Norway rescuers regret short stay in Nepal
Norway

Norway rescuers regret short stay in Nepal

The team of rescue workers sent to help save lives in the wake of last month’s devastating Nepal earthquake have expressed regrets that they were not able to spend longer helping the country pull itself out of chaos.

Knausgård is planning a new novel: Dagbladet
Norway

Knausgård is planning a new novel: Dagbladet

The Norwegian writer Karl Ove Knausgård has started planning a new novel, Norway’s Dagbladet newspaper has reported, showing the literary sensation coming out of retirement as an author less than four years after he entered it.

Man suspected of killing daughter dies in prison
Switzerland

Man suspected of killing daughter dies in prison

A 44-year-old man suspected of killing his four-year-old daughter in a family drama earlier this year died after jumping headlong over a stairwell railing in an Aargau prison, authorities said on Thursday.

Swiss Federal Railways tackle suicide taboo
Switzerland

Swiss Federal Railways tackle suicide taboo

Reporting on suicides committed by people jumping in front of a train is a taboo subject in Switzerland but Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) this week opened a public debate in a bid to reduce the death toll.

Border X-ray reveals boy, 8, smuggled in suitcase
Spain

Border X-ray reveals boy, 8, smuggled in suitcase

An eight-year-old was discovered hiding in a suitcase as a woman attempted to smuggle him into Spain at the Ceuta border.

Whatever happened to Paris’s beautiful bridges?
France

Whatever happened to Paris’s beautiful bridges?

Whether or not you're a fan of love locks, you can't say there is anything romantic about the once-picturesque bridges that cross the River Seine in the heart of Paris, now covered in graffiti and in a state of disrepair.

Auschwitz trial on hold as defendant falls ill
Germany

Auschwitz trial on hold as defendant falls ill

The trial against former SS officer Oskar Gröning, dubbed the "accountant of Auschwitz," has been suspended because the 93-year-old defendant has fallen ill, the head judge said on Thursday.

Builders dig up guns at Gothenburg preschool
Sweden

Builders dig up guns at Gothenburg preschool

A bag of guns has been unearthed by construction workers digging up a preschool playground in west Sweden.

Is NHS depriving Spain of its own nursing staff?
Spain

Is NHS depriving Spain of its own nursing staff?

Spain needs 140,000 more nurses to meet the European Union average, yet it is losing more and more each month to the NHS.

Americans get tongue tied speaking Danish
Denmark

Americans get tongue tied speaking Danish

What happens when Buzzfeed asks a bunch of Americans to say things in Danish? About what you'd expect.

Italian navy finds migrant disaster boat
Italy

Italian navy finds migrant disaster boat

The Italian navy announced Thursday it had located the sunken wreck of a migrant boat in which 700 people are feared to have died last month.

Meet the Swedish boy who used to be a girl
Sweden

Meet the Swedish boy who used to be a girl

Born as a girl called Iris, a brave Swedish 10-year-old has spoken out about his decision to change his gender and live as a boy by the name of Sam – in a video which has gone viral in Sweden.

Police extract ‘snake’ from salad bowl
Germany

Police extract ‘snake’ from salad bowl

Police in Darmstadt were called out on an unusual emergency on Wednesday afternoon. A young woman had called in after finding what appeared to be a snake in her salad.

It’s a boy! Baby born on Air France flight to Paris
France

It’s a boy! Baby born on Air France flight to Paris

An Air France plane touched down in Paris on Tuesday with one extra passenger on board than when it took off, thanks to the help from a doctor who luckily happened to be on the flight.

Swedes eye uncertain and tight UK election
Sweden

Swedes eye uncertain and tight UK election

Swedish politics-watchers were poised for one of the tightest election races in history on the other side of the North Sea on Thursday, in a poll which many believe could mirror Sweden’s last fragmented national vote.

Judges launch probe into French sex abuse troops
France

Judges launch probe into French sex abuse troops

Judges in France will investigate claims that French soldiers raped children in the Central African Republic, the state prosecutor announced on Thursday.

