Sweden dumps toxic ash on Norway island

Sweden dumps toxic ash on Norway island

Sweden has dumped than 500,000 tonnes of toxic ash from waste incinerators on a small island just outside Oslo, enraging Norwegian environmentalists.

Mystery hairless elk leave scientists puzzled
Norway

Mystery hairless elk leave scientists puzzled

A succession of mystery hairless elk have have been spotted in the village of Neiden close to Norway’s far northeastern border with Russia, leaving scientists scratching their heads as to the cause.

City of Geneva faces left-right political divisions
Switzerland

City of Geneva faces left-right political divisions

Left-wing parties maintained control of the municipal executive in the city of Geneva following a second round of elections on Sunday.

Norway’s new six-year-old chess prodigy
Norway

Norway’s new six-year-old chess prodigy

A six-year-old Norwegian girl has defeated a chess grandmaster, who claims she is better than top ranked Magnus Carlsen was at her age.

Inequality greater than most Swiss think: unions
Switzerland

Inequality greater than most Swiss think: unions

The disparity between Switzerland’s richest residents and the rest of the population is much greater than most people living in the country believe, according to a survey conducted for trade unions.

Sweden pledges extra aid for war-torn Iraq
Sweden

Sweden pledges extra aid for war-torn Iraq

Sweden has earmarked 70 million kronor ($8.44 million) in bilateral aid to Iraq in the coming year, the Nordic country's development aid minister revealed on Monday.

Germans, Americans both trust in alliance
Germany

Germans, Americans both trust in alliance

A new study by the Pew Research Center shows that Germans and Americans both have a lot of faith in the strength of their countries' alliance. But the two countries have different ideas about the reasons for the friendship.

Danes help nab ‘Swedish church plunderer’
Denmark

Danes help nab ‘Swedish church plunderer’

Spanish National Police said on Monday that with the help of Danish authorities they had nabbed a man accused of snatching dozens of religious objects from Swedish churches.

Facebook friends save woman from suicide
France

Facebook friends save woman from suicide

A woman in southern France escaped death after an international Facebook friend was the first to take her online suicide post seriously.

Who are France’s top Instagram users?
France

Who are France’s top Instagram users?

Household names, obscure names and obviously made-up names: We've scoured Instagram to bring you the ten French people with the most followers.

Hollande calls for end to US embargo on Cuba
France

Hollande calls for end to US embargo on Cuba

UPDATED: French President Francois Hollande called on Monday for an end to the US embargo on Cuba during a historic visit to the island, the first by a Western leader since Washington and Havana moved to restore ties.

Maersk ordering 10 ‘mega’ ships: report
Denmark

Maersk ordering 10 ‘mega’ ships: report

A.P. Moeller-Maersk is reportedly placing a massive order from South Korea's Daewoo, sources said on Monday.

Belgian reports Venice over tourist price gap
Italy

Belgian reports Venice over tourist price gap

A Belgian tourist has filed a complaint with the European Commission over the disparity between the prices charged to tourists and residents in Venice.

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Sweden

May 20: Antiracist Mobilization at work places, the case of careworkers and fire fighters (Linköping)

Man tried to kill his wife with frozen milk
Denmark

Man tried to kill his wife with frozen milk

A 48-year-old man from the Copenhagen suburbs was sentenced to six years in prison on Monday for trying to kill his wife with a frozen litre of milk.

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Sweden

May 7 – May 19: Gothenburg Tech Week (Göteborg)

Man admits to raping Rome taxi driver
Italy

Man admits to raping Rome taxi driver

A man has admitted to raping a female taxi driver in a Rome suburb on Friday.

What’s on in France: Ten things to do in May
France

What’s on in France: Ten things to do in May

It may not feel like summer quite yet but there are plenty of things to entice you outdoors this May. From the French Open in Paris to a street art festival in Biarritz, at least one of these events is guaranteed to excite you.

Singing sailor to scare off Russian submarines
Sweden

Singing sailor to scare off Russian submarines

A Swedish peace society has come up with a new way of fighting off Russian submarines in the Stockholm archipelago: a subsurface sonar system called 'The Singing Sailor', which sends out Morse code and features the message "Welcome to Sweden. Gay since 1944".

Seven reasons why Ibiza will be good for Miliband
Spain

Seven reasons why Ibiza will be good for Miliband

After Labour's serious election defeat and his resignation as party leader, Ed Miliband is jetting off to Ibiza to get away from it all. Here is The Local's guide of what to do on Ibiza to get over election defeat.

