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Switzerland

Bird strike aborts Swiss flight from Zurich to US

An Airbus 330-300 plane carrying 180 people to New York from Zurich was forced to return to the Swiss city on Tuesday after a bird got sucked into one of the aircraft’s engines.

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Denmark

Denmark spends most on education: OECD

A new OECD report reveals that Denmark has maintained its position as the country that invests the most in education but unemployment rates for academics have doubled in recent years and teachers spend less time in the classroom than most other countries.

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Switzerland

Woman suspect arrested in killing of boyfriend

Lausanne police on Tuesday arrested a 54-year-old Swiss woman suspected of stabbing her boyfriend to death in an apartment in the Vaud capital.

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Italy

Pizzeria robbery ‘miracle’ as gun jams

A pizzeria owner in southern Italy has told The Local of the moment robbers burst into his restaurant and fired at the cashier, only for the gun to jam. The case has been described as a "miracle" by police.

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Spain

Catalan leader wants Dr. King-style civil defiance

The leader of a pro-independence Catalan party has invoked Martin Luther King's philosophy of civil disobedience in the face of political repression, calling for Catalonia's separatists to adopt the same attitude if the Spanish government vetoes the referendum on secession.

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Denmark

Hot dogs and beer on Thorning’s trip to China

Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt is in China for a three-day meeting aimed at boosting Danish business in the world's fastest-growing major economy.

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Germany

In defence of Uber: Three reasons it beats taxis

As Uber and its chauffeur app continue to operate in Germany despite a national ban, one faithful user tells The Local why he became a fan of the company and the app from day one.

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France

‘Libya is becoming a terror hub at EU’s door’

French leaders have called on the world to take action in Libya over worries the chaos there is turning the country into a "terrorist hub" that's a short flight or boat ride from Europe.

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Italy

Burundi police arrest man over murder of nuns

Police in Burundi have arrested a man for killing and raping three elderly Italian nuns murdered in twin attacks in their convent, the police spokesman said on Tuesday.

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Italy

Italy lags behind in education: OECD report

Increasing numbers of Italians are completing further education but academic achievement in Italy still lags far behind many other countries, a new education report from the OECD has found.

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Austria

Lugner dresses as gnome for stag evening

Austrian businessman Richard Lugner (81) celebrated his forthcoming wedding to 24-year-old girlfriend Spatzi with a garden-gnome themed stag party on Monday evening.

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France

Bungling French burglar notches his 88th arrest

A burglar in the Paris area might want to rethink his break-in strategy after he was arrested this week for the 88th time.

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Austria

Call to bring back Austrian border controls

Austria’s Vice Chancellor Reinhold Mitterlehner (ÖVP) has acknowledged that the number of refugees travelling through Austria into Germany presents “a substantial problem” and that the reintroduction of border controls might be something to consider.

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Austria

Gaza children receive treatment in Austria

Forty-five Palestinian children wounded during Israel’s war on the Gaza Strip crossed the Rafah border on Monday evening, making their way to Germany and Austria to receive medical treatment, according to Anadolu news agency.

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Germany

Petrol station robbers do take ‘no’ for an answer

Two men attempted to rob a petrol station in Munich on Saturday but were stopped by the attendant's cutting-edge crime-fighting technique.

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Switzerland

Schumacher to continue treatment at Swiss home

Formula One legend Michael Schumacher has been transferred to his home in Switzerland from hospital more than eight months after suffering severe head injuries in a skiing accident.

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Spain

Spanish schools beat heat in swimwear demo

Three Valencia schools have allowed their pupils to come to school in swimwear and sandals as a protest against 31ºC temperatures inside its classrooms which parents say make studying difficult.

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Italy

EU ‘radio silence’ over Italy migrant crisis

As a new report finds European countries guilty of "radio silence" over Italy’s boat migrant crisis, one expert tells The Local that EU states need to get over their "national egoism" and take swift action.

