Stone Age skeleton judged Norway’s oldest
Norway

Stone Age skeleton judged Norway’s oldest

The Stone Age skeleton found in Norway last summer could be as much as 8000 years old, archeologists now believe, making it by far the oldest ever discovered in the country.

Norway King honours female president as ‘Mr’
Norway

Norway King honours female president as ‘Mr’

The letter Norway’s King Harald V sent to congratulate Croatia’s new president could not be faulted on protocol, but the republic’s first female head of state may have baulked at being referred to as ‘Mr’.

Swedish cartoonist in hiding after shootings
Sweden

Swedish cartoonist in hiding after shootings

A Swedish cartoonist believed to have been targeted in one of the Copenhagen shootings at the weekend has been sent into hiding, police said on Monday evening.

Europe tries to reassure Jews after attacks
Denmark

Europe tries to reassure Jews after attacks

European nations scrambled on Monday to reassure their Jewish communities after deadly attacks in Copenhagen that heightened fears of a new surge in anti-Semitic violence.

Broken leg causes 39 escalator meltdown
Sweden

Broken leg causes 39 escalator meltdown

Dozens of escalators remained out of action across the Swedish capital during the Monday evening rush hour after some subway stations decided to take extra precautions following an accident on Saturday.

As it happened: Denmark mourns terror victims

As it happened: Denmark mourns terror victims

People across Denmark gathered on Monday to pay tribute to the victims of this weekend's attacks and show unity in the face of terror. The Local followed the commemorations as they happened.

What Parisians think of our French accents
France

What Parisians think of our French accents

After all the talk about the world's favourite accent, The Local took to the streets of Paris to find out what the French think about us foreigners when we try to speak their language. It turns out they prefer some Anglo accents to others.

‘We will live our lives the way we always have’
Sweden

‘We will live our lives the way we always have’

As Denmark reflects on the two fatal shootings that shook the nation, The Local quizzes the Danish Ambassador to Sweden Kirsten Malling Biering on security at home and abroad and how to stem a rising tide of extremism in Europe.

‘SS Guard’ charged with 170,000 murders
Germany

‘SS Guard’ charged with 170,000 murders

Prosecutors have charged a 93-year-old former SS member with complicity in at least 170,000 deaths during his time as a guard at Auschwitz.

Cock fighting escapes animal cruelty ban
Spain

Cock fighting escapes animal cruelty ban

Critics are up in arms after Spain's ruling Popular Party decided not to ban cock fighting in its new penal code.

Copenhagen shooter was kind and ‘smart’ student
Denmark

Copenhagen shooter was kind and ‘smart’ student

The presumed gunman behind the weekend's attacks went to a school for bright students in the Copenhagen suburbs and is remembered fondly by a classmate and the school principal.

‘Fear and loathing’ – Being a Jew in Paris
France

‘Fear and loathing’ – Being a Jew in Paris

A Jewish man who wore a kippah for a day in Paris to highlight anti-Semitism has released a video showing how he was cursed at, spat on, and followed as he spent a day walking around the French capital with a hidden camera.

Scotsman had head ‘split open’ in bull run
Spain

Scotsman had head ‘split open’ in bull run

The Scottish man gored by a bull during a weekend carnival festival in Spain has been named as Angus Ritchie, from Paisley.

Charges dropped against 11 in priest abuse case
Spain

Charges dropped against 11 in priest abuse case

A Spanish court has dropped charges against 11 out of 12 suspects in a clerical sex abuse scandal because the crimes fall within the statute of limitations, court papers showed on Monday.

Zlatan scolded over tattoo ‘publicity stunt’
France

Zlatan scolded over tattoo ‘publicity stunt’

Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc has told reporters that his star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was wrong to take his shirt off to celebrate a goal as part of a United Nations anti-hunger campaign.

Speculation mounts over AC Milan sale to Asia
Italy

Speculation mounts over AC Milan sale to Asia

Speculation that AC Milan could become the second Italian club to fall into Asian hands swirled on Monday as the Serie A giants reeled from another setback that left coach Filippo Inzaghi's job hanging in the balance.

Teens held after Jewish tombs defaced in France
France

Teens held after Jewish tombs defaced in France

UPDATED: France was left outraged after around 300 tombs at a Jewish cemetery were vandalised in an "odious" act of anti-Semitism. Five teens were arrested on Monday in connection with the vandalism.

Two and a half years for bedridden dealer
Austria

Two and a half years for bedridden dealer

A 59-year-old woman was sentenced on Monday in the Vienna Criminal Court to two and a half years unconditional imprisonment for selling drugs from her sick bed.