Watch worn by General MacArthur to be sold
Switzerland

Watch worn by General MacArthur to be sold

Seventy years after the end of the Second World War, a watch worn by legendary American five-star general Douglas MacArthur is going on auction in Geneva.

Top execs quit Adecco amid improved results
Switzerland

Top execs quit Adecco amid improved results

Swiss-based Adecco, the world's biggest temporary staffing group, said on Thursday that both its chief executive and finance chief have quit, as it posted strong first-quarter earnings on the back of improving sales in Europe.

Suspect confesses to allotment murder
Austria

Suspect confesses to allotment murder

The 44-year-old suspect in a murder which took place on an Innsbruck allotment confessed on Thursday. The man, who is from South Tyrol, was arrested in Munich and has now been transferred to Innsbruck.

Burglars rip open and void sealed Latin exam
Austria

Burglars rip open and void sealed Latin exam

The final Latin exam for Matura students is having to be rewritten after some erudite thieves broke into a secondary school in Salzburg on Thursday night and opened an envelope containing the exam papers.

Eta killer arrested after being spotted at bullfight
Spain

Eta killer arrested after being spotted at bullfight

A suspected member of the Basque separatist group Eta was arrested in Mexico when he went to see much anticipated bullfight by José Tomás.

‘Forget the UK election, Brits need vote in France’
France

‘Forget the UK election, Brits need vote in France’

While many expats in France are livid they have been unable to vote in the UK election because of a postal blunder, the real scandal, argues The Local's non-voting editor Ben McPartland, is that expats can't vote in France.

Italy and FBI bust mafia network in NYC pizzeria
Italy

Italy and FBI bust mafia network in NYC pizzeria

The Italian police and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) joined forces to crackdown on suspected mafia members operating on both sides of the Atlantic.

BND cuts spy data feed to NSA: reports
Germany

BND cuts spy data feed to NSA: reports

Germany's secret service has severely restricted cooperation with its US partner the NSA in response to a scandal over their alleged joint spying on European officials and companies, media reported Thursday.

Hindenburg crash ends an era in air travel
Germany

Hindenburg crash ends an era in air travel

On May 6th 1937 the German passenger airship Zeppelin Hindenburg burst into flames and crashed just before landing at Lakehurst naval air station in New Jersey. The news coverage capturing the disaster became famous for its high drama.

Security fears hinder France’s tourism boom
France

Security fears hinder France’s tourism boom

France finished second in a world ranking of tourism and travel released on Wednesday, up from 7th place in 2013. If France is to reach first place, however, the report says security and safety need to be addressed.

Man admits fire attack on refugee home
Germany

Man admits fire attack on refugee home

On the first day of a trial in Lübeck against a man alleged to have committed arson against a refugee home, the defendant admitted his guilt and said he felt shame at his actions.

Feminists protest against ‘sexist’ optician advert
Spain

Feminists protest against ‘sexist’ optician advert

Feminists in Spain have protested against an advert that they claim objectifies women into nothing more than "pieces of meat".

Germans in Switzerland ‘suffer prejudice’: report
Switzerland

Germans in Switzerland ‘suffer prejudice’: report

German expats in Switzerland say they are discriminated against in the workplace, have difficulties finding apartments and suffer prejudice in their everyday lives because of “xenophobia” among Swiss citizens, a new report says.

Italy’s jobless rate set for slight dip in 2015: Istat
Italy

Italy’s jobless rate set for slight dip in 2015: Istat

Italy’s unemployment rate is forecast to fall slightly this year as the country edges its way out of recession, Istat, the national statistics agency, said on Thursday.

Report deals new blow to Danish tourism industry
Denmark

Report deals new blow to Danish tourism industry

For the second time in less than a month, an international comparison has shown that Denmark’s tourism industry is hurting.

Swede raises thousands for beggars on Twitter
Sweden

Swede raises thousands for beggars on Twitter

A Swedish lawyer has told The Local how he raised tens of thousands in just a few hours after starting up a social media campaign in response to southern Swedish residents' attempt to outmanoeuvre a group of beggars from other parts of the EU in their town.