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Germany

Schumacher leaves Swiss hospital for home

Formula One legend Michael Schumacher has left a hospital in Switzerland and will continue his rehabilitation at home, more than eight months after suffering severe head injuries in a skiing accident.

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Austria

Two Salafists intercepted at German border

Two more Islamist terror suspects were arrested last week at the Austrian border with Germany, according to a report on Bavarian Radio, citing information from the Munich prosecutor's office on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Second Sweden Democrat quits in a week

A member of the Sweden Democrats in Stockholm has stepped down after he was caught posting racist comments online. His departure marks the second in a week for the party.

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France

Facebook group on trial for speed camera alerts

Members of a Facebook group on trial for warning drivers about the locations of speed cameras say they're the victims of overzealous cops and prosecutors who want to make an example out of them.

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Austria

Two Austrian schoolgirls stopped en route to Syria

Austria’s Interior Ministry has confirmed that two teenage girls from Vienna have been stopped as they attempted to leave the country to travel to Syria to join Islamic State (Isis) jihadists.

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France

Bilingual ex-Le Monde editor moves to Guardian

Four months after a newsroom rebellion prompted her departure from Le Monde, Natalie Nougayrède, the French newspaper’s former editor-in-chief, has secured a new job with the Guardian.

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Switzerland

CO2 emissions rise to new record: WMO

Surging levels of carbon dioxide sent greenhouse gases in the atmosphere to a new record in 2013, while oceans, which absorb the emissions, have become more acidic than ever, the UN's Geneva-based weather agency said on Tuesday.

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Italy

Suspected first case of Ebola in Italy

A Nigerian woman resident in Italy was hospitalized on Tuesday with symptoms that have led doctors to fear she may be the country's first case of someone contracting the Ebola virus.

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Spain

A degree is worth less in Spain than in rest of EU

More young people in Spain are NEETs (Not in Education, Employment or Training) than anywhere else in the EU, with graduate unemployment also tripling the OECD average, a new report shows.

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Norway

Top female fighter bids to make boxing history

Norway's top female boxer, Cecilia Brækhus, met her opponent on Tuesday in Oslo, ahead of their historic world championship fight this weekend.

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Denmark

15 extremist groups found in Denmark: report

Denmark is home to extremist groups ranging from right-wing nationalists to left-wing anti-Fascists and Muslim radicals.

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Spain

Madrid trees kill again this summer

Authorities in the Spanish capital have decided to chop down trees that could be rotten after a second resident died when a branch fell on him this summer, one of 20 incidents that have left several people injured and caused damage to public property.

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Germany

Police arrest four more Islamist terror suspects

Four more Islamist terror suspects have been seized following the arrest of three men at Frankfurt Airport on Saturday who were accused of fighting for Somali terror group al-Shabaab.

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Austria

OECD: ‘Upward mobility difficult in Austria’

Austria has poor upward mobility when it comes to education, particularly for women, according to the OECD's annual Education at a Glance report. The report says that family background can have a significant impact on educational attainment.

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Italy

€1 million DOCG scam hits top Tuscan wine

Finance Police in Siena have seized 160,000 litres of Tuscan wine falsely labelled as Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino wine, which are among Italy’s most prestigious and expensive wines.

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Norway

Mother killed, child hurt in street smash: Oslo

A mother was killed and her one-year-old daughter injured after a car hit them at the side of a main road in Oslo on Tuesday.

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Germany

Graduate pay gap hits record level

The gap in pay in Germany between those with a degree and those without has increased massively since 2000, according to a report released on Tuesday, which found levels of education were largely dependent on your parents' education.

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France

Slash alcohol limits for young drivers: report

Alcohol limits for new drivers need to be cut dramatically if France is to improve road safety, according to the results of a confidential new report.

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Spain

2nd floor car park fail sends driver flying

A driver in Madrid on Monday panicked and floored the accelerator instead of hitting the brake pedal, causing her car to crash through the second-floor wall of a car park and land on its roof in the street below, crushing two other vehicles.

