Heli-skiing guide and woman die in avalanche
Switzerland

Heli-skiing guide and woman die in avalanche

An avalanche swept a 35-year-old mountain guide and a 39-year-old German woman hundreds of metres down a mountainside to their deaths on Monday while they were skiing near Zermatt in the canton of Valais.

Ten jobs that you can only do in Spain
Spain

Ten jobs that you can only do in Spain

If you're planning to take the career path less travelled, Spain is full of exciting one-of-a-kind possibilities. The Local takes a look at some of the weird and wonderful jobs you won't find anywhere else.

‘New insect menu cost me my Michelin star’
France

‘New insect menu cost me my Michelin star’

The defiant chef at a well-known restaurant on the French Riviera has blamed the recent loss of his prized Michelin star on his very un-Gallic, "alternative" menu, based around insects and worms.

UK cuts passport costs for expats in France
France

UK cuts passport costs for expats in France

Some good news for British expats in France. They will pay a third less for new passports after UK authorities slashed the price due to the "efficiency savings" they have made over the last three years, by closing passport offices abroad.

VIDEO: Norway’s ‘reality TV with wild birds’
Norway

VIDEO: Norway’s ‘reality TV with wild birds’

Norway's ever-creative NRK network has come up with yet another strange but surprisingly compelling 'slow TV' experiment -- Piip Show, described by its creator as a "reality TV show with wild birds".

Prices of French wines soar after poor harvest
France

Prices of French wines soar after poor harvest

The prices of some French wines have shot up more than 30 percent since the summer due to a historically weak grape harvest in 2013, that has left the good stuff in short supply, according to data released on Monday.

UK slashes passport costs for Spain expats
Spain

UK slashes passport costs for Spain expats

British expats in Spain will pay a third less for new passports in the wake of what UK authorities are calling "efficiency savings" over the last three years.

Abandoned baby found under train seat
Italy

Abandoned baby found under train seat

A baby boy, thought to be three or four days old and with its umbilical cord still attached, was found under the seat of a train in southern Italy on Sunday.

Paris pollution: Driving curbs to be lifted
France

Paris pollution: Driving curbs to be lifted

Paris authorities announced on Monday that driving curbs would be lifted after pollution levels in the city dropped. However earlier in the day police said thousands of motorists were issued fines for flouting the ban on vehicles that had even-numbered license plates.

Man jailed for killing wife, concreting her into wall
Germany

Man jailed for killing wife, concreting her into wall

A judge jailed a German man for eight years on Monday for killing his wife. He had concreted her body into a wall and convinced their children and friends for years that she had simply run off.

Court throws out damage claims against Porsche
Germany

Court throws out damage claims against Porsche

A German court threw out Monday claims from a number of institutional investors against Porsche in connection with its failed attempt to take over carmaker Volkswagen in 2008.

The jobs in Sweden that make people unhappy
Sweden

The jobs in Sweden that make people unhappy

A new survey looking at how Swedes feel about their job has put one profession far down on the bottom rung of well-being in the workplace.

Boris Becker loses Spain home over unpaid bills
Germany

Boris Becker loses Spain home over unpaid bills

Former German tennis star Boris Becker failed to stop his holiday villa on the island of Majorca being confiscated by Spanish authorities after failing to pay a six-figure builder's bill.

Free public transport costs Paris €4m a day
France

Free public transport costs Paris €4m a day

The bill to cover the costs of Paris’s “dangerously” high pollution levels is at €16 million ($22.3 million) and counting with city chiefs admitting on Monday that the decision to make public transport free is costing authorities €4 million a day.

North Korea envoy walks out of UN rights council
Switzerland

North Korea envoy walks out of UN rights council

The North Korean ambassador to the UN in Geneva walked out of a Human Rights Council hearing on rights violations in his country when Japan took the floor.

Learning Swedish the easy way
Sweden

Learning Swedish the easy way

As an expatriate - or future expatriate - in Sweden, learning the language is probably one of the first issues you have had to deal with when preparing your departure. Indeed, there is every chance that, at the time of departure, you will have no or hardly any knowledge of Swedish.

