Man abandoned by best friend on Norway island
Norway

Man abandoned by best friend on Norway island

A Norwegian man was rescued on Thursday by the local Stavanger sea-rescue service after his friend left him sleeping on a deserted island, stole the only boat, and rowed home.

Hummels heads Germany into semi-final
Germany

Hummels heads Germany into semi-final

A tense World Cup quarter-final saw Germany beat rivals France 1-0 in Rio de Janeiro. A 13th minute goal from defender Mats Hummels was the difference between the two sides, heading Germany into a record fourth consecutive World Cup semi-final.

Van with 21 migrants stopped at Italian border
Austria

Van with 21 migrants stopped at Italian border

Italian border police prevented a van from crossing the border from Austria after suspicions were raised that it was trafficking in migrants.

Federer into Wimbledon final for ninth time
Switzerland

Federer into Wimbledon final for ninth time

Seven-time champion Roger Federer demolished Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 on Friday to reach his ninth Wimbledon tennis tournament final, where he will face old rival Novak Djokovic for the 35th time.

Phishing attack nets €130,000 in hours
Austria

Phishing attack nets €130,000 in hours

Two men have been arrested by police from the Vienna Office of Criminal Investigation for stealing €130,000 through a sophisticated Internet attack, according to a report in the daily newspaper Kronen Zeitung.

Pakistani smuggles 13 kg of heroin into Austria
Austria

Pakistani smuggles 13 kg of heroin into Austria

A Pakistani citizen living in Barcelona was caught attempting to smuggle 13 kg of heroin into Austria from Istanbul.

France exit World Cup after 1-0 loss to Germany
France

France exit World Cup after 1-0 loss to Germany

France were knocked out of the World Cup on Friday after losing 1-0 to Germany in their quarter-final clash. An early goal from Mats Hummels proved enough to see off Les Bleus, who had their chances but couldn't find the net.

12,600 vie for 1560 medical school places
Austria

12,600 vie for 1560 medical school places

A new record has been set for applications to the three medical schools in Vienna, Graz and Innsbruck, as well as the new Medical Faculty at the University of Linz.

LIVE BLOG: Germany beat France 1-0
Germany

LIVE BLOG: Germany beat France 1-0

LIVE: Germany face France in the quarter-finals of the football World Cup in Brazil on Friday. Keep up to date with the latest action in The Local's live blog. Tweet us at @TheLocalGermany.

‘Older’ woman robs Linz bank
Austria

‘Older’ woman robs Linz bank

Police are searching for an overweight, ‘older’ woman after a bank robbery in Kleinmünchen, Linz.

Spanish mum kills teacher in front of class
Spain

Spanish mum kills teacher in front of class

The 34-year-old school teacher who was stabbed to death in front her students in France on Friday was killed by the Spanish mother of a pupil, Spanish press are reporting.

Aliyev confession deemed ‘a forgery’
Austria

Aliyev confession deemed ‘a forgery’

According to a report in the Kronen Zeitung newspaper that was confirmed to the Austrian Press Association by the Vienna public prosecutor, the alleged written confession of the Kazakh murder suspect, former ambassador Rakhat Aliyev, is believed to be a forgery.

Funding completed for Lund neutron source
Sweden

Funding completed for Lund neutron source

Funding for the European Spallation Source (ESS), the world's most powerful neutron source, has been completed, Education Minister Jan Björklund announced on Friday. The ESS will be built in Lund, Sweden.

‘Thai prince said he loved me in Swedish’
Sweden

‘Thai prince said he loved me in Swedish’

YouTube sensation Martin Arvebro has turned the world on to the Swedish language with his funny videos. He tells The Local about his new-found fame, 'Jantelagen', and the north-south divide.

Passes, passports, police – a week in pictures
Germany

Passes, passports, police – a week in pictures

Germany wins against Algeria, refugees in Berlin score a victory for their cause and police in Cologne has to admit they messed up. This and more in The Local's pictorial review of the last seven days.

Regional train hits truck, 33 injured
Germany

Regional train hits truck, 33 injured

Thirty-three people were injured in southern Germany on Friday lunchtime when a regional passenger train collided with an articulated truck that was transporting a giant dumper truck.

French teacher stabbed to death by pupil’s mum
France

French teacher stabbed to death by pupil’s mum

UPDATED: A 34-year-old French school teacher was stabbed to death in front her students on Friday by the mother of a pupil, prosecutors said. President François Hollande described the killing as a "horrific tragedy" and pledged support for children and staff at the school.

