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Iran and US begin direct nuclear talks in Geneva

Senior Iranian and US officials began direct talks in Geneva on Monday, urgently trying to find common ground over Tehran's controversial nuclear programme as a July deadline for a lasting deal looms.

Man in court for violence against 50 officers
Norway

Man in court for violence against 50 officers

A 31-year-old man is going on trial in Norway charged with committing violent offences against no fewer than 50 prison officers.

Three paragliders die in Swiss Alps mishaps
Switzerland

Three paragliders die in Swiss Alps mishaps

Three paragliders and a mountain biker died in separate accidents in the Swiss Alps over the holiday weekend as hot weather in Switzerland attracted many recreational sports enthusiasts to the mountains.

Merkel alone in Juncker camp at Sweden summit
Sweden

Merkel alone in Juncker camp at Sweden summit

British Prime Minister David Cameron received strong backing from his Swedish and Dutch counterparts on Monday for his rejection of Jean-Claude Juncker for the presidency of the European Commission, ahead of a meeting in Sweden.

‘Spain needs to find a way to be competitive’
Spain

‘Spain needs to find a way to be competitive’

Is Spain's economy really on the mend? How can the country regain its competitive edge? And what can it do to attract skilled expats? The Local spoke to Roger Cooke, President of the British Chamber of Commerce in Spain to get some answers.

Ex-ambassador plays down Russophobia claim
Sweden

Ex-ambassador plays down Russophobia claim

After an adviser to the Russian President said Sweden's 'Russophobia' could lead to World War III, a former Swedish ambassador to Russia, Sven Hirdman, responded by dismissing him as "just one of hundreds".

BWB greenlights takeover of Telekom
Austria

BWB greenlights takeover of Telekom

The Austrian Federal Competition Authority BWB (Bundeswettbewerbsbehörde) gave a green light to the Telekom-Austria voting trust agreement between the Austrian state-holding company, ÖIAG, and the Mexican company, America Movil.

Explorer trapped in Germany’s deepest cave
Germany

Explorer trapped in Germany’s deepest cave

Rescuers are racing against time in the Bavarian Alps after after a man was seriously injured around 1,000 metres below ground by a rock fall in Germany's deepest cave on Sunday.

Deadliest Whitsun weekend on our roads
Austria

Deadliest Whitsun weekend on our roads

This Whitsun (Pentecost) long weekend has been one of the deadliest on record, with twelve people dying on Austria's roads.

Marijuana plant found at Swedish preschool
Sweden

Marijuana plant found at Swedish preschool

Two parents were playing with their child at a central Sweden preschool - and were shocked to find a 25-centimetre marijuana plant growing in the flowerbed.

Rai in trouble over ‘blasphemous’ advert
Italy

Rai in trouble over ‘blasphemous’ advert

The Catholic Church in Rio de Janeiro has threatened to sue Rai for between €5 and €7 million after Italy's state broadcaster ran an advert with Rio's famous Christ the Redeemer statue “dressed” in an Italian football shirt.

Kim Dotcom offers $5m ‘bounty’ in piracy case
Germany

Kim Dotcom offers $5m ‘bounty’ in piracy case

Internet mogul Kim Dotcom said on Monday he was offering a $5 million "bounty" to whistleblowers for information to help fight an online piracy case brought by the United States.

2,200 jobs to go in ‘painful’ Alitalia shake-up
Italy

2,200 jobs to go in ‘painful’ Alitalia shake-up

Struggling Italian airline Alitalia will have to shed 2,200 jobs as part of its planned tie-up with Etihad Airways, which has promised to invest €560 million, the head of the Italian airline said on Monday.

Whites only: One in four Spanish nightclubs racist
Spain

Whites only: One in four Spanish nightclubs racist

An undercover investigation by a Spanish anti-racism group has revealed the shocking way Spain's nightclubs discriminate against black, Arab, Latin and Spanish Gypsy customers.

Up to €160m valuation for ‘Essl’ collection
Austria

Up to €160m valuation for ‘Essl’ collection

Financially troubled art collector Karlheinz Essl is one step closer to the forced sale of his modern art collection, with the completion this week of an independent valuation by Sotheby's and Christie's auction houses.

Three dead in Como plane crash
Italy

Three dead in Como plane crash

Three people died on Monday when the seaplane they were travelling in crashed after taking off from Lake Como, in northern Italy, Italian media reported.

Spanish fighter jet explodes killing pilot
Spain

Spanish fighter jet explodes killing pilot

The pilot of a Spanish fighter-bomber has died after the jet exploded on Tuesday afternoon shortly after taking off from the joint Spain–US airforce base of Morón de la Frontera in southern Spain.

