RECAP: Police manhunt moves to rural France
France

RECAP: Police manhunt moves to rural France

AS IT HAPPENED: A double manhunt hunt was underway in France on Thursday to track down the gunmen who killed 12 at Charlie Hebdo's offices on Wednesday as well as man who killed a policewoman to the south of Paris on Thursday. But the three killers remained on the run.

Fear and paranoia reigns as killers remain at large
France

Fear and paranoia reigns as killers remain at large

Fear gripped residents in a wooded region of north eastern France on Thursday where huge numbers of anti-terrorist police hunted two brothers suspected of being behind the massacre at the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris.

Daughter and grandson admit killing senior
Switzerland

Daughter and grandson admit killing senior

The daughter and grandson of a man in his 80s, who died in front of his home at the east end of Lake Geneva last November, have admitted to killing him, Vaud cantonal police said on Thursday.

Dangerous storms over Austria from Thursday
Austria

Dangerous storms over Austria from Thursday

The Austrian Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics (ZAMG) has warned of dangerous storms which will cover much of the country beginning on Thursday night, and continuing on Friday.

France unites over Charlie Hebdo massacre
France

France unites over Charlie Hebdo massacre

Long plagued by deep political divisions and accused of chronic discontent and disunity, France has set its differences aside and pulled together after a deadly Islamist attack on freedom of speech.

Charlie Hebdo copies sell for thousands online
France

Charlie Hebdo copies sell for thousands online

Within hours of a terrorist attack that decimated the staff at Charlie Hebdo, copies of the latest issue of the satirical French weekly were drawing online bids of more than €70,000 ($82,400).

French far-right ‘barred’ from national unity rally
France

French far-right ‘barred’ from national unity rally

Despite the French president calling for “unity” in the light of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, an almighty row broke out on Thursday after the National Front were not invited to Sunday’s Republican rally.

Geneva tries woman who ‘dug up king’s remains’
Switzerland

Geneva tries woman who ‘dug up king’s remains’

A woman went on trial in Geneva on Thursday for having authorized the exhumation of the remains of Burundian king Mwambutsa IV, who died and was buried in Switzerland in 1977, media reported.

Swiss banks bullish about coming year: poll
Switzerland

Swiss banks bullish about coming year: poll

Swiss banks are more satisfied about their performance and bullish than a year ago despite concerns over the impact evaporating banking secrecy could have on their balance sheets, a survey says.

Hackers steal client data from Geneva bank
Switzerland

Hackers steal client data from Geneva bank

Geneva cantonal bank BCGE says hackers have stolen the personal data of thousands of clients, while a newspaper reports the financial institution is being blackmailed.

Woman fined for being kissed while driving
Spain

Woman fined for being kissed while driving

A driver in Spain’s Galicia region has been slapped with an €80 ($95) fine after police spotted her boyfriend kissing her while she was at the wheel.

Finally: a Spanish PM bothers to visit Andorra
Spain

Finally: a Spanish PM bothers to visit Andorra

With the first-ever visit by a Spanish prime minister to Andorra this week, The Local gives you the lowdown on everything you need to know about the country's tiny northern neighbour.

Nurse killed up to 30 patients, court hears
Germany

Nurse killed up to 30 patients, court hears

A court-appointed expert said Thursday that a German former nurse admitted killing up to 30 patients at a hospital where he worked.

Santander launches shock €7.5bn capital hike
Spain

Santander launches shock €7.5bn capital hike

Spain's Banco Santander surprised markets on Thursday by announcing it is seeking to raise up to €7.5 billion ($9 billion) in fresh funds, a recapitalization worth about 10 percent of its current market value.

‘Isis is like Nazism’: Italian philosopher
Italy

‘Isis is like Nazism’: Italian philosopher

Italian philosopher and author Umberto Eco compared Isis (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) to Nazism on Thursday, saying they shared an "apocalyptic desire to take over the world."

Bayern Munich loans Shaqiri to Inter Milan
Switzerland

Bayern Munich loans Shaqiri to Inter Milan

Inter Milan have signed Swiss midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri on a six-month loan deal from Bayern Munich, with the option to buy, the Serie A club announced on Thursday.