First cancer immunotherapy for dogs
Austria

First cancer immunotherapy for dogs

Scientists in Vienna have developed antibodies which can be used to treat cancer in dogs.

France v Germany: Who should we neutrals back?

France v Germany: Who should we neutrals back?

Just in case you haven't heard, France play Germany in the quarter finals of the World Cup on Friday. Here, The Local France squares up against The Local Germany to argue over which team deserves to win, before a ball has even been kicked.

Animal lovers fight ‘cruel’ put-down rule for strays
Spain

Animal lovers fight ‘cruel’ put-down rule for strays

A Madrid association is aiming to change Spanish law under which abandoned pets can be put down just ten days after being picked up from the streets.

Foreign name scuppers job chances
Austria

Foreign name scuppers job chances

Got a foreign-sounding name? Your chances of getting a job in Austria just declined substantially, according to a report from the ORF.

Italy’s centre-right leader open to gay unions
Italy

Italy’s centre-right leader open to gay unions

Angelino Alfano, Italy's interior minister and leader of the New Centre-Right (NCD) party, has said he is open to discussing making civil partnerships for gay couples legal in Italy.

Swedish ‘cocaine king’ faces Spanish court
Sweden

Swedish ‘cocaine king’ faces Spanish court

Sweden's "cocaine king" was released from charges last week in Sweden. But freedom was fleeting, as the court decided on Friday that he will remain imprisoned while awaiting transfer to courts in Spain.

Abandoned pups found on Donauinsel
Austria

Abandoned pups found on Donauinsel

Three Labrador puppies have been found abandoned on Vienna’s Donauinsel (Danube island).

France’s ‘poet climber’ slips past airport security
France

France’s ‘poet climber’ slips past airport security

A daredevil Frenchman, known for sneaking into high-security places undetected struck again this week when the self-dubbed "poet climber" slipped through security checks at a Paris airport. His stunt came on the same day tighter security restrictions were announced.

‘Help find stolen painting of my dead daughter’
Sweden

‘Help find stolen painting of my dead daughter’

A mother whose first-born child died tragically over 30 years ago has appealed for the safe return of a portrait of her late daughter which was stolen from her Swedish summer house.

Cloaked ‘assassin’ spooks German town
Germany

Cloaked ‘assassin’ spooks German town

Police on Friday attempted to quell online hysteria after reported sightings of a mysterious hooded figure near a school in southern Germany.

10,000 sign up to be Game of Thrones extras
Spain

10,000 sign up to be Game of Thrones extras

Local producers for the hit TV series Game of Thrones have been met by a horde of fans wanting to participate in scenes to be filmed in Andalusia.

Danes pin hopes on cycle star Fuglsang
Denmark

Danes pin hopes on cycle star Fuglsang

Most if not all Danish eyes will be on 29-year-old Astana rider, Jakob Fuglsang for the 101st edition of the Tour de France which will feature around 200 super-fit matchstick men all prepared to endure endless bruising, fatigue, pain, cramps, mountains and whatnot in their quest for the Yellow Jersey.

Montreux Jazz Festival debuts live streaming
Switzerland

Montreux Jazz Festival debuts live streaming

Selected gigs by bands including Morcheeba and London Grammar will be live streamed over the internet from the Montreux Jazz Festival, which starts today.

Wild weather: Floods hit Spain’s Navarre region
Spain

Wild weather: Floods hit Spain’s Navarre region

Parts of the north of the Spanish region of Navarre are on high alert after the Baztan River broke its banks on Friday, the latest example of wild weather in Spain in recent days.

Strike forces Avignon to cancel opening shows
France

Strike forces Avignon to cancel opening shows

The head of France's world famous Avignon Theatre Festival cancelled two productions set to open the event on Friday due to a strike by festival staff. A larger strike from performers threatens to cripple the month-long event.

Child cancer rate up in Italy’s ‘Land of Fires’
Italy

Child cancer rate up in Italy’s ‘Land of Fires’

The number of children suffering from cancer in Italy's "Land of Fires", an area where toxic waste has been dumped by the mafia, is significantly higher than elsewhere in the country, a new study has found.

Kids of non-EU migrants given dual citizenship
Germany

Kids of non-EU migrants given dual citizenship

Children born in Germany to foreign parents from outside the EU will for the first time be able to permanently hold dual citizenship, according to new rules agreed on Thursday.

Why doctors in Italy refuse to give abortions
Italy

Why doctors in Italy refuse to give abortions

Abortion may be legal in Catholic Italy but more and more doctors are refusing to terminate pregnancies, with many women now having to resort to procedures carried out in secret, The Local's Angela Giuffrida discovers.

