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Austria

Cop seriously injured in right-wing ball protest

A series of protests saw thousands of police on the streets of Vienna, with one police officer hospitalized with serious injuries by a firework thrown by a protestor on Friday evening.

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Spain

Spain uses stem cells to repair damaged hearts

A Spanish hospital has successfully used stem cells culled from healthy donors to treat seven heart attack victims, in what officials said was a world first.

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Spain

Israel agrees probe into Spanish soldier’s death

Spain and Israel have agreed to carry out a joint investigation on the death of a Spanish UN peacekeeper who was killed in Lebanon during Israeli shelling near the border, Madrid said on Friday.

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Germany

Pegida spinoff rally sees low turnout

A march by an emergent anti-Islamisation group in the German city of Leipzig on Friday failed to drum up much support, with first estimates showing turnout at below 1,000.

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Switzerland

Pilot dies after small plane crashes in Geneva

A 59-year-old man flying a small Piper aircraft died after the plane crashed on Friday in a field in Bernex, a municipality in the canton of Geneva, according to media reports.

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Sweden

Beggars ‘objectified’ at Malmö exhibition

Two Roma beggars have been paid to take part in a controversial art installation that has seen them sitting and standing in silence with a paper cup in front of them in a Malmö art gallery.

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Germany

Wolf spotted in North Rhine-Westphalia

Camera traps have spotted a wolf for the second time in a month in North Rhine-Westphalia, the state environment ministry reported on Friday.

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Sweden

‘Australian sport helped me settle in Sweden’

For this week’s My Swedish Career, Giulia Armiero talks to Simon Fittock, 27, who leads a compelling double life teaching mathematics while competing in Australian Football League contests.

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Sweden

More open borders for Swedish nationals

From this summer, Swedes may be be able to leave their passports at home when travelling to the UK and other non-Schengen countries within the EU.

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Spain

At least six dead in shipwreck off Melilla

Six would-be migrants have died and four are missing after their boat ran into trouble off the coast of the north-African Spanish enclave of Melilla.

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Italy

Italy to teach school subjects in English

Pupils at Italian primary schools will soon be able to learn subjects in English, Education Minister Stefania Giannini has said.

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France

France spells out how to spot jihadists (and new dads)

As part of its new counter-terrorist campaign “Stop Jihadism”, the French government has released a nine-point check list to help people spot someone on the path to jihad, but The Local fears suspicion may fall on all new parents.

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Italy

Italian Erasmus student falls to death in Holland

An Italian student studying at a university in Holland has died after falling out of a window, according to Italian media reports.

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Germany

German ranchers murdered in Paraguay

The Foreign Ministry in Berlin confirmed that two Germans living in Paraguay were kidnapped and killed earlier this week.

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France

Marseille victim of €700,000 Chinese scam

French Ligue 1 giants Marseille were the victims of a €700,000 ($793,000) international bank transfer scam to China last year, sources close to the case told AFP on Friday.

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Sweden

‘Immigration is critical’ for Stockholm’s future

Stockholm’s business community gathered on Friday to discuss the future of the city’s labour market. While housing and education were mentioned, it was another theme that reigned supreme.

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Sweden

Spotify mute about fresh funding rumours

Swedish music streaming giant Spotify has declined to comment on reports that it is raising new funds that could delay a public listing.

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Sweden

Jay-Z seeks Swedish music service takeover

Project Panther, an enterprise linked to American hip hop artist Shawn Carter - better known as Jay-Z- is expected to take over Scandinavian-based digital music firm Aspiro, one of Spotify's biggest rivals.

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Germany

AfD braces for busy conference weekend

As leaders of the Germany's anti-Euro upstart party Alternative for Germany (AfD) prepare for its party conference this weekend, the potential for chaos is rising.

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Denmark

Denmark launches ‘most ambitious’ organic plan

The Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries is behind a new strategy to double organic farming and serve more organic food in the nation's public institutions.

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Spain

Is 400 year Cervantes mystery solved?

Four hundred years after he died a pauper in near obscurity, archaeologists announced that they may have solved the mystery of his final resting place. Meet our Spanish Face of the Week, Miguel de Cervantes.

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Germany

Sudden dose of winter causes traffic chaos

UPDATE: Two people were rescued from avalanches as a blast of winter has taken Germany by surprise, while snow and ice accounted for several traffic accidents across the country on Friday.

