Breivik pledges hunger strike ‘until death’
Norway

Breivik pledges hunger strike ‘until death’

Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik has threatened to go on hunger strike until he dies of starvation in protest at what he claims has been a dramatic worsening of his prison conditions.

Canadian aid worker sues Norwegian NGO
Norway

Canadian aid worker sues Norwegian NGO

A Canadian aid worker is suing the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) for failing to prevent him being shot and kidnapped in an attack near Kenya's border with Somalia.

Asylum centre attacker may be Isis supporter
Denmark

Asylum centre attacker may be Isis supporter

The 25-year-old Palestinian who stabbed a police officer at Denmark’s largest asylum centre may have been a 'radicalized' sympathizer of terror group Isis.

Owners of 70,000 guns in Norway are dead: Police
Norway

Owners of 70,000 guns in Norway are dead: Police

Police in Norway have warned that they risk losing track of at least 70,000 guns in the country, because those who inherit weapons have no legal duty to register them or alert police.

Swiss stem cell biologist named MacArthur Fellow
Switzerland

Swiss stem cell biologist named MacArthur Fellow

Swiss stem cell biologist Lorenz Studer was on Tuesday named a MacArthur Fellow — a prestigious academic honour from the American MacArthur Foundation, accompanied by a $625,000 grant.

Fifa bans former VP Jack Warner for life
Switzerland

Fifa bans former VP Jack Warner for life

UPDATED: Zurich-based Fifa imposed a lifetime ban on one of its most notorious former leaders on Tuesday amid calls for an emergency task force to be sent in to run the scandal-tainted body.

French thieves pinch one million postage stamps
France

French thieves pinch one million postage stamps

Brazen thieves managed to escape with an estimated €1.4 million ($1.6 million) worth of postage stamps during a heist at a warehouse in the eastern suburbs of Paris.

Scans show Pompeii victims ‘in good health’
Italy

Scans show Pompeii victims ‘in good health’

A recently launched project that is performing CAT scans on the remains of Pompeii victims contained within plaster casts has revealed that good health was widespread among people of the ancient city.

Russia all talk but no action, says France
France

Russia all talk but no action, says France

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius accused Russia Tuesday of displaying bravado on the Syria crisis that had yet to be backed up with action against the Islamic State group.

World’s tallest people come shoe shopping
Germany

World’s tallest people come shoe shopping

Three of the world's tallest people – including 2.51-metre Sultan Kösen from Turkey, the world's tallest man – are in Germany on Tuesday to visit the specialist shoemaker who helps make their lives bearable.

‘Force may be used’ if Germany seals border
Austria

‘Force may be used’ if Germany seals border

Austrian Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner has warned that force may be necessary to ease a backlog of refugees if Germany decides to no longer let them enter via its border with Austria.

Swedes are fourth richest people in Europe
Sweden

Swedes are fourth richest people in Europe

UPDATED: Swedish residents remain the fourth wealthiest people in Europe, according to a global report released on Tuesday. But the study also highlighted inequality in the Scandinavian country.

Austrians ‘have more money than Germans’
Austria

Austrians ‘have more money than Germans’

Austrians on average have more spending power than Germans, according to Allianz’s Global wealth report for 2015.

New VW boss says scandal is ‘severest test’
Germany

New VW boss says scandal is ‘severest test’

Volkswagen on Tuesday revealed more details about the vehicles fitted with pollution-cheating software as the German auto giant's new chief promised a grand plan of action to resolve the "severest test in (the company's) history".

Glencore shares rebound after firm denies delisting
Switzerland

Glencore shares rebound after firm denies delisting

Swiss mining giant Glencore, facing rumours in financial circles it would soon be delisted, insisted on Tuesday that its business remained robust, which sent its shares rebounding by 20 percent.

East Germany still lags 25 years after unification
Germany

East Germany still lags 25 years after unification

Ex-communist east Germany has made major strides toward equality with the west in the 25 years since national reunification but its economy is far weaker and its population shrank dramatically, a report published Tuesday showed.

Locals shocked as Nazi banner unfurled in Nice
France

Locals shocked as Nazi banner unfurled in Nice

Residents in the southern French city of Nice were left gobsmacked after they witnessed men unfurling a Nazi banner over a public building. Thankfully it turned out there was nothing to panic about.

Swede warned about VW scandal 17 years ago
Germany

Swede warned about VW scandal 17 years ago

Renowned Swedish scientist and environmental campaigner Per Kågeson has spoken about a warning he made almost two decades ago, regarding car makers rigging emissions tests.