‘No military intervention in Libya’: Renzi
Italy

‘No military intervention in Libya’: Renzi

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Monday ruled out military intervention in Libya in the short-term after holding talks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

‘Give it a try’ says data company founder
Germany

‘Give it a try’ says data company founder

In our weekly feature series, The Local looks into a successful entrepreneur's life - the story behind his successes, major challenges and how being an entrepreneur changed him forever. This week, Sparsh Sharma talks to Martin Blumenau of Datapine, a young innovative company located in the heart of Berlin.

Doctor faked paraplegia for €1.2m payout
Italy

Doctor faked paraplegia for €1.2m payout

A 56-year-old doctor who pretended to be paraplegic for three years in a bid to get a €1.2 million payout and a lifetime pension, has been arrested in Turin.

France’s sorry record of anti-Semitic attacks
France

France’s sorry record of anti-Semitic attacks

French President François Hollande was forced once again to reassure the country’s Jewish population on Monday after the latest in a long line of shocking anti-Semitic acts in recent years. From restaurant bombings to kidnap and torture, here's a recap of the worst incidents.

Could Sweden be next European terror target?
Sweden

Could Sweden be next European terror target?

After the shootings in Copenhagen this weekend which appeared to target a Swedish artist and the city's Jewish community, The Local asks Stockholmers of all faiths how safe they feel following the violence in the neighbouring Nordic nation.

Notorious Eta killer found in Venezuela
Spain

Notorious Eta killer found in Venezuela

One of the most notorious Basque terrorists has been tracked down to his tropical hideout in Venezuela after more than six years on the run.

Coca Cola boycott for Spanish parliament?
Spain

Coca Cola boycott for Spanish parliament?

A Spanish politician has requested that the nation’s parliament stop all sales of Coca Cola until the company reinstates workers in a bottling plant in the capital.

Poll: Swiss ready to forgo EU over immigration
Switzerland

Poll: Swiss ready to forgo EU over immigration

Nearly half the Swiss population are ready to sacrifice bilateral agreements with the EU in order to implement the anti-immigration initiative that was narrowly passed in a referendum a year ago, according to a new survey.

Austrian children to get free braces from July
Austria

Austrian children to get free braces from July

In a special agreement announced Monday between the Dental Association and Federation of Austrian Social Security Institutions, around 30,000 Austrian children with malformed teeth will receive free dental care to correct the problem, including the use of dental braces.

Deutsche Bahn rejects drivers’ strike ultimatum
Germany

Deutsche Bahn rejects drivers’ strike ultimatum

Update: Deutsche Bahn (DB) has rejected an ultimatum issued by the Train Drivers' Union (GDL) on Monday, which means nationwide rail strikes may be on the horizon for Wednesday.

Tuscan cemetery could help cure cholera
Italy

Tuscan cemetery could help cure cholera

Human remains unearthed in a Tuscan cemetery could reveal vital clues as to how Italians died of cholera, in turn helping scientists combat the deadly disease.

‘There is joy in learning something new yourself’
Spain

‘There is joy in learning something new yourself’

Samantha Chappell took a sabbatical from a publishing job in London to spend a summer living in the northern city of Oviedo. She loved it so much that eight years later she is still there and has discovered her vocation.

Experts warn over hasty link to Paris attacks
Denmark

Experts warn over hasty link to Paris attacks

Saturday's deadly attacks in Copenhagen bore several similarities to last month's assault in Paris, experts said, but warned about drawing direct parallels.

Bern police ID Chapel Hill mourners at US embassy
Switzerland

Bern police ID Chapel Hill mourners at US embassy

Seven Swiss resident Muslims who came to lay flowers outside the US embassy in Bern in memory of the three Chapel Hill murder victims were “intimidated” by a police identity check, the Islamic Central Council of Switzerland (IZRS) has said.

Neo-Nazi number plate ban mulled
Austria

Neo-Nazi number plate ban mulled

Austrian transport minister Alois Stöger of the Social Democrat Party announced Monday that he is planning to change the Motor Vehicle Act in order to restrict the use of banned symbols on vehicle number plates.

Doctors say you should write your own sick note
Germany

Doctors say you should write your own sick note

Researchers at the University of Magdeburg argue that workers should be able to excuse themselves from work for short periods to reduce the burden on family doctors.

Italian boy, 12, dies playing rugby
Italy

Italian boy, 12, dies playing rugby

A 12-year-old boy from Macerata, a town in the Marche region, died on Sunday while playing rugby, La Stampa reported.