Bomb threat before Swedish Nazi trial
Sweden

Bomb threat before Swedish Nazi trial

A district court in the Swedish city of Uppsala had to be evacuated on Thursday morning after a bomb threat believed to be linked to a high profile Nazi trial.

‘France is not the US when it comes to spying’
France

‘France is not the US when it comes to spying’

With France set to gain sweeping new spying powers in the wake of the Paris terror attacks, comparisons have been drawn with the US, post 9/11, when the controversial Patriot Act was rushed through. But are the two cases really similar?

Germany slips in world tourism rankings
Germany

Germany slips in world tourism rankings

Germany fell from second to third place this year in a global rating of tourist-friendliness released on Wednesday.

French nuclear giant Areva to cut 6,000 jobs
France

French nuclear giant Areva to cut 6,000 jobs

French nuclear giant Areva announced on Thursday that it would cut up to 4,000 jobs in France and as many as 6,000 worldwide after the group incurred massive losses last year.

Cannes: Thieves loot €17.5m worth of jewels
France

Cannes: Thieves loot €17.5m worth of jewels

Four robbers who hit a luxury Cartier boutique in the French town of Cannes this week made off with an estimated €17.5 million ($20 million) in jewellery and watches, sources close to the investigation said on Thursday.

Spain is most polluted country in Europe
Spain

Spain is most polluted country in Europe

A new report from the European Environment Agency has revealed that Spain exceeded safe pollution levels 150 times last summer, putting people at risk of breathing problems and lung disease.

Spain rated world’s most tourist-friendly country
Spain

Spain rated world’s most tourist-friendly country

For the first time, Spain made it to the top of the charts in a world ranking of tourism and travel released on Wednesday, beating Switzerland to the top spot.

Escaped chimp found drowned after mate shot
Spain

Escaped chimp found drowned after mate shot

The tragic end for Mallorca’s runaway apes has raised questions about ethics of keeping such primates caged.

Rail strikes continue after union rejects talks
Germany

Rail strikes continue after union rejects talks

An attempt by Deutsche Bahn (DB) to bring the current round of rail strikes to an end failed on Wednesday. The strikes are set to continue until Sunday.

Italy among Europe’s leaders for tourism
Italy

Italy among Europe’s leaders for tourism

With its picturesque towns, monuments and scenery, Italy ranks eighth in the world, and sixth in Europe, for travel and tourism competitiveness, according to a new report from the Geneva-based World Economic Forum.

Sweden crashes in global tourism rankings
Sweden

Sweden crashes in global tourism rankings

Transport links, prices and the quality of Sweden’s hotels have been called into question in a global report that has ranked the Nordic nation 23rd in the world for travel and tourism compared to 5th place in 2011.

Vaud police seek armed post office robber
Switzerland

Vaud police seek armed post office robber

Police are seeking witnesses after a lone gunman robbed the post office at the Montreux train station in the canton of Vaud on Wednesday.

Italian faces charges over Blockupy violence

Italian faces charges over Blockupy violence

Prosecutors in Frankfurt confirmed on Wednesday they are pressing charges against a 23-year-old Italian in relation to violence which broke out at anti-austerity protests in March.

Prince Harry unwitting star of French comedy
France

Prince Harry unwitting star of French comedy

A French actress climbed the gates of Kensington Palace in high heels, interrupted the changing of the guard and spent two nights in a British jail as she secretly filmed a comedy about a Parisian desperate to marry Britain's Prince Harry.

Boules match descends into violent brawl
France

Boules match descends into violent brawl

A regional pétanque (boules) championship in south western France was marred earlier this month when one of the matches descended into a mass brawl, that saw seven people arrested and the referee suffer a blow to the head.

Iran releases seized Maersk cargo ship
Denmark

Iran releases seized Maersk cargo ship

UPDATED: Iran has confirmed the release of the Maersk Tigris cargo vessel seized by its patrol boats in the Strait of Hormuz last week over a business dispute.

Roll up! Cirque du Soleil seeks to conquer Europe
Spain

Roll up! Cirque du Soleil seeks to conquer Europe

With somersaulting lizard-men and a soaked contortionist hand-standing in her underwear, international circus troupe Cirque du Soleil seeks to reconquer Europe with its latest tour launching in Madrid on Wednesday.