Schools shut after Isis claim Bangladesh attack
Italy

Schools shut after Isis claim Bangladesh attack

International schools closed down in Bangladesh on Tuesday and Western embassies restricted their diplomats' movements after an Italian aid worker was shot dead in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group.

Swede warned about VW scandal 17 years ago
Sweden

Swede warned about VW scandal 17 years ago

Renowned Swedish scientist and environmental campaigner Per Kågeson has spoken about a warning he made almost two decades ago, regarding car makers rigging emissions tests.

Italy rejects ‘robotic ploy’ to stall reform bill
Italy

Italy rejects ‘robotic ploy’ to stall reform bill

The head of Italy's Senate on Tuesday rejected the more than 70 million computer-generated amendments submitted by the anti-immigrant Northern League to a government-sponsored constitutional reform bill.

Catalan government slams ‘political lawsuit’ brought against Artur Mas
Spain

Catalan government slams ‘political lawsuit’ brought against Artur Mas

Catalonia's government has denounced as politically motivated a lawsuit against the regional president who is accused of illegally holding a ballot last year on independence from Spain.

Danish NGOs slam aid cuts in budget proposal
Denmark

Danish NGOs slam aid cuts in budget proposal

The ruling Venstre government released its 2016 budget proposal on Tuesday and a string of Danish NGOs have strongly condemned the “bloodbath” within development aid spending.

Identitarian activists block border crossing
Austria

Identitarian activists block border crossing

Around 50 members of the right-wing Identitarian Movement of Austria (Identitäre Bewegung Österreich) blocked the Spielfeld border crossing in protest against policies they say encourage mass immigration to Europe over the weekend.

Schweini praises CL opponents Wolfsburg
Germany

Schweini praises CL opponents Wolfsburg

World Cup-winner and Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger praised opponents VfL Wolfsburg on Tuesday ahead of their Champions League clash with his new club Manchester United on Wednesday night.

Danish defence minister resigns over scandals
Denmark

Danish defence minister resigns over scandals

A day after private citizens filed a police complaint over his possible misuse of public funds, Defence Minister Carl Holst resigned from his post.

The quiet German taking over the British Museum
Germany

The quiet German taking over the British Museum

A German art historian was named Tuesday as the next director of the British Museum, becoming the first foreigner to head the prestigious London institution in 150 years.

Radio rift as France runs out of French music
France

Radio rift as France runs out of French music

Radio stations in France are rebelling against a plan to force them to play more French music. The problem appears to be that there just isn’t enough music being made in French anymore.

Scientists find colour of 50 million-year-old bat
Germany

Scientists find colour of 50 million-year-old bat

A bat fossil found in Messel in southern Germany has given away one of its ancient secrets, after scientists discovered what colour it was.

Valerie Trierweiler causes stir with new look
France

Valerie Trierweiler causes stir with new look

Valerie Trierweiler, the former partner of President François Hollande, has turned heads in France after a Hollywood-styled photo shoot left her looking a lot younger than her 50 years. And Trierweiler didn't deny the truth.

Vienna Ring to close for Night Run
Austria

Vienna Ring to close for Night Run

Vienna’s Ringstrasse will be closed on Tuesday evening, for the Vienna Night Run which is taking place for the 9th time. Organizers have said they expect around 20,000 runners, all taking part to raise money for charity.

Sweden told to do more to help foreign workers
Sweden

Sweden told to do more to help foreign workers

The International Monetary Fund has urged Sweden to help refugees and other immigrants to access the country's job market.

Springer makes €306 million online news bet
Germany

Springer makes €306 million online news bet

German publishing giant Axel Springer has bought a majority stake in business news site Business Insider (BI) for $343 million (€306 million), the company said in a statement on Tuesday.

92-year-old Italian gran survives well tumble
Italy

92-year-old Italian gran survives well tumble

A 92-year-old grandmother miraculously escaped without serious injury after falling down a 15-metre deep well near her home in northern Italy.

Spanish parents go on trial accused of murdering adoptive daughter
Spain

Spanish parents go on trial accused of murdering adoptive daughter

A Spanish couple accused of drugging and suffocating their 12-year-old daughter who they adopted in China went on trial on Tuesday in a case that has drawn the attention of Beijing.