Italy braces itself for an ‘early summer’
Italy

Italy braces itself for an ‘early summer’

Pack away your hats, scarves and gloves: Italy is set for temperatures this weekend that are more akin to early summer.

Federer survives scare to advance at Brisbane
Switzerland

Federer survives scare to advance at Brisbane

Swiss tennis star Roger Federer won his 997th match on the ATP Tour on Thursday, but not before surviving an almighty scare from Australian wildcard John Millman at the Brisbane International tournament.

Seven kids hurt in Milan classroom accident
Italy

Seven kids hurt in Milan classroom accident

Seven children were injured on Thursday when plaster fell from the ceiling at their nursery school in Milan, Italian media reported.

Teacher undressed boys in front of whole school
Denmark

Teacher undressed boys in front of whole school

A school leader on the island of Funen 'punished' two young boys for forgetting to wear Santa hats by making them get in the underwear in front of the school and joking that he would cut their penises off.

Hitler’s bunker to be rebuilt
Germany

Hitler’s bunker to be rebuilt

A German museum is planning to rebuild part of the massive bunker complex where Adolf Hitler spent his final weeks. And it will open this summer, the museum's chief told The Local on Thursday.

Metropolis: Grandfather of Sci-Fi Films
Germany

Metropolis: Grandfather of Sci-Fi Films

Fascinating everyone from Adolf Hitler to Whitney Houston, with themes of social injustice and a voluptuous robot-temptress, the German science-fiction movie Metropolis carved an extraordinary niche in film history after its release on January 10th, 1927.

Jyllands-Posten defends Charlie Hebdo decision
Denmark

Jyllands-Posten defends Charlie Hebdo decision

As the only major Danish newspaper not to republish Charlie Hebdo content in the wake of the Paris terror attacks, the newspaper behind the Muhammad cartoon crisis 'grudgingly" puts his employees well-being first.

‘We may see reprisal attacks in Sweden’
Sweden

‘We may see reprisal attacks in Sweden’

Mohammed Fazlhashemi, Professor of Islamic theology and philosophy at Sweden's Uppsala University tells The Local that Muslims should fear counter attacks in other European nations.

Security tightened at Italy-France border
Italy

Security tightened at Italy-France border

Security has been stepped-up at the Italian border with France as the hunt for the two men suspected of killing 12 people at the office of Charlie Hebdo, the satirical magazine, in Paris on Wednesday continued.

Danish Ebola vaccine enters human trials
Denmark

Danish Ebola vaccine enters human trials

Bavarian Nordic's promising Ebola vaccine began Phase 1 human trials this week at Oxford and plans to expand to the United States and Africa shortly.

Vienna police crack down on slot machines
Austria

Vienna police crack down on slot machines

Police in Vienna have carried out their first major crackdown on illegal slot machines, following a recent change in the law, and have confiscated around 50 machines.

Is this the strangest sound in Swedish?
Sweden

Is this the strangest sound in Swedish?

The word for 'yes' in most of Sweden is 'ja', but in the north of the country a unique sound is used instead, as The Local's Oliver Gee discovered in the city of Umeå.

Spain’s satirical mags back Charlie Hebdo
Spain

Spain’s satirical mags back Charlie Hebdo

Spain’s satirical magazines, old and new alike, have come out in support of French magazine Charlie Hebdo, where on Wednesday 12 people were killed and four seriously injured.

Berlusconi seeks early end to fraud sentence
Italy

Berlusconi seeks early end to fraud sentence

Silvio Berlusconi on Wednesday requested an early end to his sentence for tax fraud, with the ex-premier asking for his visits to an elderly care home in Milan to be stopped.

Angelina Jolie to meet Pope at Rome screening
Italy

Angelina Jolie to meet Pope at Rome screening

Pope Francis will reportedly attend a screening on Thursday of Angelina Jolie’s film, Unbroken.

Muslim targets attacked after magazine killings
France

Muslim targets attacked after magazine killings

Muslim places of worship in two French towns were fired upon overnight, leaving no casualties, prosecutors said on Thursday.

Norway security service: No change in threat level
Norway

Norway security service: No change in threat level

Norway's terror threat level remains unchanged after the attacks in France that have so far left 13 people dead, the country's security service (PST) said on Thursday.