Sweden Dem teacher let go after student revolt
Sweden

Sweden Dem teacher let go after student revolt

An English-language school has heeded the concerns of its pupils, after a student uprising against a new teacher at the multinational school who is also active in the anti-immigration Sweden Democrat party.

Swedish TV team freed by Russian military
Sweden

Swedish TV team freed by Russian military

A team from Sweden's TV4 news channel was released on Monday afternoon after they were arrested by the Russian military in Crimea.

Anglos would ‘be upset if Gallic gastronomy died’
France

Anglos would ‘be upset if Gallic gastronomy died’

Anglos would be the first to complain if France's sensual, hedonistic approach to cuisine disappeared, the country's top celebrity chef Alain Ducasse has said, as he also acknowledged the creeping influence of modern Anglo eating trends.

Murder case against US soldiers not over: Judge
Spain

Murder case against US soldiers not over: Judge

Spain's controversial decision to shelve several high profile international human rights cases received its first test on Monday after a judge refused to close the file on the death of a Spanish cameraman during the US invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Boris Becker loses Spain home over unpaid bills
Spain

Boris Becker loses Spain home over unpaid bills

Former tennis star Boris Becker has had his holiday villa on the island of Majorca confiscated by Spanish authorities after not paying a builder's bill of €391,000 ($544,000).

German sausage price war wurst for farmers
Germany

German sausage price war wurst for farmers

A quiet price war between Germany's discount supermarkets is putting farmers under huge economic pressure, with sausage and meat products the latest to see prices drop.

Twins find mum bludgeoned to death
Italy

Twins find mum bludgeoned to death

A woman in central Italy was yesterday bludgeoned to death with a hammer by her husband, who left her body to be discovered by their two children, Italian media reported on Sunday.

State accepts Hoeneß sentence
Germany

State accepts Hoeneß sentence

German football legend and former Bayern Munich boss Uli Hoeneß is to go to jail for tax fraud after prosecutors said on Monday they would not appeal the verdict.

Man robbed five banks with a biro pen
Italy

Man robbed five banks with a biro pen

Armed with a Bic biro pen, a man managed to rob five banks in Rome. He was snared only when savvy staff at his sixth target realised the harmless 'weapon' was not a knife.

Horror as train arrives with body stuck on front
France

Horror as train arrives with body stuck on front

Passengers at a French railway station were left horrified when a high-speed TGV train arrived at a platform with the dead body of a cyclist stuck to the front of the train.

Venetians ‘no longer want to be part of Italy’
Italy

Venetians ‘no longer want to be part of Italy’

Italians in Venice and its surrounding region are voting this week on whether to break away from rest of the country and form their own country, organizers said on Monday.

Mafia fugitive wins British extradition battle
Italy

Mafia fugitive wins British extradition battle

Convicted mafia boss Domenico Rancadore won his fight to avoid extradition from Britain on Monday after a judge ruled that his human rights could be breached in overcrowded Italian prisons.

Web name changes could hit trademarks: WIPO
Switzerland

Web name changes could hit trademarks: WIPO

The mass expansion of internet domain names could cause havoc for the defence of trademarks in cyberspace, the UN's intellectual property body warned on Monday.

VIDEO: Bouncer wins Norway Eurovision spot
Norway

VIDEO: Bouncer wins Norway Eurovision spot

Norway has chosen the thick-set former bouncer Carl Espen to represent it at the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, betting on a piano-driven ballad rather than the usual frenetic Europop.

Pic of the day: Merkel piggybacks Spain’s PM
Spain

Pic of the day: Merkel piggybacks Spain’s PM

Out of all the impressive paper-maché statues built for this year's emblematic Fallas festival in Valencia, one stands out for its degree of political satire and wit.

Paris film scene ‘streets ahead of London’s’
France

Paris film scene ‘streets ahead of London’s’

London and Paris have been squabbling like siblings recently over various claims to fame but when it comes to the world of cinema there would be one clear winner of the gong, our guest blogger Rory Mulholland claims.

