Norwegian was terrorist in Kenya mall attack
Norway

Norwegian was terrorist in Kenya mall attack

Norway's security services have confirmed that Hassan Dhuhulow, a Norwegian man of Somali decent, was one of the terrorists behind a brutal attack on a Nairobi shopping centre in 2013.

Hungary threatens Austrians with arrest
Austria

Hungary threatens Austrians with arrest

Some 2,200 people had joined a social media campaign in Austria by Friday afternoon to organise a convoy of private cars and vans on Sunday to help pick up hundreds of migrants stranded in Hungary.

Paris vows it is ready to clean up its streets
France

Paris vows it is ready to clean up its streets

City chiefs are set to introduce harsher penalties for littering in Paris in an attempt to clean up the capital’s reputation as a filthy city.

UK and Spanish PMs hold Madrid talks over deepening refugee crisis
Spain

UK and Spanish PMs hold Madrid talks over deepening refugee crisis

British Prime Minister David Cameron promised that Britain will accept thousands more Syrians from refugee camps and provide an extra £100m financial aid package on Friday while his Spanish counterpart insisted that “people trafficking mafias must be stopped”.

Why do so many French women have epidurals?
France

Why do so many French women have epidurals?

Almost 80 percent of French women will have an epidural during childbirth, new statistics show, ranking them among the most dependent on the pain killers in the world. But why?

Bergen gallery revives Nazi art shows
Norway

Bergen gallery revives Nazi art shows

An art gallery in Bergen has reconstructed a series of Nazi art exhibitions shown in Germany and Norway before and during the Second World War.

Norway pant maker goes for ‘normal’ models
Norway

Norway pant maker goes for ‘normal’ models

The Norwegian retail chain Dressmann has stopped advertising its boxer shorts with young models with washboard stomachs, instead modelling them on 'normal' men.

Hit video shows the beauty of Rome life
Italy

Hit video shows the beauty of Rome life

A new video of life in Rome has been watched nearly half a million times, with viewers divided over whether such beautiful images portray an unrealistic view of the Italian capital. The Local catches up with its creator to find out what shaped his view of the Eternal City.

Norway migrant relatives charged with trafficking
Norway

Norway migrant relatives charged with trafficking

A majority of the people charged in Norway for smuggling migrants across the border are related to those they are helping, police have told Norway's state broadcaster NRK.

Life sentence for murder of transgender woman
Austria

Life sentence for murder of transgender woman

A 32-year-old man has been sentenced to life imprisonment for the brutal murder of a transgender asylum seeker in Vienna in January.

Everyday Spaniards to star in ‘Life in a Day’ in Spain on the big screen
Spain

Everyday Spaniards to star in ‘Life in a Day’ in Spain on the big screen

Got any plans on October 24th? The celebrated film director, Isabel Coixet, wants people across Spain to contribute to a documentary that will capture one day of life in Spain.

The photojournalist making news intimate
Germany

The photojournalist making news intimate

Photographer Mads Nissen’s World Press Photo of the Year is currently touring Germany and the world. It’s a provocative image of two Russian gay men and one that some say is changing the definition of photojournalism.

Six athletics world champs head to Berlin
Germany

Six athletics world champs head to Berlin

six world champions, freshly crowned from Beijing, will be gracing Berlin's Olympic Stadium on Sunday in the annual ISTAF track-and-field meet.

Are the French ready to ditch the 35-hour week?
France

Are the French ready to ditch the 35-hour week?

Seven in ten French people say that they'd be happy to give up their sacred 35-hour working week - but on one condition, a new survey has revealed.

A week after heatwave, snow falls in Bavaria
Germany

A week after heatwave, snow falls in Bavaria

From 30C to snow in under a week? It's possible in Germany where seven centimetres of the white stuff fell at the top of the Bavarian Alps on Friday.

Ten brilliant Spanish reinventions of everyday English words
Spain

Ten brilliant Spanish reinventions of everyday English words

The English language is sweeping across Spain, but not always in the way you might expect. The Local looks at how Spaniards are taking English words, changing their meanings and using them in a way that would have Shakespeare turning in his grave.