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Austria

Moscow and Vienna present a Tale of 2 Cities

Moscow's Museum of Modern Art and the Jewish Museum Vienna are collaborating on a new exhibition called Tales of 2 Cities.

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Sweden

Should men vote for Sweden’s feminists?

The Local asked two first-time male voters in Sweden if they would cast a ballot for the Feminist party.

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Sweden

In Pictures: The Local’s Property of the Week

We're heading to the hippest part of the entire country for our property of the week - a stunning, sprawling, sparkling pad in Stockholm's Hornstull.

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Denmark

Britney, and her undies, coming to Denmark

Pop star and fashion icon will launch her new lingerie collection in Copenhagen later this month.

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Italy

American TV star holds gay nuptials in Italy

Neil Patrick Harris, star of the US sitcom How I Met Your Mother, said on Monday he wed his long-term partner in Italy, despite gay marriage being illegal in the country.

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France

French weapons exports continue to boom

France's over all economy may be struggling, but its weapons industry continues to see a burst in business. Last year alone France saw a nearly 50 increase in orders, which meant a total of nearly €7 billion in arms deals.

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Switzerland

Planning expert calls for nine Swiss cantons

While voters in Basel-City and Basel-Country are set to vote later this month on a proposal to merge the two cantons, a former federal administration official is calling for more drastic measures to reduce the number of Swiss cantons.

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France

10 art exhibitions not to miss this autumn in Paris

Paris has a rather incredible selection of art exhibitions coming up this autumn that you really shouldn't miss. Here are 10 temporary art shows you need to see before they are gone.

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Denmark

Listeria outbreak claims 15th victim

A new death was confirmed on Monday and the number of infections has now risen to 38.

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Austria

Austrian children get generous pocket money

Austrian children are some of the best off when it comes to getting pocket money from their parents. Children aged 15 and over get €35.25 a week, according to the study of more than 12,000 people conducted by the bank ING.

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Spain

Spain to spend big on riot gear to quash demos

Spain's Interior Ministry has agreed to pay €1.1 million ($1.42 million) for policemen's antiriot gear as a wave of protests led by the country’s disenfranchised population is likely to spread across large parts of its territory this autumn.

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CSU: Bring back Austria border controls

The CSU, the Bavarian allies of Chancellor Angela Merkel's party, is preparing a “seven-point emergency programme” including reinstating border controls with Austria to limit the number of refugees entering Germany from the south.

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Spain

Villagers accuse priest of stealing Virgin statue

Residents of the tiny village of Pontenova in the north-west of Spain have refused to carry a statue of the Virgin Mary in the traditional annual parade because they claim that a local parish priest has swapped the original for a fake copy and pocketed all the decorative jewels.

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Sweden

Jailed killer suspected of murdering another child

A man serving a life sentence for murdering two people is now suspected of killing a schoolgirl.

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Denmark

Danmarks Radio to cut up to 200 jobs

Citing a changing media landscape and a decrease in licence funding, the public broadcaster announced an expansive savings move that will also spell the end for a 75-year-old orchestra.

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Germany

Lufthansa strike to hit Munich Airport

Lufthansa pilots will go on strike in Munich, Germany’s second biggest airport, on Wednesday as a dispute between their union and airline bosses continues.

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Sweden

Five differences between the UK and Sweden

Our man in the north, Paul Connolly, has just returned from a trip to the UK - and he's unimpressed. He lists five of the smaller differences between England and northern Sweden.

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Austria

Murder-suicide in Upper Austria

The bodies of a married couple in their 50s have been found in Ampflwang am Hausruck, Upper Austria, in what is believed to be murder-suicide.

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Sweden

Sweden’s Avicii calls off all DJ shows

Swedish DJ Avicii is recovering at home in Stockholm after postponing shows around the world due to sickness.

