘must take in more refugees’
Germany

Germany ‘must take in more refugees’

An accident off the coast of Italy this weekend in which hundreds of African refugees died has prompted President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz to call on Germany to take in more people in need.

Missing Norway Islamist found in Pakistan jail
Norway

Missing Norway Islamist found in Pakistan jail

Arfan Bhatti, the Norwegian gangster turned Islamist, has been tracked down to a prison in Pakistan.

Torched Södertälje rec centre reopens
Sweden

Torched Södertälje rec centre reopens

After burning twice to the ground, with suspicions but no prosecution for arson, Södertälje's newly opened Assyrian culture centre this weekend welcomed party-goers to fête a new era, with culture more in focus than the town's infamous rivalries.

Survivor recalls ‘terror’ of shipwreck tragedy
Italy

Survivor recalls ‘terror’ of shipwreck tragedy

A survivor from an asylum seeker boat disaster on Thursday, which may have left more than 300 dead, speaks about tragedy off the Italian island of Lampedusa.

Progress deputy head dropped from gov
Norway

Progress deputy head dropped from gov

One of the most powerful politicians in Norway's populist Progress party is likely to be denied a ministerial post in the coming government, VG has reported.

France: The Med cannot be an open-air cemetery
France

France: The Med cannot be an open-air cemetery

France will press European leaders to take action to prevent tragedies like the shipwreck off the Italian coast that has left several hundred migrants dead, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Sunday.

Hamburg rout Nuremberg 5-0
Germany

Hamburg rout Nuremberg 5-0

Hamburg powered out of the Bundesliga's bottom three with a stunning 5-0 win at Nuremberg on Sunday to give Bert van Marwijk his first victory as their coach.

Norway man looted heritage silver mines
Norway

Norway man looted heritage silver mines

A 48-year-old man has been charged for looting silver worth millions of kroner from a network of heritage mines run by the Norwegian Mining Museum.

‘Le Classique’: Ten-man PSG beat Marseille
France

‘Le Classique’: Ten-man PSG beat Marseille

Zlatan Ibrahimovic cooly converted a penalty to give PSG a 2-1 win over their bitter rivals Marseille in 'Le Classique' on Sunday. PSG's win sees them stay level on points with Monaco at the top of Ligue 1. Here's a round-up of all the action from Ligue 1.

Germany hands Kunduz camp to Afghan security
Germany

Germany hands Kunduz camp to Afghan security

Germany on Sunday handed over command of its northern Kunduz camp to Afghan security forces, a milestone in the drawdown from a more than decade-long military deployment.

Reinfeldt and Löfven lock horns in second debate
Sweden

Reinfeldt and Löfven lock horns in second debate

Fredrik Reinfeldt and Social Democrat leader Stefan Löfven didn't hold back in their second face-to-face debate on Sunday night, tackling unemployment, taxes, and schooling in what some labelled the most heated debate in years.

‘Norway should accept prestige Syria role’
Norway

‘Norway should accept prestige Syria role’

One of Norway's most experienced weapons inspectors has said that the country should accept any invitation to manage the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons.

‘The Med cannot remain an open-air cemetery’
Italy

‘The Med cannot remain an open-air cemetery’

As police divers continue to pull the bodies of drowned immigrants from the waters off Italy, European nations are struggling to reconcile domestic pressure with an ever-growing influx of desperate migrants. 211 people have so far been confirmed dead.

Stockholm rents rise 20 percent in one year
Sweden

Stockholm rents rise 20 percent in one year

The cost of subletting an apartment in the Swedish capital continues to rise quickly, despite a growing supply, with the average price 20 percent higher now than it was at the same time last year.

Stockholm’s hobbit village to be eco-friendly
Sweden

Stockholm’s hobbit village to be eco-friendly

A real-life hobbit village will soon be nestled in the lush forests of a Swedish island, a whimsical housing scheme billed as the first of its kind - but behind the fantasy gimmick lies a genuine interest for sustainable development.