Sweden charges Rwanda genocide suspect
Sweden

Sweden charges Rwanda genocide suspect

A Swede of Rwandan origin was has been charge with genocide and war crimes.

Munich plans to keep revellers, refugees apart
Germany

Munich plans to keep revellers, refugees apart

Police in Munich are preparing a significant operation to ensure that drunken revelers at Oktoberfest are kept away from refugees arriving at the city's central station from Budapest.

Refugees ‘suffocated’ shortly after truck set off
Austria

Refugees ‘suffocated’ shortly after truck set off

The 71 refugees found dead in an abandoned lorry in Austria last week most likely suffocated soon after they were picked up by a smuggler in Hungary, police said on Friday.

Thorning vies to lead UN agency that criticized her
Denmark

Thorning vies to lead UN agency that criticized her

With her candidacy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Helle Thorning-Schmidt is in the running to lead an organization that has spoken out strongly against her very own policies.

Nordic tourists rush to help refugees in Greece
Sweden

Nordic tourists rush to help refugees in Greece

Swedes and Danes are heading to Greece with bags of unwanted clothes and other goods to help newly-arrived refugees.

Depp tipped for Oscar at Venice film festival
Italy

Depp tipped for Oscar at Venice film festival

Johnny Depp's portrayal of James 'Whitey' Bulger was tipped on Friday as a potential Oscar winner after Black Mass, an account of the Boston mobster's life of crime was unveiled to a warm reception at the Venice film festival.

Artur Mas: parliament majority is all we need to declare independence
Spain

Artur Mas: parliament majority is all we need to declare independence

Catalonia's president vowed Friday to begin seceding from Spain if pro-independence parties win a majority of seats - not votes - in regional parliament elections set for later this month.

Danish tourists helping refugees in Greece
Denmark

Danish tourists helping refugees in Greece

Large numbers of Danes are heading to Greece with bags of unwanted clothes and other goods to help newly-arrived refugees.

Air France threatens to cut flights and workers
France

Air France threatens to cut flights and workers

Air France's management ratcheted up pressure on workers to agree to a new restructuring plan, saying Friday the alternative is flight cuts and possible forced layoffs, union sources said.

Italy’s footballers to get green cards
Italy

Italy’s footballers to get green cards

A green coloured card will give new powers to referees in Italy's second tier of professional football, Serie B, in an attempt to promote good sportsmanship.

Copenhagen Zoo mourns death of baby elephant
Denmark

Copenhagen Zoo mourns death of baby elephant

A long-awaited new elephant baby at Copenhagen Zoo has most likely died in utero, zoo officials said on Friday.

‘Sweden was right; the UK should be ashamed’
Sweden

‘Sweden was right; the UK should be ashamed’

The "open hearts and open arms" of Swedes have warmed The Local's Northern Sweden reporter Paul Connolly this week. But he's becoming increasingly ashamed of immigration policies back in his home country, the UK.

Expats in Switzerland mobilize for refugees
Switzerland

Expats in Switzerland mobilize for refugees

Moved by the tragic images in recent days of the plight of Syrian refugees fleeing to Europe, some expats in Switzerland are taking matters into their own hands to try and help, finds The Local.

How to help refugees if you live in Italy
Italy

How to help refugees if you live in Italy

Thousands of people from Syria, Eritrea and elsewhere are still arriving every month on the country's shores. There are lots of ways you can help these refugees in their hour of need - here are some ideas from The Local.

New fears for livestock after Swiss bear sighting
Switzerland

New fears for livestock after Swiss bear sighting

A hunter in the Swiss canton of Graubünden has reported seeing a bear in the Val du Roggiasca, part of the Val Mesolcina near the Italian border, the first bear sighting in that particular area since 1904.

Travellers face delays as train and airport workers strike across Spain
Spain

Travellers face delays as train and airport workers strike across Spain

With train workers and airport luggage handlers going on strike starting on Friday, weekend travelers will face some obstacles in getting to their desired destinations. Here’s what you need to know.