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Germany

BND collects 220 million phone records a day

Germany's foreign intelligence agency, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) collects 220 million pieces of information about foreign phone calls and SMS every day, Zeit Online reported on Friday.

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Norway

Jay Z set to buy Norway’s Wimp

US rap star Jay Z made a $56-million foray into the music streaming business Friday, buying Norway's Wimp in a bid to compete with giants like Spotify and Apple.

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France

Frenchmen held for nude pics at Angkor temple

UPDATED: Three French tourists have been arrested by Cambodian authorities for taking nude photos of each other inside the country's famed Angkor temple complex, officials said on Friday.

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Germany

U-turn on minimum wage for foreign drivers

Germany temporarily hit the brakes Friday on applying its new minimum wage to foreign truck drivers transiting the country in a move welcomed by Poland, which vigorously opposed the system.

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Italy

Ferrari unveil car to power back to F1 glory

Ferrari unveiled their car for the new season online on Friday, the legendary Italian stable counting on the SF15-T to bring back the glory years after a miserable 2014.

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Switzerland

Wawrinka runs out of steam against Djokovic

Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka put up a fight against Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open semifinals on Friday but finally ran out of steam against the Serb who won in five sets.

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Denmark

Novo profit boosted by North American growth

The world's biggest insulin maker, Novo Nordisk, on Friday reported a five percent rise in annual profit, driven by sales of the group's key drug Victoza and modern insulin.

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Spain

Madrid stand at tourism expo deemed ‘too gay’

Madrid is renowned as one of the most gay-friendly cities in the world, but the city's stand at this year's International Tourism Fair was reportedly repainted at the last minute because the city council deemed it "too gay".

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Italy

Italy’s jobless rate dipped in December

The unemployment rate in Italy fell slightly to 12.9 percent in December, while the youth jobless rate also dropped, statistics agency Istat said on Friday.

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France

Man kills ex-wife and takes body to police

Police in western France had to deal with a "rare" incident this week when a man murdered his ex-wife, stuffed her body into the boot of his car and drove to a police station to report his crime.

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Italy

Immigrants gave €123bn to Italy economy in 2014

Immigrants in Italy last year brought over €123 billion to Italy’s economy, a think-tank has said.

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Germany

Crises make Germany EU foreign policy leader

Foreign policy think-tank the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) gave Germany top marks in its annual check-up of EU member states released on Thursday.

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Denmark

Elton John to give open-air concert at Tivoli

Copenhagen amusement park Tivoli will have more than roller coasters on offer when pop icon Elton John and his band take the stage on July 6th.

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Italy

‘Ndrangheta mafia boss found in Rome attic

A boss from the powerful 'Ndrangheta mafia has been found hidden away in an attic in Rome, 20 days after police came knocking at his door.

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Spain

Spanish economy grows by 1.4 percent in 2014

Spain's recovering economy grew by 1.4 percent in 2014, provisional official data showed on Friday, after shrinking by 1.2 percent in the previous year but remains plagued by mass unemployment.

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France

Warnings as gales and snow hit parts of France

Severe weather warnings were in place for 11 départements in France on Friday morning as strong winds and snow storms battered the south east and south west of the country. Over 27,000 homes were left without power.

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Spain

Hash helicopter pilot was Albanian major: reports

A helicopter loaded with hashish which crashed in southern Spain on Tuesday after hitting an electricity pylon was piloted by a major with the Albanian army, according to media reports.

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Sweden

Swedish troops join Somali pirate mission

Around 70 Swedish soldiers are heading to east Africa as part of EU efforts to prevent attacks from Somali pirates.

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Austria

Russian nationalist’s vision for Austria

In an interview with a Hungarian news website the Russian nationalist philosopher Aleksandr Dugin has spoken about his vision of a Russian-led Eurasian Union - which would include Austria, as well as Hungary, Romania, Serbia and Slovakia.

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Sweden

Housing queue now ’20 years’ in parts of capital

The queue for housing in Stockholm lengthened dramatically 2014, with many "insecure" residents signing up because of fears the shortage of accommodation in the capital could get worse.

