Norway teens charged for hash cake prank
Norway

Norway teens charged for hash cake prank

Two Norwegian teenagers have been charged by police after they brought Easter cakes to school loaded with so much marijuana that two teachers were admitted to hospital.

‘It was a long journey and some of my friends died’
Sweden

‘It was a long journey and some of my friends died’

A week after the Swedish Migration Board announced it was tripling the maximum number of residents allowed at asylum centres, The Local brings you a special report from inside Märsta, the country's busiest asylum application centre just outside Stockholm, where hundreds of refugees spend their first nights in Sweden each week.

Iran journo at Lausanne talks seeks Swiss asylum
Switzerland

Iran journo at Lausanne talks seeks Swiss asylum

In the margins of intense talks in Lausanne to reach a deal over Iran’s nuclear future over the weekend an Iranian journalist took advantage of the situation to file a request for asylum in Switzerland, media reports said.

Fewer foreigners buy Swiss holiday homes
Switzerland

Fewer foreigners buy Swiss holiday homes

Fewer foreigners are buying apartments in Switzerland as secondary residences, according to new federal government figures.

French socialists take a beating in local elections
France

French socialists take a beating in local elections

France's ruling Socialists lost out to the right in the country's local elections on Sunday as Nicolas Sarkozy said the French public had massively rejected the Hollande government. Reports said the National Front failed to take control of a council.

DNA from 78 crash victims found

DNA from 78 crash victims found

Forensic teams have isolated 78 distinct DNA strands from body parts recovered from the Germanwings crash site in the French Alps, one of the lead investigators said on Sunday.

Dufry to buy Italy’s WDF to create duty-free giant

Dufry to buy Italy’s WDF to create duty-free giant

Switzerland's Dufry group will acquire a majority stake in chief rival World Duty Free (WDF) in a $3.8 billion (3.6-million-euro) deal to create the biggest travel retailer in the world.

Ethiopia’s Legese wins Berlin half marathon
Germany

Ethiopia’s Legese wins Berlin half marathon

Ethiopia's Birhanu Legese won the Berlin half marathon on Sunday as African runners dominated the top ten finishers in the men's race.

UN council seat focus of Löfven’s US trip
Sweden

UN council seat focus of Löfven’s US trip

Sweden’s candidacy for a seat on the UN Security Council will dominate Stefan Löfven’s trip to New York and Washington, DC. While in the US, he will also meet Vice-President Joe Biden.

New trial to start over 8-year-old’s death
Sweden

New trial to start over 8-year-old’s death

An appeal gets underway on Monday in the case of 8-year-old Yara Alnajjar, a girl from Gaza who was beaten to death in Sweden last year. A female guardian was charged with murder while the girl’s uncle received a lesser sentence.

Post office cleared due to suspicious package
Spain

Post office cleared due to suspicious package

A package containing "a suspicious white substance" led to the evacuation of a Madrid post office on Saturday. Emergency services said 23 people underwent decontamination as a safety precaution.

Swiss pilot dies in Ecuador volcano crash
Switzerland

Swiss pilot dies in Ecuador volcano crash

A Swiss aviator attempting to circumnavigate the world in 20 months in a lightweight two-seater aircraft died at the weekend after crashing into a volcano in central Ecuador, officials said.

Two skiers killed in Swiss avalanches
Switzerland

Two skiers killed in Swiss avalanches

Two skiers, a German and a British national, have been killed in avalanches in Switzerland, police said on Saturday.

Pub shooters wore skull masks and police vests
Sweden

Pub shooters wore skull masks and police vests

The two men who opened fire at a Gothenburg pub on March 18 were wearing skull masks and police vests, surveillance cameras footage reveals. Two people were killed and eight injured in the incident.

Åkesson interview seen as ‘mobbing’: report
Norway

Åkesson interview seen as ‘mobbing’: report

A recent interview with Sweden Democrat head Jimmie Åkesson on the Norwegian-Swedish TV talk show Skavlan has resulted in a storm of complaints in Norway. Many viewers considered it an attack interview.

Right expects boost from Sunday’s local polls
France

Right expects boost from Sunday’s local polls

France's ruling Socialists look set for a drubbing in local polls Sunday that are expected to deliver a boost for former president Nicolas Sarkozy and far-right challenger Marine Le Pen.