Refugees set off on foot from Budapest to Austria
Austria

Refugees set off on foot from Budapest to Austria

Update: Hundreds of refugees have set off on foot from Budapest's main railway station, planning to walk to Austria after the Hungarian authorities suspended international train services.

IOC starts $2 million fund to help refugees
Switzerland

IOC starts $2 million fund to help refugees

The Lausanne-based International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced a two million dollar fund on Friday that will be made available to National Olympic Committees for programmes focused on refugees.

Ashamed Brits mobilize to help refugees in Calais
France

Ashamed Brits mobilize to help refugees in Calais

Apparently shamed by the inaction of David Cameron’s government, British citizens have taken up the fight and are sending money and supplies across the Channel destined for refugees living in squalid conditions in Calais.

At least 30 people feared drowned in Med
Italy

At least 30 people feared drowned in Med

UPDATED: At least 30 people are feared to have drowned off Libya after their dinghy began to sink, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said on Friday.

Riviera cities among ‘world’s least friendly’
France

Riviera cities among ‘world’s least friendly’

A new survey has revealed that three French cities on the south coast are among the world's least friendly. But is it the tourists or the locals who are to blame?

Criminal had time for pit stop in 20-cop-car chase
Germany

Criminal had time for pit stop in 20-cop-car chase

With 21 police cars and a helicopter hot on his heels, it seemed unlikely that police in Düsseldorf would fail to catch one rogue motorist. But after a two-hour pursuit, that's exactly what happened in the early hours of Friday.

Underarm hair post gets Swedes in a tangle
Sweden

Underarm hair post gets Swedes in a tangle

A Swedish woman’s outraged Facebook post about her friend’s 12-year-old daughter being pressured to shave under her arms has gone viral.

The Local’s top Swedish songs for September
Sweden

The Local’s top Swedish songs for September

The Local's music guru, Paul Connolly, has picked out Sweden's eight best new tracks to help ease you into autumn.

World first as woman wins pizza contest
Italy

World first as woman wins pizza contest

A 42-year-old Italian from Naples has become the first woman to win the world pizza making championships.

Avicii in ‘violent’ video push against trafficking
Sweden

Avicii in ‘violent’ video push against trafficking

Swedish house DJ Avicii has turned his attention to fighting child trafficking and made his debut as a director with a pair of disturbing videos.

Denmark’s first astronaut docks on ISS
Denmark

Denmark’s first astronaut docks on ISS

Danish astronaut Andreas Mogensen and his two fellow cosmonauts successfully docked at the International Space Station on Friday morning.

Husband arrested after Pully wife shot at home
Switzerland

Husband arrested after Pully wife shot at home

Police arrested a 28-year-old man in the early hours of Thursday morning after his wife was shot in the apartment they shared with their children in Pully, in the canton of Vaud.

‘Airbnb for refugees’ comes to Paris
France

‘Airbnb for refugees’ comes to Paris

A pro-refugee organization in Paris has launched a new project that will allow French locals to open up their homes to refugees. And Parisians appear to be taking to it.

British holidaymakers abandon son in Mallorca following family row
Spain

British holidaymakers abandon son in Mallorca following family row

A British couple have been handed a one year jail sentence after pleading guilty to abandoning their son on the island following a row and attempting to fly home.

Govt eyes cuts to the environment and poor
Denmark

Govt eyes cuts to the environment and poor

Leaked documents obtained by media outlets in recent days show that the Danish government has plans to cut millions of kroner in green initiatives and scrap free health checks for vulnerable citizens.

Prime ministers of UK and Spain publish joint call for EU reforms
Spain

Prime ministers of UK and Spain publish joint call for EU reforms

The pair have penned a joint article ahead of David Cameron meeting with the Spanish Prime Minister in Madrid on Friday.

Billionaire bids to buy Italian refugee island
Italy

Billionaire bids to buy Italian refugee island

Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris has offered to buy an island off Italy or Greece and develop it to help hundreds of thousands of people fleeing from Syria and other conflicts.

