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Switzerland

Switzerland lose to England in Euro qualifier

Switzerland lost its first qualification match for the 2016 European football championships in Basel on Monday night against England, who won 2-0.

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Switzerland

Cows injure two women in Graubünden Alps

Two accidents in the Swiss Alps over the weekend serve as a reminder to be careful when hiking through fields with cows — particularly when they’re with their calves.

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Switzerland

Burkhalter warns Ukraine ceasefire ‘not enough’

A shaky ceasefire in Ukraine alone is not enough to end the conflict, Swiss President Didier Burkhalter, the head of the OSCE, said on Monday, calling for a political process and urging dialogue over sanctions.

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Spain

Named: the best city to live in Spain

With 96 percent of its residents telling a European Commission survey they were "satisfied" with their city, a southern Spanish city has beaten both Barcelona and Madrid to claim its throne as the best place to live in Spain.

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France

‘Enough gloom, France is an amazing country’

The bad political and economic news has seemed endless for the past weeks in France, so The Local hit the streets in search of some balance. Here's what the French love about their country.

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Sweden

Opposition leader says ‘gypsy’ twice on radio

The leader of the Social Democrats apologized after he used the word "gypsy" during a radio interview on Monday.

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Spain

Spanish town stages zombie survival drill

Two thousand participants in the 'Survival Zombie' roleplaying game invaded the streets of Collado Villaba near Madrid on Saturday, many dressed in full undead make-up and costumes.

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Italy

Daring foreigners taking over Italy trade

Foreigners are increasingly taking over traditionally Italian business sectors, such as food and textiles, thanks to their innovative approach and willingness to take risks, according to one expert.

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Italy

Popular Renzi fails to convince on reforms

Support for Italy’s prime minister Matteo Renzi has risen from 61 to 64 percent since July but support for his government’s reforms is wavering, according to a new survey.

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Sweden

Swedish ‘begging experiment’ goes viral

A "social experiment" has gone viral in Sweden after organizers filmed the results of begging in Stockholm's wealthiest and poorest suburbs.

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Germany

Police ‘must do more’ to reflect diversity

People from immigrant backgrounds are massively under-represented in Germany's police forces and security agencies, which are not making enough effort to track the problem, a study published on Monday found.

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Switzerland

Mushroom picking ‘more complex’ than expected

Hunting for mushrooms is a popular pastime in Switzerland but finding ones that are edible — rather than those liable to send you to hospital — can be challenging, as The Local's Catherine McLean discovers.

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Spain

‘Spain on track but must change business model’

Spain must strengthen competitiveness in its businesses to bring down its towering jobless rate and cement its recovery from recession, the OECD economic grouping warned on Monday.

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Austria

Rare mushroom found in Carinthia

A group of researchers from the Graz Joanneum University of Applied Sciences has discovered an extremely rare matsutake mushroom in a forest in the Koralpe in Carinthia.

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France

‘WW2 bomb’ kills camper on French island

A 26-year-old man was killed and a friend seriously injured when a suspected World War Two bomb exploded on an island off the north-west coast of France at the weekend.

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Austria

Mayor rejects FPÖ school board candidate

Vienna mayor Michael Häupl (SPÖ) has asked the Freedom Party (FPÖ) to nominate a new candidate for Vienna’s school board, after rejecting its first choice of Maximilian Krauss, a member of the extreme-right student group Aldania.

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Switzerland

Isis intent on ‘house of blood’: UN rights chief

The jihadist militants who have seized large swaths of Iraq and Syria are intent upon creating "a house of blood", the UN's new human rights chief said in Geneva on Monday.

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Germany

Salafists go on trial for Bonn bomb attempt

UPDATE: The trial of four Salafists accused of a failed bomb attack at Bonn's main train station began with an hour's delay on Monday after defence lawyers accused the authorities of bias.

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Austria

Templ case ‘gross violation of justice’

The lawyers representing the Jewish author Stephan Templ, who faces prison in Austria for alleged fraud over a restitution claim on property the Nazis stole from his grandmother, will appeal this week to the Austrian Prosecutor General to get the case reopened.

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Spain

Irish ‘mob enforcer’ shot dead in Spanish bar

Two masked gunmen stormed into a quiet shopping centre near Marbella on Saturday evening and shot Gerard 'Hatchet' Kavanagh, nine times in the back and head in what is believed to be a drugs-gang related incident.

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Denmark

Danish jihadist poses with severed heads

A 25-year-old from the Copenhagen suburbs posted photos of himself, fully-armed, posing near severed heads in Syria. A Scandinavian terror expert tells The Local it is the first time a Dane has been seen in such a gruesome situation.

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Norway

China puts Norwegian salmon imports on ice

China will this week ban the import of whole salmon farmed in Norway, said the Norwegian Food Safety Authority on Monday.

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France

Ten great bars in Paris only locals know about

Escaping chain pubs and tourist trap bars is easy in Paris if you know where to look. Here's 10 great, locals-only bars brought to you by the authors of the brand new book "Parisian's Guide to Cafés, Bars and Restaurants."