First Basque film ever selected to represent Spain at the Oscars 2016
Spain

First Basque film ever selected to represent Spain at the Oscars 2016

Loreak will make history as the first film in the Basque language to represent Spain at the world’s most famous film awards.

Paris: Pleas by pee-pee ladies flushed away
France

Paris: Pleas by pee-pee ladies flushed away

A Paris court has thrown out an appeal by Paris's Dames Pipi or "pee-pee ladies" in English, who claim they were unfairly given the boot by managers who are turning their work places in "boutique restrooms".

Volkswagen suspends car sales in Spain amid emissions cheat scandal
Spain

Volkswagen suspends car sales in Spain amid emissions cheat scandal

Volkswagen halts the sale in Spain of 3,320 cars that may have engines installed with software to cheat emissions tests while Seat admits 700,000 may have tampered engines.

Eiffel Tower turns pink for breast cancer
France

Eiffel Tower turns pink for breast cancer

Paris's most famous icon turned pink on Monday night as part of a push for breast cancer awareness.

Israel protests Norway ‘Nazi pizza’ cartoon
Norway

Israel protests Norway ‘Nazi pizza’ cartoon

Israel has demanded an apology from a Norwegian newspaper, arguing a cartoon putting oranges from Israel side by side with pizza from Nazi Germany constituted "hate speech".

Malmö face real fight from Spanish heroes
Sweden

Malmö face real fight from Spanish heroes

UPDATED: Swedish champions Malmö take on Real Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday. The Spanish giants are confident, but could the Nordic underdogs show up their southern European rivals as they compete for the first time?

Swedish experts say rice cakes are full of arsenic
Sweden

Swedish experts say rice cakes are full of arsenic

UPDATED: Swedish authorities warned parents on Tuesday not to feed their children rice cakes after high levels of arsenic were detected in the popular snack.

Court summons Catalan president over 2014 illegal independence vote
Spain

Court summons Catalan president over 2014 illegal independence vote

Artur Mas has been summoned to appear before a judge on October 15th to face charges of civil disobedience for holding an illegal 'symbolic referendum' last year.

Swimming wild boar saved 6km off Italy coast
Italy

Swimming wild boar saved 6km off Italy coast

It was probably the last thing a group of Italian fishermen expected to see – an exhausted wild boar swimming in circles, 6km off the coast of Taranto in Italy's southern Puglia region.

Eight arrests in Salzburg park stabbing
Austria

Eight arrests in Salzburg park stabbing

Eight Afghans have been arrested after a 50-year-old Turkish man was stabbed to death in Salzburg’s Lehener Park last week. Eight men aged between 15 and 20 were arrested. Police say the 15-year-old is the main suspect, but he denies stabbing the Turkish man.

Students reveal French universities set to burst
France

Students reveal French universities set to burst

University students across France have taken to social media to share pictures of their overflowing lecture theatres, in a bid to raise the alarm bells.

Twelve reasons not to say au revoir to France
France

Twelve reasons not to say au revoir to France

While we often hear about people's motives for leaving France, there are many more reasons why people should think twice about departing, even if it's just the food. Those who have left tell us what they miss the most.

Brr! Spain records first snowfall of season high in the Sierra Nevada
Spain

Brr! Spain records first snowfall of season high in the Sierra Nevada

Just a few days before the start of October, the first snowflakes have fallen in Spain, on Europe's most southerly ski resort.

Refugee protestors set to clash at Lapland border
Sweden

Refugee protestors set to clash at Lapland border

Campaigners angry about rising numbers of refugees crossing into Finland from northern Sweden have announced they are planning a weekend protest, but there will also be a counter demonstration in favour of open borders.

Berghain ‘best place on Earth’ says Claire Danes
Germany

Berghain ‘best place on Earth’ says Claire Danes

Hollywood star Claire Danes took a break from shooting the new season of Homeland in Berlin this year to drop into the capital's most notorious club – and she liked what she found.

Iraq refugee crushed to death by pallets in Calais
France

Iraq refugee crushed to death by pallets in Calais

A 20-year-old Iraqi was found dead on Tuesday in a lorry near the French port of Calais, crushed by pallets as he tried to reach Britain, local authorities said.

Expat secrets: Travel more and spend less

Expat secrets: Travel more and spend less

Living and working abroad means lots of travel, and keeping track of miles and award points can be a nightmare. But now there’s an easy way for expats and travellers to earn that coveted "free" trip home.