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Switzerland

Siemens delists from Swiss stock exchange

German engineering giant Siemens said on Tuesday that it will delist its shares from the Zurich and London stock exchanges given low trading volumes.

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Sweden

How I opened my own restaurant in Malmö

British chef Jonny Luck has just opened a restaurant in Malmö and it will soon become the setting for a new TV series. The Local chats careers, food, and his new multi-cultural home.

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Spain

Scotland independence vote fires up Catalonia

The strengthening of Scotland's independence movement is fanning fierce passions in Spain's Catalonia region, where noisy demonstrations are planned on Thursday by Catalans who want to break away from Spain.

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Italy

Teen in coma after failed Colosseum selfie

A teenager is in a serious condition after falling five metres from the fence outside the Colosseum on his 18th birthday. According to reports, he had intended to take a selfie in front of the world-famous amphitheatre.

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Italy

Rome mum goes to bar with dead baby in bag

A woman in Rome is facing manslaughter charges after allegedly killing her newborn baby boy, before taking his body to a bar in a plastic bag and throwing it in a bin.

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France

Does France have a racism problem?

The recent racially-tinged attacks on the Moroccan-born woman at the head of the French education ministry have prompted new questions over whether France is seeing a rise in racism.

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Norway

Britney to visit Norway for lingerie launch

Pop star and fashion icon Britney Spears will visit Norway in September as part of a European tour to launch her new lingerie collection.

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Switzerland

Transport scofflaws face being listed on registry

Bus or train passengers in Switzerland caught without a valid ticket face being listed on a national register of transport fraudsters, under a bill approved by the senate in Bern on Monday.

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France

EuroBasket tourney coming to France in 2015

In a nod to the French love of basketball, organizers of the EuroBasket tournament announced Monday they will hold part of the international championship in France.

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Spain

Spain start new era with Macedonia thrashing

A goal on his competitive international debut by Paco Alcacer helped Spain bounce back after a disastrous defence of their World Cup crown in Brazil as the European champions opened their qualifying campaign for the 2016 finals with a 5-1 win over Macedonia on Monday.

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Sweden

Schools row tops campaign agenda

UPDATED: Free schools and a mobile phone 'ban' are the issues dominating final election campaigning in Sweden.

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Norway

Asylum seekers ‘over-represented’ in Norway crime stats

Asylum seekers and visa-less immigrants in Norway are charged with twice as many crimes per head of population as Norwegians, but still account for a very small proportion of overall criminality, a new report has said.

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Denmark

Danish xenophobia is bad for business

The capital may have branded itself cOPENhagen in a bid to woo foreign businesses and investors, but if Denmark's political parties don't do more to change the tone of the political debate, columnist Michael Booth argues that no branding campaign in the world can help.

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Germany

Lost shoppers drive 700km around Germany

An elderly couple who planned to pop out to the shops went on a 700-kilometre tour of Germany after getting lost.

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Sweden

Sept. 15: Analyzing Swedish elections – in English (Stockholm)

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Sweden

Stalemate in Austria as Sweden start Euros bid

Sweden drew 1-1 against Austria on Monday night in their opening Euro 2016 Group G qualifier in Vienna.

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Germany

British WWII bomb forces 14,000 from homes

The discovery of a British bomb dropped during World War II forced 14,000 people to leave their homes in central Germany on Monday night.

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Sweden

SAS recovers after website problems

UPDATED: Scandinavian Airlines says its website is functioning normally again after technical problems on Monday and Tuesday.

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Germany

‘Shariah Police are testing our rule of law’

German politicians and media have called for stricter laws against radical Islamist propaganda after a group of ultra-conservative Salafists took to the streets calling itself the "Shariah Police".

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Norway

Netherlands agrees to take Norway’s criminals

Norway will rent prison space in the Netherlands in an effort to cope with the current overcrowding problem in the country's jails, Norway's justice minister said on Monday.