Dunkirk carnival: Where crowds demand herrings
France

Dunkirk carnival: Where crowds demand herrings

This weekend saw plenty of colour at the Dunkirk Carnival in northern France, with the streets teeming with people demanding "the herring they deserve". Seriously.

Police hunt ‘selfie’ bandit
Austria

Police hunt ‘selfie’ bandit

Austrian police have released a surveillance picture of a man suspected of breaking in to a number of houses in Vienna, and stealing valuables including expensive bicycles.

Fellow inmates want Breivik out of solitary
Norway

Fellow inmates want Breivik out of solitary

Inmates at Norway’s Skein prison are backing the campaign of far-Right terrorist Anders Behring Breivik to be released from solitary confinement, although only because they feel his treatment draws resources away from them.

SBB wants to attract part-time female workers
Switzerland

SBB wants to attract part-time female workers

Switzerland’s federal rail service SBB is to promote part-time working in a bid to attract more women to its workforce.

Horror as ‘heavy’ man’s coffin splits at funeral
Italy

Horror as ‘heavy’ man’s coffin splits at funeral

Mourners were left in shock at a Rome funeral when the coffin caved in, reportedly as the deceased man was particularly "heavy".

French actor Louis Jourdan dies aged 93
France

French actor Louis Jourdan dies aged 93

Veteran French actor Louis Jourdan, who starred in "Gigi" and "Octopussy", has died in Los Angeles at the age of 93, his official biographer said Sunday.

The €60m sports arena that will never open
Spain

The €60m sports arena that will never open

The modern sports facility in Pamplona is almost finished, but with no opening date in sight, could it be the latest in a long line of Spain’s white elephant building projects?

‘We must fight anti-Semitism’: Norway’s PM
Norway

‘We must fight anti-Semitism’: Norway’s PM

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg on Monday met Jewish leaders at Oslo’s synagogue to reassure them that Norway will do all it can to ensure that Jews continue to live safely in the city.

Two charged for aiding Copenhagen gunman
Denmark

Two charged for aiding Copenhagen gunman

Two men are charged with having helped presumed gunman Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein obtain the weapons used in this weekend's fatal attacks.

Iran win at Berlinale a ‘free speech triumph’
Germany

Iran win at Berlinale a ‘free speech triumph’

The Berlin film festival wrapped up Sunday after awarding its Golden Bear top prize to Iranian dissident director Jafar Panahi, in a move hailed as a triumph for freedom of expression.

Wawrinka snatches first indoor title in Rotterdam
Switzerland

Wawrinka snatches first indoor title in Rotterdam

Stan Wawrinka filled in a last gap in his career trophy collection on Sunday, beating holder Tomas Berdych 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 to claim his first indoor title in the Rotterdam World Tennis event.

Braunschweig cancels parade over threat
Germany

Braunschweig cancels parade over threat

Braunschweig authorities cancelled the city's Karneval parade a mere 90 minutes before it was to start on Sunday, due to a "concrete threat of an Islamist attack" identified by state security officials.

Schäuble ‘very sceptical’ of quick Greece deal
Germany

Schäuble ‘very sceptical’ of quick Greece deal

Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said that he is “very sceptical” that a deal will be reached that satisfies both the new Syriza government in Greece and Eurozone finance ministers at a Brussels negotiation on Monday.

Armed man threatens murder in divorce fight
Austria

Armed man threatens murder in divorce fight

The armed police task force Cobra was called out on Sunday afternoon to an address in Wien-Favoriten when a 33-year-old man threatened his wife with a gun, after she told him she wanted a divorce.

American student gored by bull
Spain

American student gored by bull

An American man is recovering in hospital in Salamanca after being horrifically gored during the annual Carnaval del Toro in Ciudad Rodrigo.

US, Saudi Arabia condemn ‘terror attacks’
Denmark

US, Saudi Arabia condemn ‘terror attacks’

The United States offers its assistance to Denmark while Saudi Arabia expresses "deep sorrow" over the weekend attacks. Both countries classify the Copenhagen shootings as terror attacks.

Swiss put wink-activated telescopes in contacts
Switzerland

Swiss put wink-activated telescopes in contacts

Swiss researchers are developing contact lenses that contain tiny telescopes to boost vision and zoom in and out with the wink of an eye.

Lyon stumble after injury-hit PSG only draw
France

Lyon stumble after injury-hit PSG only draw

Leaders Lyon failed to take advantage of stalemates by chasing Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille as they were held to a 1-1 draw at Lorient in Ligue 1 on Sunday.