Armed robbery victim posts raid video online
Germany

Armed robbery victim posts raid video online

A German jeweller whose shop was robbed and his staff bullied by armed men has hit back, publishing security camera pictures of their faces on Facebook - complete with a dramatic video of the robbery.

Company ‘imported three tonnes of steroids’
Switzerland

Company ‘imported three tonnes of steroids’

Swiss authorities have launched a criminal investigation into a company that allegedly imported three tonnes of steroids illegally into Switzerland.

Spain remains hotspot for bargain properties
Spain

Spain remains hotspot for bargain properties

Global property prices shot up 8.4 percent in 2014 but Spain is still down at the foot of the country table with recovery still a long way off, new figures show.

Corpses ‘dug up and abandoned’ in cemetery
Italy

Corpses ‘dug up and abandoned’ in cemetery

Five coffins containing corpses have been found in an abandoned room in a cemetery in the southern Italian province of Caserta. Police suspect the corpses were dug up and placed there as part of a "personal vendetta" against families of the deceased.

Tell us about your Uzbek deals: US to TeliaSonera
Sweden

Tell us about your Uzbek deals: US to TeliaSonera

US authorities have asked Swedish telecom firm TeliaSonera to share information about its suspect business dealings in Uzbekistan, which have already seen heads roll at the company.

Music critic slams Mo for ‘cynical’ Utøya song
Norway

Music critic slams Mo for ‘cynical’ Utøya song

Norwegian music journalist Jostein Pedersen has mercilessly attacked Utøya survivor 'Mo' Abdi Farah for "cynically" milking his trauma on the island to try and win a place as Norway's entry to the Eurovision Song Contest.

School caretaker ‘abused girl in toilet’
Italy

School caretaker ‘abused girl in toilet’

The caretaker of a school in Messina, Sicily's third-largest city, was arrested over the weekend for allegedly abusing a six-year-old girl.

Euphoria singer pins cannabis tweet on hacker
Sweden

Euphoria singer pins cannabis tweet on hacker

Sweden's Eurovision 2012 winner Loreen tweeted that her hit song Euphoria was about cannabis, but later retracted, claiming she only "did life", not cannabis, and blamed hackers for the wayward tweet.

Widow fined for drink at husband’s graveside
France

Widow fined for drink at husband’s graveside

A French widow, who says she was simply honouring her husband's dying wish by sharing a few glasses of champagne with family and friends at his graveside for his birthday, was fined by unsympathetic police for disturbing the peace, according to reports on Monday.

Warner Brothers buys rights to next Nesbø
Norway

Warner Brothers buys rights to next Nesbø

The US film giant Warner Brothers has bought the rights to turn Jo Nesbø's next book, Blood in the Snow, into a Hollywood blockbuster.

‘Pitch insults don’t make us racist’: footballers
Italy

‘Pitch insults don’t make us racist’: footballers

Insulting players from an all-immigrant football team on the pitch does not amount to racism, an Italian team has claimed, as their league was thrown into disarray after four teams quit in a xenophobia row.

Löfven slates ‘cocky’ PM in number-crunch row
Sweden

Löfven slates ‘cocky’ PM in number-crunch row

The prime minister's attack on the main opposition party's shadow budget led to a row in a televised debate on Sunday, as the Social Democrat leader branded his opponent "cocky" and his claims baseless.

Kidnapped girl home after Amazon ordeal
Spain

Kidnapped girl home after Amazon ordeal

The nine-year-old girl who was held captive for seven months in the depths of the Amazon rainforest has been taken back to her home town in Catalonia, but not yet to her parents.

Blocher threatens new immigration initiative
Switzerland

Blocher threatens new immigration initiative

Leading Swiss People’s Party (SVP) politician Christoph Blocher says he is ready to launch a new initiative to ensure that Switzerland applies immigration quotas.