Police catch ‘Swedish church plunderer’

Police catch ‘Swedish church plunderer’

The Spanish National Police said on Monday that they had nabbed a man accused of snatching dozens of religious objects from Swedish churches.

The 2015 Cannes Film Festival in numbers
France

The 2015 Cannes Film Festival in numbers

The 68th Cannes Film Festival kicks off on Wednesday. Here's everything you need to know about it, from the tiny number of female Palme d'Or directors to the whopping total budget.

New Syngenta bid from Monsanto anticipated
Switzerland

New Syngenta bid from Monsanto anticipated

Swiss farm chemicals giant Syngenta's shares made further gains on Monday as market analysts weighed the chances of a higher bid from US rival Monsanto after its offer was rejected last week as being too low.

Court sentences ‘vigilante’ to life in prison
Germany

Court sentences ‘vigilante’ to life in prison

A 49-year-old man was sentenced to life in prison without parole in Frankfurt on Monday after he murdered two men who were alleged to have killed his brother.

Report slams WHO’s ‘poor’ response to Ebola
Switzerland

Report slams WHO’s ‘poor’ response to Ebola

A UN-sponsored report on Monday denounced the Geneva-based World Health Organization's slow response to the Ebola outbreak and said the agency still did not have the capacity to tackle a similar crisis.

Schäuble: Euro-meet won’t reach Greece deal
Germany

Schäuble: Euro-meet won’t reach Greece deal

Greece pushed Europe on Monday to back its reform plans and free up cash before a huge repayment to the IMF, but foreign minister Wolfgang Schäuble warned there would be no bailout deal yet.

Bumper year for Italy at Cannes Film Festival
Italy

Bumper year for Italy at Cannes Film Festival

France and Italy are leading the charge for the Palme d'Or trophy at the Cannes Film Festival opening this week, energized by a new generation of French female directors and an unexpected embrace of English by Italian filmmakers.

Two men charged under Norway anti-terror law
Norway

Two men charged under Norway anti-terror law

Days after convicting the first three Isis supporters under its new anti terror law, Norway has charged a two more men, 24-year old Ishaq Ahmed, and a 49-year-old Aker Solutions worker, who has not yet been named.

Italian ‘took bare bottom snaps’ at Angkor temple
Italy

Italian ‘took bare bottom snaps’ at Angkor temple

Three tourists, including an Italian, appeared in a Cambodian court on Monday accused of taking photographs of their bare bottoms inside the country's famed Angkor temple complex, an official said on Monday.

World War shell causes chaos on Paris train
France

World War shell causes chaos on Paris train

The busy Gare du Nord station in Paris was evacuated on Monday after a passenger attempted to board a London-bound train with an artillery shell in his backpack.

France tells shops: No more wildcard sales
France

France tells shops: No more wildcard sales

French retailers can only hold sales twice a year and for a maximum of six weeks after a new law came into effect on Monday banning the practice at any other time.

Hospital visitors charged €5 for bedside armchair
Spain

Hospital visitors charged €5 for bedside armchair

Seven hospitals in Catalonia have been charging relatives of sick people five euros to use reclining armchairs, provoking complaints that it discriminates against those who don't have cash to spare.

Uproar as Padua woman hosts migrants for free
Italy

Uproar as Padua woman hosts migrants for free

Thousands of Padua residents have signed a petition to evict six migrants from a house where they’ve been hosted for free.

Photos land Vienna man in hot water in Abu Dhabi
Austria

Photos land Vienna man in hot water in Abu Dhabi

An architect from Vienna has been held in the United Arab Emirates for more than eight weeks after taking a photograph of the Iranian embassy whilst snapping holiday pics in Abu Dhabi.

Ever more Germans working into retirement
Germany

Ever more Germans working into retirement

A study by the German Economic Institute in Cologne shows that ever more Germans are working past the age of 65. And it seems that the wealthier one is the more likely this is to be true.

Could Sweden get a new princess this summer?
Sweden

Could Sweden get a new princess this summer?

Sweden is being gripped by royal fever as this summer's wedding party moves closer, with one Swedish tabloid reporting on Monday that Prince Carl Philip's bride-to-be, former reality TV star Sofia Hellqvist, is to be offered the title of Princess of Sweden.

Israel to buy four German warships
Germany

Israel to buy four German warships

Israel's defence ministry said on Monday that it had a signed a contract worth €430 million to buy four German corvettes.

US admits police killings thwart civil rights
Switzerland

US admits police killings thwart civil rights

The United States acknowledged in Geneva on Monday that more needed to be done to uphold its civil rights laws following a string of recent killings of unarmed black men by police.