Chaos after fire in Rome airport terminal
Italy

Chaos after fire in Rome airport terminal

UPDATED: Dozens of flights were cancelled and thousands of passengers had their travel plans wrecked Thursday after a fierce fire partially destroyed a terminal at the city's Fiumicino airport.

Podemos ditch radical and swerve to the center
Spain

Podemos ditch radical and swerve to the center

Spanish protest party Podemos has ditched its most radical policies and seems to be shifting towards the centre as it struggles to maintain momentum ahead of elections, analysts say.

Bayern on the brink after Barca defeat
Germany

Bayern on the brink after Barca defeat

Barcelona beat Bayern Munich 3-0 in the Nou Camp on Wednesday evening to put the Bundesliga Champions on the edge of a second successive exit at the semi-final stage of the Champions League.

Feud-hit National Front now face fraud charges
France

Feud-hit National Front now face fraud charges

France's far right National Front, already embroiled in a bitter family feud, was hit Wednesday with fresh charges of electoral fraud.

Lightning strikes plane outside of Copenhagen
Denmark

Lightning strikes plane outside of Copenhagen

A Norwegian plane out of Copenhagen was forced to turn back to the airport after it was struck by lightning just minutes after take-off on Wednesday night.

Siemens to cut 4,500 jobs worldwide
Germany

Siemens to cut 4,500 jobs worldwide

German engineering giant Siemens said on Thursday that it would slash an additional 4,500 jobs worldwide, on top of 7,400 cuts previously announced as part of an ongoing restructuring plan.

UN urged not to allow migrant boat ‘bombing’
Italy

UN urged not to allow migrant boat ‘bombing’

Italy's Red Cross president on Wednesday spoke out against European plans to destroy migrant boats used by smugglers in the Mediterranean, as the United Nations weighed whether to endorse the military campaign.

De Maizière denies any wrongdoing in BND affair
Germany

De Maizière denies any wrongdoing in BND affair

Germany's opposition kept up its attack on Angela Merkel's government Wednesday, charging that it did nothing to stop its foreign intelligence service spy on European politicians and companies for the United States.

France’s Piketty backs Miliband… not Hollande
France

France’s Piketty backs Miliband… not Hollande

On the eve of the UK election, France's "rock star economist" Thomas Piketty, says the UK would be better off under a Labour government than the Tories, who have only helped to boost inequality over the last five years.

Swedes tell of fear after lightning strikes plane
Sweden

Swedes tell of fear after lightning strikes plane

A Norwegian plane carrying Swedish passengers was forced to turn back to the airport after it was struck by lightning just minutes after take-off, as a massive thunderstorm continued in southern parts of Sweden.

Norway ends blasphemy law after Hebdo attack
Norway

Norway ends blasphemy law after Hebdo attack

Norway has scrapped its longstanding blasphemy law, meaning it is now legal to mock the beliefs of others, in a direct response to January’s brutal attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Brits in Italy want to vote to keep Ukip out
Italy

Brits in Italy want to vote to keep Ukip out

With uncertainty reigning over the outcome of the UK’s national election on May 7th, The Local spoke to British people living in Italy to get their views on the vote.

What’s on in Sweden: May 7th – 14th
Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: May 7th – 14th

The most colourful race on the planet is coming to Sweden, so get your running shoes (and smiles) on. We've also picked out two great gigs for you this week, as well as a fascinating exhibition on Sweden's role after the Second World War.

Divers search Danube for missing American
Austria

Divers search Danube for missing American

A cold case police squad has spent three days searching Vienna’s Danube Canal for the remains of American Aeryn Gillern, who went missing in mysterious circumstances in October 2007.

Swedish whistleblower’s suspension lifted by UN
Sweden

Swedish whistleblower’s suspension lifted by UN

A UN tribunal has ordered the reinstatement of Swedish official Anders Kompass who was suspended for leaking a report to France about child abuse by French soldiers sent to the Central African Republic in 2014.