Ibrahimovic bags double as PSG march on
France

Ibrahimovic bags double as PSG march on

Zlatan Ibrahimovic baged a double as PSG beat bogey team Saint Etienne in Paris on Sunday to continue their march towards the title. Elsewhere Monaco can thank the referee for their win over Lyon in a controversial match. Catch up on the latest Ligue 1 action.

Child dies in Rhine, rescuer also feared dead
Germany

Child dies in Rhine, rescuer also feared dead

A six-year-old girl who fell into the Rhine in Cologne died on Saturday, despite the desperate efforts of two adults, one of whom is also feared dead after being dragged away by the current.

Swede’s terror memorial ‘rape of the landscape’
Sweden

Swede’s terror memorial ‘rape of the landscape’

A Swedish artist's design for a memorial near Norway's Utøya island would be "impossible" to build, and faces opposition from locals who want to block a plan they says risks "scarring" the landscape in a tribute to the dead.

‘The real Sherlock Holmes was Italian’
Italy

‘The real Sherlock Holmes was Italian’

He's a British fictional detective famous for his knack of unravelling complex cases, but the person thought to have inspired Sherlock Holmes had Italian origins, a historian has claimed.

UK’s Vodafone pays $10b for Spanish firm Ono
Spain

UK’s Vodafone pays $10b for Spanish firm Ono

British mobile phone giant Vodafone has agreed to buy Spanish cable television and Internet provider Ono for 7.2 billion euros ($10 billion), it said on Monday.

Madrid train bombings middleman deported
Spain

Madrid train bombings middleman deported

Spain on Sunday deported a Moroccan man after he completed a 10-year jail sentence for obtaining the explosives used in the 2004 Madrid train bombings that killed 191 people, the government said.

Federer loses to Djokovic in California thriller
Switzerland

Federer loses to Djokovic in California thriller

World number two tennis player Novak Djokovic rallied to beat Switzerland's Roger Federer in a three-set thriller on Sunday to win his first title of 2014 at the Indian Wells ATP Masters.

Warn strikes set to hit public services this week
Germany

Warn strikes set to hit public services this week

Public service workers in areas such as transport, kindergartens and rubbish collection were set to go on strike on Monday across Germany, with further action planned for the rest of the week if their demands on pay are not met.

Hamburg and Bayern celebrate weekend wins
Germany

Hamburg and Bayern celebrate weekend wins

Hamburg escaped the Bundesliga's bottom three for the first time since January with a tense 2-1 win at home to fellow-strugglers Nuremberg on Sunday.

‘Rock too soft for Utøya memorial’: geologist
Norway

‘Rock too soft for Utøya memorial’: geologist

The planned memorial to those who died on Utøya will be impossible to build -- or would at least look nothing like the images that have spread around the world, a local geologist has declared, arguing the rocks are too soft and porous.

India tops arms imports: Swedish think tank
Sweden

India tops arms imports: Swedish think tank

Stockholm-based think tank Sipri said on Monday that India is still the biggest buyer of arms in the world, with nearly triple the imports of closest rivals China and Pakistan.

Zlatan nets double and sets PSG club record
Sweden

Zlatan nets double and sets PSG club record

Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored two first half goals in a win against Saint Etienne on Sunday, bringing his season tally to 40 goals and setting a club record in the process.

Rolling Stones gig sparks heritage concerns
Italy

Rolling Stones gig sparks heritage concerns

One group of ancient stones is under threat from another, fear authorities in Rome, as the Rolling Stones prepare for a huge concert among the "very fragile" ruins of Italy's capital.

Vasaloppet ski race sells out in 90 seconds
Sweden

Vasaloppet ski race sells out in 90 seconds

Next year's Vasaloppet race sold out on Sunday in under two minutes, with over 15,000 racers putting their names down for the historic 90-kilometre competition.

‘History is repeating itself’: Malmö on Nazism
Sweden

‘History is repeating itself’: Malmö on Nazism

IN PICTURES: A week on from a Nazi attack which left an activist fighting for his life, some 10,000 people swelled the streets of Malmö to protest against fascism. The Local’s Patrick Reilly joined their ranks.