France urges Jews to ignore Netanyahu’s call
France

France urges Jews to ignore Netanyahu’s call

French PM Manuel Valls told France's Jews to ignore Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, who had called for them to return "home" to Israel. Valls was speaking after hundreds of Jewish tombs were vandalised in the latest shocking anti-Semitic act in France.

Hollande: ‘Same targets’ in Paris and Copenhagen
France

Hollande: ‘Same targets’ in Paris and Copenhagen

French President Francois Hollande drew a parallel between the Paris and Copenhagen shootings saying the "same targets" were hit in the both attacks.

Paris hosts protest in support of Greece
France

Paris hosts protest in support of Greece

At least 2,000 people marched through the streets of Paris on Sunday to voice their support for Greece against what they called "the Goliath of finance".

Trafficker jailed for 30 years for raping migrants
Italy

Trafficker jailed for 30 years for raping migrants

A Somali trafficker who raped and attacked migrants he had led through the desert to Libya to make the perilous crossing to Italy has been sentenced to 30 years in prison by an Italian court, media reported.

Thousands of lost children reach Austria
Austria

Thousands of lost children reach Austria

According to the answer to a parliamentary question, during 2014 a total of 31,274 refugees and asylum seekers were registered arriving in Austria, of whom 1,984 were unaccompanied children.

Copenhagen shooting victims remembered
Denmark

Copenhagen shooting victims remembered

The nation mourns the filmmaker and Jewish community activist who were the victims of the weekend's attacks in Copenhagen.

Rouble tumble busts Russian buying boom
Spain

Rouble tumble busts Russian buying boom

Spain was counting on rich Russians to help revive its stricken property market by buying homes on its sunny coasts - until the rouble collapsed on falling oil prices and the Ukraine crisis.

Swedish artist Vilks says shooting was ‘unreal’
Sweden

Swedish artist Vilks says shooting was ‘unreal’

Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who is believed to have been a target of the Copenhagen shootings, has described a feeling of incredulity after the attacks which left two dead and several wounded in Denmark over the weekend.

Italy ‘can’t rule out’ threat of jihadists from Libya
Italy

Italy ‘can’t rule out’ threat of jihadists from Libya

Italy's Defence Minister Roberta Pinotti said on Sunday that the threat of jihadists making their way to Italy from Libya "can't be ruled out" as the country pulled out staff from its embassy there and suspended operations over mounting insecurity.

Zlatan scores with UN food tattoo campaign
Sweden

Zlatan scores with UN food tattoo campaign

Swedish footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic has gone viral again, this time for stripping off his shirt in a game for his French club PSG, in a move which turned out to be a stunt designed to boost support for a UN anti-hunger campaign.

SPD claims victory in Hamburg elections
Germany

SPD claims victory in Hamburg elections

The Social Democrat Party (SPD) have kept their mayoral seat in Hamburg after Sunday's election, but need a governing partner. Meanwhile, other parties further to the right made significant gains and losses.

Italy rescues more than 2,000 migrants off Libya
Italy

Italy rescues more than 2,000 migrants off Libya

The Italian coastguard launched a massive operation on Sunday to rescue more than 2,000 migrants in difficulty between the Italian island of Lampedusa and the Libyan coast, local media said.

Juve captain hits out at squad’s bad attitude
Italy

Juve captain hits out at squad’s bad attitude

Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon hit out at the attitude of the Italian champions following Sunday's thrilling 2-2 draw with strugglers Cesena.

Swedish police beef up security after attacks
Sweden

Swedish police beef up security after attacks

Swedish police are ramping up security outside synagogues and mosques as Danes deal with the aftermath of two fatal shootings in Copenhagen that left the country stunned.

Tech, drums and a passion for fashion
Sweden

Tech, drums and a passion for fashion

Simon Teng, 46, was born and raised in Malaysia, spent 15 years living in Switzerland and has now made a name for himself in Sweden, working for global telecoms company BT, as he tells Odessa Fardipour.

‘Sweden agreed to Russia military demands’
Sweden

‘Sweden agreed to Russia military demands’

Sweden has agreed to Russian demands not to land fighter jets in Estonia during a coming military exercise in the Baltic region, according to a Swedish newspaper.

‘Racist’ top causes stir in Swedish council photo
Sweden

‘Racist’ top causes stir in Swedish council photo

UPDATED: A local Left Party politician criticized for wearing a T-shirt with the slogan 'SD = Racists', in reference to the nationalist Sweden Democrat party has defended her decision.