‘No one from government will meet Dalai Lama’
Norway

‘No one from government will meet Dalai Lama’

Norway said on Friday that its government would not meet the Dalai Lama during his visit to Oslo in May, in a controversial decision aimed at warming up icy relations with China.

Bomb threat diverts Norwegian flight
Norway

Bomb threat diverts Norwegian flight

A Norwegian Air Shuttle flight made an emergency landing in the Swedish city of Gothenburg on Friday after a passenger made a bomb threat, Swedish police said.

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France

Students at elite French uni decry casual racism

A powerful internet campaign started by a group of black students speaking out about their experiences of casual racism at Harvard University - and quickly spread to other universities around the world - has been taken on at France’s most elite university.

Paris in the swinging 60s: Top seven video clips
France

Paris in the swinging 60s: Top seven video clips

What was Paris like back in the heady days of the 1960s? We've scoured the video archioves of You Tube to come up with a selection of the best clips, that show what life was like in the City of Light back in the swinging 60s. Enjoy.

‘EU-US trade deal could hurt green policy’
Sweden

‘EU-US trade deal could hurt green policy’

Mikael Karlsson at the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation tells The Local that he fears that a proposed EU-US trade deal could have a 'devastating chill' on EU environmental ambitions and can only harm the status quo.

Swiss and Anglo humour mix in improv show
Switzerland

Swiss and Anglo humour mix in improv show

Improvisers from the UK, the US and Canada flew to Switzerland this week to take part in a comedy show alongside a Swiss comedian. The Local talks to the man behind the venture.

Largest blue diamond set for Geneva auction
Switzerland

Largest blue diamond set for Geneva auction

The world's largest blue diamond will go under the hammer in Geneva next month, with the rare gem expected to fetch up to $25 million, auctioneers said on Friday.

Merkel mulls fresh sanctions on Russia
Germany

Merkel mulls fresh sanctions on Russia

Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday that EU foreign ministers will meet soon to consider imposing new sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis.

Leaked cables show US fears over RAF terror
Germany

Leaked cables show US fears over RAF terror

American fears that the German government had lost control in 1977 under a wave of far-left terrorist attacks were revealed in US diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks on Thursday.

Black teacher shut out from ‘black film’ class
Sweden

Black teacher shut out from ‘black film’ class

A Swedish trainee teacher was asked to leave the classroom because the pupils were about to discuss a film with black actors, and her presence could "inhibit the debate".

Eurosceptic AfD party weeds out spy
Germany

Eurosceptic AfD party weeds out spy

Members of the eurosceptic Alternative für Deutshland (AfD) party are filing charges against a spy who infiltrated their ranks. The spy, who leaked information on an online blog, claimed to be "fighting Nazis".

Spain blocks extradition of Franco-era ‘torturer’
Spain

Spain blocks extradition of Franco-era ‘torturer’

Spain's National Court on Friday rejected Argentina's request for a retired Spanish policeman to be extradited on alleged charges against humanity, arguing the statute of limitations for the crimes had expired.

Radar search could help reveal Cervantes grave
Spain

Radar search could help reveal Cervantes grave

Scientists will start scanning the floor of a Madrid convent with a radar on Monday in the hope of finding the body of Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes, author of "Don Quixote".

Ten ways to know you’re becoming French
France

Ten ways to know you’re becoming French

For an expat to become French there's no need to gain nationality or a French passport, it often just happens slowly over time. With the help of a new book "90+ Way's to know you're becoming French" here's a glimpse of some of the tell tale signs to look out for.

Norway’s biggest bank sells out of Russia
Norway

Norway’s biggest bank sells out of Russia

Norway's biggest bank DNB announced on Friday the sale of its Russian assets as part of a strategic repositioning, but said that this was not connected to the crisis over Ukraine.

Easter and Ecclestone – seven days in pictures
Germany

Easter and Ecclestone – seven days in pictures

Easter, Bernie Ecclestone's high profile trial and live ammunition all make up The Local's pictorial review of the past week.