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Germany

Prost! Beer sales hop up for first gain in 8 years

New figures released Friday by federal statistics office Destatis are numbers breweries can drink to, as German beer consumption saw its first year-on-year rise since 2006.

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Spain

‘Green’ Cordoba wins global praise

Cordoba, in Andalucia, southern Spain, might already be world-famous for its medieval former mosque, but now its efforts to go green are also gaining global attention.

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Denmark

Danish youth give right-wing parties huge victory

In a mock election for Danish eighth and ninth graders, centre-right parties cruised to victory in 78 of the nation's 98 municipalities.

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Spain

Shakira gives birth to second son

Pop superstar Shakira and Barcelona defender Gerard Piqué welcomed their second child into the world on Thursday night.

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Italy

Mother flees Italy with son, 6, to join Isis

A woman has left her family home in northern Italy to join jihadist group Isis in Syria, taking her six-year-old son with her, Italian media reported on Friday.

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Switzerland

French teen dies in avalanche near Verbier

UPDATE: A 17-year-old French girl died following an avalanche that on Thursday swept five backcountry skiers down a mountainside in the Vallon d’Arby area near Verbier in the canton of Valais, police said on Friday.

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Austria

Austria ‘on threshold of flu outbreak’

Doctors are warning of the onset of a flu outbreak in Austria - with around 10,000 people reported to be suffering from the virus. There are also concerns that the vaccine may be less effective as the virus has mutated to avoid the immunity provided by the flu jab.

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Switzerland

Conductor dies during symphony in Lucerne

Internationally known conductor Israel Yinon died in the middle of a symphony concert while directing an orchestra at the Lucerne Culture and Convention Centre (KKL) on Thursday night, concert organizers said.

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Germany

Germany has thousands of uni spots open

New research published by Spiegel on Friday shows that there are thousands of university placesa unoccupied across the country, while certain hot spots cope with too much demand.

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Spain

Spain’s far left to rally after Syriza win

Buoyed by its Greek ally Syriza's victory, Spanish protest party Podemos kicks off election year with a mass rally on Saturday, vowing to defeat a political elite it brands corrupt.

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Italy

Genoa man faces trial over €8 chocolate theft

A man from Genoa has been sent to trial for allegedly stealing a box of chocolates worth just €8.

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Denmark

‘Anonymous’ credit card data can identify anyone

A study from Aarhus University and MIT shows that credit card metadata is just as reliable at identifying someone as mobile phone records.

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France

France may tax US giants to boost film sector

France is looking to decide this year on how it might tax US online giants Google, Amazon and Netflix to help fund its heavily subsidised film and television sector in response to changes brought on by Internet video streaming.

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Austria

Earthquake shakes southern Carinthia

An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.3 was recorded in the skiing area of Nassfeld in southern Carinthia in the early hours of Friday morning.

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Germany

Borussia coach admits to ‘downward spiral’

Borussia Dortmund coach Jürgen Klopp admits feeling the pressure as his side resume their fight to stay in Germany's top flight on Saturday at fellow Champions League side Bayer Leverkusen.

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France

Paris: Relief as RER service returns to normal

There was relief for commuters in Paris on Friday morning after transport authorities announce a return to normal service on the RER A, a day after a crippling wildcat strike caused travel chaos.

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Sweden

Thick snow set to cause further travel chaos

UPDATED: Heavy snowfall has caused major traffic problems in parts of western and southern Sweden, with further bad weather set to sweep across the country this weekend.

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Italy

Chinese snap up bulk of Milan Expo tickets

Three months from opening day, organizers of this year's World Expo in Milan said on Thursday they had sold eight million tickets, a third of the projected total.

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Sweden

Sweden will make ‘demands’ on Palestine

UPDATED: Sweden’s new government recognised Palestine in its first foreign policy decision in October 2014 but Foreign Minister Margot Wallström has said the state needs to change in order to retain Sweden’s support.

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Sweden

How to make delicious Swedish mushroom tart

This classic mushroom tart may not be Sweden's most visually pleasing dish, but it's certainly a rustic dream if you're a mushroom and cheese lover. Food writer John Duxbury shares his recipe with The Local.

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Sweden

Teenager turns himself in after school gun threat

UPDATED: A teenage gunman suspected of threatening a female teacher at a high school in Gothenburg before fleeing the scene has turned himself in.