Rumours growing over Guardiola Bayern exit
Germany

Rumours growing over Guardiola Bayern exit

As FC Bayern Munich prepare for the unlikely task of overturning a 3-0 lead against Barcelona on Tuesday night in the Champions League, rumours regarding manager Pep Guardiola's future are swirling around the club.

A closer look at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival
France

A closer look at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival

The Cannes Film Festival will lift the curtain on Wednesday to 12 days of glamour, movies, deals and parties drawing the elite of the cinema world, from Hollywood honchos to arthouse auteurs.

Postmen given dog treats for protection
Austria

Postmen given dog treats for protection

The Austrian post service has started supplying its postmen and women with dog biscuits to help prevent them being attacked by dogs when out on their delivery rounds.

‘Have fun, smile and let’s play some rugby’
Spain

‘Have fun, smile and let’s play some rugby’

In the latest installment of My Spanish career, The Local talks to Darren Fisher, an English rugby league player turned coach who came to Spain to establish the Spanish rugby league. Quite a task in a country where football is the national obsession.

Denmark paid for civilian deaths in Afghanistan
Denmark

Denmark paid for civilian deaths in Afghanistan

The Danish military systematically provided financial compensation after killing and wounding civilians in Afghanistan, newly obtained documents have revealed.

Frozen berries confirmed as deadly bug source
Sweden

Frozen berries confirmed as deadly bug source

Imported frozen raspberries used in a Sunday dessert at an elderly care home in southern Sweden have been confirmed as the source of a vomiting bug which led to the deaths of three pensioners and caused more than seventy people to fall ill.

Boarding school life at St. Stephen’s in Rome
Italy

Boarding school life at St. Stephen’s in Rome

Rome has captivated the imagination of artists, poets, and tourists for centuries. But it’s far more than postcards and pasta. One international boarding school is giving students a deeper experience, and transforming lives in the process.

Gunman who killed four people ‘known to police’
Switzerland

Gunman who killed four people ‘known to police’

The Swiss man who shot dead three in-laws and a neighbour before turning the gun on himself near Zurich on Sunday was known to police, reports revealed on Monday.

British embassy has ‘listening post’ in Vienna
Austria

British embassy has ‘listening post’ in Vienna

Britain is operating a secret embassy-based eavesdropping site in Vienna, according to a report on the ORF.

Landlord ‘right’ to expel tenant over insults
Germany

Landlord ‘right’ to expel tenant over insults

A court in Munich has decided that a landlord acted within the law when he threw out his tenants over a barrage of insults.

Get ready for summer: Heatwave hits Spain
Spain

Get ready for summer: Heatwave hits Spain

Spain is set to sizzle this week as the mercury rises to the high thirties across the country.

Most French keen to see UK stay in the EU
France

Most French keen to see UK stay in the EU

Over half of the French population is positive towards the UK's membership in the EU, a new survey has revealed. But even still, most of the French were uninterested in the election.

French cops use chopper to catch speeding Brits
France

French cops use chopper to catch speeding Brits

French police deployed a helicopter to chase down a convoy of luxury sports cars after three British drivers whizzed past an off-duty cop.

Italian tourist attacked at Berlin metro station

Italian tourist attacked at Berlin metro station

An Italian tourist is in a serious condition after being kicked in the head by three strangers at a Berlin metro station on the weekend.

Nude photos teacher causes a row in Linz
Austria

Nude photos teacher causes a row in Linz

A secondary school teacher from Linz, Upper Austria, who was sacked for posing nude photos of himself on the Internet has won an unfair dismissal case and is now working in a different school.

Parents face 8 years for giving cocaine to baby
Spain

Parents face 8 years for giving cocaine to baby

Two Spaniards will appear in court on Wednesday charged with repeatedly giving cocaine to their baby.

Spring back in Denmark, but for how long?
Denmark

Spring back in Denmark, but for how long?

After an extended absence, warmth and sunshine is expected to return to Denmark on Monday but what everyone wants to know is whether it will remain until the national holiday on Thursday.

Canada wallops Swiss in hockey championship
Switzerland

Canada wallops Swiss in hockey championship

Switzerland is struggling to stay alive in the world ice hockey championships after suffering a 7-2 loss to undefeated powerhouse Canada at the O2 arena in Prague on Sunday.

Swedish court rejects Assange arrest appeal
Sweden

Swedish court rejects Assange arrest appeal

Sweden's highest court has rejected a bid by Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to overturn the arrest warrant against him for sexual assault allegations, which means he could yet be sent to the Nordic country for questioning.