‘Sweden is a trade-policy superpower’
Sweden

‘Sweden is a trade-policy superpower’

With Swedish business leaders and trade unionists positive to the US-EU trade deal, Minister for Trade Ewa Björling underlined that Sweden had a significant role to play and dismissed critics who "painted nightmare scenarios".

Alstom talks prompt ‘patriotic’ worry in France
France

Alstom talks prompt ‘patriotic’ worry in France

The French government is looking at ‘alternatives’ after word broke American giant GE is in talks to buy key marquee French industrial firm Alstom. The finance minister said it’s a matter of 'patriotic concern.'

‘Suburbs will be part of inner-city Stockholm’
Sweden

‘Suburbs will be part of inner-city Stockholm’

With most stories about Stockholm housing brimming with despair, The Local shows some of city hall's ongoing new-build projects. These include what looks like a spaceship for students.

Volvo revs up profit
Sweden

Volvo revs up profit

Swedish truck maker Volvo Group posted soaring first-quarter profits on Friday, citing a successful restructuring plan that had claimed some 4,400 jobs in the past year, many of them white-collar.

Sagrada Família falcons welcome new chicks
Spain

Sagrada Família falcons welcome new chicks

The famous resident falcons of Barcelona iconic Sagrada Família church became the proud parents of three chicks recently, but the predatory birds still remain massively outnumbered by pesky local pigeons.

Corsica OKs crackdown on holiday home buying
France

Corsica OKs crackdown on holiday home buying

In an effort to calm real estate speculation, Corsicans approved new restrictions on Friday that would require people to live on the Mediterranean island five years before they can buy property.

VIDEO: Easter antics land ‘drunk’ teen in trouble
Spain

VIDEO: Easter antics land ‘drunk’ teen in trouble

A teenage girl has apologized "for being silly" after being caught on camera pretending to be drunk during a religious Easter week procession in the southern Spanish city of Malaga.

Swedish gun club sees surge in client numbers
Sweden

Swedish gun club sees surge in client numbers

You might not associate target practice with Swedish past-times, but a Stockholm shooting range has seen a four-fold increase in clients since 2007. The Local's Deepti Vashisht talks stag parties, gun licences, and stress-busting CEOs with the club's manager.

Sex club named ‘DSK’ after fallen Frenchman
France

Sex club named ‘DSK’ after fallen Frenchman

One-time French presidential hopeful Dominique Strauss-Kahn's name was the subject of attention once again this week after an infamous French pimp used the disgraced former IMF head’s initials as inspiration for the name of his new sex club.

Gibraltar police deny injuring Spanish cop
Spain

Gibraltar police deny injuring Spanish cop

UPDATED: A Spanish policeman was allegedly injured by a Gibraltar counterpart after a jurisdictional dust-up over an illegal tobacco haul on Thursday, Spanish press are reporting, but Gibraltar police have denied the charge.

Meet the Fuggers – Germany’s great trading family
Germany

Meet the Fuggers – Germany’s great trading family

In this week's Expat Dispatches, teacher Mike Stuchbery looks at the role played by one of Germany's great trading families, the Fuggers, and the lessons they hold for us today.

‘Terrorist name’ bars Swiss passenger from US
Switzerland

‘Terrorist name’ bars Swiss passenger from US

A French woman was left stunned this week when she was barred from boarding a Swiss airlines flight to New York from Geneva airport after being told she was blacklisted. The reason, she says, is the name on her passport, Alic Aïda, which when pronounced (wrongly) can sound like Al Qaeda.

Electrolux first-quarter profits beat predictions
Sweden

Electrolux first-quarter profits beat predictions

Electrolux posted better-than-hoped-for profits on Friday, bouncing back from losses last year when the Swedish home appliance maker let 2,000 employees go.

Murder squad called to undertaker’s car
Germany

Murder squad called to undertaker’s car

A police murder squad was called to a parked car in a town in western Germany this week after blood was reportedly seen dripping from it. A body was found in the vehicle, but the driver was just doing his job.