Tiger Woods’ Sweden island sale goes global
Sweden

Tiger Woods’ Sweden island sale goes global

Global media have been gazing on the luxury island owned by champion golfer Tiger Woods and his Swedish ex-wife Elin Nordegren, which has recently gone on sale.

Reporter ‘smuggles’ Syrian teen to Sweden
Sweden

Reporter ‘smuggles’ Syrian teen to Sweden

A Swedish reporter has helped a Syrian child escape to Sweden, where people smugglers can face up to two years in prison.

Gentlemen leads top film award nominations
Sweden

Gentlemen leads top film award nominations

Mikael Marcimain's film Gentlemen picked up a record number of Guldbagge nominations on Thursday, ahead of Sweden's leading film award ceremony later this month.

Spain tightens security after Paris attack
Spain

Spain tightens security after Paris attack

UPDATED: Spain upgraded its anti-terrorist security level a notch on Wednesday, hours after an attack on French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo that left 12 dead.

What we know about the Charlie Hebdo suspects
France

What we know about the Charlie Hebdo suspects

Cherif Kouachi, the 32-year-old hunted along with his older brother Said for the attack on satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo is a jihadist who has been well-known to anti-terror police for many years.

Ex-boyfriend jailed for Facebook message
Spain

Ex-boyfriend jailed for Facebook message

A man who was banned from getting in touch with his ex-girlfriend has had his appeal overthrown and will serve nine months in prison for commenting on her Facebook photo

UN rights chief warns against backlash
Switzerland

UN rights chief warns against backlash

The UN's human rights chief in Geneva slammed Wednesday's massacre at a Paris weekly that killed at least 12 people but warned that a xenophobic backlash would only play into the hands of extremists.

Swiss dailies condemn Paris terror attack
Switzerland

Swiss dailies condemn Paris terror attack

The terror attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine employees in Paris that left 12 people dead dominated the front pages of Swiss newspapers on Thursday.

57 percent of Germans feel Islam is a threat: poll
Germany

57 percent of Germans feel Islam is a threat: poll

A survey on Thursday shows that Muslims in Germany feel they are integrating - but a growing majority of Germans feel threatened by Islam in the country.

Experts baffled by early spring weather
Austria

Experts baffled by early spring weather

Meteorologists at Austria's Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics (ZAMG) have predicted temperatures this weekend of up to 14 degrees, at a time when the average temperature is usually below zero.

Afghan boy, 13, killed by train near Copenhagen
Denmark

Afghan boy, 13, killed by train near Copenhagen

The victim in Wednesday’s fatal train accident outside of Copenhagen has been identified as a 13-year-old Afghan boy.

Neo-Nazi faces 3 years jail over Metro attack
Spain

Neo-Nazi faces 3 years jail over Metro attack

Prosecutors are pushing for a three-year prison term for a man who was filmed attacking a young Spaniard born in Mongolia on Barcelona's underground railway system in June 2014.

Interpol widen search for kidnapped toddler
Austria

Interpol widen search for kidnapped toddler

A two-year-old girl abducted from her home in November is now being searched for by Interpol, it was announced on Wednesday.

1,000 at Berlin rally for Charlie Hebdo victims
Germany

1,000 at Berlin rally for Charlie Hebdo victims

More than 1,000 people made it to a spontaneous rally outside the French Embassy in Berlin on Wednesday night to show support for their home country and its free press following the terror attack on satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

Are wolves on the loose in Sweden’s capital?
Sweden

Are wolves on the loose in Sweden’s capital?

Officials in Stockholm say they have found evidence that a wolf pack has formed in the south of the city, including tracks, droppings and urine spotted when snow fell earlier this week.

RIP Zippe – fugitive kangaroo found dead
Germany

RIP Zippe – fugitive kangaroo found dead

An escaped kangaroo that hopped circles around police since escaping zoo in November has been found dead.

Hurricane-force winds expected at weekend
Germany

Hurricane-force winds expected at weekend

Germany is in for a weekend of wild weather as wind gusts and temperatures as warm as 15 Celsius blanket the country, the country's weather service (DWD) said Thursday.