Merkel meets Juncker-sceptics at mini-summit
Germany

Merkel meets Juncker-sceptics at mini-summit

Chancellor Angela Merkel met the leaders of Britain, the Netherlands and Sweden at a mini-summit at the Swedish Prime Minister's summer residence on Monday and Tuesday.

Policeman kills parents before taking own life
Spain

Policeman kills parents before taking own life

A policeman in Spain's northern Basque region on Sunday allegedly killed his eldery parents before taking his own life in a murder-suicide that the local mayor has described as "absolutely inexplicable".

Minecraft maker buys Sweden’s priciest flat
Sweden

Minecraft maker buys Sweden’s priciest flat

Sweden's most expensive penthouse has just been sold to Markus "Notch" Persson, better known as the man behind Minecraft.

Pregnant migrants and babies saved by Italy
Italy

Pregnant migrants and babies saved by Italy

More than 2,000 migrants arrived in Italy on Monday, bringing to a close an international operation to rescue refugees who had packed into 25 boats and travelled from Libya.

Paris market renamed in honour of Queen
France

Paris market renamed in honour of Queen

Queen Elizabeth II ended her three-day visit to France with one final duty. With Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo and French President François Hollande by her side, she visited Paris’s Marché des Fleurs, which was renamed in her honour.

‘England will be a challenge for Italy’: Abate
Italy

‘England will be a challenge for Italy’: Abate

Facing England in its first World Cup game on Saturday will be a "challenge" for Italy, AC Milan defender Ignazio Abate said in Brazil at the weekend.

Woman fed gran rat poison in inheritance bid
Italy

Woman fed gran rat poison in inheritance bid

A 97-year old woman was fed rat poison by her granddaughter and great-grandson in a murder bid by them to cash in on inheritance.

Could Reinfeldt pip Juncker to EU top job?
Sweden

Could Reinfeldt pip Juncker to EU top job?

With Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt hosting David Cameron and Angela Merkel on Monday at his summer residence, analysts have questioned whether the PM may be the man to take over as the head of the European Commission.

An American experiences Austrian sauna culture
Austria

An American experiences Austrian sauna culture

An open-minded journalist from Arizona shares his first impressions of Austria's naked co-ed sauna culture. [Video]

This little girl will be Spain’s top military boss
Spain

This little girl will be Spain’s top military boss

She goes to ballet classes, eats at her school canteen and is supposed to be having a normal childhood. But the eight-year-old daughter of Spain's future King Felipe is also set to undergo military training so she can one day become the country's commander-in-chief. Meet Leonor.

Envoy wants to testify on Sri Lanka war ‘atrocities’
Norway

Envoy wants to testify on Sri Lanka war ‘atrocities’

A top Norwegian peace envoy said he would testify to any international war crimes investigation over "atrocities" committed during Sri Lanka's separatist conflict, a report said on Sunday.

Doctor missed ‘clearly visible’ cancer tumour
Italy

Doctor missed ‘clearly visible’ cancer tumour

A radiologist at a hospital in Liguria has been told to pay €150,000 in compensation to an Italian family after missing a tumour on an x-ray of a patient who later died of cancer.

Who makes Germany’s best currywurst?
Germany

Who makes Germany’s best currywurst?

It might just be a sliced sausage slathered in condiments and sprinkled with curry powder, but Berlin in the east and the Ruhr valley in the west fight jealously over who makes the best currywurst. The Local took a taste test on both sides of Germany to see who was right.

Spanish TV chef killed in base jump tragedy
Spain

Spanish TV chef killed in base jump tragedy

Spanish star chef and father-of-two Darío Barrio, a Jamie Oliver-style figure who promoted healthy eating habits, died on Friday in a wing suit jump accident in southern Spain.

Teachers to be trained to tackle school shootings
Sweden

Teachers to be trained to tackle school shootings

Swedish school teachers will soon be required to learn about school shootings, the National Agency for Education announced on Monday.

Benzema scores twice in France-Jamaica friendly
France

Benzema scores twice in France-Jamaica friendly

Karim Benzema hit two spectacular goals as France romped to an 8-0 victory over Jamaica in a bid to ease the blow of losing star striker Franck Ribéry for the World Cup.

Italy’s ruling party loses out in local elections
Italy

Italy’s ruling party loses out in local elections

Italy's ruling Democratic Party (PD) lost a mayoral election in the bastion city of Livorno to the anti-establishment Five-Star Movement (M5S), results showed on Monday.