Pensioner dies as storms lash southern France
France

Pensioner dies as storms lash southern France

An 84-year-old man was swept away to his death by flood waters on Friday as violent storms hit parts of southern France. Severe weather warnings were in place for some 31 departments as the rough weather is set to spread across the country.

Dane planks his way into the record books
Denmark

Dane planks his way into the record books

Fitness instructor Tom Hoel set the world record by holding a plank for three hours and eight minutes. Now he wants thousands of Danes to join him in setting a new record. The Local spoke with the Plank Master

Police seize four planes in mega-hash bust
Spain

Police seize four planes in mega-hash bust

Spain's Civil Guard police force has smashed a major airborne cannabis-smuggling organisation operating out of Cádiz, Spain's southernmost province, just across the Strait of Gibraltar from Morocco.

Denmark signs military agreement with France

Denmark signs military agreement with France

A closer alliance with the French military is a natural choice for Denmark, the defence minister said.

Pirate Bay inmate wants move to vegan jail
Sweden

Pirate Bay inmate wants move to vegan jail

Peter Sunde has asked to be moved to a different prison in Sweden, saying he has lost weight behind bars as the food on offer isn't suitable for his vegan diet.

Passenger demands return of hash stash
Switzerland

Passenger demands return of hash stash

A train passenger caught by transport police in possession of hash is requesting his confiscated cannabis be returned after a judge ruled that the authorities didn’t have the right to search him.

Returning jihadists pose terror threat: minister
Norway

Returning jihadists pose terror threat: minister

Norway's justice minister Anders Anundsen has warned that Norway faces the threat of terrorist attack from fighters returning from conflicts abroad.

Italy boss in Turkey move after World Cup flop
Italy

Italy boss in Turkey move after World Cup flop

Italy's former football coach Cesare Prandelli will on Monday start coaching footballers of Galatasaray club in Istanbul, it was announced on Thursday.

‘Italy needs action on reforms’: Weidmann
Italy

‘Italy needs action on reforms’: Weidmann

Tensions between Germany and Italy mounted on Thursday after Jens Weidmann, the president of Germany's central bank attacked Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's calls for greater flexibility on EU budget rules.

Reinfeldt gives ‘best’ and ‘last’ Almedalen speech
Sweden

Reinfeldt gives ‘best’ and ‘last’ Almedalen speech

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt's speech at Almedalen on Thursday night was praised for its rhetoric, drive, and charisma - with political experts hailing the Moderate leader's performance but doubting it could save him from electoral defeat.

France v Germany: Les Bleus dare to dream
France

France v Germany: Les Bleus dare to dream

France’s young upstarts take on a seasoned and wily German side in the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Rio di Janeiro on Friday, quietly confident they can pull off an upset. Their fans back home hope their team can exorcise some ghosts of World Cups past.

Norway’s UFO mystery of 1950s finally solved
Norway

Norway’s UFO mystery of 1950s finally solved

Sensational reports of UFO activity in the skies, that gripped Norway in the 1950s, are explained 60 years later.

Löw: Germany ready for France despite sniffles
Germany

Löw: Germany ready for France despite sniffles

Germany coach Joachim Löw says the best is yet to come from his mis-firing team ahead of Friday's World Cup quarter-final, even though half of the players have been hit by cold and flu-like symptoms.

Motorhead fan’s brain bled after headbanging
Germany

Motorhead fan’s brain bled after headbanging

A heavy metal fan was found to have bleeding in the brain a month after a night of headbanging at a Motorhead concert, doctors in Germany reported on Friday.

Teenage travellers die in Chiètres car crash
Switzerland

Teenage travellers die in Chiètres car crash

Two teenagers have died after the car they were travelling in overturned on the road between Fräschels and Chiètres, in the canton of Fribourg, on Thursday evening, cantonal police have said.

Jack White steps in as new Roskilde closer
Denmark

Jack White steps in as new Roskilde closer

Festival organisers pulled a major coup by getting the rock icon to replace hip-hop artist Drake on two days' notice.

Fischer seeks fast tax reform decision
Austria

Fischer seeks fast tax reform decision

President Heinz Fischer wants the government to achieve a fast agreement on when a tax reform should take place.

Police shoot and kill armed robber
Austria

Police shoot and kill armed robber

Police in Lower Austria have shot a man, who they believed to be armed and dangerous, while attempting to arrest him after a failed robbery.