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Spain

Spanish house prices up for 1st time since crisis

House prices rose by 0.8 percent in the second quarter of 2014 compared to the same period last year, the first positive sign for Spain's housing market since the economic crisis reared its ugly head at the start of 2008.

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Italy

India ‘won’t oppose’ ailing marine’s plea

India's government indicated on Monday that it would allow an Italian marine detained for the 2012 killing of two fishermen to fly home on medical grounds after he submitted a request to the Supreme Court.

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Germany

Scotland-Germany draw (at rock, paper, scissors)

They may have fallen to Germany on the football field on Sunday night, but the Scots could comfort themselves with a draw when two players started playing rock, paper, scissors on the pitch.

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Italy

Andrea Pirlo to continue playing for Italy

Italian playmaker Andrea Pirlo has said he intends to continue playing for the national side despite hinting after the World Cup that at 35 years old it was time for him to step aside.

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Austria

Austrian Schaeffler tops German rich list

An Austrian woman is the richest person in Germany, according to business magazine Bilanz.

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Spain

Huge fireball flashes across Spanish sky

Meteorologists and stargazers on Sunday recorded the fiery disintegration of a mystery meteor in the skies above much of Spain.

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Italy

Italian couple to share weekend custody of dog

An Italian couple has agreed to share ownership of their dog after their break-up led to a fierce custody battle, Italian media reported on Monday.

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Austria

‘Sex boxes’ mooted as possibility for Vienna

Vienna council is considering introducing drive-in brothels for street sex workers, as a way of dealing with problematic prostitution in certain areas of the city.

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France

Minister to press charges over Arabic class hoax

France's Moroccan-born education minister is going to file a formal legal complaint over a hoax letter supposedly from her office urging French towns for offer Arabic-language classes. It's the latest racially tinged swipe at political rising star.

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Spain

Ashya King leaves Spain to start Prague treatment

Ashya King, the five-year-old cancer patient whose parents triggered an international hunt when they took him from Britain to seek alternative care, left a Spanish hospital on Monday headed for treatment in Prague.

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Denmark

Cheminova sold to FMC for $1.8 billion

Auriga Industries sells its subsidiary Cheminova to FMC Corporation, which says it has long eyed the Danish company.

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Germany

Bavarian waiter breaks beer-carrying record

A German waiter broke the world beer-carrying record on Sunday by walking through a festival tent holding 27 beers.

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Italy

Family of shot teen publishes photo of body

The family of Davide Bifolco, a 17-year-old shot dead by police in Naples last Thursday during a police chase, has published a photo of the teenager's dead body on Facebook in a bid to prove that he was intentionally killed by police.

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Austria

Newborn girl found in Vienna stairwell

Police are searching for the mother of a newborn baby, found abandoned in the stairwell of a Vienna apartment block on Saturday.

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Denmark

Copenhagen one of CNN’s ‘healthiest cities’

The American news site tells its readers that the Danish capital is the place to be for work-life balance, green commuting options and high levels of trust.

‘Brussels shooter planned attack on Paris’
France

‘Brussels shooter planned attack on Paris’

The French press has reported the suspected gunman behind the massacre at a Brussels Jewish museum allegedly bragged he was going to carry out a terror attack in Paris "five times" worse than the bloody killing spree of Mohamed Merah. But prosecutors are denying there's any evidence he said that.

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Germany

Terror suspects seized at Frankfurt Airport

UPDATE: Three Islamic terror suspects were arrested at Frankfurt Airport on Saturday. The three men, who are all German nationals, are believed to have been trained by al-Shabaab in Somalia.

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Spain

Catalan separatists score ‘footy’ ad to win fans

The pro-independence Catalan National Assembly (ANC) has launched a campaign to gain support among Spanish-speaking Catalans that uses a slogan used by fans of the Spanish national football team.

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Sweden

Tight race as campaign enters final week

UPDATED: With less than a week to go until Sweden's general election, mixed opinion poll results and undecided voters suggest the outcome is far from clear.

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Spain

‘Should our youth suffer like Spain’s?’: Le Pen

France's far-right Front National leader Marine Le Pen has used the example of struggling young Spaniards having to look for work abroad as a reason to vote for her in her country's next elections.

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Austria

Austria ‘could send soldiers to Ukraine’

Austria’s Defence Minister Gerald Klug has said there is a possibility that Austria will send soldiers to support a peacekeeping mission in Ukraine if a recently agreed ceasefire proves to be robust.

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Germany

Drunk man attempts to torch petrol station

A drunk man began spraying fuel around a Berlin petrol station and then attempted to set it on fire on Saturday night.

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Italy

Clooney to marry in Venice in September

George Clooney said on Sunday he will marry his fiancée, Amal Alamuddin, in Venice later this month.

UK: Take our Nato fences to block Calais migrants
France

UK: Take our Nato fences to block Calais migrants

Britain will offer the strong security fences used at last week's Nato summit to the French port of Calais, which is struggling to block migrants seeking illegal passage to the UK. Far-right protesters carried placards on Sunday that said: "Kick them out!".