Father kills daughter’s alleged sexual abuser
Spain

Father kills daughter’s alleged sexual abuser

A father in Écija near Sevilla got into a fight with the alleged sexual abuser of his disabled daughter on Friday, but the confrontation soon became deadly.

22,000 mark 70 years since Nazi liberation
Austria

22,000 mark 70 years since Nazi liberation

More than 22,000 people including around 50 survivors marked the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Mauthausen on Sunday, one of the Nazis' biggest concentration camps, organisers said.

Heroes of military plane crash hailed by PM
Spain

Heroes of military plane crash hailed by PM

The Spanish Prime Minister has praised the agricultural workers who dragged the survivors from the burning wreckage as military transport planes were temporarily grounded.

Erdogan pleads for German Turks’ votes
Germany

Erdogan pleads for German Turks’ votes

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday rallied thousands of supporters in Germany, weeks before his Islamic-rooted party will contest June parliamentary elections.

Last-gasp win keeps Marseille hopes alive
France

Last-gasp win keeps Marseille hopes alive

Two late goals for Marseille kept their hopes of Champions League football next season alive with a 2-1 comeback win over Monaco, but PSG look poised to take the league title.

Hero Swedish pensioner in dramatic lake rescue
Sweden

Hero Swedish pensioner in dramatic lake rescue

Pensioner Stig Stolt, 77, has made headlines after he rushed to save a group of people whose boat had capsized in cold water in central Sweden.

Princess Mary ‘bridge walks’ in Denmark
Denmark

Princess Mary ‘bridge walks’ in Denmark

Crown Princess Mary officially opened Denmark's new attraction for daredevils on Sunday as the concept of 'bridge walking' made its Danish debut.

Police arrest 125 hooligans in Nuremberg
Germany

Police arrest 125 hooligans in Nuremberg

Police in Nuremberg arrested 125 people on Sunday as they gathered in the city centre shortly before the afternoon's football match against Eintracht Braunschweig (Brunswick).

Murray stuns Nadal to win Madrid Open
Spain

Murray stuns Nadal to win Madrid Open

Andy Murray claimed his first Masters series title on clay with a stunning demolition of defending champion Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2 at the Madrid Open on Sunday.

Six of the best rooftop restaurants in Rome
Italy

Six of the best rooftop restaurants in Rome

With summer just around the corner, there’s no better way to view the Eternal City in all its glory than from a rooftop restaurant. We’ve scouted around for six of the best.

Paris protesters call for fresh cannabis laws
France

Paris protesters call for fresh cannabis laws

Sporting T-shirts and caps printed with marijuana leaves and with joints hanging from their lips, hundreds of people demonstrated in Paris on Saturday as part of a world march calling for the legalisation of cannabis.

Expat women wake up to natural birth control
Sweden

Expat women wake up to natural birth control

Cross-border love knows no boundaries. The Local catches up with three women in three countries who’ve discovered a Swedish natural birth control app that can keep up with the demands of long-distance love and moving abroad.

Anti-Euro AfD grab seats in Bremen chamber
Germany

Anti-Euro AfD grab seats in Bremen chamber

Germany's eurosceptic AfD party looked likely to enter its fifth state assembly after elections Sunday in the northern city-state of Bremen, a bastion of the centre-left Social Democrats.

‘I find inspiration in beautiful Swedish nature’
Sweden

‘I find inspiration in beautiful Swedish nature’

It was an interest in Nordic music that brought Japanese composer Sayuri Hayashi to Sweden – and love which convinced her to stay. In this week's My Swedish Career feature, she tells The Local of how the nature around Stockholm inspires her music.

Denmark eyes cash bonuses for the jobless
Denmark

Denmark eyes cash bonuses for the jobless

The Danish government wants to entice the long-time unemployed back into the workplace with cold hard cash.

Green leader ‘sorry’ for Auschwitz analogy
Sweden

Green leader ‘sorry’ for Auschwitz analogy

UPDATED: Green party co-spokesperson Åsa Romson has apologized after calling Roma people “zigenare” (gypsies) as well as comparing the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean to the Holocaust.

Viviani wins Giro second stage
Italy

Viviani wins Giro second stage

Italy's Elia Viviani won a sprint finish for the second stage of the Giro d'Italia on Sunday over 177km between Albenga and Genoa.

‘Mosque’ sparks trouble at Venice Biennale
Italy

‘Mosque’ sparks trouble at Venice Biennale

Iceland sparked controversy on the opening day of the Biennale art fair in the Italian city of Venice by turning a disused church into a mosque.