Reinfeldt’s speech halted by topless protest
Sweden

Reinfeldt’s speech halted by topless protest

Semi-naked protesters from feminist organization Femen silenced the Prime Minister, screaming "lobbyists go home" during his Almedalen address, before being dragged away.

Spain needs higher taxes on alcohol: doctors
Spain

Spain needs higher taxes on alcohol: doctors

Spain should follow France's lead and tax drinks more heavily to improve public health, a top public health agency said on Thursday.

Ten reasons why Italians hate the summer
Italy

Ten reasons why Italians hate the summer

While Italy may be famed for its sunshine, Italians often despair at the arrival of summer. The Local picks out the top ten things that make Italians' blood boil alongside the temperature.

Shoe time for Gay Pride: High heels race returns
Spain

Shoe time for Gay Pride: High heels race returns

After missing a year because of a protest by Madrid’s gay community over a prohibition on putting bars in the streets during the city’s 2013 Gay Pride week, Thursday night saw the return of the event's classic high heels race.

‘Danes are richer than Swedes and Germans’
Denmark

‘Danes are richer than Swedes and Germans’

Denmark's record levels of personal debt are well-known, but a new analysis shows that average net worth is increasing while debt levels stabalise. That puts the nation in a better position than its neighbours, the national mortgage banks association argues.

Italy takes in 800 migrants saved by Malta
Italy

Italy takes in 800 migrants saved by Malta

Italy, which is staggering under a massive inflow of would-be refugees, took in another 800 on Friday after they were rescued by its navy off Malta.

Accounts plundered by Vietnamese pirates
Austria

Accounts plundered by Vietnamese pirates

Thirty-one bank accounts at banks in Horn in Lower Austria have been completely emptied, including overdrafts, by high-tech pirates operating from Vietnam. More than €100,000 was stolen.

Ecstasy haul stashed in tomato cans from Italy
Italy

Ecstasy haul stashed in tomato cans from Italy

Two men were handed lengthy jail terms in Australia on Friday for their part in the "world's largest" ecstasy seizure where police found 4.4 tonnes of tablets hidden in tomato cans smuggled from Italy.

Exodus: Spain’s summer traffic season kicks off
Spain

Exodus: Spain’s summer traffic season kicks off

Spain's traffic department is gearing up for the first wave of summer traffic on Friday with around four million trips expected this weekend as Spaniards set off on their annual holidays.

Swede electrocuted on freight train
Sweden

Swede electrocuted on freight train

A 19-year-old in central Sweden climbed onto a freight train in the early hours of Friday, and died of high-voltage currents.

In numbers: France’s gap between rich and poor
France

In numbers: France’s gap between rich and poor

An annual report in France has shown a climb in poverty and a growing gap between the rich poor as the crisis-ravaged economy continues to produce casualties. Here are five key stats to show France's ever-increasing divide between the haves and the have-nots.

France boosts airport security after US request
France

France boosts airport security after US request

France will boost airport security after the United States raised concerns that extremists had developed new explosives that pass through security procedures undetected. Passengers can expect to see increased random checks before boarding.

China to receive Merkel with military honours
Germany

China to receive Merkel with military honours

German Chancellor Angela Merkel heads to China this weekend for her seventh visit, eager to deepen trade and investment ties between the export powerhouses of Europe and Asia.

German agent ‘spying for US’
Germany

German agent ‘spying for US’

UPDATE: Media reports on Friday said that an employee of Germany's foreign intelligence service is suspected of spying for Washington on a parliamentary panel probing US surveillance.

Pope Francis gives exorcists his blessing
Italy

Pope Francis gives exorcists his blessing

The Vatican has formally recognized the International Association of Exorcists, giving its blessing to a group of 250 priests in 30 countries who claim to save the possessed from Satan.

Football-free fun: Berlin’s French-German Fest
Germany

Football-free fun: Berlin’s French-German Fest

Konrad Adenauer and Charles de Gaulle signed a reconciliation pact between France and Germany in 1963. Berlin's first French-German Festival happened the same year - and yet Felix Reimer isn't sure this sugary Volksfest was quite what the two statesmen had in mind.

Police investigate Swedish CEO ‘murder’
Sweden

Police investigate Swedish CEO ‘murder’

A director on the boards of multiple companies was found dead in his house in southern Stockholm on Thursday evening. Police suspect the man was murdered.

Gatlin and James triumph in Lausanne
Switzerland

Gatlin and James triumph in Lausanne

Tyson Gay's hopes of returning from a one-year doping ban with immediate victory were dashed at the Lausanne Diamond League meet on Thursday by fellow-American Justin Gatlin.