Spanish team finds hidden ‘tomb of Jesus’
Spain

Spanish team finds hidden ‘tomb of Jesus’

Spanish Egyptologists have discovered what could be one of the oldest images of Jesus Christ, painted on the walls of a mysterious underground structure deep in an ancient Egyptian tomb.

Mortgage numbers drop for 46th straight month
Spain

Mortgage numbers drop for 46th straight month

The number of mortgages taken out in Spain fell for the 46th month in a row in February, a further sign that the country's dormant property market is still a long way from recovery, new figures released on Friday show.

The Local’s religion in Sweden interview series
Sweden

The Local’s religion in Sweden interview series

In a series of profiles, Swedes who have converted to Islam, Buddhism, Catholicism, and Judaism tell The Local's Ann Törnkvist what prompted their decisions.

French mum named Alic Aïda barred from US
France

French mum named Alic Aïda barred from US

A young French mum was left stunned this week when she was barred from boarding a flight to New York after being told she was blacklisted. The reason, she says, is the name on her passport, Alic Aïda, which when pronounced (wrongly) can sound like Al Qaeda.

Mafia killer uses Jose Mourinho as alibi
Italy

Mafia killer uses Jose Mourinho as alibi

A mafia gangster is basing his appeal against a conviction for murdering a fellow mobster on photographs which show his associate was with Portuguese football manager Jose Mourinho at the time.

‘Torture rapist’ father free as court doubts daughter
Sweden

‘Torture rapist’ father free as court doubts daughter

A 66-year-old man who has spent ten years in prison for allegedly raping and torturing his daughter was set free on Friday after a court deemed her testimony untrustworthy.

Meet Spain’s first gay-friendly rugby club
Spain

Meet Spain’s first gay-friendly rugby club

A rugby team in the Madrid has notched up a national first by becoming the first officially gay-friendly rugby team in Spain.

‘My Swiss watch is fake’: Indonesia’s military chief
Switzerland

‘My Swiss watch is fake’: Indonesia’s military chief

Indonesia's military chief came under fire on Friday after rejecting claims he had been pictured wearing a luxury Swiss watch and insisting that the timepiece was a Chinese-made fake.

Key Breivik document stolen from police HQ
Norway

Key Breivik document stolen from police HQ

An ultra-sensitive document containing a transcript of a police questioning of Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik was stolen just weeks after he mounted his attacks, Norway's Dagsavisen newspaper has reported.

Mix-up meant man died metres from hospital
Germany

Mix-up meant man died metres from hospital

A man collapsed and died just 50 metres from a hospital in western Germany on Tuesday morning. A passer-by ran into the hospital, but a porter said doctors were not allowed to leave the building to help.

Llamas on the loose in central Oslo
Norway

Llamas on the loose in central Oslo

Three llamas who escaped a zoo in Tøyenparken in central Oslo on Thursday spent several hours touring some of the city's poshest streets before they were captured and returned to their pens.

Labradors remain top dogs in Switzerland
Switzerland

Labradors remain top dogs in Switzerland

Labrador retrievers remain the most popular kind of dog owned in Switzerland, according to statistics for 2013 but the most newly sought after species is a breed that is tiny by comparison — the Chihuahua.

Normandy villages hit by freak violent hailstorms
France

Normandy villages hit by freak violent hailstorms

Villages in Normandy, northern France were hit by freak hailstorms on Thursday night that left some houses partially buried in hail stones. Several families were forced to leave their homes.

Norway drops plan to let GPs opt out of abortions
Norway

Norway drops plan to let GPs opt out of abortions

Norway's health minister has dropped plans to allow the country's GPs to refuse to refer women to have abortions on grounds of conscience, in a humiliating u-turn for the country's right-wing government.

Skin and blood on show as Rome goes saint crazy
Italy

Skin and blood on show as Rome goes saint crazy

Popes John Paul II and John XXIII will join the roster of saints at a historic Vatican ceremony on Sunday seen as an attempt to unite conservatives and reformists, with some 800,000 pilgrims expected in Rome.