Demo plans announced for right-wing ball
Austria

Demo plans announced for right-wing ball

The campaign group Offensive gegen Rechts (Offensive Against the Right) has announced its plans for a protest rally against the right-wing Akademikerball which will take place on January 30th at Vienna’s imperial Hofburg palace.

Police thwart attempted ‘suicide by cop’
Austria

Police thwart attempted ‘suicide by cop’

An unemployed 36-year-old Lower Austrian man with personal problems attempted 'suicide by cop' on Wednesday night, however police weren't willing to cooperate.

‘They won’t kill freedom’ – Media reacts to attack
France

‘They won’t kill freedom’ – Media reacts to attack

Front pages of newspapers around the globe on Thursday morning were dominated by the shooting at the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo in which 12 people were killed. But not all were unanimous. We took a look at the front pages from some of the Europe’s top dailies.

Atlético bead Real as Torres returns
Spain

Atlético bead Real as Torres returns

Fernando Torres tasted victory against Real Madrid as an Atlético Madrid player for the first time as the La Liga champions downed their city rivals 2-0 in the first leg of their Copa del Rey last 16 tie on Wednesday.

German factory orders slump in November
Germany

German factory orders slump in November

German industrial orders, a key measure of demand for German-made goods both at home and abroad, fell unexpectedly in November, data showed on Thursday, but analysts insisted the uptrend remains intact.

Top ten Swedish tech innovations
Sweden

Top ten Swedish tech innovations

Classic inventions such as the adjustable wrench, dynamite or the pacemaker, are products of legendary Swedish masterminds. But what other new inventions has Sweden produced? Read on!

Italy reacts to ‘attack at heart of Europe’
Italy

Italy reacts to ‘attack at heart of Europe’

The Local takes a look at the front page reaction in Italy to the killing of 12 people at the offices of Charlie Hebdo, the satirical magazine, in Paris on Wednesday.

Swedish muslims fear Paris shooting backlash
Sweden

Swedish muslims fear Paris shooting backlash

There has been strong criticism of the Paris shootings from Muslim leaders who already fear growing Islamophobia following recent attacks on Swedish mosques. But some Swedish Muslim extremists have backed Wednesday's attack on a French satirical magazine.

Danish media united after Paris attacks
Denmark

Danish media united after Paris attacks

Three major dailies republish Charlie Hebdo cartoons in the aftermath of the terror attack that killed 12 on Wednesday.

German satire mag hits back with penis joke
Germany

German satire mag hits back with penis joke

The German equivalent of Charlie Hebdo hit back Thursday with a joke front page suggesting Muslims have smaller penises, in the wake of the Paris newspaper massacre.

Argentina stages massive raid of HSBC
Switzerland

Argentina stages massive raid of HSBC

Authorities raided the Buenos Aires offices of British bank HSBC on Wednesday investigating alleged tax evasion involving more than 4,000 influential locals' Swiss accounts, a court source said.

Inter player gets match ban over Juve hit
Italy

Inter player gets match ban over Juve hit

Inter defender Juan Jesus has been handed a four-match ban by Serie A chiefs who used video evidence to rule that the Brazilian elbowed Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini in the face.

Sweden government HQ in ‘white powder’ scare
Sweden

Sweden government HQ in ‘white powder’ scare

Police in Stockholm are investigating after an envelope containing white powder was delivered to the office used by Sweden's top ministers.

Rome probes mass police ‘sickie’ on NYE
Italy

Rome probes mass police ‘sickie’ on NYE

Rome's public prosecutor is to investigate how the vast majority of municipal police officers fell "sick" on New Year’s Eve, leaving the Italian capital seriously under-policed on one of the busiest nights of the year.

Merkel brings no electoral gift for Cameron
Germany

Merkel brings no electoral gift for Cameron

Chancellor Angela Merkel and David Cameron were united on a whole range of policy issues at their meeting in London on Wednesday, but she remained vague on the question of EU reform that has divided the British right.

Three-year-old goes on solo train ride
Germany

Three-year-old goes on solo train ride

A three-year-old child went on an involuntary train journey across northern Germany on Wednesday after she was separated from her father and sister on the platform.

RECAP: Brothers hunted for Charlie Hebdo murders
France

RECAP: Brothers hunted for Charlie Hebdo murders

LIVE UPDATES: Two men are still being hunted over the murder of twelve people at the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.