Here Ouigo again: SNCF expands low-cost service
France

Here Ouigo again: SNCF expands low-cost service

France’s train operator had some good news for travellers this week when it announced its low-cost TGV service Ouigo, that offers tickets from €10, would be expanding to cover more destinations.

Former Danish PM could lead UN Refugee Agency
Denmark

Former Danish PM could lead UN Refugee Agency

UPDATED: Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen announced on Friday that Denmark has put forth his predecessor Helle Thorning-Schmidt as a candidate for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

Teen who ‘joined Isis’ returns to Sweden
Sweden

Teen who ‘joined Isis’ returns to Sweden

A teenage boy who disappeared from southern Sweden in the spring and is thought to have joined Isis (Islamic State), has returned to Sweden.

Spanish PM defends reforms that will counter Catalan separatism
Spain

Spanish PM defends reforms that will counter Catalan separatism

Judicial reforms could see the suspension of leaders who push ahead with independence, a move branded as 'echoing the inquisition'.

Orban: Muslims threaten European identity
Germany

Orban: Muslims threaten European identity

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban warned Thursday that the wave of mostly Muslim refugees coming to Europe threatens to undermine the continent's Christian roots - an idea rejected by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Swiss pair rolls into US Open third round
Switzerland

Swiss pair rolls into US Open third round

Swiss tennis stars Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka both rolled into the US Open third round on Thursday, with 17-time Grand Slam winner Federer still finding ways to improve his game at age 34.

Pope makes surprise visit to central Rome
Italy

Pope makes surprise visit to central Rome

Pope Francis went to an optician's in central Rome on Thursday to try on glasses, Italian media reported.

Pelle fires Italy top of group with Malta win
Italy

Pelle fires Italy top of group with Malta win

Southampton striker Graziano Pelle scored off Antonio Candreva's pinpoint cross to hand Italy a precious 1-0 win over Malta in Florence on Thursday that sent the hosts top of their Euro 2016 qualifying table.

Football fan given 18 months for lighting flare
Germany

Football fan given 18 months for lighting flare

Germany is continuing its zero tolerance approach to football supporters lighting flares in Bundesliga grounds after a Schalke supporter was jailed for 18 months on Thursday with no parole.

Flagship French nuclear reactor hits another snag
France

Flagship French nuclear reactor hits another snag

France's world renowned prowess in the nuclear power industry has taken another blow after officials announced this week, yet another delay to the launch of its next generation reactor, that is fast becoming a costly calamity.

Russia blocks Sweden from Chagall art loan
Sweden

Russia blocks Sweden from Chagall art loan

Russia has blocked Sweden from borrowing Marc Chagall paintings for an upcoming exhibition of the artist's work, the Millesgården Museum in Stockholm has announced, as a diplomatic dispute continued between the two countries.

US Army workers found guilty of sexual assault
Germany

US Army workers found guilty of sexual assault

Two American men working at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany sexually assaulted a German teenager in 2013, a US district court jury ruled on Thursday.

Foreign minister: EU’s ‘credibility’ is at stake
Sweden

Foreign minister: EU’s ‘credibility’ is at stake

UPDATED: Margot Wallström, Sweden's Foreign Minister, has warned that the EU's global credibility is at stake if it does not act now to tackle the refugee crisis.

Hiker stumbles on human leg in Tyrol
Austria

Hiker stumbles on human leg in Tyrol

A hiker made a grisly discovery in the Kaunergrat mountain range in Tyrol on Wednesday - a lower leg dressed in a hiking boot and sock. It’s thought the body part may belong to a German skier who went missing in the region in December.

Recipe: how to make Swedish apple pie with a twist
Sweden

Recipe: how to make Swedish apple pie with a twist

This apple pudding offers an unusual take on a traditional Swedish dish with its tasty meringue crust. Food writer John Duxbury shares his recipe with The Local.

Truck death suspect in Bulgarian court
Austria

Truck death suspect in Bulgarian court

One of the suspected drivers of the truck found abandoned in Austria with the decomposing bodies of 71 migrants inside has denied knowing there was anyone on board, as a Bulgarian court remanded him in custody.