Armstong: I’m still a Tour de France champion
France

Armstong: I’m still a Tour de France champion

Disgraced drug cheat Lance Armstrong insists he is still a Tour de France champion despite being stripped of his seven titles after admitting taking performance-enhancing drugs.

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Italy

Dancing priest shakes his stuff for new saints

A priest dances in a famous piazza in Rome surrounded by four gyrating parishioners. Tourists stare and dozens of children on a school trip from France start to twist and turn to the music.

Paris cops probed over rape of Canadian tourist
France

Paris cops probed over rape of Canadian tourist

Four Paris police officers were under investigation on Friday after a Canadian tourist reported at least one of the men took her back to police headquarters in the capital's centre after a night of drinking in a nearby Irish pub and raped her.

Baa, baa, baa, baa, baa, baa, baa, baa Batlamb!
Norway

Baa, baa, baa, baa, baa, baa, baa, baa Batlamb!

Norwegian sheep farmer Hege Vigre suspected there was something special about her new lamb when it adopted a Superman pose while still in the womb.

Spain jails kidnapper who posed as priest
Spain

Spain jails kidnapper who posed as priest

Spanish judges on Thursday jailed a man for 18 years for disguising himself as a priest and holding hostage at gunpoint relatives of an ex-politician disgraced in a top-level corruption scandal.

Al-Qaeda’s ‘librarian’ denies terror charges
Spain

Al-Qaeda’s ‘librarian’ denies terror charges

A Saudi man dubbed "Al-Qaeda's librarian" on Thursday denied belonging to the organisation and recruiting jihadists for the group over the Internet during a Madrid court appearance.

French rap star charged after feud turns violent
France

French rap star charged after feud turns violent

One of France's top rap stars was remanded in custody and charged with assaulting a sales assistant on Thursday, as a bitter feud with a rival performer turned violent this week.

Berlin’s best street art – in pictures
Germany

Berlin’s best street art – in pictures

The German capital boasts works by some of the world's most prominent street artists. The Local took a walk through the districts of Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg to bring you some of the highlights.

Sweden’s tiny princesses in family photo
Sweden

Sweden’s tiny princesses in family photo

Sweden's royal family have released two images of baby Princess Leonore spending time with her cousin Princess Estelle, with the proud mother sharing a word of wisdom about cousins.

Norway refused to end ’embarrassing’ pay gap
Norway

Norway refused to end ’embarrassing’ pay gap

Norway's foreign ministry turned down their own US consul general's call to end an “unjust and embarrassing” difference in what was paid to a male and a female member of staff at the consulate in Minnesota, it emerged in court on Thursday.

Facebook pic saves Swede stuck in bog
Sweden

Facebook pic saves Swede stuck in bog

A Swedish woman stuck up to her waist in marshlands managed to lead rescue services to her with a photo posted on Facebook just hours before. "Someone thought he recognized the area," the police said.

France’s Auchan sued over Bangladesh disaster
France

France’s Auchan sued over Bangladesh disaster

Three organizations said on Thursday they had filed a judicial complaint against French supermarket giant Auchan in the first such case in Europe in the wake of the deadly Bangladesh factory disaster a year ago.

Left Party to focus on pre-school staff reform
Sweden

Left Party to focus on pre-school staff reform

The minority opposition Left Party wants to reduce pre-school class sizes and invest in staff, it said ahead of releasing its proposed budget for the next political term.

State checks more bank accounts than ever
Germany

State checks more bank accounts than ever

German authorities are inspecting bank accounts more often than ever, figures from the finance ministry showed on Friday.

Jewish convert fears Sweden Democrat surge
Sweden

Jewish convert fears Sweden Democrat surge

"My mother asked why I'd join a community that is so persecuted," Jewish convert Eva tells The Local in our final article on religious choice in Sweden.

Dortmund’s Klopp rules out Man United job again
Germany

Dortmund’s Klopp rules out Man United job again

Borussia Dortmund's charismatic coach Jürgen Klopp has reiterated he would not be joining Manchester United despite British media reports linking him to the vacant manager's job following David Moyes' dismissal.