Euro hunt for French girl ends in her hometown
France

Euro hunt for French girl ends in her hometown

A Europe-wide hunt for a missing 15-year-old French girl ended in her hometown on Friday where she was located with a 48-year-old family friend who was suspected of abducting her. Police believed the friend was suicidal.

French MP proposes puppy custody law
France

French MP proposes puppy custody law

Who gets custody of a dog after a divorce? A French lawmaker has proposed a bill to create a legal framework to answer precisely that and other tricky questions surrounding pets.

Italian bank backs €5bn capital boost plan
Italy

Italian bank backs €5bn capital boost plan

Italian bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena gave the go-ahead on Friday to a €5.0 billion equity raising that will boost its capital and allow it to repay a government bailout this year.

Veneto activists released from jail
Italy

Veneto activists released from jail

A court in Brescia, northern Italy, has ordered the release from jail of seven activists who allegedly plotted to 'liberate' Venice with a homemade 'tank' earlier this month.

Sollecito takes girlfriend to Kercher murder house
Italy

Sollecito takes girlfriend to Kercher murder house

Raffaele Sollecito, convicted in January alongside Amanda Knox of killing British student Meredith Kercher, has taken his girlfriend to the Perugia house where the murder took place, according to Italian media reports on Friday.

Threat letter to French mosque praises far right
France

Threat letter to French mosque praises far right

After pork products turned up in the mailbox of a suburban Paris mosque along with a threatening letter praising the town's recently elected far-right National Front mayor, muslims are concerned about a "worrying" local shift.

The dictator’s grand-daughter vying for MEP
Italy

The dictator’s grand-daughter vying for MEP

Alessandra Mussolini, the granddaughter of Italy's fascist dictator, will compete in the upcoming European elections. Staunchly defensive of her heritage, The Local takes a look at the personality behind the woman who could be elected MEP for a second time.

‘Slavery’ protesters slash hundreds of Velib’ tires
France

‘Slavery’ protesters slash hundreds of Velib’ tires

Far-left activists slashed the tires on over 360 Velib’ bikes in Paris this week in protest of the ‘slave’ labour the programme’s operator uses to repair vandalized bikes. The vandals could themselves end up 'slave' labour.

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Sweden

Police seeking missing Swede in London

British police have issued a plea for tips in the search to find Swedish national Sofie Marie Jansson who hasn't been seen for almost a week.

University applications rocket to record high
Sweden

University applications rocket to record high

Swedish universities continue to draw vast amounts of applicants with the number of prospective students seeking a third level education increasing for the seventh year in a row.

New scandal means more bad news for president
France

New scandal means more bad news for president

The latest blow to struggling President François Hollande came on Friday when a close aide quit over allegations he'd used taxpayer money to support a posh lifestyle and appeared to have breached conflict of interest barriers.

Rome’s ‘artists’ slash themselves over eviction
Italy

Rome’s ‘artists’ slash themselves over eviction

An ‘artist’ in Piazza Navona, one of Rome’s busiest tourist areas, slashed himself in the stomach while another cut his own chest as police tried to evict them on Thursday.

Mega diamond to be auctioned in Geneva
Switzerland

Mega diamond to be auctioned in Geneva

One of the world's largest yellow diamonds will go under the hammer in Geneva next month, with the Sotheby's auction house hoping to rake in up to $25 million for the gem.

French bank bosses to explain ‘indecent’ pay
France

French bank bosses to explain ‘indecent’ pay

France’s economy minister, outraged by huge pay hikes the bosses of the country’s biggest banks have awarded themselves in the past year, called the chiefs to a meeting to “explain” their “indecent” pay.

Croatia extradites ex-top spy to Germany
Germany

Croatia extradites ex-top spy to Germany

Croatia extradited a former Yugoslav spy chief, Zdravko Mustac, to Germany on Thursday to face charges for the 1983 murder of a dissident on German soil.

German court jails Somali pirate for 12 years
Germany

German court jails Somali pirate for 12 years

A German court has sentenced a Somali pirate chief to 12 years in jail for hijacking a ship off the Horn of Africa and tormenting its crew during an eight-month ordeal.

Man jailed in US over Lars Vilks murder plot
Sweden

Man jailed in US over Lars Vilks murder plot

American authorities have sentenced a 20-year-old accomplice of 'Jihad Jane' to five years in prison for an attempted terror plot to kill Swedish artist Lars Vilks, after getting involved with the murder plans when he was a teenager.

Italy raises €371,400 from eBay luxury car sale
Italy

Italy raises €371,400 from eBay luxury car sale

Italy's government on Friday said it had raised €371,400 so far in an eBay auction of luxury official cars in a symbolic effort to cut outrageous spending by ministries that has sparked public anger.

Eurostar: Major train delays after two incidents
France

Eurostar: Major train delays after two incidents

Hundreds of travelers on Eurostar trains between Paris and London saw hours of delays and cancellations on Thursday night due to back-to-back technical and fatal incidents. Service was supposed to be back to normal on Friday.

Italy asks EU for more time to meet debt target
Italy

Italy asks EU for more time to meet debt target

Italy on Thursday asked the European Union to push back a deadline for cutting its public deficit to 2016, days after France reportedly tried and failed to get another extension.

Police finish DNA sweep in hunt for school rapist
France

Police finish DNA sweep in hunt for school rapist

All 527 male students and staff at a private school in France have turned over their DNA as part of an unprecedented hunt for whoever raped a girl in a campus bathroom. One student who'd refused relented under prosecutors' pressure.

Berlusconi is ‘pleased’ to be helping the needy
Italy

Berlusconi is ‘pleased’ to be helping the needy

Italy's former premier and billionaire tycoon Silvio Berlusconi said Thursday he was happy to do his community service in a centre for disabled and elderly people and would do his best to be helpful.

Three dead after boat capsizes off Spain
Spain

Three dead after boat capsizes off Spain

Three seamen were found dead and two others were missing after a fishing boat capsized off Spain's northern coast on Thursday, the coastguard said.