‘If Snowden wins Nobel Prize, arrest him!’: MP
Norway

‘If Snowden wins Nobel Prize, arrest him!’: MP

Should Edward Snowden get a Nobel Peace Award this year, the US dissident faces arrest if he comes to Norway to collect his prize, said Norwegian politician Michael Tetzschner on Monday.

German exports top record €100 billion
Germany

German exports top record €100 billion

UPDATE: Germany's trade surplus grew strongly in July on the back of booming exports. The country exported a record amount of goods.

‘Dentist of horror’ claims he murdered his wife
France

‘Dentist of horror’ claims he murdered his wife

The Dutch dentist who's accused of butchering his French patients has allegedly told authorities he murdered his wife in 2006. It's the latest bizarre twist since the so-called "dentist of horror" was arrested in Canada last week after months on the run.

CDU-CSU strife grows over road toll plans
Germany

CDU-CSU strife grows over road toll plans

Chancellor Angela Merkel's party made a show of disunity with their Bavarian allies over the weekend as leading figures fought over plans to introduce a toll for foreign drivers on German roads.

Far-right at ‘gates of power’: PM Manuel Valls
France

Far-right at ‘gates of power’: PM Manuel Valls

The far-right National Front is at the "gates of power" in France, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Sunday in a stark assessment of the crisis embroiling the country's centre-left government.

Danes’ sexual debut age the same as 50 years ago
Denmark

Danes’ sexual debut age the same as 50 years ago

It’s often said that today’s youth are exposed to a hypersexualised world, but despite parental concerns about easy access to porn and barely-clothed pop stars, the average age that Danes lose their virginity hasn’t changed in 50 years.

Elderly Italian nuns murdered in Burundi
Italy

Elderly Italian nuns murdered in Burundi

UPDATED: Three elderly Italian nuns were raped and murdered in twin attacks in their convent in the capital of Burundi, police said Monday as a hunt was launched for their killers.

Norway to open Nordic’s biggest ‘car city’
Norway

Norway to open Nordic’s biggest ‘car city’

Norway is set to build one of the world's biggest car sales and repair "cities" in Stavanger.

Sweden begin Euro 2016 campaign in Austria
Sweden

Sweden begin Euro 2016 campaign in Austria

Sweden take on Austria on Monday night in their first Euro 2016 qualification game.

‘Biggest’ deal for Sweden’s Electrolux
Sweden

‘Biggest’ deal for Sweden’s Electrolux

UPDATED: Swedish company Electrolux has agreed a huge deal with US appliance business General Electric Co as part of a plan to boost its presence in North America.

Italian navy crew delivers baby girl at sea
Italy

Italian navy crew delivers baby girl at sea

A navy crew charged with saving boat migrants in the Mediterranean delivered a baby girl over the weekend, born on board an Italian ship off the country's southern coast.

Rogue trader Jérôme Kerviel leaves prison
France

Rogue trader Jérôme Kerviel leaves prison

UPDATED: Jérôme Kerviel, the French rogue trader who brought one of Europe's biggest banks to the verge of ruin with nearly €5 billion in losses, left prison on Monday morning after winning conditional release.

Swiss unemployment rate rises in August
Switzerland

Swiss unemployment rate rises in August

Switzerland’s unemployment rate rose for the first time in nine months in August, according to government figures issued on Monday.

Germans work most overtime in Europe
Germany

Germans work most overtime in Europe

German employees do the most overtime of any workers in the European Union, Social Affairs Commissioner Lazlo Andor said on Monday.

Denmark rides header to victory over Armenia
Denmark

Denmark rides header to victory over Armenia

The Danes suffered a drubbing at the hands of Armenia in a World Cup qualifier but were able to top them in Copenhagen as their Euro 2016 campaign gets underway.

Lipsky wins European Masters at Swiss course
Switzerland

Lipsky wins European Masters at Swiss course

American David Lipsky opened his European Tour account with a play-off victory over overnight leader Graeme Storm at the European Masters golf tournament in Crans-Montana on Sunday.

Reus injured in 2-1 win over Scotland
Germany

Reus injured in 2-1 win over Scotland

UPDATE: Star forward Marco Reus will be out of action for four weeks after sustaining an injury to the same leg that prevented him from representing Germany in the World Cup in Brazil.

Arrest after Sweden Democrat assaulted
Sweden

Arrest after Sweden Democrat assaulted

UPDATED: A man has been arrested after a Sweden Democrat politician was beaten up as he walked home in Linköping in southern Sweden on Sunday.

Two Dutch climbers die after Swiss Alps fall
Switzerland

Two Dutch climbers die after Swiss Alps fall

The bodies of two climbers from the Netherlands were discovered over the weekend after they fell while climbing the Combin de Valsorey in the canton of Valais, cantonal police said on Sunday.

Wozniacki falls to friend Williams in US Open final
Denmark

Wozniacki falls to friend Williams in US Open final

In her first return to the US Open finals in five years, a reinvigorated Caroline Wozniacki couldn't top Serena Williams to claim her first Grand Slam title.

Norway terror suspect kidnaps own family
Norway

Norway terror suspect kidnaps own family

A Norwegian citizen was arrested on Saturday evening after he kidnapped his wife and five children and took them as hostages to war-torn Syria.