Three arrested for human cell extract medicine
Switzerland

Three arrested for human cell extract medicine

Police in German-speaking Switzerland have arrested three people suspected of having manufactured, distributed and used illegal medicines made from human cell extracts, Swissmedic, the Swiss Agency for Therapeutic Products, said on Tuesday.

Greens slam luxury glacier ice project
Norway

Greens slam luxury glacier ice project

Environmentalists have attacked plans to extract luxury ice cubes from a glacier in Norway as “complete madness”, ahead of a government meeting to approve the scheme.

Norway father injected steroids into 10-year-old
Norway

Norway father injected steroids into 10-year-old

A man in Norway has been charged with injecting his 10-year-old son with anabolic steroids over a period of four years.

600 walls to be torn down at troubled Berlin airport
Germany

600 walls to be torn down at troubled Berlin airport

Berlin's long-delayed BER international airport has been hit by yet another hold-up, as authorities announced late on Monday that 600 walls in the terminal need to be rebuilt.

Former Alitalia chiefs handed jail terms
Italy

Former Alitalia chiefs handed jail terms

Two former chief executives of Italy’s flagship airline, Alitalia, were sentenced to jail on Monday after being convicted of wrongdoing linked to the carrier’s bankruptcy in 2008.

Scottish and Flemish nationalists welcome Catalan separatist victory
Spain

Scottish and Flemish nationalists welcome Catalan separatist victory

The separatist victory in Catalonia was watched keenly in Scotland and Flemish speaking Belgium but met with concern in neighbouring France.

Talisman Parisse set to join World Cup squad
Italy

Talisman Parisse set to join World Cup squad

Italy captain Sergio Parisse will give his team-mates a welcome boost by finally joining the World Cup squad on Tuesday but is still not certain to play in the key game against Ireland.

France and UK to hold joint Somme ceremony
France

France and UK to hold joint Somme ceremony

Britain and France are set to organise a joint ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme next year that is expected to draw some 10,000 people, the French government said on Monday.

Working around the clock to rescue migrants
Germany

Working around the clock to rescue migrants

On the hunt for people-smugglers in the Mediterranean, a German navy ship is sailing off the coast of Libya when it gets a report of an unidentified boat adrift.

France could back Putin’s Syria coalition
France

France could back Putin’s Syria coalition

French president François Hollande told the UN General Assembly on Monday that Russia's wish for a coalition to fight Isis in Syria could be "possible" and that the December Paris climate conference was the last chance to save the planet.

More than 128,000 Swiss cars hit by VW scandal
Switzerland

More than 128,000 Swiss cars hit by VW scandal

Volkswagen group car importer AMAG on Monday said more than 128,800 diesel cars on the road in Switzerland were fitted with a software program designed to cheat emissions tests.

Armani looks back to the future
Italy

Armani looks back to the future

Giorgio Armani had three important things to say on Monday: yes, he can do colours other than grey and beige, no, he is going nowhere and no, he has not had a nose job.

‘Hostile’ Sweden reason Morocco blocked Ikea
Sweden

‘Hostile’ Sweden reason Morocco blocked Ikea

UPDATED: Ikea has said it still hopes to open its first store in Morocco after authorities blocked the move following claims Sweden is planning to recognize a breakaway republic in Western Sahara.

‘Joining the right startup is worth the gamble’
Sweden

‘Joining the right startup is worth the gamble’

Sweden is home to a vast number of startups – but what makes them attractive to job seekers? Swedish-American marketer Tina Miles gives The Local an insiders look at why working at a startup can be worth the risk.

Danish police officer stabbed at asylum centre
Denmark

Danish police officer stabbed at asylum centre

UPDATED: A stateless Palestinian who was due to be expelled from Denmark was arrested for trying to kill a Danish police officer in a stabbing attack at Center Sandholm, Denmark's largest institution for asylum seekers.

Police face enquiry over Tibet flag suppression
Denmark

Police face enquiry over Tibet flag suppression

Copenhagen Police are under renewed scrutiny for suppressing demonstrations during a Chinese state visit in 2012 and will now face a formal enquiry.

Sweden Democrats face email spying claims
Sweden

Sweden Democrats face email spying claims

Bosses within the nationalist Sweden Democrats were on Tuesday facing accusations that they spied on party members via email to track down contacts with anti-racist news sites.

‘Don’t be afraid to speak Danish’
Denmark

‘Don’t be afraid to speak Danish’

Agata Plechan came to play floorball but became so taken with the country that she decided to stay in Denmark to get and education and pursue her professional development alongside her sport career.