Parachutists fill the skies to mark D-Day landings
France

Parachutists fill the skies to mark D-Day landings

Nearly 900 European and American military parachutists filled the skies above Normandy on Sunday to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

Naked party-goer hit by car in Voralberg
Austria

Naked party-goer hit by car in Voralberg

A driver on Sunday morning was shocked when a naked man ran into the path of his car. Even more surprising, the man ran off despite being hit.

Small earthquake shakes Lower Austria
Austria

Small earthquake shakes Lower Austria

Pentecost Sunday in Lower Austria delivered a more moving experience than many expected when a small earthquake rattled dishes just before midnight.

Frenchman faces 17-year term for meth smuggling
France

Frenchman faces 17-year term for meth smuggling

An Indonesian prosecutor on Monday recommended a 17-year jail sentence for a Frenchman accused of smuggling a huge stash of crystal methamphetamine into the resort island of Bali.

Italian boy bitten by viper in Piedmont
Italy

Italian boy bitten by viper in Piedmont

A 12-year-old boy is recovering in hospital after being bitten by a venomous viper snake in the mountains close to the northern Italian city of Turin.

In Pictures: Princess Leonore’s baptism
Sweden

In Pictures: Princess Leonore’s baptism

Sweden's royal baby Leonore was baptized on Sunday. The Local takes a peek at the ceremony.

Ex-leader Le Pen makes gas chambers ‘pun’
France

Ex-leader Le Pen makes gas chambers ‘pun’

Anti-racism campaigners reacted with outrage on Sunday to an apparent anti-Semitic pun by France's former far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen that even his own party and daughter were quick to criticize.

150,000 Basques call for split from Spain
Spain

150,000 Basques call for split from Spain

Tens of thousands of Basques held hands in a 123-kilometre (76-mile) human chain across their region on Sunday to press the Spanish government to let them vote on breaking away and forming their own country.

‘Brutal’ Nadal clinches ninth French open title

‘Brutal’ Nadal clinches ninth French open title

Rafael Nadal on Sunday clinched his ninth French Open and 14th career Grand Slam with a four-set victory over Novak Djokokic, a triumph he believes is payback for his injury-hit Australian Open defeat earlier this year.

Spanish climber dies in French Alps fall

Spanish climber dies in French Alps fall

A Spanish mountain climber fell to his death on Sunday while tackling a difficult descent in the French Alps, mountain rescue workers said.

Paris: ‘Love locks’ cause bridge railing to collapse
France

Paris: ‘Love locks’ cause bridge railing to collapse

Sometimes too much love can be a bad thing as Paris discovered on Sunday when thousands of "locks of love" attached to a footbridge caused part of the railing to collapse, forcing an evacuation.

Sweden’s Lundberg wins Austrian Open
Sweden

Sweden’s Lundberg wins Austrian Open

Sweden's Mikael Lundberg snatched victory in the Austrian Open on Sunday with a brilliant birdie to win a play-off with local favourite Bernd Wiesberger.

Two men found dead on Stockholm’s Södermalm
Sweden

Two men found dead on Stockholm’s Södermalm

Two men were found dead on Stockholm's Södermalm island on Sunday night, with their proximity leading police to initially suspect a double murder.

62 percent of Spaniards want vote on monarchy
Spain

62 percent of Spaniards want vote on monarchy

The majority of Spaniards want a referendum on the future of the monarchy, according to a poll published Sunday, less than a week after King Juan Carlos abdicated in favour of his son.

Baby found locked in car outside Ikea
Sweden

Baby found locked in car outside Ikea

A small child was found inside a car on Sunday afternoon, with an Ikea employee choosing to break in a window to get the baby to safety.

German workers ‘don’t have time for breaks’
Germany

German workers ‘don’t have time for breaks’

One in five employees in Germany chose to work through their legally granted breaks, according to a recent study. Ten percent of those surveyed claimed to rarely or never take a break at work, while 20 percent reported shortening their downtime. Are we too busy for breaks?

‘The migrant situation is becoming untenable’
Italy

‘The migrant situation is becoming untenable’

Italy and Malta on Sunday said they had been "forgotten" by Europe amid a massive influx of migrants - an accusation rejected by Brussels which admitted, however, that other countries could do more to help.

Moscow and Kiev need to talk: Steinmeier
Germany

Moscow and Kiev need to talk: Steinmeier

Germany's foreign minister said on Sunday that only "substantial" talks between Moscow and Kiev would help defuse the Ukraine crisis, ahead of an upcoming meeting with his Russian counterpart.